Sports Rivalry in Relationships

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    May 14, 2014 9:40 PM GMT
    With the NHL playoff season in mid-swing and my partner and I favoring rival teams, I was just wondering if anyone else has a sports rivalry in their relationship, and if so, how do y'all deal with it? Do you make wagers together? Get real upset when your team loses? Bust each other's balls a little and just laugh it off? Or get angry if your partner shoves losses in your face?

    While I do feel the "it's just a game" philosophy has some validity, some guys are real fanatics for their team and take things more seriously. So I would just like to hear some of your opinions and stories about sports rivalries in relationships.
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    May 19, 2014 4:15 PM GMT
    my boyfriend and i are big sports fans. especially football. when the eagles (his team) played the bears (my team) last season there was a lot of trash-talking and betting...but it just made the game more exciting...

    and now that the blackhawks are still in the playoffs and the flyers lost, he doesn't have much to contend icon_smile.gif
  • Destinharbor

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    May 19, 2014 4:31 PM GMT
    I think you hit on the right answer "Some guys are real fanatics for their team and take things more seriously." I learned this the hard way with my partner. He grew up in Phoenix and was a basketball fan all his life. Especially loving Nash. When the Suns would lose, he'd get really upset and sometimes angry that I wouldn't have enough compassion for his loss. He didn't appreciate me telling him to grow up. As his millionaire idols got traded and moved away, he loss some of his fervor but possibly because he moved away as well.

    I think as an adult, excessive fixation on a professional sports team is unhealthy and juvenile. I respect his love of his team but expect him to put it in proportion and perspective. I'm a sports lover, too, and cheer on my teams, and watch a lot of it, but it is just a game. And I think school teams are a bit different. Pride in school is different because of direct affiliation.
  • Sportsfan1

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    May 20, 2014 6:13 PM GMT
    I am a UCLA Bruins football fanatic. I have season tickets at the Rose Bowl. I am looking forward to football season this year!
    A former boyfriend was a USC grad. The weekend of the UCLA vs. USC football game we did not talk. Fortunately for me UCLA had a winning streak against his school so I could always gloat a little. He was not a sports fan at all. It never really became an issue. I warn my potential boyfriends that I root for all of the Los Angeles area teams, Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Galaxy and of course the Bruins! Most are surprised that I like and follow sports.
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    May 20, 2014 9:03 PM GMT
    My ex an me are both football (soccer) fans, lucky we rooted for the same team, but there was a clear rivalry when playing. Both tried to play better and show off and try to score, to the point I would eventually end up very tired but wouldn't stop because he kept on running and I wouldn't let him be better then me (and that happened the other way around too.) It was sick. Most of the time we ignored the issue but then snapped over any other stupid thing (but the real reason was the game). Ha, it was mad. Since we broke up that hasn't happened to me again with anybody else.
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    May 20, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
    Have a bet on the derby with the loser having to do a sexy or embarrassing forfeit depending on your mood icon_twisted.gif
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    May 22, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
    If I was in a relationship I would totally want my partner to have a rival team. I think it'd be a real and fun connection. Making friendly wages, holding loses/wins over and rubbing it in a little bit, hanging with friends and talking all kinds of smack.

    That'd be awesome. Plus think of the great that could follow from it. Lol.
  • rrrazorsharp

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    May 25, 2014 5:16 AM GMT
    In a pervious relationship there would be alot of fun trash talk and bets placed. He was an obsessed *cough* narrow minded *cough* Sens fan, while I cheer for the Jets. Bets were placed on games when they played each other, who won more games in the regular season, etc. The bet was usually for a case of beer.

    Side note for pensfan88.......whatever future sporting debate there is....your significant other is automatically right. Pens suck.