Bro Basics: Sports and Dating — the Boston Perspective

By Kevin Murray, Suave Scribe

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As a guy, it’s safe to say that sports culture is a pretty important aspect to our everyday lives. But being from New England, sports isn’t just a hobby or something you do or watch to pass the time — it’s really a way of life. Major events are even planned around sporting events (yes, tailgating is a major event). Naturally, it goes without saying that it’d be great to find a woman who could not only tolerate your sports addition, but also enjoys many of those sports with you (c’mon guys, you know I’m right). Match.com actually conducted a survey last month, asking 1,000 members across the country questions about dating and sports. Let’s take a closer look at their survey questions and what the results mean with a slight major Boston bias from the male perspective.

26% of males and 32% of females are attracted to die-hard sports fans.  The female number has to be closer to 50 percent for Boston women. If not, these women are going to be single for a looong time.

5% of males and 6% of females would never date someone who cheered for their team’s biggest rival.  I thought this number would be a little higher, but the fact that it’s so low says that not many people have a problem sleeping with the enemy. Just make sure you take off that New York Giants jersey before you get into bed, sweatheart.

20% of females think it’s a “red flag” if their mate didn’t watch sports.  So one out of five women like it when their men lounge couch-side and crush beers while wearing a Tom Brady jersey on Sundays? So there’s hope for me after all!

45% of men and 41% of women find it important for their future kids to like sports.  Not surprised. Sports teach kids lots of useful life lessons and helps build character. The relationships kids form with their teammates is also important, and some of those teammates end up being lifelong friends.

45% of singles find mates who know their sports trivial hot.  I’ll tell you what — if I find an attractive lady who knows her sports trivia I’ll get down on bended knee tomorrow. That’s how hot it is.

56% of singles hate sports tattoos.  Whoa! You’re saying that getting a Red Sox logo on my back is a deal breaker?! 

76% of women would NOT want to be proposed to at a sporting venue or live sporting event.  No shit, Sherlock. You know how much peer pressure a woman has when she has an entire stadium staring at her, assuming she’s going to say yes? Not to mention how much of a cliché it is. Getting engaged at a stadium? Come on guys — step your game up, this isn’t 1990.

43% of women would go on a game date to a sporting event after two or three dates, while 40% of men would rather wait until they’re in a relationship.  I know many ladies are thinking, “Oh, isn’t that sweet? Men want to wait until they’re in a relationship to go to take me to a sporting event. See, commitment is important to them!” Uh … wrong. We’re waiting for a relationship because deep down, we’d really rather go with our buddies instead of you. No offense.

13% of men would rather give up sex for a year than give up tickets to their favorite sports championship series.  That’s it? This number has to be wrong. I know guys who would give up their firstborn child to have season tickets to watch the Celtics win it all, forget about sex. Honey, I won’t touch you for a year if it means I can sit courtside for a championship season. Sorry, #YOLO!

Let’s face it — sports are a great way to bring people together. You can plan events and gather around games whether you’re single or in a relationship. While you and your partner don’t have to both be on the same die-hard level, sports can give you something to look forward to during the week. For example, football probably tops everyone’s event list because you guys can gear up for games every Sunday. And if you cheer for the same team, all the better! But if you cheer for the opposition, watch out. Everything’s kosher until playoffs come around.

What do you think about the Match.com stats? Let us know in a comment below!