Skipping Work To Watch Euro 2012

The East Coast is six hours behind Poland and Ukraine, which means that the bulk of Euro 2012 -- played in the evening locally -- happens during the American workday. This is great if you work at a sports company or from home without any kind of deadline or supervision.

Hardcore fans, however, simply take the day off and go to the bar. Intrigued by the much-hyped Netherlands-Germany match-up, I went to Smithfield, one of New York City's most popular soccer bars, to get the fan experience. The people there told me many things: an accurate prediction of a 2-1 score in favor of Germany; the assertion that Robin van Persie is a rapist; and "Don't use this. Wait. Are you still f**king filming?!?" It wasn't exactly the best game of Euro 2012, but it beat the hell out of going to work.

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