Another Mashtastic Post – This post is part of Mashable’s Fab Five series with Jalen Rose, which highlights trends in the social media space. Jalen Rose is a former 13-year NBA star and current ESPN basketball analyst but may be best known for being a member of the famous University of Michigan Fab Five.
With 2009 coming to an end, I thought I would take a look at some of the year’s best sports moments in social media. This week, I’m talking about YouTube () videos. Each of the following sports moments was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube for all of the world to see. As a result, millions of people have watched these videos this year. So, without further ado, here are my fab five YouTube sports videos of 2009.
1. Trick Shot Mastery
The only thing missing is the whistling from the Harlem Globetrotters’ theme song! This took a tremendous amount of practice, no doubt. Amazing shot after amazing shot with style, flair, and oustanding range! Shaq actually challenged this young fellow to a game of H-O-R-S-E after seeing this video.
2. Vijay Singh Hole in One
I’m no golfer but I wouldn’t suggest trying to emulate this shot. I don’t think golf balls are made to skip off water. Either way, Singh managed to pull off one of the craziest sports moments of the year, and perhaps one of the craziest golf shots of all time.
3. Hardest Hitting 6 Year Old
This youngster puts the “pop” in Pop Warner football! He blows up plays like he was shot out of a cannon. Watch out for this future all-pro in the making — he’s NFL bound!
4. Women’s Soccer: New Mexico’s Elizabeth Lambert
I certainly don’t support the kind of behavior exhibited by the young lady in this video. However, the footage of New Mexico’s Elizabeth Lambert punching, tripping, and pulling the hair of her opponents is a video that has swept across YouTube (and mainstream media) in the last month. Whether I support her actions or not, I have to admit that this video was one of the most memorable sports moments of 2009.
5. Usain Bolt Sets World Record
Usain Bolt is a machine. This was one of the most spectacular moments in all of sports this year, and maybe ever. Racing against a group of world-class sprinters, Bolt dominated his “competition” and set a new world record in the process.
Honorable mentions: Lebron’s Playoff Buzzer Beater, World’s Longest Basketball Shot, Manu vs. Bat, Crazy Georgia U. Fan