I was raised a football fan. I’ve always enjoyed a good football game. I understood the rules, the calls, and knew what was going on, because I grew up watching the game. As I started having kids though, spending that many hours watching a game, became less and less of a priority in my life. As a result, I don’t watch or follow sports at all anymore. However, I do understand that there are people that LOVE their sports and even more, love their teams! I thought it would be fun to share some examples of layouts about fanatics. I’m not talking about the teams your own kids play on, but the teams many of you cheer on no matter who is playing, and who is winning or losing.
Let’s start with my own silly story:
Layout by Steph, supplies: Play The Game by Chelle’s Creations, Printing Primer font.
I don’t think I’ll ever forget the first “game day” after we moved to Idaho. I was out running errands. I went to the doctor and everyone was wearing blue and orange. I didn’t think too much of it. But, when I walked in Costco and all of the employees were wearing blue and orange and many of the shoppers as well, I realized I had missed the memo.
I don’t follow sports at all. I didn’t even know the colors of Boise State University, let alone know that they had a highly ranked football team …at the time. I felt very uncomfortable as I watched the people around me with curiosity. Wondering if it was a team they were all decked out for. I knew there were no professional teams in the area. I was used to Seahawk team pride and Mariners. I kept trying to catch glimpses of the logos on shirts, without seeming like I was staring. The minute I got in the car, I called Matt and said, “What team is blue and orange and why is everyone wearing those colors today?” He laughed good and hard and said, “You mean, you don’t know about ‘Smurf Turf’?” No, I did not!
After all of this time, it is still a little shocking to my system when football season starts. The amount of team pride in the state is…unique. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it…anywhere. This year, I announced to the family that we needed to conform and become fans, or at least pretend to be. Matt quickly ran to get me a BSU T-shirt, which I wore once. I figure if I’m going to pretend to be a fan, I at least need to know when they play…and maybe even what team they are up against. So, it didn’t happen this year. Maybe in 2013. For now, I’ll just sit on the fanatic sideline and watch with curiosity.
Photo: Sept. 15,2012 Journaling Nov. 23, 2012.
Layout by Jacki, supplies: Game Time by Lori Barnhurst, MVP by Dani Mogstad, stamps by Michelle Coleman, football graphics by Kate Hadfield.
Layout by Jacki, supplies used: Chelle’s Creations “Slam Dunk.”
The following layouts are linked to their sources with credits:
Kimberly was excited to share the experiences of being a Dodger fan as a child with her husband:
Do you have a fanatic in your life? Are you a fan of a team? Have you scrapped your own team pride? If you have, share a link with us. If you haven’t, maybe you feel inspired?