“Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist but football is only two things – blocking and tackling” -Vince Lombardi
I grew up in a football family. As kids we learned how to throw a football when we were very young, My father played in junior high and high school, and he coached when he was in college. His best friend spends every Saturday at our house watching college football, only missing it when he has to ref a high school game on Saturday. Football is in my blood. It even has a special language that goes along with it.
Now I know some girls aren’t too fond of football and some girls aren’t too fond of dating. To try and make the two sports more applicable to girls everywhere, I offer you my take on dating using the rules and language of football. Maybe it will make one of the games more interesting!
Flirting is usually the first step in gauging how interested someone might be. It is a good way to practice for the big game. You always, always hope for the completed pass. You can flirt with a guy and when he receives and returns the flirting, the pass is completed. This is exciting and means you are closer to that touchdown! However, you have to be really mindful of interceptions. You can have your eyes on a guy and slide in to make your move. Things are going great until your (cuter/thinner/younger) friend steps in and steals his attention. Intercepted! This is not cool by any means, but somehow you are still impressed with the play.
All too often you know you don’t have a chance, but you make a pass and hope that there is a miracle and something comes of it. That rare time where it does is one of the most exhilarating feelings the game can bring. You can’t believe that the Hail Mary pass actually worked, but you are so glad it did. This will make you try it again in the future, knowing it will rarely work.
One of the worst things in dating is the pump fake. You chat up a guy and it is going awesome. You think you’ve got things covered and you know what his next move is going to be. (You are looking forward to the date he is about to ask you on.) Then you find out he is taken and it was just a gentleman being friendly. The speed with which the play changed so quickly leaves your head spinning as you stand in awe of how far he advanced in the game of dating.
Being a player on the line of scrimmage can be where the action is! In dating, this would be bars, on-line dating sites, or speed dating. There can be many plays where not too much happens, but you will eventually tackle someone. The tackle is much easier when you see a man in motion. When you see a guy walking through the bar looking for a girl to talk to, he is considered the man in motion. You definitely want to be the player who tackles him. It may not score you any points, but it is a play that could prove to be very important.
No team should ever draft a player without doing their research. You’d hate to regret your decision down the line. This is why it is so important to probe the depths and make sure you really find out what makes the person tick. What are their goals? Who do they consult when making a big decision? Also, there is always that one attractive pick that everyone wants. Steer clear of this! They are so over-hyped that they will never reach the potential people expect them to. The really sexy girls every guy wants aren’t the type you want to take home to Mom. This also goes for the guys that ooze sexiness.
The offense usually scores more points than the defense. So don’t be afraid to get out there! If all you ever do is to wait for the other team to pursue you, you won’t get anywhere too quickly.
Clearly the “Goal Line” is the belt/waist, because anything below there, you’ve scored.
The highs and lows of dating, are much like the highs and lows of football. Sometimes your team is ahead, sometimes the other team is. In the end, even if another team wins (a friend gets married) you are sad you didn’t win, but happy they did. You applaud and cheer them on, but that fire burns inside you to win the game next time.
So you keep on playing…until you win.