Category Archives: Sports

Nascar Vegas Pictures

It only took a week and a half, but I finally uploaded my pictures from the Las Vegas Nascar weekend. Without the garage passes we enjoyed in Phoenix, I didn’t go as crazy with the camera, but did capture a couple of good ones.

Nascar Vegas 2005 on Flickr.com

[Side note: now that Yahoo! bought Flickr, I decided to finally upgrade to the “Pro” account so I can really make use of this cool service.]

Off to Vegas!

Today we headed to Las Vegas for this weekend’s NASCAR Busch and Nextel Cup races! I didn’t score any garage passes that we were lucky to have last year in Phoenix, so we’ll be “slumming” it with everyone else. No matter — the weather is supposed to be in the 80’s and after all, it is in Vegas, so we won’t complain.

The trip got off to a rocky start last night when I couldn’t find the race tickets for the 4 of us. After spending hours looking for them, we convinced ourselves that maybe we never received them in the mail. Luckily Grace found the missing UPS envelope early this morning and life was good again!

As I post this now, we’re hanging out at the Venetian watching a little basketball on the TV — might need to go check out the sports book soon.

Gametracker

I was following Santa Clara’s game tonight in the WCC tournament and discovered Gametracker from Collegesports.com. Gametracker is a great web application, providing all the details you’d want from basketball games in progress. (Plus, it’s written in Flash and doesn’t require Internet Explorer.)

One feature in particular is something I’ve thought of before: a graph of each team’s total points over time. The call it Gameflow and you can see it in the sample below (click for a full-size view of Gametracker). I did notice one problem, however: the x-axis scale always runs from 0 to 40 minutes, regardless of how much time is left in the game. Not a big deal, but it’s kind of misleading if you don’t notice it. (Example)

Gametracker

By the way, Santa Clara won 90-49!

Yahoo! Sports Nascar Coverage

After thoroughly enjoying last weekend’s season-opening Daytona 500 (go Jeff!), I poked around Yahoo Sports to see what’s new this year. It looks like the Sports team has been busy with several site improvements, including live leaderboard coverage and a new features page.

The leaderboard shows up to three drivers’ progress throughout the race. I’m glad to see this data being presented graphically — it makes it much more compelling that another table full of numbers.

Driver Chart

The driver stats page also has some improvements, including this interesting “Nextel Key Stats” diagram (note the extra credit Jeff Gordon gets for running more than the total number of labs so far this year):

Driver Stats, Jeff Gordon