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Playing Conditions

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Predictions on how a game will go depend on varying factors, and one that is nearly impossible to take into consideration in advance is extreme weather conditions.  Depending on the sport and the location, players may encounter extreme heat or cold, rain, or snow.  Each of these changes the game in their own unique way.  Other weather conditions that may get in the way of outdoor games include fog and lightening, with more severe weather (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) obviously changing the schedule rather than being played through or waited out.

Challenges of temperature:  in heat, players may become overheated and find themselves feeling sluggish on the field while cold may cause muscles to tighten, increasing the chance of injuries due to decreased dexterity.

Challenges of altitude: looking back over the years to the latest sports results, one thing is clear:  altitude definitely makes a difference.  247 sports fans that followed the World Cup may already have the low-down on how altitude effects both physics as well as the human body.  Playing at a different altitude than one trains at puts you at a distinct disadvantage.

Challenges of precipitation:  rain and snow both create slick conditions and extended rain may turn a field into a mud pit. Although this may make watching these games more interesting these conditions make footing unpredictable, and effect speed and agility.

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Sports fans have more in common than they may think- no matter what game or competition they follow beyond rooting for their favorite team- the wait for the season is filled with anticipation, speculation and hope for a winning season for a team or an individual competitor. When the games finally arrive it seems they are over all too quickly. To make the most of the season, die-hard fans want every aspect played out through the stats, figures, and behind the scenes insights and/or the off-field drama. These details are the ones that help to give each season more depth and interest. When you’re into the figures, you can gear up for the season early and after they are over, look back at the triumphs and the defeats- history that may predict the future of the next season. And everyone who enjoys this comprehensive experience knows that lot can happen from day to day. Multiple games at the same time, changing rosters when teams trade and cut players, and injuries means they need to be at the top of their game as well. Even the most devoted fan and champion channel changer can be challenged with the shear volume of information. The only real way to know what’s happening real-time, is to have a reliable source that gathers, organizes and presents all this in one convenient format that even a casual fan can appreciate and enjoy!