8 Social Media Resources for Super Bowl XLIV
by Jalen Rose http://bit.ly/dm2nKS Mashable
The big game is this weekend. Super Bowl XLIV will feature the Indianapolis Colts, from the AFC, and the New Orleans Saints, from the NFC. I won’t be in attendance but I’ll definitely be glued to the TV to see who will take home the trophy. I follow the NFL all season and thought I’d share some of the best online resources that will enhance your Super Bowl experience.
In addition to main NFL.com site that covers all things pro football, the National Football League launched a separate web page that focuses specifically on the Super Bowl. It includes an abundance of interactive information including Super Bowl news, the history of the big game, a visitor’s guide, local events, trivia, etc.
The site even has links to purchase tickets and make travel arrangements if you are fortunate enough to be able to attend the game. (Though at this point it might be a bit late for that!)
The NFL also set up a special site for football fans who use Twitter and Flickr to track their social media contributions to Super Bowl weekend. The site lets users explore photos and tweets from fans tagged #SB44, the official tag of the Super Bowl.
There is a lot to see on this page as you click and drag the grid around to watch the excitement unfold. Fans are encouraged to celebrate Super Bowl XLIV through the experiences of fans in South Florida and the rest of the world.
The NFL itself has an official Twitter presence at @NFL.
The NFL also has fans in mind with their Game Center site, which lets fans preview the game via news and injury updates, analyze the matchup via stats, and watch pregame video clips. It also offers a fan discussion page where NFL fans can chat with each other. This is a great forum to bring fans together before the big game, and you can also participate in the NFL.com live chats that are scheduled with NFL players and personalities.
Once the game starts the page will update with live score reports and a play-by-play drive chart. It also includes links to live radio broadcasts from both New Orleans and Indianapolis for fans that subscribe to the NFL’s Field Pass service.
4. Choose Your Team
NFL fans have a lot of places to congregate and commiserate with their fellow fans. For Colts fans, one of the best places to start is probably the official MyColts fan social network, while Saints fans should check out the popular fan-created hubs at Black and Gold and WhoDatZone. The SB Nation blog sites for the Saints — Canal Street Chronicles — and the Colts — Stampede Blue — also offer great places for fans to connect and stay up-to-date on all the pre- and post-game chatter.
5. Stay Informed
Want to know where each team is on the depth chart in every position? Want to know all the latest news before the teams take the field? AOL’s FanHouse Super Bowl page is a great resource for Super Bowl news, as are the NFL pages from ESPN, Yahoo, Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, and CBS (who is broadcasting the game in the U.S.) — their Countdown to Kickoff page has plenty of streaming video coverage.
During the game be sure to check your favorite sports blog, as many of them will be live blogging this Sunday.
For those of us who won’t make it to the game to get a commemorative program, at least we can view it online. This resource is packed with feature stories, news, and Super Bowl festivities. This isn’t just for Super Bowl fans, but all NFL fans whether your team made it to the big game or not.
They’ve even made the online version interactive and included video. I’m impressed.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party this Sunday, there are a few staple foods that always go over well. Both Food Network and Martha Stewart score big with great recipes and menus for the ultimate football-watching party.
From chili to wings to pigs in a blanket, these resources have you covered. Though if you’re a Saints fan, you may want to look for a good gumbo recipe. (And don’t worry, despite the rumors, having your friends over to watch the game probably isn’t illegal.)
And finally, for those of you who only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, I have something for you as well. Check out the top 10 Super Bowl commercials of the decade. This link is an interactive countdown special, hosted by Jim Nantz, Lead Play-by-Play Announcer of the NFL on CBS, and co-host Lara Spencer, host of The Insider, where viewers voted live for their top commercial pick.
After kickoff on Sunday, check out out the YouTube Ad Blitz where commercials will be uploaded as they air and fans will be able to vote for their favorites, and you can watch real-time, Twitter-powered rankings of the ads on the BrandBowl 2010 site.
The game is this Sunday, February 7th in South Florida. My pick is the Indianapolis Colts – who ya got?