In exactly one week, some 100 million people will gather around their television sets to watch one of the most popular TV broadcasts in the world: the Super Bowl. The long-running, annual championship game determines who the top team in the NFL is.
But the event isn’t just about football. It’s also about over-the-top commercials, parties and greasy food. And to ensure that you get the most out of your Super Bowl Sunday, we’ve put together this list of 5 free apps that will help you prepare…
The first title on our list is an obvious one: the official NFL app. Recently updated for Super Bowl 47, NFL ’12 offers a number of valuable features including news, video highlights and more. It can even tell you the names of local sports bars and restaurants that will be airing the big game. Click here to download it.
If you would have asked me a year ago what my favorite sports score-keeping app was, it would have been a toss-up. But ever since ESPN redesigned its ScoreCenter app late last year, I haven’t looked back. It’s quick, looks great, and does everything I need it to. You’ll find it useful for looking up stats, injury updates and watching player interviews. Click here to download it.
OnSports is the perfect companion app for sports fans. It’s almost entirely user-driven, allowing you to create your own game reports, predictions and polls, and comment on what others are posting. It’s like one big digital conversation, and it should be a lot of fun come Game Day—especially if you find yourself surrounded by non-sports fans. Click here to download it.
250,000+ Recipes by BigOven
Even if you’re not throwing a huge Super Bowl party, you may still find yourself craving what I call “bar” or “tailgating” food. This consists of everything from burgers and bratwurst, to 7-layer dip and hot wings. So to help you prepare your feast, you’ll want to download a good Recipe app. And 250,000+ Recipes by BigOven is the best I could find. Bonus: it has its own special ‘Super Bowl’ menu. Click here to download it.
Madden NFL 13 Social
Last but not least, we have Madden NFL 13 Social. There’s no better way to get into the football spirit than playing Madden. EA’s long-running franchise is a staple among NFL fans, and its iOS title has been completely revamped for 2013. It features new 3D graphics, a new ‘Offensive Shootout’ gameplay mode and new social integration that allows you to challenge your friends on Facebook. Click here to download it.
The Super Bowl festivities kick off next Sunday, February 3, and will run pretty much all day. The game itself will start 6:30 p.m. ET. Be sure to check back with us throughout the week, as we offer more Super Bowl tips, including how to watch the game from your iPhone and iPad.