In some families, like my own, football is life. While this statement might be a little bit of an exaggeration, it isn’t too far from the truth. In our house, the family bleeds the green and gold of the Green Bay Packers. Yes, we own stock in the team. Yes, we go to games. Yes, we cheer loud and proud- Go Pack Go.
When the Green Bay Packers play, my husband and sons (and whomever they have invited over for the big game) take over the basement, aka Packer-land. The televisions are on, the cheering is loud and the food is everywhere. While game day happens just once a week, the preparations for game day begins right after the last game. From a low-key brats on a random Sunday to a large scale, annual party for the division rivalry game, each and every gathering has many game day traditions.
Since I prefer to have one-stop shopping, Walmart is my go-to destination for all our game day traditions supplies. From laundry pods to paper towels, I can purchase all my P&G products at affordable prices. Plus, once I've stocked up on supplies, I can fill my basket with all the food and drinks that are needed for the big game.
Some people believe that their team can win or lose based on a lucky shirt. In our house, the game day jerseys are a must. Luckily, my husband and kids don’t prescribe to the non-washing theory. Since the game day jersey must be washed and ready the morning of the big game, Tide Pods are my go to detergent to keep those jerseys pristine. Whether the guys want the home Matthews jersey or the white away jersey to match the game, I know that my Tide Pods will clean away any salsa, cheese dip or other strange spillage from the last game. One pod in the wash gets everything bright and clean. Plus, the fresh scent can combat any potential “boy” odors that come from Packer-land.
Once the game day attire is ready, the Packer-land needs to be prepared for the onslaught of football fanatics. Since the crowd is predominately male, game time often involved spills and smells. If you think that you need one package of paper towels, think again. I’ve seen a group of guys go through a multi-pack on a single Sunday.
Every year, our house holds an annual chili cook-off contest during football season. Everyone brings their “best” chili. With categories like hottest chili to best alternative chili (think non-red meat options), we can have 10-14 crock pots lining the tables. Even though everyone tries to be careful, spills are the norm. From the little drop on the bar to a whole bowl falling to the floor, Packer-land needs to be stocked with paper products. We keep a Bounty multi-pack in the closet for the mishaps. The Bounty makes quick work of the messes. Plus, these paper towels double as great napkins. The quicker picker upper is our go-to defense in any potential messy situation, even on chili competition day.
potent chili aroma after-math. Not to get too graphic, chili, from the numerous crock-pots to the bathroom visits, can leave the basement smelling worse than a high school boys’ locker room. While the man kingdom doesn’t want to smell like flowers, I cannot take the leftover stagnant smell. Our house turns to Febreze to eliminate the stink. From the one can of Febreze that stays in the bathroom (zombie protection) to the other bottle with the cleaning supplies, Packer-land can be re-freshed and ready for the next week’s big showdown.
While our preferred team may be your rival, game time traditions are more than just cheering your team to victory. From the football parties to the team attire, the team supports a camaraderie between friends, neighbors and family. The time spent together whether in front of the television or in the stands create memories that will last beyond the 60 minutes on the gridiron. The game time traditions will last far longer than any winning streak. But, I would be amiss if I didn’t end with Go Pack Go!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. It is part of the Game Day Traditions, traditionsforgameday.com, promotion.