With the football season officially coming to an end on Sunday, February 13th, fans everywhere are searching for fun things to do – both football things and non-football things – with all this extra time they have. Luckily for you, there are plenty of things for you to do this time of the year!
The NFL regular season began on September 9, 2021 and ended on January 9, 2022. It was the first year the NFL implemented a 17-game season, so fans were given much more football than they’re used to in year’s past. Not only that, but it was quality football – the best kind of football!
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers finished the season with the league’s best record at 13-4. Unfortunately, neither team was able to make it to Super Bowl LVI, which was reserved for the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals. The Rams won in a 23-20 thriller.
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Exciting Things to Do Without Football
When you’re a true fan of football, you put your heart and soul into your team. You spend a lot of time catching up with news, looking at future matchups, and cheering your team on throughout the week. That’s a lot of time, energy, and effort that you can now put towards something else.
While this is the perfect opportunity to take on a new hobby, you won’t have to detach yourself from football completely. There are plenty of football things to do during the offseason and when you couple that with some new hobbies, time will fly. Before you know it, football will be back.
With the new season set to begin on September 8, 2022, we have roughly six and a half months to kill before teams take the field again. Even the college football season doesn’t start until late August, but we’re going to go over some of the best things you can do in the meantime!
25. Take a Much-Needed Vacation
The football season can be a grueling one for fans, but that can all be reversed with a short (or long) vacation to your favorite spot. Whether you’re doing it alone or with a group of people, there’s so much to explore and you’d be wrong to not give yourself an opportunity to experience as much as possible. So, book that trip and treat yourself – you deserve it!
24. Visit a Sports Bar & Rep Your Favorite Team
If you’re feeling a little sad that football season is over, take a visit to your local sports bar and hang out with some of the other fans that feel the same way. You might also meet some new fans to hang out with next season, which is always a good thing. At the end of a long day, throw on your favorite team’s apparel and meet some new people at the sports bar!
23. Play Madden or Any Other Video Game
Madden is always a great way to satisfy those football blues during the offseason. Not only are the graphics fairly realistic, but the gameplay is becoming quite realistic today and it gives fans a unique football experience. You can create a player and build a superstar career or become the owner of your favorite team and manage the team from the top – it’s up to you!
22. Read a Book, If You’re Desperate
Alright, this might not be the most attractive option, but it’s good for the mind and soul. Reading a book is great for building your vocabulary, it’s a great way to pass some time, and it’s an excellent way to learn something new or lose yourself in a great story. You can read a book that’s related to football or you can adventure away from the sports niche for a while.
21. Watch Some College Basketball
The college basketball season is well underway and things are just as intense as they were last year. Some of the best teams to watch right now include Gonzaga, Auburn, Arizona, Kentucky, Purdue, Baylor, Duke, Providence, Kansas, and Villanova – all of which have at least 20 wins on the season. Of course, Murray State has been fun to watch with 15 straight wins.
20. Start Preparing Your March Madness Bracket
March Madness is right around the corner and that means the National Championship will be here before we know it. While it’s fun to watch all the best teams, you also have to get to know some of the weaker teams because they can make a run at any moment. If you want to have the most success with your bracket this year, you’re going to have to do some research.
19. Start Preparing for the NFL Draft
When one football season ends, another one begins. And one of the biggest things on most franchise’s minds right now is the NFL Draft. It’s where sustainable teams are built and where teams can right some of their wrongs a year before. Take some time to get to know the incoming class and try to predict which players your favorite team will draft.
18. The NFL Offseason Should Be Exciting
Outside of the NFL Draft, there are plenty of football things happening in the offseason that can keep you engaged. Trades are going to start happening very soon and it won’t be long until teams start signing free agents. If you want to be ready for next season, stay up to date with all of the latest news surrounding your team and favorite players.
17. Watch the 2021-22 NBA Regular Season
The NBA isn’t for everyone, but it’s a sport that’s filled with a lot of highlight plays that make it interesting to watch. There are roughly 20 games left in the regular season before the playoffs start, so that gives you enough time to catch up on the season and prepare for the NBA Finals. Will the Milwaukee Bucks repeat as champions or will someone else steal the show?
16. Watch the 2021-22 NHL Regular Season
If the NBA doesn’t quite suit your style, the NHL might be a little more up your alley. It has that hard-nosed, bruising, and intense play that makes football so fun to watch – except it’s played on ice. There’s a lot of hitting, a lot of fights, and a lot of incredible plays that are worthy of your attention, especially during the offseason. I mean, what else do you have to do, am I right?
