5 Reasons Your Guy's Obsessed with Football -- and How You Can Deal

Are you jealous? After all, your man has had a date every Sunday -- but not with you. Instead, he's cozying up to the likes of burly football players -- from Donovan McNabb to Peyton Manning. You might win your man back after the Super Bowl, but next year won't be any different.

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 -- from the bleachers, a sports bar or his own couch -- through the Smiths of the world. The most loyal of fans feel euphoric when their boys win and heartbroken when they lose. Be there for your guy through the good ("we're going to the playoffs") and the bad ("we're in last place, and our coach just got fired").

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.

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