Part of the reason why he's credited with many (aside from the fact that he can make even the most mundane sport worth watching) was that if you didn't want a crazy finish to a game, there was one rule: DON'T LET GUS CALL IT! Seriously, nearly every time he calls a game, something unexpected happens! The "Gus Effect" seems to be its own, forever living meme. "Bottlegate"? The Brandon Stokely catch! The Hail Mary pass to end Jacksonville vs. Houston? All those close Gonzaga wins and losses during the Adam Morrison days? Guess who did play by play for ALL of them?
Believe it or not, we can now add Joe Buck to this list. No, I'm serious, he's been giving some emotional calls lately (and, to that effect, he hasn't been the boring announcer a lot of people knew him as back in the day)! The one that is standing out is the famous call of the David Ortiz grand slam at the 2013 ALCS: "Hard hit into right! Back at the wall! TIE GAME!"note To put this moment into context, in Game 2 of the 2013 ALCS, with the Boston Red Sox trailing the Detroit Tigers 5-1 with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning, Ortiz hit the first pitch Joaquin Benoit threw for a game tying grand slam. What made this even more memorable was Torii Hunter flipping over the right field wall in his attempt to the catch the ball. Ultimately, the Red Sox won the game, 6-5, and the series, eventually becoming the world champions.
"What a catch!" is becoming a meme for him. He's used it for some spectacular catches, and nearly every single time, he gets rather emotional.
After Australian Rules Football team Essendon won a close-fought match against the West Coast Eagles in 1993, Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy celebrated by whirling his jacket above his head. When the two teams faced off again in the finals, with Essendon winning, Essendon fans celebrated in the same manner, and when the Eagles won the next year, their fans did the same. The "jacket wave" has now become a tradition in matches between the two teams. Fittingly, Sheedy's last game as coach was against the Eagles.
Another AFL one, Barry Hall's big hit on Brent Staker. Pawnch!
Pretty much everything John Madden has ever said. BOOM!
Now you see, to win the football game, you have to score more points than your opponents. If you let them score more points than you, *chuckles* well you've probably lost then, haven't you?
Some post-game speeches from players and coaches can become memes in their own right if they're outlandish or quote-worthy enough (and will eventually become memes on SportsCenter, too). Case in point:
Zinedine Zidane's headbutting of Marco Materazzi during the 2006 FIFA World Cup final. On top of being his last match, said match was being televised around the planet (it is, after all, the World Cup). Rather than being remembered as a great soccer player, he's now commonly associated with that incident; if you go to Google Images and look up "zidane," what's the first result you get? Besides the hero of Final Fantasy IX, that is.
Materazzi himself is known around the world for his violence. He even has Chuck-Norris-Facts about it: " Materazzi once broke an adversary's leg. Playing chess!"
Terrell Owens doesn't want you taking smack about Tony Romo. Because that's his teammate! This gem has set up permanent residence in Reverse Funny Aneurysmville.Explanation T.O. bought the tickets to Mexico that Romo used before that lost playoff game, which could be seen as partly his fault.
Be careful around Mike Tyson, or else he'll eat your children (even if you don't have any, like the man the threat was directed at!)...or you ear. He can't do either anymore, ever since he promised to "fade into Bolician".
"You've just won the Super Bowl. What are you going to do next?" "I'M GOIN' TO DISNEYLAND!!!" This one became an advertising slogan for the Disney Theme Parks.
And made it into Aladdin: "You've just won the heart of the princess! What are you going to do next?"
Super Bowl? Orel Hershiser said it after the Dodgers won the 1988 World Series.
Phil Simms at the 1987 Super Bowl was first (according to the Other Wiki). Note that it wasn't spontaneous - he was paid $75,000 to do it.
As would John Elway have been, had the Denver Broncos won instead.
The 2011 Boston Red Sox were 77-0 when leading after eight innings... until they lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the game that knocked them out of playoff contention. 77-1 quickly became nearly as infamous as 18-1.
The Red Sox were well known for one of the oldest memes in sports: The Curse of the Bambino. After trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1918, they couldn't win a championship again until 2004, where they came back from a 0-3 game deficit to win the ALCS and then made it a 7 game winning streak to become world champions. The team they came back from that deficit? The Yankees!
