Wednesday, July 30, 2014

10 Reasons to Welcome the Return of Football

As I write this, all 32 NFL teams are in the throes of training camp; the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony and game will take place this weekend; and fans are already assembling their fantasy leagues.

This all means one thing: Football season has officially begun.

I know, I know. I can see your eyes rolling from here. But I, in fact, welcome this time of year with open arms and a bevy of pizza delivery menus on standby.

Here’s why you should, too:

Your man is home
Bars. Casinos. God-knows-what. There’s no shortage of vices your man could be dabbling in. So when you consider that he’s sitting in front of the TV with a bag of cheese puffs, it’s all good.

Less cooking
Even the man who delights in eating Thanksgiving dinner year-round won’t balk at eating pizza and wings on game day…which means no one has to slave away in front of a hot stove. Got a cell phone? Then you’ve got dinner.

Football season coincides with back-to-school
I’ve heard these stories, and I’m guessing most of them are true: They are tales of mothers who literally rejoice at the arrival of back-to-school time because when the kids schlepp off to school, we have more time for ourselves. (These stories had better be true because I’ll be devastated if, come to find, this is all an urban mommy myth.)

YOU get eye candy…and YOU get eye candy…and YOU get eye candy!!!
(Note: The caption above is best read in the likeness of Oprah à la her famous car giveaway episode.) What physical attributes do you find attractive in a man? Washboard abs? Then wide receivers will tickle your fancy. Tall, lean, and chiseled? Quarterback. Like ‘em on the meatier side? Ogle a lineman. The game of football presents a visual smorgasboard for us all.

Football gives way to a second game: Let’s Make a Deal – The Honey-Do List Edition
That wobbly banister leading to the basement needs fixing. The faucet in the kids’ bathroom has been leaking for so long, you could have fed a small nation with the money it has already cost you. And you have absolutely no intention of climbing a ladder to change the light bulb in the garage. Of course you’ll let him watch football  –  provided he performs a few key upgrades first. It’s called a two-way street, fellas.

He’s not bothering you
Manicures. A trip to the mall. Retreating in solitude to your mom cave. Think of all the glorious things you could be doing if you had time – time that instantly becomes available when your man is watching football. And not nagging you.

Less laundry
NFL football plays on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday. Here’s the deal: I’d venture to say your man and/or son(s) are wearing their favorite football jerseys on one – if not all three of those days. Okay, yes, said jersey will reek like a barnyard by the end of the week, but that’s beside the point. Look at the bright side: They’ve just shaved several pounds off the dirty clothes hamper. 

You might actually enjoy it
“I don’t understand it,” I’ve heard women say. “Football is so complicated,” is another common refrain. Football, complicated? Nah. I’ll show you complicated. Complicated is potty training your toddler with a newborn underfoot. Complicated is trying to navigate the perils of having a boss from hell while juggling equally taxing demands at home. If we can accomplish all of the above, we can comprehend the game of football. And we may actually grow to like it, too.

It’s a ready-made family-friendly party
I'm in awe of those Martha Stewart-meets-Macgyver types I see on Pinterest. I’m missing the DIY gene. But a tailgate party is easy: the team colors are pre-determined, the most pedestrian food and snacks will suffice, and the main event is on TV. So long as you can keep the male attendees from cursing like sailors at every bad play, you’re covered.

You get to cheer…for your kid(s)
So your child plays youth football. And maybe – as much as you hate to admit it – he’s horrible. Or, on the other hand, he might be the team’s MVP. It really doesn’t matter. Regardless, you’ve just been given an opportunity to root for him and boost his self-esteem in the process. I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that, years down the line, he won’t remember the outcome of the season’s third away game, but he will remember the look on your face when you said that he rocked and that you are proud of him.

So are you ready for some football?

Yes, ladies. We are.

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32 comments:

  1. You know what? I have a new outlook on football season. Great post!

    Natasha B|fashionablyfab.com

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    1. Attta, girl! lol Thank you for visiting Natasha! It is my sincere hope that women everywhere will commence to rejoicing when the smell of pigskin hits the air...

