My Wife’s Team

07 Jan

I give my children a bath. I make dinner a few nights a week. I do the weekly food shopping. I thank my wife when she makes dinner. I remember my wife’s birthdays and our anniversary. I ask about work. I’m a good husband. No, not great. I’ll keep my ‘areas in need of improvement’ to myself. Anyway, somewhere my wife is reading this, shaking her head, and making a list.

“It was a nice visit dear,” my mother said to my wife of nearly a year.
“Yeah, we enjoyed it.”
“I’m just sorry the Eagles didn’t win.”
My wife looked at my mother and added, “Yeah, it’s a shame.”
Shortly thereafter, we were on the SEPTA train headed out of Philadelphia to Trenton. From there, we took a New Jersey Transit Train to Penn Station and Manhattan. As we settled in to our seats, my wife turned to me, “Did you hear what your mother said to me while we were waiting on the platform?”
“What? You mean about the Eagles?”
“You heard that?”
“Yeah, I heard. So what?”
“I just can’t believe that she would say that the weekend would have been better if the Eagles would have won.”
“Well, it would have.” (No, we are not the real life version of the Solatano family of Silver Linings Playbook, though I did note some similarities.)
“What is wrong with you guys?”
“You like football too.”
“I know but still.”
She does like football. My wife that is. In fact, her interest in sports was one of the things I enjoyed about her from the beginning.
However, there was a problem. You see, she is a Notre Dame fan. Huh? My family did not like Notre Dame. Nope, they were not the good guys. They won too often and were cocky.
Yet, my wife liked Notre Dame. What would I tell my family? Well, I eventually broke the news to them, and they took it in stride. However, the question kept coming up – why?
What can I tell you? When she first started watching college basketball, she thought one of the players on Notre Dame was cute. Hence, a fan was born.
You can be sure it came up when I brought her home to meet my family for the first time. I had to be a mediator.

Later this month, my wife and I will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. We have had our ups and downs. Like most couples, we have had to adjust for each other. Some of the adjustments have been harder than others. For instance, I have learned to not dislike Notre Dame.
That brings me to the BCS National Championship game tonight. It features Alabama verses Notre Dame. Yep, you heard right. Can you guess who’s rooting for Notre Dame? Yep she is, and so am I (though I not enthusiastically). After all, I did say I was a good husband. Go Irish.


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46 responses to “My Wife’s Team

  1. Ellie at Emerald Pie

    January 7, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Ah well I had to like this post didn’t I?
    And for the record: GO IRISH!

    • memyselfandkids

      January 8, 2013 at 2:40 am

      You’re funny.
      My wife is actually a big fan of all things Irish. She also visited Ireland years back.

  2. Sara

    January 7, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Wake up the echoes, baby!!!!

  3. jaymers

    January 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Notre who? Never heard of ’em.

  4. Joyce

    January 7, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I don’t do sports. Although I love New Orleans so….Geaux Saints!

  5. alenaslife

    January 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    For no good reason I have always disliked Notre Dame. But, by some chance of fate, my youngest son is a HUGE Irish fan. (Seriously, I don’t know where he came from.) He is currently covered in tattoos (temporary — he’s 8), holding autographs (thanks to a family connection) and planning the whole night around watching the game (and extra hour, please mom?).
    After all, I try to be a good mom.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 8, 2013 at 2:43 am

      Oh Gosh – it aint looking good now. Well, that’s good in terms of bed times.

  6. now at home mom

    January 7, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    You are so funny. If you like Notre Dame, then you are a great husband 😉 go and tell her 😉

  7. sweetpea2200

    January 7, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Love it

  8. rebecca2000

    January 7, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    LOL You two are cute.

  9. brendayoder

    January 7, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I live in Notre Dame country. I get this post. I also could really care less about sports but have learned to have interest in Detroit Lions and Tigers. It was part of the 23 year package. Go Tigers.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 8, 2013 at 2:45 am

      23 year package?
      So, why haven’t you learned to love Notre Dame?
      Dissapointing end for the Tigers last year.

  10. motherhoodisanart

    January 8, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I totally get this! I’m a Packer fan, my husband is a Steelers fan. We have had to make serious compromises in the past to make this relationship work…especially on Sundays!!!

