It’s football season, and if you’re like me you may have noticed that any romantic dates with your fella on Sundays have dropped from your calendar. Or maybe you’ve joined Facebook groups like this one: The Wife’s Guide to Surviving Football Season.
How does a girl cope with an event that literally keeps her man glued to the television for 10 or 12 straight hours? Below are my top five ways to cope with game day.
1. Don’t stand between him and Football, he’ll drop you like a punter at kickoff. If you don’t want to learn about the game, use that spare time to do something else you’ve always wanted to do. Take a dance class, join a ski club, or just make a standing date for girl time. You’ll both be happier, and I guarantee that you’ll suddenly become more interesting to him if you’re out doing something fun without him.
2. Learn to Knit. Knitting is awesome, therapeutic and something you can be doing while your dude is yelling at the television. Plus when you are done, you’ve created a new scarf to keep you warm for the next game. Stitch and Bitch is a great knitters social network and one of the best books to get the beginner knitter started!
3. Learn to imitate the great color commentator John Madden. Here is Frank Caliendo’s John Madden impersonation.
One of the best things about John Madden is his rudimentary commentator style. Put on a gruff voice and say, “You know, If the ball doesn’t get down the field, they aren’t going to make a touchdown!” Start any sentence with “You know…” state the obvious, toss in a “Boom” and talk lovingly about Brett Farve whenever possible.
4. Pretend you are enjoying it. Yelling “Defense, or Go!” can be very invigorating, as long as you can follow who actually has possession of the ball. Cheering for the other team is still an effective homicide defense in some states. You can get some great tips on what the basic terms for football are at this site, and hold your own on game day.
5. Join ’em! There must be something to it since it is a billion dollar industry. I recently joined my husband’s Fantasy Football team and am really enjoying the competitive nature of having my own team. Plus, once in a while I beat him at his own game! ESPN, FoxSports, AOL, and Yahoo are all great websites that host free fantasy football leagues. Here are some sites that do a great job of giving out strategy tips for picking the best fantasy team!
Wife’s Guide to Understanding Fantasy Football.