Sports + Romance = Unique Valentine's Gift Idea

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Can there be a win-win in the "sports vs. time with her" game? The authors of the "Cheer 'Em On Sports Guide" say you can have both. They aim to give you and your lady quality time during game time by combining your love of sports with a book that's written just for her.

Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching. Have you figured out everything you want to put in that basket of goodies for the special lady in your life? One gift that could benefit both you and her is the new book, the "Cheer 'Em On Sports Guide".

Written by a mother-son team, the book is made to teach girls and women about sports in a fun and easy-to-understand way. "Sports widows are infamous for getting annoyed with their sports-loving boyfriends or husbands," says Carol Cavanaugh, mother and co-writer of the book. "But we felt that if somebody just explained the way it all works, they'd actually learn to appreciate the games--maybe even improving relationships along the way," she continued.

The pair believes that most girlfriends and wives would actually like to spend time with their guy enjoying a game, but many don't know the games well enough to do that. They often just worry about hassling him with too many questions. A lot of girls know all too well the sting of a frustrated guy trying to explain something to them. "The great thing about the book is that no matter how many times you look at it or have a question, it's not going to get snippy with you," laughs Carol.

The key, claims Clay Cavanaugh--the co-writer and son in the team--is that the sport has to be presented in a non-intimidating way. "Most popular sports got big because they're relatively simple concepts that anyone can grasp," explains Clay. "But a lot of the time the simplicity is completely lost in all the jargon and crazy vocabulary."

To address the vocabulary issue, the Cavanaughs decided to make the book what they call a hybrid sports reference. It's meant to work as a guidebook on the reader's first pass through, but also has a sport-specific glossary that defines more technical terms. They claim that any of the guide's six sports (baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling) can be learned in about 30 minutes, helping time-challenged readers.

The book has been receiving positive reviews since its release and fans say that it's been effective in helping them. Joyce, the wife of a basketball fan says, "It's a very informative and resourceful book for people who have little knowledge about sports. It helped me better understand the strategies used and the names for them." She says she's enjoyed watching more games with her husband and claims it's added a bit more quality time to the relationship.

To add the book to her Valentine's gift treasures, you can find the "Cheer 'Em On Sports Guide" at More information can also be found at the book's official site,

About the Authors of the "Cheer 'Em On Sports Guide"
Clay Cavanaugh is a lifelong sports fan. From playing Little League to cheering on his alma mater Duke Blue Devils, sports have influenced his life. As a former high school teacher, his dual passions for education and sports came together in the role of writing a sports book for girls and women. Carol Cavanaugh, a technical writer and sports mom, combined both business and pleasure by writing the "Cheer 'Em On Sports Guide" to de-mystify sports for girls and women.


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