Sports, as we know them, are changing. Stadiums are equipped with sensors to track advanced stats. Big league clubs use sophisticated technology to gauge player performance. And those players wear equipment such as bands and monitors to keep themselves at peak performance.
"You take advantage of all the stuff that's out there," says Miguel Cabrera, the 2012 American League Triple Crown winner, who wears and endorses the Samsung Gear Fit. "We live in a new world, so we've got to use all the stuff to help raise our game to the top."
This digital revolution is impacting more than just pros. Thanks to the popularity of smartphones and tablets, cutting-edge gear — from smart equipment to fitness trackers to external sensors — is reshaping how kids practice, play, and develop as athletes.
If Aaron Rodgers' and Peyton Manning's bad weeks didn't knock out you, and if Dez Bryant's and Odell Beckham Jr.'s great weeks weren’t on your opponent’s side of the fantasy football ledger, then welcome to Week 16! This is the championship week for most fantasy leagues, which means you’re one win away from bringing home the hardware.
Sadly, this is a horrible week for waiver-wire help. Several quarterbacks are injured, and their replacements (possible waiver targets) are either on underperforming teams, or they face tough defenses this week.
There still might be some help out there for your championship team, though. As we’ve seen in recent weeks, with some players coming out of nowhere to contribute, you just have to know where to look.
Each week, we’ll share 8-12 players we think are worth a look in standard fantasy football leagues based on performance and upcoming matchups. Each of these players listed are owned in fewer than 30 percent of leagues on CBS Sports, ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.
Since they are barely owned in more than 30 percent of CBS leagues, you won’t see these rising players on this list: Robert Griffin III, Carlos Hyde, Kerwynn Williams, Charles Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Cecil Shorts III, Owen Daniels, Connor Barth, Dan Carpenter and the Giants defense.
There's a good chance you didn't watch last night's game between the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers. It's not exactly a marquee matchup. But history tends to be made in such unassuming circumstances. And the teams combined to make some Tuesday.
After completing three periods and the overtime frame tied 1-1, the squads went into the shootout. And that's where they stayed for more than 17 history-making minutes. Washington and Florida went 20 — count 'em, 20! — rounds in the longest NHL shootout ever before Panther Nick Bjugstad slipped the game-winner past Caps goalie Braden Holtby. In all, Florida scored six times and Washington five in the Panthers' 2-1 win.
“I blacked out what just happened???” Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo tweeted after the game.
As smartphones and tablets become more and more a part of our everyday lives, more and more people are coming up with ways to bring cutting-edge tech into the world of sports. Sometimes that means putting sensors inside a ball to collect data and help you train; other times it involves wearing a sensor to track your activity. In nearly ever case, information is dumped to a phone or tablet app which helps you make sense of it and improve your skills.
So in a lot of ways, you might look at ShotTracker and think, "Seen it." But look again. The basketball-focused sensor and app, which were released in November, utilizes a net sensor and one you wear on your wrist to track things like how many shots you've taken and made, where on the court you've shot from, and how much time you've spent shooting around. (You can use any basketball you already own.) All this info is sent to the player app in real time, so the data and analysis are ready as soon as you're done with your workout. You can also stack your stats up against your friends and teammates to see who has the hottest hand.
You might not know it to look at them, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aren't really teenagers anymore. Oh, sure, in the latest live-action Turtles movie, which hits Blu-Ray and DVD today, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael are still teenage mutant ninja turtles. But 2014 is also the half-shell heroes' 30th birthday.
Today, the Turtles are everywhere: on TV and theater screens, in the toy aisle and video games, cowabungaing off backpacks and booyakashaing from the bottoms of skateboards. In 1984, though, co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird hoped to just get someone to read their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book. Eastman and Laird wrote and illustrated the first Turtles comic, self-published a little more than 3,000 copies, and got them to independent stores. The book sold out immediately, and the young comic creators set about coming up with new stories and adventures for their mutant heroes. A few years later, the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon hit the airwaves and toys flew off shelves, beginning a cultural phenomenon that has never stopped. Over the last 30 years, the Turtles have starred in four live-action movies, one animated movie, two animated TV shows, hundreds of comics books, and countless adventures created by kids all over the world.
To mark the release of the newest Turtles movie on home video, SI Kids spoke to Kevin Eastman about co-creating the Turtles, how faithful the new movie is to the characters, and why people still love the shell heads after so many years.
Hockey fans have come to expect NHL teams to wear new jerseys for outdoor games. Winter Classic contests feature clubs in heritage sweaters, and the newer Stadium Series contests put players in more forward-looking unis.
Last season was the first for the Stadium Series, and teams that played in those games wore futuristic “chromified” jerseys. This year, there’s only one Stadium Series game — the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings February 12 at Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers — and late last week the Sharks gave the world got its first look at the “amplified” jerseys the teams will wear.
For the last few weeks, everyone who writes or talks about the NFL has been polishing their Aaron Rodgers MVP columns, myself included. Rodgers has been among the MVP candidates in fantasy leagues, too, entering Week 15 with 3,652 yards, 35 touchdowns and three interceptions. He had one of his toughest matchups of the year looming in Buffalo, but his owners had every reason to have confidence that his run to the MVP would continue to roll. Instead, they may have come up one step short of the fantasy championship.