10 Reasons to Watch the Big Game - Not Your Phone

Mobile tech has truly changed the game when it comes to sport fandom and participation. We can watch our favorite team live from anywhere with a mobile signal or WiFi. We can react, in real time, to the live action of the game. Basically, it’s easier than ever to support our team of choice when we use our phones to enhance the fan experience. 

But, our mobile devices can certainly get in the way of our fandom if we aren’t careful. Mobile distraction is a huge problem in stadiums where fans often spend more time looking at their phones than they do looking at the play. The problem carries over onto the couch—we all have that friend who spends all of Sunday DMing his fantasy football group rather than actually watching any of the games.

Our very own Stephen Curry has even spoken out about how helpful it is for him to disconnect from his digital world every once in a while. For Stephen, reducing digital distractions means more focus on training with his teammates and spending more quality time with his family and friends, and even goes on a social media “blackout” during the playoffs. During a recent event Palm hosted with Stephen, he explained how the Warriors decided to implement a new rule where players aren’t allowed to be on their phones in the locker room. “We are very purposeful around creating these types of moments where we can engage and connect on a very personal level,” said Curry.

While most of us will never compete in an NBA Championship, we can all agree that putting down our phones down during physical activities can help us get more out of them. But, Stephen isn’t the only high profile athlete who has talked about the importance of disconnecting. Hear from these athletes and fitness experts highlighting the importance of eliminating digital distractions:

Heather Eastman, Professional Strength and Conditioning Trainer, explains how bringing your phone to the gym can be particularly counterproductive. “Rest time between sets and workout focus are vital components of your training program, and an addiction to your phone impairs both.”

Tariq Owens, Texas Tech basketball player talks about how banning smartphones the night before games helped his underdog team make it all the way to the 2019 NCAA Final Four. “Just to be able to get away from it, just live in the moment, feels great... We’re locked into more important things than cell phones.”

Lebron James, also takes a break from social media during the playoffs. "You have to keep the main thing the main thing… When the postseason happens, it's one game at a time. That's all that matters. The outside noise doesn't matter."

Mike Leach, Head Coach of Washington State University football team, explains that he banned his players from posting on social media for the 2nd half of the 2019 season so that they could focus on winning football games. “If I had it to do over again, I would’ve done it when we started camp. I think we’re a little too distracted right now, but I think there is a team-wide determination to be less distracted.”

 

Prepping for the Big Game

Speaking of avoiding distractions, there’s a pretty big football game going on this Sunday, and whoever you’re rooting for, the Big Game is bound to be exciting. To help all of us enjoy a distraction-free game, we put together a list of 10 reasons to watch the Big Game, and not your phone this Sunday:

  1. Eat ALL The Snacks. It’s called a “cheat day” for a reason. Today’s the day go all in at the snack bar.
  2. Enjoy The Pure Talent. Even if you’re not a fanatic about the game, surely (like us) you can appreciate some of the incredible athleticism on display. Jimmy G and George Kittle vs. Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce anyone?
  3. Enjoying The Touchdown Celebrations. Ever since the league relaxed the touchdown celebration rules, we’ve been treated to some pretty amazing end zone antics. 
  4. Spots the Celebs. There are sure to be more than a few close-up shots of your favorite A-listers.
  5. The J. Lo & Shakira Halftime Show. Those hips and those dance moves don’t lie.
  6. Judge the Commercials. Did you know a 30-second spot during the halftime break costs upwards of $5 million? Is it worth it? You be the judge!
  7. Dream of That Miami Weather. It’ll be in the mid-70s in Miami on Sunday… currently looking for flights.
  8. Face to Face Fandom. There’s nothing quite like celebrating (or crying) with your fellow fans. At least you won’t be alone!
  9. Don’t Miss the Best Highlights. Don’t doom yourself to seeing spoiler alerts on Twitter. Watch all the highlights on the big screen. 
  10. Relearn Your Roman Numerals. (Hint: LIV = 54)

LIV in the Moment and Enjoy the Game

Even if you don’t care who wins or loses, just enjoy the game without any distractions – you’ll have plenty of time to check your emails on Monday.  

In honor of our local Bay Area team making it all the way to the 54th edition of the Big Game, Palm is now on sale for just $254 through Sunday. Get yours today!