Social Media, Football and Vomit
Forgive me for those of you who are a bit squeamish, but below, I have posted a You Tube video clip from the Maryland-Cal football game last Saturday (which Maryland, my alma mater, won, by the way).
Quick synopsis: Kevin Barnes, a defensive back for Maryland, hit Cal’s Jahvid Best so hard that Best laid on the field and later threw up. As further proof that social media is weaving its way into our social fabric, one chunk at a a time, this phenomenon made its way onto the front page of the Washington Post sports section.
Here are some fascinating facts:
- Before the game ended, the clip was on You Tube.
- As of yesterday afternoon, six versions of the hit garnered a total of more than 50,000 views, which surpassed the number of spectators (49,527) who watched the play live at Byrd Stadium on Saturday.
- When Barnes visited a local restaurant this weekend, at least 40 customers approached asking him about the hit. Some with iPhones replayed the hit so everyone could watch together.
Sure, some guy hit some other guy who threw up on the field. But when you consider the speed and reach of people sharing the clip, now THAT is bone-jarring.
Clip is below; quality is not good (and please do not watch is you do not want to see a football player throw up).
P.S. – I have gone this whole post without a joke, but I’ll remind you that Maryland’s head football coach’s first name is “Ralph.”