Michigan State vs WMU

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How to join Friday night’s Michigan State vs WMU watch party

Friday night’s Michigan State vs WMU game will kick off the season and here’s how you can join the first-ever Spartan Shadows watch party.

Have you ever suffered extreme Michigan State athletics FOMO (fear of missing out)? You know there’s a big game coming up but you have no plans to watch with anyone and aren’t attending the event in East Lansing, but you want to enjoy your viewing experience with other Spartans, right?

Well, we may have a cure for that FOMO on Friday night.

The season-opening Michigan State vs WMU game will occupy everyone’s TVs but if you’re like me and have COVID-19 — or just no plans — you can flip on a watch party and join the Spartan community that’s not in East Lansing. A virtual watch party will cure that desperate need for the gameday East Lansing atmosphere — or at least it will try.

I’m joining forces with Playback, a streaming service that allows fans to join watch parties to engage with content creators and other fans. Friday night will allow Spartans across the country to connect in a virtual bar-like setting where you can chat with fellow fans, potentially be called up on stage or request to speak on stage, or just sit back and watch the game while I make a fool of myself.

Share a few drinks (or don’t) and watch Michigan State vs WMU to kick off the 2022 season.

Streams start about 15 minutes prior to kickoff/tipoff so for Friday’s 7 p.m. ET Michigan State vs WMU game, I’ll be launching the stream at 6:45 p.m. ET. Feel free to join before kickoff to have a drink with me, talk about what you’re looking forward to, and just sit back and relax.

Think of this as a virtual bar-like atmosphere where you and dozens of fellow Spartan fans who aren’t at the game or in East Lansing for the tailgate can link up and chat. Oh yeah, there’s a live chat where you can talk about the game throughout, ask questions, and interact with other Spartans.

How do you join the watch party?

First, all you have to do is click the link to my streaming room. After you click that link, you just need to create an account (don’t worry, it’s free), add an avatar (if you want), and enter your TV provider credentials so I can legally stream the game to you. The game will stream off of your own cable service, but Playback ensures that everyone is synced up and no one is seeing the action before everyone else.

After you do all of this, you’re automatically considered a “member” of the Spartan Shadows stream and you can bookmark that tab so all you have to do for every stream is click and you’re good to go.

You only need to do this one time so if you join the Michigan State vs WMU watch party, you’re golden for the rest of the season. Just click the link to my room and either celebrate or suffer with me.

So, to recap:

  • Click the link to my room: Spartan Shadows on Playback
  • Create a free account with an avatar (optional)
  • Enter your TV provider info
  • Have the time of your life in the first-ever Spartan Shadows watch party

If all goes well with this watch party, we’ll do our best to do one for every single game (that I’m not attending, at least) and maybe some other Big Ten games if we get enough requests.

This is meant to be fun, cure that FOMO that we will all have on Friday night if you’re like me and won’t be in East Lansing, and interactive.

What fun is watching a game if you have no one to watch and yell at the TV with? Join me on Friday night, I promise you won’t regret it.

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