On Monday night, the Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to close out their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz. The Lakers currently lead three games to one, and a Lakers loss would mean a pivotal Game Six back in Salt Lake City.
Although most of my Bleacher Report writing has been in the college football and college basketball departments to date, I will be experimenting tonight with a live Twitter rundown of this crucial NBA playoff game.
For my instant analysis and feedback during a late night in Springfield, Ohio, follow my tweets at www.Twitter.com/TimCary or search hashtag #LALUTA.
If you need three reasons to check out tonight's live-Twitter, I'm more than happy to oblige.
No. 1: Find out if this sportswriter can survive consistently using descriptions of 140 characters or less without going clinically insane (Odds are currently 50-50, according to Vegas.)
No. 2: Analyze the Lakers' new-look starting lineup and see if the addition of Odom/demotion of Bynum will continue to pay dividends for the Purple and Gold.
No. 3: Tune in to watch Utah try and solve a mystery that has confounded them all season: beating a good team on the road.
I won't claim to be unbiased through tonight's Twitter-extravaganza (there's a picture of Kobe Bryant hanging on the wall in my living room, after all), but I will at least hope to be interesting, funny, and (although I don't guarantee it at one o'clock in the morning Eastern time) somewhat awake.
My plan is to use the live-Twitter as an experiment of how sports can be covered in 2009 and beyond; I'd love to see a bunch of Bleacher Creatures as the game unfolds--and my caffeine IV begins.
(Editor's note: If you see ZZZZs start scrolling across the feed, that means I slept through my experiment.)
Hopefully, Kobe and company keep us all awake.
Or at least, entertained.