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Ryan and Dad Duet

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Note: I can’t upload to YouTube because of the Treo’s video format and Google Video embed in blogs can’t be resized and doesn’t fit my template.


Trip to the New England Aquarium in Boston

Ryan and Dad at the aquarium

Today we took Ryan down to the New England Aquarium in Boston.  She had loved Finding Nemo so much and took a liking to a fish tank on our trip to the little children’s museum in Derry that we thought the Aquarium would be a slam dunk!

and it was!!!

Ryan spent about an hour and a half cruising the aquarium looking at all the marine life.  Her favorites were probably the penguins.  I think Happy Feet has made her a penguin fan for life.  But she also liked the various fish, turtles, and seals.  She had mixed emotions about the jellyfish, which she liked to say a lot, but wasn’t the most comfortable when actually in the exhibit.

Here’s our day chronicled in a little video:

My favorite part of the trip was on the way back to the car when Ryan, walking in between Jen and I holding our hands, looked up and said, “that was so much fun.”

Thanks New England Aquarium for a fun day and some great memories.

More on the Dunk Contest

I am fascinated with the YouTube promotion of the dunk contest, as previously covered here and here.  But I wanted to pull in a little more context.

Rudy Gay’s initial video has been viewed over 1,600,000 times in the past two weeks generating over 2,200 comments and nearly 200 video responses posting dunks that he should try out.

Now that’s viral marketing the way it should be done in the interactive space.  The NBA, Sprite, and YouTube combined to deliver a campaign that captivated an audience and built a platform for interaction that has tremendous opportunity for payoff during NBA All Star weekend.

Well done.

Inspiration to do the amazing

Sometimes inspiration finds you in forms you don’t expect it. Thanks to Byron Friedman for pointing this my direction on the Yard.

One of the things that I love about sport, it the ability for it to bring things like this out of people and the ability of these types of performances to inspire others to do more than they are capable.

For more on Rohan Murphy and the US Paralympics visit

Jamario Moon wets our whistle on YouTube

The NBA dunk contest will be relevant again this year and it might be grass roots build up on YouTube that pushes it back there. It started with Rudy Gay calling out to the community to help choose his dunk (which I covered here). And there have been top ten dunk video montages put together and circulated for each of the four contestants;

Gerald Green, Minnesota Timberwolves (Defending Champion)
Dwight Howard, Orland Magic
Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies
Jamario Moon, Toronto Raptors

    But I stumbled on the icing on the cake today thanks to the community over at Yardbarker in Jamario Moon’s teaser video for a dunk that will knock your socks off.

    Moon, an ex-Harlem Globetrotter who has a growing following of NBA faithfuls, shows off his stuff in a YouTube promo. Stick around until the end for the cliffhanger, it’s a little staged and cheesy, but totally worth it!

    In case you missed it, here’s a screenshot of where Moon took off from for his two handed jam.

    jamario moon from beyond the foul line

    That’s just sick! The only way he could top that would be to pull an “Over the Moon” and dunk over himself!

    I haven’t been this excited for a dunk contest in a long time. It’s about time the NBA made this hyphy again.

    Finding Nemo on Ice

    We took Ryan to Disney on Ice’s Finding Nemo today.  I must say, it was a HUGE hit!  I’ve never seen a 20 month old child sit still, enthralled as she was for two whole hours.  Here’s a little video from the day:

    Pictures and more details to follow tomorrow once they are uploaded to Flickr.

    Marshawn Lynch barking at the Yardbarker Super Bowl party.

    Marshawn Lynch is about to become my favorite sports personality of all time.  Not only is he kicking it “Beast Mode” but he’s also dropping the Cal Berkley knowledge all over the Yard on his blog.

    c with the circle

    All that work at the computer and “spell checking” busted out the following:

    MARSHAWN: “what it do yard barker im n tempe az doin it big wit d man(dewey) and da hooters girl….found out ma mans Dewey knew the producer from da wire and im tryin to get him to hook me up so i can b and extra yard feel me doe….”