Evgeni Plushenko loves his quads. Because if you don't do a quad, you're not a real skater. TRUFAX.
Towel Power started when then-Vancouver Canucks head coach Roger Nielson raised a white towel on the end of a hockey stick, making a mock surrender to the dodgy officiating of the series with the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs. Nielson was ejected after several players copied his sentiment. Ever since, Canucks fans have brought white towels to their games and whirl them enthusiastically to support the team.
So does everyone else. Including Chicago fans, who HATE Vancouver.
Kyle Wellwood is fat. Popularized by Toronto Maple Leafs blog Down Goes Brown.
Another Maple Leafs-based meme is Luke Schenn, Memetic Sex God, which portrays the aforementioned Schenn as being able to impregnate people by simply looking at them.
Travis Hair, the proprietor of Five For Howling, a Phoenix Coyotes blog, along with Chemmy, who runs the Leafs blog Pension Plan Puppets created the "Throw the Snake" phenomenon for the team's 2010 Stanley Cup Playoff run, as a response to the Detroit Red Wings' octopus tradition.
For the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NHL released a series of ads showing great moments in Stanley Cup history (Bobby Orr's game-winner, Patrick Roy making a save in the '86 Cup Finals, etc.) reversed, with a line stating "What if Bobby Didn't Fly"? and then the Tagline "History Will Be Made". Naturally, hockey fans rallied to make parodies such this as well as this.
In Brazil, criticizing announcer Galvăo Bueno (present in most of Rede Globo's sports broadcasts) is a national pastime. It reached severe memetic status during the opening ceremony of 2010 FIFA World Cup, when "Cala Boca Galvăo" ("Shut Up Galvăo") became the Twitter top trending topic worldwide. Seeing foreigners confused, a Brazilian created a fake explanation ("GALVAO is a very rare bird in Brazil. CALA BOCA means SAVE, the brazilians are very sad because lots of GALVAOS die everyday.") that also became a meme, with the creation of a "Galvăo Foundation" and saying Lady Gaga would record a song to help them.
The four years leading to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are leading to "Imagine on the Cup!" to become a common phrase in discussion\press, given problems with building\reforming the stadia and infrastructure, overall corruption regarding preparation, embarassing moments (the logo, the mascot's name), and the worst aspects of the country emerging in-between. Related, once protests broke out in 2013, the angry mob adopted "There Won't Be A Cup" as their motto (no, they couldn't stop it).
During the Cup, after many dazzling games with plenty of goals, Iran-Nigeria was a mind-numbingly boring game with barely any attacking and a 0-0 result. Thus that game became both The Scrappy of the tournament and the negative benchmark to which later matches would be compared: any game where teams took long to score, or after an early goal became a dull kickabout, would earn comparisons to Iran-Nigeria. The game even got some "love" during the days without any matches ("Give me a game, even a rerun of Iran-Nigeria!") and after the Cup was over ("I miss Iran-Nigeria!" during equally "exciting" games of the Brazilian second division).
Anything involving UFC fighter Lyoto Machida and urine. (It seems that both he and his dad are aware of the meme enough to intentionally feed it.)
In every single World Cup 2010 thread on a certain site: BRRZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. To elaborate: In South Africa, a plastic horn called the vuvuzela is strongly associated with football, and played at every soccer match in support. It probably would have stayed there... if not for the World Cup there exposing everyone to the weird, droning noise of the thing.
Youtube even joined in on the fun, with a soccer ball icon on videos that, when clicked, caused vuvuzela... sounds to play.
I don't see what's so wrong with the—BRRRZZZZ!—with the—BBBRRRRZZZZ!—with—BBBBBBRRZZZZZZZZZZZZZ-cut it out!
Also, anything related to Paul the octopus and his "predictions".
This may have something to do with EVERY SINGLE ONE being correct...
Encyclopedia Dramatica: It is a known fact that Paul makes Vegas bookies shit bricks.
"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE." Um, yeah, Dan Gilbert'sCaps Lock key is loud.
Before, you simply announced that you were leaving a team. Nowadays, it's all about "taking your talents to" a different team.
"Taking my talents to South Beach" has become a catch-all expression for anything: Using the bathroom, dates with Rosie Palms, quitting a job, moving, leaving a party, etc.
