Football season is officially in full swing. To some, this is the best time of the entire year. To others, this is the worst part of the year, since for some, football brings out the worst traits in their friends and family members. There is nothing worst, in my opinion, than obnoxious football fans. We have all seen these individuals; they wear nothing but school logos or school colors from August until January, have nothing to talk about except the latest football game, the latest BCS Rankings, and heaven forbid, the horrible plays that were made during the last game.
I occasionally like to watch football on the TV, and I do keep track of the scores and rankings of my favorite teams; however, I am not a diehard fan who allows the football season to dictate my weekend plans. It is not that I am against football, because I am not, I am just bothered at what it does to people. Normal everyday calm individuals sometimes morph into screaming, obnoxious, drunken versions of themselves. I started to think about the football season and realized that this sport can really change a persons behavior and not necessarily in a positive light.
Decreased Work Production
I do not know what it is, or what the exact cause is precisely, but there is a decrease in productivity at work during football season. I personally do not understand this, since almost all football games, college or professional, are played during the weekend. I understand small talk about the game on Monday morning, but when that “small talk” is still being hatched out on Wednesday and Thursday, that becomes a distraction. When Friday rolls around, there is continued decrease in productivity due to the anticipation of the game during the weekend. It is this vicious cycle that repeats itself until the season concludes.
On more than one occasion, I have sat in traffic for an unreasonable amount of time behind the caravans of football fans making their way to the stadium for game day. The influx of traffic to ones area can be burdensome. It has taken me more than thirty minutes to get somewhere that usually takes ten to fifteen minutes, and since traffic may be stop-and-go, it is almost certain that there will be accidents. Sitting in traffic is not all bad though. It can be entertaining believe it or not. While sitting in traffic, one may encounter the “enthusiastic fan,” the one who is painted, wearing a goofy hat, and yelling out of the window in excitement. Those fans are the most entertaining!
As I stated before, football season can bring out the worst traits in a person. During football games, it is not hard to look around and see inebriated fans stumbling around slurring their words. I have heard stories of some of the ridiculous things fans do while at the game, tailgating, or watching the game from the “safety” of their own home. Granted some of these stories are amusing, but a number of people get seriously injured because of their drunken antics during a football game. Some of these people also put other people’s lives at risk since they choose to drink and drive.
I, like most Americans, enjoy watching a football game from time to time. I even enjoy going to- and throwing football parties, myself. Football season can be an enjoyable time. Lets put on our favorite team colors, and cheer for our favorite teams and try to not allow the “ugly side of football” to ruin our season!