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5 Spogo Rewards We LOVE

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Spogo is fun to play. If that is news to you, go ahead and download the app. Don’t worry, we’ll wait.

Are you ready now?  Here are just a few of the many awesome rewards you can win playing Spogo.

1. ALL YOU CAN EAT WINGS at Jerry Remy’s Fall River – 827 points

How do you think Anquan Boldin will follow up his 200 yard performance in week 1? Will the 49ers avenge their embarrassing loss to the Seahawks from last season? A couple quick answers and these wings could be yours.

2. FREE APPETIZER at Game On! – 1,000 points

Which Manning brother do you think will throw more touchdowns when they go head-to-head Sunday afternoon? Will Julius or Demaryius Thomas have a better game? We personally recommend these perfectly layered nachos for kickoff.

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3. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ENTREE at Jose McIntyre’s – 1,000 points

Holy guacamole, I’ve already jammed three fingers reaching into my computer screen to try to grab this amazing entree from Jose Mac’s.  Give me a few Spogo points and I’ll meet you there.

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4. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE APPETIZER at CBS Scene at Patriot Place – 550 points

Heading to Foxboro for the game? Like watching football at Patriot Place? For only 550 points, you can enjoy two appetizers for the price of one!  For Pats fans, is there any better view than this?

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5. FREE BEER at Duke’s (Murray Hill) – 600 points

Watching the game in New York? Feel free to wet the whistle for only 600 points. Any draft beer is on the house, courtesy of Spogo.

Enjoy your football Sunday, everyone. Tweet us your best predictions for this weekend @PlaySpogo, and remember: BEING RIGHT NEVER TASTED SO GOOD.

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Football is back! Let them do the playing while you do the winning.

Welcome one, welcome all! Week 1 of the NFL season is upon us. While your favorite team is battling for the win, you could be winning too! Free wings, nachos, beer, and many other rewards just for watching a game you’re already planning on watching!

Here are your opportunities to play Spogo this weekend:

Saturday:

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (1:00pm ET)

The Red Sox have taken the first two games of this series in the Bronx. The Yankees are still trying to stay alive in the wild card hunt. Will this be the game John Lackey finally gets run support? Or will a healthy Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez give NYY a much needed win.

In defeat, John Lackey was once again excellent. (AP)

#14 Notre Dame at #17 Michigan (8:00pm ET)

Coach Kelly of Notre Dame made headlines by claiming this game was NOT a rivalry game. Well we still think this “big regional game” will be fun to watch, and with free food on the line, the game only gets more fun.

Sunday:

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (1:00pm ET)

Tom Brady and his completely retooled offense enter Buffalo to face a team with a new coach and a new highly touted quarterback in EJ Manuel.

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (1:00pm ET)

Two big NFC east rivals going at it. Drew Brees and the Saints have Sean Payton back. Meanwhile Matt Ryan and the Falcons want to build on their NFC Championship appearance from last season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets (1:00pm ET)

Geno Smith gets his first career start at QB for the Jets. New era for Rex Ryan, or more of the same? Bucs fans get their first look at how Doug Martin will play in his sophomore season following a tremendous rookie campaign.

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (4:25pm ET)

Rematch of the playoff game that propelled the 49ers to their second straight NFC championship game. Kaepernick ran all over the Packers defense in that game, and Clay Mathews is determined not to let that happen again.

Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams (4:25pm ET)

Not the sexiest of match-ups, but plenty of NFC west implications, even in week 1. Also, Carson Palmer makes his first start as the Cardinals’ quarterback, with fans in Phoenix and Fantasy leagues everywhere hoping it sparks Larry Fitzgerald to improve over a disappointing last season.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (8:30pm ET)

Both the ‘boys and G-men lost out to RG3 and the RedSkins in the NFC east sweepstakes last season. Both teams feel they should be in the playoffs every year, and they battle for a leg-up in the standings on Sunday night for the world to see. Oh yeah, and these teams hate each other – defenses will be hungry for interceptions.

Remember Spogo players, eyes on the prize!

The Curse of Ben Affleck and How Twitter Reacted to Legarrette Blount

Hey Spogoers,

As is readily apparent from anyone who reads this blog or follows us on Twitter, we are a Boston startup–so, of course, our sports fandom leans that way. Today, we thought we would share two pretty unique things that we’re talking about in the office.

First, the curse of Ben Affleck. As reported by ESPN last season, ever since Good Will Hunting came out in 1998, the Red Sox have lost every time they’ve played on Affleck’s birthday. That’s 13 straight losses on August 15th! Jake Peavy takes the mound for the Sox tomorrow, can he finally break the Affleck curse?

