Avoiding ‘spoilers’ isn’t always easy to do

Published 4:20 pm Tuesday, July 1, 2014

As I write this column Tuesday afternoon, I am unaware of the final score of the FIFA World Cup game between the U.S. and Belgium. And my goal is to remain unaware of that fact until Tuesday night, when I sit down at home and watch my DVR recording of the soccer game.

While it is nice to have the World Cup in Brazil, and roughly consistent with our time zones in the U.S., the fact remains that many of the important games are being played during business hours. As a result, many of us are forced to choose between two options — watching the game during work, or avoiding the game and all knowledge of the game until after work.

I have chosen to take the second option, and the more I think about it, the more difficult it is going to be to avoid having the game’s result spoiled. After all, we live in a world where news travels as fast as the click of a mouse button.

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First, I’ve asked everyone I meet today not to tell me anything about the game. That’s pretty easy. Second, I’ve decided to avoid the Internet from 2 p.m. on. That may not be quite so easy, since I need the Internet and Facebook to get my job done. Hopefully, by only staying on the Advance’s web page and Facebook page, I’ll be able to avoid accidentally seeing a soccer score.

Of course, the Internet doesn’t stop at the computer desk, so I’ll have to avoid looking at my phone Tuesday afternoon as well. It might be a text message from a well-meaning friend who is excited/sad about the outcome.

I usually listen to sports radio in my car, but I’ve already switched over to a CD. I’m also requesting that we turn off our soft-rock station in the office, just in case the DJ interjects with a tidbit about Team USA.

Even the recording process could have been a disaster. My DVR remains on the station where it was programmed, and I could just see myself coming home and switching on the TV only to still have it turned to ESPN as the score crawls across the “Bottom Line” at the bottom of the screen. Just to be sure, I made sure to have the DVR record something on a different channel immediately after the game is over.

By the time you read this, you’ll know whether all my preparations were for naught. But hopefully, no matter the outcome, I’ll at least have been successful at making sure I was able to experience it “live.”