Fuel TV’s Pat Parnell talks sports and tech

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If you're a fan of extreme sports fan but you're not keeping up with Fuel TV, you're missing out on coverage from skateboarding to wakeboarding and everything in between. As technology fans, we wanted to find out what tech made sports icons tick, so we jumped at the chance to catch up with Pat Parnell, host of Fuel TV's The Daily Habit (catch it weeknights at 11 p.m. Eastern/Pacific). We chatted about tech, apps, and Twitter — and how to use all of the above to keep up with the latest sports action.

Sports on the go
Parnell is no stranger to tech, rocking an iPad (it's no surprise to us that this is his favorite gadget) and an HTC Thunderbolt. But what about apps?

"I watch Fuel TV on Bitbop and MobiTV [download MobiTV for the iPhone or Android] when I am at the airport," he explains. Fans of The Daily Habit can also keep up with the show on iPad or Android tablets.

"Supercross Laps Live is very cool app when you want to follow Supercross and can't see the race live or on television," he notes. "I also really like ASPtogo, to access live scores for surf contests happening around the world. Peep is another favorite; it's an easy way to access my Twitter feed. Lastly, I love playing Scrabble on my Thunderbolt."

Keeping up with the latest
There are countless online resources dedicated to sports of all kinds, but Parnell suggests the best way to keep up is on Twitter. "Twitter is insanely inside," he says. "Not only should you follow the athletes but their team managers and their sponsor's Twitter feeds, as well."

So who should we be following? Pat recommends:

  • @Tonyhawk — Tony Hawk, legendary skateboarder
  • @Kellyslater — Kelly Slater, 10-time world surfing champion
  • @followthefishtv — Paul Fisher, pro surfer
  • @btoddrichards — Todd Richards, pro snowboarder, member of first U.S. Olympic snowboard team, and now Olympic snowboarding TV announcer on NBC
  • @MikeEscamilla — Mike Escamilla, BMX pro, star of a new show on Fuel TV called Strangers In Danger; also in LA Ink

Not being able to catch your favorite sporting event live (or even TiVo it) is no longer an excuse to miss out on the sports action. Use these tips from Pat Parnell to hop online with your smartphone or tablet and keep up with the latest scores and the hottest stars.

Post by Elizabeth Harper

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