It's that time of year again - March Madness; The Masters; Baseball Season; NBA Playoffs; NFL Draft; NCAA Spring Football Practices - the time when numerous girlfriends and wives become sports widows. They are lost in the midst of late night games and TV mistresses. True, some guys aren't crazy about sports and some girls love them, but for the sake of this week's He Said/She Said, let's pretend this is normal...
Craig & Angela Bickford share their thoughts in this week's He Said/She Said.
I have never been the athletic type. Once, when my husband and I were dating, I endured Co-Ed Softball - mostly to impress him, but also to bond over a shared activity. Let's just say he still married me. When it comes to watching sports, I'm no better. I think the only sport that I've ever enjoyed was baseball. I don't really even have any favorite teams (shh, don't tell my hubby!). Now, being married to a sports lover - an avid one who likes pretty much every one, has it's ups and downs. Upside: I've learned a lot about sports and I can actually watch football without cheering when the wrong team scores (yes, this actually happened in college). Downside: I've learned a lot because he watches a lot - too much if you ask me. I dread certain times of the year and we've actually had tense discussions surrounding his love of sports. I've had to learn how to not ask anything I really want an answer to during a game, and he's had to learn when I really do need his attention - even if it's when the game is on. However, ladies, I will say this: let him have his sports time. For my husband, it's his get-away-from-it-all time. I equate it to my daily dose of All My Children (total non-use of brain time). Needed, appreciated, and yes, a little questionable at times. But, of all the things you could fight about with your partner - should sports really be one of them?
Some would says this is the most wonderful time of the year. I would be one that would say that. The truth is, I LOVE SPORTS! I was raised playing and watching them. There are few things in life that I enjoy more than kicking back on a Sunday afternoon after all my house work is done and catching the back nine of a golf tournament. Or after a day at the office, coming home, having dinner with my wife, and then plopping down on the couch to watch an Astros or Rockets game. It is exactly what my wife said, a get away for me. Now don't get me wrong, I do get involved a bit too much now and again, but that is what being a fan is about. I will say, in my defense, that my sports watching does not detract from the things that I have to do either around the house or at the office. I am not one to stop something that needs doing because the game is starting. Nor am I one that has to turn on Sports Center as soon as I walk in the door, as was once the case. So I am showing improvement. I think a balance can be found between both sides of the "what is too much" argument, unless of course it is in the last seconds of your playoff-pushing team's mad rally to steal one from the jaws of defeat. We all have our weaknesses, what can I say. :S
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