YemisiFancy’s #MyMainlandDiary: The Premier League Fever

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There’s just something about Fridays, the pleasant feeling knowing you would get some quality rest, the need to chill, and the laid-back aura at work.  Fridays are just sent from heaven. So European Premier League season is here and I can guess what my beloved football fans especially the guys will be doing this weekend – taking over the television and remote control, giving bae little or no attention. Most ladies literally dread talking about and hate to witness the Premier League season which fortunately or unfortunately is ongoing.

Guys long for this season from the very beginning of the year but most ladies, for some reasons I will be sharing, don’t:

For the guys, they practically live on twitter: their twitter TL gets flooded with football analysis. They tweet fight on sport matters. All of a sudden every guy becomes a sports analyst. It is as if their lives depend on it! But I have highlighted the true result of their full devotion to football:

  1. Less attention at home because guys stay glued to their TV screens all the time. If they are not watching a live game, they are watching highlights of the game. It’s all same passion!
  2. For the ladies, this total TV control means they have to miss out on reality TV shows like Keeping Up With The KardashiansWAGSReal Housewives of Atlanta and so on.
  3. The aftermath of the match – As we all know there’s always a winning team and losing team – it is the ladies who have to bear the grudges and tantrums, when the unfortunate happens and Mr. Man’s team lose a game.


Personally, I’m quite indifferent about the situation. I don’t hate football and I’m not crazy about it either. I watch football but not too much. I look forward to watch some teams play. But I won’t say I get affected by the Premier League fever.

Fans raise chairs to celebrate Nigeria football team's victory over Ivory Coast to advance into the semi final of the 2013 African Cup of Nations on February 3, 2013 at a public viewing centre in Lagos. Supposed underdogs Nigeria downed favourites Ivory Coast 2-1 in an absorbing quarter-final to set up a last-four meeting with Mali. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI        (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

During the Premier League season, Lagos Mainland gets flooded with so many viewing centers. These centers are like a whole different community which I think is cool sha. To see people who have probably never met bonding over football is fascinating. The roads suddenly become free of traffic whenever major football clubs are playing. How cool is that?

I learnt there’s even a Premier League’s starter pack- Your generator, Cable TV decoder, some snacks and Orijin. Wao Naija guys don’t joke at all. My advice to ladies is, just be patient, it’s just nine months (that is a long time to be honest, long enough to carry a pregnancy through), try to watch a little bit of football so the frustration can be a lot less. And guys try to be little nicer with the TV during this season.

Already some are seriously looking forward to Manchester United vs. Southampton’s tonight. Maybe I will watch too. Friday Night Football has now joined in.

You know what they say, if you can’t beat them, join them! So let’s try to have some fun, be good.

TGIF! (Thank God i’m Fancy).




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