He's going to miss the World Cup kickoff today since he needs to attend a PhD/dissertation defense* since he's on the committee. He's been complaining about this all week, and considering he's been an avid soccer fan since he was a kid, I understand his feels. But I also feel bad for the poor soul who's giving his defense today. Because I'm sure my dad's not the only one in the committee who doesn't want to be there for it today.
*I'm not well-versed on this terminology, but I think I got it right!