25 Things to Do Now That Football Is Over

25 Things to Do Now That Football Is Over

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

25 Things to Do Now That Football Is Over
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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!

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