15. Exercise & Lose Those Super Bowl Pounds
Most people spend the football season eating way too much food and while it’s fun while it lasts, you eventually need to take a break and get yourself back into shape. It’s what all your favorite football players are doing throughout the offseason as they prepare for another year in the big leagues, so why not join them and prove that you can shed some of those pounds away!
14. Go On a Sunday Picnic or Brunch
Sunday is perhaps the one day that’s impacted the most during football season, but you can also throw in Saturday if you’re a college football fan. With all this extra time on the weekends, you can finally start to indulge yourself in Sunday brunches, weekend picnics, and relaxing activities you didn’t have the time to do before because the game was on.
13. Spend More Time With Your Loved Ones
Speaking of all the extra time you’ll have, why not spend some of it with loved ones – whether that be family, friends, or even volunteering at a local nonprofit. It’s a great moment to hang out with people you don’t normally hang out with during the football season. Give them a ring, find something fun to do, and have yourself a fun night out with some quality company.
12. Go Outside & Throw the Pigskin Around
Football can be played in any weather. In fact, some would say it’s more fun in the snow or even in the rain. No matter what type of weather you’re dealing with right now, grab your closest friend or relative and throw the pigskin around outside. It’s a great way to have fun, get exercise, and enjoy the quality outdoors all at the same time – what could be better than that?
11. Learn Some New Recipes for Next Season
While some people like to show off their knowledge of the game during football season, other people like to show off their cooking skills as they invite others to enjoy the game at their home. If you want to really wow your guests next season, start learning some new recipes and give yourself some time to perfect them before the season starts – you’ll impress a lot of people!
10. Binge Watch a New TV Show or Movie
There’s no shortage of options when looking for a good show to binge watch. There are plenty of shows that you can catch live on a weekly basis, but there are also a ton of old shows that you can binge watch (again) through a streaming service. You can pick your poison, but just be prepared to waste a lot of time in front of the television and don’t forget to stay active!
9. Start a Blog About How Much You Miss Football
Okay, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a blog about football, but it’s a great place to start. With the technology we have today, starting a blog is as easy as 1-2-3. All you need is a name for the blog, an hour or so to set it up, and then you’ll be ready to start publishing blog posts right away. It’s a great way to let the world know your thoughts, opinions, and observations.
8. Search for Deals on NFL Team Apparel
The offseason is always a great opportunity to go searching for some NFL team apparel that’s been marked down or on sale. Since repping your team can be expensive, most fans are looking for any opportunity to save and the offseason could be your best bet. Don’t just look at the NFL Shop either, explore your options in other stores as well.
7. Re-Watch Old NFL Games
There are plenty of ways to stay connected to the NFL during the offseason and one of the best ways is by re-watching old and memorable NFL games. You can watch some of the best ones from a year ago or take yourself decades back and watch some classic games. Either way, there are a ton of options for streaming old games, including YouTube and NFL Replay.
6. Get Over the Fact Your Team Didn’t Win the Super Bowl This Year
If you’re a Los Angeles Rams’ fan, this doesn’t apply to you. It does, however, apply to the 31 other teams that faced disappointment – either at the end of the regular season or at some point in the playoffs. Many people were hoping this would be the year their team wins a Super Bowl. Unfortunately, a majority of those people were wrong and that can be a tough pill to swallow.
5. Convince Yourself Your Team Will Win the Super Bowl Next Year
Once you get over the fact your team didn’t win the Super Bowl, you can start to convince yourself that your team will bounce back and win it next year. It’s a cycle that never ends for football fans as team’s work tirelessly throughout the offseason to improve. Of course, you might also want to prepare yourself for disappointment because there’s a 1 in 32 chance it happens.
4. Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is a must-visit for any football fan. The amount of history inside those walls is incredible and it gives you a chance to relive some of the game’s brightest moments through the years. It’s a great place to take the family, but it’s also a fun experience all by yourself. You can also explore the Canton area during your visit!
3. Clean, Organize, & Improve Your Man Cave
During football season, your man cave is the most important room in the entire house. Whether or not it gets used in the offseason is up to you, but the offseason is a great opportunity to clean it, organize it, and improve it for the season ahead. Get some new decor, a bigger TV, some better furniture, whatever it is that would make your man cave that much more comfortable.
2. Watch Yourself Some National League Lacrosse Action
Another sport you can watch during the offseason is lacrosse. It’s not one of the most popular sports, but it has a lot of what fans like about football. It’s a lot like hockey, but on grass or turf. There’s a lot of hitting, a lot of fighting, and a lot of scoring – I’m talking 20-30 goals per game. It’s an interesting sport to get into and one that can use an influx of new fans.
