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How to cope with football widowhood

Does football cast a dark shadow over your relationship?
Are you a football widow? And if you are – what do you do about it?
Many women find themselves in this situation today and whilst it’s all a bit of fun, it can actually become quite a problem in some marriages and relationships when one half of the partnership (usually the male) becomes really obsessed. No obsession is a positive thing and there are many things many people become obsessed with to too high a degree, but if you had to pick one that tops the charts – it’s probably football.
So what’s a girl to do in this situation? Well, there are a number of different coping strategies, chief among which is the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach. The reason so many men in the UK, in particular, are obsessed with football is that the Premier League really is breathlessly exciting a lot of the time once you get into it. So instead of ignoring it and hoping it will go away, why not try giving yourself to it fully and trying to understand what’s so interesting?
One good way of getting more interested is by engaging in a little football betting so that you have a vested interest in the games. This can be for tiny stakes (and most bookmakers give you bonus offers when you sign up) but it’s surprising how even a minuscule stake helps pique your interest.
Similarly, following a specific team on TV and at a few real games really helps get the football blood flowing. It doesn’t take long for you to lose half your rationale and to become fiercely partisan – behaviour you’ve no doubt seen displayed by your other half.
Alternatively, you can choose to view the Premier League and the goings-on therein as a type of entertaining soap opera, which is kind of what it is. None of this stuff is tremendously serious or a matter of life and death, yet it is treated as the most serious subject on earth. So looking on as an outsider is quite entertaining – and the current Premier League season with minor clubs doing well and high profile sackings like that of Jose Mourinho, make it all the more gripping. Pretty soon, you’ll find you’re looking forward to next week’s episode - can Norwich do the double over Manchester United, who’ll be the next big managerial casualty – and, of course, who’ll win the Premier League?


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All the questions are the kind of thing that seems to excite the interest of millions of UK males for over 50% of their waking hours – and they can’t all be complete numbskulls, can they?

Well, if your answer was a resounding “yes” to this rhetorical question, then the “joining ‘em” approach probably isn’t going to cut it for you – so you need to find an alternative strategy. This may involve telling your other half how you feel about his obsession and encouraging him to try and see your point of view. Alternatively, find something to get obsessed in yourself that takes up half your waking hours and see how he likes it!