Welcome to The Skip Pass! The Skip Pass is Today’s Fastbreak’s daily NBA journal. To break down The Skip Pass in a simple fashion, we’ll use the old fashioned journalism technique of 5W1H: What, Who, When, Where, Why and How.
The Skip Pass will be your home on Today’s Fastbreak for insights and nuggets on each game played in the NBA. This is different from your regular game recap or box score. We want to take you inside the game and call out things you might have missed. The Skip Pass will consist of two sections:
- Focus Games: Each day in the NBA there are several windows of games. Whenever possible, we’ll have between one and four (five on Christmas Day!) Focus Games. Focus Games will get a little bit more in-depth analysis as to what we saw.
- Other Games: It obviously isn’t realistic to try and watch every game. Not when multiple games are going on at once. For the Other Games that night, we’ve assembled a team of helpers to hit us up with some interesting tidbits. We’ll bounce around League Pass like always, but when we miss something cool, funny or interesting, we’ve got our Assisters there to lend a helping hand. For Other Games, what you can expect is a brief touch for each team and something fun/interesting you might not see in a recap or quick glance at a box score.
In other words, you don’t need to read The Skip Pass to see that Stephen Curry had 50 points and hit 10 threes. You’ll see that everywhere. But did you know that Patrick McCaw scored 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench after not playing the previous four games? That is a sample of what you’ll get with The Skip Pass.
Keith P. Smith will be the primary writer for The Skip Pass, but occasionally we may need someone to step up and sub in. As for who will be covered: we’ll cover the entire league. All 1,230 regular-season games, followed by the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals, will get touched on throughout the season.
You can read The Skip Pass daily on Today’s Fastbreak. That’s right! Seven days a week! Our primary goal is to have the content up by 10:00 a.m. (at the latest!) the morning after games are completed.
You can find The Skip Pass as a part of the Today’s Fastbreak site. Also, monitor Twitter for when the reading is ready to be read. You shouldn’t have any issue finding it.
Yeah…we went out of order to leave the big question for last. The how is pretty easy: We have developed a schedule that allows us to watch a total of 327 Focus Games. That is 27 percent of the entire NBA regular-season schedule. This schedule means we’ll see every NBA team a minimum of 15 times over the course of the season. Most teams fall in to the 18-25 range. We tried to balance home and away when possible, but some TV windows lend themselves to more of one than the other. With our Assisters, we’ll get the rest of the games covered.
If you cover an NBA team and want to help by being an Assister, please get in touch with Keith through Twitter @KeithSmithNBA. All assists will be paid back with virtual high fives and finger points!
Hardcore NBA fans can have trouble following the league as a whole. Even the most ambitious who set that as a goal in early October, generally give up around Christmas. Life gets in the way. Time zones make it a challenge to stay up or get out early. Bad teams can be tough to watch. For whatever the reason, most of us end up focusing on our favorite team or two, and even catching all 82 of their games can be a stretch.
With The Skip Pass, hopefully we’ll allow you to “Skip” some League “Pass.” Clever, right? And it has an actual basketball term application as well! The goal is to give you a daily read that you can consume in short bites each morning and feel like you are informed beyond just reading a recap or looking at a box score.
Each journey starts with a single step, and we take our first step on Tuesday night. Provide feedback and help us grow. Come along for the ride with us. We think you’ll enjoy the journey.