The Coolest Things an Armchair Sports Fan Needs This Summer

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Just as professional athletes need the right sports equipment to do their jobs, so too do the fans cheering them on at home. If you're an armchair sports fan and you don't have at least half of these items to hand, then you're running the very real risk of a serious injury, or possibly even a lifetime ban from the International Federation of Sofa Spectators. 
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1. LG B6 Television

First up, you're going to need a telly to watch sport on – and not just any old telly, but one that can handle sprints, swings, leaps, kicks and camera pans without becoming a blurry, incomprehensible mess. 

According to product-review site Rtings, the LG OLED B6 is 'the best TV for watching sports that we've reviewed in 2016'. With a 4K screen it's as hi-res as hi-res gets, and 'you'll see very little blur, and the uniformity is very good, so playing surfaces are not going to look patchy'. The downside? It ain't cheap – but can you really put a price on next-best-thing-to-being-there?    
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2. Reclining Armchair

To truly enjoy watching sport you need to be every bit as laidback as the athletes that you're watching are hectic. And to relax to a truly ridiculous degree, you need a reclining armchair

Honestly, you've not yelled 'Come on you lazy swine!' at a professional sprinter/striker/cyclist/swimmer until you've done it with your spine at a luxurious 45-degree angle. For maximum slovenliness get yourself a motorised recliner, so that you don't even have to put any effort into tilting yourself backwards into spectator nirvana. Whoop!
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3. Mini Fridge

Watching sport is arguably even more exhausting that taking part in it, so you'll need a steady stream of snacks and drinks to keep your strength up. And you don't want to be constantly getting up to go to the fridge because A) you might miss a dramatic goal/point/fall/K.O./world record and B) OMG the fridge is, like, sooo faaaarr awaaayy. 

You've got two possible options: You either painstakingly train a dog to fetch beers, samosas and salsa dip from the kitchen for you, or you buy yourself a mini fridge so that you need never leave the warm glow of your TV and the comforting roar of the crowd.  
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4. Chalkboard

It's always fun to 'make things interesting' when watching sport with family or friends by having a wee flutter, even if the stakes are only as high as who has to load the dishwasher that night. 

Purchasing an inexpensive blackboard is a great way to make your low-stakes gambles feel like a big deal. Acting as bookmaker, you can write out a set of odds on the board and invite your family/friends to place their wagers, or simply use it to officially record who bet on which outcome. So when Nan claims that she actually bet that Serena Williams would win the US Open this year, you can point to the board as proof of her outright lie. Now off you trot, Nan. Go load that dishwasher. 
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5. Stress Ball

Watching sport can be incredibly stressful – the dizzy highs, the crashing lows, the howls of glory, the tears of disappointment. Rather than recklessly smashing up your living room in glee/agony, focus your intense emotional pressures onto a stress ball. It's definitely cheaper than buying a new telly.   
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6. Giant Foam Finger

And for your other hand.... These giant foam fingers have been a mainstay of US sports fandom for decades, but why should they have all the fun? You've not cheered on Jess/Mo/Andy/United until you've done it while waving around a comically out-sized pointy hand in the air. 

And when you're not using your giant foam finger to enhance your sport-watching experience, it makes an ideal tool for pointing out things that are very far away. Basically, you can't afford to not own one. 
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7. Megaphone

Half the fun of watching sport on TV is yelling out instructions and encouragement to the athletes on-screen. Obviously you know they can't hear you, but it's fun to play the armchair training-coach/stadium-crowd nonetheless. 

And what better way than to get your excited hollerings out than with a cranked-up megaphone? As a bonus, your massively amplified voice will drown out those of any rival factions in your living room. 
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8. Champagne

To the victor, the spoils: A bottle of bubbly to be shaken up and sprayed everywhere while whooping like a loon. Or, if you don't fancy soaking your living room in expensive stickiness, you could simply quaff it while basking in your victory. 

Note: Champagne also makes for an ideal tipple if your side loses, because champagne. 
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