It’s four long months of manning out with your favorite Mannings and boys. But what about your girlfriend/fiance/wife? She’s left annoyed that you’ve disappeared for all of Sunday or are making a wing-filled mess on the coffee table on Thursday night. She’s getting resentful, she’s withholding sex and praying for the Superbowl to come and go.
How do I know this? Because I was that girl. I hated sports, football especially, and the way my ex boyfriends would wear jerseys every Sunday, yell at the TV and become completely non-responsive for the entire day. Yeah, I had things I could do, but I just didn’t appreciate that so many days of the week were suddenly filled with a pig skin and sportscasters.
Then I met a man who wanted me to be apart of the fun, not push me away or say things like, “you’ll just never understand.” Instead, he immersed me in the culture that is football and after one season, I, too, was a fan. So if you’ve been experiencing the same problems with your girlfriend, take heed, cause we’re about to change that. Luckily, you’ve still got 3 and half months to get it done.
1. Ask her why she doesn’t like football/sports in general. It’s most likely because she hasn’t taken the time to sit down and learn the game. She’s chocked it up to dudes yelling, throwing and moving a ball over a line. If she doesn’t understand the game, let her know that you’d be more than willing to teach her the rules. If she’s open to it, you need to be patient and give her a high level approach to the game. Don’t feel the need to go into every detail and talk to her about Spread Option offense. That can come later once she’s totally into the game. The key is to not overwhelm her.
2. Get her involved in your Fantasy Football league or start one for the two of you. Make it competitive in a fun way so that whoever is leading each week gets the loser to do something they want. Maybe she has to be topless or in some Adam & Eve lingerie for an entire game if you’re winning or you have to go down on her for an hour if she’s winning. Make the stakes personal and angled in such a way that both of you win.
3. Immerse her in the wonders of football by taking her tailgating and to real football games. Watching a game on TV is great, but you know just as well as I do that it’s not as fun as being there and being with the other fans, yelling, cussing and drinking. Don’t feel the need to take her to a NFL game, a college game will be just as good and far cheaper.
4. Drop in some Pavlov’s Law if all else fails. Have a party with friends, great drinks and snacks for every major game that is on. Maybe she won’t watch the game, but she’ll slowly start to associate fun with football and sooner or later, she’ll sit down to catch a few plays.
You may just have to accept it if you’ve done all this and she’s still not into it or you can dump her. Whatever you do, don’t just assume she couldn’t be interested and then proceed to ignore her. With a little effort, you can make this a win for both of you.