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The desire to watch football and the desire to spend time with your family.
We all know what the right option is. But many men...and some women...choose the "read option" instead.
This "Manly Minute" offers some ways to wean yourself from your football viewing addiction.
It won't be easy.
After all...you bought the giant flat screen to watch football.
There is no patch to put on your arm for this.
But if you honestly total up the hours of football you watched this past weekend and the number is in the teens...you may have a problem. We may be able to help.
Many men (and some women) prioritize their lives like this: faith, family, friends, finances...and then maybe food or water fowl (quack quack).
But this time of year...another interest tends to take over: football.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan tweeted out last week "Happy @NFL kickoff everyone. it was nice being an involved father for a couple months."
And recently actor Ashton Kutcher shared with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel how important watching football is to him.
"Everything is to make it so I have Sunday off so I can just watch football," said Kutcher.
But NFL games are on Thursday and Monday nights too.
You can watch college games and shows all day Saturday and pro games and shows all day Sunday.
Before you know it...there goes the weekend.
Don't try to stop cold turkey. Instead, start weaning yourself.
Here are a few ways to do that.
When it comes to college...limit yourself to your team's game and one other big game.
When it comes to the NFL...watch only the final quarter of day games and the second halves on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights (after the kids are probably in bed). Save full games for the playoffs.
And if your spouse or kids join you...whether that means going to the stadium or sitting with you on the couch...that counts more as family time than viewing time.
These limits still allow for about 12 hours of football viewing each week.
Another idea...stop playing fantasy football. You won't find yourself up at 11:30 at night cheering for players on teams you don't care about.
Air date: September 10th, 2013
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