Frank Beamer leads the Harlem Shake for his Virginia Tech players (Video)

Frank-Beamer-Harlem-ShakeBelieve me when I say that I want to ignore the Harlem Shake and just patiently what for it to fizzle out, but every time I tell myself I’m totally done with it someone like Frank Beamer comes along and starts cutting a rug.

Like many other collegiate teams across the nation, the Virginia Tech football team decided to get in on the Harlem Shake trend by making pretty much the same Harlem Shake video every other team has made. They did, however, add an X-factor in the form of Beamer showing us his 66-year-old dance moves like a straight up boss.

As much as I dislike the whole Harlem Shake phenomenon, I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t led to a few laughs. Whether it’s Beamer strutting his stuff or this clever mash-up from the hockey world, not all of these videos have been unbearable.

Video via Dr. Saturday

Timberwolves make a Harlem Shake spin-off to rip on the Heat (Video)

Timberwolves-Heat-Harlem-ShakeThe viral sensation that is the Harlem Shake appears to still be going strong, despite the fact that many people like us have grown tired of it. Apparently the Minnesota Timberwolves have also had enough.

On Tuesday, the T-Wolves posted their own version of the Harlem Shake on their official YouTube account. As you can see, it featured a person in a LeBron James jersey wearing a motorcycle helmet. Instead of hitting its climax around the 15-second mark like all of the other Harlem Shake videos, this one ended with the T-Wolves mascot coming out and pummeling the man in the LeBron jersey.

“Some things get old fast,” a message read at the end of the video.

The Heat released their own Harlem Shake video last week, and it looks like the Timberwolves feel that they put the final nail in the coffin. We have seen at least one funny version of the trend, but ultimately we’re with the Wolves. It’s time for the Harlem Shake to end.

H/T Black Sports Online

Flyers-Penguins scuffle Harlem Shake video is somewhat funny

Penguins-Flyers-Harlem-ShakeWe here at LBS don’t really get the hype surrounding the Harlem Shake video phenomenon. I understand that social media trends have a mind of their own, but most of the Harlem Shake videos people are coming up with just aren’t that funny. However, there are always going to be exceptions.

Like this Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins Harlem Shake video, for example. The folks at HockeyVideoHD decided to turn a dust-up that took place on Wednesday night during the Flyers’ win over the Penguins into a Harlem Shake mash-up. It may have originally been Paul Bissonette of the Minnesota Wild’s idea, but the execution was pretty flawless.

Don’t get me wrong, I still hate these things and am not going to be the least bit upset when the trend dies out. But as Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky put it, this is the first Harlem Shake video that doesn’t suck. I guess that counts for something.

Susquehanna athletes kicked off teams for raunchy Harlem Shake video

Several Susquehanna athletes including some football players were kicked off their teams this week as punishment for participating in a raunchy Harlem Shake video.

The video was posted to YouTube this week and it features 11 student-athletes from the Pennsylvania college working out in a weight room. The participants are seen doing typical weight lifting activities for the first half of the video before cutting loose and getting funky for the final 15 seconds of the short clip.

Though the video seems like it was done in clean fun, four of the athletes are paired into couples and simulate sex acts for the second half of the video. That is the part that upset the school, leading to punishment.

“Earlier this week, a video involving 11 student-athletes simulating sex acts in the university’s weight room was produced and publicly posted. We met with the student-athletes involved and removed them from their intercollegiate athletics teams. At the same time, the students were given a plan of action outlining the pathway to reinstatement to their teams,” a school spokesperson said a statement sent to Larry Brown Sports.

“Susquehanna University promotes a culture of respect and personal responsibility. Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a great privilege. The student-athlete handbook calls upon student-athletes to be exemplary role models by demonstrating respect for others and acting in a first-class manner.

“We are disappointed by this behavior and the way in which these student-athletes represented our teams and the university. We hope that they learn from this experience, and that they will earn their way back to representing Susquehanna as members of their teams.”

Harlem shake videos have become the latest trend on the Internet. The fad was inspired by a video uploaded to YouTube late last month which inspired many replica versions. You can read the entire backstory on the Harlem Shake at Know Your Meme.

Many people felt that kicking the athletes off their teams was excessive punishment for participating in the video but, as the school said, the participants have the potential to get reinstated. We can think of many worse things players have done to get kicked off a team.

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