A family that enjoys sports together, cavorts together…? Hmmm… That’s a tough one. What’s not tough is understanding the value of enjoying sports together as a family. The specifics about the sport is irrelevant. It could be men’s, women’s, mixed, team, or individual. It doesn’t even have to be a sport with which you are terribly familiar. It also doesn’t matter who you root for. Cheer for the same team, or opposite sides. Either way is a bonding experience. The important thing is that you enjoy the madness together. Here are three great ways to do it:

The Home Team

Even if it is not the local team, one of the best ways to enjoy your favorite team is to root for them at home, your home, to be more precise. There are plenty of advantages to avoiding the stadium, not limited to the following:

  • Save money on tickets
  • Save even more on snacks for the whole family
  • Always have a front-row seat
  • Pause the action when you need to take a break
  • No waiting for the restrooms
  • Never worry about live footage of you drunkenly streaking across the field

Best of all, with the right content package, you can catch every football game you care about. For example, Direct TV offers the Direct-Ticket package that allows for this kind of freedom, check with your Direct TV authorized dealer. Specifics may be different in your area.

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Diamonds Are a Family’s Best Friend

There is something about a baseball park that is made for families. It’s dads and daughters, moms and sons — and memories, lots and lots of memories, the kind that is passed down from generation to generation. There is something more gentle and less stressful about baseball than other team sports. Perhaps the comedian, George Carlin, said it best:

Baseball is a nineteenth-century pastoral game.
Football is a twentieth-century technological struggle.

Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park.The baseball park!
Football is played on a gridiron, in a stadium, sometimes called Soldier Field or War Memorial Stadium.

Baseball begins in the spring, the season of new life.
Football begins in the fall, when everything’s dying…

No matter how popular football is, baseball is the sport that comes to mind when thinking about family fun for all ages. In baseball, there are so many games in the season, it is really not about winning or losing. It is how much fun the family had at the park.

Family Is the Ultimate Team Sport

I love sports, and have lots of favorite teams. But before I decided I was a Crimson Tide fan, my favorite team was me and my older brother. Football, basketball, it didn’t matter. He and I vs. the neighborhood: That’s the only team that truly mattered to me. At the end of the day, sports are not just for watching from a distance. They are made for participation. That’s why softball was born. So grab a glove and a ball, run, shoot, and score. With family as your team, you can’t miss.

A sporting family is a supporting family.

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