Didn't you have to feign enthusiasm when your boys were playing football, FP?
I did when a boy I fancied played for the youth club team on a Saturday afternoon - at least we do this indoors now.
FP Major has never liked football. FP Minor played cubs football on Saturday mornings and I did my stint taking him to his matches as Mr FP played golf on Saturdays and was therefore not always available. I encouraged FP Minor but he knew full well it was enjoyment seeing him enjoying himself , never football.