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5 Effective Ways To Motivate And Support Your Football Team

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5 Effective Ways To Motivate And Support Your Football Team

When you support a football team, you don’t support them because of trophies, players, or their history. You support them because you found a connection with them, you feel like you belong there. So, if you are you looking for ways to show your support to your favorite football team in the ground, then go out there and support your team in the best possible way with these great tips.


For die-hard fans, there is no better way of supporting your football team than showing up hours or days before game-day to tailgate. A tradition with humble beginning on the back of pickup trucks, tailgating has grown in prominence and a common and cherished experience at high school, college, and professional football games.

Ardent fans enjoy the experience of driving RVs filled to the brim with the latest and greatest party gear. The gear ranges from premium barbecues to satellite dishes; anything that gets the party going is welcomed. In most cases, tailgating parties almost as exciting and entertaining as the live games.

If you are planning to host a pregame party, you ought to plan way ahead. First and foremost, familiarize yourself with the stadium, its parking facilities, and regulations. It may be the case that tailgating around the stadium and/or consumption of alcohol within the parking area is prohibited or restricted to certain designated areas.

When you pack, prioritize efficiency and portability. The last thing you want is to miss kickoff while packing your gear and other items back into your vehicle. The most important gear to have while tailgating is a portable grill, utensil for cooking and eating, and perhaps a folding table and some portable chairs. Any other item is optional; you can do without that big screen, party tent, or campers. A minimalist tailgate party enhances your experience.

Learn the Traditions

Part of being a football fan is knowing and participating in your team’s and the fanbase’s traditions enthusiastically according to sports handicapper Wunderdog. Whether high schools, college, or professional teams, few teams will lack a fight song played and sang during touchdowns, timeouts, and big plays. Learn the word the rallying songs and any choreography that accompany the songs. If you are attending a school game, learn the alma mater.

There is more to supporting your team than singing, however. Fans will cheer and participate in other spectacles during games. The very best example of this is college football games. In any typical football game, tens of thousands of fans might move in unison while cheering or yelling to support their team and get them fired up.

University of Arkansas’ “Hog Call” is a very good example. During kickoffs and any other major events during the game, all of the Razorback fans deafen the stadium with the “Woooooooo. Pig. Sooie!” chant. University of Wisconsin fans – the Badgers – shake the stadium to its foundation by bouncing to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” Such traditions might seem silly, but they are the makings of special and emotional memories that you will live to cherish.

Let Your Team Spirit Shine Through

Almost every football programs, right from the smallest highs school in rural America to the latest Super Champions, offer merchandise you can buy to support your team. Quite often, the merchandise on sale includes clothing items such as t-shirts. However, larger teams will l likely offer a diverse variety of merchandise goods that are more profitable. Profitable items include things like license plate frames and personal checks.

Louisiana State University, a college football powerhouse in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), offers more theat 2,600 items on its official merchandise shop (LSUshop.net) for teams selling this kind of items, it can be profitable and supports the team immensely. For instance, in 2008, the University of Texas sold more than $17 million of the team’s merchandise. However, this revenue bundled together the sopersorhip and advertising deals revenue with merchandise revenue (source: Dexheimer).

In a nutshell, no matter the football program you support, you can show your loyalty by buying their team merchandise. It can be as simple to buy the team’s flag to decorate your car with your head to a game or a magnetic patch to stick to your door. If your team is trying to get its fan’s section wearing the same color, consider purchasing the team shirt. Go a step further and buy their coffee mug with their logo. Not only will you give the team a little advertising where you use the mug, but it’s also a good way to display your bragging rights when the team wins.

Get Creative

Supporting your team should not end with wearing a store-bought hoodie to the games. Some fans go a step further and get creative with how they support their teams. For instance, many fans will use homemade body paint, signs, and costumes to support their teams. If you want modest painting, head to the tailgating booth to have your cheeks painted your team’s colors.

