Let Me Live: Women Who Love Their Football

I'm a woman. I love shopping, purses and martinis. It's a part of my feminine DNA.

I'm also a rabid football fan and a Ravens season ticket holder, and I'm damn proud of it.

Rabid may an understatement. I live, eat, sleep and breathe football. There's nothing in the world like it to me. Not only do I love the pigskin, I'm pretty damn knowledgeable when it comes to it.

You see, I come from a long line of footballers. My grandfather played before he was sent to fight in World War II. My father played in the Big 8 (now known as the Big 12), and had the legendary Hank Stram call him and offer him a chance to try out for the Kansas City Chiefs. My uncle was All-City in his heyday. Football is in my blood. It's a part of who I am and there's no denying it.

Too many times I've had to explain and defend my football fandom to others, particularly men. They see a women, or a "girly girl" talk about football and automatically assume I love it for the men and tight football pants. While there may be some truth to that, they are way down the list of reasons why football is so dear to me.

I've heard every cliche there is regarding women and football. "You're a girl, you don't know football like that", "You're just a Ravens fan, you don't know other teams like that," or "You just want to be a part of something." Those phrases are like nails to a chalkboard to me. It's annoying as hell. The irony of that is usually the ones who claim I know nothing about football are the ones who know nothing themselves.

Once in 2003, I had a man tell me that the Ravens were perennial bums and the Cowboys were Super Bowl studs EVERY year. Yeah, you heard me; the same Cowboys who stunk it up with an 5-11 record from 2000-2002 with Dave Campo as their head coach (sorry Kenny, this really happened, though!) All I could do was laugh; I'm lying, I embarrassed the hell out of him, and it felt damn good, too!

I'll admit, I can be headstrong and intimidating at times. Coming into a football conversation, especially if majority of the participants are males, I immediately come with a chip on my shoulder and something to prove. Add to that, my passion for the game and that's a recipe for a football debate that can turn ugly. But as a woman, I want there to be ZERO doubt about my excitement and knowledge regarding football. I may hurt a few egos in the process, but usually my point is made.

As much as I love talking about shoes, sundresses and Halle Berry's hair, I love talking about 3-4 defenses, five wideout sets and zone blitzes just the same. And it's not just me, there are tons of women who know the game the way I do. It's time for people to realize that women love football, too. And not just for their colors and tight pants.

-The NFL Chick

5 Replies to “Let Me Live: Women Who Love Their Football”

  1. I feel your pain! This is a battle that I've just completely given up on fighting. I don't even entertain the men who say, "you don't really know sports" Okay cool..... The only thing that ever comes of it is they start to quiz me, and that's annoying as hell. It's especially annoying because they ask questions that people who don't even like sports could answer. I don't have to convince you that it's not the handsome men that draws me to it. It's just icing on the cake when the guy is good looking. I like football, basketball and baseball for the same reasons men like them. At some point guys are just going to have to accept that. Or not. I don't really care anymore. 🙂

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  3. Thanks for representing the female sports fans today!

    I also feel your pain in this post though I experience what you share here more with basketball than with football. It's frustrating when men don't take you seriously about your sports fandom and I think the fact that I'm, now, a "girly girl" doesn't help much either but little do those men know about my tomboy days, but I digress.

    Before I go I did want to share this story since you're a Raven's fan. Last year I watched the Jets' last playoff game at a Buffalo Wild Wings and I was super dressed up because I came from church aka "extra girly girl" if you will. Well I'm talking to some Jets fans and I share that I'm an Eagles fan but I wanted to watch a good game so I came out. Then I see the "Are you Really a Football Fan" test coming and I ended up sharing that I'm not a big AFC person but I've always liked the Ravens since they came out because I respected the fact that they came out with a bang and were a threat from the beginning. The guy looks at me and basically I ened up telling him about how the Raven's were one of the three expansion teams in the early 00s along with Carolina and Jacksonville...lets just say he was impressed and it shut them up for the rest of the night.

    All that to say...I always feel like as a female sports fan I have to "pull" some factoid or stat to show folks that its not just about the uniforms as you say, though at times its like a bonus.

  4. MANNNNNN.....

    you are speaking THE EXISTENCE of EVERY female football fan.
    i've learned to stop feeling like i have to prove my fan-dom to any dude.
    it will eventually come out and you'll get put in your place sooner rather than later.

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