SOCIAL MEDIA

19 June 2014

No Cable? No Problem!

In case you didn't know, the World Cup started last week. I happen to know this only because Angel's love for the World Cup has been pretty obvious in the last week. This is our first married World Cup. It's been interesting.

Because we don't have cable/satellite/any type of fancy schmancy television like that, Angel's been quite creative in finding locations to watch all of the most important games. (Is it just me, or is every single game "important"?)

I amuse myself by photographing where he's been watching the World Cup this past week...


Some games are shown on ABC, but according to Angel, only a very tiny percentage. This was one. He may think he was paying attention but I'm pretty sure he slept through it...


The only game we had to pay to see...and since that particular restaurant has especially delicious nachos, there was no complaining from me!


This shot is particularly hilarious to me. You can see the extension cord and my Dad's 20 year old boombox on the picnic table. They were listening to the game on a Spanish language AM station because Angel thinks that the Spanish-speaking radio announcers are much more exciting to listen to than the English speaking announcers. I snapped this right when Italy scored a goal--you can tell because of our friend happily waving his Italian flag and Angel has his hand on his head in dismay...he was rooting for the other team.


At the park, listening to the game on his hand-crank-powered flashlight/radio. Angel always knew he'd need a gadget such as that for an emergency situation like this. Unfortunately, the radio didn't get AM channels so he had to listen to the game in English.


Our friend just moved into a new apartment where a cable hookup and service was included in the rent. However...he didn't have a TV. He did happen to find a TV on the side of the road on the day after the World Cup began. Between the three of them, the guys got it working and connected just in time to watch the game.


At our college's cafe, where he watched the Word Cup back in 2006 when he was actually in college. Nothing wrong with a couple of alumni visiting the old campus, right, especially when it means you can watch a football game for free?

As for me, my extent of "watching" these games usually involves asking Angel--"Which country is wearing the red uniforms?" and then getting back to studying Chinese or reading a book or whatever else I happen to be doing which is much more interesting than watching sports. While watching sports itself is not interesting to me, listening in on conversations between Angel and our friends or eavesdropping on all the phone calls he makes to his dad and brother during the games is highly entertaining.

Have you or anyone you love been following the World Cup? If not, do you have any sporting events you follow? Is it normal to be this creative in order to catch all the games when they aren't shown on broadcast tv?

37 comments :

  1. We always love college football (American) season because it means we get to have get togethers every weekend to watch the games! We don't have cable either so we go between a few houses/restaurants with friends to catch the games! Way better than watching alone!

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  2. OMG...you and Angel crack me up! Too cute. :)
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  3. Haha this is great! This is my first World Cup experience and I was not surprised at all when the tv we had been planning to buy in a few months found its way into my living room the day the World Cup started.

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  4. due to facebook, I was aware this was going on. But I thought it was a yearly thing. Guess not!

    I don't like sports. Angel sure is creative!

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  5. This is hilarious! This is how the hubby is with American Football. Luckily I like American Football so I'll watch with him. I just wouldn't go out of my way to find ways to watch if it weren't for him. Last year we used his parents' cable login info and watched on an ESPN app on our laptops etc. Once we figured out we could do that, there was no more running around trying to find a place to watch.

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  6. This is totally how my ex used to be, soccer obsessed!

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  7. that is funny! we don't have cable either!

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  8. I love soccer--I've played it since I was 10 and it's an interesting sport to watch (only that and volleyball). However, I don't necessarily follow professional sports. But, during the 2010 World Cup, I was in Oxford, England at the same time as a Spanish tourist group, who started running out in the streets being crazy cuz Spain just won. So, that excitement stayed with me. However, we don't have TV, so we've been keeping up with the internet. But, earlier this week, we went to Red Robin for lunch and they happened to be showing a World Cup game on TV and I was so happy to watch it!

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  9. This post is amazing! You two have gotten really creative finding locations. I think soccer is so much fun to watch. Now that you mention the difference in announcers I wish I hadn't tuned out the Italian announcers. Now I'm curious if they're more enthusiastic or not. I know UK announcers at the Olympics broke their "professional" voices and were outright cheering for their athletes at times. It made it a lot more fun, I think.

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  10. My husband is crazy about basketball. The season FINALLY ended on Sunday. He is really great about not letting it get in the way of being present at home and with our family, but I am sick of hearing stats and other basketball related things I don't understand.

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  11. Ha! Hilarious and very creative.

    My husband being from Europe is a big fan. This is the only sport he watches really. He has managed to find most of the games online somewhere, since we don't have cable. I think next week he is planning on staying downtown to watch some in bars. Although he classified it as, "I've got some late evening meetings next week." Yahah. Sure.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  12. Haha, you two have watched the games in a vast array of ways! We still do some of the free events at our college. During the semesters they play free movies in a little theater in our student union, free snow cones in the summer...we aren't super into sports or we'd probably do the same thing and watch the game in the union!

    I love that your friend found a TV just in time for the game! Too funny!

