Is it possible to keep harmony in a relationship divided by sports loyalties?
There are flags, license plates, door wreaths, t-shirts, and even baby onesies available displaying two sports teams. Some couples go as far as having both beloved teams decorated on their wedding cake!
Even the White House is divided. President Barack Obama is a diehard White Sox fan, while First Lady Michelle grew up watching the Cubs with her dad. She admits to still following the team.
We recently enjoyed reading a blog post by SportsCenter anchor Chris McKendry about her divided house. She describes the way they decided whether their child would root for her beloved Eagles or her husband’s chosen team, The Jet’s. http://espn.go.com/page2/s/mckendry/021122.html
Below are a few tips we’ve come across that may help keep the peace in your relationship:
A little teasing is okay but try to refrain from intense trash talking or gloating. Making fun of a team’s big mistake is different than calling your partner stupid for loving that team. If your teams are big rivals it may even be best to watch the games separately to prevent heated confrontations.
There will be times that your team’s games will conflict. Both partners need to compromise and plan which game to watch. Some couples will watch games by the quarter and flip back and forth. You’ll also need to compromise on your household décor. Perhaps, your flag could be flown on the house and your partner’s on the garage.
Remember That It’s Just a Game
The season will have ups and downs like most relationships. Years from now, the time you spend with your loved one will matter more than winning the game. To ease the tension you may want to have an alternative wager where the winner has to give something to the loser. For example, the winner may have to wash the loser's car or do the dishes for a month. It may ease the pain of a loss. Plus, it’s hard to gloat when you have dish pan hands!
We’re curious to hear what you do when you and
a loved one like different teams?
At The Sports Bar Ann Arbor- Westside we have 22 TVs so we’re a great place to come to watch several games at once. Stop by and enjoy one of our delicious entrees or a mouthwatering burger.
We also have a great selection of beer and drinks!
Did we mention the 22 TV screens showing sports all the time?
See you soon!