Beyond the Box Scores

Working by myself, World Cup, and childhood soccer

By: Lauren Cash
By: Lauren Cash

Most people don't get excited about the World Cup, but you should.

The three of us in the sports office could not be more different. We each have different interests, yet at the same time we work incredibly well together. We make a great team. So during these past three days where Jamie and Josh’s vacations overlapped, I’ve been working by myself…which is great to a point. Then I find myself desperate for human interaction.

Anyway, one positive to working alone is the free reign to cover what you please. Sure we still cover/report the important stuff such as UK..but every four years my brain becomes consumed with the World Cup. I know people say soccer isn’t that big of a sport here in America yet (see Josh’s previous blog about how Americans celebrated our win over Ghana #awesome) but that doesn’t mean for the few handfuls of us that love it can’t get incredibly hyped up for it.

I started playing soccer when I was 8 years old. I played in middle school and high school. Was I good? No. Absolutely not. I played defense because my brain couldn’t comprehend kicking a ball into a huge net box. I was just decent at running over another girl and taking the ball away from her before she could kick it in the huge net box. But I loved it. I still love it.

In my ancient age I can’t move as swiftly as I used to (which still wasn’t very fast), so I just watch every possible match I can to satisfy my need to act like I can still kick the ole ball around. This is my first World Cup as an employed adult..so the past three days I’ve had to resist the urge to run World Cup highlights in my sportscast because I realize that not everyone else cares that Iran and Argentina played early Saturday afternoon and the great Lionel Messi scored a goal in stoppage time (soccer lingo) to beat Iran. I get it..but that doesn’t mean I want to. I’ve resorted to posting lots of articles to the web about it, and posting this somewhat gibberish blog. But my excuse is I’ve been working by myself and this is probably a conversation I eventually would have had with Josh or Jamie today if one of them was working.

Happy wedding day Josh!

 

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