Whether it is hockey or the NFL, dating a diehard sports fan can be an interesting experience for the uninitiated. One of the biggest surprises is the amount of time and money they devote to the chosen sport. From nights in front of the television to season tickets, your crush may have several times during the length of the season when they are unavailable unless you are willing to bench it and root for the team.
On the flip side, it’s equally difficult for the sports fan who’s never missed a home game to understand why you can’t wait until after the Stanley Cup is won for that romantic weekend getaway.
Sports has been likened to an all-too alluring mistress: the one that makes enthusiasts ignore calls/texts, glance at their smartphones during conversations for updates and spending late nights away from home. We are all for sports but if you are more tuned into the game than your date, the romance will quickly collapse and fizzle.
So, how does one strike a balance? We have a few ideas.
Make It A Social Event
Sports offers a chance for strangers to come together in camaraderie, shared passions and on the field/ice competition. It is a chance of to celebrate or bond over the occasional disappointment. Rather than seeing it as "your thing" or "going out with the guys," use game time as a chance to get singles (or couples) together to watch the game. BYOB and potluck parties featuring a key game is the perfect excuse to incorporate couple and sports time.
A fan is someone who knows and appreciates the game. If your partner or date isn't big on hockey but is willing to take a crash course, take the time to explain the game to them. This will create closeness between the two of you . . . and possibly convert them into a fanatic.
Separate, but Limited
If sports just isn't your thing, don't feel you have to sacrifice your evenings to watch men battle it out on the ice. Use this time to spend time with your friends or to do your own thing. The key here is to make sure that you do schedule time together -- without game intrusion.