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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Google Hangout Happy Hour Test

Last night the Wizards had a late game and after 30 something bar appearances in 3 months we decided that it might be nice to stay at home and watch the game on TV. We invited a few Wiz Happy Hour regulars to join us in a Google Hangout to talk a little basketball while we watched the game. Here's what happened:

A few minutes before game time everyone got on. After a minute or so of introductions (we mostly knew each other from before) it was straight to the basketball talk. It started off as almost an Around the Horn type situation with questions being asked and each person getting their say in. We talked about everything from our preferences in watching national games on ESPN vs Comcast, to Andre Miller's lack of production, to what beers (or other drinks) we were drinking.

Once the game started it was just another way to discuss plays after possessions. A way to comment your views on the Wizards philosophy, players, coaches and gameplan. It was also a way to cheer. I didn't record it, but I know there were a few fist pumps. Plus it was nice to be sitting in the comfort of my couch.

With a few people this basically works good as more of a 15 minute pregame show/discussion. There was also some good discussion through the first quarter and by halftime it had kind of died down a bit. Keep in mind it started at 10:30, so people may be more energized if this was during a typical game time, but I'm thinking halftime is a good conclusion.

I have a lot of exciting ideas for stuff like this, not necessarily just happy hour hangouts but more Wizards "shows" or video podasts or what have you. If you are interested in helping create something like this let me know. I've got a cool little studio setup perfect for audio & video recording.

We've been holding bar events for every home and away game these days, so I'm not sure if we'll ever get a chance to do this the same way again (maybe do it live from the bar) but it was pretty fun and a great way to talk Wizards with knowledgable people!

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