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Tale Of The Tape: Better Work Distraction – World Cup Vs. March Madness

Noticed your productivity dipping at work lately? Perhaps thy World Cup fan in the cube next to you yelling “Golazo” every time someone scores is to blame? All that daytime TV watching is a big distraction at work, but is it the biggest time-suck in the sporting world? We put it up against the classic, the NCAA Tournament’s March Madness, to see what which is a better diversion.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Switzerland celebrate after defeating Ecuador 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and Ecuador at Estadio Nacional on June 15, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Tournament

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These are the best athletes in the world, playing in the biggest sporting event on the planet (sorry to break the news to you Olympics fans). How could they lose this category? Quality Of Play This is the only time you're every going to hear from the kids on the Dayton hoops squad, but they and other non-household names come to play. It's great TV watching, but just doesn't quite measure up to the World Cup.
We love Ian Darke and the other thick-accent play-by-play men who remind us we aren't on the continent anymore each time they point to the quality of a cross on the pitch. Accompanied by dozens of camera angels and few commercials, it's great TV. Quality Of Broadcast Call us homers all you want, there is nothing like CBS coverage of the final possessions of multiple close games going on all at once. And when there are upsets, hearing Ian Eagle lose his mind is priceless.
By now you've seen your share of slideshows introducing you to the "hottest soccer players" in the World Cup, but lets face it, these are international stars - not small timers finally getting their shot in the spotlight. Cinderella? We won't see her in the final 4. Expect to familiar names like Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Holland. Storylines Remember the first time you heard of Warriors superstar Steph Curry? It was likely in 2008 when he led the unheralded Davidson Wildcats to the Elite 8 and made himself a target for the NBA draft. That kind of overnight sensation just doesn't happen at the World Cup.
64 games spread out over a month. Three a day starting at 9 a.m. and running 5 p.m. or so for the first few weeks. How can you beat that (short of personally training the English team to play more entertaining soccer)? Total Distraction Time The first couple of rounds are simply sublime, taking up your entire Thursday and Friday with potential heavyweight upsets. 48 total games in the first four days alone. Add to that the time you spend talking about how badly you botched your bracket and you aren't getting anything done at work. But the wall-to-wall action only lasts a few days. Things calm down significantly after the sweet 16.

The winner is

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Switzerland celebrate after defeating Ecuador 2-1 during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and Ecuador at Estadio Nacional on June 15, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
World Cup
3 out of 4

It's a month long guilty pleasure that doesn't involve your co-workers telling you how close they were to having the winning bracket. If you get past the 12 fake injuries per game, there really isn't a downside to World Cup.

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