Monthly Archives: April 2011

Top 10 Wide World of Sports Moments

50 years ago this week the Wide World of Sports debuted on ABC:

“Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport. The thrill of victory, and agony of defeat. The human drama of athletic competition. This is ABC’s Wide World of Sports.”

Today ESPN’s SportsCenter ran through their list of the 10 best Wide World of Sports moments:

  1. Unbridled winning the 1990 Kentucky Derby
  2. Richard Petty’s 200th (and final) win in 1984; notable for Petty’s post-race celebration with Ronald Reagan, the first time a sitting US president attended a NASCAR race
  3. In 1975, German magician Ralf Bialla catching a bullet in his teeth
  4. In the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Brandi Chastain scored the championship game-winning penalty kick
  5. In 1974, Mohammed Ali knocking out George Foreman in the famous “Rumble in the Jungle”
  6. Pele’s final game in 1977, scoring in the second half
  7. In 1999, Lance Armstrong won the first of seven straight Tour de France victories
  8. Evel Knievel’s 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in a rocket
  9. The 1973 World Heavyweight Championship in Jamaica, in which Joe Foreman knocked out Joe Frazier, leading to Howard Cosell’s famous “down goes frazier!” call
  10. In the 1970 Ski-flying Championships in West Germany, Vino Bogataj’s crash which became the cornerstone of the “thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat” video intro

“Read it Later” Apps

For a side project I’m working on, I want to support several different “read it later” type applications. Looking for apps that have both mobile support and APIs, it looks like the most popular options are Instapaper, Read It Later, and Readability.

All of these accomplish a similar task: bookmark a web page for later reading, and formatting it for easier reading. Mobile support is usually included, either for reading articles bookmarked earlier, or marking new ones to read on a desktop at a later time.

Here’s a quick summary of each service:

Instapaper

  • Free service with an optional subscription for $1/month
  • Desktop web browsing
  • Mobile: iPhone/iPad mobile app ($4.99), 3rd-party compatible apps for other mobile platforms
  • API: Simple API (username/password), or Full API (xAuth flavor of OAuth)

Read it Later

  • Desktop: Firefox extension, bookmarklets for others
  • Mobile: Android (pro $0.99), iPhone (free, or pro $2.99)
  • API: Yes, username/password

Readability

  • Subscription service at $5/month (70% of which goes to authors & publishers); $5 is minimum, can do more
  • Desktop web browsing: Yes, also Firefox extension
  • Read Now in browser free, Read Later & Mobile for subscribers only
  • Mobile: Web apps (Android, Blackberry), iPhone/iPad: web now, integration with Instapaper app coming soon
  • API: OAuth

I’ve just started playing with each of these apps and their APIs and will hopefully post more feedback on each.

ESPN Best Mobile Coverage of NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

Normally I rely on the mobile edition of Yahoo Sports but recently realized they are completely missing any coverage of NCAA Women’s Basketball, specifically the Final Four tournament now in progress.

Fortunately, ESPN mobile is giving the women equal billing with a dedicated section just for the NCAA Women’s Tournament.

Our house was very sad when the Stanford women were beat yesterday, but at least Notre Dame beat Connecticut so now we can root for the Irish tomorrow night!

Screenshot - ESPN Mobile Sports - NCAA Women's Basektball Coverage