The NFL kindly reminds everyone that some women actually really love football

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52 Responses to “The NFL kindly reminds everyone that some women actually really love football”

  1. Teller says:

    More to like – this year, a woman is reffing.

  2. Wow, I’d say Gaddafi would have paid a small fortune to add that snap to his collection back in the day .

  3. mattcornell says:

    Condi Rice is a war criminal. 

  4. EH says:

    Whew, I thought the NFL might be running out of fans.

  5. millie fink says:

    But even while we may differ on teams — Rice is a Cleveland Browns fan, I bleed blue for the New York Giants — at least we both be sure of one thing

    I really hope that’s a typo.

  6. cj howeareya says:

    I like this image, where she’s standing off to the side and her body language is saying “Yeah… I don’t know these people…”
    http://www.adweek.com/files/adfreak/images/NFL%20Group.jpg

    • Sekino says:

       I’m surprised there hasn’t been a thought-bubble contest… yet.

      • Donald Petersen says:

        I’m wondering if the photographer didn’t at least halfheartedly try to coax Dr. Rice into mirroring Peta Murgatroyd’s Packer-tastic pose.

        I betcha Madeleine Albright woulda gone for it.

  7. iix says:

    Okay, I’m no longer considering myself a Dolphins fan either.  I’m now a “Limited Partner”.  Perfect.

    EDIT: And nearly all of those ladies are not notable.

  8. ChicagoD says:

    Turns out that women’s money spends exactly the same as men’s money. Huh. Who knew?

  9. Matt Larsen says:

    It seems like a large portion of these ladies are in fact the wives or daughters of owners of NFL football teams.  It kind of implies that they couldn’t find enough celebrities to be in these ads so they had to enlist their family.  Conclusion: there are not enough women interested in football to fill an ad campaign unless the wives and daughters of football team owners are made to participate.

    • ChicagoD says:

      I am pretty sure I could fill this ad with Bears, Rams, and Packers fans as long as they didn’t have to be celebrities. Also, Packer fans are of questionable hygiene.

      • IronEdithKidd says:

        Hey, ChicagoD, can you guess what Packers fans say about Bears fans?

        In tribal pursuits, ad hominem is a two-way street. 

      • Quiche de Resistance says:

        What them cheesed up lasses lack in hygiene (a dubious claim to be sure) they make up for in enthusiasm.

        *ahem*

        Enthusiasm for packer football. I mean.

        Of course.

        But they don’t call em the packers for nothing.

    • Cheddar says:

      I think it implies that they are trying to help out the careers of their wives and daughters likely trying to break into modeling/acting/etc.  Yes, I am stereotyping, but otherwise I would presume they would pick real women fans.  

  10. Cheddar says:

    By some women, they mean some daughters/wives of team owners, athletes, and a few prominent rich women love football…  

    • Koocheekoo says:

      I am none of the above and a long time Green Bay Packers fan. Not sure what point you are making.  Looking forward to football season. Glad they are airing the pre-season games now too.  I am ready for some football!

      • Cheddar says:

        Did they ask you to model?  The point was if someone is trying to make the point that some women love football, they probably should choose women that don’t likely have ulterior motives and choose from the many women that actually love the game.  Otherwise, it comes across as disingenuous.

        I am sure there were guys that loved the WNBA too.  But if they promoted it by picking the husbands/sons of owners, male athletes, and prominent rich men all of whom likely just wanted to be in the public eye, I would find the ad campaign just as lame. 

        Obviously most advertising implies some disbelief in the authenticity of the person selling whatever product since they are being paid, but I think for ads like this it is more important.  Oddly, Condoleeza Rice comes across as one of the more authentic folks in this ad campaign IMHO.

        Best of luck with your team!

      • Quiche de Resistance says:

        “Glad they are airing the pre-season games now too.”

        I don’t know if this means you are such a big fan that you watch these useless exercises or you just like bad football.

