15 Secrets – Female Football Survival Surprises
Every Football season there is an article or conversation on how women will survive it. One of the biggest assumptions is that women don’t understand football and who are the players. So so wrong. They just have a different perspective than men. Here are the 15 Secrets to understanding women and football.
Now the 15 Secrets
Want more? Secrets 6-10
Secret #7 – Swearing – If a women doesn’t normally swear, she won’t during the game. She will come up with alternative things to say. One of my favorites is …”that wasn’t nice at all.”
Secret # 8 – Good plays – A good play is a good play. Even if a women is supporting their favorite team, if the other team makes a good play, she’ll give them credit. She feels these athletes are as good as it gets. They should be recognized for flipping over another player, while catching a ball with double coverage and somehow escaping to run down the field. It is what it is.
Secret # 9 – People in the stands – If a women knows a friend is at the game, she will look for them. Even if they are in a section that never gets air time, she will be relentless in her pursuit.
Secret #10 – Men in their man caves – She gets a kick out of the “He-man Women’s Hater Clubs.” Someone I know has all his friends over every Sunday during football season. Most of the men and one woman are divorced. After a few beers, they start discussing specifics of their divorces. So instead being a football clutch, they are a “Little Rascals” episode. I don’t know which is Alfalfa, but I will get back to you on that one.
11-15 are the most insightful
Secret #11 -The national anthem – Women like seeing who sings the national anthem. They like seeing the military present the colors. Women also can get teary-eyed during it if military are present. They understand how much the two things go together.
Secret #12 – Faces of the players – Inevitably, after a good play or bad one, the camera pans to the player on the bench. Women look at the expression on their face. Not to see if they are happy, proud or mighty. I say things like, “Aww, he is so sweet, look at that expression on his face. I bet he’s really nice.” Chip is not a fan of this assessment of the game.
Secret #13 – Injuries – If someone gets hurt or there’s a face mask, she will be concerned and upset. There are rules, but people should play nice. If it’s a really bad injury, I turn my head and have Chip tell me what’s happening.
Secret #14 – Women as coaches – The NFL now has it’s first two female coaches (Jennifer Welter, Cardinals and Kathryn Smith, Bills) and there should be more of them. Women read situations better, motivate better and recognize strengths and weakness faster and know how to immediately correct them. However, I have been told I cannot be a professional football coach. It goes back to when I used to bring snacks to kid games. One time my son said to his coach, “I’m going to take a break and sit with my mom” Then he sat with me eating strawberries and blueberries for the rest of the game. After this story, Chip believes if I were a coach, there would be snacks and circle time on the sidelines. So, my next job will not be NFL coach, because Chip is right.
Secret #15 – Watch this – If I had a nickle for every time Chip said, “watch this.” about a replay, I’m sitting right next to him. I saw it.
The end zone
Football is a religion to some; entertainment to others and an opportunity to briefly escape the responsibilities of life for awhile for more. Men and women can enjoy the sport together now that 15 secrets are revealed.
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