Second, Legarette Blount’s amazing touchdown run during Friday night’s preseason game. You can see it here on NFL.com or here on YouTube. Yes, we know it’s just preseason, and the Eagles defense isn’t exactly stout, but it was still a pretty incredible run. After the run, Twitter was more or less divided into categories.

 

There were shocked tweets:

 

There were lots of premature comparisons:

 

There were non-human comparisons:

 

There were those making fun of the Eagles:

 

And there were some referencing this unfortunate incident

 

Let us know what sports stories your office is talking about! Comment, Tweet at us, or post on our Facebook wall.

What if other athletes played baseball? The all-pro lineup!

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Happy Deadline Day everybody!!

The MLB trade deadline is a July sports staple everyone looks forward to (behind the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest of course). Rumors are swirling, and fans are learning whether their team is going to go for an October run, stand pat, or invest in the future.

(Reminder: Trade deadline is 4:00PM. Follow Spogo on Twitter for updates!)

Whenever I think of trade deadlines, I think of what would happen if inter-sport trades were possible. Then I wonder: “what would happen if another league’s all stars played baseball?” Well, here’s what we came up with if we could field a baseball team of other professional athletes. And the batting order is…

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1. Calvin Johnson (Center field). The ideal leadoff man. Great eyes, great hands, and lots of speed. Megatron could get 80 steals and never drop a fly ball in center field. (Also, check it this video of Megatron hitting a home run at Tiger’s batting practice!)

2. Chris Paul (2nd base). He’d be great at turning double plays.

3. Lebron James (3rd base). Always put your best hitter third in the order. A true five-tool baseball player.

4. Adrian Peterson (Left field). True power comes from one’s lower body strength, and nobody’s got more power from his legs than AP. The next great slugger batting cleanup.

5. Zdeno Chara (Right field). Huge slap shot = monster power. Look for Chara to rake in the RBI’s batting after AP.

6. Dwight Howard (1st base). Huge body and wide shoulders makes him a large target to throw to at 1st base.

7. Henrik Lundqvist (Catcher). Not a single pass ball all season.

8. Kobe Bryant (Shortstop). Coming off an injury so his mobility may not be what it once was, but still a productive clubhouse veteran.

9. Tom Brady (Pitcher). Strong arm and very accurate, Tom Brady is a perennial Cy Young candidate every season.

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And just for fun, when this team plays in American League ballparks, Vince Wilfork will be the designated hitter, and Darren Sproles will pinch-run for him.

Some Surprises From Twitter

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For those who follow @PlaySpogo on Twitter, you know we’ve been tweeting up a storm recently. (And for those who aren’t, go follow us right now!) We love reaching out to sports fans on Twitter and jumping into the conversation.

However, as is common with Twitter, things sometimes are not what we expect them to be. Here are some examples we’ve noticed:

1. #Patriots is only sometimes talking about football.

Most tweets using the hashtag #Patriots are about New England football. But a lot of them aren’t. A lot of them are from hardcore conservatives…

2. A lot of Red Sox tweeters speak Spanish.

Baseball is a global game, and a lot of baseball players come from Spanish speaking countries, so it makes sense that there are a lot of Spanish speakers who are fans. But in taking a quick look through #RedSox, nearly 20% of the tweets were in Spanish! How bout them manzanas? (That’s a Spanish word, look it up).

According to Google translate, the above tweet translates to: “Outstanding player, a Warrior with blood #RedSox an honor for us to have in the Nation for Life! Let’s Go Red Sox…”. No matter the language, people are happy in that Red Sox 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia has signed a lengthy contract extension.

3. The personal touch of a robot

In the Twitter world, some people believe it’s polite to thank users who follow them. It’s nice and it gives a personal touch. However, several times now after following someone, we’ve been sent a direct message from an obvious robot that reads something along the lines of “Thanks for following me. Please check out my YouTube page … – via justunfollow.com”. Doesn’t that give you the warm feeling of a real person welcoming you into their lives?

On another note, we’re getting excited about launch! Are you? We’ll be beta-testing Spogo soon. Please email me at harry@playspogo.com if you would like to participate. And remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

P.S. Feel free to tweet at us anytime. We know you’re out there and want to talk sports!

3 Things We’ve Learned Testing Spogo

Hey Spogo-verse, get excited!!