    • memyselfandkids

      January 8, 2013 at 2:46 am

      The Packers looked good the other day. Aaron Rodgers is so good.

  11. Karron

    January 8, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I honestly do not understand team favorites. I know it happens for every sport all over the world, and that you are being a good husband for supporting your wife’s team, but I just don’t get it. After all, the entire game will be a statistic two hours after the game ends. I don’t ever vote for one team or the other, I just want to see a good game. Not American football, bores me to tears, but a good European football game (aka soccer) is very entertaining. As long as you don’t take it seriously, and just watch the game.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 8, 2013 at 2:59 am

      Well, if you get European football, then why not this?
      As a child, I took it much more seriously. I still enjoy it but not to the same degree.

  12. optimisticgladness

    January 8, 2013 at 3:41 am

    For better or worse! Nice.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 8, 2013 at 3:50 am

      The way the game is going – it is definitely for the worse!

      • optimisticgladness

        January 8, 2013 at 4:05 am

        And you’re in it for the long haul… “Brownie points!”

  13. insanityofmotherhood

    January 8, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Love the reference to Silver Linings Playbook. You are a good husband. Maybe the best…you cook.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      I had a feeling you would like that reference.
      What I do is not cooking – I am excellent at defrosting, putting thing in the oven and making pasta. For my children’s simple tastes, it works. Also, my wife is happy to come home and have dinner waiting.

  14. Raani York

    January 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Every couple does have to adjust, right? I’m sure, by man and I will have too after moving in together… but at the moment it’s not time yet! To me it seems you’re a great husband and adjusted well! No wonder she loves celebrating anniversary with you. 😉
    Happy Anniversary to both of you!!

  15. letizia

    January 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    In my family it’s the same thing with European football! You’re obviously a wonderful father and husband, lovely family dynamics 🙂

    • memyselfandkids

      January 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      You are way too complimentary.
      It’s cool to hear that these ‘issues’ are universal.

  16. penneyfox

    January 8, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I’m guessing your wife isn’t too happy right now after seeing that score from last night. I’m of course thrilled to see another SEC National Championship.

    BUT you’re a great husband to support her, even if she does like Notre Dame 🙂

  17. st sahm

    January 9, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    11 years of marriage…inspiring. Congrats!

  18. jeandayfriday

    January 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I like any team that plays against Alabama (I am an Auburn grad). Go Irish! 🙂

    • memyselfandkids

      January 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      This Alabama streak must be killing you guys. It’s ridiculous. Monday wasn’t even a game.

  19. ateachablemom

    January 10, 2013 at 3:42 am

    You are a great husband! My husband is a huge Notre Dame fan. I’ve never understood the mega attraction, but it’s his thing, so, like you, I do my best to support him. He wasn’t as devastated as I expected over Notre Dame’s loss on Monday, but I was disappointed. Go figure! Happy anniversary a little early!!

    • memyselfandkids

      January 10, 2013 at 3:55 am

      My wife also took it better than I expected. I tried to get her to to turn off but she actually watched till the end. That’s a fan. I would have turned it off after much muttering and cursing.
      Thanks for the anniversary wishes. I am not a great husband.

  20. lifewithpinkprincesses

    January 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Just to let you know, I nominated you for the Liebster Award… take a look 🙂

  21. Jessie Clemence

    January 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I have said this before, and I’ll say it again–your wife needs to do a post. I’d love to hear from her one of these days. Maybe you should interview her if she doesn’t like to write. Poor woman, living with all that testosterone in the house.

    • memyselfandkids

      January 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      I’ve asked her and I think she will be doing one in the near future. I’ll tell her she has been requested.
      Btw, I am the youngest of 4 sons. My mom knows just what my wife is going through. And, it’s not so bad.

      • Jessie Clemence

        January 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

        True! My nine year old is already trying to steal my shoes and jewelry! At least no one grabs her stuff.

        • memyselfandkids

          January 11, 2013 at 3:49 am

          When they were younger, they did play with her stuff. Now, they couldn’t care less.

  22. Anonymous

    January 11, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Wishing you and Sara a Happy Anniversary!

  23. TheSmirkingCat

    January 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Fortunately, the best team certainly won that match-up!


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