People love their superstitious methods of predicting sports outcomes. Whether it's groundhogs, octopi or puppies, a good prediction can never be wrong, as long as it's fun.

With that, XBOX has released its third installment of the "Game Before the Game," a not-so-scientific method of prediction in which NFL games are previewed by video game matchups featuring two players from the respective teams. In this third installment, Golden Tate represents his Detroit Lions against Alshon Jeffery's Chicago Bears. Spoiler alert: This one goes down to the wire.

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One of Bruce Lee's most famous quotes is "Be water, my friend." Now with a new mobile video game, you can be Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee: Enter The Game is scheduled for release during the Thanksgiving weekend as Nov. 27 is Lee's birthday. He would have turned 74 this year. Available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, the app allows users to "fight for justice as the greatest martial artist of all time."

Users can advance to more difficult levels by defeating opponents. Advancement will also include the ability to add features such as wearing Lee's famous yellow jumpsuit and fighting with nunchakus. Here's a preview:

"We have wanted to develop our own Bruce Lee game for a long time," said Shannon Lee, CEO and owner of Bruce Lee Interactive, LLC. "There have been other games that have been released over the years but none that we have been so intimately involved with from beginning to the end."

The mobile game is Bruce Lee Enterprises' latest foray in the tech-entertainment sector. Considered by many to be the pioneer of MMA, Lee was included as a character in the latest UFC video game from EA Sports, which was released in June.

Lee died in 1973, but his persona and philosophy still have relevance and impact. In addition to these gaming platforms, corporations have used clips from his movies as the basis of their commercials.

The developer for the mobile game is Hibernum, which has done projects with Amazon, Lego, Disney and Cartoon Network, among others. Enter The Game is from its Digitally Reborn label.

"We are super excited to have worked with our partner Hibernum to create a game that we that we love, that we think captures the spirit of Bruce Lee and that is extremely fun to play," Shannon said.

Today's college students grew up on a steady diet of Harry Potter, a universe of fantasy that occasionally spills into reality. Case in point: Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans. And not far behind is the fast rise of quidditch, a once-fictional sport that has been modified for players lacking access to flying broomsticks. Laugh at your own risk: Despite its Harry Potter origins, quidditch is growing up fast, becoming a popular recreational sport on college campuses.

While tech giants Apple and Google battle it out for market share with mobile payment applications, the Brooklyn Nets have unveiled their own in-house option. Called the Brooklyn eWallet, the function is part of the Nets team app and developed in partnership with American Express. The Nets introduced this Wednesday night at Barclays Center for their game against the Bucks. Here's how it works with a smartphone:

We gave it a try and found that the app scans quickly and properly. If this can cut down the wait time at the concessions stands, the app figures to be popular, and other teams will likely create their own apps. Now if they only had an app that made the bathroom line move faster.

By Jordan Bellar
SportTechie

In Silicon Valley, technology is king. The greater San Francisco Bay Area is home to many of the world’s biggest and most innovative companies. Given their prime location, the San Francisco 49ers have inevitably become leaders in early adoption of new tech. Gone are the days of the paper ticket stub, because next season, the 49ers will exclusively use mobile ticketing for their games.

Levi's Stadium, the new home of the 49ers, opened for the 2014 season touted as the most technologically advanced stadium in the world. The state-of-the-art stadium mobile app enhances a fan’s game-day experience with features, including mobile ticketing, parking passes, food and beverage ordering, in-stadium navigation assistance, and a “game-center” for high-definition video replays.

The decision to move to get rid of paper ticketing stems from this year’s heavy adoption of the mobile ticketing feature in the new Levi’s Stadium app. Nearly 30,000 fans were expected to take advantage of this option for the matchup against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 2.

Season-ticket holders have been especially accepting, with 60 percent choosing to link their tickets to the mobile app and 70 percent linking to the parking feature. Fans who use the mobile ticketing feature are eligible to win prizes, including a $50,000 Toyota Tundra, 65-inch Sony television, and trip for two to this year’s Pro Bowl, among others. These promotions really help to drive the app adoption rate.

In an interview with Sports Business Daily, 49ers’ Chief Operating Officer, Al Guido, said: "Our goal when we launched this system was to drive adoption and the numbers have been mind-boggling. To already have almost half the season bowl locked into mobile is fantastic. We want to rip the band-aid in year two, and that’s what we're doing."

Though 14 NFL teams began offering the paperless ticketing option this season, the 49ers are expected to be the first and only team to only offer the mobile option in 2015. But some fans are wary of this move.

Paper ticket stubs have long been valuable memorabilia for fans to remember their experience without actually making a purchase from the team store. Not only will teams likely drive in-stadium purchases and reduce ticket printing expenses, they will also be able to collect more data from fans than ever before. Even if a ticket holder sells their ticket, the mobile feature allows teams to better understand who is in the stadium and more effectively market to the individual based on their information and purchases.

The 49ers are setting a precedent likely to be followed by most NFL teams in the next couple years.

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