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Move over ESPN here's Rockin Robin

February 13, 2012 - Michael Palmer
He rocks in the treetops all the day long Hoppin' and a-boppin' and a-singin' his song All the little birdies on J-Bird Street Love to hear the robin goin' tweet-tweet-tweet

You may be confused by that little song verse, but we are talking about the Tweet or other social media post and how it has altered the world of sports information.

I use as an example, only because he has kindly given his permission, Rick Ferri. He is a Harrison Central sports fan and his facebook page has become the 'unofficial' facebook voice of the Huskies as he updates scores from Harrison Central games he attends, and folks let me tell you he is sitting in the bleachers at the lion's share of games.

Not just football and boys basketball, he is at volleyball, girls basketball, the JV games and the rest texting his updates to his facebook page. It has not gone unnoticed as there are hundreds following his tested commentaries.

This is just one isolated case in a world gone wild with social media. Add this instant score updating with posted photos and video and I think it is easy to make the statement that this is the future for sports fans.

It is the next best thing to being there and with the advances in cell phones and 4G wireless access to upload live feeds, it is conceivable that if you could click from one source to another in your web browser tabs, one could watch a 99 yard kick off return at a high school football game live from 4 or 5 different camera views and never miss a step.

If you consider that 100 years ago most of the homes in the valley had no telephone and the radio was the best source for live sporting events, it is an amazing time to be a fan.

On several occasions news has hit the paper's editorial office through texts and tweets minutes before it was breaking news on the sports or news channels.

If you have a cell phone with internet access you can keep tabs on all the local teams.

The local television stations have taken note and are enlisting legions of local fans and students to tweet, text and post sports scores, updates and even breaking news. I have seen the camera shots uploaded by on the scene mobile media from an eyewitness with a cell phone.

I think it pretty cool .... and as a bonus Rick is a fast becoming a celebrity on the internet.

These updated lyrics are for Ferri:

He started tweeting steady and bless my soul He out tweet-ed the buzzard and the oriole! Tweet rockin' Ricky 'Cause the Huskies are playin' tonight!


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