Saturday, October 24, 2009

Guest Post: Bob Brooker and Kaye O'Dougherty authors of Football is for Lovers

Bob Brooker and Kaye O'Dougherty, authors of the book Football is for Lovers, stopped by to share with us a piece they wrote.

Love. Watta concept! We’ve made it part of our song lyrics and greeting cards and movies and books. We feel it in our hearts. We speak it to our children and our mates. We desire it for those we care about - and for ourselves.

Now, with Football is for Lovers, we’ve even connected love to football.

Have we gone too far?

We think not. Actually, speaking of lyrics, we’re fans of “love is where you find it; don’t be blind: it’s everywhere.” Because we really believe love can be just about anywhere in your life that you want it to be.

Okay. There may be an exception. Okay, okay. Maybe several exceptions. But basically, if you think about it, not all that many.

Let’s say you’re getting ready to take out the garbage. This is not usually considered to be a fun activity, but it is necessary for the health and well-being of your beloved family, yes?

Even so, you may be thinking, “But why me?”

Well, let’s get real. It has to be done, however you feel about it. And you wouldn’t be doing it if you could have palmed it off on someone else.

So – you apparently do not have the choice not to take out the garbage (unless you want to deal with the flies in your kitchen, which, hands down, is obviously a whole lot worse than the garbage removal).

However, you do have a choice as to how you will do it. Okay. Let’s not get crazy. You don’t have to whistle a happy tune or sing Kumbaya. But - and we can hear you groan all the way across cyberspace – you can do it with love.

Oh, take a Bromo!

Anyway, watching football is a lot like that. If your life partner is a football fan, football is going to be there. On your TV screen. Week after week after week after . . . well, for a long time.

As with the garbage (and please refrain from any unpleasant garbage comparisons here: it really will not help with the agenda we are about to propose), you can accept the football watching (yes: it’s okay to call it an obsession if it makes you feel better) with a scowl . . . or . . . okay, fair enough: you really don’t have to smile. Just accept it with love in your heart.

Oh, yes, you can! Look at it this way: you love the big (or small) football-obsessed lug, don’t you? And he loves football. Only not more than he loves you. Really.

Don’t know what’s going on? Trust us: football ain’t exactly rocket science, and to make it even easier, we wrote Football is for Lovers to make the learning curve about as steep as your average pancake. Plus we’ve thrown in a lot of . . . um . . . interesting ideas to add spice to the game watching experience.

And here’s the bottom line: anything you do with love just feels better than anything you do without love. So if it’s something that must be done . . . might as well get the full payoff, yes? And we’re pretty sure there’s nothing on the planet – maybe even in the universe – that pays off more grandly than love.

About the book:

Can learning about football be sexy? According to Football is for Lovers, when it comes to your love life, football can be better than oysters.

The good news is that Football is for Lovers makes the basics so . . . well, so basic that learning the game is easy as eating an ice cream cone. And just as much fun.

With anecdotes, illustrations, and a lot of laughs, Football is for Lovers not only makes it easy to understand the game, but also shows you how to put an end to the TV clicker wars, improve your relationship, and spice up your love life.

It just takes looking at the game of football a little bit differently.

Then again, since Football is for Lovers contains references to football great Jerry Rice in a pink tutu, images of paintings by French artist Jean Dubuffet, an alert about the dangers of speaking Northeastern Mandarin, an explanation of the value of M & M's in a relationship, and a Burma Shave sign, to say it looks at football "a little bit differently" may be something of an understatement.

But if your football-obsessed partner has been making you a 'football widow' from August NFL pre-season through the February Super-Bowl, thus convincing you that you hate football, this little book may be just the 'different look' you need to discover that, after all, Football really is for Lovers!

About the authors:

Bob Brooker and Kaye O'Dougherty have been adventuring together for a lot of years now. They first met at a recording studio on 42nd Street. Yes, that 42nd Street. They recorded a commercial for E.J. Korvette's, who went out of business soon thereafter.

Bob is an old saloon singer who, as Bobby Brookes, recorded for Victor and Capital back in the day. Kaye has trouble carrying a tune in a bucket. Nevertheless, over the years, as Brooker and O'Dougherty, the two have collaborated on a variety of theater projects, performing, writing, directing, managing, and producing. In keeping with the changing times, they have even created a cyber alter-ego named eBobb.

Recently, Bob and Kaye both took long-overdue turns at being rather mature college kids. Kaye now holds a Bachelors Degree in the Humanities from St. Peter's College in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Bob was graduated magna cum laude from Montclair State University with a BA in Theater, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.


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