A man's life stops when his team is playing. The children could be {{running with scissors}} or playing with matches, but the father is completely oblivious to anything but whether the umpire's call is fair (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. She will either be obnoxiously ignorant or [[ConvertedFanboy pick up on the game so quickly that she will become a far more rabid fan than he.]]

The term is usually written as sport-specific - "football widow", for example. And can be extended to any fanatical hobby that the spouse doesn't share, such as "gaming widow" for TabletopGames or "[=WoW=] widow" for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.


[[folder: Advertising ]]

* In a commercial for [=McDonald's=], 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 [=McDonald's=] dollar menu -- he's able to come back with, "He's a jerk."


[[folder: Film ]]

* Both versions of ''Film/FeverPitch''. In both cases, the female lead starts falling for the male lead, who completely changes personas when Arsenal/the Boston Red Sox season starts.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Several of Creator/DaveBarry's columns illustrate this phenomenon. In one of the illustrated ones, two bar patrons angrily yell at the owner to change the channel back to the sports game instead of the young woman prancing around in her underwear.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/HomeImprovement'': Jill knew that Tim was basically useless when the Detroit Lions were playing.
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'': One of Samantha'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.
* In one episode of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', the [[MonsterOfTheWeek 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.
* ''Series/TheLeague'': Ruxin's wife Sofia knows to leave him alone when he and the rest of the league show up to watch. Averted by Kevin and Jenny: she's a bigger football fan (and better team owner) than he is.
* Ricky and Fred on ''Series/ILoveLucy'' get this way when watching a boxing match on television.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': Not exactly this but Al Bundy has a specific way of spending his holidays - totally isolating himself in front of TV. Otherwise he might snap.
* An episode of ''Series/StepByStep'' featured this, with Frank and Rich watching a basketball game and completely ignoring Carol and Dana, their wife and girlfriend, respectively. They finally snap out of it when Carol's French friend Jean-Luc shuts the television off and convinces them to have a formal dinner with their ladies.
* Debra Barone in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' is a ''professional'' sports widow; husband Ray is a staff sports writer for a newspaper and is paid to go to sports events, watch them at home on newspaper-funded cable TV, and to write about them afterwards. He also plays a lot of golf.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/DamnYankees'', Meg laments that she loses her husband to the Washington Senators "six months out of every year." Her voice is joined by a chorus of other baseball widows (and their umpire-berating husbands).


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Cindy and the other club wives in ''Webcomic/LarryLeadhead'', who are in various degrees resigned to coming second to their husbands' obsessions with toy soldiers and models.[[note]]not the MsFanservice kind. [[GetYourMindOutOfTheGutter Plastic, resin and metal scale models and construction kits.]] Although there ''is'' a dark RuleThirtyFour side to the hobby, Larry and the guys do not go there. [[/note]]


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Nikki & John Pranksters in Love: Nikki is a victim of this in the gaming sense when John is playing video games on his X-Box. Naturally, this is the basis of numerous pranks by her to him. She destroyed his X-Box with a baseball bat, then switched out his new X-Box's hard drive with a new one to make him think she deleted everything on it, and then hid his copy of ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyModernWarfare3 Modern Warfare 3]]'' a day after it came out in stores.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' flips the genders. Fry's mother is a hardcore Packers fan, and his father is too busy preparing for the latest conspiracy to give a damn what ''anyone'' else is doing.