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Sunday, December 14, 2008

We were at Kevin's work Christmas party when the subject of football came up at our table. A lively discussion ensued.

"Remember in the AFC playoffs when Bettis fumbled the ball and Harper recovered it?" Kevin asks.

"Oh, yeah, that was great!"

"Remember when the Colts intercepted Brady's pass in the AFC Championship game and put the game away?"

Suddenly the men are recalling incredible interceptions, game winning drives, and underdog wins.

I watch as the comments fly around the table, a little in awe, a little embarrassed, because though I watched many of these games, I don't remember a single play. Not. A single. Play.

More embarrassing. I have actually been at some of these games, sitting on the hard bleacher seats, drink in one hand, nachos in the other, and I couldn't even tell you who we played. I did watch the games, I really did. I don't know why these things don't stick in my head, but they don't. I'm beginning to think men have a memory gene I'm missing.

Ask me what my sister about Florida last summer. Ask me what Joe's dog's name is in "You've Got mail". Ask me what Kevin got me for our tenth anniversary. But please, don't ask me anything about any game ever. I won't know the answer.


Denise Hunter  
posted at 7:47 PM  
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At 1:32 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Brinkley, right? (The dog's name...)

Yeah, I'm with you. I don't have a memory for sports stuff, but with movies and other trivia.... Look out! I know all of Joe Jr.'s lines in "While You Were Sleeping," for example. Or all of Billy Crystal's lines in "Princess Bride..." (My family thinks that's a really dumb claim to fame.)

At 1:35 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'm totally with you! Men have a different gene for that stuff. LOL

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Michelle V said...


And, I like football, but couldn't tell you much of anything about a game I watched a day ago let alone years ago!


At 4:23 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Ah, good, I'm not alone. And yes, the dog is Brinkley. :-) I wanna watch the movie again now.

At 5:00 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Okay, before I write any more I will admit that I was a huge tomboy growing up. I don't remember all the plays in games that I have seen, but there are some that really stand out in my mind. It is the same for me with basketball and baseball.

That said, I also remember all sorts of crazy things from movies like Brinley's name.

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I remember the emotion associated with sporting events (and I was a coach, plus I played sports!)But like you, I see it totally different than guys. And like you, I am around a lot of guys.

When I was competing in world class trapshooting, most of my fellow shooters were men (and boys, but a few women.) They would sit around back at camp talking over how the 25th bird out went hard right and just how they knicked it on the edge...I could not recall even the last bird I shot at. (and these are clay birds/disks not REAL birds...)

But I would remember every nuance/glance/comment of the scorekeeper, the man shooting station 3 or the guy who was following me to the next trap. I have stories, too, but they are definitely different than my trapshooter buddies!

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Chelf said...

I have a book called "Don't check your brains at the door" by Josh McDowell... this post reminded me of a discussion on page 156:
~Jocks: The stereotypical jock can perform pirouettes on the playing field, memorize mammoth playbooks, and cite statistics like a computer. Remove him from the field, though, and he appears to have the intelligence of a doorknob.~

Men can remember individual plays (and all the stats of the players) of games watched AGES ago, and can't remember that just yesterday you asked them to do some "honey-do" on the list. Women have other bits of memory. We can remember the names of all the cousins' children, with birthdays, ages and favorite color.

It has to do with the great differences that God built in us. Still makes it irritating to be left out of a nice dinner conversation. :-)


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