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Streaming Flyers

Greetings readers,

I will be broadcasting three Dayton Flyers games this weekend! Today I have the call of a softball doubleheader against Saint Bonaventure, starting at 12:00 EST. It’s Senior Day for the Flyers, as they currently sit in 7th place in the Atlantic 10 Conference and look to squeeze in for a playoff spot. The Bonnies look to play spoiler today at UD Softball Stadium.

Tomorrow (May 5th, 2013), I will broadcast the Senior Day game for the Flyers baseball team, as they host George Washington. The Flyers are looking to split the series today, and possibly take the three-game set with the Colonials. I will have the call for my first Flyers baseball game without the other team being Wright State Sunday at 12:00.

Here’s the link for Saturday’s contests: http://daytonflyers.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=387509

Here’s the link for Sunday’s contest: http://daytonflyers.cstv.com/allaccess/?media=387516

Hope you can tune in!

Until next time,

-Lee

The More You Coles

Greetings readers,

After a tournament loss to the Toledo Rockets, Miami University Head Coach Charlie Coles called it quits. Since taking the job in 1996, Coles won 263 games with the Redskins/RedHawks and made seven trips to the postseason.

As well as coaching at Miami, Coles has had a few stops at a couple of local high schools and a stint as the Head Coach of the Central Michigan Chippewas. Coles also spent three years (1963-1965) as a Redskin and one of the program’s 1,000 point scorers.

Would you like to know what makes Coach Coles so different than most coaches? You can tell his passion for the game, as well as being a class act. Just ask some of the fans, like Ball State fans, Xavier Coach Chris Mack, Wright State fans, Dayton fans, and many more. The point is, Coles is in a class all by himself. He never minced words, especially

As a former Wright State student/sportscaster, I’ve seen a couple of Coles-led teams at the Nutter Center. I think I’ve only seen one Miami win at home, but one game Wright State won was off a last-second three to win the game (not to mention claim the lead for the first time.) I can tell you about the time when Coach Coles had his post-game interview patched through the main arena, and he was his usual self. I remember the remaining fans laughing and having a good time listening to the post-game show.

This audio clip (located on Raider Roundball) is Coles’ last post-game interview after a Miami-WSU game. I wish I could find the one I described, but alas.

One thing plaguing Coles has been his health. In the early beginnings of his RedHawk head coaching career, he fainted on the court of Western Michigan. He’s had several surgeries during his time at MU. He missed the road trip to Buffalo because of a virus. He has also had his heart reshaped.

While it’s tough to leave any job at your Alma Mater, I feel like it was the best for the Coach. With his health problems, he needs some time to enjoy with his family. It will be different for fans to see another coach take to the sidelines with the Oxford Red Birds, but I think Charlie needed a break.

Happy retirement, Coach Coles.

To close off this post, here is one of my favorite post-game interviews by Coles, as well as Cincinnati.com’s Top 5 Moments.

Sources of information from muredhawks.com, cincinnati.com, The Wright State Proboards, udpride.com, and raiderroundball.com. Picture from the Muncie Star Press.

Until next time,

-Lee

Sports+ – An App Review

Greetings readers,

There’s a new app on the market for people who love sports who want to write their own story. It’s called Sports+, created by Hitpost. It’s available at the App Store, the Android Market, and online as well.

As of 10/7/11, Sports+ has an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 at the Android Market. In the App Store, it has a 4.5 out of 5 rating with about 12 ratings and one review. There has also been a few interviews done, with one coming from the Huntington Post.

I looked up sports apps for this purpose, and found this to be one of the Android Market’s featured apps. Wondering if it was anything similar to Google+, I decided to download it and give it a try. I have yet to do so, but it could always be something I do down the road if I go to a Wright State game.

While there is an option for scores, what makes Sports+ different is the option to write stories on photos and sporting events. When you boot the app up, it asks you to create an account (which involves linking up to either your Facebook or Google+ account.) Then you can pick the teams you’d like to follow, and it will trim down the stories.

With my two-hour test drive, the app ran fairly smooth but did crash three times. Your results may vary. Some reviewers did complain about the constant crashing, which crashes are minor annoyances.

I will say, I was really impressed with the lists of teams. In the NCAA section, they have teams that are not Division I, like the Urbana Blue Knights, the Wilberforce Bulldogs, and the Anderson (Indiana) Ravens. There are other smaller schools not listed, such as the Wilmington (Ohio) Quakers and the Wittenberg Tigers, but the list is still massive. To me, having the Wright State Raiders as an option is the most important thing. Most apps don’t have that as an option.

There are a few sports that aren’t available yet, like MLS. However, nobody has ever said enough to updates, so don’t be shocked to see it included in an update one day.

I did a little experiment with the sharing/story feature, and it works quite well. Granted, it was one of the last things I done, but it does work well. You might have seen a story where I shared something from Sports+, as well.

Overall, I recommend Sports+ if you love sharing sports with your friends.

Sources of information from Hitpost, the Huntington Post, the Android Market, and the Apple App Store. I am not affiliated with Hitpost.

