For big-time sports fans, there is no shortage of options when it comes to getting sports information. Even for diehards, trying to keep up with all of them is impossible. True story: my cousin has kept every single hard copy of Sports Illustrated from the past 20+ years, and vows that he will read them all, cover to cover. I think he’s up to the early 2000’s. The things sports fans do to get their fix.
But let’s call a spade a spade: you often have to wade through a lot of muck to find the good stuff, and who has time for that? This is where StumbleUpon comes in – to find out how wide the world of sports really is, you can tailor your stumbling experience to only see sports content by changing your topics and interests.
For example, I have dozens of sports related topics and interests, including Basketball, Bill Simmons, Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, Golf, John Feinstein, American Football, Ryder Cup, Baseball, Tennis, and Rory McIlroy. They’ve led me to gems like these:
- Kevin Durant Catches Fire in the 4th Quarter – Hoops aficionados know that Kevin Durant recently dropped 66 points at Rucker Park. But how many people saw actual footage of this? Love the crowd reaction.
- The Top 50 ESPN Commercials – You can debate over this list from the Bleacher Report, but you can’t debate how great these television ads are.
- Day of Glory For a Golden Oldie – From the vaults of Sports Illustrated, a great 1986 Rick Reilly piece on Jack Nicklaus’ legendary 6th Masters victory at the age of 46.
- Honoring Rickey Henderson: The Best Quotes and Photos – Who can’t get enough of Rickey-isms? “This is Rickey, calling on behalf of Rickey. Rickey wants to play baseball.”
- The No-Stats All Star – An awesome, in-depth New York Times Magazine profile of how “Moneyball analysis” falls short in properly assessing the worth of a basketball player like Shane Battier.
- Al Pacino’s Inspirational Speech from Any Given Sunday – Goose bumps. (Warning: some PG-13 language.)
- Nike Golf Oven – For golf geeks, a fascinating tour of Nike’s golf research and development facility.
- The Curious Guy: Rounders – The poker movie Rounders was ahead of its time. Here’s an old Sports Guy Q&A with the screenwriters. Fun and insightful.
- Tim Lincecum Pitching in Slow Motion – Try imitating him frame by frame, and find out why he’s called “The Freak.”
- How LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Run – LBJ is a forefoot runner, and Wade is a heel striker. If you’re into running, you know that this may have implications for long term health, and TrueHoop provides some nice analysis.
- How Does Oregon Football Keep Winning? – Could it be their uniforms?
- Jog.fm – Neat site that suggests the best songs to run to based on your mile time.
Whether you’re into baseball or cricket, highlights or movie clips, watching or playing yourself – chances are that StumbleUpon will have something for you (pro tip: try our new Explore Box). And when you see something great, pay it forward and give it a thumbs up. Your fellow Stumblers will thank you (and maybe give you a follow).
Clear eyes, full heart, great stumbles, can’t lose!