On New Year's Day this year, I announced to my boyfriend that one of my resolutions was to be the sports' expert in the relationship. As mentioned here, that would be next to impossible unless I were to quit my job, stay at home, and watch solely ESPN and the station's affiliates 24/7 for the next month. He in turn has started claiming to catch up on the fashion world in order to school me. Both of these statements are blatant lies and are funny because of claims like "I was just watching the runway highlights last night", which doesn't make a lot of sense and also doesn't exist on TV right now, or "I don't know if you were aware but the Bears play the Packers this weekend" which is obvious to anyone in this city who is not living in a cave.
But a funny thing has happened since January 1st. Somehow, my ridiculously competitive subconscious has actually started to take this announcement seriously simply for the fact that I know my boyfriend doesn't think I will. On nights we're not together, the Bulls are still playing on my TV, and more than once, I have landed on SportsCenter in my channel surfing rather than, say, Keeping Up with the Kardashians or reruns of Gossip Girl.
And while I still don't know enough to hold my own with any true fan of the sports happening in this city right now, I do know enough to enjoy myself and actually say with confidence the next morning whether Seattle beat Chicago last weekend (yes, but this one is easy) or Derrick Rose is as ridiculous as everyone claims he is (yes, and his talent is mighty attractive, ladies).
Turns out, paying attention to the details and going into the games with some context increases enjoyment. And right now is one of the best times to watch Chicago sports in months. There's still about two months until my favorite (for reals) sport time of year, when March Madness is in full force and Spring Training gives us a glimpse of our team's chance at the dream in October. But until then, there's Bulls, Blackhawks, and of course, the potential Bears' Sunday Crazy Sunday that the result of this weekend could bring. Do your guy a favor if he's a sports fan and either score some tickets (pricey) or take him to a bar for a night of his favorite game. Below are some ways to make it even more fun if you're not fully sold on this whole superfan thing. (Guys, consider this your guide to getting your gf to watch the game with you).
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