Friday, July 26, 2013

Women and sports

Men can use sports as a common ground. If you have 10 guys in a room, 9 of them are sports fanatics. Whether it's baseball, football, soccer, or (like Derek) "extreme" sports like BMX, motocross, and jet skis. Men talk about sports to avoid talking about sensitive subjects such as feeling fears and emotions. Most men can at least find one thing in common with another guy, and it usually has something to do with sports: whether they find that they root for the same team, like the same sport, or played the same sport.

My love for Auburn began at a very young age.
 
As a lover of sports and a member of the female gender, I feel like I am in the minority when it comes to sports fans in general. Sure there are women who don't mind watching, or those who will gladly participate in a tailgate for fun. But the women that truly enjoy sports, who played sports, and who can understand the game without phoning a friend are few and far between. Sure I don't know everything, but that doesn't change the fact that I could probably tell you more than the next girl.
At a football game in Troy (where I went to college)
 
So how do you hold your own when it comes to sports talk? Here are some pointers.
 
Talk about what you know. If your thing is football, talk about football. Watch football. Know what play means what and for heavens sakes, don't ask if the blue/yellow/orange/red lines on the field (on TV) are really there. That will get you some side eyes for sure.
 
Don't pretend. If you don't know something or don't enjoy a certain sport, don't pretend like you do. A guy (or anyone for that matter) will have way more respect for you if you simply admit "I don't really like/understand basketball." Than if you say something like "OMG I can't believe they didn't call a foul ball on that play."
 
Stick to your guns. If you root for a team that your friends or fellow game-watchers aren't a fan of, so what? There's no shame in rooting your team on, even if their not winning. Especially if their not winning, because this shows that you're a real fan and not a "bandwagoner."
Football game in Auburn (WAR EAGLE) with some friends from high school.
 
Help a sister out. Maybe your friend came to the tailgate with you because she just reeeallly thinks John is cute, and she doesn't have a clue what is going on during this football game. Share the love and enlighten her. You don't have to go in to details, but you can at least makes sure she knows the difference between a field goal and first down. Or a double dribble and a bounce pass if you're watching basketball.
 
Celebrate. Be effing proud when your team wins. High five, chest bump, shotgun a beer. Whatever you do, do it loud and proud because your team just spanked dat tail.
Toomer's Corner after Auburn's 2010 win for the SEC championship.
 
If all else fails, grab some beer and suggest a game of beer pong. Everyone loves beer pong.

Lets back that azz up with some good pre game songs:
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28 comments:

Venus Trapped In Mars said...

LOVE THIS POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Was that enough exclamation points? Funny story regarding "don't pretend" I was listening to the radio one morning and they were talking to women that were in attendance for the Dallas Mavericks game. They asked one girl, "How do you think Leon Sandcastle is doing for the Mavs this year?" Her response was.... Oh he is doing great, posting up really well, getting a lot of time... blah blah blah....


I hope you saw the Leon Sandcastle super bowl commercial or I just rambled all over yoru comment box like an idiot! :) :)

Erin LFF said...

This post is fantastic!! I found you from Sarah's tweet and I'm so glad I did!! Love finding other football lovin gals!!

Cotton and Boots said...

Um, HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOU ARE AN AUBURN FAN?! And went to Troy?! My home is about 30 minutes from Troy and I graduated from Auburn aaannnndddd was at The Vault when Auburn beat Oregon.

I agree with you in being the minority, but I don't feel it when I'm at Auburn. It's just the atmosphere I guess. Or SEC football - where women should know the lingo.

This post is freaking awesome!!

Reba K. Writes said...

Roll Tide!! Just kidding..sorta. I'm Tennessee alum but my parents are from Alabama so half my family is War Eagle and the other half is Roll Tide. And I'm just like over hear yelling Big Orange! Only in the south:)

Autumn @ The Unreal Life said...

I LOVE football. But I find that most guys work from the automatic assumption that if you're a fan of the team it's only because you think someone's cute. It's so FRUSTRATING. I want to enjoy the game, but by the time I get done defending the fact that I DO actually know what's going on and I DO like them for more reasons then someone's cute, it's just ruined. I hate watching sports with males. Hate it.

Nikki said...

Is it football season yet??? LOVE this post!

Gwen said...

This a GREAT post and so true! I love football and I know players and teams and whatnot but I fully admit that I don't understand the I-formation and while I know what a 3-4 defense is vs. a 4-3, I'm not necessarily going to be able to see it on the field.

I'm OK with that. But if you ask me where some pro player went to college and I give you an answer, know that I'm right and don't question. LOL

brooke lyn said...

but no really the people that pretend and sound like idiots need to go home. especially those of the female variety trying to impress.

Jackie said...

I know far too much about baseball and football for being female (hel-lo I play fantasy football every year with brother and his friends!) however, I won't even TRY to pretend I understand hockey (or anything related to it) I know my limitations!!

But I do feel like I am in the minority. I also am able to admit when I don't know something.

I can't stand it when the assumption is that I am paying attention to football or baseball to "impress someone". hell no- I like watching!

Kristyn said...

Oh my goodness! War Eagle!! I LOVED LOVED LOVED Auburn! I need to go back soon because it's been too long. Ahh...I am so so sad about the trees but I am so glad they got a truly great send off after our Championship win.

This post is perfection!

A Life Less Traveled said...

I absolutely love this post. I am one of those females who love football. My poor dad had 2 girls and decided to tell me about football from an earlier age.

My father in law was impressed the first time I met him that I actually understand the game and enjoy watching games with my husband.

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