Valentine’s dilemma: Ditch girlfriend or NBA All-Star game?

By Ashley Hendricks

Well it's that time of year again – but on Valentine's Day!

The NBA All-Star game steps outside the United States to Toronto for the first time in 65 years. It's been a little steamy on the court with Drake and Kevin Hart going head to head with blades of shade being thrown at each other. The highly anticipated celebrity basketball game may cause some feuds between couples this time around.

This year Valentine's Day landed on a Sunday and ironically enough on the same day of the All-Star game. If you're a boyfriend who's a sports/celebrity fan, you may have some tough decisions to make this weekend. Do you ditch your girlfriend or the game?

It's OK if you don't know, because I have some tips for the fellas.

You don't have to wait until the day off to do something special. Let's take the entire weekend into consideration. Note that tip-off starts at 7:30 pm and the game will start at 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Get an early start on Saturday morning by leaving cute hints around the house leading up to the big day. Writing the sweet clues on something love-themed such as a faux rose pedal or heart-shaped cards will add a spice to the romantic weekend.

Who doesn't love a delicious, juicy meal? Saturday evening, is the perfect time to slide a romantic dinner into your plans. Two lovers can use this one-on-one time to reflect on memories they have shared and possible plans for the future – as in the All-Star game this Sunday!

If watching the game is a definite, here's the time to lay it out on the table so that everyone's on one accord. Honesty is a major key to a relationship and if you want your relationship to thrive, I encourage you to be upfront with your girlfriend. A little honesty won't hurt. Who knows? She may end up watching the game with you.

Let's play devil's advocate. Female lovers may get a little cranky if their significant other chooses to watch the game. However, for seasoned lovers, being with each other is sufficient. "The first 10 years of marriage, my wife would've been upset," if he watched the game, said sales manager Chris Angle, a furniture store sales manager in Newport News, Virginia. "She wouldn't be mad [now] because we've been together for 35 years."

Angle, 51, explained how he and his wife have been together for so long they don't usually go all out for Valentine's Day. He mentioned how he usually doesn't have plans for Valentine's Day with his wife and she's just fine with that. However, "a Valentine's Day card and flowers and maybe a special dinner at home" may happen unexpectedly.

Some younger guys don't have a problem missing the game. Dedrick Bolagi, 23, a department store sales manager in Raleigh, North Carolina said he is all for being with his girlfriend – if he had one: "You got to do what she wants to do, right?" he asked.

Bolagi also said how he'd "rather miss the game than miss some ..."

Well, there's no need to get risqué here. But more than likely he'll be watching the game since he's bae-less for Valentine's Day this year, he explained.

So guys, if the All-Star game is a must see, be sure to strategize this weekend so that everyone can enjoy it. Whether it's cuddling close at a romantic resort or watching the game at home with your Valentine this year, be sure to express how much you love and appreciate them. Only then may you have your cake and eat it too.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

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