Are you Ready for some FOOTBALL!!!
Football season has started (the pre-season that is) and the sports bars and restaurants have started to fill up! Ladies, this is a prime opportunity to meet some new guys. Men LOVE sports, especially football, so why not start visiting some of these venues that are showing the game? There are usually several men sitting at the bar or nearby high tables enjoying the action. They are in a good mood (hopefully their team is winning!), they are friendly and looking to talk a little trash.
You should be there! But you should also know a little bit about football first. Being clueless and clapping while the opposing team is scoring is a No No (unless you are a fan of the other team). It is easy to get a little knowledge about the game before heading out in your favorite jersey and joining the bar stools of die-hard fans.
If you are in DC, join us on Thursday, August 21 for the Cliff’s Notes on Football for only $10 with me and my meetup groups. We will be discussing the basics of the game so you know what is going on while watching. You can also read up on football on wikipedia or NFL.com on your own, of course. But get SOME knowledge if you don’t know anything about the game.
What if you are actually there AT the game? Some men like to ATTEND games and will be happy to have you join them. What if you are invited as a date? Would you go? YES! You should! Even if you don’t really care for the game, it is a nice outing and fun to be there in person.
Football can be complicated for some of us, but here are some basic things you should know to enjoy the game if you are at a live game (your man may have season tickets!) and you are not very familiar with football.
THE BASIC GOAL OF EACH PLAY
To simplify what is happening, the goal is to get at least 10 yards with the ball (and the players have 4 chances to do this). If they get 10 yards, they get another 4 chances. If they don’t get 10 yards, it’s the other team’s turn to try.
FOLLOW YOUR MAN’S LEAD
When I started going to the Redskins games with my then boyfriend/now husband, I often didn’t even know WHERE the ball was! It all happened so fast, the play was over before I knew what happened. That is OK. Just follow the lead of your man. If he cheers, you cheer. If he complains, you complain. Or say, “I know, right?” or “That’s crazy!”
Asking questions is OK but only if nothing is happening on the field. If the players are moving, be quiet.
THE REPLAY WILL SHOW WHAT HAPPENED
If you miss something, just wait until the REPLAY on the screen shows a close up of the play. No need to say much until then. Then you can comment on it, i.e. “That was CLEARLY a touchdown!”
LOOK FOR THE TEXT DISPLAY
It took me a long while to realize that everything the announcer said about the play was showing up in a little display in the stands. For instance, right after it happens, you can read an exact account of the play: “Pass intended for Helu incomplete.” Or “That was Roy Helu for a gain of six yards!” So as long as you are watching the text on that display screen, you will know what happened.
THERE ARE DIFFERENT TEAMS FOR DIFFERENT PLAYS
Yes, they are all on one team, but you may see one set of your team’s players running off the field and another set running on. What is going on? Another unit/team is coming out to run a different type of play. There is the offensive unit, defensive unit and special teams (for kicking plays). Think of it like different department handling different parts of the game.
There is a LOT more you need to know to have even a basic understanding of the game, so join us for “Football Basics for Women” on August 21 in Chinatown, DC. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Or read up on ‘American Football’ on Wikipedia or go to NFL.com.
Also join us for a Monday Night Flirt Night – details coming soon!
Kiki Strickland is a Matchmaker and certified Dating Coach who is passionate about helping smart, successful singles who have a difficult time finding and keeping love. Her private coaching sessions and dating seminars are all about providing love life solutions to singles who desire to be married. Through her Flirt Nights, “Meeting Mr. Right” classes, Love Attraction Retreats and more, Kiki is helping singles find love and the relationship they have dreamed of.