I Hate Football! 25 Things to Do Instead of Watching the Super Bowl

I Love the Football Players, But I Hate Football!

They start with football young in our family.
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Not a Super Bowl Fan?

If you are NOT a Super Bowl fan, then this is for you! Are you the only one in your office who isn’t invited to a Super Bowl party and can’t figure out where to bet on the football pool? Are you always the one person in the room who doesn’t know Eli Manning from the Wizard of Oz?

You Can Love the Football Players, but Still Hate Football

First, let me say that I don't hate football players. My husband was a football player in high school. My sons played football. Some of my grandsons played football. They started young. When they weren't playing football, they were talking about it or watching it on TV.

Football Season is Every Season

But I have good reason to hate football. Imagine living in a house with a husband and three sons who are all football fans. That means football EVERY Sunday and EVERY Monday night during football season. It means football on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and the whole month of January. It means pre-season games in August and some kind of excuses for games in May. In July, I'm lucky if I don't have to deal with the Super Bowl they taped 1974!

The guys shout out instructions to the televised coaches and players. The referees are yelled at. Favorite players are discussed like old friends. The guys remember Super Bowl's from 30 years ago, and can tell you which players were on the winning team, but SOME of them forgot my birthday this year!

Which Is More Fun for You: The Super Bowl or The Zombie Apocalypse?

If you hate football season, too, you probably look forward to the upcoming Super Bowl as much as the zombie apocalypse. If you're lucky, your guy will be going to a Super Bowl party somewhere else, and you will have blessed relief from the shouting, beer drinking festivities.

Don't Feel Left Out If You Hate Football

Don't feel left out on Super Bowl Sunday when it seems like everyone is talking about Super Bowl Parties, food for the Super Bowl and favorite football players. There are lots of fun things you and your non-football loving friends can do on Super Bowl Sunday.


25 Other Things to Do On Super Bowl Sunday

1. Have an Anti-Super Bowl Party. Gather together your friends who have been deserted all football season and have an Anti Super Bowl Party. While the guys are having beer and pizza, serve your friends more sophisticated fare like fancy frozen drinks and crab puffs or mini quiche.

2. Get together with a friend for a spa weekend.

3. Stay home and hold the TV remote ALL evening long!

4. Have a mani/pedi party complete with lotions, nail polish and stick-on decals. Order take-out from your favorite gourmet shop for you and your friends.

5. Rent a season of Sex in the City or Desperate Housewives or some chick flicks and invite some friends over to watch in peace and quiet.

6. Get out that carton of photographs and put them in albums.

7. Finish the baby book you started for your second child in 1977.

8. Clean out your junk drawer.

9. Go through the digital photographs on your computer and rename them something besides DM004102.

10. Teach yourself to knit.

Learn to knit instead of watching the Super Bowl

11. Go through your makeup case and throw out everything from the 1990’s.

12. Clean out your husband’s closet and dispose of his leisure suit, the t-shirts with the grease spots on them and the flannel shirts with the frayed collars. Quick, before he gets back from his Super Bowl party!

13. Write in your new 2014 journal. You’re only behind a month – you can still catch up!

14. Teach yourself to crochet and start a new project.


Learn to Crochet Instead of Watching the Super Bowl

15. Find your old classmates on Facebook and send them friend requests.

16. Google your old boyfriend and stalk him a little.

17. Follow a simple tutorial on beginning watercolor painting and unleash your hidden artist.

18. If Hubby is off with the guys to watch the super bowl, get a couple of chick flicks and settle in for a cozy evening with a box of tissues, a pint of Ben and Jerry's and a bag of chips.

19. Teach yourself to fold a T-shirt perfectly every time. You'll be the new Martha Stewart of the book club!


Learn how to fold a T-Shirt instead of watching the Super Bowl

20. Host a tea party. In honor of “Anti Super Bowl Day." be sure to dress up a little and play soft jazz or classical music in the background. Serve dainty crustless sandwiches, fancy cookies and tiny nibbles with a variety of flavored teas.

