Ladies and gentleman football is finally, fully back. Could football be the key to finding a real companion? Sometimes a great sports bar with a cold one and a plate of wings while watching the big game can be some of the most fun Encounter dates you’ll have. Sundays are a day of rest and relaxation, and you’ll be surrounded with other like-minded people who love the great American sport as much as the person next to you.
However, you just might need to work on your football-viewing etiquette before watching the game with that special someone or prospective special someone.
So Esquire asked Fox Sports Girls Jordana DePaula and Asha Horne — two women whose job it is to talk sports with you all day — to help you have some fun, caution you against condescension, and tell you how to impress that someone — while still watching football. At the end of the day, you just want to be around good food, good people, and a winning team, right?
Jordana: Why not go out, get her your favorite jersey or one for your favorite team? It will actually give her a reason to get dressed and ready on Sunday with her favorite jersey.
Asha: Absolutely no pink though. I love pink — pink is my favorite color. But I do not wear pink jerseys. I wear team jerseys just like everyone else. I wear the team colors.
The Bar vs. The Couch
A: Personally, there’s nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with a warm blanket and watching football for six hours. But I think it’s also great to watch it at a bar if it’s for a first date. You meet other couples, you meet other people, you talk some trash.
J: On a first date, always go to a bar. Otherwise, it’s creepy inviting someone over to your house.
A: It’s also funny because if you take her to a bar and everyone’s high-fiving, you might see her looking around like, Okay, this is what happens here. Next TD, I got my high-fives ready.
J: “Play some football. It’s a great way to teach her.”
Put Some Skin in the Game
J: Play games. Predict the score. Make bets. Play some drinking games as well.
A: And no wine coolers, okay! Do not give us wine coolers as you go get the hard stuff.
J: Make her a drink, boys — then she might enjoy it.
A: Yeah. Make her a drink of choice.
Share the Fantasy
J: Get in a league together with her. Teach her something, so that way when you’re actually watching the game, she’s gonna want the points from the running back and quarterback.
A: Make it a couple’s thing. You’re one couple vs. another couple.
J: We actually just had a draft last night. Men weren’t born with the knowledge of football. But I think they’re very surprised about how well we picked our players.
A: We like winners. So let her follow along with your players and it will all make sense, and it will make her feel like she’s involved and helping you out.
J: We want the points as much as you do.
Have Some Respect
A: Don’t talk down. There’s a huge misconception that woman either a) don’t like football or b) if we do, it’s because we think one of the players is hot or we like to see men in tight pants and great hair hit each other.
J: And we’re also watching the game, so don’t make us run to the kitchen to grab you your next slice of pizza. We’re enjoying it, too. Don’t make us your busboy.
A: And if you get yourself a beer, don’t hand me a water.
If She Supports the Enemy
A: That’s when things get interesting.
J: Sometimes that’s even more fun. It might give the relationship a little spark. It’s good to fight a little bit.
Regarding Your Screaming at the Television
A: Oh, gosh—
J: I think it makes it fun. And we can be obnoxious with you sometimes.
A: Honestly, if you’re dating someone, you have a good grasp on their personality — at least you should. For me, I’m a yeller.
J: Same. You have to go crazy. It’s football.
A: And make her feel okay to let that side of her out. Let her be a superfan. But whatever type of fan you are, own it, embrace it. It’s okay.
A reminder: Watching with a woman’s wig does not count as watching with a woman.
Your Body Paint
A: I hope you have a great body if you’re going to do that.
J: Yeah. Keep the jersey on.
A: That’s what they’re made for. No one wants to see the jiggle.
And Your Touchdown Dance
A: Oh my god, I love it. I’m all about the dance. And then it becomes a competition: Who has the best TD dance? That becomes the fun and part of the game.
J: You can actually make a little competition with her. Battle it out.
The Value of a Good Luck Charm
A: One guy told me I was his good luck charm and made me feel like was the difference between winning and losing. Girls like to feel lucky.
J: Make us feel special. Make us feel wanted. I think women don’t feel wanted in certain football environments.
A: Yeah. They feel isolated.
J: If we’re the good luck charm, we’re going to want to be there every Sunday with our man.
And, In Closing
J: Don’t automatically think, You know, she’s going to run out of the house on a Sunday and go to the mall. We know a little more than you think.
A: We know the difference between a 4-3, a 3-4 — we know all that stuff. Don’t assume that we don’t. Being a fan is not gender based. And football is not synonymous with being macho.
So the next time you plan your Encounter date to be watching a football game at a great local place keep these tips in mind. Did you know that you can book an Uber directly from the Encounter app, that way you can make it safely home after watching the game? Encounter is available now on iPhone, and will be launching soon on Android.
Go Team Go!