Friday, August 29, 2008

A Woman's Perspective: Football is not like the measles.....It won't go away

By: Becky Shippen-Olsen

Editor's Note: Becky Olsen was the first winner of America's Next Top Obscure Guest Author on Adam's Sports Blog, and this post is her winning entry. It was too important and timely to not syndicate on here as well. All women should read this in order to better understand their husbands.

Let's face it, many women don't understand football and frankly don't care. They go to the games; put on some makeup and a cute tee…mostly for social reasons. They often show up late and/or leave early.

Don't worry—I was once there too (but not entirely). They complain that the boyfriend/spouse spends more time watching SportsCenter or classic BYU games on the Mountain and completely dread the fall season because it’s bombarded with football. Yet, these same women expect their significant others to see every chick-flick, watch Friends with them (and enjoy it) and help them pick out their latest MAC makeup purchase.

Before you get all huffed up and defensive, telling me it really is ridiculous that they love this game so much, and that you’ll never understand why on Earth they would watch a game over-and-over again, let me say this: Football isn’t going anywhere. And it won’t end with your husband either. Your kids will most likely be involved with it too. So instead of resisting and resenting football, embrace it. Try these five tips and in no time you’ll be on the road to football superfan-dom.

Educate Yourself
You know there is a football and a goal post. You know what a quarterback is and you love yelling “first down” with the rest of the crowd. That’s a good start, but ladies there is much more to learn. This should take no time at all. Nothing longer than how much time you would waste on People.com or Facebook. Get familiar football and with your team. Search American Football on Wikipedia, yes this is a credible and will give you a good foundation. Go to your team's site and become familiar with the roster and schedule. Seek out other sources of information like blogs, newspapers and fan forums. Heck, BYU even hosts an Annual Women’s Football Clinic to teach you more about the game. ASB has a great daily regimen for gathering BYU football information as well. The more you know the better. After all, we all hate what we don’t understand.

Quiz & Question
There is nothing more attractive to a guy than a girl interested in something he loves. So if your man loves this game, which he probably does, because you are reading this, then he’ll love to answer any questions you have about the game. A word of warning: Prepare yourself, because he’ll most likely go on and on… sharing his vast knowledge and opinions of the game.

Dress the Part
Nothing is more annoying to a hard core fan than a girl showing up looking like she’s on a Friday night date. (Ladies, you know who you are…fitted turtleneck sweaters, designer jeans, leather boot stilettos and hair down) I’m not saying you can’t look good or sport your designer jeans, just wear your team colors. Besides you’ll be much more comfortable. Get some cute accessories, go crazy. This is the easiest part.

Make a Contribution
Here’s where I really come in/have a lot of experience. See, I have a major interest in baking, especially cake decorating. Every home game we tailgate with our friends. So naturally, I decided I was going to use football as a creative outlet for my baking hobby. I show up each game with a new football-themed treat. I love it, my husband loves it and all our friends love it. I feel more a part of the group and am more excited each week as I brainstorm my next creation. I’m not suggesting you start baking; I’m saying find your niche and see how you can apply it to the football season. If you love face painting, photography, quilting or videography…there are ways you can contribute.




Understand the Commitment, Communicate
I think one of the biggest conflicts couples have with football is the commitment and dedication football fans have to the game. You have the 4-5 hour game, plus a tailgate, pre- and post-game shows, blogs to read, newspapers, TV reports and shows and of course the never-ending conversations they have with other fans. This can seem overwhelming, and truthfully it is. Discuss with your spouse what they think their time commitment is looking like for the season, and what their expectations are for your participation. Try to come to an agreement as a couple; you know go half way or what not. The key here is understanding expectations ahead of time. If you don’t want to watch game recaps on Sunday nights, then don’t—just don’t expect them to give it up. Also, be sure to set aside time to be “away” from football. Maybe a date night is appropriate. Remember: just because he loves football, doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you.