      I hope you're having a fantastic week!

      xo

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  2. I love it because my hubby folds laundry while he's watching the games. woo hoo!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Kristen! Have a great day.

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    2. Love it! I have to see if I can employ that strategy around here too!

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    3. I have the utmost faith in you, Jennifer! lol

      #MomPower

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  3. This is awesome, true, and kind of funny!

    Less cooking?! Heck yeah! That's all I need to embrace ANY sporting season!

    I have to forward this to my mom. My little brother and dad are HUGE football fanatics! To add to your list... this guarantees a little bit of mom and daughter time. We hag out as the guys watch football.

    Wishing you a lovely day!
    xoxo

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    1. Yes! "Mommy & me time! I have really yet to experience that -- at least in the conventional sense-- since K is so young right now. We have a few years yet until we can have our manis and pedis...

      But, then, if the aphorism "Like mother, like daughter" rings true, we'll be right there on the couch next to Scott and Scotty on gameday. I was raised in a football-loving family, and my mom watched nearly just as much football as my dad did...my aunts are the same.

      Gameday is a huge, family-friendly celebration in this house. Fun, fun, fun!

      Come to think of it, though, there was one time when I left the house to escape a game gone awry near the end of the second quarter: When my alma mater, the University of Michigan, played our rivals, The Ohio State Buckeyes, last fall: I was such a nervous wreck about the outcome, that I actually could not watch. (And I had just given birth so my hormones where All. Over. The. Place. Scott peeled a couple of twenties from his wallet, handed them to me, and was like, "Go to the spa. NOW. I've got the kids. Everything is fine. Just get out of here and regroup."

      He nearly pushed me out the door...and I returned with the most awesome pedi. lol

      Thank you for commenting...and let me know what your mom says!

      xo

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  4. *Sings* ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!! And that answer is, YES!!!! GO RAIDERS! Yes, I know they suck but I got to keep repping my home team. Just hopefully their new home won't be San Antonio from what I'm hearing.

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    1. Oh, Louida! Please do not feel the need to explain why you like the Raiders! Somewhere along the line, we've become a winning-obsessed society...but how much does winning matter -- really -- if you love your team and you love the game of football? By all means, Louida, root for your team and "do you." You SHOULD rep where you came from...

      And while we're on the topic, what does it mean to suck, anyway? And why should a less than stellar record discourage fans? Put another way: If your child never won at their sport...would you stop rooting them? If a writer is by all means a great writer, but never gets published...does that mean he sucks?

      Do you feel me?

      Okay, climbing off my soap box now...

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, girlfriend.

      xo

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    2. Great point Courtney! Win or lose, I'll always love the Raiders!

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    3. GOOD! You go 'head and root for your Raiders, girl.

      And don't let ANYONE persuade you otherwise!

      xo

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  5. I used to dread football season when my husband and I were first married, but once DD came along it was a whole other "ball game" :) You are absolutely right, it's a perfect family time activity. We all help in making pre-game snacks and then we all watch (by watch I mean scream, jump up and down and etc :) the game. Plus I finally learned a thing or 2 about football :)
    Great roundup. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi, Monisha! And thank you so very much...

      Your family's gameday ritual sounds just like ours -- a total family affair. (Sidebar: Wouldn't it be cool if we were neighbors?)

      I SWEAR I was just thinking about you because I got a new pair of running sneakers and a few other pieces to "jumpstart" the rut my wardrobe had fallen into. I LOVE your blog and how effortlessly you put pieces together. I'll be over this evening after I put the munchkins to bed...

      xo

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    2. Oh!!! And Michigan plays Rutgers this year...at Rutgers!

      Welcome to the Big 10, my friend. :-)

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    3. Oh it would be awesome if we were neighbors!!!!! OH YES I know about the RU and U of M game (my husband went to U of M) :) We are all "jazzed" up in our house for the game. We may go to the game or set up shop at a sports bar. My poor daughter is not sure who to root for so she told us she really hopes the game is a tie :) :) Football season s/b interesting in my house :)

      OOHH- a jump start to a new fall wardrobe- I love it! I'll be blogging about fall stuff soon enough,I should be now, but I'm in denial that summer is almost over... :( Please feel free to email me if you have any fall wardrobe questions.

