The following is a transcript showing exactly what to do make a World Cup conversation awkward, yet safe for work.
Me: Hey there.
Me: How are ya?
Customer: Good, you?
Me: Pretty good, thanks.
Customer: You following the World Cup? The US is losing by one right now.
Me: Nah, I’m somebody who consistently ignores a sport I don’t care about. But I know South Korea plays today.
Customer: Haha I see.
Me: How much time is left?
Customer: Oh about thirty minutes.
Me: Ah there’s still time.
Customer: Yeah, one can hope.
Me: Is Altidore still out?
Customer: Yeah, Clint Dempsey is out too.
Me: What? How?
Customer: I don’t know! He didn’t make the team or something.
Me: Wait, I thought he scored that quick goal against Ghana. The one thirty seconds in.
Customer: Hmm… I don’t know. Maybe I’ve got the guy mixed up or something –
Me: Oh you must mean Landon Donovan.
Customer: Oh yeah! That’s right.
Me: Yeah haha.
Customer: Wait, I thought you don’t follow soccer.
Me: Oh, I don’t.