How the internet reacted to USA goalkeeper Tim Howard’s string of brilliant saves

#ThingsTimHowardCouldSave trends as the goalie breaks a World Cup record

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The USA were eliminated from the World Cup last night, but you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise thanks to the internet storm surrounding goalkeeper Tim Howard. 

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His unbelievable efforts against Belgium were enough to see him set a new World Cup record for the most saves in a match. So many goals in fact everyone seems to have lost count and isn’t quite sure whether it’s 15 or 16. Well, it was a late match for us, wasn’t it? Either way he beat the previous record of 13, set by Ramon Quiroga of Peru back in 1978.

The ball did eventually get past the goalie, twice, in extra time resulting in a 2-1 defeat for the States. But did that matter to the internet? No, no it did not…


Forget years of politics, Howard’s efforts were enough to start an online Howard for President spoof campaign

https://twitter.com/FootballFanCast/statuses/484252661731303424


#ThingsTimHowardCouldSave started trending 

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via @Nrateng_Rose

https://twitter.com/SparkSunderland/statuses/484276957073268737


PhotoShop was sent into overdrive

https://twitter.com/espn/statuses/484106845377024000


The US Secretary of Defense’s Wikipedia page had a brief update

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The blocking jokes started tumbling in

https://twitter.com/SEC_Logo/statuses/484152571880157184


The word “Howardiculous” was invented


Team changes were suggested


Baby name plans were changed

https://twitter.com/mrmedina/statuses/484102171710205952


Well, if you’re going to be compared to a wall, this one’s a pretty good one

https://twitter.com/Mizzou/statuses/484093212387078144


Of course there was a Gladiator reference


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And thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can re-live the action with all of Howard’s saves in one snazzy video