2. DON’T HATE OTHERS FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR FAILINGS; LEARN FROM THEM.
You watch as the wide receiver on the opposing team makes a once-in-a-lifetime one-handed grab over your team’s defender and runs it in for the winning touchdown. You can clasp your head in a viselike grip of frustration and rage, let out a piteous cry like some grievously wounded animal, and vow to forever despise the team that so undeservedly defeated your team and, in so doing, cost it a trip to the Super Bowl. Or you can seethe with hatred at your cornerback for blowing his coverage. But there is one other option. You can shrug your shoulders and say, “It’s only a game; we’ll get ’em next time,” and know that, in the game of life, to win you have to either make the impossible one-handed grabs or cover effectively against your opponent making them. You could do that. Nobody would. But you could and that’s the point of football — it’s a life lesson if you’re willing to learn. Either that, or it just rips your heart out, crushes your dreams, and leaves you wondering why you remain loyal to those losers year after year. But that’s a life lesson, too, isn’t it?

3. WEAR SOMETHING THAT MATCHES OR AT LEAST LOOKS COOL.
Have you seen some of those uniforms. Puh-lease!

And that’s what football can teach us about life, which is a good thing to keep in mind as the new year gets underway in the dark and cold days of winter. Think of it as the off-season.