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How to Deal When You and Your Significant Other Support Rival Sports Teams

It doesn't have to hurt your relationship.

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If only every household could be like the Pearson's. United under their love for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the fictional This Is Us family could conquer anything. Okay, fine, it probably has nothing to do with their support of the same sports team, but it definitely doesn't hurt. That's because, for some people, supporting the wrong team can be an absolute deal breaker. With the Super Bowl right around the corner, so many loved ones are feeling pitted against each other. The good news is, it doesn't have to be that way. If you've got a good catch on your hands, try the tips below to root for your rival teams with confidence. 

 

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Do your own thing.

While it's always good to take an interest in your partner's hobbies, it's just as healthy for couples to have passions that are all their own. Go ahead and stick with your tailgate friends or head out to your team's bar solo. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

 

Try something new.

If neither of you can give up your team, choose a sport neither of you follow, then pick a team to root for together. If you don't watch soccer, get involved right in time for the World Cup, or pick a minor league baseball team to follow in between your preferred MLB games. 

 

Find common ground.

If you're going to be forced to watch all your arch nemesis' games, then it might be worth doing a little research. Try to find a feel-good story about one of the players and root for him or her instead of everyone. Make a weekend out of going to an away game. If your partner is as fanatical as it seems, it will be much appreciated.

 

...Or don't!

That saying opposites attract? It's real. We love our partners because of their passions—not in spite of them. Make it fun. Send your man a birthday card from the best player on your team. Decorate his car in your team colors. It's little inside jokes like this that wind up becoming your most beloved traditions.