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So I Married A Jets Fan

Updated on October 5, 2011

I always said I would never marry a football fan. I wouldn't even date a guy who spent Sunday afternoon yelling at the TV, depressed until Tuesday if his team lost the game.

I started dating Dave in October. It was the middle of football season.He showed no signs of being a football fan. He was always available Sunday afternoons and evenings for what ever I felt like doing. He did say that he used to be a fan of the Jets, but had a problem with the current coach. So I didn't worry.

We were married 2 years later.

And then the Jets hired a new coach. And the spark of hope that the Jets would someday make it to the Superbowl was re-lit in my husband's heart and my life changed. I didn't realize that he had simply boycotted football in protest against this other coach. How was I, a football hating woman supposed to understand that men did these things?

He tricked me, basically. Suddenly, I was married to that guy I said I would never marry and had to learn to adjust. No, I did not learn to like football. That is not possible, bu I did learn to find something better to do with my time or take a nap on the couch next to him. Football has a way of lulling me into a deep enough sleep that I don't even get woken up from the noise around me.

So I married a football fan. I married a Jets fan.

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A little more than a year later, my sister called me up to tell me she ran into her ex-boyfriend. After assuring me that she did not hurt him in anyway, she went on to tell me how great it was to see him. And that she wanted to see him again. She had one concern though - he was wearing a Jets jersey.

She married her Jets fan too, and now they have a handsome little baby boy. The question came up as to how the baby should be raised.

  • Will he be raised to love a losing team?
  • A team that has not won the Superbowl since in 38 years?
  • Why not let the kid have a little joy in life?
  • Let him dedicate his time and energy to a team with a winning history, like say, the Patriots?

It made sense to me, as well, for my husband to cheer for the Patriots, since we no longer live in New York. It was clear to my husband and brother-in-law that we had all just completely lost our minds. We suggested the unthinkable.

So it will continue through the generations. My nephew is probably wearing a Jets jersey at this very moment. I have three girls who will undoubtedly have to deal with this sports insanity in their husbands. I only hope to raise them to know what football fans are really like and to beware of tricky men. And to love them anyway.


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    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you Michael! Over the years I have come to accept this obsession. I'm actually starting to hope that the Jets make it to the Super Bowl just so their many loyal fans can enjoy it. You all have suffered too long with their losses! Let's hope this year will be different.

      Thanks for reading!

    • Michael Ray King profile image

      Michael Ray King 

      8 years ago from Palm Coast, Florida

      Hi Amy, I'm a Jets fan from the glory days of Joe Willie Namath. I remember watching the Super Bowl win against the Colts. I have suffered through 38 years of not even getting to the big game, but I am thrilled by the current incarnation of my team.

      Football is an obsession, once infected, it sticks with you. You are very kind to deal with your husband's fanaticism and I hope he returns in kind for one of yours. The fact that you've found ways to make it work is wonderful. I married a woman who likes football which definitely makes the game a little more fun. She's not nearly as into it me, but I appreciate her interest. I'm sure your husband appreciates your dealing with football.

      Nice hub, and I like the focused marketing.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you healwell51, for adding your insightful comment. I agree that allowing and supporting our spouse's interests is essential to a harmonious relationship. :)

    • healwell51 profile image


      10 years ago from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA

      I will add here few little things regarding individuality and relationship.

      Allowing individual interests will help to boost up relationship, and by the way what ever you hate would be considered as an individual interest and slowlly become objective for the person and the interested thing. So there is a possibility to come out from hate and  the base would be the love for the person!

      This kind of achievement will be gain for the pesron who has genuinely tried to support individuality in relationship and allowing love to flow!

      Is that really a great achievement! Isn't it?

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      I'm glad I'm not alone :)

    • In The Doghouse profile image

      In The Doghouse 

      10 years ago from California


      Yep, I married a UCLA fan, I feel your pain!


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