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An Anti-Football Boyfriend?

Okay, here we go with "What Would Wilbon Do?" Our first foray into the Advice Columnist Business...participate at your own risk!

KDATKC: I've been dating this guy a few months...and I'm super-excited about football season. He says to me, "I don't really watch that much football." I am appalled and feel like this is grounds for termination of this relationship. What do you think?

Wow, this guy gets a woman who wants to watch football and the coolness of it is totally lost on him? Hmmm, you sound plenty aggravated, but before you pancake this guy, try something. Watch Week 1 football, whether it's by yourself or with your usual crew, and check in with him at halftime or during a commercial break. See how you feel. If you're still somewhere between annoyed and completely enraged, you've got a real problem and perhaps you should just call it off before it all boils over. But if you like the time apart -- doesn't that sound like a guy's perspective? -- then maybe it suggests you two don't need to do the same things to have a relationship. It's quite possible the next football game I watch with my wife will be the first and we've been married 12 years.

TDGOBUX: Mike, which would you attend? U2 concert at Soldier Field (Club seats) or OSU/USC game?

Okay, I have to admit I'm not a U2 guy. But I do know from friends who love U2 that they give great concerts and the newly renovated Soldier Field is a wonderful venue. If you had seats at the Notre Dame-USC game in South Bend (Oct. 17), I'd say go for it because there's no better place to see a college football game in America. But it's only September. I'd probably have a picnic on the lake just outside Soldier Field, TiVo the game and attend the concert.


Michael Wilbon

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Hello Michael. I was actually at the U2 concert at Soldier Field on Sunday night. It was an amazing show, much better than I thought it would be. Before this concert, if I had been given the choice of a great rivalry game such as OSU-Michigan or Auburn-Alabama, I would have chosen the game. After this concert, I would have second thoughts. These games happen every year. Great concerts with groups such as U2, at great venues such as Soldier Field don't. Don't get me wrong, I love sports, but I love great music too. Glad to hear you'd go with the picnic and the concert. That's the right choice.

Posted by: wagster69 | September 15, 2009 9:38 AM
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Hi Michael -- thanks for taking my question. I've spent the last 18 years of my life in captivity at the hands of convicted sex offender. Fortunately I recently just left the yard where I had been held. What's the one sporting event you think I missed the most?

Posted by: Barsyames | September 10, 2009 8:09 PM
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Wilbon, are you kidding me?!?! I love you but doing 'Dear Abby' just doesn't work for me.

Posted by: bobleme | September 10, 2009 2:02 PM
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MW -

Way to navigate through the U2 conundrum. There would be only a few instances imaginable (none plausible) that I would choose over seeing U2 live.

Also; if I was KDATC (and i'm not), I would be more concerned about the interests you share. My wife has no interest in sports (shocker), but she understands my need to see every united and skins game: live or recorded. That's love folks!

Posted by: The_Dude_Abides1 | September 10, 2009 1:22 PM
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I dated a girl like that once, I wasn't really into football since I didn't really understand what the big deal was about. But this girl, she had been one of the trainers on her college football team back in North Dakota, helping tape up the players and such, she was also a huge Vikings fan. So when we dated I tried watching a game here or there (usually a Vikes game which is rare since we were in Seattle at this time) and take her to a Seahawks/Vikes game on the rare times they happened to see what the big deal was about. That girl is now my wife and while I'm still not as huge a fan of football that she is I have a much greater appreciation for the game than when we met. You're just starting out your relationship, some things take time. Watching a game on TV is different than going to one and being near enough to the action that it doesn't feel like you're just watching it on TV at the field. My wife never picked up the urge to play computer games that I once did (having children pretty much killed that hobby for me until they're older) but she was able to do other things (like watch football) while I slunked off into the computer room for an hour or two. There are going to parts of your world that don't overlap with your significant other, these aren't necessarily bad things you have to determine how much of deal breaker they are on an individual basis.

Posted by: lesatwork | September 10, 2009 1:15 PM
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