You're Only a True Football Fan if You've Done 19/30 of These Things!

By: Steven Miller

You're Only a True Football Fan if You've Done 19/30 of These Things!
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About This Quiz

When it comes to sports, the word fan comes from the word fanatic, so we're talking about a lot more than casually checking in to see the score of the game. For a real football fan, rituals must be engaged in and superstitions that must be followed. If kickoff is at 1 p.m., it's likely that the preparations will begin the night before. There is tailgate food to prepare, highlights to watch from previous year's games, and plenty of smack talking to be done to the opposition.

If you're a true football fan, it won't matter if it's a high school, college, pro, or even a Pop Warner game. You're the person who will watch every single bowl game, even if you've never heard of either of the two teams who are playing. It's also likely that you've had an earpiece in one ear while attending a wedding or other formal event.

It takes hard work and dedication to make it to the top, but it seems clear that you might have what it takes to call yourself a real football fan. We see you putting on that face paint and your favorite player's jersey. Let's see if you're willing to take it to the place where we bestow the title of "Football Fanatic" on you.

Have you ever managed to watch a football game every night of the week?
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have. College bowls are a wonderful time of the year.
I don't know if I've pulled off all seven days, but I've come pretty close.
Nah, I've maybe watched football two or three days in a week before, but that's it.
It would be unusual for me to watch more than one game a week.

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Is any part of your house painted in your team's colors?
No, that would be weird.
I have plenty of my team's colors in my house, but nothing is painted on.
I have a small area of the house that is painted in my team's colors.
More than one room in my house is in my team's colors.

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Have you ever camped out overnight to get a prime tailgating spot?
I've done that before, but it's been a while.
I arrived early in the morning, but I never camped overnight.
I do that all the time.
People do that? That sounds like they have a problem.

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Have you ever worn face paint to a game?
I do that every week.
I've always wanted to do that, but I haven't had the courage to do it yet.
I never have and I never will.
I've done it before.

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Have you ever traveled more than 1,000 miles to see a game?
No, but I wouldn't totally rule it out.
I went to a playoff or bowl game once that was pretty far away.
I wouldn't go more than 100 miles to see a game.
Yes, I've done that on multiple occasions.

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Have you ever called in sick to prepare mentally for a rivalry game?
Really? People do that?
I do that at least once or twice a year.
I've been tempted to do that, but I never have.
Yeah, I have to admit that I've done that before.

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Have you ever worn the jersey of your favorite player?
I have it on right now.
Yes, I have many times.
I haven't, but I would love to own one.
Nope, I'm not sure I even have a favorite player.

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Have you ever taken a date to a football game?
No, that's not my style at all.
I've never taken a first date to a game, but I have taken someone I'm seriously dating before.
I have. It was pretty fun.
That's how I decide if they're my type or not.

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Have you ever lost your voice cheering for your team?
It's happened before.
That might have happened once before, but it was a huge game.
I almost always have no voice for at least a day after the game.
No, I don't yell at football games.

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Have you ever listened to a football game on earplugs while attending a formal event?
Yes, people just accept that as something I do.
I've wanted to do that, but I haven't had the guts to try it.
How rude! I would never dream of doing such a thing.
I have to admit that I've been at a wedding with the game in one ear.

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Have you ever watched ESPN from the moment you woke up until the moment you went to sleep on game day?
I've come close, but I do have other things going on in my life.
I'm sure that's happened before.
I watch very little ESPN.
Yes, I basically do that every weekend.

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Has the result of a football game ever determined your mood for an entire week?
I think someone's got some priorities out of wack.
More like an entire year.
I wouldn't go so far as a week, but it's affected a day or two of my mood for sure.
Oh, definitely.

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Do you have season tickets to your favorite team?
Yes, and I've had them for many years.
I just got season tickets and I'm thrilled.
I go to a few games when I have the time, but I don't have season tickets.
No, it's rare for me to go to a game in person.

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Have you ever diagrammed your own play?
No, I'll leave that to the pros.
I did that as a kid.
I have some ideas for a trick play that might work.
Yes, and I've sent it in to the coach of my favorite team.

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Have you ever put your team's flag on your car?
I have one flag that I fly on my car when I'm tailgating.
I've done that in the past, but I don't have any flags right now.
I have flags tucked into every window of my car on game day.
Nope, I haven't.

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Have you ever had a photo of a player or coach from your team on display in your home?
I've got one or more framed pictures up right now.
I don't, but I wouldn't mind having one.
No. How tacky!
I used to, but there's nothing up right now.

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Have you ever gotten into a yelling match with a fan from the opposing team?
That has happened a time or two.
Oh yeah, plenty of times.
I've never done that.
That happens at least once a game.

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Have you ever gotten into a physical altercation with a fan from the opposing team?
No.
It's happened a couple of times. It got pretty intense.
I almost got into a fight, but my friends held me back.
I have, but it was just shoving and stuff like that.

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Have you ever gotten emotional when you walked into your team's stadium?
I shed a tear every time I walk into the stadium.
That might happen if I haven't been to a game in a while.
I've gotten excited, but I wouldn't say emotional.
I can't say that I've had that experience.

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Have you ever managed more than one fantasy football team at a time?
I've never played fantasy football.
I've only done one team at a time.
I did that one year, but it was too much for me.
I have multiple teams every year.

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Do you have specific game day rituals that you stick to?
I have a few rituals that I like to stick to.
There's just one good luck charm that I have to have.
I have a long list of things that have to be done a certain way.
No, I'm not superstitious like that.

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Have you ever worn the same article of clothing, without washing it, during a winning streak?
Yeah, even I'll admit that it can get a little disgusting.
I haven't done that, but I might try it.
How gross! No.
I've worn the same article of clothing, but I wash it.

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Have you ever hugged a total stranger during an amazing play?
I've wanted to, but I didn't have the courage to do it.
That definitely happened once or twice.
No, that seems like it would be weird.
Oh yeah, plenty of times.

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Do you know the lyrics to obscure songs related to your team?
I don't even know the words to the main fight song.
Yeah, I know pretty much every song related to my team.
What songs are there besides the fight song?
I probably know more songs than most people.

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Have you ever created a game day playlist to get you fired up?
I have one for each opponent during the season.
Yeah, I definitely have a game day playlist.
I have a couple songs that get me fired up.
No, I just listen to whatever comes on.

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Have you ever scheduled important events around the football season?
No, I have my priorities straight.
No, but I have been known to check the score during an important event.
I do the best I can to keep game day clear.
Yeah, I basically keep everything away from weekends in the fall.

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Have you ever bought an item that was not useful to you at all just because it had your team's logo on it?
I have a couple items that are just for decoration.
I used to have stuff like that, but not anymore.
I have tons of useless junk around my house like that.
No, I'm not a sucker.

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Have you ever returned a gift just because it had the colors of your team's rival in it?
Oh yeah, I take back plenty of evil-looking stuff.
I've done that once or twice before.
No, that seems ridiculous to me.
I think people know not to make that mistake around me.

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Have you ever attended off-season practices or scrimmages?
I haven't been to anything like that yet, but I'd like to go at some point.
I've been to a few scrimmages before.
No, I have no interest in going to something like that.
Oh yeah, I go to pretty much any public event that I can.

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When does the season begin for you?
Around playoff or bowl time.
The day after the previous season ends.
The first game of the season.
Preseason games or practices.

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