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DEARSUGAR and Striking Out Sabine need your help. Guys are to sports as women are to talking on the phone and chatting all day; they can't live without it. Does anyone have any suggestions/tips to help Sabine understand a man's love of sports? What are some of the things that have helped you ladies through a rough season?

Dear Sugar
It's playoff season right now in baseball and my husband is a die hard fan. To him, this time of year is like Christmas for weeks on end. The problem is that his favorite team was just eliminated and he can't shake his bad mood.

I am sure many women can relate when I tell you that I honestly don't know what to do to cheer him up. To me, it's just a game but to him it's so much more.

I have tried to be understanding in past seasons but I really can't fake it anymore. I don't know what to say to cheer him up and I don't feel like a game warrants him to be moody and allusive toward me. Can you gals lend some perspective on this for me? Striking Out Sabine

cynsim cynsim 11 years
I think leaving him alone is best, by trying to get him out of it, you are just catering to him. Just tell him to let you know if there is something you can do and drop it after that. I like the idea of being busy, give him some time to miss you a little. OR you could have a lot of sex, that is a great distraction.
sterilepete sterilepete 11 years
All he's doing is riding his anger for a while, simply so he can continue to bond with his other friends over their team sucking the big one this year. I'm not a big sports fan, but I watch my friends do the same thing every single year. They LIKE having something to be mad about together... It's like the way you girls like to talk endlessly about relationships -- it's the sharing of emotion that matters, not the specific topic. It brings you closer to each other... this is just a more "manly" way of doing that for the fellas. Find something else to occupy your time while he steams. It's got nothing to do with you and you won't be able to pull him out of his funk. Trying to get him out of the bad mood he WANTS to stew in will only annoy him further because he'll see you as trying to control him, which, of course, is a no-no for us guys. -pete (i'm actually a guy, so ignore the pic below LOL)
t0xxic t0xxic 11 years
Say exactly what u just said to him. Next time he gets snippy. Be a biznatch. lol Ok my advice is awful. But Id seriously be like Look dude I kno ur sad ur team sucks and all but its really has nothing to do with me. lol Kisses I hope u find a good cure. Maybe tell him if U stop being a baby ull make it worth his while? Idk GL
CortneyLynn CortneyLynn 11 years
Sweetie, just let it go. Leave him alone for a week or two. Call you sister, go out to lunch with your girlfriends, take up tennis...whatever you can do to get your mind of his mood...and get yourself out of his hair. Men are much more competitive creatures than women...and now that the majority of them are chained to desks 5 days a week, they pour all of their competitive urges into their favorite team. It could be worse...he could be releasing his aggressions through Grand Theft Auto III. While he's mulling over every error in that last series, the worst thing you can do is try to "distract" him or "take his mind off it." He'll only end up resenting you for shaking you from his sports-induced stupor...and his funk will only last longer. So keep yourself busy and entertained for now...and he will be back by your side pontificating about the upcoming draft, and "wait till next year," before you know it.
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