ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to get your boyfriend to stop watching football

Updated on February 29, 2020

Fight Fire with Fire

For some women, football just isn't appealing. Millions of men watch football, some spend the entire season glued to the television, radio and newspapers. So what are we to do, those of use who find the game disinteresting? Why, fight back of course!

Dig deep for ideas, ladies, I know I am trying hard to find three very good ways to peel his eyes off the television for more than just a run to the fridge for more beer.

One crazy football fan!
One crazy football fan!

The Practical Answer

First, let's be practical. If you are having issues with feeling ignored or cast aside in favor of some form of entertainment, you should have a nice calm talk with your significant other.

The fact of the matter is, football is not as important as a relationship. Thanks to the wonders of TiVo and other program recording methods, no sport program should ever replace quality time with the one you love.

So, the first and best method of getting his attention if you're having issues with his football habit is to open up and talk to him. Be positive, don't accuse him of anything, don't get angry with him. Just talk. It's good for both of you to get your feelings across and let each other know where you stand in this type of situation.

Just explain things!
Just explain things!

Let's get creative.

Now, this option may seem a bit sexist, but have you considered replacing one passion with another? The fact is, as his lady love you should not have to compete with a sport event for his attentions. This option is an extreme, and may not work every weekend. Superbowl weekend? No chance this will work.

By now you should know what team your boyfriend/husband really favors. Armed with this knowledge, go on a little shopping trip and buy a jersey from one of those sports stores at the mall. Bring it home, and use a sharp pair of scissors to cut a slit on both sides right along the hem. Don't be afraid to cut the jersey, you'll be putting it to good use as a distraction for him.

Once you've cut two slits about three-quarters of the way up the sides of the jersey, fold it up and put it away for game-day. When game day arrives, make sure you set the mood for his football filled afternoon. This includes acquiring his favorite snacks, beverages, and even a little leeway on the household chores so he can just relax and have a good time before you try this trick.

Now comes the hard part. Sit with him and watch the game. This is mostly so you can keep him stocked, dote on him and the like. Wait until the second quarter starts and go into your bedroom. While he's hooting and hollering at the game, strip down and put on the jersey. Break out the perfume he loves on you so much, and you're ready to go. If you can, time your distraction for just when he needs a refill on his drink. Sneak into the kitchen and grab him a fresh soda/beer/etcetera and approach him from the side.

Lean down and hand him the drink, then give him a little wink as you come to stand within his view (but don't block the TV!)

Five bucks says his jaw hits the floor, and that's when you climb in his lap. You figure out the rest, but I nearly guarantee you've got his attention now!

The WRONG Answer

So, he's glued to the subject of football, and it's got you angry, hurt, worried and generally upset. Here are a list of things you should NOT do:

  1. Disconnect the TV and hide it on game days.
  2. Cancel your cable television service.
  3. Threaten him in any way (i.e. "It's either the football or me, pick one.")
  4. Put the maturity filter on your television to block channels which play sports.
  5. Yell, fight, cause issues.

Just as you have things you find interesting that he wants no part of, the opposite will be true of him. Learn to compromise early, and let him watch the game. With your man distracted, you can catch up on things that he gets in the way of, like redecorating, pampering yourself, or time out with your friends. You shouldn't have to suffer in silence, but there are definately better answers than throwing a fit.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      andrew 

      7 years ago

      leave him..............The best people to be with is one that has many interests. A game once in a while is fine, taking you fishing, skiing etc is the one you need to find. Infact I will go as far to say that YOUR THE PROBLEM, You chose this sports fiend and you knew what he was like. Your fault......

    • profile image

      Amber 

      8 years ago

      I don't like football but my bf loves it. I give him crap but it's only teasing. He works hard and always tries to make sure I'm happy. Seeing him happy makes me happy too..so with a little of suggestion 2 here and there I allow him his guy time:)

    • profile image

      Nina Kay 

      8 years ago

      A male must of wrote this one...

    • Darknlovely3436 profile image

      Annie 

      9 years ago from NewYork

      good luck to you!. beer, women and football that is a man dream, take them away and you're out of his life..

    • Sunnyglitter profile image

      Sunnyglitter 

      9 years ago from Cyberspace

      LOL I always tease my bf about his obsession with sports. Great article.

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      pjdscott - see, that's why I said for her to go out and buy one. Chances are she won't be buying real value memorabilia, but some jersey fabric with a recognizable name and number. Only an investment of 14.99!!

    • pjdscott profile image

      pjdscott 

      12 years ago from Durham, UK

      This is hilarious! I can't imagine my other half getting naked, except for my football jersey but there's hope yet...

      The idea of cutting a garment to make it more sexy is terrible - there has to be a better way!

      Super hub as usual - many thanks.

    • rockinjoe profile image

      Joseph Addams 

      12 years ago from Standing right behind you!

      No no no gamergirl. I promise, Football is good. Really!

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      Hehe Go for it!! Let me know how it works out for you. :D

    • Guru-C profile image

      Cory Zacharia 

      12 years ago from Miami Beach, Florida

      I think I'm going to try your suggestions - not for football but for Venezuelan politics. I've already done step 1. It's hard keeping Hugo Chávez out of my bedroom, but often when I heave a deep sigh and whisper, "Why do we have to watch someone who upsets you so much?" he'll take it into the living room. You've given me the idea of putting on a jersey in the colors of the Venezuelan flag and try step 2 and avoid step 3 :-)

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      That makes two of us! My exhusband was a football fan, I just couldn't get into it. High Five for the anti-football couples!

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      12 years ago from Seattle

      I'm so lucky that my man isn't into football. It would drive me mad.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)