We’re getting into the heart of football season, and I know that some of you are already looking forward to the Super Bowl. Not just because of the commercials, but because it means getting your weekends with your significant other back!
My husband is about as fanatical about football as they come. He watches college football every Saturday from the start of the noon game until the last West Coast game finishes in overtime. Sundays start at 1pm and go through the late game that night. Throw in Monday Night Football and the occasional Thursday night game, and sometimes it feels like football has taken over our lives.
Maybe it has.
But I know I’m not alone. Does this sound familiar to any of you?
One of my friends lamented to me about her significant other the yesterday, “I don’t know HOW he can watch football for 48 hours straight!”
I told her I’ve come up with a few coping mechanisms over the years – remember, my husband and I have known eachother for 18 years – and he’s been this way the entire time! I figured some of you might benefit from a few words of advice.
1) Get used to it.
Okay, this isn’t really a coping mechanism, but it is a reality check. My husband likes to say, “You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.” Meaning – you knew every weekend would be this way during football season. This is true.
If he watches football for 48 hours straight while you’re dating, he WILL still do that when you’re married.
Realize this works both ways. My husband knew I don’t cook or clean when he married me. He’s not going to change and neither am I. At some point, acceptance is a beautiful thing.
2) Schedule around the games.
Want to feel like you’re still getting time with your significant other during football season? Maximize the non-game times. These are Friday nights, Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings.
Maybe you two should plan on having a date night on Friday nights during football season. If there are things you want done around the house, plan to do them first thing on Saturday morning. And make Sunday morning something special – whether it be going to church or having a leisurely brunch together. If you schedule activities around the games, I promise you both will be much happier!
3) Get some skin in the game.
I only recently started putting this one into practice. Join a Fantasy Football league or a College Pick ‘Em pool. Don’t have any idea what either one is? That’s fine. You have to start somewhere. Why join one of these things if you have no idea what they are? You will actually have some reason to care about the outcome of the game.
I love football more than most women, but even I reach a state of football fatigue late Sunday afternoon. Knowing that the quarterback on my Fantasy Football team will be playing in the evening game makes watching it bearable. I have someone to cheer for, something to care about.
4) Create your own football tradition.
Figure out something to do during the football games that you look forward to doing. Maybe it’s trying a new recipe on Saturdays while he’s watching the games. Trust me, he will love sampling your latest creation while zoned out on the couch. (Not that I would know from personal experience – I don’t cook, remember?)
We have gotten into the habit of “Sunday Funday”. My husband and the Mini Athlete head off to a friend’s house on Sunday afternoons and that time is “my time”. I do whatever I want during that time with no guilt. I spent this past Sunday afternoon at the mall with my little sister. If you start claiming that time as “my time”, you might actually start looking forward to it. Trust me on this one.
5) When all else fails, let him watch the game.
You might remember me mentioning a while back that Verizon Wireless sent me their new HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE to try out for a few months. I made the mistake of letting my husband borrow it one day since he doesn’t have a smart phone or GPS and needed the navigation tool. I’ve barely seen it since. He’s addicted.
Not only does he love the crazy fast 4G speed and the big screen, he loves being able to do this:
Yes, that is my husband watching a football game while the bride and groom cut the cake.
Sometimes, you just gotta let it go.
Do you have any tips for surviving football season?
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.