From Kent Barnes. Follow him on Twitter @KentBarnes, email him at kent[AT]borderstan.com.
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 Cannibal. We’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 Cannibal. Anyone 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 Palace. This, my friends, is why you can’t buy a beer after the third quarter of a Wizards game.
7. Basebrawl. I 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 Meltdown. Back before YouTube existed, a minor league baseball manager might have been able to get away with an outburst like this. Not anymore.
4. Boom Goes the Dynamite. What happens when you have a substitute sportscaster working with an inexperienced teleprompter operator? Boom Goes the Dynamite.
These clips speak for themselves. Thoughts and prayers to the victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombing.
On Friday, November 9, AT&T will show its appreciation to those who have served our country through a series of devoted videos.
From 10 am until 2 pm, the public is invited to stop by the Farragut North store location (1050 Connecticut Avenue NW) to record video messages for veterans, thanking them for their hard work and sacrifices. The messages will then be uploaded to an AT&T YouTube site) and sent to veterans, just in time for Veterans Day (Monday, November 12).
If you can’t make it downtown, you can still record and include your video in the mix by sending your video to loveavet[AT]att.com.
AT&T will also be collecting used cellphones for Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit dedicated to providing deployed and returning troops with cost-free methods to communicate while serving in the military.
For more information on the event, contact gayle.kansagor[AT]harbourgrp.com.