I love snuggling up on a lazy Sunday and watching the NFL game with my husband (maybe not three games, but one game), yet when I try to get engaged in the game and ask about what’s going on I usually get snarled at like I just tried to start a conversation about tampons. I think people who haven’t grown up playing and watching football don’t really appreciate how intricate and complex the game is.
So let me get this straight, the guy dropped the pass, but they’re still moving the ball to the line where he dropped it, because of a flag?
So he tackled the quarterback a bit late, but that means the ball moves up?
So the time ran out but they’re still playing an extra kick?
Sure, makes sense to me!
There is a steep learning curve when it comes to football, and nobody wants to teach anybody anything. I’m pretty sure the only way you learn is either by way of little league initiation or through watching it for years on end. If I’m going to spend that much time and effort studying up on a subject, I’m going to learn a new language or how to cook Japanese food; it’s not going to be learning the ins and outs of men pushing each other around for an hour. And what about that hour? I’ve never known a 15 minute quarter to last 45 minutes before! The final 2 minutes of play consumes 10 minutes easily!
And what about that hour? I’ve never known a 15 minute quarter to last 45 minutes before! The final 2 minutes of play consumes 10 minutes easily!
I think if my husband put as much careful thought into work as he did into the rules and stats around football they’d probably end up awarding him a Nobel Prize.
I know millions of people really really like Football, and almost every one of them hates soccer, a game where you kick a ball into a net for a point. There is something to be said for simplicity boys, and I bet all those European girls don’t have to pull out a rule book every five minutes just to know what’s going on.
So, until they have a “girl’s guide to football” that I can look up on my iPad every time I’m confused by a play, I’ll just keep on bugging my husband for an explanation. To be honest, I think behind the annoyed eye-rolling he enjoys handing out little pearls of pigskin wisdom, and I like the Sundays on the couch. So I guess Football is my favorite sport; just don’t ask me to explain what’s going on.
Karla Stephens-Tolstoy, Tokii CEO & Founder
A business and brand maverick, skilled in building start-ups and building brand management teams in North America, Asia and Europe.