Houston Workers Play Hooky on USA Game Day
Productivity at workplaces in Houston likely plummeted suspiciously right around 11 a.m. Thursday as a certain American soccer team battled to advance on the world’s largest stage for the world’s biggest sport.
Many across the region skipped work for a few hours, or the lucky ones for perhaps even the entire day, to watch the United States soccer team play Germany to move into the second round of the World Cup in Brazil.
Tommy Aleman, who watched the game outside of Lucky’s Pub, said he and his friends planned to take the day off originally for the Astros game against the Braves, but he was happy the soccer match happened to fall on the same day.
“I feel like I’m in ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ ” Aleman said. “We finagled our way to get here, and we’re glad we are.”
When time ran out and the U.S. lost to Germany, groans of anguish outside Lucky’s Pub were shortly followed and understated by shrugs and yells of excitement. Despite losing 1-0 to Germany, the U.S. advanced to the knockout stage thanks to Portugal defeating Ghana.
“Hey, oh well,” Aleman said. “We’re still in it. We weren’t supposed to win this game, but we’re still in it. So we’re happy.”
The firm of Adams and Reese used its video conferencing equipment so its lawyers and staff members in Houston could watch the big game.