It’s here. The weekend our husbands, brothers, boyfriends, and sons have waited for all year. The weekend that companies have spent millions on as they try to catch our attention for 30 seconds. The weekend that if you’re a busy working mom of two, you may not have noticed is almost here.
(Fun story: A few years ago, my friend and her husband came over one night to hang out and they were so excited about the great seats they had gotten for an upcoming showing of the musical Wicked. They were all smiles and excitement until someone said something about the Superbowl coming up…and oh the look of horror that came across that husband’s face when he realized that their great seats were magically available because they booked their tickets on the same night as the Superbowl. Hilarious and tragic all at the same time. But for the record, they still went to see Wicked and he won the “Husband of the Year” award.)
Most of you probably don’t spend every morning watching “Mike & Mike” on ESPN, and watching reruns of SportsCenter all day like we do around here, so I thought I’d share a few tips about the game this weekend.
1. Do Some Research
Trust me, it won’t take long. Watch one episode of SportsCenter while you’re cleaning up the kitchen and you’ll have enough random facts to at least interject some random tidbit that will make everyone at your Super Bowl party think you are a brilliant sports fan. Trust me on this one. I used to do it before dates with my husband and it worked like a charm.
2. Focus on the Game, Not the Food
If your husband is like mine, he won’t care that the cookies are in the shape of a football. He would rather you seem genuinely interested as he explains the “Cover 2″ and points out the impending blitz. It doesn’t matter if you have absolutely no idea what those words mean. Smile and nod…just like he does when you’re filling him on the latest episode of “Real Housewives of Wherever.” Sure, he wants to eat. But realize he won’t make it the focal point – don’t be disappointed when he doesn’t notice the Pinterest-inspired goodies.
\3. Refuse to Put Up with Anyone Calling Richard Sherman a “Thug”
Because he’s not. You may have no idea what I’m talking about, but basically one of Seattle’s players got a bit too excited after the last game and yelled during an interview (without using expletives) and kinda made himself look like an arrogant fool. He got caught up in the moment. Way too caught up. His behavior wasn’t appropriate. But he is not a thug.
A “thug” is defined as “a violent person esp. a criminal.” Richard Sherman is not a violent criminal. He has no criminal record. He is actually Stanford educated and is probably smarter than most of us. But because he is black, people are calling him a “thug”. And it bothers me. It seems like people are using that word when they can’t say the ‘n’ word, but they mean the same thing. (Case in point: No one called Tom Brady a “thug” when he chased referees across the field and yelled expletives at them.)
Getting off my soapbox now…
4. It’s Not ALL About the Commercials
Yes, it’s partially about the commercials. And partially about the half-time show. But if you’re husband is even a mildly a football fan, it’s about the game. Pay attention to the game, and he will feel like you’re paying attention to him. (Or is that only true of my husband, quite possibly the biggest sports fan in the world?)
Besides…haven’t we all seen the commercials already? Personally, I’m partial to the new Cheerios commercial…for obvious reasons. So cute. I’m trying not to watch all the spoilers, but I have seen a lot of people saying that Budweiser is going to be hard to beat.
5. Just Don’t Talk – Unless It’s About Football
And before you talk – think. And after you have thought – think again. Is this anything a football fan will want to hear? (Hint: If it’s about the uniforms or the mascot, the answer is probably no.)
That last tip is courtesy of my husband.
Will you be watching the game? Or just the commercials? Do you have any Super Bowl traditions?