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!

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Don’t just watch…. Well, actually, you can just watch this.

Usually we recommend you don’t just watch anything.  You should win while you’re at it.  But our new promo video?  You can just watch this.

Don’t forget to join us tonight for NFL kickoff–Ravens v. Broncos on NBC at 8:30pm (and a little Sox-Yankees action at 7pm).

Spogo is here.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS….

After months of blood, sweat and tears, we’re proud to announce the second coming of Spogo. It’s HERE!

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The app is now live – so download it by clicking that massive button above (or update your old version), create an account and start making some pre-game wagers! Within the first week, you’ll be able to play Spogo for the NFL, NCAA Football and MLB! Our first live game will be the Patriots vs. Giants preseason game on Thursday night. If you look like this at your desk right now, we don’t blame you. We’re excited too…

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When you launch the app, you’ll notice it looks a bit different. Check out our website, Facebook and Twitter and you’ll see some changes there too. Spogo has a brand spankin’ new logo. We also have new colors and a fresh look. 

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We’re thrilled to bring you this new version of Spogo. Poke around and you’ll find some exciting new features — including an activity feed to track and share your wagers, unlocked rewards and more.

Rewards are also now available at over 60 locations across Boston, Providence and NYC. You’ll be stuffing your face with free finger food before you can say “Ron Swanson”.

Spogo is officially BACK, so DON’T JUST WATCH. WIN!

Spogo is coming.

Over the past several months (it seems like years), Team Spogo has been in hiding.  We’ve been spending countless hours in the lab–watching endless game tape reels, taste-testing thousands of nacho varieties and wagering billions of Spogo points–all to bring you the best Spogo experience possible.

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In doing so, we’ve started to ponder a very important question.  What is Spogo?  What does it all mean?  What do we stand for as entrepreneurs, as sports fans and…as humans?  In reevaluating who we are and where our place is in this infinite universe, we’re so proud today to unveil what we view as the most important step forward that Spogo has made since its inception.

Last season, when you saw the word “Spogo”, it was most often accompanied by our slogan:

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A stern reminder that you shouldn’t just be watching the goddamn game.  You should be winning something while you’re watching the goddamn game.  Do as Spogo says you must do.

Well, over the last several months, we’ve changed.  For the better.  Thanks to all our long hours in the lab and millions of dollars of intensive research (thanks, investors!), the brilliant minds at Spogo HQ are proud to introduce to you our brand spankin’ new slogan:

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The exclamation point does it all.  It says it all.  It is it all.  Spogo!

Sure, maybe all this nacho cheese has melted our brains–but, all joking aside, we are excited to unveil our brand new look and feel–colors, logos, website…and app.  Follow the blog and our Facebook and Twitter next week for some big announcements.  Everything is changing and, over the next couple weeks, that includes YOUR LIFE.

#spogoiscoming

 

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!

True Life: I am a Spogo Intern

I’m sure by now many of you are wondering what it is exactly that keeps this machine called Spogo running fluidly and flawlessly. The answer is obviously ME. I am the intern, also known as Spogo’s engine.  Read on for an exclusive glimpse into my daily life:

1) My day starts by being woken up on my sister’s couch by her cat Jangles, and then her telling me I stink and that I’m ruining her couch.

2) I have my breakfast then begin my 10-minute walk to Spogo Headquarters. I stroll in around 10:05 am (yes, I know the hours are brutal) and awkwardly say “hi” to everyone.

3) Andrew offers me some coffee but, before I even get settled in, he has already polished off the little that was remaining in the pot.  He has now likely already consumed his 5th cup.

 

4) I then proceed to pull up excel and mentally prepare myself to stare at it for the next 6 hours. You may say my work is unimportant.  I say otherwise.

5) I’ll often reward myself with an almond for every sporting event I add to our Spogo calendar.  Just yesterday, I added the entire NFL schedule.  That’s a lot of almonds.

6) After completing my daily tasks, I head to the door and say my goodbyes.  As I exit, whispers of praise of my excellent work are heard, but not acknowledged.

This is the true life of a Spogo intern.  The last one in, the first one out.  And the most important cog in the machine.

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!

 

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