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Sometimes "overly enthusiastic" sports fans should stick to finger foods when watching football — jalapeño poppers, popcorn chicken, stuff on a stick. Find out why this is a fact, plus 10 awesome tailgating recipes to back up this theory, after the jump. 

Here are two game day scenarios. 1. You’re eating a piece of pizza, burrito or hunk of 6-foot sub with both hands. There’s a helmet-to-helmet hit, and your fist-pumping hand rises up involuntarily. Your food falls to the ground, and the five-second rule quickly expires. Also the 10-second rule. Sailor down. We’ve all seen this happen. 2. You were eating more logically bite-sized food (considering the occasion) and managed to hang onto your jalapeño popper while still reacting appropriately. 

If you prefer scenario two, which takes less time to clean up and is less of a buzzkill, we have 10 recipes for flightless foods that you’re going to love.

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