One day, possibly in a not-too-distant state tournament future, the perpetuation of online videos will reach such an online mass that we’ll be lucky enough to see highlights of all the state tournament games.
We’re getting there. Inexorably, we’re getting there. Practically everybody has a smartphone nowadays. You can’t walk into a gym without a couple people holding up their wares, recording what’s going down on the field / court / venue.
We’re quite confident video exists of every tournament game played so far, in some shape or form. And we’ll bet most of them are sitting on someone’s phone or hard drive, unseen.
Here’s a quick 21st Century journalism tip: The key isn’t getting the footage. We’ve mastered that part.
The key is getting it up online and out there.
Get it up fast before we move onto the next round and your play becomes old news, which is a rapid thing nowadays. The half-life of most plays is about 12 hours or so, unless it’s truly exceptional. And even then you have a few days before it becomes irrelevant.
Getting footage and getting it up fast is how Farmington’s Obi Momah wound up on SportsCenter a mere two hours after he felled Torrington with 3-pointer at the buzzer.
So, while it’s great we’re all out there getting videos of our kids/brothers/sisters/nieces/nephews etc. for the video scrapbook, remember there’s a good chance everybody else wants to see their heroics. And we want to see it now.
Thus, #TWEETYOURBUZZERBEATERS. Get your highlights out there. YouTube, Twitpic… whatever. We want to see it. And then we want to show everybody here, with animated GIFs or straight-up embeds.
Thankfully, we have a few good ones from last night’s Class LL and Class M tournament, which seemed rife with great shots.
Connor Lewis’ put-back at the buzzer lifted Waterford over Watertown, 57-55.
Ramel Williams’ short jumper with 2 seconds left lifted NFA over Cheshire, 38-37.
We have those, but there are a few others so far unaccounted for.
Like Scott Shouvlin’s 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Hartford Public in two overtimes:
— WarriorTribe ? (@WarriorTribe203) March 12, 2014
Update: Film has finally surfaced, albeit a day late and via video-of-video, but here it is anyway:
Or Michael Robinson’s ‘full court’ heave in New Britain’s victory over Danbury.
— New Britain High (@NBHSCT) March 12, 2014
Sadly, no one got this shot, which might have given Connecticut a second night of SportsCenter had someone filmed it.
Luckily, we DO have a dunk from New Britain’s Curtis Hyman from that game (Protip: Turn your phone sideways).
— 3?6? (@Charly_Vel36) March 12, 2014
Plenty of tournament left, kids. So let’s get those films rolling for the next round, especially if the game is on the line.
And, remember, #TWEETYOURBUZZERBEATERS.