(and by “guy” I mean either a male or female – no sexism implied at all whatsoever)
If you’ve ever seen the American version of the movie, Fever Pitch (the one about the Boston Red Sox fanatic played by Jimmy Fallon — yes, the American version, not the original British version), you’ll understand the point of this article. In Fever Pitch, Jimmy Fallon owns virtually every single piece of Boston Red Sox fan paraphernalia. His towel, shower curtain, mug, bed sheets, telephone, lamp…EVERYTHING is decked out in Boston Red Sox. If I wanted to, I could end this now by simply saying: “Don’t do that.” But, for the purposes of elaborating, I’ll elaborate.
Less is more
If you go out and deck your room out in your beloved team’s gear, it’s going to look tacky. Furthermore, you’ll seem like your whole life revolves around sports. Even if your life does, you can portray that through plenty of other means. So rather than going out and buying every single home-team poster you can find, find one, maybe two, posters that not only show what your favorite team is all about, but what you’re all about. For example, if you’re from San Francisco and a Giants fan, well, I feel sorry for you, and you’re doomed…or, what I meant was, instead of getting yourself a huge life-sized poster of Barry Bonds, get a poster of the beautiful SBC Park. Better yet, get a poster that shows the park up against the rest of the city’s skyline and along the bay. That, then, shows people that you not only love your team, but you love other things like: San Francisco, cityscapes, the skyline, bridges, the Bay, or architecture. You not only show pride for your ball club, but you can accomplish a lot more with the added features of that poster – not to mention, you free up your wall space in order to do a lot more with your room. All in all, less is more.
Try and leave technology and clothing to a minimum
Picture this: You’re sitting in class, slowly dozing off or daydreaming, when you hear: “Dah duhduhduhdeeduhhhdahhhh” – Some guy’s cell phone goes off with the ESPN Sportscenter ringtone. Yeah, it was cool and funny the first 10 times, but now, it’s just obnoxious. Two minutes later, you hear it again, only this time, it’s a text, and every time “that guy” types a letter, it’s a different note of Take Me Out To The Ballgame. Then, since you’re so annoyed at the ringtone, you look a few rows down the lecture hall to see who it was. Of course, it was “that guy” who is loudly tapping away on his laptop keys while constantly refreshing ESPN’s gamecast to see how his team is doing. “That guy” minimizes his windows, only to reveal that his 15-inch widescreen laptop has his favorite team’s logo tiled 36 times across the screen. And, oh yes, but of course, “that guy” is wearing his favorite team’s hat, shirt, sweatshirt, socks, and well, let’s be honest…underwear. Tip: Don’t be “that guy.”
Daily Conversations Around Campus
When someone tries to start a casual conversation with you, don’t blurt out: “Dude, did you see the 9, 10, and 11 o’ clock Sportscenter today? Oh man, they were all the exact same, but soooooo good!” Yea, don’t do that. As much as sports might run your life, you can let other things into your life. Don’t be “that guy” who is always running their mouth off at the dinner table about “how the NBA sucks” or about “how much you hate the New York Yankees” (well, that’s actually okay), or “how hot Erin Andrews from ESPN is.” We get it – you love sports. But when you’re at a college where there are tons of interesting people and awesome differences among the student body, there’s no reason in keeping things so one-dimensional. Branch out.
When it really comes down to it, there are lots of ways to decorate your room (and your life, for that matter) with your love for sports while not overdoing it (look around the archives on dormdelicious.com for decorating/college life tips). Loving sports is wonderful. Being “that guy,” is horrible.