I promise you if you’ll try at least half of these suggestions your fall season will go much more smoothly and you’ll actually start enjoying football. In fact, you’ll love it. Football isn’t going anywhere and neither is your hubby’s passion for it. I’ll leave you with the words of Patti Edwards, wife of the legendary BYU Football Coach, LaVell Edwards, “I didn’t like it [football and him coaching], I called it the measles and thought it would go away. I didn’t like it at all! But after five years I learned the game and I enjoyed it, it is fascinating.”

Becky Shippen Olsen resides in Provo, Utah and is wife to Adam, the editor of Adam’s Sports Blog. Be sure to check out ASB for all your sporting needs. Becky won the first “America’s Next Top Obscure Guest Author” contest on ASB, allowing her this guest post, originally posted on ASB and then syndicated here. She is a BYU Alum and public relations specialist. She enjoys baking, rollerblading and Saved by the Bell. You can follow Becky on her blog, Project Domestication.

**Photos by Trevor and Lesley Winn Photography**

This post cannot be reproduced, rebroadcast, or resyndicated without the express written consent of Becky Schippen-Olsen and Adam's Sports Blog.

9 comments:

Becky said...

thanks winns! i truly believe every word i wrote. and by all means lesley if you have any words to add to this...i'd love to hear them!

i appreciate the plug. so good to see you two today.

The Winns said...

One question. Where can I get some of that cake?

Really great post. Brad says I know my football pretty well. I can't say I know much about the players, but I am a bit busy. And heels? Who in their right mind wears heels to a football game?

Okay Winns what are the holiday plans?

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Bermain di Stadion Luigi Ferraris, Minggu (25/8/2013) dinihari, Juventus harus menunggu hingga selepas babak kedua dimulai untuk mendapatkan gol. Sementara tuan rumah justru mendapatkan kartu merah di tengah upaya mereka menyamakan kedudukan. Hasil ini mengakhiri rekor tidak pernah Juventus di kandang Sampdoria sejak Maret 2006.

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Hamilton menyebut faktor cuaca yang menentukannya meraih Pole Position

Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 - Lewis Hamilton berhasil menjadi yang tercepat di sesi kualifikasi GP Belgia. Pembalap Mercedes itu menyebut perubahan cuaca sebagai faktor yang mempengaruhi keberhasilannya merebut pole.

Berita yang dirangkum oleh Agen Bola Indo11, sesi kualifikasi di Sirkuit Spa, Sabtu (24/8/2013), berlangsung dalam kondisi cuaca yang berubah-ubah. Sempat hujan di awal sesi, lintasan kemudian mengering dan hujan kembali turun. Di detik-detik akhir kualifikasi, Hamilton sukses mencatatkan waktu tercepat. Dia mengungguli dua pembalap Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel dan Mark Webber, yang masing-masing berada di urutan dua dan tiga.

"Aku akan menebak dan tebakanku mungkin tidak. Red Bull tampak sangat cepat dan juga Ferrari cukup cepat dala kondisi kering, jadi aku belum tentu yakin kami punya kecepatan untuk secepat hari ini. Aku terkejut ketika melewati garis. Ketika aku memulai lap, aku melihat di layar aku berada di posisi ketujuh atau kedelapan dan aku pikir 'oh, tidak', dan saat itu hujan turun. Kemudian aku melebar di tikungan 1 dan tampilan dasborku menunjukkan aku tertinggal tiga detik, kemudian lima detik dan enam detik, tapi aku terus menekan, dan bisa mengejar Seb (Vettel). Sungguh sebuah berkat, aku merasa sangat beruntung," kata pembalap asal Inggris itu.

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Marquez mengaku tidak senang walaupun start di baris terdepan

Berita terbaru dan terkini Bola Soccer dari Agen Bola Indo11 - Pembalap Honda Repsol Marc Marquez tidak sepenuhnya senang dengan start ketiga di MotoGP Republik Ceko. Sebab, Marquez merasa dirinya sebetulnya mampu untuk meraih pole position.

Berita yang dirangkum oleh Agen Bola Indo11, pada sesi kualifikasi, Sabtu (24/8/2013), Marquez membukukan waktu terbaiknya 1 menit 55,863. Catatan itu mengungguli rekan setimnya Dani Pedrosa di urutan keempat namun lebih lambat 0,336 dari Cal Crutchlow yang meraih pole.