Testing is underway for the new version of Spogo, which is on track to launch this summer! We’ve been simulating Spogo gameplay with baseball games on TV and here are some interesting things I’ve learned:

1. Baseball is fun to watch! (Yup, I said it.)

Now many of us love baseball, but when is the last time you can say you watched all NINE innings of a game? We can all admit that sometimes it’s just a little slow. But if you Spogo during the game, it starts to fly! From making wagers on who will score next, to predicting how many strikeouts a pitcher will throw or if a mid-game brawl will break out…there’s always something happening.

2. Game Master Zen:

One of my favorite parts about Spogo is that it feels like my bar buddy. The questions have personality, and FLAIR. Some of you may be wondering how we make that happen. Well, there’s always a live “Game Master” behind each game. I’ve taken on the role of lead Game Master, and it’s a blast, but it takes a lot of focus.  According to my calculations, Game Mastering is 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain and 100% reason to MASTER THE GAME!

3. Channel your inner Simon Cowell:

When testing, you’re suddenly a critic, designer, expert, guesser, and techie all at once. You take note of EVERY little bug, and are constantly thinking about how to improve gameplay features. No issue is too small to not be called out. Simon Cowell would be proud! (But he’d probably still insult us).

We’re getting pumped about our upcoming launch. We hope you are too! Make sure to follow us for updates on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

4. Who wants to help us test?!?

If you think you might be interested in helping us test Spogo in the upcoming weeks, please shoot me an email at harry@playspogo.com.

The Top 5 Sports Stories From Last Week

Hopefully everyone had a fun 4th of July weekend! Let’s start off the week right by recapping the top 5 stories in sports from last week.

1. Murray wins Wimbledon: Finally, the British claim a Wimbledon title. Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets to the delight of the home crowd. Marion Bartoli won on the women’s side.

2. NBA Free Agency: Or in the words of ESPN, “Where in the world is Dwight Howard?” Well, it’s official. Howard is going to Houston to play for the Rockets. Meanwhile Andre Iguodala signed with the Golden State Warriors and Manu Ginobili is staying with the Spurs. More decisions expected to be made this week with signings becoming official on Wednesday.

 

3. NHL Free Agency: NHL free agency is underway, but this year’s big stories were the trades. The Bruins traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, and a prospect to Dallas for Loui Eriksson and three prospects. Meanwhile, the Senators acquired Bobby Ryan from Anaheim. The big free agent signings were Nathan Horton to Columbus, Jarome Iginla to Boston, and Daniel Alfredsson to Detroit.

4. Joey Chestnut’s record: 69 hot dogs in ten minutes! Joey “Jaws” Chestnut remains the eating champion of the world as he broke his own record at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog eating contest.

 

5. MLB All-Star game selections: Here’s the list! It’s fun to argue who was snubbed (Stephen Strasburg) and who maybe shouldn’t have made it (Clay Bucholz, injured since June 8th).

Enjoy the week everyone! Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

 

The Five Most Patriotic Moments In American Sports

In honor of Independence Day tomorrow, and for your patriotic viewing pleasure, here are some of Spogo’s favorite American moments in sports history:

5. Landon Donovan’s goal in the 2010 World Cup:

Let’s face it, soccer isn’t that big in the United States. But in 2010, with the US team on the brink of elimination, Landon Donovan broke a 0-0 tie in stoppage time to give team USA the win, advancing them past the pool round. Donovan’s goal gave Americans a reason to be proud of and excited about their national team.

 

4. Fans react to the death of Osama:

On May 2nd, 2011, while the Phillies were playing the Mets on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, news broke that SEAL Team 6 had successfully killed Osama Bin Laden. Good luck not getting chills:

 

3. Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics:

With the Nazis in power at this time, Hitler attempted to use the Olympics to showcase the superiority of the Germans (and the Aryan race). Meanwhile, proud African-American Jesse Owens had different plans. Owens won the gold medal in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, the long jump, and the 400 meter relay.

2. A Boston Strong National Anthem:

I was lucky enough to be a part of this Garden crowd. The Marathon tragedy was devastating, but this anthem was extremely symbolic of the unifying spirit that brought Boston together during such a difficult time.

 

1. The Miracle on Ice:

The 1980 US Olympic hockey team stunned the world by pulling off a heroic upset over the heavily favored Soviet team in the semifinals. They followed that win with a win over Finland to capture the gold, but the Cold War-era victory over the Soviet Union is truly one of the greatest moments in sports history.

Watch every goal from that game:

 

Plus Al Michael’s famous “DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?!?” call in the final seconds of the game:

 

Honorable Mentions:

Mike Piazza’s game winning home run after 9/11, NFL player Pat Tillman enlisting in the Army to serve his country in Afghanistan, and the Patriots pre-game ceremony honoring the Andruzzi brothers, who were New York City firefighters, following 9/11.