Even Mario once proclaimed in an interview for Mario Sports Mix that he's taking his talents to the Mushroom Kingdom!
Not sure if this should go here or not, but recently the Boise State University/University of Idaho sports rivalry flared up a bit more than usual when the BSU president, in a newspaper interview, referred to U of I fans as "nasty" and "inebriated". Since then, "nasty and inebriated" has become something of a meme — apparently it's even being put on T-shirts.
Don't get Devin Hester a Christmas present, because he'll just return it.
Cigar Guy. For those not in the know, Tiger Woods at one point lobbed a shot right into a photographer's face (thankfully saved by an unfortunate camera). While the image of a blurry ball about to smack someone in the noggin is hilarious, photoshoppers worldwide focused in on a strange looking fellow who to all appearances was grinning ear to ear behind a ridiculous combination of Porn Stache, cigar, and a ginger wig that looks like a turban upon first glance.
Marv Mauve Albert: VINCE CAWTER!!!YES!!!!
"Bill Parcells does a sur-pris-ingly good me."
Randy Moss is a slouch!
The gloves on his helmet actually make him look like a walrus.
Rex Ryan's newly discovered foot fetish.note Probably killed now since Bill Belechek benched Wes Welker for the starting series during the divisional playoff game after Welker did a tongue-in-cheek press conference making fun of it. The Patriots went on to lose that game. Well, that and the discovery came because of a leaked audio sex tape that should've never have seen the light of day as it was.
Ryan's predictions of the Jets winning the Super Bowl every year have become quite memetic. The first two years people laughed because the Jets got to the AFC Championship Game and choked, but things became absolutely hilarious in the third year because Ryan again predicted that the Jets would win the Super Bowl, yet the Jets failed to even make the playoffs. Namath he ain't.
When Brett Favre was caught on camera being hit in the groin with a football during a practice session (seen here), comparisons being drawn to the above were inevitable — especially since at this stage of his career Favre's advanced age was a frequent subject of derision.
Gary Bettman is booed in every single NHL arena he walks in to. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.
It's simple: we kill The Bettman◊.Explanation At the time this image was first added, Bettman was presiding over the third lockout of his tenure and it was possible that the season could have been canceled. Despite the fact that part of the season was salvaged, the fans are still quite livid.
Livan Hernandez, the Cuban defector who was quickly escorted into the Florida Marlins' lineup, gave a broken-English speech that became a South Florida meme following the 1997 World Series victory: "Team happy...Miami happy...everybody happy!"
After LeBron James' infamous "Decision", depicting the Unholy Trinity (James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade) as the nWo. "He is the third man in this picture!"
And after James' extremely poor performance in the 2011 NBA Finals, wherein he seemed to vanish in the 4th quarter, the Internet flooded with jokes at his expense. For instance: "I asked LeBron for change for a dollar. He gave me 75 cents and said 'Sorry, I don't have a 4th quarter.'"
Prior to either of these, the biggest meme associated with "King James" was the "crab dribble" incident, wherein he defended an obvious travel by claiming it was the perfectly legal crab dribble (which is real, but involves actual, uh, dribbling). This eventually mutated into a YouTube fad of leaving "LeBron traveled" as a comment on videos featuring him, regardless of context.
James makes a lot of funny faces, with two in particular ("Lelbron◊" and "Lylbron◊", named after corruptions of "lol" used on 4chan's sports board) being popular reaction images. And, come on, look at them, they're hysterical.
PAWWWWWWWLLLL note :EDSBS's mockery of the average Paul Finebaum Radio Network listener, whose audience can be most charitably described as "redneck". PAWWWWWWWLLLL is also an EDSBS nickname for Finebaum himself.
This one has achieved Ascended Meme status, as Washington State coach Mike Leach, whose feud with James is quite well-known, has signed copies of his book with "CJK5H."Explanation When Leach was the head coach at Texas Tech, Craig James and his son played a major role in his firing.
ROLL TIDE WHAT'S A ________? note Another EDSBS creation, this time making fun of clueless Alabama fans. The blank space can be filled in by common information (ROLL TIDE WHAT'S A COMPUTER?), mildly complicated words (ROLL TIDE WHAT'S A QUESADILLA?) or basic football strategy (ROLL TIDE WHAT'S A SECONDARY?).
