AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Not everyone considers college and professional football sacred.
Some friends may decide to get married on a crisp fall Saturday, and others may plan a birthday party when their favorite pro team plays on a Sunday in November.
Many fans choose to record a game they’ll miss to watch later, and some of those fans will go to great lengths to avoid hearing the final score until they can finally sit down to watch.
If you’ve ever done that, you know how hard it can be to avoid hearing details about the game.
The internet and social media only make it more difficult. Are there ways to block the display of scores on your phone until you’re ready to read articles and view highlights? Yes and no.
When it comes to blocking spoilers online, there are some spoiler-blocking browser extensions available for Chrome and Firefox browsers. “Spoiler Protection 2.0″ gets good reviews from sports fans and those who want to avoid hearing what the last episode of “House of the Dragon” was like.
Search for the extension in the browser’s app store and install it. The extension will place an icon near the top right of the browser bar. When you want to block certain keywords, touch the icon and enter them.
For example, if we want to block viewing the result of the Georgia-Oregon football game, we enter both “Oregon” and “Georgia” and activate the extension. It is quite easy to configure. When we went to the ESPN website, everything that included one of those keywords was blocked by red boxes.
The problem with this solution is that while you can block the keywords, it won’t block the display of the score. But seriously, if you don’t want to see the score, you shouldn’t visit ESPN.
“Spoiler Protection 2.0″ blocks keywords in social networks. We posted a score prediction for that game, and when we activated the extension, my entire post was covered with a red box.
Unfortunately, this extension only works with the desktop Chrome browser. Posts and stories about the game will appear if you scroll through social networks or the Internet.
Twitter has a tool that allows users to mute keywords. You’ll find it under settings, privacy, and “silent.”
You can mute as many keywords as you like and if you want to mute them in the Twitter feed and/or notifications. No need to remember to turn it off again, as you can set the time from 24 hours to a week, forever. Facebook once introduced a spoiler blocking feature, but never rolled it out to all of its users.
If you’re using Facebook’s smartphone app, there’s no way to prevent spoilers from being posted. You can mute friends who can post updates and scores. We searched both app stores for spoiler blocks, but the only ones we found haven’t been updated in at least five years, so we don’t recommend installing them.
If you’re trying to avoid listening to the scores or what the Daemon Targaryen prince did in the latest “House of the Dragon” episode, it’s probably best to turn off all notifications, stay away from your phone, and maybe put your fingers in your ears. when you’re surrounded by other fans.
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