Game Day etiquette

The Super Bowl certainly isn’t an event that requires your best table manners or for you to wear your Sunday best.

But, after all, it is one of the biggest sporting events, and there are plenty of ways to spoil the game if you don’t consider some of these simple Super Bowl manners.

Television quality is key.

If you want to host a watch party for the Super Bowl, that’s great. What will not be great is party-goers showing up to learn your television is a 26-inch cube from your college days or even worse you have rabbit ears on your TV and don’t get great reception.

Please be considerate of football fans on this day. They want to watch the Super Bowl on a large screen, preferably an HDTV or plasma. And by the way, it’s just as rude to invite yourself over to an acquaintance’s house where there is an HDTV that’s 42 inches or plus. You should have made efforts at the start of the season to be their friend.

Food is essential.

If the TV quality isn’t going to be of concern at your Super Bowl party, then you better make sure you have key dishes and beverages. People want to eat wings, burgers, pizza, hot dogs, chips — you name it. Think of this as the Thanksgiving of finger foods. People want the works and they don’t want to run out of food. So plan accordingly.

Minor table manners.

When the chips and dip are out, don’t double dip. Dip one chip and finish it, or you can put some dip on your plate that you can soak your chips in as often as you like. But as an episode of “Seinfeld” so accurately told us, double dipping is “like putting your whole face right in the dip!”

Don’t know, don’t ask.

Football is a complicated game. And, while it’s always good to learn something new, the Super Bowl is not the day to be learning the game. That means don’t ask about basics such as what’s a first down, offsides, play clock, etc.

And, you certainly need to know that a 15-minute quarter doesn’t actually last 15 minutes.

No tardiness.

Don’t be late to the game, and that’s final. Nobody wants a straggler coming in during the middle of the game then asking the room full of people, “What happened?”