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Let’s get serious about football fandom and being a female

25 Nov

Okay, so those of you who don’t know, I absorb a lot about football. And I mean absorb because most of it is passive. We watch football all day on Saturdays and Sundays. Honestly, most of the time I am doing that while also writing, reading, or catching up on shows.

So it’s not like I’m the hugest football fan in the world. I will never claim to be the hugest fan of anything because I’m usually distracted, which takes away from the fandom.

I’m lost in other worlds and/or zoning out.

We have season tickets to the college team my husband loves and we flew to St. Louis to watch the Seahawks play on Monday Night Football. We’ve gone to a few games and had a conversation about possibly moving into the apartments they are building across from the stadium.

So yes, I am mainly a fan of football because of my husband. I’m not sure if I would listen to so much sports talk radio or watch as much NFL network without him (that doesn’t take away from the fact I enjoy doing both).

On the other side, football is a perfect match to my personality. I don’t like most female endeavors and that often leaves me feeling like a failure.

I don’t understand shopping or the appeal of shoes (other than their efficiency in a zombie apocalypse), but I do understand the thrill of a good hit and the high of a roaring stadium.

(You can like shopping and football, I’m not saying you can’t. So please don’t take that away from that comment. It’s just a societal view of what women enjoy doing and I’m using it as an example because I’ve never understood the appeal of shopping.)

I like to talk (what the world sees as) guy stuff because it comes natural as opposed to when I talk female (what the world sees as) it’s mainly me feeling like I’m trying to catch up and/or care at all.

It’s a weird place to be. But I’ve been living this football interested life for a few years.

And I’m starting to get ticked off.

I’m starting to listen to guys talk football and they have no idea what they’re talking about.

I’m starting to listen to guys talk sports and one guy (from Seattle) even said he didn’t know Griffey came back to Seattle to end his career. If I know more about baseball than you do, you know nothing about baseball.

(Come on, man!)

I’m starting to realize that a lot of people pretend they follow football and they don’t.

One time in an elevator at my day job a man was talking about the Texas college game and I randomly said, I watched that game (on accident but I did watch the game) and I had more to contribute to the conversation than the other guy he was originally addressing.

Yet, I’m a girl. So I constantly live on the edge of losing my sports street cred.

An example is Alex Smith.

I know his whole story. Probably because I dislike the 49ers (Sorry! SEAHAWKS.). But I know his story.

Yet I listen to guys say, doesn’t he play for the Browns?

I’m thinking, no you idiot. He played for the 49ers and did just fine. He got injured and the new guy came along and replaced him. And now the new guy isn’t even having a very good season. And Kansas City (the actual place where Mr. Smith plays) is doing awesome (except they lost yesterday—thanks for lessening the effectiveness of my argument). SO whatever.

And that is my nice girl way of explaining it because I’m a girl and I’m nice (except for the idiot comment).

Anyway, so I’m in the ring with guys who don’t know what they’re talking about. Yet, if I say ONE THING that isn’t correct, the guy I’m talking to writes me off.

If I can’t come up with the name, or I say a guy isn’t that good and the other person thinks I’m crazy for that view, I lose their football attention.

They no longer want to talk sports with me.

It’s a really complicated position to be in. And I just wanted to put it out into the universe.

I like football. I’m a fan. I’m a female. And I probably know more about Matt Flynn than you.

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