Posted: Wednesday September 27, 2006 12:15PM; Updated: Wednesday September 27, 2006 3:50PM
Three years ago at Christmas, my girlfriend at the time overheard me on the phone chatting about how much fun me and the boys had at a Bruins game a year earlier, and that we all should get together soon for another bash at the FleetCenter. She went ahead and got me two tickets for the next Boston-Buffalo game. I was thrilled. But when I told her that me and my best buddy would have a great time, she exploded and stormed off. She was expecting to go to the game with me. Is this acceptable? I mean, they are a gift, for my use and my discretion on who goes. Some people say it's assumed you bring the girlfriend, but I say you don't. What's your take? -- John, Boston
I can sympathize with both sides on this. One thing your significant other failed to realize is that the game was "so much fun" was because of the people you went with. Let's be real, would you rather be: a) drinking it up with your boys, or b) playing kissy face with the missus on the makeout cam. I am going to go with "a," especially if said girlfriend knows nothing about sports. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of chicks out there who completely grasp all concepts "sports," but there are also quite a few who have no idea what a "face-off" is.
I will play devil's advocate, though, and say that getting the tickets was a really sweet gesture, so taking her would've been the best decision if you wanted to stay in a relationship with her. Or the best solution would've been to tell your boys to pony up, buy their own tickets and you can all go. That's just the peacemaker in me.
Jenn Sterger and the Cowgirls
God love ya for the Cowgirl look you and your gal pals popularized! I was at the UCF-Florida game and thoroughly enjoyed each team's Cowgirl wannabes. However, when a look becomes overcopied, it is soon passe. Do you have any plans to "go Madonna" and reinvent your game look to stay ahead of the crowd? -- Michael Paul, Indialantic, Fla.
I, too, have seen lots of cowboy hats running around the different campuses. What's the point? The events that unfolded on Sept. 5, 2005 happen once in a lifetime. I was just blessed that the lens was pointed in my direction when it was. The hat in no way makes me and my girls who we are, it's just a part of the get-up. People know the real thing when they see it.
My friends and I have debated about the hat's future for sometime. I've been rockin' the Cowgirl look since my days as a Gaither High "Cowboy." So I think it's safe to say the hats are here to stay. To change would just be too trendy. I mean, you don't see me bathing myself in glitter do you? Eventually the others will move on and find their own niche in superfandom, but we will still be rockin' the hats. So my advice to the imitators and duplicators ... it's been done. Put down the hat, be inventive, start something new.
I'm a season-ticket holder for FSU games and I think offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden needs to go. If the long bomb isn't working, FSU's offense goes nowhere. Meanwhile, the defense is always dominating. Do you think Bobby should fire Jeff, and how would Ann handle that one? -- Jim Barrett, Houston
So you're the one hanging the "FIRE JEFF BOWDEN" bedsheets across the street from the Doak. Whether it's because Mama Ann got tired of doing his laundry or simply because she wanted the house to herself, all the Bowden boys ended up in the family business. And as long as Bobby has a job, so will Jeffrey. So until Bobby decides to retire and move to South Florida and buy the condo next to Joe Pa's, Jeff isn't going anywhere. Seriously, Jim, you can't blame all of our problems on one person. Granted, not having a creative coordinator will stunt any offense's growth, but if your players aren't living up to their own potential and executing plays, then really, whose fault is it? Florida State's issues go much deeper than Jeff Bowden. He just makes a great scapegoat when things go wrong. So I'd invest in some Tide to wash those sheets with if I were you, buddy, because I don't see Jeff's departure coming anytime soon.
My girlfriend recently flew off the handle when she discovered I had TiVo'd a late-night movie on Cinemax. She said it was disgusting that I would want to watch that, and that she couldn't trust me anymore because by watching that, it showed her that she wasn't enough and that I wanted other women. She said she could only be with a guy who thought of her all the time and no one else. I told her that was not possible, but she said it was. Who's right here? -- Pete, Milwaukee
Given the hours of the movie in question, I am guessing it wasn't exactly Shrek II. Pete, odds are you are a grown, heterosexual male, and therefore have certain physical needs. If these needs include watching a gripping drama about a certain girl from Dallas, then so be it. Your girlfriend needs to realize that adult films are pretty harmless, unless they become an addiction. Whether or not you watch promiscuous videos doesn't determine whether you care about your girlfriend, or that she isn't cutting it for you "physically." Even if you are with someone, it's perfectly natural to window-shop, just as long as you don't sample any goods. If men don't look, they are probably dead.
An FSU fan and friend of Jenn Sterger partied too hard one night.
Courtesy of Jenn Sterger
Hey, Jenn. I'm going to Las Vegas next week, and I was remembering the time I went a few years ago and drank too much (hey, it happens every now and then) and in the middle of the night ended up knocking on some stranger's door in my underwear while sleepwalking. What are some of your embarrassing drunk moments?You have to have a few. -- Hoof, New York City
While your story is utterly hilarious, I am not even going there, bro. Sorry. But have fun in Las Vegas. Just do yourself a favor: Don't be this guy.