Former Chicago Bears and current Washington Redskins QB Rex Grossman has mutated into Memetic Badass "Rax Grissman", a headstrong alpha male who invariably unleashes the dragon by throwing deep, after screwing up his Bears' sure-fire Super Bowl victory by tossing a long bomb even though that was the absolute worst thing he could possibly do in that situation. Rax Grissman's motto is "Fuck it, I'm going deep!"
"Unleashing the dragon" has spun off into a meme in and of itself, with "dragon" being shorthand for a spectacularly long pass, "leg dragon" a long-range field goal, and "land dragon" an impressive run.
Winning the World Series in six games? George Costanza seriously hopes you guys don't do this.
Also known as ISHYGDDT or "I shiggy diggy."
"Shhoooooooot!" as a common phrase for Steve Smith of the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks for Calgary Flames fans when Smith was in control of the puck after Smith accidentally scored on his own netduring game 7. It was the series losing goal for the Oilers... on Smith's birthday.
A few days after the Denver Broncos (led by third-string quarterback Tim Tebow) were thrashed 45-10 by the Detroit Lions, editor Bill Williamson wrote a column stating that it was time to think about centering their game around a different quarterback. Anti-Tebow ESPN commenters took to the message boards posting strings of "X > Tebow" commentsnote X = something or someone undesirable (ex. Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, two of the biggest QB draft busts of all time, growing more and more absurd with each post. Also a victim of the Streisand Effect, as moderators' attempts to quash any further "X > Tebow" comments only encouraged the meme to spread to other non-Tebow areas of the site. Which both gained strength and reversed after the Broncos won six straight, finished 7-4 under Tebow, beat the Steelers in overtime on a pass for 80 yards in the playoffs (before reality ensued and the Broncos got utterly curbstomped by the Patriots in the next round of the playoffs), and won multiple sloppy games ending in big playsfor the win. And then there's this.
Tebowing would later inspire Bradying◊, which is the act of adopting the limp, sullen position taken by Tom Brady after his New England Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI
Kirk Herbstreit's earthquake face◊. While Herbstreit was being interviewed by Chris Fowler after the 2011 Oklahoma State/Kansas State football game, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake (the biggest in Oklahoma history) occurred and Herbstreit looked scared out of his mind while on air, yet didn't say a word until Fowler (finally) stopped talking to let him answer a question.
The Buffalo Bills are often referred to as the Razorcakes after a popular analogy for the team — a cake that looks great and tastes delicious at first but is actually filled with razors. They've certainly earned the moniker — there was a brief period in the 2011 season when they were at the top of their division after upsetting the New England Patriots, but they missed the playoffs after losing six straight games
Alex Rodriguez as a centaur. An ex-girlfriend of A-Rod's claimed he had a self portrait of himself as a centaur above his bed. Everyone who heard this rightly found it the most ridiculous thing ever, and years later it still gets mocked, even by actual news sources like ESPN.
"To everyone in Canada outside of BC, you're welcome."Explanation From the Twitter account for the Los Angeles Kings, which posted the aforementioned tweet shortly after the Kings' Game 1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The tweet references the fact that just about everyone in Canada despises the Canucks because they're both highly visible and currently the only dominant Canada-based team, and because of their play style, which critics have described as dirty and whiny.
2011 World Series:
HAPPY FLIGHT!!!Explanation Every time the Cardinals won a postseason away game, it was a "happy flight." Rafael Furcal made this a thing.
yfw da bears win the superb owl. Originating on 4chan's /sp/ (sports) board and accompanied by a picture of a happy-looking bear, it's typically cited as an example of the delusional nature of Bears fans, who seem to go into every season thinking they'll win it all.
The "superb owl" spelling error has spilled into other sports championships, such as the Worlds Eries, the NBA Champion's Hip/NBAF Inals, and the venerable Stan Lee Cup.
The SF Giants' Brandon Belt is a giraffe. It's blown up to the point where one of the giraffes at the Six Flags Vallejo Discovery Kingdom is named after him.
RONDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!Explanation Chris Webber marking out over Rajon Rondo.
