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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I LOVE TECHNOLOGY


I LOVE TECHNOLOGY

We just got back from Massachusetts where my high school senior had a football game Friday night.  They lost and are now 2-1, but I was very impressed with Spencer.  He plays defensive corner and has a very good feel for the position, knowing when to pass cover where he shut his man down, and when to play the run where he strung out everything that came around his end.

Spencer is my third son to play football, and I must say I am getting too old.  The excitement and then the disappointment at their loss took its toll on me.  By the games end I was a wreck.  Still, I wish I could see all his games.  It is a 6-7 hour drive from N.J. to Mass., and traffic is always a bitch.  Then there is the expense; motel, gas, tolls, food…none cheap.  So we have gone to only one game a year; this year as Spence is starting we will see three games.

Still it kills me to miss any games.  For my other two boys I never missed a game and I videoed all of every game so we could watch and analyze it later.  It pains me to miss this.

Then I discovered technology, or Spencer set me up.  There is a service that, I assume for a fee, videos every game of almost every high school game played.  The service is for the team, and I believe only the coaches and players have access.  I am guessing there is a fee for every authorized viewer.

Keep it on the down low, but I have Spencer’s sign-on and password.  I will be able to view his game almost immediately after the final gun.  I won’t miss a play, and I can watch over and over like when I taped the games myself years ago.

I am very excited. 

I love technology!

21 comments:

  1. My eldest son is in the Cross Country team. He is a sophomore in Newton, Kansas High School. Videotaped runs. That could be something - for desperate winter weekends :-)

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  2. Sounds great Joe. I hate missing anything my children have done too and it's fantastic that technology still lets you get involved!

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  3. That is an excellent use of technology! There is a small company around here that records the ball games and they play them back each week on the community access cable channel. I love it.

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  4. My mom would have LOVED that technology. We had a dvd of some games and highlights of my high school football team (no, i was not on it. she's just a huge football fan) and she watched it again and again and again and again...

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  5. Wow! That is great news for you.

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  6. That's cool! I wish they'd had that back when my (3) girls were smaller. I could have watched all their piano recitals, dance concerts, kiddie plays, etc from the comfort of my my own living room. (Did I say that out loud?) KIDDING! ;)

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  7. Parents may be involved, too. Parents seem to have banded together into massive committees to support extracurricular activities. I think of them as helicopter committees. My granddaughters play in the marching band, which is a huge part of the lives of parents(this grandparent not so much!). Within seconds of the close of a football game the volunteer parent videographer (who is a professional in his day job) has posted video of the band on Facebook and YouTube, and the team can review the entire game.

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  8. Congrats on your fine sons athletic ability. I know that makes parents very proud. My youngest son is 53 and still plays hockey (now on the senior league...yipes).
    I still get a kick out of going to his games and making videos of him playing.

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  9. It is sad to miss anything big in our children's lives, i'm so glad you can watch the games now!

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  10. Oh this rocks being able to see all his games. I'm sorry you can't be there though. Sounds like he's doing very well.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  11. Nice that you found a way to watch every game! Technology is great that way, isn't it? You know, I miss many kids' sporting games due to there being only ONE of me and TEN of them. It's just not possible, in a weekend, to attend everyone's soccer, baseball, and volleyball game. Sometime each kid will have "tournament play" and have two games EACH on a Saturday and Sunday. So I have to be creative.....I go to a half hour of one game, leave to watch the second half of another game, leave to to watch a quarter of another game, leave that game to watch the last quarter of yet another game. Sometimes if a game is too far away, I will send that kid with a teammate and I won't even see that game. Yeah, that part of having a large family sucks. But, the kids love their sports, and they sometimes won't have ME there watching, but an older sibling. Or their dad, if he's off work that day. We do what we can. Whenever I attend someone's game, I always get the comment "Thanks for coming to my game, mom!" and they truly mean it, because they know that by coming to their game, I am choosing to miss someone else's. It's a juggling thing for me. Always.

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  12. I was going to say that with today's Internet there must be a way you could view their games.

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  13. As much as I say I miss the old days, sometimes I really LOVE the 21st century!

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  14. The internet has awesome powers, including the ability to bring us together with loved ones. Enjoy those games!

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  15. Wow, amazing. I think all parents should have access to those videos but then that might empty the stands. So glad you will be able to see all his games. Stay safe and do well Spenser.

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  16. Is that through Periscope?

    I'm with you on loving modern technology! I Skype with my family in Germany all the time. One year for Christmas one of my sisters put her laptop on "my" place at the dinner table. It was the closest thing I could get to sitting there. I did want to beat them up when they put a glass of wine in front of "me."

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  17. You must have taken off your JERK hat and done some really good things that you're not telling us about. Because Even Steven doesn't see fit to reward just anybody with such a stroke of good luck.

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  18. It is great that you will be able to able to enjoy the game without having to go on the field.
    I understand what you mean by getting old and finding it hard to sit through games (or even through weddings).

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  19. What a GREAT idea--but the viewer list should be expanded!!

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