21. Have a game night for non-football fans. Play some great group games like Apples to Apples or Trivial Pursuit. Play Scrabble or try Bananagrams, a faster moving word game for 2-6 players.

22. Watch the Puppy Bowl.

23. Make a Handmade Valentine for your sweetheart.

24. Download some new apps or ebooks to your Kindle or Nook, and spend the evening reading or playing games .

25. Update your blog with pictures of your Anti Super Bowl party.

Bonus: Tweet this article and all your ideas for Anti Super Bowl Day to all your Twitter friends!

Take a Poll - What will you do on Super Bowl Sunday

What Will You Do on Super Bowl Sunday

  • Watch the game, of course!
  • Eat the food, ignore the game
  • Learn to knit
  • Watch chick flicks
  • Have an Anti Super Bowl Party
  • Do ANYTHING besides watch the Super Bowl
See results without voting

There Is Life On Super Bowl Sunday for Football Haters

So cheer up. There is life during Super Bowl Sunday for those of us who hate football. Choose something fun from the 25 Things to do on Super Bowl Sunday. Get together with your non-sports fan friends and do something fun, or spend a wonderfully quiet evening at home. What ever you do, short of going to the dentist, it will be more fun than watching the Super Bowl!


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ElleBee 22 months ago

I went and did some grocery/household shopping at CVS and the supermarket. It was great, no lines!!


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donotfear 22 months ago from The Boondocks

HA, getting some comments here.


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Stephanie Henkel 22 months ago from USA Author

Thanks for stopping in to read and comment, Bobbi! Hope you find some good suggestions for things to do instread of watching the Super Bowl. This year I'm learning to knit socks... :)


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Stephanie Henkel 22 months ago from USA Author

Thanks so much for sharing this hub on Super Bowl Sunday, Daisy! :)


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Daisy Mariposa 22 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Stephanie,

I returned to read your Hub another time, This is the perfect day on which to share it.


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PurvisBobbi44 22 months ago from Florida

Hi,

I like watching the players run, but I think as far as football goes they should give each team a football and call it a day and then they would nothing to fight about.

My mother loved football---the guys in the neighborhood would come over to watch with her. I could not sit still long enough to understand the game--it was boring to me.

Until later,

Bobbi Purvis


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

tillsontitan - The Super Bowl is only the culmination of months of football at our house. I admit that I use these ideas way before the big bowl games just to maintain my sanity! Thanks for your kind comments!


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

This needs to be dusted off and brought out every year at Super Bowl time. Your ideas are superb.

Fortunately my husband doesn't care for football but will watch the Super Bowl, partially. He's a terrible channel changer!

I don't care what "down" it is, I just can't get it.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Amen, Stephanie.......Much more fun to "take a stand" than to sit in the stands with no clue what's going on!!! LOL


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

Vellur - Thanks for stopping in to read and comment on my hub!


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

fpher48 - You are a great Mom to fake your way through all those football games! :) Living in a house with 4 football fans, I know where you're coming from! Sometimes it's easier to join 'em than fight it! But now that the boys are grown, I'm ready to do some fun things while the guys are watching their games...time for Mama to take a stand!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great suggestions, love them all!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Stephanie.....I must admit to being a football dud. It's that I don't understand the game, never took the time to learn it and no one has ever had the patience to explain it to me (because I guess I ask too many questions!) LOL

Yes, I am duly ashamed of myself to be a Mom of 4 sons who all played football......while I sat in the stands, faking my way through the game!!

In my defense however.....I DO love all other sports...baseball, basketball, soccer, La Cross, ...My boys played just about every sport there is. I feel like a retired cheerleader!!! LOL Up+++


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

Sunshine625 - Looks like you're not in the "I hate football" camp, Sunshine. :) To each her own!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

But...the commercials and cheerleaders make the games entertaining :)


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Kathryn Stratford - Thanks for reading and commenting on my article, and thanks for adding a link to your article. Send me a link when you're finished and I will link back. :)


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Kathryn Stratford 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is perfect! I am currently working on an article that has to do with an alternative to watching the Super Bowl, and I would like to add a link to this, if you don't mind.

