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ESPN.com Tops in Uniques for First Time Since 2008

Higher-ups at ESPN.com must be jumping up and down tonight.

The latest comScore rankings has ESPN.com beating out Yahoo! Sports in unique visitors in September, the first time the Worldwide Leader has done so since 2008.

Full disclosure: the guys behind this site are all former ESPN.com employees.

ESPN.com had 52.2 million unique visitors in September, while Yahoo! Sports tallied 49.4 million uniques, according to Sports Business Daily. ESPN.com also set a record with 4.7 billion minutes of online consumption. Maybe Grantland had an influence?

Sports Business Daily (subscription) has the numbers on its site.

Charles Barkley Rips Social Media

“Tweet is for losers.”

Charles Barkley would probably be fantastic on Tweet, er, Twitter. But then again, he’d probably get himself in a lot of trouble, too.

Apple TV Update Adds Live NHL Streaming

Apple TV released its 4.4 software update Wednesday. Among its updated features is the ability to now stream live NHL games. All 13 Apple TV owners already had the ability to stream MLB and NBA games.

Obviously the feature comes at a price. The NHL subscription package costs $20/month.

Via Gizmodo

The NBA Lockout Gets Animated

This was bound to happen. David Stern, teams and players get the NMA treatment.

The Ultimate Tailgate RV?

If Paul Allen was a tailgater, this is probably the ride he’d roll into the parking lot with.

This is the Elemment Palazzo, the most tricked out RV in the world. Turn the RV into a lounge and bar with a touch of a button. Program everything electronically. Monitor your expensive toy remotely. It also turns in a Transformer. OK, that last part we made up, but if it was a Transformer, we’d call it Tailgatetron (the best I could come up with).

Via Uncrate

The Helmet That Saved Evan van der Spuy

No doubt you’ve seen the viral video of the buck slamming into the mountain biker.

If not, here it is.

The mountain biker is 16-year-old Evan van der Spuy, who was competing in a race in South Africa. In the video, he shows his badly damaged helmet.

Van der Spuy did briefly lose consciousness and suffered a concussion, according to the AP.

But as he tweeted, how bad would it have been if he didn’t have his helmet?

Van der Spuy was wearing a Specialized Prevail helmet (above), which retails for over $200. Among the helmet’s features:

– Patent-pending Dual Density EPS optimizes impact performance
— Patented Kevlar-reinforced Inner Matrix for ultra-light construction and energy management

The lesson here? Always wear a helmet, even if you don’t plan on getting bucked up by a buck.

Devin Graham, YouTube Superstar

Going off on the last post, here’s a new video from Devin Graham, aka devinsupertramp, who has become a YouTube sensation with his viral videos. You may have already seen the one that “launched” his career, the human slingshot.

The evolution (revolution) in video equipment is giving artists and filmmakers amazing tools to make amazing videos.

The biker is Jeremy VanSchoonhoven and the video was filmed in beautiful Moab.

Steve Jobs and Teton Gravity Research at Macworld 2008

Millions and millions of words have already been written about Steve Jobs.

I’ll write just a couple more. The Apple icon touched so many lives, and so many industries. Without Apple’s products, some companies would not have existed or prospered.

One example: Jobs and Apple gave outdoor sports media companies like Teton Gravity Research the tools to make amazing ski and snowboard videos, from the hardware to the software. Macs, MacBooks, Final Cut — they’re all part of a filmmaker’s toolkit. And Jobs and Apple gave everyone a platform to showcase their work through iTunes.

Here’s Jobs giving TGR a plug at Macworld 2008.

h/t earlyups.com

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Stanford Using High-Tech Mouthpieces to Study Concussions, Head Injuries

X2Impact

Even the mouthpieces are going high tech in the battle against concussions and head injuries.

This season Stanford football players are wearing mouthpieces that will record data when they are hit and in collisions. That data will be downloaded so that researchers can figure out the “concussion zone.”

From msnbc.com:

The mouthpieces — donated by a Seattle-based sports injury solutions company, X2 Impact — measure the force of hits to the head during games and practices, so researchers can learn if certain positions and plays have a greater risk of traumatic brain injuries. The devices feature accelerometers and gyrometers that measure the linear and rotational force of head impacts.

“We are trying to find an inexpensive device that can be widely used to get accurate data to better understand the biomechanics of brain injuries,” Dan Garza, an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine and a medical doctor for the San Francisco 49ers, told TechNewsDaily.

Sensors have been put on helmets in the past, but researchers believe they’ll get a more accurate picture of the forces behind a football collision from the mouthpiece.

The school also plans to collect date from the women’s field hockey and lacrosse teams.

“Women’s lacrosse is only second to football as the most common sport where concussions occur and it hasn’t been closely studied,” Garza told the website. “We hope these tech tests will give us a lot more information about head injuries than we have right now.”

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