1. Watch Yourself Some Major League Rugby Action
Speaking of sports that could use some attention, rugby is probably the closest thing you’ll get to football outside of the NFL, NCAA, CFL, and Arena Football. It might take a little while to learn the rules, but you’ll gain a lot of respect for the players. They’re much more tough than football players and aren’t afraid to get dirty – or injured, if it’s for the good of the team.
What Are You Doing Now That Football Is Over?
Six and a half months is a long time. A lot can happen in that amount of time and it’s all a matter of what you make of it. While you could spend that time sitting on the couch and wasting your life away, that’s no fun for anyone and there’s so much more to explore in the world today.
We listed some of those things that you could explore above, but that’s only scratching the surface of all the possibilities available to you. Since we all have different hobbies and passions, there’s no wrong answer – so long as you’re not getting in the way of other people’s desires.
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While we can’t wait for the 2022-23 NFL regular season to start, at least we have the NFL Draft, all the signings being made through free agency, and all the trades being made between teams. It’s not the hard-hitting action we’ve grown to love, but it’s better than having nothing!
20 Super Bowl Sunday 2022 Game Time Snack Options
With the AFC and NFC Championship games now history, that can only mean one thing – your Super Bowl Sunday 2022 party is finally right around the corner.While we still have the Pro Bowl to enjoy this weekend, the Super Bowl will take place the following weekend and it’ll be interesting.
The Los Angeles Rams, who defeated the San Francisco 49ers to win the NFC Championship, and the Cincinnati Bengals, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to win the AFC Championship, will meet in SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA on February 13th for Super Bowl Sunday 2022.
Although everyone was focused on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, and Chiefs all season, the Bengals and Rams squeezed through the playoffs with one tight victory after the next. These aren’t the two teams we thought would make it, but here they are.
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Snacks You Should Try for Super Bowl Sunday 2022
Now that we’re just two weeks away from Super Bowl Sunday 2022, it’s time for everyone to start planning their Super Bowl parties. That means figuring out where to gather, who to invite, what to drink, and perhaps most importantly, what type of food you want to serve throughout.
Snacks play an integral role in every Super Bowl party and some hosts will even bypass serving a meal to make room for more snacks. It’s the first thing everyone flocks to when they arrive and they continue to be the life of the party until the game is over and everyone leaves.
If you’re planning on throwing a party for Super Bowl Sunday 2022, then you’re going to want to listen up as we go through 20 of our favorite Super Bowl snacks that you should try this year. There’s so many options to choose from and with no right or wrong answer, you can’t lose!
20. Loaded Nachos
Nachos are a staple at any party, not just Super Bowl parties. They’re the ultimate sports snack and are frequently enjoyed by fans inside the stadium. With that said, it’s only right that you bring that taste of stadium food into the comfort of your own home for Super Bowl Sunday 2022.
In order to make loaded nachos, spread out all your desired ingredients onto a baking sheet. This includes the chips, cheese, tomatoes, onions, beans, beef, chicken, pico de gallo, and whatever else you plan on using. Bake until the cheese has melted and then serve!
19. Taco Dip
Taco dip is an excellent option for your Super Bowl party. It’s easier than serving tacos and allows guests to take small bites as they please. Not only that, but it doesn’t take much effort to whip together and the ingredients are simple – just think about what you put in your taco.
It requires eight different layers of flavor – the beans mixed with taco seasoning, the sour cream and cream cheese mixture, the salsa, the tomato, the green pepper, the green onions, the lettuce, and the cheese. If you’d like to add ground beef somewhere, that’ll make it even better.
18. Boneless & Traditional Chicken Wings
The fact that many people view chicken wings as a meal is the perfect reason why you should serve it as a snack at your Super Bowl party. It’ll fill your guests up without taking too much time out of your day since they’re easy to make. You can even order them from your favorite place.
If you plan on making them yourself, just by yourself some raw chicken wings – boneless or traditional – and season them as you wish. Throw them in the oven or air fryer until completely cooked. Of course, you’ll need to prepare a lot because they’ll be flying off the snack table!
17. Loaded Sweet Potato Bites
Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods and will be featured several times on this list. For now, we’re talking about loaded potato bites and while the title says ‘sweet potato,’ you can use whatever type of potato you prefer. If you’ve never tried sweet potato, we highly recommend it.