I love all of your ideas for celebrating this day apart from football.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Voted up and shared!

Have a great day.

~ Kathryn


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

Heather Says - You're lucky that you and your hubby are so like-minded when it comes to sports! Hubbing and baking sounds like a great way to spend Super Bowl Sunday!


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Sunshine! Sounds like you'll be watching the Super Bowl! :)


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Heather Says 2 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

I also HATE football. I'm so lucky that my husband isn't really into sports either-- probably part of why I like him so much! Game days or Super Bowl Sundays are just any other day for us. He'll probably working and I'll be baking/Hubbing. I love number 7 though because my mom still hasn't finished my baby album either ;)


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Go Broncos!!! :)


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

Hey Bob - Oh, I've learned to live with the Super Bowl...to each his own! :) Even if you hate football, you can't help but absorb some of the Super Bowl buzz and bustle. I wouldn't dream of commenting on cricket...sad to say, I don't even know what that really is. :)


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico

We get the Super Bowl in the UK. I lived in the USA for some years and got to love Gridiron (Go, Steelers!). I never miss it here although our BBC coverage or whoever is sadly lacking...it's like Americans trying to comment on cricket, you have to be born in the UK or the States to truly have national games in your blood.

So, hey! If you don't like the Super Bowl Cousins...you ain't half alive!!!

Bob


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

Keith Jackson - Well, it sounds like you are a football fan. Sorry your team won't be participating! Perhaps you'll decide to do something else on Super Bowl Sunday? :) LOL, just kidding. I know that football fans wouldn't miss it.


Keith Jackson 2 years ago

Well, this year, the 2014 Super Bowl is at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey(home to the NFL's New York Giants & New York Jets)this is Super Bowl 48 in February 2014(I'm from Chicago, BTW! My Bears Aren't in it)and Bruno Mars will do the halftime entertainment!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

MizBejabbers - LOL, that's one I hadn't thought of! Yes, it is hard to explain to diehard football fans that the whole world doesn't revolve around football. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment. Hope you found something fun to do during the Super Bowl.


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MizBejabbers 3 years ago

No. 26. Get a root canal. Thank goodness my household doesn't like football, but it is hard to explain to diehard fans at the office that we won't be watching the Big Game. Voted you up and useful.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Nancynurse - Glad you enjoyed my article and found some fun things to do instead of watching football. Thanks for commenting!


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nancynurse 3 years ago from Southeast USA

Great ideas and funny too,


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Donotfear - I see that your locattion is the "boondocks"....one of my favorite places! :) I agree - the shouting of the crowd and the announcers is most obnoxious! But there are plenty of people who seem to love it. Glad you enjoyed my hub!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Mitowrite - I'm afraid I couldn't get away from the big game on Sunday...I could still hear the shouting from my study! Haven't seen the commercials, yet...hope you enjoyed them with your wings! Thanks for stopping in to comment.


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mitowrite 3 years ago from Austin, Texas,USA

Best article I've read in ages. I hate football too! Though I wouldn't say no to dating a football player...

Hmmm, what did I do on Super Bowl Sunday? 1. Completely forgot that the Super Bowl was happening, until I thought about it for 2 minutes and my sister finally reminded me.

2. Said, "Oh yeah, and continued on with whatever I was doing. I don't remember what it was, but it was better than watching football.

3. Now I want to eat some wings and watch Super Bowl commercials...That's the whole reason to watch nowadays right?


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donotfear 3 years ago from The Boondocks

I guess I'm in your boat...I don't like any sports! Except maybe rodeos or figure skating. I just can't deal with the constant yelling of the crowd. Different strokes for different folks. Great read here!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Random Thoughts - Glad you enjoyed my article on the alternatives to watching the Super Bowl. I didn't watch it or the commercials...sounds like I didn't miss much! :) Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!


