We’ve all been there. You’re sick and you miss a few days of work and
need a doctor’s slip saying you were too sick to work but now you’re
all better and can rejoin your co-workers.
What if you’re not sick
and you want a day off or maybe just an afternoon to … watch the U.S.
mens soccer team play for a spot in the next round in the FIFA World
Most wouldn’t dare sneak away from the factory or office for
such a thing. What if it was OK? What if it was sanctioned by U.S. Men’s
National Team head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann and carried the seal of
someone really important … like the President?
Klinsmann posted this for Americans to print off and take to work to
gain a few hours off the clock to cheer for the U.S. team.
To whom it may concern:
Please excuse (insert name) from work on Thursday, June 26th.
understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your
workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause. The
#USMNT has a critical World Cup game vs. Germany and we will need the
full support of the nation if we are to advance to the next round.
By the way, you should act like a good leader and take the day off as well. Go USA!
U.S. Men’s National Team
wish more occasions cropped up like this. I’m sure it brought a smile
to or two and perhaps bosses were willing to look the other way for an
hour or so in support of the team. New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo fell in
line and gave all state employees an extra hour for lunch to catch the
I haven’t been watching a lot of the FIFA World Cup; just
enough to know that I don’t understand the rules and Marouane Fellaini
has some fine hair. He rocks it! I love the caterpillar eyebrows, too.
He knows who he is, has no apologies and has used the beautiful bouffant
to score goals.
Cameron played soccer for a couple of years. He
played defense and wasn’t bad. He said he just got tired of running. Um,
it is soccer.
I have found myself following a play and all of a
sudden the inner dialogue starts: Oh, to the left. No, no, no. Don’t go
that way. Yes, pass it to him and then get back. Yes. Run. No, no. Don’t
kick it from there. How did you think that shot could ever have been a
goal? Oh, man. Now it’s all the way down at the other end.
I love the goalie mitts, too. Nothing like some big ol’ cartoon hands to make the game fun.
Dang. Now I want to see Fellaini with the mitts on and that big hair.
Can you tell I’m not really into soccer? I’ll probably still watch it
because as my husband says, “This is history in the making!” I suppose
he’s right. I don’t think the third-time-around rerun of that Castle
episode where they think they’re being abducted by aliens will ever make
the history books. It is possible I’ll witness something that will be
forever immortalized in soccer history. Who knows?
People are also
talking about it so it doesn’t hurt to have seen a few good plays to
throw out there for analysis. That’s how you accidentally learn stuff,
too. You just go with it and the next thing you know, bam, you now know
something you didn’t before.
While I don’t need an excuse to slip
away from work to watch a FIFA Cup game, it was the thought that
counted. Thanks, Jurgen. I did have your back and was putting out good
vibes for the team. Go USA!