Good effort LeBron,Good job!◊ Explanation A young fan verbalizes praise for LeBron James' efforts in a tough loss for his Miami Heat versus the Boston Celtics.
"Couch in the shotgun. Throws. That's batted into the air! Intercepted AND THE BEARS ARE GONNA WIN IT! MIKE BROWN HAS DONE IT AGAIN!"Explanation Chicago Bears Safety, Mike Brown, intercepted a pass in overtime for a touchdown for a Bears win. The following week, he did it again.
Italian coach of FC Bayern München Giovanni Trapattoni became this. Phrases in broken German like "Spieler schwach wie Flasche leer" (players weak like bottle empty), "Struuunz! Was erlaube Strunz?" (How dare Strunz?) or "Ich habe fertig" (I am finish) are well-remembered even today.
When both Manchester United and Manchester City were eliminated from the UEFA tournament in the group stage, posts mocking "the city of Manchester" flooded 4chan's /sp/ board. When Bayern München and Bayer Leverkuse were both eliminated in the next stage, this became "the city of Bayer", despite the teams not being based in the same city. Since then, it's been used for absolutely everything, especially things that aren't cities (such as "the city of Arsenal" or "the city of France".)
"The shantytown of Miami" became popular after the Heat fell apart against the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals.
In the movie Semi-Pro, the Flint Tropics, a struggling ABA team, has to be 4th in the league to survive the NBA merger. Their coach/power forward/promoter generates buzz for the last game of the season by billing it as the Flint Megabowl, having a huge trophy made, and generally acting like the game is at all significant to anyone but him and his team. Since then, the term "Megabowl" has been used in sports communities to describe meaningless games (mostly regular season or preseason games) that fans of the winning team go crazy over. Say a Super Bowl favorite loses to a team that hasn't made the playoffs in a decade — the underdogs just won the Megabowl.
Sometime past midnight of September 11, 2012 in the eastern time zone of the United States, in the late hours of an extra-inning Major League Baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds (home) and the Pittsburgh Pirates, a group of giddy and likely tired fans began an odd howling. Theories abound for the cause, including the fact it was "Bark at the Park" night at the stadium (in which fans brought dogs to the game), that it was inspired by a music video that had been shown before the game, and that it was started by one particular individual and caught on. The howling resurfaced the next game. Fan opinion was split as to whether the howling was fun, or just plain irritating. (Notable: The game in question was the longest played in that stadium ever and the longest Reds home game since 1967, so nobody could be blamed if they were a little punch-drunk.) Fans later picked up on reports which indicated that said howling had actually been done by Pirates fans at a home game at their stadium. Either something had carried over from there, or wildly, the phenomenon sprung up independently at the Great American Ballpark. It was still going strong in 2013 and had gained a name, "The Woo," though many had grown so annoyed by it that they were calling for a ban.
Pirates fans like the more pleasant phrase "Raise the Jolly Roger" from Greg Brown whenever the Bucs win a game! note A Jolly Roger is the traditional pirate sign, and raising the Jolly Roger would be raising a flag with that symbol of it, which was also the Pirate's logo for years.
"That's a clown question, bro" was young baseball phenom Bryce Harper's response to a reporter's question that Harper felt was, well, a clown question (it was a rather inane question). This resulted in people coming to his team's games wearing clown costumes and waving signs that said "Can I ask you a question, Bryce?"
For seemingly being a random quotable, this phrase has really taken off. Besides the aforementioned Jeopardy reference, references to it are often seen on unofficial team merchandise (type the phrase into a search engine and look how many t-shirts pop up.) References to it are also made fairly often on twitter, especially after Bryce hits a home run ("That's a clown pitch, bro")
"This is not soccer!" - from rugby union referee, Nigel Owens. He was talking to Treviso scrumhalf Tobias Botes, who was appealing for a penalty. Rugby union is generally much less lenient on players who undermine the referee's authority than association football. Rugby fans took it up as their unofficial motto, because of the Fandom Rivalry between the two sports.
"Rolf er ren" Translation "Rolf is clean" is a Danish meme that will always pop up in Danish cycling discussions when the subject goes to doping. It's a reference to the most winning Danish cyclist ever, Rolf Sřrensen, who has never been proved to have done doping and has always denied it... until he confessed to doping in 2013.
