3 Tips for Future CEO’s to Stay in the Game During Football Season


Tailgating (image: tadfad)

by: Kenan Jones

Summer is almost over and that means classes are beginning and college football is back in action. This is my favorite time of year, but for those of you who have little interest in watching a bunch of grown men running into each other and chasing a ball around for three hours, this post is for you. Sports have a very strong influence in the business world; at some point you will inevitably find yourself in the midst of a conversation about football. Whether it’s with your classmates or corporate recruiters, I want you to be prepared. Here are three tips to help you future CEO’s stay in the game so you don’t have to pretend to go to the bathroom every time the subject of football comes up:

1. Know the top teams in the nation.
The Associated Press releases a weekly ranking of the top 25 teams in the land. Currently the top 5 teams in division 1A are: 1 Florida, 2 Texas, 3 Oklahoma, 4 Southern California, and 5 Alabama. The poll is updated every Monday based on the results of the previous week’s games. More importantly, you should make yourself familiar with your school team.  Who are they playing that week? Who are their biggest rivals? What is the team’s win/loss record? Who are their star players?

2. Learn the basics.
The rules of the football can be slightly confusing at first but the object of the game is simple: score more points than your opponent. Click here for an article that provides a breakdown of all rules, positions, and terminology you will need to become a football guru. If all else fails, find someone who enjoys the sport and go to a game with them.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions, most people who love the game are more than happy to share their insights.

One aspect of division 1A college football that is completely unique to the sport is the way its national champion is decided. It is the only major NCAA sport that does not use a playoff system at the end of the year to determine who the best team is. Instead it uses the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) rankings to determine which two teams will play at the end of the year for the national title. The BCS rankings are highly controversial as they are nothing more than a ranking assigned to each team by a computer algorithm which pulls data from a number of categories such as total points scored, win/loss record, etc. The BCS is often criticized because it is possible for a team to win every game they play yet still not be allowed to compete for the national title if their ranking is not high enough.

3. Join your US classmates for a tailgate.
Tailgating is a part of the college football culture that I recommend everyone experience at least once. The term tailgate refers to the gate on the back of a truck or SUV that can be lowered for loading and unloading. People gather in a common area, usually the stadium parking lot, hours before the game to cook out, have drinks, and make friends. This is a perfect way to interact with your peers, sample the local fare, and maybe learn a thing or two about your school and football.

Kenan Jones is President & CEO of TheCitadelStore.com. He attended Clemson University and is an avid college football fan.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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