<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/sportsextensionsthumb11.jpg”>Geeks and sports don’t often go hand-in-hand, which is probably why there are relatively few sports-oriented extensions on any browser platform you take a look at. Indeed, the featured sports extensions section of the official Google Chrome extensions site is the smallest of all.
But worry not, sports fans – there may not be as many cool extensions available, but there are certainly some good ones out there. I’ve gone through and picked out a handful of Google Chrome extensions every sports maniac needs to have.
PickEmFirst [No Longer Available]
If you are part of a fantasy sports league you’ll love PickEmFirst. This extension makes finding and adding players to your fantasy easier by highlighting the names of players when you view them online.
Let’s say, for example, you’re reading an article about a rookie football player who is proving to be a killer. By clicking the P icon by his name you’ll be able to find out more information about him and add him to your team.
PickEmFirst supports NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAAF fantasy leagues across a wide range of league hosts such as ESPN, Yahoo and many, many more.
The extension will highlight the names of players by one sport at a time, so be sure to switch to the right sport by clocking the PickEmFirst icon that appears in the upper right hand portion of Chrome.
This super-simple extension does just one thing – list sports scores. Each score is accompanied by a link to the game’s ESPN Gamecast page, but that’s about the only spice you’ll find in this extension. That’s fine, however, because the extensions simplicity makes it speedy and easy to understand.
The extension provides scores from NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAAF and NCAAB. You can view today’s scores, or you can go back in time and view scores from the past – just in case you forgot.
Ultimate Football Results [No Longer Available]
No, this isn’t redundant with Sports Scoreboard. This extension tracks something many extensions (presumably coded by American developers) forget – soccer. Er, Football!
The layout of Ultimate Football Results isn’t as nice as that of Sports ScoreBoard, but it is still functional. Information is presented in a grid layout, and the menu bar at the top lets you select between displays. By default the major leagues are presented, but you can view results from a number of smaller leagues by checking out the Peek section. The extension is also hooked up to a basic message board and has a baked-in Tweet button.
The name says it all. This Google Chrome extension exists to help you search for information about baseball players. Once installed, it places an icon in the upper right hand side of Chrome (like most Chrome extensions). Click on this and you’ll presented with a search field.
Baseball Player Search doesn’t just search one site at a time, though – or at least, you don’t have to search through one site at a time. The extension is hooked up to a total of seven sites that keep tabs on the career of every player in major league baseball. If you want to know as much as possible about a player this is the easiest, quickest way to gather information.
If you’re looking for the single, must-have Chrome extension for sports fans this is the extension that has my vote. Are You Watching This?! is a service that literally watches various sports games and then reports on just how good the game is to watch. If the game is just alright it will be rated as OK. The rating can rise to Good, Hot or Epic. Epic games are matches that the folks at Are You Watching This?! think you should tune in to immediately.
There is some degree of subjectivity when it comes to good and bad games, so you may not be instantly blown away by every game this extension lists as Good or better. However, they’re usually accurate enough to steer you away from awful games and towards ones that deliver serious action.
These are the best Google Chrome sports extensions that are currently available – that I found. Be sure to leave a comment if you have a favorite that I missed!
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