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.
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
#ThingsTimHowardCouldSave started trending
PhotoShop was sent into overdrive
The US Secretary of Defense’s Wikipedia page had a brief update
The blocking jokes started tumbling in
The word “Howardiculous” was invented
Team changes were suggested
Baby name plans were changed
Well, if you’re going to be compared to a wall, this one’s a pretty good one
Of course there was a Gladiator reference
And thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can re-live the action with all of Howard’s saves in one snazzy video