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Here for the Game? Or the Flirting?

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1. Pamela Schultz
33, West Soho, lawyer
Bryan ran a summer share in Fire Island I did years ago, which is how I know him. Rachel, his wife, came out as a guest with me and Susan—that’s how she met Bryan. I’m single. But we’re here to watch football, not to pick up guys. Southern women tend to watch a lot more football than East Coast girls. I talk about football with my girlfriends. It sounds strange, but we do.

2. Susan Buchanan
30, Tribeca, hedge-fund controller
I’ve been watching football since 3 p.m. I’m okay, though; I’m not too drunk. The guys here are good to look at while you’re watching football—more to look at than to talk to. When Texas plays, I’m really into it. But Pamela is really, really into football. Really. Like, obsessively into it. Although Saturdays I have to watch the game, no matter where I am.

3. Aaron Thouvenin
29, Soho, IT project manager
One of my friends is a Texas alum, so I’m just here watching the game with her. New York is not really a college-sports town. But you have all these people who migrate here, and they bring their teams with them. If you go to a place where you have a bunch of different fans, it’s awesome. The whole time everybody’s cheering. I’m from Illinois, and so I crave friendliness.

4. Eric Dastmalchi
25, Clinton Hill, industrial designer
I came here with my girlfriend, Vanessa, because the Hill is her school’s alumni bar. I went to Auburn, and my game was earlier in the day. If our games coincide, we split up. We’ve been dating for seven months; I think our love of football played a role in our relationship. When we first met, there was a lot of trash talk about our respective teams. I wouldn’t say they were big fights, but we’ve had some interesting moments.

5. Vanessa Caballero
24, Upper East Side, H.R.
From August till the end of November, we’re at the bar watching football every weekend. Eric and I met at a party through a mutual friend. I don’t think I could date someone who didn’t love football. It sounds silly, but it’s such a big part of my life.


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