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.
The 14th Street NW clothing store, Universal Gear, was robbed by thieves for the third time since December on Saturday, March 23. The two suspects entered the store at 11:45 am and left with merchandise less than two minutes later. The store manager was assaulted and suffered a sprained arm.
Video footage of all three incidents are on the store’s YouTube page; the store was also the victim of thieves on December 17 and January 10.
According to owner David Franco,when the store was robbed in 2010 the store’s security camera footage went viral and several suspects were arrested. “Unfortunately, when the suspects were brought to the court hearing, the DC Police investigator did not show up and the suspects were set free.”
Franco said his store has been robbed seven times since 2009. “Beat patrols should be the number one priority for our police,” said Franco. “I have said this time and time again.”
Franco is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Saturday’s suspects. Contact him by email, info[AT]universalgear.com, or call 202-319-0136.
Attracting Retail to Area
Franco also brought up the claims being by some supporters of a liquor license moratorium for the 14th and U corridor. “Some people are saying that too many bars are preventing more retailers from opening in the area. That’s not true. The fact, that no one wants to talk about, is that shoplifting/robbery is a serious problem for retailers in the area… if you want more retailers you need to make it safe for them, their staff and their shoppers.
“If we have more beat cops on patrol, I think many of these thieves would think twice before shoplifting, or committing a violent crime. We’re at the end of our rope! I’m tired of hearing debates on funding more police… my message to the mayor and council: ‘just do it,'” said Franco.
Universal Gear was formerly located at 17th and Q Streets NW before moving to 14th Street, just south of Q Street.
Foot Patrols on 14th and U Corridor
What is the current foot and bike patrol presence on the 14th and U corridor?
MPD Third District Commander Jacob Kishter said, “There are usually foot patrols on the beat during all three shifts, as well as mountain bike and segway patrols. On the weekends and during nightlife hours there are additional foot officers assigned to the area. The number of officers varies depending on manpower. There is a minimum of one officer on the day and evening shifts and up to 10 on weekends on U Street between 9th and 14th Streets NW.”
You may have already heard about the robbery of Universal Gear on Wednesday, the clothing store at 1529 14th Street NW (just south of Q). The store posted its surveillance video on YouTube and is offering a $500 reward for information on the robbers. (The robbery was first reported on Wednesday, but I didn’t know the exact address.)
This isn’t the first time that a retail store on the 14th Street corridor has been the victim of this type of crime—“Teen Girls Sought for Assaults, Robberies” at 14th St. Shops.”
It has been apparent for some time–as in several years–that the retail stores on the 14th Street corridor between Rhode Island and U Street are targets for this type of crime. The city loves to redevelop whole strips and encourage entrepreneurs to set up shop. It would be nice if the small business owners got the type of attention that is lavished on the big developers.
Note: I am NOT blaming the police. I view this as an issue around priorities and resources. In other words, the Council and the mayor need to make sure that that small business owners get the support they need, including police protection. More foot patrols, anyone?
Dcist has a good write up: