A Social Dilimma. Company Christmas Party or B1G Champ Game?

Idaho Helga's picture
November 26, 2013 at 11:27p

Anybody else out there in the same situation I am?   Help me out!!!!


Do I seriously cancel out of the annual big Christmas party where the bonus checks are handed out because it conflicts with this game? (I'll get the check anywho, but we're not a big company)

The company Christmas party was recently scheduled  at 5pm PST on Dec 7th.  The B1G  Champ game kicks off at 5:17 PST.  I have several concerns:

1) Is there even a TV at this local nice restaurant venue?  I doubt it.  And for godsakes it might be a PAC12 game even though I am pretty sure FOX is doing this game nationally.    I could take a notepad or maybe just listen to the radio (Keels 97.1 but then I'm that person who jumps up during dinner and screams outta the blue "YEAH!  GO BUCKS! SCREW SPARTY!" to the bewildered others)

2) If the game is tight, and I choose to sneek peeks, will I be a pariah for not wanting to hear speeches, eat the dinner they ordered, etc  if it's 12-12 or God forbid Sparty is winning?  I'll bolt for the game. 

3) My clear gut feelings are I'd far rather be watching this game than anywhere else.  Am I right?  Am I a jerk?  No,  I'm not drinking at either, I'm just sayin'.

4) They won't get it that I picked a football game over this.   This is Idaho. I can deal with that though.

5) Since I could tape this (but there would be no keeping the score away from me I think) should I just go to the party and watch a replay win or lose?  I mean, everyone goes to this annually and yeah, I could just watch it later.    Please, someone tell me this is ok.  Because I don't think it is.  But my brain says it is ok.  So does my wallet.  Right now, I'm not rooting for my brain.



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TilstheHun3's picture

Blow off the party, watch the Buckeyes... There are only so many historic runs like this and it's tOSU's first appearance in the B1G Championship Game. Just kidding, go to the party... No I'm just kidding, how could you miss this game!? Go Bucks :)

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

Idaho Helga's picture

Thanks for the support, because frankly I won't get it locally outside of my house. 

81Alum's picture

No brainer, the game is more important than the party.

hodge's picture

In the same boat.  
I'll probably wind up attending the party for an hour or so, and then hightailing it home to catch the rest of the game.  Luckily, the venue has an open bar and should have the game on.

Earle's picture

Aw, Hodge, there's an awful lot of 13th letters in there.  Guess I'll have to go it alone the rest of the way.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

WashingtonStateBuck's picture

Here is my 8 step program you need to use to feign your illness:
1. Decide what illness you are going to fake. Ideally you want something that incapacitates you from major responsibilities without being so serious that others will take you to the doctor or hospital. A cold, fever, or 24-hour bug are all good options.
2. Start mentioning symptoms the day before you want to fake sick, in your case December 6th. 
3. You've been sick before, and people have noticed. Think about what it felt like, and what other people noticed the most when you were sick. Try to replicate those symptoms and channel that feeling.
4. Make your face pale. If you have green concealer, rub it on your cheeks and forehead to make you appear pale. Be careful here. Get to know your makeup. 
5. Act uncomfortable. People who are sick don't feel good, so don't joke around and laugh and smile too much. Give people the impression that you're disoriented and "in your own world."
6. Act like you're upset about being sick. Being legitimately ill is not fun, and often leaves you with lots to catch up on. Tell people you wish you could make it to the activity you are skipping, and apologize for the inconvenience you might cause.
7. Don't suddenly get better. If you successfully convince people you are sick, they will start to become suspicious again if you are back to 100% immediately after your sick evening. 
8. Enjoy watching Ohio State kick some Sparty ass but don't talk it up too much on Monday.

cinserious's picture

We've all got a little Ferris Bueller in us.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

cplunk's picture

^ This, but with additions.
Do not do anything public. No going to a bar- watch at home. Somebody might know somebody who knows you. No twitter, no Facebook (NONE), no nothing. Post nothing about the game. Don't even text friends if you work with them or they know someone with whom you work.
You go nowhere. Not the gym, not the grocery store, nowhere. If you do go, you go "sick". The act must always be on.
Continue with the same rules on Sunday.
If possible, call in sick the following Monday because you need one more day of rest.
If you fake, you must be 100 pct in on the fake. I don't recommend it, and of course this has all been hypothetical.

Idaho Helga's picture

This under another circumstance, looks like a great plan. Unfortunately with my Buckeye football calendar on the wall (etc) and several coworkers big sports fans I'd have to have an autopsy scheduled for them to believe I fell ill.   :(

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

You could go with dvr protocol. ..but it's incredibly risky:

Protocol for _e (in a nutshell):

No radio; no tv; no phone; no texting; no Facebook; no twitter; no conversations with casual fans - it's full bubble _ode.