Marat Izmailov played for Benfica, Sporting and Porto, in Portugal... and unfortunately, across the ocean, a soap opera used a phonetically similar song, "Ex-My Love", for its theme tune. Jokes combining both became really popular.
Butt Fumble Explanation During the 2012 Thanksgiving game against the Patriots, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez botched a handoff and ran headlong into guard Brandon Moore's butt, fumbling the ball, which was returned for a touchdown. This was during a 52 second span in which the Patriots scored three touchdowns, and is regarded as the low point of a bad season for both the Jets and Sanchez.
Grumpy Toews◊. No one knows why Jonathan Toews was quite so grumpy, especially since as the screenshot indicates, the Chicago Blackhawks (Toews' team) were beating the tar out of the Phoenix Coyotes at that point.
Random Penguin: Tom Barasso. note On the 10/29/2012 episode of Marek vs. Wyshynski, co-host Jeff Marek moped about the missed opportunity of the merger of Random House and Penguin Books by not becoming "Random Penguin". He spent the rest of the episode by peppering his conversation during the show with random Pittsburgh Penguin players to drive co-host Greg Wyshynski nuts. Listeners then carried the joke since, with e-mails to the show often ending with mentioning a random Penguins player.
Congratulations, you came back from a broken leg. Idied. note The 4/22/2012 episode of MvsW had Greg Wyshynski pretty much wishing Bill Masterton - the only NHL player to die of in-game injury - to be brought back as a hologram so he could chirp winners of his namesake trophy, who are always alive when they win it. Hologram Bill Masterton became another M vs. W in-joke, with even a Twitter account dedicated to the hologram.
>Torres Explanation Whenever a player messes up during a match, it is common practice on 4chan to greentext their name in gamethreads using the > prefix. The single most popular target for this is Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who had a legendarily bad first season and a half at Chelsea, to the point where greentexting is synonymous with him.
ˇˇESTAMOS EN LA B!! ˇˇESTAMOS EN LA B!!Explanation When the legendary Argentinian football team River Plate were playing the second leg of their relegation tie, some guys decided to record the reactions of one of their family members, a specially hysterical fan, watching the TV. When the team conceded the goal that most likely meant their first relegation ever, he started screaming that, which means "We are in the B (series)". It's now commonly mocked every time a strong team is losing a match, even if it's completely pointless.
Tuukka Rask, Goalie for the Boston Bruins, has built several memes around himself in recent years:
HIDE YO' KIDS, HIDE YO' MILKCRATES Explanation Tuukka can get kind of angry when a game goes particularly bad for him or the Bruins, and will start bashing his stick on things. The meme comes from after a particularly nasty loss in minor league play, when a blown call and a controversial one caused Rask's team to lose. Tuukka subsequently lost his shit, broke his stick against the boards, and threw a milk crate on his way to the back.
"Knowledge is knowing that tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad" - a quip from the then-captain of Ireland's national Rugby Union team, Brian O'Driscollnote and the subject of another meme, "In BOD We Trust" in an interview.
Among hockey fans, equaling not qualifying with the players ending up playing golf.
GO PERDS!Explanation A typo of "Preds" for the Nashville Predators, who have a pretty decent-sized fanbase for a team in the not-ice-hockey-traditional Southern United States.
We got so excited we couldn't type str8...but we'd like to let you know the playas are back in town.
For US soccer fans: Dos a Cero Explanation Over four consecutive (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014) World Cup qualifying cycles, the Mexican national team has played their arch-rival, the United States, at the Columbus Crew stadium, and all four times, the US has won 2-0. Furthermore, a key World Cup match in the 2002 tournament also ended in a 2-0 victory for the US over Mexico. Thus "Dos a Cero" ("Two to Zero" in Spanish) has become a common taunt used by US fans against Mexico during World Cup qualifying.
From worst to first. BOSTON STRONG!Explanation The Boston Red Sox started the 2013 season in last place. Then the Boston Marathon was the target of a terrorist bombing. The Sox ended up winning the World Series at home.
