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Football Widow at the Super Bowl

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I've always felt like the person who didn't get the punch line while everyone else around me is laughing away. I've tried many times to understand it, to watch it and even to cheer for it but no matter how many times I've tried - I just don't get it ... football, that is.

woman not cheering at football

Guest Blogger Yvette Manessis Corporan: Yes, I am your typical football widow. My husband loves the game, as do pretty much all of our friends and family -- both male and female. No matter how many times I've tried to sit and watch, choking on my beer (I'm a red wine girl), inhaling nachos (extra jalapenos, please) and high five-ing with everyone else -- it just seems fake, forced ... and not at all my idea of fun. After being bored to tears at one too many Super Bowl parties, I even figured out a way not to be left out of the big game day activities. Years ago I decided that instead of attending Super Bowl parties, I preferred to host them; that way I could busy myself with cooking and hide in the kitchen behind my dirty pots and pans when boredom really set in.

Now, imagine my surprise (and my husband's jealousy) when I came home from work and announced that I'll actually be GOING to the Super Bowl this year. As a producer for EXTRA, I've covered lots of high profile events, red carpet premieres and awards shows. But this assignment is going to be different than all the rest. Instead of hiding in the kitchen during the game as I normally do, this year I'll actually be at the game -  as well as a bunch of parties both before and after. That's right; I'll be the football widow covering the Super Bowl.

Now I know most of my friends and family would give their right arm for a chance to go to be at the game. So, I've decided to make the most of this opportunity. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, I've decided to put the past behind me. That's right; I'm making one final effort to morph from football widow to football fan. Now mind you, this is not an easy task - until now the only tight end I was interested in was my own - running mile after mile on the treadmill as I still try to lose those last few pounds of baby weight that just refuse to come off.  And seriously, I never understood why all those players have to slap each other's butts every 5 minutes. I'm constantly yelling at my kids for doing that to each other yet these grown men are doing it on live every time I look up from my chicken wings. 

But this is a fresh start for me and maybe by being front and center and in the middle of the action I'll finally understand what all the fuss is about. I can't promise you that I'll magically morph into a football fan or that I won't spend all my time at the concession stand chowing down on junk food and begging for extra jalapenos - but I'm gonna try. So listen up all you football widows out there - I'm giving it my best shot and willing to take one for the team. Keep an eye out for my blogs - I'll fill you in on all the details from Tampa - the food, the festivities - and even what your husbands are up to (did you know how many strip clubs there are in Tampa?)

How about you - are you a football fan or football widow..and how do you survive game day?

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Monique January 30, 2009, 12:17 PM

I absolutely hate it. My husband loves football also and I use to be ok with watching it but he watches it so much that I cannot stand it anymore. So just like you, we are hosting a superbowl party sunday and I have invited a few of my friends. Of course the ones that don’t mind missing the touchdown and chatting it up with me. It works out great. I did it last year and spent most of my time in the kitchen washing dishes and talking to my girls about everything. Since I am pregnant this time I won’t do as much cleaning but I am surly not going to cut down on chatting it up with them. I can’t wait.

cindy elliott January 30, 2009, 6:31 PM

Yvette, I’m a football, newlywed, widow, who is desperate to make an attempt to ‘connect’ with my husband on Superbowl Sunday. I have put out mass emails to ladies asking for ideas on how to survive it. I cringe at the thought of cooking, making runs to the store and a local spot that makes ribs-since my husband doesn’t even want to BarBQ - that’s my job - although he won’t say it. Any other ideas for the other football widows staying at home? Good luck on your coverage this Sunday. Sounds like fun!

Denise January 30, 2009, 8:45 PM

I am a R.N and have worked every weekend for the last 6 years. I love it, it keeps my kids out of daycare and I don’t have to watch football

Letitia Sweitzer January 31, 2009, 2:00 PM

Yvette, that’s a great topic! I’m not a football fan but I am someone who studies boredom, and I’m really pleased to note how you used an element you didn’t find boring (entertaining, cooking, preparing) and added it to the mix. That’s the main trick of beating boredom: Discover what elements DO interest you and add them to the situation.
As for your Super Bowl visit… my daughter and son-in-law had a VIP entry to the SB one year and had a ball. While everyone was crowding around the football stars at the parties, they easily got up close and personal with the lesser lights, even danced with the Dancing with the Stars professional dancers, who were not mobbed by the football fans. There’s something for everyone in every gathering you just have to be looking for what interests YOU in the situation. For more see my
As a reporter, you may have to do your assignment, however, and I’ll be looking for your reports.

janine January 31, 2009, 11:48 PM

You go, girl!!! I hate football but loved reading about the fact that I am not the only one.

Lkfwlukw June 27, 2009, 10:03 PM

CiQUO9 comment5 ,

Rodney July 2, 2009, 12:05 AM

Badly need your help. Only some people get what they want. Those are the people who show up to get it.
I am from Faso and also now teach English, give true I wrote the following sentence: “High on every cat owners list of worries are fleas.”

With love :P, Rodney.

Jala September 6, 2009, 4:23 PM

Hi everyone. A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
I am from Egypt and now teach English, tell me right I wrote the following sentence: “Management services interchange instead from tournament user to team account.”

Thank you very much 8-). Jala.

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