It took some time but my husbands love of football completely rubbed off on me. Thankfully! I used to get bummed when football season would start, my husband would be tied up for numerous weekends with fantasy football drafts and Arizona Cardinals football games.
1. Fantasy Football, At First, Not Funny
Fantasy Football or FF on steroids! Last I heard, he is in at least 4 or 5 different fantasy football leagues. Now, these are not just any leagues. These men mean serious business when setting up draft days and collecting their data beforehand. Seems as though the stakes get higher every year too! Heaven forbid if they hold a draft in the living room anymore. Lol! They rent out bars, rent cabanas at hotel pools, it is an utter production! Not to mention, my husbands countless hours spent online doing research for these drafts. I laugh about this now but the most annoying thing to me in the past was all the people that came back out of the woodwork when the season began, it really topped it off for me!
2. We Interrupt This Marriage
I remember walking by a sign that read “We interrupt this marriage for the season of football”. At the time, that sign was not funny to me, it was sad, it was true and it was actually taking a toll on me. This is actually a whole different topic and probably sounds silly to many people but being a stay at home mom of four, I have a great reliance on my husband to come home from work and engage and entertain me. Especially, if I haven’t left the house all day. Back to football. Growing up, Sunday football was just background noise in our house. My family appreciates football but is not an extreme football family like my husbands. I knew I had to figure out how to love the season just as much as him or find a love for it in my own way. My family appreciates football but is not an extreme football family like my husbands.
3. Can’t Beat em’, Join em’
I knew I had to figure out how to love the season just as much as him or find a love for it in my own way. On a normal basis, I am not by any means a follower but somehow, football in our household begins early August (technically season does not start till September, the weekend after Labor Day) until Super Bowl weekend, which is usually beginning of February. That is half the year my friends! And because I knew that my husband was NEVER going to give it up or even let up a little that I was in for the long haul and I better sort it out for myself. The old saying if you can’t beat em’ join em’ made perfect sense.
4. Do I like This?
I think my first step towards finding myself enjoying the game was going to the games. Now, I’m not gonna lie, it’s a long day! And because I’m hanging with the extremes, it is even longer than long. If that even makes sense. Typically, home games kickoff around 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. with a few evening games here and there. My husbands kickoff time to head out and set up our tailgate with friends and family is 9 a.m. – sharp!
5. Love, Fun and Football
A typical Sunday game day will be tailgating “pre party”, the actual game “party” and of course all our friends and family usually come over after the game “after party”. It’s easily a 12 hour day! I’ve always been keen on a pre party, so I’d have to say tailgating, especially in Arizona during the fall and winter, has really turned a corner for me with learning to love football. Not only am I hanging with all of our close friends and family, we are all OUTSIDE! Which I love! I mentioned before, we have four kiddo’s. Blakeley, our oldest had it in her genes from the get go to love football. She is a replica of her dad. Seeing her love for the sport at such a young age and understanding the game is so cool.