FOUND FOOTAGE: Video of second-year quarterback Chandler Harnish’s halfcourt shot in a challenge with veteran Matt Hasselbeck has gone viral. Harnish sank the long jumper on his first and only attempt, earning $8,000 for Norwell High School’s “Dollars for Scholars” scholarship fund and handing over jersey No. 8 to Hasselbeck.
The video had been viewed nearly 90,000 times on YouTube as of late Monday evening, and Hasselbeck said the most common question he’s received is whether or not the footage has been edited. The quarterback swears the shot was legitimate, and he said further proof could be coming.
“We actually have a second camera that I’m trying to see if we can find that film just to kind of prove it,” Hasselbeck said. “Like the Grassy Knoll cameras. We had tons of witnesses. That was part of the excitement, too. They were just as excited as we were. I don’t know, I celebrated too hard, I think.”
Hasselbeck said the idea for the No. 8 challenge was mostly his, but it wasn’t well thought out. He didn’t realize Harnish was an all-state high school basketball player, and he said he’s been contacted by some of the Norwell graduate’s former teammates who said the QB’s more likely to make a halfcourt bomb than a layup.
“That was a wild deal,” Hasselbeck said. “It was a lot of fun, and it’s those kinds of things, Chandler and I had kind of this moment, but it’s those kinds of things that the team kind of comes together. It really was a crazy thing. Shoot we had a moment with the guys that were waiting to play basketball there. It was fun.”
NO STARS IN HIS EYES: Second-year running back Vick Ballard said the most common question he received from friends back home in Mississippi during the offseason was, “How does it feel to play against Ray Lewis?”
The Colts were eliminated in an AFC wild-card game against Lewis and the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in January. But the question struck Ballard as odd. Football is football, he explained, no matter who you’re playing against.
“No because that’s when you start getting nervous,” Ballard said of becoming star-struck during his rookie season. “If you get nervous, then you don’t play good. Then you end up on the bench.”