How To Avoid a Fight This College Football Season

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7 Tips on Staying Cool And Calm During College Football Season

College football season is always a time of great turmoil, fiery emotions, and extreme physical stress and we’re not even talking about the teams or the players! All over the United States and in many countries around the world, for that matter sports fans go absolutely gaga every time college football season comes around. You don’t even have to be anywhere near the field in order to feel the heat and intensity. With a big screen TV, a couple of buddies, and a good supply of refreshments, you can be right in the thick of the action without leaving your seat.

Unfortunately, even just watching college football on TV can turn anyone a nervous wreck, and possibly extract a significant physical toll besides. If you are the type who really gets into the game, your sports viewing might just be causing more harm than you think.


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Of course, it’s easy to get carried away given the intensity of the action. If you’ve been a longtime college football fan, you already know that the games can be even more pulse pounding than the typical pro football match. In one of the more heart attack-inducing events early in this season, BYU’s Tanner Mangum threw a 42-yard Hail Mary Pass in the last few seconds of the Brigham Young-Nebraska matchup, resulting in a game winning touchdown by teammate Mitch Mathews. There was also the stunning 40-33 victory of the Kentucky Wildcats over Lousiana-Lafayette. Keep in mind that both these events took place just in the first week of opening season.


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There are also some aspects of college football that may not have any direct bearing on the game, but can result in hot tempers and fiery emotional outbursts just the same. A good example is the recent halftime performance incident in which the Kansas Jayhawk mascot was depicted on the scoreboard getting intimate with a suggestively positioned space ship reminiscent of the Starship Enterprise vessel from Star Trek. A seemingly petty slight to be sure, but one that may just cause a devoted Kansas fan to lose his temper.



All these factors can bring about considerable stress and agitation for the avid sports fan. If you find that your obsession with college football is extracting a significant physical, mental, and emotional toll, these tips for maintaining your cool during a game may come in handy.

Avoid watching the game with people who are just as ‘excitable’ as you are

People and their energies tend to feed off each other, and if you watch the game with other hot-heads, you may just well be caught up in the uproar without being aware of it. Invite over some people who you definitely know can keep their cool in a high-pressure situation, and you might just be able to enjoy a less stressful game.

Try to control your outbursts

It may take some getting used to particularly if you frequently allow yourself to fly off the handle but you can actually control your emotional outbursts, and to a varying degree, your emotions. Don’t just automatically lose your cool when something goes wrong. There are other ways to express disappointment, and you might just find a less harmful way to do it.


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Turn down the volume

You would be amazed at how much less intense and less nerve-wracking games can be at more moderate volume levels. You don’t have to watch the game at full blast, and taking it down a notch might actually make for a less stressful experience.

Get in shape

It is way too easy to get caught up in football season to the detriment of your physical and mental well-being. Try to get enough sleep and eat a balanced diet. This will help you maintain a more even emotional keel, and reduce the likelihood of you losing your temper at the smallest things. Getting regular exercise will also help considerably in terms of reducing stress and tension.




Take care of yourself

Resist the tendency to just veg on the couch throughout the entire season. Take regular showers and make an effort to wear decent clothing at least. Also keep your facial hair growth controlled with a good razor like the Schick® Xtreme3®. By staying on top of your grooming, you may be able to keep your spirits up and resist the urge to fly off the rails when things aren’t looking too good for your team.


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Keep a lid on the drinking

Alcoholic beverages and sporting events are about as inseparable as cookies and milk, but try to keep it under control. Alcohol can cause you to lose control over your emotions much more easily, and the results can be disastrous if your team simply isn’t performing.


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Finally, learn to breathe

One of the most helpful things you can do in times of great stress and emotional upheaval is to take long, slow, deep breaths. This will not only have a noticeable effect in terms of calming you down, but will also give you a moment or two to reconsider making an outburst.

College football can be made much more enjoyable if you keep your emotional outbursts in check. It may also have a number of long-term benefits on your overall health besides, and may just give you more years to enjoy the game.

Author: Eric Pangburn

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