The NFL is the one US sport I never really got into. I’m typically the friend trying to rally the troops to watch baseball, hockey and basketball games but American football has always evaded me. I guess it’s just not my sport.
That means that when I do join friends to watch a game, I end up being that person asking what a specific term means or what the deal is with a specific player. Now there’s an app for that. Or a skill, rather.
The Rookie’s Guide to the NFL is an Alexa skill created by the National Football League to help rookies and perma-rookies like myself learn about football. Once enabled, the skill can answer basic questions like “How many players are on a team?” And “What’s the difference between a running back and a wide receiver?” as well as more specific trivia like “How tall is Aaron Rodgers?”
The skill is loaded with information about the rules, penalties, scoring plays, commentator lingo, previous Super Bowls, team formations, and other basic trivia. The idea being that if you have a football-related question while you’re watching the game, you can get a quick (and accurate) answer.
During the NFL’s postseason the skill will also have a weekly 5-minute podcast called “Game Plan” that preps viewers for the next round of playoff games.
It’s meant to be used when watching NFL games, but it could come in handy watching anyone playing—especially if you’re the one constantly asking questions.
Summer is the best time of the year for sports fans - not just because there are some of the best international codes on in our backyard, but because there’s more time to sit back and enjoy them.
But it’s not called the festive season for nothing – it’s not hard to blink and suddenly, your calendar is full of social commitments that keep you from the couch. Fear not – now there’s a way to have your cake (summer plans) and eat it too (watch sport).