Great news everybody. I know that everyone has been clamoring for another Clips Nation Night with some basketball on the Staples Center court after the game. Maurice Baker and Sam Yarin heard your requests at the last Clips Nation night, and they made it happen. They had a cancellation of another group, and they're giving it that night to us.
That's the good news. The bad news is that it's short notice -- a week from tonight, next Wednesday, March 28th versus the Suns!
You guys know the drill. Use this link to purchase your tickets. The password is clipsnation.
Game: Suns vs. Clippers
Date: Wednesday, March 28
Tickets: $80 loge corner, $50 200 level, $40 upper center, $20 upper corner
Be sure to select the specific price range that you want, as the tickets will otherwise default to the 300 level seats.
As of now, this is all about court time. I'm working on other details for the night, but I wanted to get this information out to everyone ASAP so that you can get your tickets and make your plans. I'm thinking if nothing else we can still meet at the ESPNZone before the game and hang out and talk some, but I'll let you know what I come up with.
One thing that is hopefully pretty obvious -- bring something you can play basketball in, including the proper shoes! Also, and this is less obvious, please bring two T-Shirts to play in -- one white and one dark. That way we might be able to tell the teams apart when we get on the floor.
Based on the time frame, we'll need to use the same basic tournament structure we did last time. Eight teams -- the first two games are half court five-on-five. The four winning teams play each other in semi-final games that are also half court, and then the Final will run full court. That's seven games, spread across four time slots. We don't have time for more than that.
A note about the games. The last time we did this, it was very stressful for me. We don't get a lot of time on the court, and organizing the teams and the games was a chore. We did 8 teams of 10 people each last time to get 80 people a chance to play at least some ... and then we had other people show up to the actual event wanting to play as well.
I'm trying to come up with a better system this time, but I really don't know what that might be. I'm open to suggestions.
Should I give priority to established members of the site? Maybe, but the problem with that is that this is a great opportunity to attract new members.
Should I limit the number of 'guests'? What happens if someone buys 10 tickets and brings an entire team? Is that OK?
What's the best way to organize the teams? Last time I had an excel spread sheet with names and playing ability and everything and I had the teams all organized in advance -- and then I had to scramble when we got there to accommodate other people who showed up. Maybe we should just designate team captains and pick like on the playground. Maybe we should let people self-organize their teams and not worry about it. Whatever we do, it has to happen quickly between the end of the game and the start of our court time, or we'll miss out on being able to play.
I'm open to suggestions ... but I'm reserving the right to limit the number of people who play. Priority may be given to the people who purchase their tickets first, or to established members of the Clips Nation community or to some combination. I don't know yet, but please don't riot if it doesn't work exactly the way you want it to.
I know this -- even though the last time was a giant hassle and nothing worked exactly the way I wanted it to, everyone still had a blast, and everyone wanted to do it again. So we're doing it again, and we'll figure it out as we go.