It's an invasion, Oprah-style.
I have been looking for some reason to get together with a bunch of TrueHoop people. People sometimes ask if we're going to do something like that, and I never really know what to say.
What are we going to do, just meet in some bar, and stand around nervous until the alcohol kicks in? And call that a night? Seems kind of ... lacking. Like you want more of the event part of the event.
So, what would the event be? Do you really want me to stand up there and talk? Read old TrueHoop posts? Seems kind of weird.
And I'm essentially tone deaf and can't sing, and my dancing is not suitable for the stage.
For a couple of years I have been at something of a loss.
It finally it struck me that the thing to do was: to be Oprah Winfrey for a night! That's right. I'm going to be on some stage with some microphone, interviewing people.
It's a conversation. Much more interesting that way. And more like TrueHoop.
Honestly, a big part of TrueHoop that's hard to get into writing are the many conversations I have every day, mostly on the phone. Make you laugh, make you cry, and all that. Not to mention learn a lot about basketball.
Getting together in some physical place is a chance to do that. And then you can chime in with your questions too, making it kind of like blogging only without the software and computers and stuff.
So, be it resolved, that on Tuesday, October 23, at 6:30pm ET, all of you are invited to join us at ESPN Zone in Times Square. That's 1472 Broadway, at 42nd Street. (If you need a map to find Times Square ... here you go.)
Just for fun, if you think are really going to make it, please say so in the comments of this post, so we can get a sense of how many people to expect.
Bloggers and journalists welcome! There will be free wireless broadband for all (but come with your batteries charged, as outlets are at a premium near tables). Let me know if you want space to blog and I'll try to make sure there will be room for you to sit at a table.
The way it works is that there is a bar area and there are tables. ESPN Zone requires those at tables to eat. Others can mingle and have something to drink at the bar.
And if you can't make it, fear not. There will be some video of the event on TrueHoop later on, and I (and maybe others) will blog about it.
Now, I know what you're thinking ... who are you going to interview? Guess what? I'm wondering the same thing. I have some pretty hot irons in the fire, but so far can only identify with certainty two of the three or four guests I'm shooting for. The two are:
ESPN basketball analyst, professional basketball trainer, and friend of mine David Thorpe
ESPN statistical guru and funnyman John Hollinger (who promises to tell us -- I'm paraphrasing here -- why the team rebound is the stupidest statistic in sports)
(I know what you're thinking: is this event dreamed up by some ESPN executive? To promote all ESPN people at the ESPN Zone? The answer is no, this was all my idea, and I'm booking the guests. It just happens that these two guys, who live very far away, will both be in town because after the show we're all traveling to Bristol for ESPN.com's annual NBA training camp, where I can't wait to blow away the competition in the sprints.)
I hope you can come. It should be fun.