March has come in like a lion. Your managers probably want you to put in extra work to make up for lost time from snow... but it’s March. In March, there are way more important priorities to handle in your office than working.
I’m talking of course about getting away with watching sports while you’re on the clock. The URI Rams and the Providence College Friars both made the NCAA tournament this year, and Major League Baseball seems to love day games during the early part of the season. You know you can’t miss those games.
Rhody plays their first game at noon on Thursday, and PC plays their first game at noon on Friday. The Red Sox open their season at four o’clock on Thursday the 29th, and if you’re a Yankees fan you’ll be needing to watch a half hour earlier to catch your favorite team.
This is crunch time, people! With so many games coming up during your work day, there has to be some way where you can get away with watching your favorite sports at work.
Here are 5 ways to watch sporting events during your work day...
1. Business Lunch
Tournament games start way too early. But if you’re living in the Ocean State, the most important games to watch are happening during lunch. If you’re a salesperson who occasionally does outcalls, now is a perfect time to schedule a lunch. If your buddies are “potential buyers” you can bail them out of work with this excuse to join you at your favorite sports bar.
Just go easy on the beer.
2. Just Go For It
Forget everything you ever knew of paying to watch sports games on your laptop or desktop computer. Some people break the law become heroes by live streaming your favorite games on YouTube for free, but with a slight delay. You’re not doing anything wrong, only the person who post the video is, right?
Be sure your boss doesn’t have a view of your desk, and have a work related tab ready to switch over to.
3. Hide Your Phone Where Only You Can See It
I’m a millennial. I was in high school when smartphones became a thing, and we knew how to take advantage of watching every single game. In your backpack, prop up your cell phone near the front, but far enough inside where nobody can see if they aren’t watching closely. Use the same YouTube trick mentioned above. Have your backpack on your desk, where conveniently you can see it. We only got caught when 8 people would stare into one students backpack during a lecture.
You can get away with it too! No one will suspect a thing.
4. Sick Day
It’s not worth it to take a sick day for just one game. But if you generally don’t use sick days, gameday could be THE day because the action goes on for hours on end. Would you rather be watching your co-workers suffer from “Lackofsportsitus,” or watching the first pitch on opening day? Yeah. That’s what I thought.
5. To the Can
It really wasn’t a smart idea to eat Chipotle for lunch on a work day, was it? Did you really have to ask for extra beans? These are the questions your manager might ask you when you’re using the cell phone tactic to watch games in the bathroom. We’ve all had uncomfortable situations before where we need to go at work. As long as your volume is turned down, and you’re not cheering too loudly, you can buy some time for yourself to enjoy the game.
If you do miss the game, be sure to stay up to date with 990WBOB sports.
Read More WBOB