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When Brett Favre began his career in the early nineties, cellular telephony was restricted to automobiles and those brick-like hand-held devices like the one Michael Douglas used in Wall Street.
Today, the iPhone is the medium of choice to follow the latest iteration of the the Minnesota Viking quarterback's fabled career. For everything you need to know about Favre's last second winning touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers, download Viking Update - Minnesota Vikings. The $1.99 app, which pulls data from a Vikings blog affiliated with Fox Sports, curates headlines like "Comeback for the Aged" and provides forums, roster and schedule information for the undefeated men in purple who are the early favorites to win the NFC.
The Baltimore Ravens are also off to a fast 3-0 start. While their defense remains elite, the real headline for the team is the development of second-year quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco passed for a career-high 342 yards in the Ravens victory over the lowly Cleveland Browns. With this kind of offensive production, fans of the Ravens should download Baltimore Ravens Calculator to track the number of completions and touchdowns Flacco will covert this year. Even if Flacco reverts to his pedestrian 2008 form, the free app - which is part of a series of team-based calculators - will be useful in any effort to try to manage the game.
Of course, we are early enough in the season that even fans of the 1-and-2 Detroit Lions have reason to feel good. To get the inside skinny on all 32 NFL teams, check out NFL News and Rumors. Want to know what Tom Brady really said to his teammates during halftime against the Atlanta Falcons or if there was any backlash against Michael Vick in his first appearance for the Philadelphia Eagles? The defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers lost, so are fans really happy that Hines Ward eclipsed the 10,000-yard mark for his career? The independently produced 99-cent app mixes up a good variety of blog coverage and aggregated news from ESPN, Fox Sports and others.
Twitter is playing an increasingly important role in covering the NFL, especially from the players' perspective. NFL Pro Tweets, a free app commissioned by the NFL Players Association, is a good way to get unfiltered, 140-character quotes from the warriors who play the game. This is really the only way to experience Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson of the 2-and-1 Cincinnati Bengals.
With the iPhone, NFL competition of course is not restricted to players. Want to sharpen your Madden 10 by EA Sports skills? Invest $1.99 in the Unofficial Madden Analyzer app. What about tracking stats for your fantasy team? If you can stand its clunky interface, Fantasy Football Live, at $2.99, is the most comprehensive source available for stats and necessary fantasy information. If you're a Yahoo! person, the $3.99 MyFantasyTeams app is your best option.
At the very least, these apps should entertain you until tonight's kickoff of Monday Night Football.