Tip sharing? Not in a gay way*
My tip is: if you don't support football, you still need a team to be knowledgable about just in case - muso writers are hardly dad's favourite type of person, along with most life choices/jobs in fact, so talking smack about football may be your only connection.
DONT pick anyone good, as they are potentially his team's rival. If that happens you're doublefucked.
Pick a team like my one - Notts Forest - and you will get a smile, a look of pity, and probably a cold(ish) beer.