Archive for the ‘NBA’ Category


Why the 41st Minute of Tonight’s Game May Decide the NBA Champion

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The Game Tracker is hands-down my favorite Are You Watching This?! app, and hearing how much everyone is enjoying it makes me love it even more. There has been a flood of people getting introduced to RUWT?! via the Game Tracker (StumbleUpon is still in business? Seriously?), but sometimes they arrive when there aren’t any games in progress.

I want to make sure we have cool data for everyone, so today we rolled out a version of the Game Tracker just for the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Not only can you track all in-progress NBA games, but you can also break down games series by series. There’s tons of great data to sift through, and I found an interesting pattern with the defending champs.

The first round matchup between the Lakers and Hornets ended pretty much the way you’d expect. When you pit the defending champs trying to peak at the right time against a 7 seed with an All-World guard at the point, a Lakers win in six games seems about right. Looking at the series as a whole, there’s a pretty average mix of so-so and great games.

Let’s take a closer look at just Game 1 and 4–the two games L.A. lost. See anything interesting? The graphs are almost exactly the same for the two games where the Hornets prevailed. Coincidence? Maybe. But maybe something much more. In both games, trailing just a few minutes into the fourth quarter, the Lakers let the game slip from a one-possession game to a four-possession game in the blink of an eye. In Game 1 it happened between 8:45 and 7:00 to go, and in Game 4 the spurt was between 9:31 to 8:04.

The Lakers valiantly tried to mount comebacks, but in the 41st minute of each of both games they dug too large a hole–they never got closer than three points. Is it a concentration issue? Have the Lakers gotten too old to mount late game comebacks? Already down 0-2 to the Mavs, does it matter?

Only time and RUWTbot will tell.

What interesting patterns can you find?

Pssst. Hockey fans…stay tuned.

Rest In Peace, Sports Ticker

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

It may not have a catchy name, but mid-April to mid-May is at the top of my favorite sports “months” of the year. With the NHL Playoffs starting off in style last night, the NBA starting its playoff push on Saturday, and the MLB season in full swing, there are a slew of games each and every day.

Standing against that backdrop of joy makes it that much harder for me to break the following news:

The Sports Ticker that we know and love is dead.

Never to be faulted for effort, that reliable friend seen everywhere from our living room TV to our favorite smartphone app, had dutifully churned through each and every score of the day for decades. Sure, it took up room on your beautiful new flat-screen even when you didn’t need it, and sure, if you missed the actual game you’re looking for it was another 12 minutes before you realized you just missed it again, and sure…well, you get the point.

The cause of death is still being speculated, but the culprit has been confirmed.

I’m thrilled to introduce the Are You Watching This?! Game Tracker, the new application that revolutionizes sports fan multi-tasking. At a glance you can easily track dozens of games at a time, and with built-in TV listings and the ability to rewind individual games back in time (drag the dot), or rewind the whole tracker back in time (click the date), it’s Christmas in April for the Superfan.

Today we’re launching as an embeddable widget, a historic excitement viewer (check out Butler vs. Florida or what a No-Hitter lost in the 8th looks like), and in our featured sports Chrome Web App.

Arizona’s “Los Suns” Make Statement on National Stage

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Athletes usually stay as far away from Politics as they can. It was Michael Jordan who famously said, “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

Tonight though, we’ll have a very interesting intersection of Politics and Sport.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Nash said after Tuesday’s practice. “I think the law is very misguided. I think it’s, unfortunately, to the detriment of our society and our civil liberties. I think it’s very important for us to stand up for things we believe in. As a team and as an organization, we have a lot of love and support for all of our fans. The league is very multicultural. We have players from all over the world, and our Latino community here is very strong and important to us.” (more)

Now Playing: NBA “blank” of the week

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Looking for the best NBA Assist of the Night? Or maybe the best Block of the Night? No need to search through, cause we’ll hook you up. Throughout each day we’ll be adding new clips from all 30 NBA teams to the 5000+ videos already in the vault. We’ll grab the videos of the best plays posted by the NBA and include them right in the recap for the game.

