Relationships v. College Football

If you’re an SEC football fan, you’ve probably run into this at least once. There are issues with football and your significant other, and it causes problems. Of course, for Vierdsen’s last relationship, it just meant that he acted like a total fucking idiot. Such things happen.

But, let’s say it comes down to “it’s me or [insert team here].” Holly Anderson, of Snarkastic, EDSBS and Dr. Saturday, had that happen to her. She’s a Tennessee fan (boo!) living in Los Angeles, and God knows that West Coast people don’t have a clue of understanding football devotion in the South. So, the following happened to her:

We lasted one contentious month into college football season, and on Friday he told me if I left town to watch the Auburn game with my alumni crew instead of going to his buddy’s premiere, to not call him when I got back. I took my key off the ring, tossed it to him, and left without a backward look.

Now we all know I’m Not Sorry is my favorite phrase, but you have to believe me–my mythical temper is just not in play here. (For what it’s worth, I enjoy my anger issues. They’re what makes me fun at parties. Seriously, if your favorite memory of me doesn’t involve me being really, really, really mad about something, you just haven’t known me long enough. Stick around.) Tonight, Sean is sorry. Tonight, Sean wants me to know he didn’t mean that. And I don’t believe him.

That’s what college football taught me about relationships this weekend: If he’s the kind of guy to draw a line like that over me skipping out on a backyard movie night for a conference game…what does it say about him as a person that he’s that straight-up unwilling, not even to adapt to my upbringing and priorities; I’m not asking that, but to just accept that this is part of my life once a week for a scant third of the year? I don’t think this is the scoreboard talking, but tonight? It’s not even worth continuing on with our lowest-maintenance, path-of-least-commitment arrangement, which is really saying something. And the game hurt so much worse. That’s saying something else.

In the original movie adaptation of “Fever Pitch,” Colin Firth as Paul Ashworth talks about how, when it comes down to it, being a devoted fan isn’t so crazy. You have an instant family, people to care about, and there’s always next year. The team will always be there. People won’t.

That may seem juvenile. It certainly is. Your favorite team won’t cook you dinner or cuddle with you or make jokes with you when you’re watching stupid TV shows. But, it’s been there, every season, since you were a kid, and that’s worth something.

I got dumped over the Auburn game.* [Snarkastic]


2 Responses to “Relationships v. College Football”

  1. September 30, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Great stuff! I don’t know if I could ever have a strong relationship through college football season; gotta take those months off!!


  2. October 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    my girlfriend never understands why i get so upset when Tennessee does bad

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