H📱: Hit him with the Euro step!
If that line means nothing to you, I’m guessing that you’re celebrating Easter today blissfully unaware that it is in fact the NBA playoffs.
Welcome to my house, where excessive chocolate bunny and hot cross bun consumption is paired with 2 boys sitting on the couch, shouting at the TV.
Yes, 2 boys, both shouting – thanks to Harry’s new Sports Chat page on his device, he is just as capable as Jamie of whining about the ref and yelling basketball-isms that mean nothing to me, but are creating some pretty amazing dad son bonding.
As a father who loves basketball, I know J was so excited to have a boy who would hopefully share his love of chasing an orange ball around a court. And whilst Harry certainly does, we hadn’t quite nailed the as important aspect of basketball fandom that is being a verbose and passionate armchair game day critic.
Harry’s device didn’t have all the appropriate basketball terminology that was also quick and easy to speak, to keep up with a fast paced game. And once you did create and speak a message, you then had to clear it before creating the next one or risk creating a long-winded disconnected rant along the lines of ” yes no no go referee foul nice one no good shot no yes go bucks he’s on fire”.
Enter, the Sports Chat* page. J created a pop up page off the sports folder on H’s device filled with basketball and generic sports chat, and with an important programming feature – when you press a button, the device immediately speaks the message pre-programmed to that button, but doesn’t put the message into the message window. It also keeps the Sports Chat window open instead of automatically closing after you select a button. This means that you can continually fire off messages without having to go in and out of the window and clearing each message from the message window as you go.
- Open Sports Chat
- Select button “that’s a three”
- Press message window to speak “that’s a three”
- Clear message
- Open Sports Chat
- Select button “come on ref”
- Press message window to speak “come on ref”
And so on and on…
Not an ideal set up for sports banter when 7ft guys are bolting across a court in 3 steps.
Enter newly programmed Sports Chat:
- Open Sports Chat
- Select and speak button “that’s a three”
- Select and speak button “come on ref”
This has literally changed the game (pun intended) for both J and H. Now they can both shout at at the TV at the appropriate time with the appropriate message without slowing down the action – it’s such a special (and not too quiet) thing to watch. Harry’s delight at being able to easily join in with his dad and yell at the TV is evident from his ear to ear beam whilst the simple joy of watching a game with his boy and sharing in some game day banter is making Jamie’s eyes leak.
Sometimes the simplest little changes can make such a big difference. Having quick, easy pre-programmed messages ensures that H is part of the action right at the time that the action is happening.
Oh and for anyone who has no idea what “hit him with the Euro step” means, I’m afraid I can’t help you, but here is an image of some sort of interpretive dance that was apparently explaining it…
And as the games continue, more quick fire messages are being added, so as I hear the crowd shouting “DEEEFENSE” I ask Jamie if he had added that yet…
J📢: We don’t cheer for defense
Cue hearty cackling from H and J that barely conceals a conspiratorial eye roll.
Alright boys, I get it, I’ll stay out of the basketball banter 🏀😍😂
*the programming set up of this Sports Chat page would work just as well for any sport, play or spectator activity where you’re likely to say the same things over and over again as quick fire messages. From ballet to basketball to boccia, let the banter begin!