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Cincinnati Bengals fans convert their spouses, believe it or not

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly column from former sports reporter and editor Mike Bass. Bass will be contributing to The Enquirer by offering advice for sports fans, athletes and youth sports parents and coaches through a weekly Q&A. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @SportsFanCoach1.

He was a Cincinnati Bengals fan. She was a Chicago Bears fan.

He stood up for himself one day. She cut him off at the knees.

These two were perfect for each other.

“I established my ridiculous loyalty to the team while dating my wife,” @Jason_Pike tweeted to me. “2003 draft was on her birthday. She'd mentioned going to lunch w/ her mom and sis. I said I couldn't make it. She said I wasn't invited anyway.”

What was he to going to do?

Besides marry her?

He could watch the draft, sure.

He had more in mind.

“Then the task was converting her from a Bears fan,” he tweeted, “which occurred.”

This … OCCURRED?

Parting the Red Sea OCCURRED.

Let’s be real. This is not like getting your spouse to change religions.

This is harder.

For some.

“You can change your wife, your politics, your religion, but never, never can you change your favouritefootball team,” Manchester United legend Eric Cantona once said, which can be fit for one kind of American football, too.

For some.

When I recently asked Bengals fans on Twitter how they deal with significant others during the season, a few shared the pride, joy and fun of their conversion stories.

How did @Jason_Pike manage it?

“I think it was a confluence of the Bengals being a fun team that was starting to win,” he tweeted, “and the fact that she hadn't been fully invested in the Bears for a few years - not to say she didn't still like them.”


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