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SEC Tournament Survival Guide for the Office

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How a Tennessee fan watches the games at work

Earlier, Beisner told you what to do and where to go if you’re one of the awesome, lucky people that will be in Atlanta for the SEC Tournament. Those of you stuck at home/work (like me) are probably trying to figure out how to catch the games without being caught by your boss. Well, consider yourself the lucky one, because I am an expert in the art of productive procrastination.

First, here’s the schedule of games for Thursday and Friday. All games are available on ESPN3.com, which will be your best friend the next few days (already waiting for the #bufferhate hash tag on Twitter).

Thursday, March 10
Session 1:
Game 1 – Georgia vs. Auburn — 1:00 p.m. ET
Game 2 — Ole Miss vs. South Carolina — 3:30 p.m. ET

Session 2:
Game 3 – Arkansas vs. Tennessee — 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 4 — Vanderbilt vs. LSU — 10:00 p.m. ET

Friday, March 11
Session 3:
Game 5 – Alabama vs. Winner of Game #1 — 1:00 p.m. ET
Game 6 — Kentucky vs. Winner of Game #2 — 3:30 p.m. ET

Session 4:
Game 7 – Florida vs. Winner of Game #3 — 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 8 — Mississippi State vs. Winner of Game #4 — 10:00 p.m. ET

Before we move into strategies, preparation is key. Get as much work done as you can before Friday. This will allow you to feel a little less guilty about watching the game while at work. Plus, your boss will be super happy with your increased productivity before he realizes what’s going on.

AT WORK
Typical 9-5 cube farm: Possibly the trickiest of scenarios. Unless you’re very lucky and have an actual office and your computer monitor angled away from the door (like me), this will take some serious skills. If you plan on actually watching the game, I recommend having a work-related document (Word, Excel, whatever) ready to pull up when need be. Obviously, just listening to the audio of the game would be much easier: WLAP – pregame coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET Friday. Bonus points if you pull off the trifecta of watching the game, liveblogging, AND tweeting during the game.
On the road: Gotta go with Steve Beshear on this one: no texting, Facebooking, Tweeting, or watching TV while driving! But, you can listen to the game on the Big Blue Sports network or outside of Kentucky, via the I Heart Radio app (and a good cell signal).
All else fails: TiVo, DVR, ESPN3.com replays, or even the trusty ole VCR will allow you to catch up with the Cats once you get home. However, if you truly want to “go dark,” you’ll need to abstain from all media: KSR, Twitter, ESPN, stupid coworkers, etc. In fact, walking around blindfolded with earmuffs on is your best bet.

AT HOME
“Cough, cough”: Trust me, I tried to spin the whole “March Madness is a holiday therefore we should get days off” thing to my boss. Didn’t work. But if your boss is clueless about basketball, you can probably get away with using sick time. So rehearse your best Ferris Bueller sick voice and get ready to either call in Friday morning or mysteriously come down with a “stomach bug” after lunch.
Once you’re at home: Aside from actually being at the game, you’ve got the best seat in the house (actually, it’s probably better than a lot of seats at the Georgia Dome). There is no better time than to be a couch-potato basketball junkie than the next few weekends. Make sure your fridge, freezer, and pantry are stocked with snacks and booze. Go ahead, get drunk! Put on your favorite cutoff jorts and do the Cat chant! Just don’t let it spiral into this.

If you’re unfortunate enough to have a significant other who doesn’t enjoy basketball (oh the humanity!), then this is the perfect time to suggest some “bonding time” for them and their friends. Maybe pay for a day at the spa for the lady? Or a shopping spree? For the love of God, don’t resort to getting a vasectomy–you’re better than that.

Whatever you do during the games, make sure to have us nearby. Liveblogs, podcasts, radio shows, Drew Franklin drinking contests, you name it, we will cover it.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

18 Comments for SEC Tournament Survival Guide for the Office



  1. StuckNJayhawkLand
    5:05 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    First?



  2. OMG
    5:16 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink


  3. dhighdrated
    5:20 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink


  4. yeahus
    5:35 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    wow



  5. NBA league pass
    5:47 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    I will be leaving my office at 3:15 on Friday, and will be seated at my local sports bar at 3:22 ready to go. I have been looking forward to this all week.



  6. BukakenNursinHomes
    5:50 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    So MS Tyler be sure to tweet out that picture of you at home in your Daisy Dukes with beer & Cheetos.



  7. dmc
    5:57 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    Tyler, I don’t know where you got that picture but its the funniest thing that I’ve seen all day. Lets just say I hope they are watching basketball under there and not something else. LOL



  8. dmc
    6:00 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe,Her torso is hot?



  9. EW
    6:12 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    I have the luxury of working out of my house. I’m scheduling no meetings for Friday or Thurs/Fri next week.



  10. dmc
    6:23 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    Tyler, Maybe ESPN3 should come up with the button that CBS has so that when your watching a game online and someone walks by you can hit it and it looks like your working.



  11. dmc
    6:43 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    9) Congrats, Please let us all know what your plans are for NCAA tourney.



  12. Tylers #1 Fan
    6:44 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    Do you think that person realizes they are alone in the computer lab?



  13. George Bush
    6:46 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    If it were up to me I’d send her to Gitmo, she’s probably learning how to make a bomb under there. Looks like Al Queda to me.



  14. Be Careful
    6:51 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    Your at UT, you know someone is gonna steal your beverage since you can’t see



  15. dmc
    9:11 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    Tyler I really liked your post



  16. bubba
    9:25 pm March 9, 2011 Permalink

    3:30 is 6:30 where I live and my wife likes basketball and so do the rugrats…….I’m set!!



  17. trueblue
    5:28 am March 10, 2011 Permalink

    go big blue



  18. Al's IndiCats
    9:03 am March 10, 2011 Permalink

    Before I retired, I’d burn a ton of vacation days for the SEC Tourny and The Big dance..(Not going to call it the NCAA anymore (1) they wouldn’t let Kater be eligible…(2) Looking the other way on (A) Newton and Auburn….(B)Tressel and OSU. (C) Selby and Kans-Ass.