In an effort to strengthen my marriage, I have recently been trying to follow sports more closely. My husband is an avid sports fan – any sport will do – and I figure that if I can develop at least an appreciation, we would be able to spend more time together. So that brings me to the NCAA tournament.
It seems that I have flabbergasted my husband. In the early rounds of the tournament, the best teams are paired with the lower ranked teams. I can’t quite reconcile this idea which seems to doom the lowest ranked teams, but I don’t know enough about it to really discuss any alternatives. Anyway, I do not feel any loyalty to any of the teams, so I have made it a point to root for the lower ranked team. My husband has several teams he is rooting for regardless of who is the opponent. He doesn’t understand why I don’t pick a team or two and follow them. I tried to explain that while I am interested and trying to learn more about the game, the teams, etc. in an effort to be closer to him, I always like to see the underdog win. There is something about a team who is expected to lose overcoming a favorite that I like. Maybe that’s why I’m a special education teacher – I work with the underdogs to overcome their own obstacles.
If nothing else, we are having some very spirited and fun debates at my house. I think that while it is not how I imagined getting closer to my husband, it’s still working.