In today's high-tech, Web-driven society we tend to take technology for granted, but the incredible access to information the Internet allows still amazes me. I'm listening to Saturday's U of L-East Carolina game (which the 11th-ranked Cards won 82-76) courtesy of Yahoo Sports' Cardinals page. That site--which is, of course, one among many--recaps the past several games, provided Cardinal-related headlines, displays conference standings, and links to other hoops news. It even lets me add game times to a customized calendar so I can remember to tune in via Internet radio for free (the broadcasts carry commercials, but that's cool).
Ten years ago, really, all of this was possible, but it's become so much more convenient. For example, I could have videotaped a game (assuming it was broadcast, and I made the proper arrangments), but I could only watch the game on TV if I had the cassette handy. Now I can listen in at my convenience from just about any computer with an Internet connection. Similarly, all the stats and news were available on paper a decade ago, but the fact that the information is accessible with a simple click--as opposed to rooting through archives at the library, say--greatly encourages access to that information. And while the Cards' presence in the top 20 (w00t!) pretty much ensures coverage in the local paper, the Web lets me follow the home team even though I don't live in Louisville any more.