I managed to make it, all day, in a work environment full of futbol crazy foreigners, without hearing about the outcome of the US-Slovenia match today. It required a constant vigilance of who was approaching me and the look on their face. It would take both hands and both feet to count the number of times I had to insist, right as a coworker was opening his mouth, not to speak of the outcome of the game.
It was totally worth the effort though, and that was an exciting match, great comeback, yadda, yadda... right up until the Michigan Hockey level hose-job by the ref at the end. But all of the effort required simply not to hear the score got me thinking. In the age of DVR capabilities, will it ever dawn on anyone not recording a live sporting event that maybe they should tread carefully when they know the outcome? Once I informed them of my reasons, every single person understood and respected my wishes. And to their credit, none of the women that I knew had interest in the outcome even attempted to talk me up about it.
It probably is too much to ask that it not be talked about at all, but I hope to see a day when people ask first if you are recording before diving into the specifics of the outcome. Especially on a Friday when we are all at work and no one has had a chance to see the game live.
PS - I totally realize that this position is unreasonable and that my dream of DVR courtesy is a pipe dream.