March Madness lives on iPad

Spoiler alert! If you love NCAA basketball and the road to the Final Four, this is a must have iPad App. For an additional $4 you can watch every game. For an additional $600-$840, you can watch it at twice the resolution on your brand new iPad 3. Since people pay that much for one pair of tickets, I’d call it a bargain. Best Buy.

Texans don’t get basketball. At least not the real Texans, not the ones transplanted from up North who moved here seeking jobs during the Sun Belt industrial expansion. Transplants who think of Roger Staubach as the quarterback before Aikman, not the football God who saw the light after UT kicked his Navy ass in the Cotton Bowl for a national championship.

Until the seventies, basketball was for the poor schools who couldn’t afford a real team. We felt sorry for them. We knew it was really a sport for people who had to sit indoors in winter because they thought it was too cold when the weather hit forty. Something to put yourself to sleep while waiting for spring training to signal the first signs of real sporting life.

How can you really root for a sport where people get penalized for nudging someone with an elbow? Not breaking tackles below their knees, not ripping their necks apart with face mask penalties or pummeling head first into a kicker’s chest with a helmet designed to protect a head from incoming missiles. At least baseball players used to take cleats in the shins. The worst injury a basketball player could inflict is sneaker burn.

Beyond our borders, however, people seem to take March Madness seriously. I remember grad school at Michigan State the year before Magic Johnson turned pro. Every TV in every dorm and student apartment was surrounded by Spartan fans drinking Strohs beer and wolfing down donuts from the donut shop where Magic worked for a couple of weeks in the summer. If State played, it was class dismissed. March madness was that big.

Imagine my surprise when I returned to Texas and discovered basketball was attracting fans. People were actually following the Spurs. What next, I thought. Sushi shops pushing out the Tex Mex joints on Congress Avenue? At work people had a board in the back of an office tracking the pool. Texas fans could actually name the basketball coach for the first time in school history.

Quite frankly, NCAA March Madness Live is perfect for basketball fans and iPad users. Even in Texas where iPads are almost as common as boots and high brim hats (and sometimes seen adorning the same people). Bosses monitor your computer to see if you’re streaming the game. It’s harder to monitor your iPad.

Think about it. Bosses know the signs of scrambling to hide the big game on your computer console. But you can lay your iPad in the desk drawer and keep it open. When someone walks in, flex your stomach muscles and the iPad’s hidden from view.

NCAA March Madness Live lets you follow the brackets, sends score alerts and even lets you pick your own brackets and go head-to-head with others. And you can watch every game for $4. Do I really need to tell you any more? If you love March Madness, leave your browser and go to the App Store now.

NCAA March Madness Live tracks every bracket for you. No typing, erasing or writing. You can also see the schedule for every game on a given day.

Okay, you won’t see much until the brackets are announced, but you can drool over the possibilities. First of all, a complete schedule of tournament games in one place. You don’t have to thumb through the channels of your TV Guide or DVR scheduler. Want to follow specific teams? You can target them for easy access.

Can’t see a game because the boss, or wife, is sitting across the table for an important conversation? Tell the app which teams you want to follow and it will send alerts with halftime and final scores. The notice appears and you can say, “I’m so, so sorry. This is an important text from my wife (boss, lawyer).”

NCAA March Madness Live posts updates on anything you can’t be there to see yourself. It let’s you track scores for your favorite teams, and lets you know if there is a potential upset on another channel.

What about that age old dilemma of picking the wrong game to watch? You’re dozing off in a snooze fest but it’s your alma mater. Suddenly the network breaks in with the breathtaking 3 point upset by the lowest seed in the tournament. And you have to watch the replay. NCAA March Madness Live will update you with potential upsets, let you know a close game is going to the wire or another is about to start OT. You can switch and catch the action live. Worried that your team will rally? If the gap closes in the final minutes you’ll get that post, too.

You can set your iPad to your local cable provider to find what channels will broadcast your game. And if you have any questions, you can email the developers right from the app. Even grandpa who hates technology can type an email when “the damn thing won’t work.”

If I had any desire to watch basketball this app would be the first one on my iPad until the championship game. But Carol and I actually look forward to March Madness because everything is in rerun and we can finally watch those Blu-rays of Melancholia and The Artist we haven’t had time to watch.

Except this year when the new shows have all been lousy and they cancelled Chuck. Now we’ll be watching reruns of Law and Order on Netflix, which is a hell of a bargain at eight bucks a month given this year’s network programming. (Let’s face it, Maria Bello can’t hold a candle to Helen Mirren).

Jenny Manytoes rates NCAA March Madness Live

Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over NCAA March Madness Live. Even with the additional charge to watch the games, it’s a hands down best buy.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.




About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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