All eyes will be on the Super Bowl LI this Sunday between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Because we are located in Atlanta, we had to share some love for our home team the Falcons!  We’ve compiled a few essential etiquette tips to keep in mind no matter if you’re cheering for the underdogs or the frontrunner!

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If you are attending a Party . . . .

If you are hosting . . .

As a host, your guests may be super focused on the game and not so much about the surroundings.  You don’t need to go overboard with “theming” out the place, but do prepare for spills and quick clean-up of cutlery and dinnerware.

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We have listed our top tips for all those hosting Game Day this Sunday.

113 Million people will be watching the game this Sunday.  Some will be watching purely for the halftime performance with Lady Gaga. Many prefer the game, and others just watch for the commercials. No matter what your viewing preference is the number one rule to keep in mind is that if a person is watching the screen, try not to distract them.

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday and may the best team win!

GO FALCONS!

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It’s impossible to open a smartphone or computer right now without encountering fiery reactions to Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem.  The San Francisco 49ers quarterback staged the protest during Friday’s preseason game against Green Bay, later stating to NFL media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

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Both backlash against and backing for Kaepernick has exploded across social media and major news networks. Teammates, commentators, celebrities and politicians are all chiming in.  The athlete held an 18 minute news conference in an attempt to explain the meaning behind the move.

Whether Kaepernick is a hero or a traitor, there is no doubt that he has started a firestorm of controversy while proving the age-old truth that actions speak louder than words.  It is one thing to voice your support for a movement, to make a speech or write a song; it is entirely another to publicly defy deep-rooted traditions such as expressing love of country and reverence toward national emblems. Right or wrong, inappropriate or germane, the impact of the athlete’s actions have resounded country-wide and will be echoing for some time to come.

Sending compelling messages through public actions has been prevalent in sports of late. With the spotlight on the Olympics this summer, many such instances took place on a worldwide stage. Consider Sam Kendricks, Team USA pole vaulter and winner of the bronze medal. In the middle of a competition, as Kendricks ran full throttle into his vault, the national anthem began to play over the loudspeaker. The athlete and Army Reservist immediately came to a screeching halt, dropped his pole, and stood at attention until the anthem had ended. His actions were an indisputable display of patriotism and respect for the flag, and elicited an outpouring of support and praise nationwide. See the moving video here.

In the same vein but causing a distinctively different reaction, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas was severely chastised on social media because of body language interpreted as nonchalance and disregard as her team was awarded the gold medal. Douglas’ slouching posture and seemingly sullen look stood in sharp contrast to the ecstatic expressions and deferential bearing held by her teammates. The public overwhelmingly read her actions as disrespectful and indifferent in a situation which apparently called for reverence and awe.

Both Douglas and Kaepernick have asserted that their actions were, to some degree, misinterpreted. The gymnast insists she was simply overwhelmed and trying to take it all. Kaepernick’s most fervent detractors have accused him of showing disrespect to US military personnel and their families, whose dedication and sacrifice defends the very rights he has exercised. Kaepernick contends that he is supporting “the people that are being oppressed”, not slapping the face of our military heroes.

We all have personal views on patriotism, regard for national symbols, and behavior appropriate for public figures and role models. These views vary as widely as our political opinions and religious customs. But one thing we can all agree on, based on these examples, is that we communicate through actions, even more forcefully than with words. Because our actions result in reactions, it is important to be mindful of body language, facial expressions and public behavior to ensure the correct message is being transmitted.

Sports FansFall season means sports season. As a fan, there are certain etiquette standards that every spectator should abide by. No matter what type of event you are at whether it be a high school game or professional match, always ensure a positive time for yourself and others. Here are a few tips to help you stay game day savy.

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Ensure you are on the winning team by keeping these pointers in mind. Have fun and as they say, ”play ball!”

For the past several weeks we have been enjoying the World Cup games and pulling for team USA.  All of the Country’s players have spent years preparing and practicing for the game with dedication, hard work and sacrifice.

Etiquette plays a huge part when any sporting event takes place.  There are rules for players as well as spectators.  The word Etiquette is defined as a ticket which keeps order for all who are involved.

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The players on the field are “the show”.  The coach’s actions toward the governing officials on the field are scrutinized by the media and spectators.  Screaming, cursing and throwing items by the coaches or players sends a strong message which reflects poorly on “the show.”

Spectators are in the stands to support their team and to enjoy time doing something that gives them pleasure.  Outbursts in the heat of intense competition, shows a lack of respect for other spectators, families with young children and the team on the field.

The phrase “win the grace and lose with grace” is hard to do, but necessary.  All sports, from the pick-up game of flag football in your backyard to the prestigious World Cup, are intended for the same purpose: FUN.  Angry misconduct among sports participants and players, on and off the field betrays the principle of the game.

Are you watching The World Cup? Have you seen any conduct that you deemed inappropriate? Tell us about it here.

March winds bring . . . March Madness!  Yes, once again crowds gather in living rooms and sports bars to see their favorite teams battle it out for a title. 

As we know, crowds and alcoholic beverages are a breeding ground for rude behavior.  Perhaps some tips can help your gathering keep a perfect score!

Keep madness at bay this March, but have fun and enjoy the games.  May the best team win!

Do you have any other tips that may help fellow sports fans?  Tell us about them here.