Have a happy 4th of July everyone!

The 8 Most Important Sports Stories of Last Week

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Patrice Bergeron may be the toughest athlete in sports

With so much happening in the world of sports, it’s nice to start each week by looking back at the previous week. If it looks like we may be leaning towards Boston and New York, it’s all in your head. Don’t worry Boston, we’ll ignore this small Stanley Cup related news story.

 1. Aaron Hernandez arrested for murder:

Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. The Patriots immediately cut the pro-bowl caliber Tight End, and are now offering a free swap from the Pro-Shop to any fan who wants to trade in their Hernandez jersey.

2. Wimbledon Week 1:

It’s the year of the Upset at Wimbledon. Nadal got bounced in the first round, Federer in the second round, and now Serena Williams has just been upset in the fourth round. Will this finally be Andy Murray’s year to give the British a win?

3. Celtics SELL SELL SELL!!:

Doc Rivers decided to go to LA to coach the Clippers, netting the Celtics a 2015 first round pick. Then GM Danny Ainge traded Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets for what seems like half of their roster and three future first round picks. Celtics fans already want the team to #TankForWiggins.

4. NHL and NBA Drafts:

Anthony Bennett was the surprise 1st overall pick Thursday by the Cleveland Cavaliers in a draft that saw a lot of trades and surprising picks. Sunday’s NHL draft  saw Nathan MacKinnon picked 1st overall by the Colorado Avalanche. Former Celtics player Popeye Jones’ son, Seth Jones, was drafted 4th overall.

5. Vancouver and New York Coaching Switcheroo:

Both the Canucks and Rangers have hired each other’s former coaches. Alain Vigneault will be the new coach of the New York Rangers and John Tororella will be the new coach of the Vancouver Canucks. Everyone involved is hoping that the change of scenery will be enough to get these coaching veterans winning in the playoffs again.

6. Where will Dwight Go?:

Sources say Chris Paul has agreed to a new 5 year $107 million dollar deal with the LA Clippers, so that leaves Dwight Howard as the big name as NBA free agency starts today. The Lakers are trying hard to keep him, but the two Texas teams, Dallas and Houston, are also rumored to be heavily in the running.

7. A-Rod Saga:

First A-rod tweets that he’s okay to play. Brian Cashman tells him to “shut the f$#! up”. A-Rod says that he’s upset with the Yankees not wanting him to play. Then he says he might not be able to play all season for health reasons. The Yankees are slipping too, and may find themselves with a rare lost season.

8. Bergeron’s toughness:

This has to be on this list. The Boston Bruins may have lost the Stanley Cup, but the legend of Patrice Bergeron shall live on. Bergeron played in the Stanley Cup Finals with broken ribs, torn cartilage, a separated shoulder, and a punctured lung. Hercules on skates.

This was quite an eventful week to say the least. Follow @playspogo on Twitter to keep up with the world of sports, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

Also, stay tuned for news on the launch of the next version of Spogo. It’s almost time to start playing and winning some great rewards!

The Bruins Playoff Run — With Five Spogo-Style Predictions For You To Make

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Patrice Bergeron has been dominating the Blackhawks in the faceoff circle.

With our headquarters just minutes away from the TD Garden, where Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals will take place tonight, we at Spogo are smack in the middle of the Bruins hysteria that has kept Boston buzzing these last seven weeks. Here’s a Spogo-themed recap:

How We Got Here

The Bruins began the playoffs as the 4th seed in the East going up against 5th seeded Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins found themselves down 4-1 late in the third period of Game 7.  What were the odds of a Bruins comeback win then? 30:1? 50:1? But that’s exactly what happened, and the Bruins never looked back.

The Bruins beat the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, taking the series 4-1.  Their only loss, a flukey overtime game that featured Tuukka Rask literally falling over and letting the puck roll to the back of the net.

In the Conference Finals, the Bruins faced the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. This time the Bruins were on the wrong side of odds-makers, but the B’s managed a dominating sweep that featured two Tuukka Rask shutouts and a flawless defensive effort that held Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and many others to zero points.

The Stanley Cup Finals

Now here we are on the verge of Game 4. After Chicago took Game 1 in triple overtime 4-3, the Bruins bounced right back and won an overtime game of their own 2-1. In Game 3, the Bruins grabbed a 2-0 win and a 2-1 series lead.

There’s a reason these are the two teams competing for the Stanley Cup. Strong goaltending, team defense, balanced scoring, and smart coaching describe both the Bruins and Blackhawks.

WE WANT THE CUP!

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