Ini merupakan start di grid terdepan kedelapan berturut-turut yang didapatkan oleh pebalap muda Spanyol itu. Akan tetapi, Marquez sedikit kecewa karena gagal memanfaatkan keuntungan terkait bannya.

"Aku tidak sepenuhnya senang karena aku punya kepercayaan diri dan determinasi untuk bersaing meraih pole. Aku tak bisa memanfaatkan ban dengan baik karena ada deretan pebalap dan beberapa lainnya menuggu untuk masuk," kata Marquez.

"Terkait balapan, aku merasa percaya diri karena aku nyaman dengan motorku dan aku punya sebuah dasar yang bagus dan kecepatan pebalap. Jika balapan berlangsung kering, aku siap bersaing untuk merebut kemenangan." tutupnya.
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Arsenal and Everton battle for Berahino

Agen Bola terpercaya indo11.com reported,that Arsenal and Everton are among clubs showing interest in West Bromwich starlet Saido Berahino.
The 20-year-old has exploded onto the biggest stage this season, scoring 4 goals in 2 Capital One Cup matches before also registering a goal at Old Trafford at the weekend.
As a result, he is set to be rewarded with a new and improved contract at the Hawthorns, but a number of Premiership sides are looking to snatch the youngster before he commits his long-term future to the Baggies.as reported by Indo Eleven.
Given that his current deal, worth just £850 per week, is due to expire at the end of the season, Berahino will be free to negotiate a Bosman deal from 1st January.
It is believed that in case the player leaves the club next summer, West Brom will be due around £300,000 in compensation, so no wonder they are desperate to persuade Berahino to sign a contract extension.
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Moutinho: No regrets over Monaco switch

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Moutinho became only the third player to score in the league for Claudio Ranieri’s side this season when he netted a 13th-minute equaliser in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Reims.
The Portugal international, who was close to signing for Tottenham in 2012, believes he made the right decision in moving to Monaco, despite missing out on UEFA football.
“I think I have played for big clubs like Sporting Lisbon and especially Porto,” he told, as reported by Indo Eleven.
“The lack of interest from top European clubs in the summer? It does not matter to me.
“I am in a great club that has the ambition to compete with these kinds of teams.”
Monaco are currently top of Ligue 1 ahead of champions Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference.
Radamel Falcao, another player to join Monaco since the club were promoted at the end of last season, leads the Ligue 1 goalscoring charts with seven goals from eight games.
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heng lida said...

City keen to nick Januzaj from neighbours

Agen Bola terpercaya indo11.com reported,Manchester City have offered to triple the wages of Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj if he makes the switch to Etihad Stadium.
The Belgian midfielder is one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League, and made his first team bow as a substitute against Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at Wembley last month.
He has since come off the bench twice in the league, and in last week’s victory over fierce rivals Liverpool in the Capital One Cup third round.
The 18 year old is currently locked in contract talks with the Premier League champions, who were further alerted to his potential after he impressed in pre-season.
However, City boss Manuel Pellegrino is also a fan, and has been given the green light to offer a £45,000 per-week contract.
Januzaj is ineligible to feature against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, but will hoping for his first start for United against bottom of the league Sunderland on Saturday.as reported by Indo Eleven.
Sourcehttp:// indo11.com

heng lida said...

City keen to nick Januzaj from neighbours

Agen Bola terpercaya indo11.com reported,Manchester City have offered to triple the wages of Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj if he makes the switch to Etihad Stadium.
The Belgian midfielder is one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League, and made his first team bow as a substitute against Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at Wembley last month.
He has since come off the bench twice in the league, and in last week’s victory over fierce rivals Liverpool in the Capital One Cup third round.
The 18 year old is currently locked in contract talks with the Premier League champions, who were further alerted to his potential after he impressed in pre-season.
However, City boss Manuel Pellegrino is also a fan, and has been given the green light to offer a £45,000 per-week contract.
Januzaj is ineligible to feature against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, but will hoping for his first start for United against bottom of the league Sunderland on Saturday.as reported by Indo Eleven.
Sourcehttp:// indo11.com