Also, very important: when you hit record on the dvr, change the channel before turning off tv to ensure the ga_e isn't on that station when you return.

God speed

Yeti's have feelings too.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

This would be a good plan, except the locals in the Idaho restaurant where Helga will be partying will probably be watching North Dakota State versus Montana State or something. A score of the BT CG will run on the "ticker" and then they'll shout out, "Hey, Helga, your Buckeyes are . . ." And that's not even factoring in everyone in the restaurant/bar having iPhones, etc. 
If Helga is ethically flexible like some of us are (me included), the playing sick option is definitely the better option. The problem is, the folks around her office probably know she is a big Buckeye fan and will put two and two together.
She needs a plan that can account for both problems.

Idaho Helga's picture

Fido, You are very very close on the North Dakota State thing.  They might be watching Eastern Washington (who BTW is really good) but point taken.

bigbadbuck's picture

couldn't you just tape it, attend the party and watch it afterwards?

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

stittracer99's picture

Better yet, have a coworker who is attending the party record that (not going to use the word  "tape"), watch The Ga_e as per usual, and then watch the party later. Proble_ solved!

cinserious's picture

Its obvious. You feign a 'stomach virus' that has you vomiting and feeling nauseous. You don't want to spread it to your co-workers and make the whole company go under. Win or loose, you will be at home getting so plastered watching our first B1G championship game in history that the next time these people see you, you'll still be 'under the weather'.
Problem solved

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

TMac's picture

DVR, It's Idaho & you'll be busy at the party!. Check out as soon as is reasonable, have your phone off and don't listen to the radio on the way ho_e just to be safe. You'll also get to fast forward through all the co__ercials, and watch the whole ga_e in less than 2 hours. 

ONE Not Done!

Jonnferrell's picture

TMAC's suggestion is a real option for you, Helga.  Being in Idaho has perks. . . .well it has one perk.  You probably won't have that many people talking about the Big 10 Championship game and you may be able to get home and turn the DVR on without actually hearing the score.  It would be difficult to do that here in Columbus, or in Indianapolis or East Lansing for that matter.  I know you won't be able to stand it.  You will somehow find a way to watch/listen to the game in real time.  Why even act like you are like other lowly people.  You are an Ohio State fan.  Viva la difference! LOL.  

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Oyster's picture

That's Pearl Harbor day, you shouldn't be attending a party.  You should stay home.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Brutus Forever's picture

"I learned to dislike Michigan at a very young age.” – Urban F. Meyer

97Buckeye's picture

I have the same issue, here. And I'll tell you, the second I got the invite, I immediately determined I would be skipping it. No work party will be standing between me and my Buckeyes. Unfortunately, since I live in Ohio, everyone will know why I'm not at the party. But guess what... I don't care. Go Bucks!

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Any work party in Ohio SHOULD include the B1G championship game!

DudeNick4's picture

I'm blowing off my company Christmas party for the B1G Championship game.
I actually contemplated skipping the party just to watch it, but we've since acquired tickets and we'll be attending.

OSU1995's picture

Tell everyone at work you have "explosive diarrhea". You will feel great shame, but no one will think you are faking because of your bluntly honest confession.

“You have to make decisions, ... I've never pretended that every decision I've made was right. And I've been reminded of that.” 

     - James Patrick Tressel

babbski's picture

+1. Nobody questions diarrhea because nobody wants details. It's the ultimate excuse.

BuckeyeFreak4844's picture

Show up at 430 leave at 515.  Just say its you great work ethic to arrive early.

Michigan Sucks!

Oyster's picture

If you have kids that require a babysitter, you can receive "that phone call about a sick child".  Always a valid excuse and is never questioned by anyone.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Bucksfan's picture

Might want to drop by this establishment on your way to your company Christmas party:

Maybe pick up a white elephant gift.

4thandinches's picture

If your boss will hold it against you for leaving, DVR it. If he won't care that you aren't there, don't go.

I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could. 

Matt F's picture

I don't get it.

LABuckeye's picture

I'll be running The North Face 50K at Marin Headlands with my wife. It is her first 50K and I am committed to run it with her. The cut-off time is 5pm, which is also the same time the game starts here. Hopefully, she'll run swift as a deer...

LABuckeye's picture

I should also note that I'd welcome a company party: I'm the co-owner of the company, and one of my principal staff is a huge Sparty fan. Lots of smack talk going on...

Denny's picture

!! That race looks fantastic - have fun, man.


LABuckeye's picture

Thanks Denny. I ran the 50 mile last year but DNF'd at mile 34 with severe knee issues, probably because of the slip-and-slide conditions (storm of the century or something like that). This year, it's all about my wife: however long it takes her, is however long it takes. Unfortunately, she's had a lot of issues coming off a foot surgery and her long run will be ten miles coming into this, but she is determined to run and finish this thing anyway.

