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
Game 1 – Georgia vs. Auburn — 1:00 p.m. ET
Game 2 — Ole Miss vs. South Carolina — 3:30 p.m. ET
Game 3 – Arkansas vs. Tennessee — 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 4 — Vanderbilt vs. LSU — 10:00 p.m. ET
Friday, March 11
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
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.
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.
“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.