How not to be a fall football ‘widow’


By Sue Curtis



September the first has arrived! For many folks, this date simply means that school is back in session and we’re looking forward to family fun over the Labor Day weekend. For others, it signifies a time to get ready for autumn. As evidenced by the decor in all the stores, people are thinking about candy, costumes, and trick-or-treat. That means Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, so some folks are ratcheting up their shopping.

In our house, the dawning of September means all those things, too. But it means something else very important. In our house, September 1st means football season has begun!

Technically, I am not a football widow for two reasons. First, I have developed my own affinity for college football, primarily watching the Ohio State Buckeyes. Every Saturday in the fall is a game-day event for us. If we aren’t physically at the game, we are usually at home, “tailgating” with others in the comfort of our family room. For me, OSU is the main attraction.

For my husband, game-day Saturday starts with the 11 a.m. pre-game chit chat on a number of different channels. At noon he starts watching the games. Regardless of when Ohio State kicks off, he watches from noon until the last game of the day is over. Often, that’s after midnight. Then he watches the post-game announcers, on different channels, to see what they have to say.

Before the official start of the season (which for us is the first Ohio State game, scheduled for Sept. 3), there are other matches to watch. These include Browns and Bengals pre-season games, a match up between California and Hawaii (which took place in Australia … don’t ask me why), and high school games.

Now I love my Buckeyes, but frankly I don’t care about the high school, pro, or the other 100 or so college teams that, at any given time from Friday to Monday, might be playing. My second strategy for avoiding being a football widow is developing my own activities for when those other games are happening.

I checked myself out on a website I found – BMWK.com — which ran an article on 10 things to do if you’re a football widow. It turns out that I have mastered and included in my fall schedule eight of the ten things. These include: reading, buying something new, taking a class, redecorating a room, shopping, watching an entire series on Netflix, drinking wine, and finding my own obsession (jigsaw puzzles). The two I haven’t embraced? Learning a new dance and letting my hair “go natural.”

Football season is pretty easy for me, because my husband has created a nice space for me with my own TV/DVD, table for puzzles, comfy chair, and reading light. Every fall, I get to watch the team I love, then go have my own fun while my hubby gets rid of a lot of stress by yelling at the referees, the coaches, the announcers, and the opposing teams.

Yep, Sept. 1 is a day to celebrate!

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By Sue Curtis

Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at a local elementary school and Hospice and keeps busy taking care of house, husband, son, and pets. She lives just outside of Troy, Ohio.

Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at a local elementary school and Hospice and keeps busy taking care of house, husband, son, and pets. She lives just outside of Troy, Ohio.