Posted Thursday, February 2, 2012

Welcome, welcome, welcome. So glad you’ve stopped by our new Second Half Thursday feature -- #SocialStudies.

This weekly collection of video clips, tweets and posts should serve to get you up-to-speed on whatever has gone viral, victorious or just plain weird this week in high school sports and beyond.

As your tour guide, I’ll take the reins in providing commentary for what you see here – feel free to ignore what you don’t like and watch everything else on repeat. Additionally, if you’ve found something spectacular on the ‘interwebs’ that you think deserves a spot on #SocialStudes, submit it!

Now, let’s get on to the goodies, shall we?

1. Are you ready for this?

In order to get you amped for the first installment of #SocialStudies, I think it’s necessary to begin with what only a true high school sports fan can begin with: a "Jock Jams Remix." Enjoy. (Cue toe-tapping and an immediate nostalgia-induced adrenaline rush!)


File this next clip under the “We Enjoy People with Totally Bizarre Talents” category.  When I first watched this clip, I was convinced that either (1.) everything was scripted or (2.) this girl is an alien robot.

Turns out, neither is true. Watch and try to keep up. Or better yet: try this with your teammates on your next long road trip to an away game. If you can rival Alyssa, it’s probably time to call Letterman.

3. Glove save

It’s official: Prince Fielder needs to DH.  I think I’ve found a solution for the Tigers’ hot corner.

4. Launch the shot, off the defender, nothing but net. 

Oh, and just in case you missed it earlier this month: Olivet handed defending Class C Boys Basketball champion Schoolcraft a heart-breaking loss on this bizarre buzzer-beater in double OT. We take you to the good stuff, starting at 2:20 into the clip with Olivet (white jerseys) leading 94-91.

5. Howell Highlander -- or High Flyer

Kudos to Brandon Nazione for this ridiculous dunk.  Seems that Howell High School has their own Blake Griffin doppelganger!  (Note: I don’t think it’s necessary to watch all 5 slow-mo versions of the dunk – but that’s just me.)

6. And in this corner ...

Lastly, we’d like to present Michigan State University Women’s Basketball Coach Suzy Merchant, who happens to be our keynote speaker at this weekends’ Women In Sports Leadership Conference. Who knew the reigning Big Ten Coach of The Year had such a sweet left jab?

On that note, we’ll knock out for the week. See something over the weekend that caught your eye? Snag a stupendous cheerleading squad on video at a pep assembly? Actually: snag ANYTHING at a pep assembly that we should see? Upload it to YouTube and send it on over.

You might just see it on Second Half’s #SocialStudies.

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# Frank Cugini
Thursday, February 2, 2012 9:09 AM
You need to get the video clip from last night's wresting meet between Grand Ledge and Holt (MHSAA TV was there). It played out like a movie script. A back and forth, see saw battle. Down by 5 points going into the last match, Grand Ledge needed senior captain Corey Arnouts to win with by pin to win the meet and remain undefeated in the CAAC and become Conference Champions. ...with 6 seconds left he got the pin and the win...and the crowd went nuts!
Thursday, February 2, 2012 9:13 AM
Love that you rounded up some of this- saves me time from aimlessly wandering the interwebs myself ;)
# Scott Osters
Friday, February 3, 2012 9:38 AM
Great article! Keep em comin!!!!
Saturday, February 4, 2012 3:29 PM
You are the woman! On your way to be discovered by a publisher for big $$$$$!

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