It's agonizing to sit through an entire televised game, only to have the ensuing blowout make you realize you could've been enriching your mind with literature, or great conversation, or sitting through a better game. Tune in only when it's worth it, with Are You Watching This
Newly improved by its tech-consultant creator, RUWT's a free web/iPhone/Android service that alerts you when things get down to the wire, so you'll know exactly when to interrupt your finally-watching-The Wire marathon, unless it's that scene where Brother Mouzone and Omar are about to kill String...oh, damn, sorry.
Simply select your local cable provider and sports/leagues of interest for constant box score updates; so you don't just sit there staring at boxes, you can also select your desired level of emailed or texted, algorithm-powered "Alert": Guarded ("snoozers and blowouts"), Elevated ("starting to get good"), High (overtime, extra innings, or just very, very close), and Severe ("This is Boise State vs. Oklahoma...territory" -- because nothing's more exciting than collegiates pulling off a play normally reserved for 5th graders).
Beyond the score/time, the Alerts account for additional factors like playoffs/championships, rivalries, ranking comparisons, even web-based user voting, or "Roots"; more predictive users hold greater sway, preventing the system from getting skewed by those who just love playing with their root.
But wait there's more: RUWT also offers all manner of alternate update formats, from a desktop ticker to an AIM bot that'll take user questions 24/7, because the only thing better than a classic finish is to have a great conversation with a computer.