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Hey ladies: Being a Bears fan is awesome

Bears fans tailgate before a game against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 1, 2013.

Bears fans tailgate before a game against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 1, 2013. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune / December 1, 2013)

The men in tights with strong arms and thick necks are back and in full effect. It’s time to tailgate, break out our jerseys and yell at the TV like crazy people. That’s right: Football season is back! 

I’m sure that 99.9 percent of men in America are like kids in a candy store right now, bursting with joy. And if you’re a woman like my friends and me, you should be filled with that same excitement, if not more.

It was circa 2001 when I first sat down with my dad and decided to ask questions about this confusing game being played on turf. Just based on observation, I knew that I should cheer on my Chicago Bears, but that’s about it. After sitting through four quarters of first downs, offsides and two-point conversion discussions, I was good to go. 

Since then, I haven’t looked back or wavered as a die-hard fan of the game. It baffles me to see so many women downing the game of football and not even making an attempt to learn. Ladies, here’s the thing: Even if you don’t understand what’s happening on the field, here’s a few reasons to pay attention.

If you’re a single woman, you should be the biggest supporter of football. Do you know how many potential suitors you can meet? Listen! Men travel in packs to games, and I’m sure they would love to meet a woman who’s also cheering on their team. It doesn’t hurt to slap on a little lipstick, throw on your best football tee, gather up your girls and head to the field or your favorite sports bar.

If you’re a wife or girlfriend, football season could serve as bonding time for you and your mate. Imagine his surprise when you show up with wings or pizza and plop down on the couch instead of making reservations at your favorite expensive steakhouse. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a great date night to me.

And don’t even get me started on the absolute beauty that runs back and forth on that field. I sometimes wish the teams could play without helmets so we could see their faces, but I guess that wouldn’t be too safe, huh? On any given Sunday while also enjoying the game, I sometimes find myself talking about the fine players. Then, I snap back to reality and get into the action. Believe me, the NFL has some of the finest players in all of sports. If that’s not a reason to love football, I don’t know what is.

Now don’t get me wrong. As much as I think football is great for all of the reasons mentioned above, my love for the game lies far deeper. In high school, I only went to games to see the fine boys and hang with my friends. But ever since that Sunday back in 2001 when I watched my Monsters of the Midway with my dad, my passion for the sport has grown with each passing year. 

If you choose to explore and end up liking the game solely based off of the reasons above, I hope that, one day, your like can develop into a love like mine.

Lela Olds is a RedEye special contributor.

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