This summer has been packed full of sport in the UK, and if your man is a fan himself - you've probably been unable to avoid it. It's fair to say that spectating the spectator isn't the most fun way to spend your quality time, particularly if your man prefers the sight of Lionel Messi in his shorts rather than you in yours - but there are ways you can make it work. Meanwhile if you're single, swotting up on your sports lingo could be that foot in the door with a new romance.
For those who don't enjoy the British summer of sport, the good news is that you've already survived Euro 2012 football championships, the Tour De France (cycling), Wimbledon (tennis), the England - Australia one-dayers (cricket), and the British Grand Prix (Formula 1). But ladies, there's a lot more to come.
Nevertheless, I promise you - there is a reason that people are talking about this as one of the greatest sporting summers ever. And it is worth giving it a go.
It's definitely not too late - there's loads coming up that you should know about. There's still the climax of the F1 season, the Olympics, Paralympics, US Open Tennis, Ryder Cup, World Cup qualifiers, and of course the start of the new domestic football season.
Dates in the diary
So first things first - get the dates in your diaries. The final day of the Ryder Cup really isn't the time to suggest a romantic dinner for 2. But why not throw a party for a group of friends? Or get tickets to an event and see it live. Better still, if you're single, head along to the women's volleyball and rub shoulders with the majority male crowd. There are loads of free things going on around London for the Olympics. Or why not ask to go along to a football or rugby match with your other half - you never know, you might enjoy it! Share your newfound passion for sport on Zoosk.co.uk, the romantic social network with Couple Profiles, where you can share your romantic journey. Bring your camera, snap some cosy sports photos, and update on your smart phone.
Something for everyone
The great thing with so much sport on the agenda is that there really is something for everyone. If you don't like sports with balls - maybe the high adrenaline roar of the Formula 1 could be for you. If you fancy the brutal - tune in to the wheelchair rugby. Or if artistic is more your thing - give the Olympic gymnastics and diving a go. And hey - if you really can't bring yourself to watch 4 hours of an Andy Murray slug-fest at the US Open - surely you can manage 10 seconds of the 100 metres?!
Sporty swot up
If you have your heart set on a sporty fella, it might be a good to do a bit of research. In the past I've had to cover teams and events that I haven't known much about - and always find the key is to discover the stories around them. It's not all about stats, facts and figures. In simple terms it could be just supporting Team GB, or the European team at the Ryder Cup. Or how about picking a side in that sub-10 second 100metres battle between Usain Bolt and his training partner Yohan Blake.
The key thing is this shouldn't be stressful. Over the next few weeks I would highly recommend lazy romantic Sunday Brunches with the papers. Starting with the back pages of course. Twitter is another brilliant way of finding out about the big stories and issues - all the best sports journalists are on there and post links to their columns and articles. And every day of the Olympics, CNN's live blog on the website will keep you up to date with the big stories, fun facts & talking points. And if you get really keen - there are loads of different apps that you can download for your phone and iPad that give you highlights videos as well.
If all else fails, you could just steal some of other people's comments and just pass them off as your own while you're watching! I hope this helps - and you discover there's more to this summer of sport than just a load of sweat and tears. And if not - you could always wait until November, when the FA Cup kicks off. People don't talk about the romance of the cup for nothing...