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Barry McNamara
2/22/2011
 
There’s a memorable scene in the movie “The Social Network,” in which Mark Zuckerberg’s character and his employees count down the moments until Facebook adds its 100 millionth member.

Monmouth College senior Alex Tanney kind of knows the feeling. Through the morning of Feb. 28, his trick shot football video has topped 750,000 hits, and 1 million (or more) might very well be in his sights.

The video, which features Tanney completing such tricks as throwing a football off a bounce-back net into a basketball hoop and another from the Glennie Gym floor into a garbage can in the Huff Athletic Center fieldhouse, launched Feb. 20 on YouTube. Its spread has been wide and steady thanks to exposure on such national sites as espn.com, sportsillustrated.com and yahoo.com.

Inspired by a trick shot video compiled by University of Connecticut quarterback Johnny McEntee, which is nearing 5 million hits, Tanney’s video is drawing favorable comparisons. In fact, the two videos have been pitted head-to-head, with ESPN’s SportsNation compiling a poll that asks voters “Whose trick shot video is more impressive?”

As of 8 a.m. on Feb. 28, Tanney was leading 52 percent to 48 with more than 14,000 votes cast. Fans can vote here.

Speaking of ESPN, Tanney will be interviewed live on ESPN2’s “First Take” on Feb. 24 at approximately 10:40 a.m. Central time. “First Take” airs live each weekday from 9 to 11 a.m. Central time and is hosted by Dana Jacobsen and Jay Crawford. A repeat airs at 11 a.m., so the interview with Tanney will be broadcast again at 12:40 p.m.

In an interview with the Galesburg Register-Mail, Tanney said, “It’s tough to react to how fast it came out. We posted it Sunday night and by 3 p.m. Monday, it was on SportsNation.”

Tanney also explained the process behind the video. After watching McEntee’s footage, he said his friends and teammates “kind of sat around one night and put together some ideas. I thought of a couple, and some of my buddies helped me out.”
Many shots only required a handful of takes, but the bounce-back shot took a lot more time, which is one reason Tanney and the friends who are pictured react so excitedly to the ball going through the hoop.

Tanney is no stranger to national attention, as he was the recipient of the 2009 Melberger Award, presented to the top football player in Division III. During that memorable junior season, Tanney led Monmouth to a 10-0 regular season, completing 70.0 percent of his passes for 3,856 yards and 44 touchdowns.

His 2010 season was not nearly as glamorous, as he suffered a season-ending injury in the first quarter of the Fighting Scots’ second game of the season. The video, however, shows that Tanney is back, with an assortment of pinpoint 60-yard passes and shorter, harder throws completed in succession. He’s also back in the literal sense, as the news came out during interviews about the video that he plans to suit up for the Scots next fall.

The video is “going to get my name out there, but that wasn’t my intention at all,” Tanney told the newspaper. “Obviously, I want my play on the field next fall to draw some attention for me and my team.”