Don't Hate The Game 3: How To Deal With His Football Obsession

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Score big points with your sweetie this football season using tips from our resident guy's guy.

Tomfoolery: I feel like I might a guy might get a little more alone time. I mean obviously, we do need to keep in mind a reasonable amount of time. Twenty hours of football a weekend is a lot. It's basically half a work week, and every daylight hour of the weekend. I think most guys would be pretty reasonable about it or picking their battles...or finding "together" stuff to do in the hours he's not watching football. Play Together: Top Sports For Couples

Faye: Now, girls who know football—is that the biggest turn-on ever?

 

Tomfoolery: Yeah, I mean...it doesn't really make any difference, but it is kind of cool.

Natalie: It proves she's not trying too hard?

Tomfoolery: Right. I feel like a girl who's very interested in something is automatically attractive.

Krissy: Interested in anything?

Tomfoolery: Yeah, very good or very knowledgeable about something is kind of a turn-on. And I guess some dudes think that a girl wearing a Pink Tony Romo jersey is pretty cute too. I've actually never bought someone a jersey...although I did buy a cheerleader outfit for my niece and it's adorable.

(Laughter.)

Faye: I'll admit, if a guy is too much of a hot-head about football, that's a big turn-off. But on the other hand, if he loves it, that's kind of hot. If he's out watching it with his friends, that means he's social, enjoys a good time and if he's passionate about it, then he could be passionate about other things...like me.

Tomfoolery: Good attitude. I have a friend whose wife made him bean bags in his team's colors. When he's angry during a game, he can just throw them.

Faye: What are things girls can do to help you get through if your team loses the game?

Tomfoolery: Measure our level of our dejectedness. Taking it too seriously makes it feel like a mockery, but not taking it seriously enough makes it feel like our feelings are invalid. Maybe say something like, "Wow, we played awful in that game. I'm mad too." Or, have a sense of humor and make a little bit light of it if he doesn't take the game too seriously. "It's just a game, nobody died" kind of thing. Despite it being childish, we really do take it seriously.

Krissy: So we should empathize.

Tomfoolery: Yeah. I had a girlfriend who tried to cheer me up with sex

(Girls go wide-eyed.)

Tomfoolery: It doesn't always work.

Girls (in unison): It doesn't?!

Jessica: I thought that would be the sure thing!

Tomfoolery: "Well I'm gonna take this out on you."

Girls: Ohhhh.

Tomfoolery: The big thing is to not take someone's feelings too lightly. Despite knowing how silly it is, football is important to us. 

Check out parts one and two of our Don't Hate The Game series to learn why football is so inherent to manhood and why fantasy football is so big right now. Also sign up for our newsletter to register to win a $550 prize package from Henri Bendel, one of New York City's chicest shopping destinations.