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Why moms need TV sports in their lives...

Why moms need TV sports in their lives...
I'll be honest. I have absolutely no interest in sports. I never had the stamina to keep up with any kind of sporting activity in school, and exercise is something I just never bother with. So why am I recommending sports channels to you moms out there? Because it is so removed from the reality of our lives. Because we all want to escape that reality, for even an hour or two.

Since sports is the one thing I've stayed away from all my life, watching it on TV allows me to travel to another dimension. That's why I'm so excited for the FIFA World Cup. I can't wait to see the excitement of a football being kicked around for two hours. Really. And I hope Little Dude will find it exciting too, and not insist on watching Barney instead.

If you're not a football (or soccer) fan, I recommend putting your feet up and watching FIFA. The best thing about football is that you don't really need to know any of the rules to enjoy the game. Not just football, pick any sport that is different from anything in your life - whether it's golf or kayaking or ice hockey. Just make sure you choose one that the men in your house aren't particularly interested in, so it qualifies as 'me time' and you can freely excuse yourself from any domestic responsibility when you're watching your sport.

Here are some reasons why I think moms should get into the habit of watching more sports on TV:

- It's cathartic. Scream all you want to in the name of a winning goal, or whatever it is that they are doing to win. Shout while you're taking out all those negative emotions you got from the extra large pile of laundry, or the mess in the kitchen.

- You can eat all you want. Because, how else are you supposed to watch sports? It's like the unsaid rule of watching sporting events - you should have access to a lot of snacks. It's guilt-free eating, because you're making yourself a happier person.

- It's 'no strings attached' entertainment. You don't have to worry about the next episode. Who wants more worries anyway? I intentionally stay away from TV shows that will get me hooked, and require to me plan my week meticulously so that I have that one hour of free time (it doesn't work, though). Apart from sports, I only stick to sitcoms and documentaries.

- Get the kids involved. Tell them how cool the new game is and ask them to try it out in the backyard. They can also help in getting you snacks from the kitchen because, duh, who gets up in the middle of a crucial game?

- Form your own fan club. Get your girlfriends involved too, so you have a kind of special language to talk in when you meet. Whether it's discussing the winning goal or a fantastic swing, you'll feel great about discussing something other than school and sleep deprivation.

- Hide unwanted curves. Order your favourite team's jersey (in other words, choose the colour which suits you best). The good thing about sports tees are that they look cool while hiding those bulges. That's another reason I like football season!

So, do yourself a favour and take a time out! Go turn on the sports channel and find something to watch.


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Janine Huldie said...

Love your reasoning behind this and definitely better then that of my husband who loves to watch soccer. I also shared this week that I have no interest in sports either, but I thank you for giving some solid reasons to this no sports lover why to watch soccer on TV :)

karen said...

I'm laughing as I read this. I so want to take your advice, but really just want to read a book and sip tea on the couch. I work out hard and strength train...but play sports...NO WAY. Which is difficult with a wild and crazy boy who could play all day.

Kriss MacDonald said...

I especially like your advice to scream all you want. Suddenly watching sports on TV seems like a good idea - just would need to make sure I screamed at the right times!

Untouchable said...

You know I used to be into American Football. It was my high school team that got me addicted to it. They sucked, really bad, but they tried, really hard. And knowing they were going to lose a game before the game started, they still played their hearts out. And knowing they were going to have a bad season again like last year, they still tried out and went to practices. It was the passion of a bunch of stupid jocks that got me loving football. But now as a mom, I don't watch it much. Sometimes if the kids will let me, I'll put on a game and do housework. It makes housework more fun, listening to the game in the background, pausing once in a while to watch a play. But that's a luxury in my world until I get the kids a TV for their bedroom that's as awesome as the one in the living room. And I used to scream at the TV. I stopped doing that now. Now I just crack jokes. And usually, I'm the only one laughing and amused by them.

Tarana Khan said...

Glad you agree with my line of reasoning! I'm not a hardcore sports fan either.

LondonLatte said...

very funny! reminds me of when my dad used to watch golf and I would be home from college snoozing on the sofa...quality family time! Now I watch it with my kids and follow your 'no strings attached' advice. Great post!

Ruchira Khanna said...

haha...you have valid points though Tarana.

