When I’m at work, one of the things I usually look forward is the daily visit of the FedEx Guy. He usually shows up an hour or two after I get back from lunch. I’ll sign for whatever he’s dropping off, he’ll ask me how I’m doing, and I’ll smile and laugh at whatever joke he happens to make that day. It’s a nice break from the usual monotony of answering the phone and telling people, “If you want to have a seat, he’ll be right with you.”
However today, when the FedEx guy showed up, my boss literally ran out of his office so that he could greet him with, “Well, how about them Cowboys!?”
The FedEx guy started to shake his head and said, “Did you watch the whole game?”
Now, I should probably add that, until this afternoon, I have never even seen either my boss or the FedEx guy share so much as a simple greeting. However, they were soon having a very impassioned conversation that, though they were both apparently speaking English, I could not begin to follow.
Finally, I managed to figure out that neither one of them was happy with the Cowboys.
Sitting behind my desk, I worked up the courage to interrupt them by asking, “Are the Cowboys not doing well?”
As soon as I spoke, both of their heads snapped in my direction and they both stared at me silently in apparent disbelief.
“No,” my boss finally said, “they’re not doing well.”
“Oh,” I meekly replied.
Now, I have to admit. I’m not a sports fan. I never have been. Some of it’s because I associate most sports with having asthma attacks in public school gyms. A lot of it is because I only had to hear that stupid thing about there being “no I in team” once before I decided that was nothing I wanted anything to do with. There’s also the fact that I hate the fact that football players always seem to have sweat stains on their pants. I mean, seriously. That’s just really gross. And I like to think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that some people are naturally into sports and some people are naturally into doing something worthwhile.
Of course, I’m not totally ignorant when it comes to sports. I live in Dallas, Texas and there’s no way you can totally avoid sports around here. Dallas is an sports-crazed city. It’s part of the culture and you can’t escape it even if you want to.
So, I know that we have a football team that’s known as the Cowboys. I know that Tony Romo used to date Jessica Simpson and I know that another player named Miles Austin is dating Kim Khardashian.
I also know that Dallas has a baseball team called the Texas Rangers and the Rangers are apparently going to the World Series sometime tomorrow. I’m pretty sure that they have to win four games to win a championship or something like that.
Dallas has a basketball team but, for the life of me, I can not remember what they’re called. I do know that they’re owned by Mark Cuban who briefly had a really, really bad reality TV show that was a rip-off of The Apprentice.
I’m about 75% sure that we have a hockey team. I remember that in college, me and my friend Kendra briefly decided that we were going to be hockey fans. Kendra actually stuck with that plan but I kinda ended up getting distracted by …. well, I don’t really remember what.
Dallas might have a soccer team too. Who does David Beckham play for? And another thing — what’s the deal with soccer riots in Great Britain? Oh, and yes — I know that soccer is called football everywhere else. I don’t care. It’s a stupid game.
Oh! I just realized that I know the name of one soccer player! Carla Overbeck. But, I should admit that the only reason I know about her is because she’s in this PSA that shows up on the Lifetime Movie Network every 20 minutes or so.
Shortly before I graduated college, I attended a workshop for women who were preparing to enter the job market. One of the lectures I attended (and kinda listened to though, I should admit, it was a very long lecture and I’ve usually only got a 7-minute attention span at best) dealt with the difficulty the some women have communicating in a male-dominated workplace. And one of the main difficulties cited was that men often speak in sports terminology. I guess it’s their own secret code.
To be honest, at first, I thought that the lecturer was overstating the problem. How hard, I wondered, could it be to figure out? I mean, I’m not into football but I know what a touchdown is and I know that “hitting a home run” is a good thing. I always thought I knew what guys were referring to when they talked to first, second, or third base (though the specifics – especially the meaning behind second – always seemed to vary depending on which guy was explaining it). But the lecturer started to reel off all the phrases and terms that had apparently been causing confusion and, as I listened, I felt like I was attending a Latin Mass. I recognized the sounds that were being made but they didn’t make a damn bit of sense to me.
So, no, I’m not a sports fan and if that means I’m conforming to some sort of stereotype, so be it. Quite frankly, as I listened to my boss and the FedEx guy suffering such angst over the Cowboys, I was happy to be ignorant. Seriously, I already have enough drama in my life without concerning myself with whether or not a bunch of strangers can score a certain amount of points.
Life’s too short to get upset about something as silly as sports. Especially, when someone like Gretchen makes it to the finale of Project Runway while Michael Costello gets sent home. Now that’s something to get upset about…