The Masters is one of the most storied events in the history of sports, and it only comes around once a year. While you can watch it Saturday and Sunday as well, it’s not the same if you haven’t been invested in it for the first few days of the tournament. Unfortunately for the Ole Miss population, they have to deal with that pesky class thing. The good thing for students is that laptops and smartphones exist.
Nowadays, any laptop or phone can stream live TV, and you can watch all the Masters coverage you want no matter where you are on campus. There are a few tips to remember when trying to watch the Masters in class, they should be self-explanatory, but you can never be too sure.
- Turn The Sound Off
Again, this should be self-explanatory. As much as people love the sound of nature on the golf course, your teacher is not one of those people (at least during class). As soon as he or she hears that sound, you’re in trouble and you’ve blown your cover.
2. At Least Act Like Your Taking Notes (Look up)
If you’re not going to actually take notes while having the tournament on in the background, have another tab open where you can type random words every now and then so your eyes aren’t fixated on your screen and have it become obvious you’re watching something. Also, don’t forget to look up. (not in a ‘does my teacher know?’ kind of way) Look engaged in the class and don’t stare at your screen like a zombie, its a dead give away.
3. Don’t Cheer
There are a lot of likable golfers on the tour these days, and everyone has their favorites. If your favorite is playing at the time your in class, be mindful of this tip. If Jordan Spieth shoots a hole-in-one or if Rory McElroy hits a long putt for eagle, internalize your happiness. Just a slight fist pump can mess up your whole set up and bring attention to yourself from the teacher.
4. Avoid Other People
Nothing draws suspicion from a teacher like five students glaring at the same screen, and I don’t think they’ll believe you’re sharing notes. The best way to do this is to sit in the back so there’s no chance people can crowd your screen.
5. Don’t Wear Masters’ Apparel To Class
This is the biggest tip-off to your teacher that you will 100 percent be streaming the tournament and not paying any attention to the class that day. I know it looks cool, but maybe go with something more conspicuous when you’re trying to keep a low profile.
All of these rules are amplified in a smaller classroom. It’s going to be much harder to pull this off in your 400 level classes with 15 people in them, as opposed to a 101 lecture class in an auditorium. No matter what class you’re in, remember these rules because you don’t want to be the one to get caught and ruin it for everyone else.
Steven Gagliano is a writer for HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.