I am a big fan of cricket and luckily my family loves it too...Watching the IPL's and indulging in all sorts food ;)

Happy Friday :)

Katie @ Pick Any Two said...

Haha, this post totally made me smile!!! I am a big fan of football (the American kind, though I really like soccer too!), for all of the reasons you note (and because I actually sort of enjoy it...weird).

Stephanie Sprenger said...

Ha! As a total NON-sports fan, I must say- you make some compelling points! ;)

Shakespeare's Mom said...

I never thought about sports-watching like this before! These are some great reasons to watch, although I'm still not sure that watching a game will ever ignite any kind of fire in me. Maybe I should give it a chance :)

Tarana Khan said...

I love books anytime too, but I just can't get the peace and quiet I need for reading. You don't need to play the sports, by the way, just watch them - it's fun!

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, so you'll have to pay attention to what's happening! I love going crazy watching sports!

Anna Fitfunner said...

Very funny! I especially like the advice to form one's own fan club with girlfriends!
My recent FTSF post is at http://blog.fitfunner.com/absolutely-int…th-habits-ftsf

Tarana Khan said...

It's funny how we come to let go of our interests as moms. I actually used to follow cricket and never missed good matches, but now, I don't have the time to watch a full game. That's why my interest has turned to soccer!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you! Frankly, I could never watch golf, but good if it works for you!

Tarana Khan said...

I stopped watching cricket, Ruchira, though I used to love it! I just don't have that much time :)

Tarana Khan said...

Good for you! I think watching sports can actually be therapeutic, especially when you can't exactly listen to classical music in a house with kids.

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Stephanie, give it a try!

Tarana Khan said...

You should try it - it will be a great experience!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Anna!

Kristi Campbell said...

I had to laugh at you wearing the team jersey! Yes! I'm not that into sports but do really enjoy watching the Denver Broncos. Also, once, I hung out at a bar with Peter Forseberg and a bunch of other Colorado Avalanche players - it was pretty awesome. Thought I should mention because YUM and sports ;)

Nikki Frank-Hamilton said...

Love to watch golf-the scenery is amazing! Love the Super Bowl, but not much of the rest of the season, love the play-offs for the World Series-grab a beer at the local watering hole and watch the game. I played sports all my life, but now only like the high-lights!

Busy Mommy DXB said...

Another reason for moms specifically to watch sports even if they don't personally like them, is to encourage their young girls to play sports. Numerous studies have shown that girls who are active (particularly in sports) are more focused and driven in life and aren't distracted as much by boys, drugs, etc.

I'm THAT mom at my son's soccer games cheering 'till my voice is hoarse. Once an athlete, always an athlete. :)

dadontouchline said...

I think that's a unique angle on sports viewing. Do you really maintain a no strings attached perspective? Hope you enjoy the World Cup.

Caroline @ HighHeels2HiddenToys said...

I love this! We are big football (American) and basketball fans... but maybe I should get into football/soccer. We always get bored this time of year since it's the off season for our go-to sports.

Tarana Khan said...

That really is cool, Kristi! The 'yum' factor is another reason to watch, by the way :)

Tarana Khan said...

Can't blame you for watching the highlights, it's hard to make time for every game!

Tarana Khan said...

That is an important point - girls should be encouraged to play sports. I guess I'll be doing the loud cheering a few years down the line!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you! I think I manage the 'no strings' feeling until we reach the playoffs for the quarter finals. Then, it becomes craziness around here!

Tarana Khan said...

Try it, it is a lot of fun to watch FIFA!

Chai a Cup of Life said...

I will definitely watching it on TV! I am not crazy about it but I love sports and fitness. I hope you enjoy it- I think it's always a good thing to do something different that you don't normally do. Hope you had a great weekend :-)

Shari Eckstrom said...

Soccer has always been one of my favorites. I agree wholeheartedly!

Tarana Khan said...

A change is always a good thing, and that's why I like watching football!

Kerith Stull said...

Ha! I never quite thought of sports like this and I used sports as my FTSF, too! My 18yo daughter with moderate cerebral palsy participates in a special needs soccer team. It's been a great activity for her, but I doubt I'd ever take the leap and watch professional soccer. (Visiting from FTSF!)

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