I know the Capitals haven’t won the Stanley Cup yet, but this was my chance to get my photo taken with it and I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity. Check out my article on CapitalsOutsider.
I simply don’t get it. A game is on TV, or you’re at the game, but your focus isn’t on the game exclusively, but on your computer or phone so you can see what other people have to say about the game. In-game chats are on the rise, as are Twitter tweets about the game (or any event, like the Oscars).
So what’s going on is, people’s attention isn’t focused 100% on the game – it can’t be. While the people doing this are people I know, colleagues, and former colleagues, I’ll never be on board with chatting about a game on a computer while the game is in progress.
I’ll admit that occasionally, something of significance or interest is released through these mediums. For instance, if someone notices something that few others did, telling others who may not have seen it can be informative (like if a player doesn’t return for a period due to injury, or a milestone stat is reached). But that rarely happens. Instead, the vast majority of what we get are simple comments about the game/event as it unfolds, 99% of which anyone would know if they’re focused on the TV and not the computer!
While writing for CapitalsOutsider.com, I sorta have to do it, just in case. I need to keep an eye on what others are saying, just in case.
Now only if I can get ’em to stick to the necessary messages. But I’m one of the few making this argument so I lose.
The number of page views I get on something I write doesn’t necessarily reassure me that I did a good job (though in my world page views is really high up there), but when the owner of the Washington Capitals writes a blog post (albeit short) about something I write, right before game time, I feel I can congratulate myself.
Anyway, the article he likes is A Fan’s Guide to Attending a Capitals Game.
Update: Apparently, the Washington Post likes it to, and linked to it here.