Are you jealous? After all, your man has had a date every Sunday
Just what is it about men running around with a funny-looking ball that puts your guy in a trance? Brady Smith, defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, offers insight into what makes your guy go as gaga for the game as you do for a shoe sale. Read on, because understanding your man's passion for pigskin might translate into more passion for you.
Guys want to win. Little boys race each other to the next tree when they're kids, and that competitive nature never ceases. "The mindset: Go out [on the field] and feel like you'll never be denied," says Smith. Your guy isn't much different; he feels like the twelfth guy on the field when he's rooting for his team. He sports the team jersey and lives vicariously
He wants to tackle his problems. Men love seeing big strong guys bashing heads and slamming each other to the ground. True, it speaks to their animal instincts. But seeing a battered football player pick himself up and charge for a touchdown is also inspiring. "You can just go someplace in your mind...you find that zone so you can worry about that 325-pound guy in front of you," explains Smith. Observing that sort of determination gives your guy hope that he can do the same when things aren't going right for him at the office, with his pals, with you. Think of it this way: He uses football the way you do self-help books or Oprah. So feel free to encourage his devotion to sports, his form of therapy.
He secretly longs to be a coach. The coaches come up with plays, and the players follow their directions on where to run, where to turn, when to throw the ball, etc. Great coaches
He wants action. Football is fast and intense. Each player has a specific role and is essential to winning. "It's the ultimate team sport," says Smith. Football fans know the preparation and complexity of every play (just like we know the exact layout of Bloomingdale's). For fear of missing a pass, or worse a touchdown, your guy can't take his eyes off the screen
Football forges friendships. Two strangers from opposite ends of the country with different political affiliations and lifestyles will bond if they root for the same team. As fans of a particular team, they share a history, and it gives them something to talk about and analyze
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