Some fans go all out and paint their entire bodies, from head to toe, in their team’s colors. Others will paint the initials of their team on their chest and head out to the games bear-chested, even in the frigid cold. If you prefer staying warmer on game night, wear a costume that resembles your team mascot or even buy your favorite patriotic light up toys. The Oakland Raiders fans are renowned for wearing outlandish costumes that combine chains, skulls, shoulder pads, and spiked helmets.

That said, body painting and costumes are not for everyone. If you want to support your team, but painting your body is not your cup of tea, use creative signs instead. Posterboard statements have become staples at football games across all levels of the game. You could use signs that as ubiquitous as the “John 3:26” verse to intricate signs with an acrostic of team letters.

You could go for simple, funny, or highly-decorated signs, as long as the letters are big enough for the people around to read. You could also involve your friends and family by having them hold a series of signs to spell out something interesting regarding your team, such as the mascot’s name.

It is important to ensure you are considerate of the people around you when using your sign during the game.

Give Money

Unfortunately, the tailgate parties, the body paint, and car stickers will not go a long way in buying jerseys, fund scholarships, or pay for stadium renovations. Football can be an expensive sport, and the tickets and the merchandise revenue might not suffice in paying for all the program’s cost, especially for smaller universities.

In 2008, only 25 of the 119 college teams that make up the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division 1-A) reported having a budget surplus. The other 94 football teams operated with a budget deficit averaging $9.87 million (source: Moltz). If donors do not contribute to these football programs, the 94 schools have to take funds from the general operating funds to run their football program.

Universities are always appealing to their communities and the alumni to donate to the football teams to fill the budgetary gap. Donating monetary gifts is a good way to support your team, especially high school and college teams.

Alternatively, you can support your team by purchasing season tickets. Teams rely on season tickets, which guarantee your seat whether you attend or generate a reliable income team. Teams will provide reserved parking, choice seats, and other perks on game days to show gratitude to season ticket holders.

85 Bears Reunion: The NFL’s Most Vibrant Year

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85 Bears Reunion: The NFL’s Most Vibrant Year


This special episode of DJ and Da Bear is the perfect way to kick off Superbowl week. We will feature some of the stars of the feared and beloved 1985 Bears–Otis Wilson, Gary Fencik, Dan Hampton, Steve McMichaels, Willie Gault and L.A. Mike Richardson. These guys are going take a walk down memory lane with us, reliving what it felt like to take the world by storm. They will discuss the dynamics between players and coaches, their views on why this formidable team didn’t make it to the Superbowl back-to-back, what it was like making the Superbowl Shuffle, and their current views on the game. This is a must listen episode!

Rated by ESPN as the greatest NFL team ever, the 1985 played with passion, ruthlessness and cunning. Never in the history of football has a defense intimidated quarterbacks any better, forcing seven quarterback substitutions over the course of the season. As the season went on, this monster team kept getting meaner, wilder and more oppressive. They shut out their first two playoff opponents; then, in a lopsided Super Bowl victory, they had seven sacks, held the Patriots to seven rushing yards and scored nine points. “I’ve never seen a defense like that in terms of smothering people, not even letting them move the ball, let alone score,” said former Colts and Bucs coach Tony Dungy.


The ’85 Bears never won another Super Bowl, but their defense actually was superior over a period of time. DJ and Da Bear is going to be joined by some of the stars of that famous team.

Teen Scene The Importance of Pets By Andrew Wang

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Lamorinda teens work hard. Between volunteering, studying, and athletics there is hardly any time left for quality time with family, let alone the family pet.  Almost 70 percent of U.S. households have at least one domestic pet, according to the American Pet Products Association, and recent studies have linked pet ownership with reductions in loneliness and depression, as well as other health benefits, so we must not forget to always cherish our most loyal and incorrigibly joyful family members, our pets.

When I was 8, I got my first pet, a meek jade-blue parakeet we named Perchy. Every day Perchy greets me with a welcome chirp when I get home. Our happiest time of day together is when I practice the piano; Perchy’s loud chirping counterpoint is the best musical accompaniment. His secret hobby is biting the pages of my homework, much to the chagrin of my teachers.