  11. Nathan says:

    And, on the other side of the coin, there are a quite few men who would rather hit themselves repeatedly in the forehead with a ball peen hammer than sit in the same room with a football broadcast. But, of course, those are just the girly men who sit around drinking Evian and talking about their feelings. Certainly not me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go wrassle a bear and drink some rotgut, manly man that I am. Yeah, that’s it.

    • PaulDavisTheFirst says:

      do you want to get together after my swim/bike/run workout and we can talk about physics while we make snacks for the laaaadies ?

    • Ipo says:

      We can hang out. 
      I may do it. I don’t often watch other people do it.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Personally, I’d rather watch football than hit myself in the head with any kind of hammer.  But I’d rather do a half-dozen loads of laundry, change the oil in my wife’s car, and paint the bathroom than watch football.

  12. Gekko_Gecko says:

    She likes football?

    Then why the odd looking soccer uniform?

  13. Scott Rubin says:

    Super Bowl Champion New York Football Giants

    INTERNET FIST BUMP

  14. cubejockey says:

    As Cleveland resident….godammit why us….

  15. Genre Slur says:

     Ladies make a significant demographic of CFL followers. Truly Canadian Girls, Stompin’ Tom might say.  Yay, Stampeders!

  16. pjcamp says:

    If Condoleeza Rice is for it, I’m agin it.

  17. rattypilgrim says:

     Antinous, you’ve decried how so many articles become political diatribes where the story gets lost in arguments that don’t convince either side of changing their views. But, here we have Condi Rice’s (war criminal) photo headlining a story about women who love football. I must say I’m surprised there hasn’t been more vitriol aimed at her. I would have thought she would be the worst example, but maybe there’s a hidden message?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I think that most of our commenters regard any sports reference as a PTSD trigger and are pretending that this isn’t here.

      • rattypilgrim says:

         I guess you’re probably right. You’re saying involvement (on a viewer’s level)t in sports is a way of denying or side stepping various problems, social, personal, etc…at least that’s how I’ve seen how it works.

  18. redrobot25 says:

    yet another reason to love the Broncos.

  19. tw1515tw says:

    Growing up in the UK, most of us don’t get American football, and why someone would want to watch an few hours worth of TV adverts interrupted by a odd minute of people in crash helmets and padding running and throwing a ball. Millions of Americans do love it, the Aussies love Rugby League football, the Kiwis Rugby Union football, so I guess it’s down to what you were brought up with.

    The female audience is a big part of soccer and rugby in the UK, and nearly every club will have replica shirts in a ladies cut (tighter around the hips). I heard women comment on the men’s legs and short shorts, but it’s more likely they just like the excitement of the sport itself. The female audience really became noticeable during the Italia 90 soccer world cup, and when stadia were made more family friendly.

  20. tw1515tw says:

    Some european teams have played in pink
    Everton and Palermo in soccer
    Stade Francais and Harlequins in rugby union
    Harlequins RL and Leeds Rhinos in Rugby League

    It’s either a statement on reclaiming pink for men, or a way to encourage more ladies to buy replica kits.

  21. blueelm says:

    And then there are us women who do not love football and somehow ALSO would not ever find themselves making snacks for hubby during the “big game” and… I dunno insert something from a movie. Wow, it’s almost like there’s more than two states of existence here!

  22. The Squidboy says:

    Why has no one mentioned NFL-football superfan and cultural icon Camille Paglia yet?

    Camille would mop the floor with that prissy Condi Rice.

  23. As one of my favorite books states “Get your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game!”

  24. Cory Trevor says:

    I thought it was quite obvious that women were a big part of the football audience by the super bowl halftime musical acts.  Oh hey its Madonna! 

    • Quiche de Resistance says:

      That was the best halftime show in years.  Totally fun.  Also, I’ve loved MIA’s music for years and I knew she was crazy hot but I didn’t know her legs were five feet long.  Mrowr!

  25. This is relevant to my interests. Oh wait. No.

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