Friday, March 1, 2013


My husband is a New Yorker. This means many things, but right now the most important thing it means to our children is he's a Giants, Yankees and Knicks fan.

My daughter is also a New Yorker. Even though she's lived in Portland for seven years she's maintained allegience to both the Giants and Yankees, which is easy to do since Oregon doesn't have a major league football or baseball team.

We do have a basketball team though and she hopped on board the Trailblazer fanwagon. Which was okay with my husband. He's been a good sport about it (sorry, bad pun). As a belated birthday present he's even taking her to the Blazer/Knicks game where they plan to wear t-shirts sporting their team of choice and a sign that says "A House Divided."

But I'm here to assure you....that's not the real divide.

My son, who was born in Washington, D.C. has declared himself a Redskins fan. When he told me (not being a sports fan of any kind) I was all like, "Yeah, that makes sense. Go Redskins. They're a football team right??"

However, mine wasn't the universal household reaction.

"Not the Redskins. Anything but the Redskins," moaned my husband after Child #2 made his announcement.

At Christmas I suggested we might want to get our son some Redskins gear. Just a t-shirt or hat or maybe even a bean bag chair. "Are you crazy? I can't have Redskins paraphenalia in the house," growled my husband, which made me laugh because he's a grown-up and so of course I knew he was kidding.

But it turns out he wasn't.

Child #2 didn't get any Redskins gear for Christmas. And yesterday morning, when he reiterated his love for the Redskins my husband threatened to send him to live with our good friends in Minnesota who are part of the same fanclub.

He was kidding.

I think!

Maybe I should call my friend and tell her to get the spare bedroom ready.

Are you a house divided when it comes to sports? Or, like me, do you think of televised sports as premium writing time?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

As a sports fanatic, I understand your husband's position! No house divided here.
Hopefully he was kidding about sending your son away though.

jaybird said...

The Husband and I are (for once) in agreement when it comes to football. We our die hard New York Giants fans. My girls are too. In our house, it's a crime to route for Dallas or the Eagles. Anyone we meet, that loves either of those teams, gets a whole lot of razzing, for sure.

Hart Johnson said...

*giggles* We are all pretty loyal to the very few teams that matter to us: Oregon Ducks, Portland Trailblazers, Michigan Wolverines... (in that order, if there is any question between duck/wolverine). And hubby and I seem to be united in hating the Lakers more than any other team in existence (has to do with getting knocked out of playoffs in the Blazer's peak years). Mostly, though, we just aren't terribly fanatical. We SEE some serious rivalries though--mostly Michigan/Michigan State--and some houses with signs that have both flags waving.

Beylit said...

I am so lucky that pretty much neither of us care about sports. The husbeast is from New Orleans so he has an intense loyalty to the Saints. Apparently it is required if he wants to continue to claim that he is from the city. Since I don't give a flip about football I support the Saints to support the husbeast.

In turn however he supports UT in college football because I am from Austin and therefor am a UT fan. It actually becomes an issue every year in Dallas when UT plays OU in this huge game. The entire city goes dumb over it. It at least gave the husbeast someone to bet on in the office pool.

The only time we are a house divided is when we visit my parents and the Saints are playing the Cowboys since my dad is a die hard Cowboys fan. He laments often that I married someone who hates the Cowboys.

Barbara Watson said...

We aren't a house divided so fun as we are some love sports and some really don't. My husband coaches high school football, so that's what I'm most passionate about--his team. But my daughter plays basketball, and I'll cheer my heart out for her and her team. My son doesn't care for any of it. :-)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Definitely not a house divided when it comes to sports. But I think living in one of those houses might make it more fun to watch.

Shallee said...

That's hilarious! My university has a big rivalry with another university. It's always fun to play around with it, but some people are really serious about it!

Also wanted to let you know I added a new, simpler option for entering the Mustaches for Maddie giveaway, if you're interested!

Gwen Gardner said...

I say get your son the Redskins paraphenalia! My husband and daughter don't agree on teams, either. Me? I could care less, really.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm a Pittsburgh fan by marriage. (I don't think I'd have a choice otherwise!) However, I still like my Cubs, even though they will never win the World Series.

Carol Kilgore said...

We lived in New York three times. I'm still a Mets and Jets fan. We've lived so many places, I'm a fan of a lot of teams - including the Redskins! But when it comes to Texas teams, I do not like the Cowboys. Only the Texans.

Happy Weekend!

Diana Wilder said...

Televised sports provides lovely 'white noise' suitable for drowning out bad noise while I am trying to write. (But get that spare bedroom ready.)

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I live alone, which means I never watch televised sports; instead, I usually watch shows that feature cops interrogating/chasing suspects or good-looking CSIs in crime labs. I didn't even know that the Redskins were a football team. :)

Talei said...

Oh, I loved watching the Olympics when it was on here, I mean, 'the swimming' - who could resist those guys?
Rugby has been the bone of contention in my household previously but my Ex's are now Ex's's??? So that sorted that problem.

Hope you're getting some premium writing time this weekend. xo

The Bookworm said...

lol about "A House Divided."
Johanna, it sounds like us over here.

We're from Jersey so it's Jets, Mets and Knicks at our house. Now, I was never big into sports, so I never really thought twice about it. But my son is a huge Jets, Mets and Knicks fan, just like hubby. My daughter has been leaning towards Yankees, Giants, Knicks.

I can relate to Child #2 :) One time, I jokingly, or maybe not so jokingly, told hubby that I like the Miami teams. (For some reason I kinda really do) So when I told him I was going to get Dolphins/Heat jerseys for myself he literally got a headache/stomachache and I had to keep assuring him I was only kidding! After 17 years of a household of Jets, Mets and Knicks fans, there's nothing I can do but join in and roll my eyes. Hubby's a glutton for punishment following those teams!!

Tammy Theriault said...

My parents watch more sports then us...but we would be a tv show house divided for sure!

Chuck said...

As rabid Packers fan whose wife could care less about sports...well, let's say even my dogs sport Packer's jerseys!!

Joyful Minimalism said...

My husband and I differ a great deal about sports. I love to watch 'em, he doesn't.

Last week I checked my phone to check the match scores, as my favorite football (or as americans call it: soccer) team was set to play a match against one of its most bitter rivals. They had won, so I let out a mighty whoop. He looked at me and asked me if I had lost it. I said my team had won. He shook his head and sighed :)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Hubs is New England. Jake and I have been packer fans for years. My Brother-in-law taught Jake to say, "Go Packers!"

I'm not a fanatical sport fan. I do have favorite teams--the Packers and the 49ers, used to be a big fan of the Redskins, since homebase was Maryland (Orioles too and I attended both baseball and football games while there),and if the Pats aren't playing one of my favorite teams, I've been known to cheer them on. Prefer college basketball if I'm a spectator at the game. I detest televised basketball but I prefer to watch Football on tv. Strange, I know. Love to attend baseball and hockey games.

As far as memorabilia--who cares? Son wanted a Packers hoodie and no one much cared in our household. Hubs doesn't collect the stuff but can quote you stats like a sportcaster on about any game.