7/11 has nothing on me!  These past few weeks, I’ve traveled to another country to coach our basketball team at an elite, preseason tournament.  Now, this is nothing new – we’ve attended this tournament for quite a few years with mixed results.  However, each year I’m surprised by the access provided to our “Tiger Faithful” – past players, alumni and parents all watching the games live via the internet.  Of course, this also permits play-by-play commentary and the armchair quarterbacks who all have opinions on what we should have done during the course of the game.  But, I digress. This post is about how global we’ve truly become in a relatively short amount of time.  In the past, most games were viewed online – generally the video was grainy and the streaming created a poor substitute for watching the game live.  Now, video is pristine and live color commentary is provided; not to mention the audio seems to capture every word I utter/yell – all of it positive of course.  Additionally, I now have my parents – who just found out that the Walkman is no longer a prized possession – sending me well wishes and kudos.  (Well, to be honest, my father provided his input about what he considered to be questionable strategic moves on my part; that’s another story.)  As much as I appreciate the “all access” opportunities the super highway provides, I find myself wondering how much further we can go.  More precisely, at what point is there too much connectivity  and we become over saturated with instant access?   I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that it is okay to reach over and shut the highway down.  Realizing this probably sounds archaic and unrealistic, I do find myself thinking I’m too dependent on the instantaneous, up to the second access to everything.  But then again, like everyone else, I don’t want to shut it off – I need to know and I need to know now.