My Girlfriend Survived Another Football Season

My Girlfriend Survived Another Football Season!

Girlfriends are counting down the end of football season, and mine fits right in with that group

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Over the course of our (soon-to-be) two year relationship, I have expressed my love for my girlfriend in a variety of ways. Whether it be long, lovey-dovey text novels, bragging about her all over social media, buying loads of her favorite makeup products or food, I continue to show my girl how much she means to me and how important she is to my entire existence. As we head into December, football season is slowly coming to an end, and there is one crucial thing I have to tell her as we begin to (unfortunately) wind down the season...

Thank you for putting up with me during another football season!

I'm more than positive that the average football fan wouldn't feel the need to thank his girlfriend for putting up with another season of football, but I'm not your average football fan. I wake up (and wake her up) every Saturday at 5:45AM just to watch ESPN's College Gameday, I'm gone most of the day when the Huskies play at home, I scream too loud whenever my teams score a critical touchdown, I manage a Fantasy Football league, I make weekly predictions for both college and NFL, and that's just the start. So you can only imagine how my girlfriend must feel between September and the Super Bowl in early February.

I've tried countless times to get my girlfriend into sports, but she has yet to budge. However, I don't need my girlfriend to be the biggest sports fan. I love her more than anything in life and the fact that she continues to be there for me everyday-even on our days off and I'm on my phone watching NFL RedZone-I thank my lucky stars that I have this girl.

I'm extremely thankful that my girlfriend knows she's dating the world's biggest sports fan, but she constantly shows me love, support, affection, empathy, and everything else I want in a girlfriend. There are times I stop and think about how my football obsessed life could put a damper on what we have, and I have made some sacrifices because of this. The Alex of old would do absolutely nothing on Saturday's except sit in front of the tv and click on every single sports channel to catch a glimpse of whatever games were playing. I'm sure a moth was more productive than me on Saturdays. Now that I have a Monday-Friday job, I really treasure Saturdays and spend them with my girlfriend doing whatever we please, and it's an added bonus that she doesn't care if I check the scores as much as I want. I should also point out that my girlfriend knows how much I love my teams, so she knows right away that if the Huskies and Seahawks are playing, we're back home (or in front of a television) well before kickoff!

So again, thank you to my wonderful girlfriend for what you've had to put up with last season, this season, and whether you like it or not, what you'll have to put up with for the seasons to come. You've managed to survive another football season, and although we still have some college Bowl games in late December and early January along with the NFL Playoffs, I'd say the worst is pretty much over.

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25 Baseball Puns Every Fan Should Know

You're sure to be a big hit with these in your glove.
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You’re sure to have a ball with these puns! They will leave you in stitches!

1. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.

2. I’m an umpire. Now give me your number so I can make the call!

3. Why did the police officer go to the baseball game?... Someone stole second base!

4. Why was Cinderella so bad at baseball?... She had a pumpkin for a coach!

5. Ok, strike that.

6. Cinderella was so bad… she was eventually kicked off the baseball team for running away from the ball.

7. Which animal is best at baseball?... The bat!

8. The reason baseball games are at night is because bats sleep during the day!

9. Keep calm… I’m an outfielder. I’ll catch you!

10. Which baseball player holds water?... The pitcher!

11. I think I glove you!

12. What did the baseball glove say to the ball?... “Catch ya later!”

13. If you sing while playing baseball you may not get a good pitch.

14. Why don’t baseball players join unions?... Because they don’t like to be called out on strikes!

15. Never hit the ump… The Umpire Strikes Back.

16. Are you in the on deck circle? Because you’re up next (to date me)!

17. Why is it always so windy at Candlestick Park?... Because of all the Giant Fans!

18. Your pitch must have hit me because I’m feeling a little faint!

19. I hope you’re a good catcher because I’m starting to fall for you.

20. Did you hear the joke about the pop fly?... Forget it. It’s way over your head.

21. Baseball players who get three strikes. They deserve a shout “out”!

22. I’m falling in glove with you!

23. What’s the difference between a rain barrel and a bad fielder?... One catches drops and the other drops catches.

24. Are you in the outfield? Because you’re an angel!

25. I like baseball so much more than football. It’s just a batter game!

Well, there you have ‘em baseball fans… With these puns in your glove, you’re sure to be a big hit! Maybe you’ll score a home run!

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Andy Ruiz Jr. May Not Look Like The Typical Boxer, But It Doesn't Make His Victory Any Less Deserved

Andy Ruiz Jr. just proved that dreams can come true.

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On June 1, boxing fans witnessed something special as Andy 'Destroyer' Ruiz Jr. defeated Anthony Joshua via TKO after going seven rounds in the ring at Madison Square Garden in New York City to become the first ever Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz Jr. (33-1) was a heavy underdog (+1100) heading into the match-up with Joshua (22-1) but ultimately flipped the script to hand the British fighter his first professional loss ever. Surely the fight will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Some members of the media and fans have been quick to label the fight as a 'fluke' and 'rigged' which in the end is no surprise to me. That always happens in the sports world. Many did not believe we would get this result yet failed to remember the one rule of sports -- expect the unexpected. Over the past week, I've been coming to the defense of Ruiz Jr. in the wake of others choosing to call him a joke.

I was shocked and surprised to hear two of my favorite sports analysts, Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe, make fun of Ruiz Jr. and frame him as just a guy that looked like 'Butterbean.' When I viewed their tweets on social media it honestly made me upset. Sure, Ruiz Jr. may not have fit the mold of what a professional boxer should look like, but they simply should not have just judged a book by its cover.

Personally, I thought it was disrespectful for Smith and Sharpe to throw shade at Ruiz Jr. in the way they did. I felt like they should have done a better job of acknowledging the winner considering the result of the match. Yet choosing to bash someone because of their physical composition appeared like a low blow. The very foundation of sports allows people of all shapes, sizes, genders, races, and backgrounds to compete -- that's why most people follow them in the first place.

Smith was open behind his reasoning for his tweets in which I'd like to shed some light on. Smith was upset about how boxing time after time contains elements of corruption with fans having to wait years until promoters schedule big fights. He along with other followers of the sport were looking forward to the highly anticipated yet potential future match-up between Joshua and fellow heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Smith believes that by Ruiz Jr. beating Joshua it essentially diminished the chances of that fight ever happening with the same amount of buildup, but that still doesn't provide any excuse for mocking the new heavyweight champ.

Ruiz Jr. was there for a reason and ultimately seized the opportunity that was right in front of him -- that's not his fault for getting the job done. Just because someone doesn't look like the part doesn't mean they don't possess the same qualities and characteristics as their counterparts. The following pair of videos display the amount of talent Ruiz Jr. does have in the ring. Even fellow boxer Canelo Alvarez and former UFC lightweight/featherweight champion Conor McGregor acknowledge that and have come out to say something on their behalf.

Unfortunately, I don't expect much to change because most will stand their ground and continue to behave the same way. All I'm saying is I did not enjoy some of the top figures within sports media stereotyping Ruiz Jr. based on his looks. I would think that we would be better than that and recognize that anyone can accomplish something great in this world. It all just starts with a simple dream.

I understand and respect other people's takes on this subject, maybe I'm looking into things deeper than what they are, but it struck a chord with me and I felt the need to say something about it.

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