This Is Our Fucking City!Explanation The first home game after the bombing, and after the perps had been dealt with (one captured and one killed), Sox designated hitter David "Big Papi" Ortiz presented his gratitude to the law enforcement and first responders involved. During a live broadcast, he uttered this phrase. Not to worry, though. Julius Genachowski, then-chairman of the FCC, let it slide. He's a Boston native, BTW.
BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE BRETT FAVRE Explanation Brett Favre had a tendency to be mentioned a lot on channels such as ESPN, so /sp/ worshipped him, mainly by spamming his name
MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI Explanation The soccer version of this with Lionel Messi.
The ridiculous memetic phrase "lustful cockmonster" (used often in relation to LGBT sports converstaions), which came from a very angry Chris Kluwe.
WACHA WACHA WACHA!!! Explanation 22-year-old pitcher Michael Wacha helped carry the St. Louis Cardinals to the 2013 World Series and became the youngest NLCS MVP in 20 years. Signs and t-shirts bearing this phrase and Fozzie Bear's picture/silhouette in a Cardinals cap popped up everywhere.
Bernd Schuster's "Es catalán. No hase falta disir nada más" (He's Catalan. There is no need to say anything else), awkward pronunciation included. That was his answer when he was asked about why the ref had had so many decisions against his team, Real Madrid. That line became gold when blaming any ref ever in Spain.
... Before Derrick rose came back Explanation Derrick Rose, the star for the Chicago bulls, has been injured frequently. Anytime anyone makes a career comeback or something in the world significant happens, they have done so before Derrick Rose came back.
WELL I'M THE BEST CORNER IN THE GAME! WHEN YOU TRY ME WITH A SORRY RECEIVER LIKE CRABTREE THAT'S THE RESULT YOU GONNA GET!DON'T YOU EVER TALK ABOUT ME (...) CRABTREE! DON'T YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH ABOUT THE BEST OR IMMA SHUT IT FOR YOU REAL QUICK! LOB! Explanation Richard Sherman, after making the tip that sealed the game for the Seattle Seahawks, had an interview with Erin Andrews. He went crazy.
The German national anthem: the official song of Formula One. Explanation After every Formula One race, the national anthems of the winning driver and constructor are played. This has resulted in a very long streak of races where the German anthem has been played, either for Sebastian Vettel, or for the Mercedes team (who also has a German driver in Nico Rosberg).
YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! Explanation Immortalized by John McEnroe's infamous rant at a line official during the 1981 Wimbledon Championships: "You can't be serious, man. YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! That ball was ON THE LINE! CHALK FLEW UP! It was clearly IN! You guys are the absolute PITS of the world!"
We gonna see, no? Explanation Originated from one of Rafael Nadal's interviews.
I hope you're not comparing X to Y. DO YOU? Explanation Tomas Berdych replied to an interviewer's query if his 2012 US Open upset of Roger Federer was similar to his countryman Lukas Rosol's famous upset of Rafael Nadal at that year's Wimbledon with, "I just hope you're not comparing me with Rosol. Do you?"
Photoshopped pictures of Clint Bowyer running toward or away from any number of things became popular for a few weeks after his confronation with Jeff Gordon at Phoenix in November 2012.explanation specifically, these are taken from the part where Bowyer exited his wrecked car and began jogging from pit road to to the haulers, presumably to "talk" to Gordon about the retaliatory strike he'd just paid Bowyer on the racetrack. An ESPN camera crew just happened to be at Bowyer's pit and followed him the whole way until he was restrained by series officials and his own pit crew just outside Gordon's hauler.
"Boogity, boogity, boogity!", Darrell Waltrip's call to start the races on NASCAR on Fox.
"I'm Jimmie Johnson, BOOM! Confetti."Explanation taken from a commercial where Johnson goes shopping at a Lowe's store where some particularly enthusiastic fans work. One of them rigged a cardboard cutout of him to say it and spray confetti every few seconds
"Jurgen Klinsmann! A great header! And he opens his account with a dive!" Explanation In his debut with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, Jurgen Klinsmann scored a goal and celebrated by performing a sliding dive. In England, Klinsmann had a reputation for being a diver (pretending to be fouled), and Klinsmann self-deprecatingly acknowledged this with his celebration. Since then, the Klinsmann Dive has become a common goal celebration, particularly among German players.