If you’re hosting this weekend’s Super Bowl party, how do you stay sane during the testosterone-fueled festivities?
First, exercise caution when handing out invitations, says Dr. Kirk Wakefield, chair of the Marketing Department and head of the Sports Sponsorship & Sales degree program at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. Otherwise, a few dysfunctional fans can easily ruin the event.
“Cheering on their team, taking on opposing team supporters and yelling at the referees is what these people live for,” Dr. Wakefield says. “These types of fans are likely to be the ones to be thrown out of the bar or that people wish would leave.”
Some fans enjoy, and readily admit to, being confrontational. Dr. Wakefield believes they’re usually socially maladjusted individuals with fragile psyches. Most, he notes, are single, younger males living in rental properties who don’t think they can enjoy the game without alcohol—and they may have little respect for your property.
“Alcohol fuels the fire for these people—especially if their team is losing,” he says. Monitor alcohol intake, and watch for guests who may have already downed a few drinks before arriving.
And a word to the wise (given the betting line favoring the Colts): Don’t invite all Bears fans, with only one diehard Colt fan, if you want your lovely organic home to remain in one piece.
Tune in tomorrow for an organic recipe that’s a surefire Super Bowl crowd pleaser.
Book Pick of the Day:
It’s Just a Dinner Party: The Modern Approach to Entertaining with Style and Ease