And so it begins… or just never ends

So I am a hockey widow. I know some of you are nodding your heads right now thinking, “oh yeah, I am with you, my hubby is a fanatical basketball fan/football fan/hunter/etc.” And I am sympathetic to you. Really I am, but I AM A HOCKEY WIDOW! Do you have any idea how long this season is? It never ends.

Actually, it is long enough as it is, but add pre-season and playoffs and post-season and I have like three months of the year where my hubby isn’t a raving lunatic. Actually, he is a lovely, lovely man and husband, but he loves himself some hockey. Oh and did I mention that there are games like every other night?

Here’s the thing. I grew up in a house of “sports guys”. And not just one sport, but football followed by basketball followed by baseball. So I know what it is like to be in a house with “sports guys.” And honestly, I have dated a lot of “sports guys.” So when I married, I was super jazzed that I was not marrying a “sports guy.” Oh that’s right. He was not into sports when I met him.

He is a Michigan State grad so we follow them here and there throughout the year. And he did watch hockey. Here and there, he watched hockey. And then like a few years into our marriage something switched. I call it the bait and switch. He became a FAN.A.TIC. He’s not a face painter or anything (not that there is anything wrong with that….ahem…), but he is a few steps away from shaving a logo in his chest.

So the Red Wings made the playoffs. And I am torn. I mean I want my hubby to be happy, but come on. I need this season to be over. Any wives relate?


  1. Mr. DiaperDiaries says:

    Wings make the playoffs for the 19th consecutive season – the longest run in professional sports! Bring on the second season! GO WINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I LOVE me some Red Wings. My hubby is the hockey widower….
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Kroger Highlights 4/12-4/18/10 =-.

  3. Jill,

    Oh yeah, I’m with ya. Kent & I have this running joke (with a touch of sarcasm on my end…ok, more like dripping with sarcasm) and when he’s watching whatever it may be that day, I always ask, “Oh, is this a big game?”

    They’re ALL “big”:

    “Kel, it’s the MASTERS.”
    “Kel, do you know how long it’s been since the Tigers have made it to the World Series?”
    “I’ve got money on these basketball games!”
    “But Kel, it’s the WINGS.”
    “This is the SUPERBOWL!”
    “These are the top teams in the Big Ten!”

    You get the idea. I’m not bitter. I am not.

    He says that when work is depressing (the economy is getting better, right? Right?), that this gives him something to look forward to. OK, I get it.

    Good thing he’s such a great guy and does lots of dishes and laundry. A girl really can’t ask for much more, but yeah, he’s good at that, too. Oh, and he even cooks sometimes. So I’ll stop complaining. :)


  4. abba12 says:

    I feel for you, my ex (an american) was a hockey fan. I still don’t understand the sport, but I do know the season lasts FOREVER

  5. oh yeah. But we can’t afford (and don’t really want) cable. So he watches little now, and it’s not too bad. Still the days where he turns off march madness to listen to baseball, i get pretty testy… Baseball is over in a few months and then nothing until football again!
    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind watching a game here and there, but my guy is one of those fans who will watch whatever game is on TV while LISTENING to ‘his’ team on the radio. And it hurts my head to try to follow both!

  6. I grew up not liking sports (I shopped…). My husband was a hockey fan when we met and married, and eventually, 12+ years of marriage had me going over to the “red” side (very much relating to Bob’s sermon this past weekend on Solomon in comparison to his wife and the Colts!). Now our entire family is nuts over the Red Wings, and we’ve even gone so far as naming our two boys over #5 and #40. :-) Give it time…pretty soon you’ll be painting an octopus on your cheek!
    Go Wings!!!

  7. First of all a big GO STATE cuz’ I’m a Michigan State alum too!

    Second, I’m a sports widow to the nth degree. Not only is my husband a fan of just about every sport possible, he also works in college athletics. So chances are if he’s not home watching sports, its because he’s working a sporting event.

    Luckily, we’re both pretty into sports and that’s actually how we met. We both worked for the Lugnuts in Lansing.

    Anyway, I hope you survive the hockey playoffs!! GO WINGS!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Milestone Moment – First Skinned Knee =-.

  8. Since this is our first year of marriage and since we started dating at the END of the season last year, my husband was kind enough to remind me that he will be a bit “absent” for a while…and that he would be growing out his beard!!! Does Mr. Diaper Diaries do the whole grizzly beard thing during the playoffs??
    .-= Alissa Case´s last blog ..Pregnancy Mysteries =-.

  9. I’m lucky that my husband really only watches football…phew! I can make it through that season since I like it myself!

  10. My mom called herself a weekend widow b/c my dad was a hunter…I was sure not marry a hunter or a sports guy…or a pastor for that matter. Josh was an electrical engineer, and that was that. We got married in May 2001. He started seminary in September 2001. What the what?? I was (and am) supportive, just felt like the old bait and switch had worked marvellously. Then he started hunting with my family. Seriously? Still not into sports, and praise the Lord, hunting is sporadic. But seminary turned into pastoring turned into second masters turned into PhD in Scotland. (Listen for a rather large AHEM right about now). :)
    .-= Emily Malone´s last blog ..Huntly Castle & Dean’s Shortbread Factory with kids =-.

  11. Yup, I’m with your hubby, Jill. As a born-and-bred Michigander, I’m a Wing Nut to the end. Happily, my husband (a non-native Michigander) has jumped on the bandwagon and is a Wings fan by marriage, but still … there are times when he’s complained of being the hockey widower. ;)

    The season is long, but the sport doesn’t get nearly the respect it deserves, so a long season makes up a bit of the shortfall, to my mind. :)

    Dress the kids in Wings gear and get excited for the team and the season won’t seem so torturous! ;)
    .-= sue´s last blog ..drinking from a fire hydrant =-.

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