TV is for old school derby. Twitter, RSS, Live Blogging, streaming video are the best way to feel close to the action when you can't afford to make that trip across country for a tournament!
We're halfway through the Western Regionals derby tournament in Houston and the excitement is building. A big upset in the Kansas City vs Duke game. But that's not what I want to write about, because you can read all about that on the recaps. In past tournaments, I'd be updated via SMS texts and at the mercy of derby friends who were at the tournament and not skating. Not this time! I'm able to keep current with Twitter updates from DNNscores and RCRG, read game recaps on Derby News Network via my RSS reader, follow the game live with DNN LiveBlogging "Boutcasts" and now I can even watch the game on a livestreamcast! Don't forget using google alerts to find the latest blog posts for those who are at the tournament and writing from their own perspective.
I hope to see this level of coverage in future tournaments and home games.
There is a level of interaction and community those of us watching from home and chatting are building that I'd never feel sitting at home watching on television.
Now if only DNN made an IPhone app....