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A couple of years ago, my buddies and I found ourselves drinking some nice craft beer at a dive bar. It was early on a casual Thursday night, with none of us needing to be at work until around 9 A. Given that vast expanse of time and the fact that all of us happened to be of the single persuasion, we decided it'd be a great idea to talk with every single woman at the bar, ring or no ring.
Now, I wasn't intoxicated, but the conversation flowed more easily than many of my other "speaking engagements" with women. In fact, I had the great fortune to talk with a couple of women who not only looked stunning, with long brown hair and athletic bodies, but also happened to be sports fans.
It was winter, the middle of football season, so naturally my Cowboys fandom was revealed. The two women were from Philadelphia and were diehard Eagles fans.
Given my natural ability to turn every conversation into an argument, we started debating the merits of the two teams, in between competitions of shooting well whiskey. I was powerfully attracted to one of the women. Yes, she was a fan of a hated rival, but her passionate defense of her then- as now moribund team charmed me.
I put all affiliations aside and took heramong other information. The question I have is, is this a rarity? Can fans of rival teams coexist in the dating world? I know a woman, a University of Texas alum, who found a good-looking guy who she was attracted to. However, once he told her he went to the University of Oklahoma, conversation instantly died. She was raised in the Longhorn faith, and knew she could never date a Sooner.
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Does baseball provoke this same kind of extreme reaction? I posed this question to a woman from New York who said she loved the Yankees because she "loved winners". I asked her if a Red Sox fan asked her out, what would her response be? Now, does this same rule apply when a person is out of the actual area that the team plays in?
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Do girls in Kansas City feign interest in the transplanted Yankees fan because he's different? Do they not care because the Yankees and Royals haven't been rivals since some hotly-contested playoff series in the s?
Or what happens if you live in your rival's territory? Should you cancel your OkCupid membership if you happen to be a New York transplant living in Beantown? Should you lie and just tell everyone you grew up a Mets fan?
If you're dating a cougar who remembersthat might not be a good thing to bring up. Better yet, are the implications different if both teams are winning?
If you were dating a Red Sox fan, and the Sox won say, a crucial Game 5 in the ALCS against the Yankees, could you muster the effort to talk to her at all for the rest of the week? Would the image of Cody Ross launching a home run into the bleachers be on your mind as you attempted to become intimate? Could you even attempt to get intimate after a playoff loss to your hated rival?
I know a young woman, well-known in an East Coast professional community, who is dating an intense Redskins fan. Then again, if she was a sports fan, given RG3's national popularity she might have Griffen'd right along with him, listening with sensitivity as he poured out his feelings and ate mint chocolate chip ice cream. MLB fandom has a tribal nature similar to that of college sports teams.
It's passed down from generation to generation, especially with Yankee fans. When d throw their sons out to the wild to go find a mate, this can lead to some difficult compromises. It has been my experience that dating someone who is a fan of the same team is probably the best way to go, though the ideal would be that you are a little more of a committed fan than she is.
It helps with the overall blood-pressure level in the house.
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