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  13. My husband is major into these soccer games, but never is into soccer any other time. Men ;) We don't have cable either we rely on Netflix and ProjectFreeTV. I enjoy saving the $100 a month that's for sure!!

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  14. Oh my gosh!!!! This has been my entire week. Seriously, you could photoshop your husband out of the photos and put in mine and it would still be real life. The only thing I have learned in the last week is that some American guy broke his nose and did a press conference right afterwards, and that Colombia does a fun dance after they score a goal. Plus, Red Robin has bottomless root beer floats (and big TVs).

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  15. Hahahahah this is absolutely hilarious! I love that you photographed all of these. I haven't even heard much about it, but I have see that people are saying Brazil (that's where it is? right? geez I feel so uncultured) isn't a good location for it because they should be spending money on Brazil's people instead of on ~a silly world soccer tournament~. But I'm not going to argue for either sides. I think I've seen a few tweets and gifs on Tumblr about it, though... ;)

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  16. i'll have to remind my husband to be thankful that he's not resorting to these tactics because we have ESPN.... these pictures are hilarious!

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  17. This post is completely and totally awesome. I love it. I've been watching the World Cup on ESPN online. We don't have cable either, and I wish they would show more of the games on ABC! Not cool, TV scheduling people.

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  18. I'm not into sports. Sometimes I can get into them if I'm there in person, but, on TV... nope.

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  19. you have such a talent for recognizing and capturing the small and wonderful moments that most people consider ordinary :) such a lovely post.

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  20. Well he's been very creative with how to follow along with the World Cup...! I wish I knew more than one language!

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  21. Hahaha how funny! I didn't even know the World Cup was more than one game... ha!

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  22. He has got pretty creative! While we're not VERY into it, we've had to be adventurous to see any game since we have no TV. So far we've watched
    1) online
    2) at my work
    3) at our international Bible study group
    4) at a cafe
    5) we tried at a stadium but they weren't showing it, so we went to a bar which was full, so I gave up and went to ballet.
    6) we'll be watching in somebody's garden this weekend.
    With soccer-crazy Germans and a lot of Brazilian students in town, it's impossible not to be caught up in it all.

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  23. Aahhahahaha this post cracked me up! :D

    My whole family is Croatian so we were PISSED beyond belief when they lost to Brazil!!! I called my dad up a few days later and see if he had calmed down; I guess him saying "God will punish Brazil" was him still reeling over the loss.

    I was bummed to hear that Brazil banned the vuvuzela horns :(

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  24. I can safely say the world cup is passing both Pete and I by like a ship in the night. We were a bit interested in it last time when south Africa hosted it and really enjoyed listening to all the games in Chinese and that Shakira song was also all in Chinese hehe.

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  25. HAHAHA this is so perfect. I'm proud of Angel for being creative! Also, you and I should form a World Cup Wives/Girlfriends club. We can be a moral support group for each other.

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  26. Hehe, this post really amused me. Well my other half is obsessed with Real Madrid so when they were playing the final in the Champions League, he was quite funny to watch. He's been on cloud 9 ever since they won, so the World Cup is an added bonus for him. I'm not very bothered about watching football but love to watch him getting all passionate about his team.
    #sitssharefest

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  27. This is too funny! Since we switched to Direct TV we get all the games, and I have actually had fun watching them. We are having a party for the USA Portugal game tomorrow, and I'm excited!

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  28. My husband and I LOVE the World Cup! We don't have cable TV either, but we're able to stream it live from Univision-- and I downloaded the Univision app on my phone so I can watch it at work on my lunch break. It's all in Spanish-- I agree with your husband, the Spanish-speaking announcers are better than the English! Haha...

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  29. No cable/satellite for me either. My husband desperately searches for a way to watch some of the Cup in German....sometimes it works and sometimes not.

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  30. This is hilarious! Well, Justin doesn't go to such lengths to catch his games, but when he has a game he MUST watch, he will talk about it daily for at least two weeks. I'm like you. I will watch NFL games (even if it is to boo his team Patirots), but outside of that I blog or read to stay busy!

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  31. Oh, and we don't have cable or satellite either. When we got married, we just bought the new "rabbit ears" invention. You hang it in the window and it picks up local channels only. I catch the news, a few games, and the Thanksgiving Day parade. It was only a one-time purchase, so we saved a fortune. We also just got Netflix and it was totally worth it. We have no need for dish or cable for years, I am sure. We save so much this way.

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  32. Oh my gosh, this is so hysterical! I was literally laughing throughout the whole post. Who knows where Angel will watch next...

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  33. I wish my husband was more into the World Cup! I'd love to catch more of the games, but I feel silly doing it on my own. We don't have cable either, so we need to get creative when we want to watch a game. We went to a street festival/block party type event yesterday to watch Korea v. Algeria and USA v. Portugal. I also follow the game results online or on the radio, but I'm not hardcore about it.

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  34. Hilarious!!! The microphone one is my fave!
    I don't have cable either but I'm really not into soccer sp I don't feel like I'm missing out.

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