Seeing what you believe is real may be just one part of believing in the real world of virtual reality.
One of the latest and boldest moves in the evolution of this buzz-worthy technology, one many are banking on to alter the way sports is consumed by viewers in the next five to 10 years, happened on Saturday night when Fox Sports offered a VR option to its over-the-air coverage of the Major League Soccer championship game between Seattle and Toronto.
Did you have your eyes glued to your FoxSportsVR app?
Here’s more of what we thought, as well as what others in the business think about the VR buzz taking place.
And adding to our list of sports media-related gifts to consider for the holidays:
== Classic graphics: PrinstantReplays.com is a Nashville, Tenn., based company that creatively documents historical sports moments in a slick Xs-and-0s presentation extremely suitable for framing and collecting. Lakers-related prints include Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game, Jerry West’s 60-foot shot in the NBA Finals and Magic Johnson’s junior skyhook in the 1987 NBA Finals. Dodgers-related prints include the 1988 World Series Kirk Gibson homer. Plus jersey numbers. Prints and T-shirts start at $25.
== Bobbleheads: The latest collection from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum (www.bobbleheadhall.com) constantly has updated sports-related and limited-edition items for sale (i.e.: A three-foot Pete Rose bobble for $800, a Dick Vitale talking bobble for $30, or an Aaron Rodgers “Discount Double Check” bobble for $40). One can also become a founding member of the Hall for donations between $20 and $1,000.
== T-shirts: What’s hot? Fire Jeff Fisher fashion statements. The #FireFisher at TeeSpring.com goes for $19 and features a razor headed to shave off a mustache. Another one accenting sunglasses and 7-9 performances is at BreakingT.com for $24.
== Podcasters: TheRinger.com is advocating a service at Zencasr.com, for $20 to $120 a month. The site uploads audio and has a soundboard for editing. All the kids are doing it. Where’s your iTunes account?
== Movie magic: The Ezra Edelman-directed “O.J. Simpson Made in America” series, which stands to earn some Academy Award best documentary consideration as it aired not just on ESPN last summer but also a limited theatrical release, will be released in DVD/Blue Ray on Tuesday for $29.95. It’s five discs and 463 minutes of agonizing rehash. Also: “Trojan War,” on the rise and fall of Pete Carroll at USC which ESPN released in May, 2016, is also available for $14.95. Just 77 minutes of some tortue. Both at Amazon.com.