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I asked other local teens about their relationships with their pets. Cary Huang of Campolindo says that ever since he received two brown and black kittens from a family friend, they have been his endearing companions. He calls them “Good” and “Bad,” and jokes that sometimes Good is the bad cat and Bad is the good cat. “Good sleeps on my chest every other night,” he says, “but after 20 minutes of pure silence she instantly jumps to the floor and dashes away, which always wakes me up. Then early in the morning, around six, she’ll meow because she wants the window blinds open so she can sit on the windowsill. I open the blinds while half-asleep, before realizing that the bright sunlight pours in. But, I do it for Good because Good really likes it.”

Kourosh Arasteh says his family’s dog, Elvis, is not just “incredibly loyal” but also “channels the Lhasa Apso spirit. … This breed was used to guard temples in Tibet. He literally warms up my day,” he says, “mostly my feet, because he likes to lie on them.” Another Campolindo student adds that his favorite part of having a dog is “having a companion that loves me unconditionally.”

For all animal owners, pets are heartwarming friends and usually considered an integral part of the family unit. Whether you are a cat, dog, rabbit, mouse, chicken, or iguana owner, take a moment to appreciate the love and entertainment your furry, feathered, or scaly family member has granted you. Treat him or her with a nutritious snack, safe toy, and your loving attention. Your bond with your pet is truly special and deserves to be celebrated. Who owns whom is a question that cannot be answered.

Andrew Wang, the Director of Concerts for Be the Star You Are! charity, is a rising senior at Campolindo High School. Besides writing and reporting, he enjoys programming, playing the piano and violin, and throwing a good Frisbee.

Read the article at Lamorinda Weekly.


As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on VoiceAmerica Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit Express Yourself.

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Holiday Feasts, Green Prints 25th Anniversary, November Garden Guide

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Holiday Feasts, Green Prints 25th Anniversary, November Garden Guide

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Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment Channel.  We strive to be useful, informative, interesting, entertaining, and unique as we seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations. Instead of waiting for something better, we hope to help you create it now.  

What’s on your menu for the holidays? Are you roasting, barbecuing, deep frying? Do you offer plenty of leafy greens and vegetables to your guests? Heather Brittany and Cynthia Brian set the table with a healthy feast that doesn’t bust your britches.

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Pat Stone was the Garden Editor of Mother Earth News Magazine for twelve years before he established GreenPrints, the Weeder’s Digest to share the joys, heart, and soul of gardening. The winter issue of GreenPrints marks the 25th anniversary.  Cynthia Brian interviews her co-author of the New York Times best seller, Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, to talk gardening and twenty-five years of GreenPrints.

What is there to do in the November garden? The leaves have turned their bright sunset colors, many trees are already bare, and we gear up for the Thanksgiving holiday. Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian strolls through her autumn yard with gratitude and grace.  Listen at Voice America and at StarStyle Radio with photos and descriptions. 

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By Alex Pawlakos

Edited by Cynthia Brian

App:  TuneIn Radio by TuneIn.

For: All Smartphones

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If you like to listen to a wide variety of radio stations with differing formats, such as rock, classical, talk-radio, sports and so on, then TuneIn Radio is definitely for you.  This extremely popular app (over 40 million users) lets you listen to streaming audio from approximately 100,000 different live radio stations from all over the world.  In addition, you can listen to over 2 million prerecorded podcasts including lectures, concerts and comedies. You can even tune-in to college football games in every conference; literally hundreds of games broadcasting live.  With TuneIn Radio, it is very simple to browse through a huge list of different music genres from all over the world, including, of course, all your favorite local stations.  If you find stations that you particularly like listening to, just add them to your preset list.  Another neat feature is that you can search for an artist or a song, and the app will search the 70,000 radio stations to find where that song is playing right now.  The album art and song information is displayed while the song is playing. TuneIn Radio is simply an amazing app that is quite fun to use.


Alex Pawlakos enjoys biking, weightlifting, and tutoring in his spare time. He is a reporter on Express Yourself™ Teen Radio. Check out the teen program on TuneIn Radio. Alex is an economics major at UC Berkeley.

As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at  or for photos, descriptions, links, and more!
More information about the show at Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences. Thanks for supporting teens!

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