Sure last night’s Wizards/Grizz game was a snoozer, but Nick Young’s Dunk of the Night was sick.


I don’t want to alarm anyone…

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

…but there’s Football on TV this weekend. No, I’m serious.

In just five days we’ll have T.O. and the Bills go up against the Titans in the Hall of Fame Game on NBC. Granted they’ll all be just going through the motions, but it’s football, people. Nothing says “The dog days of summer are over!” like Football and a good ol’ YouTube Tuesday, and thankfully our friends from across the pond have the perfect video for it.

Spring Cleaning

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Since we had another crazy night of hail here in Austin, I figure it’s a good time for some spring cleaning on the RUWT?blog.

Later today your favorite blog will be changing addresses. No longer will it be at the lame Nay, shortly you will find it at brand new, completely different digs at

Your browser will redirect you and RSS Feeds will move over automatically later today. Later today not precise enough for you? Hm. Let’s say shortly after I go kill some Migas at Trudy’s and am laying on the couch in a post-“cheesy goodness” coma watching Lebron at the Wizards.

Let me know if you have any questions or problems.

Wait, March Madness is in March, right?

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Well, well, well. I wasn’t expecting much from the NBA playoffs this year. Once again I’m proved to be an idiot.

Sunday was solid with the Pistons forgetting that the playoffs had started, and Saturday was rockstar with the Suns/Spurs craziness (Duncan for 3? Really? Really?) and the “Man, I just want to punch somebody” tension in the Cavs/Wizards series. Oh yeah. And Gilbert Arenas’ video game length range. Ridiculous.

Folks might wonder what I do all day (other than watch sports), so here’s a quick recap of a couple features launched in the past couple days.

Wait, when did he say that?
I like strolling through the bleachers to check out shouts and roots for games that I can’t see, but sometimes it’s hard to tell why people are getting so fired up. Now you can see exactly what the score was and how much time was left when a stream of roots started coming in.

No, no, no, you’re supposed to like this page!

One of my biggest frustrations as a sports fan (and a lot of the motivation to start RUWT?) is how hard it is find out what games are on TV each night. Surprisingly (to me at least 🙂 ), the “Games on TV” page isn’t in the Top 5 for most viewed pages on the site, so I figured it needed some sprucing up. Usually pages like this would go into the Beta testing area first, but I figured it was good enough to launch right away.

And no, I’m not a designer. I just play one on the Internets.

YTT28, Do it for the children!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Do you ever consider turning off your RUWT? alerts? Maybe think just watching ESPN the day after is just as good?

Sure. Go for it. If you want our society plunged into a cesspool of lies, deception, and half-truths.

Woah, Mark. What has your panties in a bunch?

Stop interrupting me and I’ll tell you what. Last night I got a High alert that Lakers v. Warriors was a 1-point game with 25 seconds on the clock, so chairmanlau and I tuned in. The end of the 4th and Overtime were freakin’ awesome until about 4 seconds left when a ref cheated us all out of a chance for double OT.

Watch SportsCenter and you’ll see one story. A happy fun time was had by all!

If you want to take the red pill, watch the second video and help grow RUWTbot’s Army.

Do it. For the children.

Ferrell v. Walton, YTT27

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Yeah, I know it’s not Tuesday, but since I haven’t blogged in a while I need to catch up on our YTT‘s.

Bored? Talk to RUWTbot. He’ll listen to you.

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

If you use MSN Messenger, Google Talk, or any Jabber client, you can now Instant Message RUWTbot.

Just add as a new contact, and you can ask him for sports scores for the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. This is new for him, so be friendly. You can get the whole story straight from the source at

Examples of what you can ask him: suns scores, yankees news, nba news, nhl scores, tv espn2, tv tnthd

Try it now!