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Get ready for Super Bowl Sunday with these killer apps

Derek Walter | Feb. 2, 2015
Rarely is watching the Super Bowl a solitary experience--usually, you and your buddies are crammed into someone's living room, huddled around the snack table and shouting at the TV with every play.

Proclaim your sports knowledge with Fancred

Fancred (free; iPhone) is a social network that is 100-percent directed at sports. You curate your own stream to follow based around your favorite teams or events. Then, the online banter begins, as other users post and share their thoughts about what went down that day.

You'll see a particularly high uptick in conversation right now with this being Super Bowl week, so I would imagine the network will be rather packed on game day. It's iPhone only for now, but its concept of honing in on online conversation around a focused topic helps you avoid getting lost in the flow of Facebook.

NFL Mobile loads up the football feast

Instead of over-indulging on the beer at your Super Bowl bash, why not devour video and other content served up by another official app, NFL Mobile (free; iPhone and iPad). It has an event map and info about the goings-on at the University of Phoenix Stadium, so you can get a feel for what it would be like to spend thousands of dollars and attend the game in person.

It's even better if you're a Verizon subscriber, as the carrier has exclusive rights to broadcast live games during the regular season. You also get NFL Network and NFL Redzone, which skips around on game day to where the most compelling action is. Keep this one around for next season if this is the kind of content you want.

Grab the official team apps

If you're a Seahawks or Patriots fan, you may want to grab the official team apps. Along with the usual smorgasbord of team news and videos, the Seahawks (free; iPhone and iPad) and Patriots (free; iPhone) apps will bug you with push notifications to keep you updated when something major takes place.

Following the NFL is practically a year-round activity, so don't delete these apps just yet — keep them around to stay on top of the upcoming draft and the usual chess game of off-season maneuvers.

 

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