Over at YourTango, they’re running an interesting series about the of between men, women, and football. They’ll be discussing the crazy sport—really, think about it—that we all get so crazy about every weekend. YourTango readers and writers have seen their relationships affected by the game, so for the duration of the season they’ll be talking about football from a number of gender- and relationship-centered angles.
This week, Kristine Gasbarre and Tom Miller discuss the apparent male obsession with the sport.
Krissy: What is it about football that guys like?
Tomfoolery: Guys like violence—boxing’s more violent, but football is a team sport, a tribal sport; so you’ve got the violence and then you’ve got your team. It’s Us vs. You.
Krissy: Well then why do you care to watch games when your team isn’t even playing?
Tomfoolery: It’s the entertainment factor. I want to watch my guys beat your brains in.
Krissy: Does it come from the male biological drive to compete and be a winner?
Tomfoolery: Yes, definitely. You identify some amount of your happiness based on how well your guys do. Like, I take my college’s losses personally. I’m in a terrible mood all day Saturday if my team doesn’t win.
Check back next week when they discuss fantasy football.
Why do you think so many American men lose their minds every Sunday? And has football ever affected a relationship of yours? Let us know.
—Photo Monica’s Dad/Flickr