“Roatti the White Tiger” is blowing up the internet! Some of you may recognize this Zogger as Rich Boatti, a participant from our football leagues. From Deadspin to Bleacher Report to Gothamist, his streetball skills are entertaining the country! We decided to step behind the scenes and see how it all went down.
What’s your record number of 3 pointers for one game?
I’m not sure what my one-game record is for threes, but the most consecutive I’ve hit in a row is 4. I’ve done that two other times (not counting the time in the video). So if I ever hit 5 straight I expect the video of that to be 20% more viral.
Who decided to record the game?
I actually didn’t know the game was being recorded until after I hit the third one in the video. The cameraman is friends with the guys in the game and he told me afterwards that he just got a new camera and was testing it out by recording his friends playing streetball. It took me about four months to track him down and get the footage. If it wasn’t for him none of this craziness would be happening, so shout out to George!
Is there going to be a rematch?
There has already been a rematch – I play with those guys every now and then. The teams weren’t exactly the same but the team I was on lost, and I only hit 2 threes in that game. I did have the same defender though, and he was determined not to let me show him up again and fouled me pretty much every time I touched the ball.
Where can we watch you playing next?
I play at those courts pretty much every weekend as long as the weather is nice. We have plans to play this Saturday around 1 pm. The courts are at Washington Park, which is on Washington Ave right off the BQE in Brooklyn.
What songs are on your pre-game playlist?
I usually listen to high-energy hip hop to psych myself up before sporting events, so a typical sample would include “Hard in Da Paint” by Waka Flocka, “Scenario” by Tribe Called Quest, “BMF” by Rick Ross, “Victory” by Puff and Biggie, “Dead Wrong” by Biggie, “Dirt off Your Shoulder” and “Off That” by Jay-Z, “Primetime” by Kanye and Jay-Z, “Fire in the Hole” by Method Man and Redman, “Hate Me Now” by Nas, “John” by Lil Wayne, and other party anthems like those.
Anything else you want to share about the game?
I’m not saying anything, but several commentators on YouTube have mentioned that when the defender strips the ball from me on the last sequence it looked like a foul. But again, I’m not saying anything.
Most importantly, where did the street name “Roatti the White Tiger” come from?
Roatti the White Tiger was coined by my best friend’s older brother (and also great friend), Dan Frosch, who is now a respected reporter for the New York Times haha. Around 1990 he went to the Bronx Zoo and they had a white tiger on display whose name was “Roatti” or “Coatti” or something like that. Since my last name is “Boatti,” and my first name starts with an “R,” he started calling me “Roatti the White Tiger” and the name stuck.