Platforms: iPhone, Android, Blackberry
Did the shake up of WEEI’s afternoon roster take you by surprise? Do you feel you should have savored you last few moments with Dale Arnold, but were travelling too much, had a work IT admin that frowns on excessive streaming? Now, you have a way to stay connected to what was once the highest rated sports talk radio station in the entire US, and thus, the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. You could probably follow the New England Revolution too – but really, who cares about MLS. In addition to near constant streaming of the greatest sports teams in the country, you can also read columns and blog posts penned by WEEI’s ever growing collection of The Hub’s greatest sportswriters. The app also has a significant video library should you need even more entertainment. This free iPhone app is perfect for those who cannot get enough coverage as all your teams march towards yet another championship season.
Platforms: iPhone, Andriod
Want to know if the Eagles have picked up yet another free agent? Dying to know the latest about Brian Wilson‘s elbow? Will you not be able to get through the day without knowing if David Ortiz’ plantar flasciitis has healed enough for him to play tonight? Are the Cubs playing a day or night game? Sure, you can take a safari with a Google search or go to ESPN’s mobile site – all comprehensive sources for all the sports information you could ever need. But getting to the information you want takes many clicks – and sometimes you just want to get the info you want on your favorite team. The five regional Comcast Sports Net mobile apps (New England, Bay Area, Chicago, DC, Philly) serve up content from local writers on your teams – for when you need info now. Thankfully, video isn’t enabled on these apps, so you want get stuck with Felger ruining your phone.
Altough my knowledge of skateboarding has been limited to the documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys (at least it’s not Gleaming the Cube), Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 on the SEGA Dreamcast and Sony PlayStation 2 respectively, and the lingering effects of a deep bone bruise from a banana board accident in the summer of 1983, I am aware of the significance of the sport, it’s expanding demographic, it’s evolving culture, and the influence it has had around the world. Yet, it came as a shock to me that there were only a few apps, which really supported the sport, its athletes and fans. One of the best has to be Skateropolis as it provides not only skate park locations, but also user reviews, messaging, creating/joining groups, photo and video uploading/sharing. Basically, the developer took the best parts of our favorite online past times, such as Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, patched it up with Thrasher magazines, and created a beautiful monster: a deep app with solid navigation for everyone to enjoy at any level. With an update for worldwide support coming in the next month, this is highly recommended, especially if you’re looking for spots close to home or on the road. Price: $2.99.
In 1980, I was 9 years old sitting in the bleachers at Candlestick Park, home of the then (and I guess still) hapless San Francisco Giants. It was the last home game for one of my favorite players of all time, Willie McCovey, who came to bat sporting a .204 batting average and the obvious effects of chronic injuries late in his career. Still, Willie battled and eventually lined a single to score a runner. While it wasn’t one of his huge bombs from yesteryear, I still gleefully jotted it down in my scorekeeping book, recording history with my own personal touch. Now create similar memories with this high quality scorekeeping app, iScore Baseball Scorekeeper, that even a rookie can use. Whether for Little League or the Big Leagues, keep track of each pitch, each at-bat, and each play without breaking a sweat. Fully customizable and the best investment you can make to actively take part in our national past-time. Price: $4.99.
Has it been a long time between visits to your local fishing hole? Besides the increased costs for a fishing license, a permit, and launching/renting a boat, you may also realize (like I recently had) that you need a refresher on how to tie a knot and not just any knot, but the various kinds necessary for fishing, such as the Figure 8, Surgeon’s Loop, and Trilene Knot. All these and more are found in this app, Knot Time, with concise detail and supported by video. Other covered categories include Boating, Mountaineering, and Lashings. Useful and cheap. Price: 99¢.
Looking for a mobile sports app with updated scores, detailed stats, and a means to follow your favorite teams and players across various sports and leagues? That sweet mana from heaven is here… with a side of fries and large soda to boot! Not only do you get all that, but you also get betting lines, including the over/under of the combined score (where applicable), polling, standings, schedules, and news. Sportacular is a must-have for loyal fans, obsessive fantasy players, and the sportsbook enthusiast. Price: Free.