As you may or may not know, I have been picked to compete against bloggers from all 16 schools of the BIG EAST in a season long contest to win a Volvo S60. Part of it is the fan poll (if you haven’t already, please cast a vote for yours truly!), while the other piece consists of challenge posts throughout the entire season. Here is the next challenge.
What are your favorite places to watch your team when you can’t be at the game?
Living in New Jersey and New York since graduating PC, I usually only get to attend a few Friars games a year depending on if they play Rutgers and Seton Hall on the road. That leaves plenty of games to follow elsewhere. While I have been fortunate that a lot of BIG EAST games have been on SNY and the BIG EAST Network, I’ve been forced to rely on the good ‘ol internets for viewing my beloved Friars. So, I don’t necessarily have a favorite place to be to watch the game, as long as I can watch or listen in any way possible and shoot the shite with other fans from all over the country using technology. I know, a totally anti-social and nerdy answer, but that’s me!
So what have I done throughout the years? Here is my Top 5 List of Ways I’ve Followed the Friars:
5. Right after college, the only good way to catch the games not on TV was by purchasing a subscription to the internet radio broadcast. This is how I was introduced to the greatness of John Rooke and Joe Hassett. “Holy Moly!” is now in my regular vocabulary, and my first instinct when I see a referree is to scream at them and tell them how horrible they are.
4. Slingbox App: Before all the other big network apps came out, this was a life saver. The box hooked up to my TV, and I could watch wherever I was through my BlackBerry (which is what I had at first) and now my iPhone. Oh honey you want to go shoe shopping during the game? LET’S DO IT!
3. JustinTV: When the Friars were actually in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament birth in 2009 (seems like a million years ago doesn’t it?), they had a big game against Cincinnati that was on ESPNU. Since Comcast didn’t get the channel yet, I was SOL. Thankfully, a buddy of mine had Verizon and hooked me up big time. He pointed his laptop camera at his television screen and fired up JustinTV so I could watch it (along with a few other Friar fans on the net).
2. Shady Internet Streams: From ChannelSurfing.net, to adthe, to FriarTV, there’s always a rogue stream somewhere that gets the job done. The quality makes it sometimes hard to see who actually has the ball, but beggers can’t be choosers. My favorite is when the feeds were hooked up to the video scoreboard, so every time they played something after a basket, you would see only that on the screen. Anyone remember this creepy thing from playing George Washington several years ago? It still haunts me in my sleep.
1. WatchESPN iPhone/iPad App: Most of the BIG EAST games are on here, so I usually watch the first part of most games while on the train commuting home from work on the iPhone. I watched the whole Marquette game last week while in the car while my wife drove home from NJ. Technology is great — Except when 3G decides to not work. Which reminds me of the Louis CK bit of internet on planes.
“I was on an airplane and there was high-speed Internet on the airplane. That’s the newest thing that I know exists. And I’m sitting on the plane and they go, open up your laptop, you can go on the Internet.
“And it’s fast, and I’m watching YouTube clips. It’s amaz–I’m on an airplane! And then it breaks down. And they apologize, the Internet’s not working. And the guy next to me goes, ‘This is b___s___.’ I mean, how quickly does the world owe him something that he knew existed only 10 seconds ago?”
What about everyone else? How do you like to follow the game when you can’t be there?