Created By: BlueNocturne on September 20, 2011

Sports Widow

(Usually) a woman loses her significant other for the duration of his team's sports season.

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Seen It a Million Times, primarily in sitcoms. A man's life stops when his team is playing. The children could be running with scissors or playing with matches, but the man is completely oblivious to anything but whether the umpire's BS call (and whether the mother can get him a beer in time). The girlfriend could walk in front of the TV in the most stripperiffic lingerie known to man, but all the guy wants is for her to get out of the way so he can see the instant replay of the game-winning one-handed catch.

Sometimes the girl, in the interest of not losing her man for months, will attempt to follow his team. Either she will be obnoxiously ignorant or pick up on the game so quickly that she will become a far more rabid fan.

Examples: Home Improvement: Jill knew that her husband was basically useless when the Detroit Lions were on. Sex and the City: One of Sam's Guys of the Week would refuse to have sex while his basketball team was playing. Sam tried to indulge his fandom, but when he turned out to have a team for every season, she walked away. Real Life Aversion: Holly Robinson Peete, wife of former NFL Quarterback Rodney Peete wrote a book on how women can forego sports widowhood and become her partner's game-watching buddy.

I know there are more examples, but this is a start.
Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • September 23, 2011
    In Damn Yankees, Meg laments that she loses her husband to the Washington Senators "six months out of every year."
  • September 23, 2011
    In a commercial for McDonalds, a woman tells her boyfriend that her sister's boyfriend says that Sundays are only for watching football. Since he (the boyfriend we see) is so intelligent - evidence of which is that he ordered off the McDonalds dollar menu - he's able to come back with "He's a jerk."
  • September 25, 2011
    Unless this is a pre-existing term I never heard of, I'm not sure I'd go with sports widow. That makes me think of sports actually killing a spouse.
  • September 25, 2011
    in one My Name Is Earl the Karmic Restitution Of The Week is fixing a relationship Earl ruined by making a guy obsessed with golf and getting dumped after turning his partner into a golf widow.

    Very much a pre-existing term. [nameofsport]widow.
  • September 25, 2011
    ^^It is a preexisting term. It's usually written as sport-specific - "football widow" etc.
  • September 25, 2011
    And can be extended to any fanatical hobby that the spouse doesn't share, such as "gaming widow" for Tabletop Games.