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RandomThoughts... 3 years ago from Washington

Funny, fabulous and I relate...Thanks for the hub. How refreshing to hear others with the same feelings....I like the alternate ideas also. I worked on a paper for school during a super bowl party...and I watched some of the commercials for rating purposes and to see how sexist, racist or down right disgusting they are! Some are funny too!!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Jenincognito - Now it sounds like you've discovered the perfect way to deal with the football game. Keep hubby company, but keep playing on your computer! :) The picture is of my grandson when he was a toddler and just beginning to love football...they started young in my family! Thanks for your comments and up votes!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Teaches12345 - It's pretty hard to avoid the Super Bowl when everyone around you is watching it. Sometimes your best option is to sit back and enjoy the food and the company! Glad you enjoyed my hub! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!


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JenIncognito 3 years ago

This was great. Not a huge Super Bowl fan but hubby is so I sat next to him on the couch and was on my computer for the whole game. He was just happy I was next to him and I was happy I didn't have to watch it. Great idea for a hub and love the picture at the top! Voted up and funny!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I love #2 and #4 best. I can't think of anything more enjoyable on this day; however, I did watch it. I did what you suggested - enjoyed the food! Great post.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

ElleBee - It sounds like you've discovered a perfect alternative to watching the Super Bowl! Hope you had a great time! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!


ElleBee 3 years ago

I don't know if I'd say I "hate" football persay... but I am definitely not the biggest fan, especially of NFL ball (I prefer college football, and even that is the occasional game 2-3 times a season). I spend my Super Bowl Sundays at the Silver Chord Bowl at Smith College in Northampton, MA! The Silver Chord Bowl features college Acapella groups from around New England, and is always really fun! I highly recommend it for anyone whose in WMass on Super Bowl Sunday.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

faythef - t I think that many of us can relate to the fact that not everyone enjoys watching football games! Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!


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faythef 3 years ago from USA

I can relate


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Adrienne2 - I'm glad you enjoyed it! You must have been reading it during the big game! :) Thanks for stopping in to read and comment!


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adrienne2 3 years ago from Atlanta

HA! What a great hub. The title totally caught my attention. You have really put together a very creative list of ideals of things to do best watch the Super Bowl game. I really like the teach yourself to knit. Great article voted funny.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Donnah75 - How lucky you are to have a mate who shares your disinterest in football. I'm sure you'll find something mutually interesting to do during the Super Bowl this weekend! Thanks for stopping in to comment! Have a great weekend!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Hi Jeannie, Wow, it must be intense living in Baltimore this weekend...especially if you aren't a football fan! I've spent the evening on various other projects, but I can still hear the shouting from the living room! It will be over soon! Have a great evening and thanks so much for sharing! :)


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donnah75 3 years ago from Upstate New York

I am spending my afternoon and evening working on writing. I just published a new hub. Then I thought, "was that bad timing?" "Isn't everyone watching the big game?" Although, I will admit that I don't even know what time the game is on. My husband, who is European, isn't interested in American football either (thank God!). In fact, in our house, football is soccer. American football cannot in any way shape or form be referred to as football. According to my hubby, it is more like rugby. LOL! I am just happy I married a man who doesn't drag me to watch this sport which I don't understand, and don't want to understand. We are a match made in heaven in this regard :) Great hub!


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Hi Stephanie, the time has come to share your Super Bowl hub again! This year, the Super Bowl has been especially painful for me. I live in Baltimore and the Ravens are playing tonight. The Baltimore Ravens fans are absolutely psycho in this area and I will be ever so grateful when the torture is over. Boo to Purple Fridays! I will be sharing your hub again this time around. ;-)


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

pstrauble48 - Since football season sometimes seems endless, I'm sure you'll have the opportunity to try out several of these ideas! :) Glad you enjoyed the hub!. Thanks for visiting and for your comments!


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