Last Monday night men and women across America faced a serious dilemma: The Bachelor or football? For couples without two TVs or DVR service, this could be a potentially relationship-ending argument. Not only do these broadcasts provide entertaining, high-stakes TV, but missing them is also a major setback when it comes to Tuesday’s water cooler and/or Facebook gossip fests.
At first viewing, these shows sit on the opposite ends of the entertainment spectrum. The Bachelor is a money-making reality franchise for ABC where women self-destruct on national television under the pressure of dating a man with multiple girlfriends. The NFL (and college games) display gladiator-like athletes taking the field (or model-like, where the Patriots’ Tom Brady is concerned) in order to bring down supposedly inferior opponents. But upon closer inspection, both shows are strangely similar because they’re competition-based contests to see who will score more points and be the last man (or woman) standing.
So why aren’t you watching both?
Whether you’re single or coupled, these shows can exponentially increase quality chatter with the opposite sex, while making bedtime tête-à-têtes much more enjoyable. (True, the NFL’s regular season just ended, but that gives you more time to prepare for next fall.)
As an available lady, being able to comment on that crazy run in the fourth quarter by Auburn’s running back that set up the game-winning field goal in the National Championship game, will certainly turn a few heads. And when I say “a few,” isn’t it nice to have some options at a bar?
Or, if you’re quietly working in your office and overhear the workplace hens debating the wackadoo behavior of waitress Melissa vs. hair stylist Michelle, wouldn’t it be great if you could swoop in and say, “Well, it wouldn’t be a proper Bachelor season if there weren’t a crazy Michelle. I’m sure Jake, Brad, and Ali could compare notes.” After they stare in disbelief, watch as the ladies swarm around your cubicle in admiration.
Many couples are constantly looking for ways to connect, and sometimes all it takes is a few hours in front of the TV to make that possible. Getting my husband to watch The Bachelor wasn’t difficult. One look at the beauty and desperate behavior of the bachelorettes and he was hooked. He began recording the show on our DVR before I even started following the series.
Football may require a little more dedication from some women. I grew up in a football-watching family, where sports culture was practically embedded in my brain, but I’ve taught many girlfriends how to follow and enjoy the game. You just have to know what to look for.
In football, there are endless “Bachelor-esque” storylines:
– For every Brad Womack, there’s a Tom Brady.
– Football players have groupies and cheerleaders, just like The Bachelor has girlfriends.
– Over-the-top houses, luxury cars, and ostentatious displays of wealth go hand-in-hand with pro football players and date scenarios on The Bachelor.
– Scandal is always evident, whether a married pigskin player is caught sex-ting a female employee of the team, or a potential fiancée reveals that she already has a boyfriend back home.
– Injuries are prevalent across the board, from broken hearts to season-ending concussions.
Heroes and villains appear in both shows, and ultimately you can’t help but root for the underdog. Once you know how to watch both shows, you’ll be surprised at how often you’ll find yourself going online to chat rooms to discuss the latest news, or updating your fantasy football/Bachelor teams. (Yes, there really is a Bachelor Fantasy game available on Facebook.)
So before you chain-saw your TV in two, or break up your relationship because “someone” won’t relinquish the remote control, take time on Monday nights to watch one and DVR the other. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much fun it is to watch women emotionally (and physically) wrestle with each other, and see men cry when the clock finally runs out. Before you know it, you could meet that special someone at a watch party, whether it be for The Bachelor or the Superbowl. And don’t worry, I’ve seen hosts serve chicken wings and wine at both events.