I’m a pretty big sports fan. Actually, that kind of minimizes how much I love sports, and how much I watch. I have my favorite teams, of course, and I’ll watch them whenever they’re on the air. That doesn’t mean, however, that if there’s a college football game between two teams with 3-7 records, showing on ESPN on a Thursday night in late November, that I won’t watch it! Because I will, and I’ll probably make sure I have nothing else on my schedule, so I don’t get distracted while the game is on. The problem sometimes is that there are so many TV stations showing sports. During college football season, for instance, I could watch games on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, Versus, Big Ten Network, and online through ESPN3. That’s a lot of football, not only to watch, but to keep track of! What if there’s a big game on another channel, and I’m missing it?
With the Are You Watching This extension for Google Chrome, that’s not a problem.
Are You Watching This advertises what they do this way:
“We watch sports. Every game. Every channel. And alert you when to tune in.”
The extension is really simple to use. Click on the icon in the toolbar to see a pop-up menu showing scores from all the games currently in progress, as well see a listing of games about to start. The upcoming games are arranged by start time, but games currently in progress are arranged slightly differently. They are arranged by how “good” they are. A game between a top-ranked team and a bottom dweller, where the ranked team is winning 35-0 at the end of the first quarter? Not a good game. A game between two unbeaten teams, tied 28-28 with two minutes left? Epic. The extension has different levels, including OK, Good, Hot and Epic.
OK – Shown in green, these are games that are just so-so. Blowouts and games that are just starting. If the game is on, you’ll watch it, but it’s nothing you’d turn to if it wasn’t already on.
Good – These are games that are getting exciting. Tie games, ranked teams behind at halftime, and other games where the outcome is in doubt.
Hot – Overtime. Sudden death. Extra innings. Penalty shootout. These type of games deserve to be watched, so turn on the TV.
Epic – Turn on the TV right now. Monumental games they describe as Epic would be Boise State versus Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, no-hitters in the last inning, and anything where records are being broken, or are in danger of being broken, right then.
The Are You Watching This extension also makes it easy to see when one of those kinds of games might be happening, just by glancing at the toolbar icon. You’ll always see the Are You Watching This icon, but when all the games are just “OK” the TV badge will be green. When there are “Good” games to watch, the badge turns yellow, for “Hot” games it changes to orange, and “Epic” games makes the badge turn Red. You can then click to the page, then the arrow beside the game you’re interested in, to see which channel you can turn to in order to watch the game live.
Are You Watching This has a news tab as well. This is full of pre-game articles, injury information, and post-game wrap-ups. You can customize the extension so it knows your location and TV provider, so the channel information is correct. Are You Watching This isn’t something I thought I’d need when I first heard about it, but after using it for a couple days, I agree with someone who commented about it calling it the best sports extension for Google Chrome. If you like sports – all kinds of sports including baseball, football, basketball, soccer, auto racing and more – get this extension. To borrow their term: it’s Hot.