You've loaded the food and drinks, and you're decked from head to toe in team gear. Leave. As. Early. As. Possible. Tell your friends the same. The longer you're there, the longer the party lasts. This is twice as important if you're in charge of cooking. During football season, serious chefs will get out to the lots at (believe it) 4-5 a.m. to start the slow, but oh-so-important smoking process. People will like you if you bring the basic brats and burgers. You'll be a king if you're dishing out fall-off-the-bone ribs or pulled pork.