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If your girlfriend likes sports, congratulations, you lucked out. Unfortunately, a lot of girls could care less about Duke vs. North Carolina or the Packers vs. the Bears. They just don't understand how storied rivalries make those games more important. So here are a few ways to break it down for her.
Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James
How to explain it to her: It's like Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Yes, Meryl has more Oscar noms and wins, but she's been at the game a lot longer, and some would say the competition in Anne's generation is much stiffer. Nevertheless, Anne is on her way to the same level of success, so it remains to be seen who'll end up on top...as long as Anne tones down her acceptance speech hyperventilation.
Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady
These two have almost identical statistics, so it's hard to make an argument for either one's superiority. Brady has been to more Super Bowls and won more playoff games, but Manning's fans would point out that Brady had stronger teams built around him.
How to explain it to her: OK, remember in "Sister Act 2" when Whoopi Goldberg's choir has to perform in tattered overalls against all these polished teams in flashy costumes from churches with money? It's kinda like that, only both of these churches have TONS of money. One has a little more, though, and gets better-trained nuns and choir directors, so it's that much harder for Lauryn Hill & Co. to win the title. Yeah, Petyon Manning is Lauryn Hill in this analogy.