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Some Serious 8 Years of YouTube Sports: Well, Maybe

by Borderstan.com April 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Kent Barnes. Follow him on Twitter @KentBarnes, email him at kent[AT]borderstan.com.

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Kent Barnes’ eight years of YouTube sports videos. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Eight years ago this week I was a junior at the University of Mary Washington, probably pretending to study for final exams.

At the same time, three former PayPal employees were putting the finishing touches on a website that would transform internet video sharing. April 23, 2005, will forever be known as the day YouTube was born and productivity died.

YouTube is an incredible resource for sports fans. Through it we do can everything from catching up on recent highlights, to reliving glorious moments from the sporting past. We can spend hours watching clips that range from amazing, to hilarious, to truly bizarre.

Top 10 YouTube Sports Clips

Without further ado, I introduce to you 10 of my favorite sports-related YouTube clips.

10. Mike Tyson Threatens to Go CannibalWe’re starting off the countdown with a double dose of Iron Mike Tyson. In case you didn’t catch that, he said “My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I’m ferocious. I want your heart! I want to eat his children!”  And somehow we remember him much more fondly a decade later.

9. Mike Tyson Actually Goes CannibalAnyone who grew up in the 90’s remembers when Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in their June 1997 heavyweight title fight. I could think of tastier ways to lose $3 million-plus.

8. Malice at the PalaceThis, my friends, is why you can’t buy a beer after the third quarter of a Wizards game.

7. BasebrawlI like to think Izzy Alcantara spent some time watching YouTube clips of catchers tackling hitters who charge the mound and decided to give himself a better head start.

6. Minor League MeltdownBack before YouTube existed, a minor league baseball manager might have been able to get away with an outburst like this. Not anymore.

5. Gus JohnsonThe undisputed king of play-by-play announcers, Gus Johnson’s enthusiasm also provides an entertaining soundtrack to a clip of a frisky bulldog.

4. Boom Goes the DynamiteWhat happens when you have a substitute sportscaster working with an inexperienced teleprompter operator?  Boom Goes the Dynamite.

3. HeadshotTo this day, only a screaming goat has gotten me to laugh as hard as I did the first time I saw this clip.

2. Jason McElwainI’m not crying… I’ve just been cutting onions…

1. Tie – Boston Strong. Bruins Fans Sing the National Anthem and This is Our City.

These clips speak for themselves. Thoughts and prayers to the victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombing.

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