Just in case you don’t follow football, the Super Bowl is tomorrow. Everyone’s putting up their finest Super Bowl related articles about how to tiptoe around dads while the game is on. One such article is by Forbes blogger Justine Rivero titled “My Dad’s Guide to Watching the Super Bowl.” As you can tell from the title, it’s supposed to be a light-hearted to-do list for not pissing off dad and getting the most out of his attention while the game is on. Oh, and it also perpetuates the idea that dad cares more about football than family, and the only way to bond with him is to feign interest in his team of choice and make sure you’re cheering when he cheers.
You know, because if you don’t, you risk a beating and a lifetime of wondering how to get your relationship out of the s**ts.
HuffPo‘s Ben Mankiewicz had the inside scoop on a great fatherhood story recently, concerning his own godson, Owen Shure. Shure watched the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants. Late in the game, wide receiver Williams fumbled the ball and it led (from what this non-football-fan has been told) directly to the 49ers’ loss.
Many football dads end up passing down bad sportsmanship to their kids in this sort of situation. But if that was the case here, we wouldn’t have used the word “invaluable” in the title, would we?
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