A family vacation?
Shopping all the after-Christmas sales?
If you have family members who love to watch football, then the week after Christmas takes on a totally different meaning for you.
It’s BOWL WEEK, 7+ days of football over-indulgence, when at any hour of the day or night–it seems–there is yet another very important game on TV that simply can’t be missed.
Maybe it’s the knowledge that it’s college football’s last gasp before the season ends, or maybe it’s all the funny bowl commercials, or the bowl hype complete with parades, marching bands and celebrity half-time stars–but for whatever reason, football fanatics will be planning their week around the bowl games.
If you are in one of those families and you hate football, there is hope. These tips will help you maintain sanity while your football fanatics lose theirs.
Survival Tip 1: Know your opponent. Being informed about when the games are and who is playing are the first steps to gaining an upper hand. No one will be able to use football for an excuse to get out of anything after you’ve memorized this bowl schedule.
Survival Tip 2: Barter. If you’re married to or are the mother of a true football geek, talking them out of watching bowl games is just not gonna happen. Don’t fight it; use it.
How about we leave you alone to watch the game this afternoon and then tonight we all go to a family movie?
Honey, would you like to watch the game in peace tonight? How about I go buy that new bedroom set we’ve been saying we need?
Survival Tip 3: Disappear. Maybe this is the perfect week to go visit your mother or do a girlfriend get-away, or take the kids to Disney World. Imagine the possibilities!
Survival Tip 4: Make it a party. If you’re gonna be stuck listening or watching football games, and providing sustenance for those glued to the TV, might as well invite some friends over and make it a party. The question is, how many parties can you stand in one week?
Survival Tip 5: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. If tips 1-4 are just not working for you, then I offer one last suggestion: find a good book, develop a new craft, or write a bunch of blog posts while joining the family around the TV. Even if you don’t understand or don’t care about what is going on, at least you will be around those you love, and that is enough to help you survive just about anything.