Top 5 Sports Apps for Your Smartphone
Remember that time when we had to sit on the edge of our seats waiting for the final score to be announced on the television? Fingers crossed? Nervous?
Neither do we. The smartphone has eclipsed all memory of those heart-jangling moments and now we can sit on the edge of our seats and follow the entire game. Live.
There are thousands of sports apps on the market nowadays. Bringing us the latest news, telling us how our fantasy teams are doing and even giving us the chance to become sports stars; albeit by flicking away at the screen like we’re kicking a last-second Super Bowl conversion.
Here are just a few of our recommended must-have apps for your smartphone.
Paper Football 3D
A perfect app to pass the time, Paper Football 3D will grant you endless hours of fun mastering the easiest job in football, the kicker. With a rich, artistic detail and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, this app brings its number one sports app predecessor into the 21st century.
Full Tilt Poker Rush
Taking the game of poker beyond the tables, the Full Tilt Poker Rush app allows you to play on the go. You can learn the ropes by taking on fellow beginners at the low-stakes table or test your hand against some of the best players in the world; even getting the chance to qualify for live tournaments.
This fun, fast-paced variant is perfect for on-the-go and a much enjoyed pass-time on a long commute.
Bringing you all the news, views and results from all your favourite sports teams, Bing Sports is Microsoft’s official sports app that covers everything from NASCAR to the English Premier League.
Brought to you from renowned sports broadcaster ESPN, this app delivers all the latest scores, news and standings- hot off the press. With the option to follow your favourite teams, you’ll never be far away from knowing who’s fit for the weekend and who’s on the side-lines.
MLB.com At Bat
At Bat comes in two forms, the free version and the paid option. The free version boasts a whole range of features including breaking news, real-time scores, schedules and all Major League Baseball standings.
For an extra $14.99, you can receive extra coverage including radio games for all MLB games as well as one live video game per day; whether it’s worth the extra $15, well that just depends how much you love baseball.
The Future of Sports Consoles
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Since the earliest gaming platform came out, programmers and designers have always been trying to one-up each other (and themselves) each year by delivering a more interactive and realistic gaming experience. Sports games are notoriously difficult to make playable, which is perhaps why every year studios attempt to hone their pre-existing model with something even better. Both hockey and soccer seem to have pushed themselves to the front of the line in recent years, with corporate sponsorships from the NHL and FIFA allowing them to push the boundaries.
The most notable changes to hockey and soccer games has been advances in how a player is able to control and entire team. This has involved easier methods of switching between players (for instance, when you pass the ball to a designated player, being able to switch to the receiving player with the click of a button). Many games have suffered from clumsy interactions between the players on the screen, especially soccer games where the gameplay is constantly shifting and which makes for difficult transpositions.
Another has been trying to incorporate the feel of the sport into the game – many golf games are successful not just because of their gameplay, but because they’re able to take the player onto the golf course and give them the impression of actually being there. Likewise, the audio in FIFA and NHL games is crucial. When you bicycle kick the ball into the net, not only do you hear the fans roar with applause, but the announcer is just as excited.
Another key movement in the world of sports games has been, again thanks to sponsorship and the assistance of actual athletes, realistic portrayals of players. Using mapping techniques and with graphics that are unprecedented in terms of being able to render human faces, you can now in a very literal sense step into the skates of Wayne Gretzky or golf shoes of Tiger Woods. Although perhaps this appears as a merely decorative addition, the ability to play with players who actually look like the real athletes makes for an increasingly immersive experience.
On top of this, sports has always had a certain psychological niche in the minds of fans. People have been betting on hockey-pools and fantasy leagues since the game’s inception, and it will be interesting to see where technology will take us. It’s conceivable that in the future fantasy football, hockey, basketball, and soccer could just as easily be rendered for us in a videogame.
Although we’re still a long way off in making gaming completely digitalized, the level of realism we’ve seen in the past five years can only be expected to increase, and both gamers and fans alike are at the forefront of this experience. However, it’s also interesting to think about how this will affect the actual sport itself, if at all. There is little chance that we will start to enjoy the virtual more than an actual soccer match, and it’s the relationship between the two – being able to see a soccer game, and then play it – that allows both the sport and its videogame counterpart to work so well together.
Scores Report tackles Tough Mudder Lake Tahoe Degree DO:MORE Style!
There is no feeling on earth like sliding into the $125 robe in your room at the Ritz Carlton after spending six hours on the most difficult obstacle course in the world. Wait a minute, did someone say “Carlton”? I thought they did.
This robe is the kind of robe Carlton would’ve rocked when he was on “Silver Spoons” with Ricky Schroeder. God, how I yearned to ride on that sweet in-house train, even just to go get the mail. Imagine me and the robe and the train. We’d run a train on the train; me, Carlton, the robe, Ricky… good times.
Sure, I thought about stealing the robe. Who wouldn’t? But the minute I stepped foot off the premises, the magic would’ve been gone, like when a young Moonlight Graham steps over the foul line in “Field of Dreams” to be irrevocable transformed into Doc, the kindly doctor who removes a piece of hot dog from Kevin Costner’s daughter’s airway to save her life.
Anyway, I left the robe, and about a pound of ball skin, on the mountain that day, and lived to tell the tale.
- Keeping it REAL klassy on the mountain…
But you know what I didn’t leave on the mountain that day, friends? Sweat, or a stench of any kind. That’s because Degree had my back, not unlike the way Chuck Norris had Jonathan Brandis’ back in the movie “Sidekicks.”
Degree allows you to DO: MORE with three levels of protection.
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Skip Bayless and modern sports debate
Guys love to debate sports, but have we reached the point in time with too much sports talk? With so much sports talk and debate on TV and radio, we’re bound to be subjected to the likes of Skip Bayless. He talks so much that he’s bound to make some good points, and in some ways he’s pretty good at addressing the psychological aspect of sports. But that’s all he does. And he relies so much on unwavering opinions, which just dumbs down the debate.
Here’s a clip of Mark Cuban vs Skip Bayless, where frankly both of them make some good points. Cuban respects real sports talk that analyses the game and the strategies. Bayless loves grand proclamations about which player or team “wanted it more.”
It’s all a matter of taste I guess. Check out this profile of Skip Bayless and you’ll at least have some perspective on where this guy is coming from.
John McEnroe Partners with Dove + Men’s Care for 2013 ING New York City Marathon
Thomas Edison famously said, “Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” If tennis legend John McEnroe and Dove Men’s + Care have their way, those numbers will be 100% inspiration and 0% perspiration, particularly at this year’s 2013 New York City Marathon.
McEnroe is serving as “Anti-Irritation” coach to the Dove Men+Care Marathon team, a group of five runners that elected to run with 48-hour anti-irritation protection on their side. The best part is, readers can enter DOVE’s contest to run the marathon and occupy the team’s two final spots!
Johnny Mac will be ready to chide, deride and humiliate the members of DOVE Men + Care 2013 NYC Marathon team and you could potentially be dehumanized by the most historically significant US tennis player of all-time.
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