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He Really Loves Football

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Anyone who has ever spoken to me for more than five minutes could probably tell you that I have a love affair with the NFL. It started when I was in elementary school, when I would watch football with my dad every Sunday.

Over the years, I have cataloged infinite bizarre and mundane facts and stats in my head, mainly regarding the Philadelphia Eagles. I spend most of my time watching NFL Network, trolling twitter for current updates, and obviously watching games.

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However, my passion comes with a price. Due to the strange and bewildering fact that I happen to be a girl who like football, guys tend to give me a lot of shit. Compiled below are eight lovely things guys have said to me, typically on more than one occasion, in regards to me being a female football fan.

Excuse me, how do YOU know anything about football? I am a person, just like you, who likely became interested in the sport in a very similar way to yourself. This one kills me. My boyfriend liked football. My boyfriend taught me a lot about football. But I watched football before I even liked boys! Why does the way in which someone discovers a passion have anything to do He Really Loves Football his or her devotion to and knowledge of said He Really Loves Football On a similar note, this one is just kind of funny.

Turns out yes, I started watching football with my dad. Did you just happen to turn on the TV when you were two and have football knowledge seep into brain? Did you come out of the womb rattling off statistics? And why are you asking about my dad?

Maybe it was my mom who started watching football with me. And for the record, I have taught my little brother everything he knows about sports. This comment fueled my desire to write this. Feminism is about equality. This one makes me laugh. Guys are typically uninterested in girls who watch sports.

This has been my experience, Really Loves that of a few friends as well. Guys are either 1. Intimidated by a girl who knows more than them about a team or a sport, 2.

Appalled by the grotesque screaming, beer drinking, and bottle throwing that happens when we watch games. Are you kidding me??? Do you not see me on the edge of the couch, in "Really Loves Football" Reggie White jersey, biting my nails and screaming my face off? This is actually so offensive and when I think about it for a while I get really angry. Is this because I love shopping, painting my nails, wearing makeup, watching the Kardashians, and instagramming everything I eat?

Our society has given almost every activity a gender, and I happen to enjoy many of those that have been labeled female. These things have all been Football male. Can we all do a bit of good for society and stop expecting people to fit into any type of mold?

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