      Take Care!
      - Monisha

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    4. Oh, your poor daughter! lol Decisions, decisions...

      I reckon Scotty and Kennedy will have the same issue when Michigan playes Purdue -- which won't happen very often because they are both in different leagues of the Big 10, thank God. lol

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  6. I love everything about this post!! I am super excited for football season, even though I'm the big fan in our home! I do enjoy sitting in front of the TV all day and no one knows to bother me!! Football season is my mom time!!

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    1. Sigh. Ida, you DO know that you're a woman after my own heart, right?

      I mean, I knew you were way cool before...but your latest comment puts you waaaaay over the top!

      Hugs, to you, my football sista,

      xo

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  7. Yay! I love football season! I laughed at your funny-but-true list - all great reasons! :-D

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    1. Hi, Lexa! Tell me, are you going through American football withdrawal? Are you able to see any of the regular NFL season games over there...or is soccer -- aka "futbol" king? I've always wondered about that...

      Thank you for commenting!

      xo

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  8. I know I'm weird but I actually LOVE college football. I love it more than my husband, and not just because the guys look cute in Spandex. I also love the food, and the naps, and the smacktalk.

    I'm ready!

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    1. Hi, Lisa. Just so you know, we are already friends, you and me...

      I hear you about college: My mom has long preferred watching college to NFL, actually, and says that because college football is a bit slower, it is easier to watch. I never really looked at it that way until I truly stopped and thought about it. My husband will tell you that one of the biggest -- if not THE biggest -- difference between playing college and playing in the pros is that the game goes waaaaaaay faster in NFL because players are so much stronger and faster...

      Anyhoo, rah-rah for all football, if you ask me!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      xo

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  9. Courtney, I don't mind when football seasons starts, even though I am in the 'I don't understand it' camp. It makes Steve really happy and was very much apart of who he is! Plus hopefully life will settle down and I will have time to get back to my blog while he's enjoying the game!

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    1. Hi, Susie! I miss you!

      "...very much apart of who he is!" Boy, I can so relate to that statement. ;-)

      And you are most certainly right: Football season will most definitely give way to more "you" time -- enjoy it, and use it wisely. After all -- you've earned ever single second of it!

      Thank you for commenting. :-)

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  10. I LOVE football (NCAA more than NFL, but I'll take NFL, too) and my husband could care less about it which completely bums me out. By the way, I nominated you for a Liebster award today. :) It's on the blog - Heather, Life of a Traveling Navy Wife

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    1. Heather!!!! First and foremost, thank you times a million for The Liebster nom, but, regretfully, I'm going to decline...only because I accepted the award not too long ago -- and then I did "Ask Away Friday," too, a few weeks ago, so I think my readers my be a bit bored with more "About Me" facts...

      Again, THANK YOU, however, for thinking of me. (I actually just -- as in a few days ago -- removed the Liebster badge from my blog...

      But back to football, my mom is just like you: NCAA all the way. Me? 'Eh, I love it ALL!

      Thank you for commenting!

      xo

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  11. Hi Courtney - GO TEAM!!!!! Hugs, Holly

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    1. You can say that again! Heck, doesn't even matter to me which one: I'm a fan of The Game!

      Thanks for your visit.

      xo

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  12. Surprisingly my fiance is not a huge football fan. I mean he watches it but doesn't dedicate an entire day watching it in his lucky jersey. However, all of the above applies to deer hunting season. Deer season usually falls around my birthday too so we tend to make arrangements to ensure he manages both in the same week, God help us.

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    1. Hi, Dina! Fiance??? CONGRATULATIONS are in order!!!! When did he pop the questions? Congrats, again, my dear!

      Off sides: There's a (pretty fine) restaurant in these parts called the Moose Preserve that makes the most delectable venison chili. YUM-O

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. :-)

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  13. I LOVE football! My father was a coach/athletic director/referee so I probably new the rules of the game before most of my classmates did in elementary school.

    I'm glad it is back because it is just an awesome game to watch (with or without my husband)!
    (#SITSblogging)

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