Until next time,

-Lee

ScoreMobile vs. ESPN ScoreCenter – An App Comparison

Greetings readers,

Today I have another app review for you. Actually, two. Today, I’m comparing the ESPN ScoreCenter application with the ScoreMobile app.

If you have a smart phone, you might not want to have two applications that are designed to do the same thing. Both are designed to give you scores around the nation. Both give you options to pick your favorite teams so you can see those scores first.

Before we begin, let’s get to the basics. ScoreCenter is created by ESPN, and you can find their webpage here. ScoreMobile is created by Score Media, and you can find their website here.

On the Android Market, the ESPN ScoreCenter has a rating of 4.2 out of 5 (as of 10-6-11.) Recent comments talk about how slow the app runs and how unstable it has become. Recently, users have been complaining about having “No Internet Connection” when in a Wi-Fi or a 3G zone. At Apple’s App Store, ScoreCenter has a 3.5 stars, where the main complaint is the ads.

ScoreMobile ranks in the Android Market with a 4.4 out of 5. The recent comments describe how they like it, but one does say it’s slowed down as of late because of the Gingerbread upgrade. In the App Store, it has three stars and two user comments liking it better than ScoreCenter because of the vast selection of options.

From personal experience, I have used ScoreMobile on my phone and ScoreCenter twice; on my iPod and my phone. I loved using ScoreCenter on my iPod, since it was smooth to use and the sliding from league to league was well designed.

When I got my phone, I downloaded it first and was disappointed with the lack of sliding to get to the next league, as well as the slow loading times (it took about a minute to load the NFL scores.) It  ran a lot slower than the iPod counterpart. It took me awhile to decide to download ScoreMobile, but I was glad I did. It runs so much smoother on Android than the ScoreCenter app. This one has options for standings, stats for games, and more leagues available.

I also emailed the makers of ScoreMobile to suggest adding a sport, and I got an email the next day. They were quick about replying, and very kind as well. (By the way, I requested College Baseball scores, which neither app has.)

As of recently, you can slide on ScoreCenter. It takes a few seconds to load, but the sliding animation is a bit jerky. With ScoreMobile, you have to pick the league from a button. Both have options to pick your favorite teams, both show scores, both have previews. Both have tons of sports to follow.

With ScoreCenter, you have the ESPN signature scrolling news bar below, as well as news in the league, and full standings. There’s also a page just dedicated for your teams, as well. With ScoreMobile, there are injury reports, options to looking at entire schedules, stats, standings, video, and news underneath the option button.

In other words, both are very similar. The main difference: performance. ScoreMobile wins in this regard, with its smooth operation and fast load times whereas ScoreCenter is still a bit jerky and does take a bit to finish.

To wrap it up: both are terrific apps. If you’re a fan of news and ESPN’s coverage, check out ESPN ScoreCenter. If you want the same features but a quicker app, download ScoreMobile.

Sources of information from the Android Market and the Apple App Store, as well as ESPN.com and thescore.com. All ratings and comments are recent as of October 6th, 2011 at 9:21AM. I am not affiliated with either company.

Until next time,

-Lee

Another One in the Division

Greetings readers,

Could we see another NCAA Division I program in the Cincinnati area? If Northern Kentucky plans everything right, they might be marching into the biggest field of college sports. That’s right, the Norse are planning to invade your brackets by 2015.

Northern Kentucky is just south of Interstate 471, which connects I-71 in Cincinnati to I-275 near Wilder, Kentucky (where the Cincinnati Kings outdoor soccer team plays [which might be a topic on my blog soon.]) From what I heard, it’s one of the best soccer programs in the nation and is also home to an excellent softball team that went 55-2 a few seasons ago.

From the NKU Beta site, the talks to bump up a division have existed since 1995.

Just as a little bit of history of Northern Kentucky: the university was born in 1968 as Northern Kentucky State College. The university changed names in 1976. Sports have been a part of the university since 1971. The first game was a basketball game against Calvary College, which was a 109-65 victory for the Norsemen. Several programs would be born during this time, including the women’s soccer program in 1997. The Bank of Kentucky Center opened in 2008 with an exhibition match against the Louisville Cardinals.

While the plans are to eventually move up to Division I, where would NKU play in terms of a conference? Going back to the first link, the two ideas floating around are the Horizon League and the Ohio Valley Conference. With the Ohio Valley Conference, you have three schools already in Kentucky (Morehead State, Murray State, and Eastern Kentucky.) The Horizon League would be making their debut in Kentucky if NKU was accepted, but would also add a Cincinnati school to the league for the first time since Xavier was in the league before 1996.

The rumor of NKU joining the Horizon League has been swirling around, but most people disagree that it would be a natural fit. Coming from Wright State, I can tell you having an even amount of teams is a nice thing. However, not all schools have every sport in the league. So either you add another school to make basketball have even teams (which could be an interesting topic to talk about later) or deal with an odd number of teams for basketball and even out the rest of the sports.

While the new venues are nice at NKU, is it enough to jump to the top division in the NCAA? Only time will tell.

Source of information from Northern Kentucky’s website and WXIX FOX 19 Cincinnati.

Until next time,

-Lee