It’s official: the most boring periods of my life these days are the few months – specifically between late May and early August – that the English Premier League and every other major leagues in Europe always go on break annually.
Why, you may want to ask? Well, it’s actually quite simple: football is an addiction that brings indescribable pleasures to those hooked on it. Not every addiction is a bad thing, remember?
Now, a lot of folks – especially women – have always asked what the thing was about football that got men so hooked on to it like a junkie on Meth or Heroin or whatever. Okay, so you all need to realize some simple facts and to start with, you need to know that football is not just all about the fun we derive in watching it; it actually helps define this ‘winner vs. loser’ element buried deep within every male identity.
We’ve put together a few reasons why you should not hate the game ladies; most men just can’t resist football because of the following:
The Physicality and Soft Violence factor: What is it about football that guys love so much? Guys are very physical in nature, temperament and by design. Simply put: we like violence! Now, while sports like wrestling and boxing are a lot more violent, most guys generally tend to prefer attending a game of football, or watching from the comfort of their homes, because it is a team sport. Call it a primordial instinct if you may, but come on, there’s the soft violence and our personal teams; it’s Us vs. The Rest of the World.
Another question that generally pops up again is why men would still throng out to watch a game even when their teams are not playing. That’s another easy thing to understand. According to research, a lot of men do that because they find the games as an irresistible entertainment factor. Oh, and of course, we just want to watch our guys beat the opponents silly (even if it’s only one player we’re supporting on the other team).
Innate Desire and Drive to Win: Does this have anything to do with the male biological drive to compete and be a winner? Well, according to results from a survey carried out on Your Tango, of course it does! “You identify some amount of your happiness based on how well your guys do. Like, I take my college’s losses personally. I’m in a terrible mood all day Saturday if my team doesn’t win,” said one contributor.
Loyalty: One other vital reason why men love football is the loyalty factor. Men value loyalty a lot, and you would see – shockingly so too – that even some of the most unfaithful men, in terms of fidelity to their spouses and mates, actually not only stay true to the favourite football team, but also stick with one particular team for years! Even when their teams totally suck and they keep losing game after game, it all becomes totally worth it once the team wins a major trophy and their form picks up again.
The Bonding Factor: Another cool thing about football is the fact that it actually helps a lot of men to bond. That ‘friend-of-a-friend-is-my-friend’ factor helps to pull a lot of men together, even settle enemies too. When men meet over a few bottles of beer and watch football together, the possibilities are endless.
So, the next time you want to rail at your man over his love for the game, please, do consider a few, if not all, of these factors and just let him have his fun for that moment. After all, it’s only for the next 90 minutes…hopefully.