Like most great ideas, UMKC Football started on a barstool. What started out as a joke turned into a a sensation on Kansas City Twitter. University of Missouri Kansas City doesn’t actually have a football team. But what if they did?
Two friends and me set out to give Kansas City a college football team. We created a Twitter account, used a video game to create a roster full of football players who played in Kansas and Missouri, started a weekly show highlighting the previous week’s action, and got local media members talking about “what if UMKC had football?”
We play each game on EA Sports’ NCAA Football 14, and capture the footage. Then we select clips we want for the best story. I use Buffer to schedule the tweets for each game. After the games conclude I corral all the tweets using Wakelet, so people can easily find them.
In the Pouch
Each week I created a short recap of the previous games. This is where storylines were advanced and additional information was given to viewers. I weaved my narration with play-by-play and outside voices to tell the story of Roos football.
In order to make UMKC Football look like a real team, we created a variety of graphics for social media. These include rosters, game day announcements, player call-outs, and others. I wanted to use this opportunity to gain more experience as a graphic designer.