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Fall is basically here. For guys, it’s a magical time of year. Each Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, a dude gets to wallow in the sheer, unbridled ecstasy of following his favorite football team. Nothing brings him greater joy and satisfaction than seeing his squad of eleven helmeted gladiators scratch out victories during football season. And I’m sure you’ve also been witness to his devastation... evidenced by your man's vacant look and glassy eyes after a loss.
Here's the best way to describe the male connection to football-- it’s sort of like a soap opera for men. There are multiple stories, with outrageous characters, good guys, bad guys, cliffhangers and the inevitable conclusion.
I’m writing this to prepare you for the next five months. Many of you are football fans yourselves (including many of the GalTime Gals-- don't worry, we'll do another post for diehard female fans), but for those of you who aren't ... I’m hopeful that some of these tips will help to make the coming months more manageable – perhaps even save a few relationships. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
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Tips for Getting Through Football Season
1. This Storm Will Pass. It’s easier said than done, I know, but if you just keep reminding yourself that that the season does end eventually, it will lighten the emotional load a tad bit.
2. It’s just a game. The emotional rollercoaster men ride during the football season is not to be taken lightly. The absolute worst thing anyone could say is, “It’s just a game.” No. This is not true. This is SO not true. Was Michael Jackson “just a singer?” Was Mark Twain “just a writer?” Is you mom “just a mom?” Of course not. The game and the teams matter. As guys, we’re not offered many opportunities to unleash raw emotion – crying, experiencing child-like giddiness, anger, depression, and exultation – are all uncharacteristically free-flowing during football season. Don’t judge, just be there to wipe his tears…. and keep bringing out the nachos.