What Were BTN.com's Top Videos for 2011?
We post plenty of videos here at BTN.com ranging from TV show excerpts and bonus Web-only clips to game highlights and interviews. We even started some very popular sections called “Did You See This?” and the “Best of Gus Johnson.” As 2011 winds down and 2012 warms up in the bullpen, we dove into the last 12 months of videos to find the most-watched pieces from the past calendar year.
Our search revealed this gem from Minnesota pitcher Luke Rasmussen adding his own style to reading lineups from the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. It didn’t crack the top ten most-viewed but we post it as our BTN.com Editor’s Choice because, well, it cracked us up. Want to see the ten most-watched clips? They’re all below in this post. Have a safe and happy 2012 and we look forward to posting more clips in 2012.
10. Men’s Basketball Highlight: Wisconsin at Michigan. Wisconsin’s lineup featured some notable offensive players coming into last season, but Josh Gasser made a name for himself early on. In the Badgers’ game at Michigan, Gasser banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Wisconsin a 53-52 win over the Wolverines on a chilly Wednesday night in Ann Arbor.
9. Game of the Year: Illinois vs. Michigan. In BTN’s year-in-review TV show we spotlighted our choice for the Big Ten Game of the Year, and our choice was a wild affair. Michigan and Illinois went to multiple overtimes in football before the Wolverines prevailed.
8. THON, Penn State University: Penn State’s THON is the largest student run philanthropy in the world and this feature on the 46-hour dance marathon aired on our BTN LiveBIG show. The event is the culmination of a year-long fundraising effort that raises money for the fight against cancer.
7. Heismans and Titles: Husker History: The addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten Conference gave two already passionate fan bases even more reason to get excited. This look at the national championships and Heisman winners that have helped shape Nebraska football history was immensely popular with our readers.
6. Brady Hoke Interview: Speaking of energized fan bases, Michigan fans enthusiastically welcomed new football coach Brady Hoke to Michigan, and the popularity of BTN’s Mike Hall’s interview with the coach only proved this point.
5. Aaron Craft & a Rubik’s Cube: BTN.com editors watch every Big Ten men’s basketball game, and when we enjoyed this short TV feature which aired during a break in the action during an Ohio State game, we thought our viewers might like it, too. We were right, and you made it one of our most popular “Did YouSee This?” videos to date.
4. Iowa 2011 Spring Football Highlights: Hope springs eternal in … the spring. Cooped up after a long winter Big Ten fans start itching for football, and the highlights from the 2011 spring football game in Iowa City were watched over and over and over again. We’ll be back out on the road this spring for more coverage as well.
3. Bo Pelini Media Day 2011: When Bo Pelini took the podium at Big Ten Football Media Day last summer in Chicago, he made history as the first Nebraska football coach in the Big Ten. And his words resonated with Huskers fans eager for their inaugural season in the Big Ten as they passed this clip around.
2. Kirk Cousins KickOff Luncheon Speech: Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke in front of a massive audience at the 2011 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, but his passionate and inspiring speech about what it means to be a Big Ten student-athlete reached an audience far beyond that ballroom crowd.
1. Iowa Fans Show Their Cards: On a gorgeous autumn football Saturday in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes prepared to take the field against Northwestern. But before kickoff the Kinnick Stadium crowd executed a masterful display of fan coordination with this card performance during the National Anthem. We posted the video shortly after the event happened and fans spread the word via social media. The result: It was our most popular video clip of 2011.