Pre-Game: How to Prepare for Game Day as Fans

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Well Ducks fans, I don’t know about you but the day before a big game and the day of the game always has my tummy full of butterflies! That’s how you really know you love the team, the sport and just the overall experience.

Over the past week we have reviewed how our Ducks are preparing for this weekends game against the Huskies but us fans have to prepare too.

Let’s review seven very important pre-game necessities as fans:

  1. Ducks Gear. If you aren’t wearing at least one piece of clothing representing the University of Oregon are you even a Ducks fan?! Let everyone know who you’re rooting for, you can never wear too much Ducks gear.
  2. A Good Nights Rest. Game day is a very special event in our lives this time of year, being well-rested is absolutely crucial. Half-time is meant to get refreshments and complain to your fellow Duck fans about all the terrible calls that were made in the first half, not take a nap!
  3. A Fully Charged Cell Phone Battery. You know that you’re gonna be on Twitter and Instagram and Snapchat and Facebook showing your love for our team so make sure that you have the battery power to do so!
  4. Your Best Yelling Voice. I’m not 100% sure but I think that it is in the Rule Book for being a Duck fan that you must have your voice at full potential prior to the game and barely any voice by the end of the game. (I can’t confirm that that is actually a written rule… but it sounds right?)
  5. A-Game. We all run into the opposing team at tailgates or sports bars on game day and have to be prepared. For example, while tailgating before the Michigan State game a couple of confident Spartans approached us with a Corn-hole challenge. Guess who won that game? That’s right, we did. Know why? Because we brought our A-Game! You must always be prepared for such challenges, my fellow Duck fans.
  6. A Satisfied Belly. Game time is no time to be worrying about your stomach growling! Satisfy your hunger and thirst needs prior to the game so you’re focused on what’s most important at the moment.
  7. All Your Love and Support. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. However, to elaborate a little bit… When you walk into Autzen, or when you sit down in front of the television you’re “attending” the game on, remember why you are a Ducks fan. Remind yourself that no matter what happens during this game, when the time runs out on the clock you will still love and support our boys the same as before the game. With that being said, be confident and excited every game that we are about to play the best game of the season.

So there it is, seven pre-game necessities while preparing for a game. I’m sure there are plenty more, we all have our own rituals. Did I miss any crucial pre-game rituals Duck fans?

Top photo by Kevin Cline

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McKalie Bellew

McKalie Bellew

McKalie Bellew just moved to Oregon from Arizona. She is a sophomore at Lane Community College and moved here to pursue her dream of studying Sports Journalism and Broadcasting at the University of Oregon. Her passion for sports is admirable and her determination and hunger for success in the sports field is fascinating; if you ever have the chance to talk to McKalie face-to-face about sports, you’ll know how much she loves these games just by the way her eyes light up during the conversation. When unable to attend Ducks home games you can find her in front of a television on the edge of her seat, cheering her crazed-fan-head off. McKalie appreciates your feedback and constructive-criticism to help her become a better writer and reporter.

  • FunkyDucky

    Good thoughts on game day! I would respectfully add car flags and other automobile adornment. Particularly when driving down I5 from Portland to the game; a good chance to “mingle” with Huskies. But, no Husky-inspired road rage and drive carefully!

  • FishDuck

    I have learned that with yelling….the note “Faa” in the scale rakes my throat the least. Nice list!