We often look for content that people amazingly wrote and directed and talk about the amazing qualities of a video that started in someone’s brain and became a beautiful product in the end.  But video’s power in showing live events, especially heroic athletic plays, is what I believe the video camera was invented for in the first place.  In a high school championship game between New York schools New Rochelle and Mount Vernon, one of the craziest unfolding of events occurred in a mere 2.9 seconds, ending in an unbelievable shot that might not have counted had good ol’ video not been there.

New Rochelle and Mount Vernon: This Is What Sports Are About

Of course, there are many versions of this whirlwind of events on YouTube.  This is the most viewed:


Yeah, that’s as wild an ending as you’re going to see in any sport.  What I found interesting is all the confusion that happens after the shot goes through the net: you have two teams who think they’ve won the championship celebrating on the floor.  One is very certain they’ve won, the other…the one that will definitely go down in defeat when the smoke clears, is kind of tentatively dancing around.  The announcers are both excited and confused.

Think about how many things have to go wrong, and how many things have to go right, for this play to happen.  An intercepted in-bounds pass, a careless toss in the back court, itself intercepted, and a heave that barely gets the ball off before the clock hits zeroes that finds its way in the net.  2.9 seconds.

But just think if this had happened in the age where video wasn’t so prominent.  Another team would have been celebrating most likely.  That’s how close that was, and how much video has come to rescue over the years.