davidd (davidd) wrote,

What It Was, Was Football

I've been sick for the past week. Still not recovered, but doing much better than last week. Despite feeling unwell and acting barely coherent, I somehow dragged myself into work every day last week. Probably not a good idea.

During the week, some of the employees were soliciting participation in their Super Bowl pool. I don't follow football particularly closely, and I've never participated in a sports pool; but it's one of those "social things" that felt uncomfortable to avoid. I'm pretty much a non-participant in social stuff at work, but the football pool was being put on by my department, so on the last day I scraped up ten bucks to purchase one 'square' on the chart. I'm not even sure how the game worked (someone explained it to me, but I had such a fever going I could barely see to walk straight let alone follow the payoff procedure). There was a sort of grid, with sixty-some squares, and numbers were assigned to the rows and columns at random after all the squares were "sold." When I went in to claim a square there were only six spots remaining. I picked one and paid my ten bucks, and that was it. My donation to "being one of the gang."

I think it backfired. I won. Twice. My "numbers" came up as the half-time score, and because there were no additional goals during the 3rd quarter, I won again. A hundred bucks. Each time.

I found out about it this morning. Quite frankly, I had totally forgotten about the game pool as soon as I dropped my ten bucks. First thing this morning one of the office staff says to me, "contratulations."

"Uh..." I drooled dully. "For...?"

"The pool."

"Uh...," I continued, still half-asleep and half-sick.

"The football pool. You won. Twice."

"Oh. Uh... thanks. Twice?"

I received several additional congratulatory greetings. Not particularly heart-felt, it seemed. I know many of the people buy numerous spots every year at ten dollars each. My first time participating, I just picked up one of the leftovers, and turned ten bucks into two-hundred.

I suspect it generated some ill-will. Not exactly the purpose behind participating.

I don't know, is there some kind of "pool etiquette" that says I should use the money to buy treats for the staff? Realistically, the money would come in kind of handy at home right now, but I suppose I'd better make sure to "do the right thing" at work first.

I don't mean to turn my nose up at the cash, but really, I suspect I'd have been better off not winning.

I have more not particularly amusing musings to write about if I ever get over being sick.

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