In the previous installment of sports bar etiquette, I touched on a few specific do’s and don’ts that every single man should know when trying to pick up a woman in such a setting. While there are general scenarios where questions can be answered with a simple do or don’t, sometimes guys might find themselves in a more complex situation requiring a more detailed piece of advice.
I’ve been in my fair share of sports bars and not only have I been witness to many failed and successful pickup attempts, but I’m also a chick so I have firsthand knowledge of what does and doesn’t work. As a huge sports fan, I find that there is nothing worse than having a guy talk trash about my team right off the bat. If I’m in a Giants jersey and you’re in a Cowboys jersey, you might not want to strike up a conversation by saying, “The Giants suck! Eli Manning is a retard. Do you have a boyfriend?” This is no joke, it’s actually happened. I understand guys may get a little overzealous when it comes to talking sports with a girl because of the stigma that women don’t know much about sports. This is 2010 and these days, one would be surprised at how knowledgeable us girls can be in the sports department.
What you fellas need to remember is that if you intend on making it passed the opening line, you might want to ease up on the trash talking until you’ve established a good rapport. If you make your way over to her side of the bar while the game is on, feel free to make a comment about a play that just happened. It would be in your benefit to compliment her team, nothing crazy, but just something to get on her good graces – and not have a drink thrown in your face (do girls really do that?). Once she finds you charming and funny, then you can rip on her team if they’re worse than yours, otherwise you’ll look like a moron – it’s common sense. If you are interested in the extent of her knowledge, ask some questions about her team or the game. This way, you’ll know her limits AND you’re engaging in conversation at the same time – two birds with one stone, dude.
Obviously, not every girl knows her sports. There are the few (Jessica Simpson) who buy jerseys because they’re pink or the player is cute and if this is the case, disregard everything I previously said and just talk to her about how pretty the uniform colors are. The underlying point here is that you need to determine which type of girl you’re talking to before making your move. If you lucked out and stumbled across the former, you can actually offer up bets to said girl during the game. Make things interesting by offering to buy her a drink if her team scores, or ask her to take off an article of clothing if your team scores. If that honestly works, I applaud you – and I’d like your number. What? Moving on.
I have faith in the single men out there, and I know you guys have it in you to use your brain and not make complete asses out of yourselves. Trying to talk to a girl you don’t know in a sports bar is much easier than doing so in a club because the conversation starter is already there – grow a set and embrace it.