A new study asked men and women could date someone who is a fan of their rival sports team and the results were somewhat surprising. Believe it or not, being a fan of a rival sports team is a bigger deal breaker for women rather than men! According to Fathead, 22% of women say they couldn't date someone who's a fan of the team they hate. While only 15% of men said that would be a no go for them.

Now, my girlfriend and I must be the exception to this rule. How we even like each other is beyond me! Check this out, she is kind of a fan of the University of Michigan because she grew up with her brother being a fan. I, on the other hand, am a die hard Ohio State Buckeyes fan. That's one of the biggest rivalries in college or pro sports for that matter.

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It gets worse...

I am a fan of the New York Yankees, while she loves...you guessed it, the Boston Red Sox. It's a good thing that I don't watch baseball as much as football, otherwise we would probably argue every five minutes when I see her Red Sox key chain. All I know is that it's a good thing she isn't a New England Patroits fan, otherwise, I might make like a tree and leave (it's a play on words...) She's a Packers fan and I am a Steelers fan, so we are good until it comes to our teams playing each other.

I don't even want to think about her talking smack about wrestling and calling it the "F" word...you know...fake! That would be a deal breaker for sure!

Now, this wasn't the only statistic Fathead had in terms of relationships and sports. They also asked things like:

  • Is it more important to have a partner who is a fan of the same team or share the same political views?
  • Do you pretend to like a sport to please your partner?
  • Is it more important to have a partner who is a fan of the same team or share the same taste in music?
  • and more!

It was a pretty interesting read especially if you and your significant other always talk about sports. You can check out the article and ask your partner the same questions by clicking here.

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