In Felisa Roger’s article How I Learned to Love Football, Roger discussed how her dislike for sports changed all together with when she had a reason to care about it more. She provided a great background when explaining why she changed her mind about disliking sports, and used a great variety of detail while explaining it. She talked about how as she was growing up she had a strong dislike of all sports. She talked about how she was never good at playing any sports in gym class and always hated it when she actually had too.
Her family didn’t like sports either so they didn’t blame her for disliking them and never being on a sports team while in school. At the school she first attended, sports had been a ticket to popularity, needless to say her social life suffered severely. She also discussed how watching sports on the television or even live were extremely boring to her because she did not understand what was going on during the game. However, when she was a sophomore in high school she moved to a bigger town and bigger school where not everyone cared about sports so she felt like it wasn’t a big deal for once.
She didn’t have to worry about anything that had to deal with sports until she dated a guy in her early 20’s that was an Atlanta Falcons fan. She realized that when watching football games on television, it was a good time for social opportunities and drinking beer. After the game would end though her boyfriend at the time would always try to discuss the game with her and she ended up finding it really irritating because she didn’t actually care about what was going on.
They didn’t end up lasting, but she thought she had at least expanded her ability of watching sports a little bit from dating him. This was until she dated/married a Green Bay packers fan. They had everything in common when they first started dating besides the fact that he was a major football fan. After a while they developed problems in their relationship because he would always want to discuss his love and enjoyment of football with her and she never really cared to listen or discuss it with him in return.
They ended up having bigger problems other than the fact that she didn’t listen to him when he talked about football. They were having major financial and family crises. She realized that the only thing he enjoyed doing in their hardships was watching football and talking about it. One day she ended up asking him about the game, which surprised him very much but he didn’t hesitate once to tell her all about it. He discussed the players, the victories, and the tragic loses.
She found herself actually listening to what he was saying because of the symbolic impact it had on her husband. She kept listening and the more she listened the more she ended up understanding about what was going on. She eventually started watching the actual games with him and started understanding those too as long as he was there explaining it to her. She soon grew a love for the Green Bay Packers just like her husband. She admits that she still doesn’t completely understand everything that is going on during a game but she has a better understanding then she did before.
She considers her house a “Green Bay House” and supports and roots for them whole-heartedly every time they play. I personally found this to be the most interesting article out of this section because it’s some things I felt I could relate to in the article or I thought of others who definitely did. When she discussed how she grew up in school never excelling in sports and how sports were a ticket to popularity it sounded very similar to where I went to high school.
If you played a sport, people automatically thought of you as a successful person who everyone wanted to be friends with. I personally never excelled in any sport whether it be because of my lack of interest or two my left feet. Needless to say I was just an average kid going through skill just trying to get by with decent grades and a decent group of friends. When Roger’s started talking about how she married a guy who was a very big Green Bay Packer’s fan, it reminded me of my mother who has a boyfriend who is a dedicated Cleveland Brown’s fan.
They started dating when I was a lot younger and ever sense I can remember he loved the Cleveland browns. When he moved in everything in their room had to do with his favorite football team. One thing I know about my mom is that she absolutely hated football. We would always discuss how it is one of the most boring things out there and never wanted to watch it when it was on television. When she started dating him however, she eventually grew a liking to the team and the game. She happily supports the team every Sunday as they take on their next competitors.
She still tells me to this day that sometimes she still has no idea what is going on in the game as she is watching it, but she enjoys it all the same. I feel like one of the reasons Roger’s ended up liking after so long was because she realized how much it really meant to her husband and it opened her interests to it a lot. In many ways I feel like that is what happened when my mom started dating her boyfriend too. She had seen how much he liked the Browns and happily conformed to try and understand the game too.
I think this article shows that even if you completely dislike something, it doesn’t mean you always will.
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