Steve Ballmer's next chapter may be written on an NBA basketball court
After stepping down as CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has all the time (and all the money) in the world. What will he do with it all? Perhaps buy an NBA basketball team. Word on the web is that Steve Ballmer met with Shelly Sterling, estranged wife of Donald Sterling, to discuss buying the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer is one of several major figures and/or celebrities said to be interested in owning the Clippers.
EA's Madden NFL franchise has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner seven out of the past nine times.
We don't buy into the notion that video games lead to violence, but saying the Baltimore Ravens will beat the San Francisco 49ers in the the Super Bowl? Well, in Silicon Valley, those are fighting words. Be that as it may, EA's Madden NFL 13 game, powered by an Xbox 360 console, predicted the Ravens will emerge victorious over the 49ers in a thrilling 27-24 contest, proving that they were a team of destiny.
Football fans will have plenty of ways to tune into the Super Bowl and watch Tom Brady and Co. decimate the opponent (this editor might be a tad bit biased) in 2012. That's because for the first time ever, NBC and the NFL will stream the Super Bowl online at NBCSports.com and NFL.com through SNF Extra, giving viewers access to special features like DVR controls, various camera angles, in-game highlights, and other interactive bits, all in HD.
We’re a couple of weeks into an NFL season that almost didn't happen, and between the offseason trades and injuries, it’s been difficult to keep up with all of the NFL action. Fortunately, this is a task perfectly suited to an Android tablet. Though many of you are probably making heavy use of some of the sports-related websites out there, we want to introduce you to an app that could be of great use to casual fans and fantasy fanatics alike.
Technological progress grows at different rates depending on the industry, and few industries have gained as much growth in the last several years as sports entertainment. With companies like ESPN leading the way in HD and then 3D television, the sports industry has pushed the rest of the entertainment business to improve and innovate.
There are a variety of ways to watch, listen, and follow your sports team these days. Things are almost to the point where a simply having a cable TV service isn’t enough to really get the full experience. We’re going to take a look at a number of services and gadgets that will both enhance your sports viewing experience and provide more flexibility in how and where you watch your sports.
Fans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) may be able to tune in and watch live streaming games of their favorite teams on YouTube next year (assuming owners and players can hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement in time to avoid a lockout). According to a report in Bloomberg, the Google-owned video site is in negotiations with the NBA and "most pro sports leagues" to show more live sports.
For better or worse, more and more professional athletes are voicing their opinions about each other on Twitter, taking public things that often times should be kept private. One recent example involves Detroit Pistons forward Charles Villaneuva calling out Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett for allegedly calling him a cancer patient (Garnett denied the claim calling it a "major miscommunication").
Some felt Villanueva did the right thing by posting his criticism of Garnett's alleged comments, while others felt that whatever was said on the court should stay on the court. It appears those that favor the latter are losing out.
More recently, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was the target of near-instant criticism for sitting out most of the second half of the NFC playoff game with an injured knee. Players took to Twitter with harsh comments for Cutler's sideline act, including comments by Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
"Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT ..," Maurice-Jones tweeted. "All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one...," he wrote in a follow-up tweet.
Maurice-Jones later claimed that his comments were made in jest, which most found hard to believe, including a handful of commenters who supposedly issued death threats against the running back.
"I guess death threats towards me and my family isn't head line news but me tweeting my opinion about a person is... The society is backwards I guess we haven't came far enough as human beings," Maurice-Jones wrote in an expanded tweet.
Fair enough, but does anyone else miss the days when sports news was ruled by highlight reels, upsets, and even the occasional non-Twitter related controversy?
Sports Illustrated is planning to sell and rent its 2011 Swimsuit video in 3D through Sony's PlayStation Network, the two companies said in a joint announcement.
"Just when you think the bar couldn't get any higher for the Swimsuit franchise, we've raised it once again with our partners at Sony," said Mark Ford, President of the Sports Illustrated Group. "Swimsuit in 3D has extraordinary potential and we're thrilled to deliver its millions of fans a new perspective through the exciting world of 3D video."
The video will be made available in both 3D and 2D formats on February 15, 2011. Viewers will be able to rent or purchase the video on PlayStation Network's video delivery service, and it will also be available for rent on Video On Demand powered by Qriocity via Sony's 3D-compatible and network-enabled 2010 and 2011 Bravia HDTVs and 2011 Blu-ray disc players, Sony said.
Viewers will also have the option of renting or purchasing more than 12 hours of Swimsuit video, including an hour-long, behind-the-scenes documentary.
Happy Gilmore's game wouldn't have improved any with Garmin's new Approach S1, but maybe yours can, or so Garmin hopes. As the GPS maker tells it, the Approach S1 is the world's first GPS wristwatch designed specifically for the links.
"With the Approach S1 golf GPS watch, Garmin has once again created an entirely new category for fitness and outdoor recreation," said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. "Golfers who want their data and their device as streamlined as possible will find Approach S1 to be a sleek and simple hands-free solution to taking the guesswork out of their game."
The Approach S1 comes pre-programmed with over 14,000 U.S. and Canadian golf courses. All you have to do is select "Start Round" and you're off and running with "precise yardages to the front, back, and middle of greens."
It weights just 1.8 ounces, has an ultra-thin backlit display, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery good for up to eight hours in GPS mode and up to three weeks in watch mode.
If you're a twitter user, you might have noticed the popular social site has been having more downtime than usual this month. According to a new blog post from Twitter, this last month has seen the most Fail Whales since last October. What's to blame for this degradation in service? Well, a big part of it is that everyone and their second cousin is tweeting about the World Cup.
Since the World Cup was a planned event, many have suggested Twitter should have been more prepared. The popular site explains they could never have anticipated the "unprecedented spikes in activity". Twitter says that they are working to make real-time adjustments to their setup to avoid excessive downtime, and a more long-term solution is in the works. How many Fail Whales are you seeing out there?