Apps for soccer players, coaches, and fans!
Hey, soccer lovers! I searched the App Store and came up with my list of must-have soccer apps for the iPhone and iPod touch. Some of these apps, like Real Soccer and SoccerCard, are directly related to soccer. Others, like TVULite and Wunder Radio, are more general, allowing you to access a variety of content in addition to soccer. I enjoy watching soccer, have a good grasp on the basics, and am gaining a better understanding of the game’s intricacies. It’s true—I can’t bend it like Beckham, but I have no trouble spotting a great soccer app when I see it.
How my world changed when I got an iPhone
I’m a refugee from the land of the dinosaur phone, where you hit a button three times to get a “C” and four times to get an “S.” You can imagine how my world changed when I got the iPhone. My first discovery was that the onscreen keyboard makes it a lot easier to compose and send e-mail or texts. I love that I can access my three e-mail accounts wherever I am. I no longer have to wait until I get to the office to be on top of the action.
MLB At Bat not only gives you real-time scores and schedules, but also provides standings, SMS alerts, video, and even live-game action. With the paid version, you can follow your favorite teams using video, box scores, pitch-by-pitch, and even live audio. For just shy of ten dollars, it is the almost as good as being there (maybe even better depending on how your team is doing). This one is a “must-have” for baseball fans.
MLB At Bat 2009 every ball and strike on your iPhone
One of the amazing things about the iPhone is the number of niche applications. If you or your children play soccer, you'll want to try SoccerCard SKS, a customizable stats application for iPhone and iPod touch that enables you to create an unlimited number of virtual soccer cards featuring current player photos and season records, stats, and totals in real time. And you can e-mail these virtual SoccerCards to others. The app looks like a real SoccerCard, with a photo on the front.
My wife likes to run early in the morning, but her running routine alternates ten minutes of running with a one-minute walk-break. If you're out there in the darkness of pre-dawn, how do you figure out when to go from one to the other?
With your iPhone, of course!
Nancy wasn't happy with the simple timer included as one of the base apps, though it's served me well as a one-time alarm. So she searched the App Store and found Routine Timer (Practiphone LLC, $2.99 limited time price they say).
With this app, she starts with a walk of five minutes, just to get the blood going. When it's time to run, she's got a metal gong sounding.
Beginning last month, live video streaming of major league baseball games has been available via the popular $9.99 MLB.com At Bat 2009 app. Initially one or two games a day were available for free via streaming, with plans to roll out more and more games as the summer progressed. Baseball games are subject to local blackout, just as with broadcast TV. You can read more in a short article in the New York Times. It works on an iPhone or iPod touch, but you'll need to have iPhone 3.0 software, and likely also a 3G or WiFi connection.
This weekend I stumbled across the ESPN ScoreCenter app. And let me tell you this app is a must have for any sports nut or even a non-sports nut like myself.
You know it's spring when you can hear the birds sing at Augusta National during the quiet Masters Golf Tournament telecasts. But how can you keep up with the action during the workday?
With the iPhone, of course. The stodgy, old-fashioned Masters is the first PGA tournament to provide live streaming video – but for iPhones only.
I actually wrote this post as the game I describe below unfolded!
I start the MLB app that I recently bought from the App store. It’s opening day for the Chicago White Sox, and I click on the game, and glance at my iPod touch screen. It is the top of the eighth with KC leading 2 to 1. As you can see from the screen shot, the White Sox just replaced relievers. There are no outs and the count is 1 and 2. The screen updates with every pitch.