It’s that time of year again- play off season! The Rangers have only 14 regular season games left before the playoffs begin. Being in a relationship where you both are die-hard hockey fans rooting for different teams during regular season games can at times be hard and frustrating but can also be a lot of fun at times too. However, playoff season games can be even more stressful to manage in hockey relationships, so here are some tips on how to manage rivalry games during the race to the Stanley Cup.
Sometimes when your team makes the playoffs and your significant other’s team didn’t, or vice versa, it can create hostility and resentment towards each others’ teams, which can sometimes lead to frustration in relationships. In order to relieve this stress, try to cheer for a team that you both enjoy watching during the regular season, if you find it impossible to root for the same team as your significant other. One thing I strongly discourage is rooting for a team that is a rival of your significant other’s team because that will only create more animosity. Even if you don’t like the team your other half roots for, try not to cheer against them. I once rooted for the team playing against the team my boyfriend’s team and he was upset with me and continues to bring up how I rooted against his team when he supports my team all the time.
A fun way to spice up the games is to make bets on individual games, or bets on how far your team will go versus another team. Betting on games should not include money unless you both mutually agree on, but I would suggest betting on things like winner picks where to go to eat, or loser wears something supporting the winning team. This can make games fun to watch. In my opinion, bets are the best when you both feel like you will get a mutual benefit out of it, such as bedroom antics.
The best relationships are ones where you can convert your boy/girl to be a fan of the same team as you are. Speaking from personal experience, my boyfriend and I originally rooted for opposing teams, but throughout the season he watched the New York Rangers more and more and is now a big Rangers fan. He knows all the players, their playing style and even bought a jersey to show his new-found support. I know this isn’t always a possibility between couples but when you can convert your significant others to cheer for the same team as you, it’s a great feeling.
Well that’s all I’ve got for you folks today! With playoff’s coming up, try to bring some fun into the games whenever possible to help build support between each other and make the games fun for your relationship even if your teams don’t play that well. Enjoy the warm weather whenever possible, keep safe, and GO RANGERS!