I was watching an EPL game the other day (MAN U vs Southampton). On television. And, after a couple innings I went and got my BB, and started following the comments (using the hash tag) from people who were at the game and “tweeting” about it.
And, I wasn’t sure. Was that a good thing? Or just a noisy distraction?
After all, some of the tweeters had some nice observations. Some were even based on statistics and facts.
So perhaps it made my game-watching experience a bit richer.
Still, it’s always so strange to look out into the crowd and see so many people with their heads down. They aren’t even watching the game. They’re watching their emails, texts, and tweets. They’re talking on their cellphones.
Oh, sure, a few hardy souls are scoring the games, counting pitches, and creating their own pencil-marked treasure trove of statistical data. They’re allowed to have their heads down from time to time.
Part of what first drew me to football was the ability to cocoon yourself inside the stadium, away from the stresses and challenges of real life. A whole new world was inside. No one can find you, unless you want to be found. The grass is always lush and green (and, nowadays, real!). A perfect view of the field. A crazy array of food and drink — and someone willing to bring it right to your seat! A giant mascot running around. And, one hour and a half … or more … of nothing to do but watch a game on a lazy day… “SIKES!!!” I’m not into football like that.. never even been to any of the EPL games. i hardly even watch it on TV.. but i love MAN U and for some reason found myself watching this game… i wan die?? lol but anyway, it’s kind of sad to see the cozy sanctuary of some friends i know invaded with smart phones and tablets and other distractions.
But, then again … I’m the first person to watch a video of something zany that happened at a game and that a fan was quick to capture on their phone. (The streakers earlier this season at Baltimore games? Banned from television, but, yeh, I watched ‘em all on YouTube.) And, the tweeters often see things that the cameras don’t catch.
In which case, I’m a hip, techno-saavy Droidster.