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What’s with Valentine crap and sports radio?

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I listen to local sports radio in the morning while getting ready for work and during my lunch break. For the most part, I find the discussion insightful and interesting, unless it involves crazy talk about the Nuggets (they need to trade everybody on the roster for Jason Kidd) or crazy talk about Avalanche (they need to pay eleventy billion dollars for some guy who is old and hurt).

But holy hell, for the past two weeks they’ve been talking about Valentine’s Day, like, nonstop. They’ve had a million commercials for Valentine-related crap every day. It’s worse than those membership drives on public radio.

If I were to believe local sports radio, I would think the following about Valentine’s Day:

  • all women care a lot about Valentine’s Day
  • all guys hate Valentine’s Day and think it’s a bunch of crap but buy stuff anyway because they have to
  • Valentine’s Day presents can consist of jewelry (especially diamonds, because nothing says love like the oppression and torture of people in Africa), roses, chocolates, champagne, teddy bears, pajamas, or a gift certificate to a spa
  • Valentine’s Day is all about women and buying them stuff
  • guys might not understand it, but this entire process is VERY meaningful and you might end up “in the doghouse” if you don’t comply.

I even got a spam comment on this blog, saying something like, hey guys, now that football is over, it’s time to stop ignoring your girlfriend — buy her some overpriced flowers. Wait, what? Listen buddy, I’m a woman who writes about sports. If my boyfriend ignored me during football season, it would be because he was sick of me drinking beer and screaming at Rex Grossman. Flowers aren’t going to make up for that, unless they come with a few four-packs of Gordon.

Here’s the thing. I’m a woman and I don’t give a rat’s ass about Valentine’s Day. I don’t want flowers, heart-shaped chocolates, diamonds, or any other cheeseball crap that is less thoughtful and original than a Jay Mariotti column. I can’t be the only one, right?

In theory, I suppose Valentine’s Day isn’t such a bad thing. In theory, it tells us to take a day to appreciate those we love and do something extra to show we care and maybe give a little present to serve as a reminder of the fact that we love them. That’s fine, and it’s cool if you have your own way of making Valentine’s Day special — but how does going to the store and buying a dozen roses and a box of chocolates because that’s what you’re “supposed to do” serve this purpose? It doesn’t. It’s a cheesy copout and people only do it because marketing has convinced them that it’s required — it’s also incredibly boring and predictable. Where’s the fun and romance in that?

Even though the idea of showing your love on Valentine’s Day might be kind of nice, none of this commercialized crap does that. Buying a diamond necklace doesn’t show that you love someone. You show that you love someone by how you act every day of the year. It doesn’t require a special day or a gift that comes with a vase or silk boxers (ew). All this Valentine’s Day hype is just silly.

Don’t let the sports stations tell you otherwise. And don’t let them convince you that trading Marcus Camby is a good idea.

    Written by Tracy

    February 12th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

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    1. Makes me glad to be single around this time of year

      Nos

      12 Feb 08 at 7:27 pm

    2. :) You know I’m right there with you. (Although, I believe that you must be more girly than me overall. You know, with the shoes and the shopping and all the glasses.)

      talesofmy30s

      12 Feb 08 at 8:10 pm

    3. lol well put :)

      arlanda

      15 Feb 08 at 5:32 pm

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