All you need to do is slice the potatoes into small round discs, season them as you wish (olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, etc.), and throw them in the oven for 10 minutes each side. To serve, garnish them with hot sauce, cheese, green onions, and sour cream.
16. Fried Wonton Wrappers
Wontons are a flavorful snack option for any occasion, but you’ll likely surprise some people if you present them at your Super Bowl party. Of course, that’s what we like about them – no one ever expects them, but they’re always a hit when available. People will flock to the snack table!
You can either buy pre-made wonton wrappers at the store or make your own with homemade dough. For the filling, you can use whatever ingredients you want, but most people like ground beef, pork, chicken, soy sauce, oil, green onions, etc. Just seal them, fry them, and enjoy!
15. Pigs in a Blanket
A Super Bowl party without pigs in a blanket isn’t actually a Super Bowl party, is it? Let’s be honest, this simple treat was a staple in most of our childhoods and we enjoyed it so much we continued to make it into our adulthoods. It’s easy, tasty, and brings back a ton of memories!
All you need are cocktail wieners, crescent rolls, butter, and salt. Unroll the crescent rolls and cut each one into three smaller triangles. Roll one triangle around the cocktail wiener and brush them with butter before baking for 15-20 minutes. Serve with several different dip options.
14. Chicken or Beef Sliders
Everyone likes a good burger, but we’re rolling with the sliders since we’re talking about snacks – not meals. It’s everything you like about a burger, but in a much smaller, easier-to-handle concoction. It doesn’t even need to be a beef burger – it can be chicken, pulled pork, etc.
The best rolls to use are the King’s Hawaiian Roll brand. For a burger or chicken patty, you can add relish, ketchup, cheese, mustard, pickles, caramelized onions, and any other toppings your guests might desire. To switch things up, try pulled pork sliders and get a taste of barbeque!
13. Homemade Guacamole
It doesn’t matter what type of party you’re throwing, the first question guests ask is, “Where’s the guacamole?” And if you don’t have guacamole, you can instantly see their stomach drop as they contemplate their decision to show up. Don’t let this happen to you at your Super Bowl party.
Better yet, guacamole is extremely quick and easy to make. In a mixing bowl, start stirring the avocados, lime juice, and salt. Slowly start to mix in the onions, cilantro, tomatoes, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Let it sit in the refrigerator for about an hour before serving it to the guests!
12. Homemade Egg Rolls
We already got a taste of Chinese culture with the wontons, so why not make it a theme with some homemade egg rolls. It’s similar to the wonton in several ways, but allows you to play around with the filling. Don’t worry, you can add whatever you’d like to the inside of an egg roll.
Traditionally, egg rolls contain ground beef, pork, or chicken, combined with coleslaw mix, salt, pepper, garlic, ginger, green onions, soy sauce, and sesame oil on an egg roll wrapper – which can be bought at the store. Heat up some oil and fry them for about five minutes until golden.
11. Mini Chicken or Beef Tacos
We’ve talked about the mini burgers, but we can’t forget about the mini tacos – especially if you don’t plan on serving taco dip. It might not be the first thing on everyone’s list, but how many people do you think are actually going to decline the opportunity to eat a mini taco? Not many!
You can make these several different ways. You can buy mini hard shells or cut soft tortillas into smaller portions. You can pre-make the tacos or serve it buffet-style so guests can make them as they wish. Either way, mini tacos are bound to be a hit at your Super Bowl Sunday 2022.
10. Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach artichoke dip is another staple at Super Bowl parties across the nation. It’s a simple concoction made from ingredients you likely already have in your home. The name might scare some people away, but they would be proven wrong the moment they gave it a solid try.
To make spinach artichoke dip, mix together cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, parmesan, mozzarella and pepper. Slowly add in the artichokes and spinach before spreading out on a baking dish and baking for about 20 minutes. Serve with baguettes, crackers, or chips.
9. Onion Rings, French Fries, & Tater Tots
This snack idea requires very little though and even less effort. At the same time, it’ll likely be the first snack that everyone flocks to at your Super Bowl party. Whether you serve onion rings, french fries, tater tots, or a combination of all three, they won’t last very long on the snack table.
French fries are easy to make at home – just cut a potato and bake them. Tater tots require you to combine shredded potato, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano before shaping and baking. For onion rings, fry fresh onion rings after dipping them in a flour, egg, and bread crumb mixture.
8. Fried Pickles
Fried pickles are one of those treats most people never thought they would enjoy until they tried it for the first time. Same with fried zucchini and other fried concoctions that don’t seem like they would be good, but they are. With fried pickles, you can have a tasty snack in just minutes.
