For most of us, 2020 will be remembered as a year to forget. Whether it’s coronavirus and months of quarantine, social unrest, protests, fires, hurricanes, or the shortage of toilet paper, it’s been a trying time for the world. Even the ability to watch sporting events on television took a hit, with the cancellation of the Olympics and many baseball and basketball games.
As the summer months turn into fall, the world is still struggling with many of the same problems. Although more and more cities are deciding to open, the atmosphere is skeptical. Without concerts, apple picking, hayrides, and corn mazes, it’s hard to make the autumn of 2020 feel normal.
Keeping Fall Traditions Alive
One tradition that’s alive and well in the United States is football. While the concerns of the day might change how we’re experiencing it, athletes of all ages are determined to get out and play. Though worries over the nation’s health often mean playing to empty stadiums or sitting six feet apart in the bleachers, people are doing what they can to bring light-hearted fun to fall with this great tradition.
Whether you’re into the Friday night lights of local high school games, or a devotee of Sunday night football with your favorite pro teams, you can experience the fun without changing out of your pajamas.
Celebrate your favorite rivalries by placing a friendly wager on professional sporting events this autumn. Websites like 20Bet let you have the fun of rooting for your beloved team, with a little extra dash of adrenaline added. Looking for some great ways to spice up the football season? We’ve got it covered.
Splurge on the Big Screen
Let’s face it. TV sets everywhere are working overtime in 2020. From binge-watching entire series long-forgotten to a rise in independently produced content, spending hours on the couch with the family isn’t quite as lazy as it used to be. Upgrade your experience for football season with a larger screen or install a second television in the house to call your very own.
It might not be as easy as it used to be to call friends and family over to watch the game with you, at least in person. Technology has made it easier with the popularity of services like Zoom, Skype, Discord, Alexa, and Siri, all of which help you feel like you’re in the same room with your favorite fans of the game.
Social distancing doesn’t have to be a less social experience. With all the available options for communication and entertainment, staying home doesn’t necessarily have to mean giving up the experiences you value.
Join a Fantasy Football Team
Fantasy football has been a popular hobby amongst office workers for the past three decades. With most of us now calling home offices a workplace, it can be hard to recapture that feeling of office camaraderie from different locations.
Challenging your colleagues to fantasy football league matches not only keeps people invested in watching the games, but it also ensures there’s always something to discuss when not much is happening.
Best of all, fantasy football can be absolutely free, or you can agree to raise the stakes by contributing to a pot. You don’t even have to know much about football. Lucky picks and a bit of advice can help novice fans go a long way!
Dress For Your Team
Most of the world may never see that you now attend business meetings in shorts and flip-flops, but it doesn’t hurt to get out of your rut and show off your wardrobe every once in a while. Especially if you’re watching virtually with others, wear your team’s favorite colors.
If you’re not quite willing to forsake pajamas over the weekend, most college and pro teams have wardrobe options for men, women, and children. Don’t forget to post cute pics on social media!
Embrace the Team Spirit This Fall
Life is often what you make of it. While many are tempted to look at 2020 as the year the world hit pause, we can also observe it as the year of re-evaluating priorities. Most of us are cutting back on materialistic needs, travel, and entertainment expenses.
Instead, we’re focusing on home, family, and bringing a sense of balance to our lives. Use this challenging time as a way to show enthusiasm for the things you really love. Social distancing won’t seem so bad after cheering for your favorite club and building up some team spirit with your loved ones!