After what has seemed like an eternity, the NFL lockout has finally been lifted. Players and owners alike were able to find common ground and agree on terms that were beneficial to everyone. Now, with all of the formalities behind us, all that’s left is the actual season, and with the start of training camps, practices and preseason games, the NFL regular season will be here in the blink of an eye. Now is as good a time as any for you to start planning out your Sunday routine, from which games you’re going to watch to that lucky shirt you’ll wear each week. Here are a few tips to help you make every Sunday football experience a great one.
- Invite friends over
Whether you all share the same favorite team or have teams that are sworn rivals on the field, having an audience in your home for an afternoon of football can transform your den into a game-like atmosphere. From the banter and trash talk that comes with the territory of having your closest pals over, to the memorable ‘did you see that?’ plays that are sure to arise each week, every moment of your Sunday football viewing experience will be better with company present to enjoy it with you.
- Set up a great atmosphere
One of the key aspects of any viewing experience, football or otherwise, is the atmosphere. The way that such things as coffee tables, couches, recliners and any other furniture imaginable are set up can go a long way toward making or breaking the experience. Be thoughtful in the way that you set up your TV room by making sure that nobody’s vision is blocked and that everyone is arranged comfortably throughout the room. Making sure that you have a quality surround sound established in your TV room can also do a lot to give your atmosphere a more “at-the-game” feel.
- Whip up some great game-day food
One of the fastest ways to enhance your game-day experience is with some quality grub to munch on over the course of the afternoon. Regardless of whether you choose to go with wings, chips and dip, a few mozzarella sticks, or any other spread of great finger food, you can’t go wrong with some great bites during the game. Even better, once you fill your friends up, you won’t have to worry about them whining over every “missed call” as your team beats theirs handily.
- Keep tabs on all the action
Getting locked in on your favorite team’s game is great, and in the heat of the battle, there should be little capable of pulling your attention away. But in between commercials, or during half-time, it can be a good idea to check in on a few games around the league. For one thing, it keeps fans of other teams satisfied for the whole afternoon. Also, as division rivalries start to heat up and your favorite team begins to make its playoff push, checking in on other teams from the division can help you keep tabs on up-to-the-minute standings, stats, scores and injuries to help make sure that your team isn’t at risk of losing hold of their first-place spot.
- Watch the games with an enhanced viewing system
Nothing says “in the game” more than an HD viewing experience. With stunning picture quality at resolutions up to 1080p, you and your friends will feel like you’re sitting at the 50-yard line for the whole game. A number of different television and satellite TV providers, such as www.directstartv.com, allow you to enjoy a high-quality picture and can even set up packages that will allow you to enjoy multiple football games over the course of each Sunday afternoon. More than anything else, whether you are with company or enjoying a quiet afternoon of football by yourself, an HD experience can really tie every other element of your football viewing together.
So break out the chips and salsa, call over a few of your buddies, turn up the surround sound and get ready for a Sunday afternoon viewing experience unlike any other. With football back and an array of games at your disposal, the only thing you’ll have to worry about each Sunday is which game to watch.
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