I’m not married to what you would call a “sports fan”. Derek just isn’t into it. Now, he appreciates sports, likes playing sports, but as far as watching…it’s just not his thing. Sure, he watches the Superbowl almost every year, but sometimes he doesn’t even know who’s playing until the game starts. And we both watched the 4th quarter of the Mavericks game this week, and we were bummed when they lost, just like any good sports fan.
But that has all changed with a little event called the World Cup. Soccer is definitely Derek’s sport, and I am seeing a side of him I have never seen before. He records all the games that come on, and when he gets home from work he plops down on the couch and watches the game. He yells at the tv. He calls me in to see the amazing plays, a guy tear his ACL, a really bad call, etc. I could tell you when the US is playing again, who they are playing, who else is in their bracket, and exactly what needs to happen for them to advance to the next round.
I feel like I am married to a real sports man now. On more than one occasion, he has said “but the games on” when asked to do something. That phrase really makes me laugh, because 9 times out of 10, he’s watching a tivoed game. He just doesn’t want to pause because he’s into it.
I may sound like I am complaining, but I really don’t mind at all. Maybe it would bug me more if he were like this about every sport. I can certainly handle sports crazy Derek once every 4 years. I just keep waiting for him to paint his face, buy a World Cup t-shirt, wear one of those obnoxious hats the real fans wear, and join a fantasy soccer league. Then Derek’s transition from scientist to sports fanatic would be complete.