Place your pickles on a paper towel to dry while you combine flour, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, salt, and water into a mixing bowl. Coat the pickles in the mixture and fry them in a pan with hot oil. Serve them with a variety of unique sauces for dipping.
7. Fruit & Vegetables
I know fruit and vegetables are the last thing you would think you need for your Super Bowl party, but it’s always good to have healthy options available. They can be served alongside anything and you can even add in some dips – ranch, blue cheese, caramel, chocolate.
Some of our favorite fruits and vegetables to offer guests at a Super Bowl party include sliced apples, grapes, carrots, celery, sliced oranges, bananas, and strawberries. Place them in a fruit salad, serve them on a platter, or serve them individually – it’s completely up to the host!
6. Homemade Chili
The Super Bowl falls during the winter months, which means many people are hunkered down inside their home away from the freezing cold. If you’re looking to keep your guests warm and happy throughout the game, homemade chili is sure to warm their hearts – and taste buds!
For a classic chili recipe, brown some ground beef with onion and stir in chili powder, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Then add broth, diced tomatoes, drained beans, and tomato sauce. Bring it to a boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes.
5. Mini Pizza Bites
Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s so good that most of the people I know that don’t like cheese or tomatoes will still eat pizza if offered. Not only that, but there are so many ways to enjoy it. For your next Super Bowl party, mini pizza bites are a fantastic option your guests will appreciate.
The best way to make this happen is with mini bagels, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni. Make a mini pizza on each half mini bagel before baking it to perfection. You can also play around with the toppings and add onions, peppers, ham, bacon, pineapple, etc.
4. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs can make an appearance at any Super Bowl party and I’d be okay with it. They’re a classic, traditional appetizer that takes less than an hour to prepare and cook. Better yet, you can prepare a lot at once to ensure each of your guests has an opportunity to try them.
Place eggs in a saucepan filled with water – about two inches above the eggs. Bring the water to a boil, cover the eggs, and simmer for a minute or two. Gently peel the eggs after letting them cool off, cut them in half, and mix the yolk with mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Top the egg whites with the new mixture and serve!
3. Tortilla Pinwheels
Tortilla pinwheels would make an excellent addition to your Super Bowl snack menu. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat. Your guests will keep coming back for more, which is what you want as a host. Shoot, you may even need to make more of them during the halftime show.
Spread a mixture of diced onions, fine olives, cream cheese, and ranch dressing on a tortilla. Add a piece of meat (ham, turkey, etc.) and cheese (cheddar, swiss, American, etc.) before rolling them up and cutting them into one-inch slices. Serve on a platter with or without a dip.
2. Soft Pretzel Bites
Soft pretzels are another staple at the stadium, so it’s only right that you feature them at your Super Bowl Sunday 2022. I have yet to meet someone that doesn’t like a soft pretzel, especially when you’re dipping it in a beer cheese dip. The world needs more pretzel and cheese dip.
After making and kneading your dough, cut it into smaller pieces of dough and roll it into a long rope. Once you have a rope of dough, cut it into bite-sized pieces and give them a baking soda bath. Then bake them for 15 minutes before serving with your favorite pretzel cheese dip.
1. Buffalo Chicken Dip
Speaking of dip, it would be wrong of us not to mention the king of all dips. Buffalo chicken dip is beyond delicious. With so many flavors hitting your mouth at once, your guests will be drooling as they devour this dip – don’t be surprised if it’s all gone by the end of the first quarter.
In a skillet, cook shredded chicken with hot sauce until the sauce has thickened. Add in cream cheese after reducing the heat to low. Mix for a few minutes and then transfer to a baking dish. Add sour cream and cheese over top and bake for about 10 minutes before serving to guests.
Gearing Up for a Tasty Super Bowl Sunday 2022
It doesn’t matter what you plan on doing this Super Bowl Sunday 2022, snacks have to be a top priority for you and your guests. Whether you’re throwing a party indoors or outdoors, you need to have a variety of options for everyone to snack on through the ups and downs of the game.
We mentioned 20 amazing snack ideas for Super Bowl Sunday 2022, but that doesn’t mean those are your only options. In fact, this is your chance to get creative with your snacks. For example, just think about how awesome it would be to have cookie cut-outs of both team logos.
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You can also customize your snack options by utilizing the team colors, player names, mascots, and much more. Like we mentioned above, there’s no right or wrong answer – so long as you have snacks available. With that said, don’t drop the ball this Super Bowl Sunday 2022!
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