Are You Ready for some Football!

Are you ready for some Football!

With the upcoming Wyoming vs. Weber State kickoff this weekend, the UWIT Help Desk is thinking of ways to keep posted on the Cowboys and some of your other favorite sports teams using your computer or tech devices at no cost.

With the fast broadband speeds and 3G/4G availability on mobile devices keeping track of your favorite teams at all times has never been easier.  As far as University of Wyoming athletics, some of the best resources can simply be found on Twitter.  We love Twitter, if you haven’t tried Twitter, give it a shot.  There is so much information coming in at real time, that you can be up to date on all sorts of items.  For UW athletics, go to www.twitter.com/ericschmoldt and www.twitter.com/rpgagliardi .  Schmoldt and Gagliardi are sports writers for the Casper Start Tribune and Cheyenne and Laramie newspapers.  They both live tweet from UW events, practices, press conferences, etc.  It is all in real time from people right there.  They also have blogs they reference from Twitter as well.  While we are talking about Twitter, if you sign up for a Twitter account you can do a search using hashtags to find information on UW athletics.  Some of the popular hashtags are #gopokes and #wyosports.  This will bring up any Tweet that references the hashtags.  Here is a pic of the results:

Twitter can be found online at www.twitter.com and has several apps for mobile devices at both the iPhone/iPad app store and the Android Market.

From www.wyomingathletics.com you can click on the Wyo Vision link and watch practice reports, highlights, and interviews, from all of Wyoming’s sports.  The staff at Wyo Vision do a great job of getting this information online quickly and are edited very well.  Sometimes they even offer coverage of live events which can be a fun way to use your computer, while “studying.”

There is also www.themtn.tv, the official Television station of the Mountain West conference.  The Mtn. covers several interviews with Wyoming coaches, as well as offers analysis of pre-season and during the season practices and games.  Plus you can also watch features of other teams with the Mountain West Conference to study up on UW opponents.  You can also read blog content from the Mtn. analysts, Todd Christensen, Mark Knudson, and Kim Carver.  Along the same lines www.themwc.com, the Official Site of the Mountain West Conference offers up similar content including blogs from Senior Writer, Mick McGrane.  Plus you can check on score, statistics, top stories, etc. from around the Mountain West.

For fans wanting to listen to some sport talk radio, there are a few free options to hear all the national sports talk people for free from your computers and mobile devices.  One of the easiest and free ways to listen to national radio is using iTunes from your computer.  iTunes offers up 57 radio internet streams, just for sports talk radio.  You can listen to Denver’s 1043 The Fan, or to several other outlets around the country.  For your mobile devices, you can download the App TuneIn Radio, which offers streaming content for radio through your phone or other mobile devices on a 3G/4G network.  You can listen as you go to and from class, walking home, riding your bike, wherever.  At no cost to you!

If you just want to keep track of scores around the country, there are several apps available for your mobile device.  From ESPN’s Scoreboard, where you can select specific teams to the free College Football Scoreboard app from the App Store or Market, you should be able to get any score you want from wherever you are.

To get fired up for the game this weekend, there is always YouTube.  There are several videos available of Wyoming Athletics in general, but lately the best highlight video to get ready for the game is the 2009 Cowboy Football Highlight Video put up on YouTube by the Cowboy Joe Club.  Here is a link, make sure to play it loud and get ready for Saturday!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ_-mSUAgdA

Brett Williams, Help Desk Manager From Laramie, WY

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