AUSTIN fans: Watch party location for 2009

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  1. Brisco_County

    Brisco_County Texans worthy

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    I've seen your discussions about Third Base, but I have my issues with that venue. If Third Base doesn't work out this year, my proposition is Common Interest on Burnet. It might be too far north for some, but there's enough value in the idea to make the trip worth it.

    1) Setup: There are tons of HD screens showing every NFL game at once, and a huge projection screen for the Texans.

    2) Accommodation: The owner is friendly and will respond positively to a watch party. He also lets people BBQ out front, and they have wi-fi. Parking is plentiful.

    3) Availability: It's spacious but almost empty on Sunday, despite the recent remodel and new TV's. It's a vacuum waiting to be filled by the right crowd.

    If you don't know the story, the venue was rebuilt with insurance money and grants from the city, so everything inside is new and the audio/video setup is high-end.

    I like the Texans crowd at Pluckers, too, but the space is too small. I expect the Texans fanbase to grow this year as they get more national attention.
     
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    Get me their feelings on allowing for one TV to have the closed captioning turned on and I'll see if I'm interested. I had problems with Third Base in the past regarding that but I'm game if that place becomes the watch party. I'm done with Third Base South.

    I was going to start going to Pluckers and try out Third Base North this season since I just moved to Pflugerville.
     
  3. Brisco_County

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    The projection screen will have the volume on, but he'll probably put CC on one TV if asked. The TV-to-customer ratio is very high, with many TV's not being watched. I also know he's very accommodating to anyone with a disability.
     
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    UPDATE: I spoke to the owner of Common Interest, and he said he'd be thrilled to have a Texans crowd every Sunday. He'll show the game on the huge projection screen with the volume on. He'll even put the game on one of the other TV's for closed captioning.

    One of the things I like about this place is that he has 25 other HD TV's showing every game in the NFL, so I can watch all my fantasy players. They also have wi-fi so I can track my fantasy scores on my laptop.

    It's a good setup. It's clean, spacious, and there are cute chicks working the bar.
     
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    how bout cute guys bringing me nachos? :shades:
     
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    Sounds intriguing thus far.

    They have food? And a large viewing area for Texans fans? Third Base reserved the back room for us and put on a fair share of the TVs on Texans back there.

    Most importantly... location?
     
  8. Brisco_County

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    I'll bring you nachos if you can get people to show up.
     


  9. Brisco_County

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    They have bar food, like hotwings, nachos, etc. Free popcorn. They don't have a full kitchen like Third Base, but the owner is accommodating to anyone who wants to BBQ in the parking lot. I've seen a couple who BBQ's out front to sell to the patrons.

    The main viewing area for the projection screen is quite large. The entire bar is about the same size as Third Base, but a much smaller crowd, so seating is never an issue.

    It's located on Burnett near 183, next to Slick Willy's. Here's the Google map:

    http://maps.google.com/maps?client=...vNnnDA&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=1
     
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  10. Livid13

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    I have no problem with the Common Interest, but the FIRST clown that wants the Kareoke machine turned on, gets it right between the eyes !
     
  11. Hookem Horns

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    C'mon Liv, we can sing some Priest!

    Actually I am on board with this, at least to try it out. My schedule this season will allow me to make some watch parties if they are faily close which this place is for me. If it works out I will even promote them a little on the site.
     
  12. Brisco_County

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    I think you'd dig it. The guy has more authentic Longhorn memorabilia on display than any place I've seen. Signed footballs, jerseys, photos, etc.

    During the daytime there's no kareoke, but I'm sure they'll have Priest ready for you after the evening game. Maybe even some Maiden.
     
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    Are we talking early Halford, or the way the guy sings now ? You take the high notes Hook....
     
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    LOL, good question. I think I would need to smoke a couple of cartons of cigarettes to sound like the Halford of today.

    Anyway, I am in. I have tickets to the opener however will up for most of the games following that.
     
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    Okay, so is it going to be The Common Interest ?
     
  16. barrett

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    I've always maintained that a central location is the most logical. Third Base (so far) is the best option for that. For all it's short comings, it's central. If we actually win a few games, the place can be a great home. Good turn out means revenue, means we can get Nitro his CC. The best turnout we've ever had was when we weren't televised and we were 1-0. Get us off t.v. or start winning games and the turnout will come back.

    I have season tickets so I'm only an option for some of the games which means I don't have much pull in the decision making. In the end it doesn't matter. If they don't have liquor I wouldn't attend anyway. Liquor (not just beer), lots of Texans fans, good picture quality are the most important things. The rest is semantic.

    I don't try to rally the troops anymore. Nobody followed. I got shot out there. We've never had a winner though. If we do, people will show. It will be a good. Until we do...

    Go Texans.
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that the watch party is wherever I'm watching the game. So, the Minnesota watch party starts at about 1pm in my car. At 3:30 it continues in the Blue Lot and in Reliant Stadium at about 7:30 pm... There will be an afterparty back in the Blue lot and will continue in my car until about 2 AM. Just PM me and let me know when we can expect you. I know Barrett is in!
     
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    Actually I'll be in the orange lot. But I guess you can drop me off there.

    I take back what I said about you being smart.

    We're in the Orange lot dumbass.
     
  19. Brisco_County

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    Accommodation matters most. It'd be silly to not drive an extra 10 miles for a venue that actually wants you there. I like Third Base in general, and the location's great, but we can't rely on management that only caters to our needs when the Texans are doing well. If there was an ideal central location, we would've found it already.
     
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    agreed.
     

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