Denny's picture

She'll be fine. I did NYC on a ten mile long run, and it wasn't nearly as pretty as Marin. My guess is the big challenge will be keeping moving because Muir Woods is so damned gorgeous.


Firmthyfriendship's picture

Do you have young children? 3 or under? You're in the clear. Kids get me out of all kinds of stuff! From "discipline" issues to them being sick. 
Example 'A': the fake discipline: "I told my son if he wanted to go to 'X' he would have to behave. Well, he didn't, and I need to follow through, unfortunately, or he will never learn." You could tweak this to benefit you in your situation. "We told Reginald he would need to behave or Grandma won't be able to come over. He called my bluff, and I REALLY have to follow through on this..." You get the idea.
Example 'B': Kid is fevering: "My baby girl has a fever and a cough. I was told to monitor her behavior for 24 hours to make sure she is ok, and decide whether we need to take her to Urgent care or not..." The cool thing is, it is subjective enough that people cannot be too hard on you for it!

GABuckeye's picture

No question - skip the party.

Joeyfbank's picture

Not seeing how a lame company question party trumphs THEE OSU


southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Helga, the best option is to actually BE sick or injured.
At work on December 6, you smack your foot against the refrigerator in the break room.  Do this repeatedly until swelling begins.
Once your ankle is sufficiently swollen, limp into your boss's office and explain why you need to see a nurse, and express grief over not being able to attend the party the next day.
Your boss will be so impressed with your loyalty that he will give you your bonus check on the spot, and throw in a gift card as well.
Good luck!

I like cookies.

droessl's picture

I'm skipping my company party for the B1G championship game and didn't think twice about it. 

CCatanzaro's picture

Plenty of great suggestions here, I have one that I've used sparingly in the past:  Conjunctivitis, otherwise known as pink eye.  It's specific enough that it doesn't bring about suspicion, if you have kids they're easy to bla*e due to being bacteria factories, and it's contagious and unpleasant enough that no one would want you around shaking hands and what not.

Dairy-fed intellect and pure, unhinged sass.


Dirty419Boy's picture

Other than the involvement of extreme company politics, NO WAY IN HELL I'M NOT CHOOSING THE GAME!

OSUNEA1986's picture

Game. No question. There will be a work Christmas party next year.
I'm a doctor...so those are "doctor's orders".

buckeyefanatic's picture

There will also be a B1G title game next year.  :D

How many batteries does it take to beat Michigan football?   1AA
Want to beat Michigan? There's an App for that.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I would definitely choose the game.  It's the first B1G championship game the Bucks have been in and has the potential to propel them to a National Championship showdown!  This will be historic. 
Go Bucks!!

Idaho Helga's picture

I want to thank everyone for the wonderful suggestions, keep them coming!   I especially appreciate the Doctor who might be able to give me a doctors excuse. 

ScarletGray43157's picture

Idaho is on Pacific Time?  Who knew???

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

Idaho Helga's picture

Only the panhandle. It's stupid but nobody asked me.

Knarcisi's picture

We're finally in the game for the conference we have owned for the last 20 years. Bah hum bug to that party. 

para bucks's picture

Any company that truly values their employees would make sure that a game of this magnitude is available to watch.

40 Degrees North's picture

Pull the Lou Brown Major League II trick. You will be jumping on tables when the Bucks win and be the talk of the office on Monday. 

MichiganBuckeye222's picture

Quit your job.

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987.



Kernfan's picture

Depending on how far you live from the party I would think about going for 30-45 minutes, then go home (not listening to the radio) and watch the DVRed version.  Even if they had the game on I hate watching games I care about in bars (annoying chatter unrelated to the game, and I like my projector better than TVs I see in bars).  You can't stay too long, since too many people like to talk about game scores they get from smart phones.  God that drives me nuts at my kids games.

Idaho Helga's picture

@kern: You bring up a good point. My oldest brother and I always watched The Game together because of all the blah, blah chatter people want to engage in while we just want to watch the game. I could take a notebook to the party and I wouldn't be hassled for watching, but some dingbat will want to yak with me and frankly, all I'll want to do is watch the game so why even bother?  I may take the notebook anyway but ugh.   I already committed to go so, nevermind. ugh.
I didn't choose wisely.

danbrown7665's picture

christmas party on december 7th?

"limitations, like fears are often just illusions"
-Michael Jordan, the greatest athlete of all time

Colby3333's picture

I have the same problem.  My thoughts.....  Spend a Saturday evening with people I work with all week and pretend they are my friends outside of work or watch the Buckeyes?  Easy....  Buckeyes win again!