Here’s Sports Illustrated
on the Apple iPad. In a word, it’s awesome. The ability to flick through rows of beautiful SI photos, arrange content in whatever order you like, as well as customize your own “team” pages, make tablet mags the most exciting thing to happen in sports media in some time. And the addition of video to your weekly SI – including the always engrossing Swimsuit Issue – surely is whetting the appetite of even the biggest skeptics. Bring it on!
Madden might own football gaming right now, but back in the day it was all about 10-Yard Fight. Sure, there was Tecmo Bowl and John Elway’s Quarterback, but 10-Yard was always our favourite. Yes, it was slow and rigid, with no play calling and a strange vertical view. Tackling was clunky and no variation on throws made life as a virtual QB tough. But that was gaming back then – basic, direct and as 2D as you’ll ever get. Younger gamers might scoff, but think about it: when the precursor was Pong, Nintendo’s first batch of sports games was a revelation. They were wonderfully colorful with warm sound effects and cartoonish designs. Life was less complicated and the games reflected this: run, pass and tackle. It was football essentials only. We saw the original arcade version available on Ebay recently for a cool $399. Bargain.
iPhone Apps are taking over the world, aren’t they? Sooner or later we’ll be sending these things to our meetings and on dates. It’ll be like that Schwarzenegger flick The 6th Day, or any sci-fi with Bruce Willis. Anyway, one app that has impressed us is NHL Ice Time. This is a genuine good use of time folks. Ice time that is! Ah, sorry. You get scores, stats, video highlights, photos and even streamed game audio all for around $10. For hockey fans unable to attend games or without a TV nearby, it doesn’t get much better than this type of access.
Tim Tebow stunned many by going in the first round of this year’s NFL draft, but should we really be surprised? In an era where questionable off-field antics are forcing clubs into weekly PR clean-up, Tebow might just be what the (horse) doctor ordered. Especially in Denver, where they’ve dealt with shifty characters and mediocre talent for too long. Here comes Tebow, a hard worker with strong ethics, who might just give fans in Mile High something to cheer about. And at the very least, they might sell a few more of these draft day caps, which we think are smartly minimalist. Outside of the classic orange ‘D’ cap that is. That’s hard to beat.
The Los Angeles Kings play tough hockey, as seen by their fierce checking against the Vancouver Canucks this week. But their alternate jersey isn’t exactly what you’d call tough – it’s just flat-out cool. This is the sort of design that makes NHL jerseys better than most other sports jerseys. A tribute to the Kings’ “Silver and Black Era”, it might just be why LA is skating with such gusto in this playoff series. The jersey retails for $114.99.