So, you have some emotions about football, huh? Last week when we asked how you feel about the NFL, your responses ranged from, “Football is the most important thing in the world!” to “If I am chatting up a girl and I find out she watches football, I kick her in the shins and run away.”
If you fall in the first camp (or somewhere in the middle), you might be interested in Erica Boeke‘s new book, GameFace: The Kick-Ass Guide for Women Who Love Pro Sports.
Why do women need a different guide than men when it comes to professional sports? We’ll let Boeke answer that:
Also, Boeke says that men tend to scream and shout at each other, the players and their televisions.
In addition to the humorous anecdotes about athletes sand fans, Boeke’s book has tailgating recipes and fashion advice. Bloody Marys? Yes. Pink Jerseys? Absolutely not. In fact, one of the common columns on Boeke’s site, GoGameFace.com, deals with what women should wear to sporting events. (They have particular issues with Jessica Simpson.)
Boeke’s book deserves credit for not falling into do-this-and-land-a-man territory, but the focus on cooking chili and sewing your own women’s-fit football jersey is kind of bizarre. Halfway through, I wanted to phone her up and say, “It’s not the pink jerseys that are the problem. If you want to be taken seriously, you have to shout at officials and players. It’s not a man thing; it’s a fan thing. Just ask the lezbos who have season tickets in front of me for the Atlanta Dream.”
Are you a stat-pusher? A shouter? A pink-jersey wearer? Do you really think there’s a difference between the way men and women enjoy sports?