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Memes: Sports
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You probably won't understand many of these memes unless you're a die-hard sports fan, but it's hard to deny their impact.

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  • "DOWN GOES FRAZIER! DOWN GOES FRAZIER! DOWN GOES FRAZIER!"
  • The Stanford Band improperly rushed the field and interfered with play at the end of the 1982 Big Game.
  • "NOOOOOO!!! He missed the extra point wide right! Oh my God, how could he do that?!"
  • Chris Berman has been giving athletes nicknames since 1979. A few of them actually stuck, too.
  • Kevin Harlan on LeBron James' sick dunk against Boston (when he was still with the Cavs): "LeBron James, with no regard for human life!"
    • Another good phrase he does is when a player "Sucked the gravity right out of the [name of arena they are currently in]!"
  • Gus Johnson orgasms on live television. Okay, not really, but with calls like this and this, you wouldn't tell the difference.
    • Gus is probably the go to man for these memes. He's credited for a lot of them:
    • 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 
    • "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:
  • Who knew that upending a cooler full of Gatorade on Bill Parcells would start one of the largest celebratory trends in football?
  • Pittsburgh Penguins radio announcer Mike Lange is just full of memetic potential thanks to his colorful and numerous Catch Phrases. HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE SHOOTSANDSCORES!
    • "And you can scratch my back with a hacksaw!"
  • "You're with me, leather."
  • They think it's all over. It is now!
  • whooooooOOOOA-HOOOOOOoooooa!
  • 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!"
  • Tana Umaga wants you to know that this ain't tiddlywinks, mate.
  • Cowboy up!
  • Chilean soccer player Marcelo Salas? He is THE MATADOOOOOOOR!
    • "ME PONGO DE PIE, ME PONGO DE PIE, ME PONGO DEEEE PIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
  • "Why Always Me?"
  • "HE'S DONE IT! JENSON BUTTON WINS THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX! GETITDAH~!"
  • 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 
  • "Do you believe in miracles? YES!!!" That one's actually only about 10% meme and 90% Crowning Moment Of Awesome, both for the USA hockey team and Al Michaels.
    • Also during that game there was a fairly innocent chant "U-S-A!!! U-S-A!!!" That phrase became one of the most famous chants today.
    • And John 3:16 became sports meme in that game too.
  • "THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!"
    • Notably shows up in an episode of Mash.
  • 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.
  • "Later he gets the rebound, passes it to the man, shoots it, and boom goes the dynamite!" Most. Awkward. Catchphrase. Ever.
    • "BOOM-SHAKALAKA!"
  • Tecmo Bowl's Video Bo Jackson is the greatest athlete of our generation.
    • Bo Jackson is the smartest man alive. Why? Only Bo knows.
    • "Ready... down... HUTHUTHUTHUTHUTHUTHUTHUTHUTHUTHUTHUT..."
    • It's not so much him, as it's NHL '94!Jeremy Roenick. He's good.
    • "Bo knows X".
    • Bo Jackson running Brian Bosworth straight into retirement. "He was standing in the way of progress".
    • In Brazil, there is Allejo, The Ace of their team in International Superstar Soccer (where no real name players are used).
  • You can put it on the booooooard.. YES!explanation 
    • Also "Can o' corn.." and "He gone!"
  • Many, many jokes have been made about Michael Phelps, the hero of the USA Olympic swim team, after he was discovered smoking pot.
    • Ryan Lochte, widely considered the sexiest man in swimming, will willingly tell the world that he prefers banana hammocks ...jeah!
    • And, for all you baseball fans, Tim Lincecum. * sighs*
  • HOOOLY COW!
  • The Washington Nationals thank you for your patience
  • Bill Darth Belichick Belicheat says that "X is what it is"
  • It's just [troubled athlete] being [troubled athlete].
  • Cubs. World Series. Book it. Done.
  • WHOSE BEEPER KEEP BEEPIN' AND BEEPIN'?
  • Kevin Garnett says that ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE!
  • Diego Armando Maradona tells his critics/bashers/whatever: ¡QUE LA SIGAN CHUPANDO!translation 
  • If a New York Rangers fan starts humming or whistling the tune "Let's Go Band", his fellow Rangers fans are always going wait for him to finish to respond: POTVIN SUCKS!
    • In addition to this, they used to chant "BEAT YOUR WIFE POTVIN, BEAT YOUR WIFE," and are the fanbase that created the affectionate "Assholes" chant for referees.
  • Philadelphia: where they boo Santa Claus. And Sarah Palin. And throw batteries at J.D. Drew.
    • It's a long drive to deep left-center field...this baby's OUTTA HEEEEERRRRREEEE!!
    • And Claude Giroux scores for a case of Tastykakes!
    • For some reason, a specific image of Orson Welles with the caption "AH HAHAHA FAGGOT" is extremely popular when mocking Philadelphia sports fans.
  • 18-1
    • 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!
  • BALL GAME OVER! YANKEES WIN! THEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YANKEES! WIN!(video removed)
    • It is HIGH! It is FAR! It is....GONE!
  • Randy Moller, the radio announcer for the NHL's Florida Panthers, takes suggested lines from callers to a local radio show and drops them in after goals are scored.
    Moller: "He fires! He scoooooooooooores!!!! LA FACE WITH AN OAKLAND BOOTY!!!!!"
  • The score is tied at 28. Fine. Because Brett Favre is the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Tony Kornheiser: Why
  • Evgeni Plushenko loves his quads. Because if you don't do a quad, you're not a real skater. TRUFAX.
    • Platinum Medal.
  • 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, Vancouver Canucks fans have brought white towels to their games and whirl them enthusiastically to support the team.
  • 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.
    • Also in Brazil, after the elimination two jokes became common: Felipe Melo's Unnecessary Roughness, and since the coach is Dunga - that country's name for Dopey - the soundtrack for the match being "Heigh Ho" ("Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, It's home from work we go...".)
    • 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).
  • 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.)
    • Ditto for Anderson Silva and dancing.
  • After a tie game with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008, Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb reveals that he didn't know an NFL game could end in a tie.
  • 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.
  • Little roller up along first; BEHIND THE BAG! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!
  • These guys came to play [insert sport here]!
  • "I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE." Um, yeah, Dan Gilbert's Caps 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.
  • Devin Hester, you are ridiculous!
    • 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.
  • HOLY TOLEDO!
  • Rex Ryan wants as many wins as he has chins.
    • Rex Ryan's newly discovered foot fetish.note 
    • He dyed his hair because he's looking to become a head coach.
    • I think we're the team to beat.
    • Kris Jenkins in a golf cart.
    • 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.
  • I'm not a machine. I'm Albert Pujols.
    • Why didn't you eliminate them, Albert?
      • Shut up.
  • Hans Moleman Productions Presents: Man Getting Hit By Football
    • 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 
  • Nobody touches the Shaqtus.
    • They can't touch the Shaqzongas either.
    • Shaq is sometimes referred to as "Shaw" after a common typo.
    • His infamously poor free throw shooting — to the point that promos for his turn as an anchor for Inside the NBA features him bricking an FT.
  • Nom nom
  • The supposed Randy Moss/Tom Brady "catfight" which came down to Moss saying Brady looked like a girl.
  • Amongst Latin American baseball fans, there's the iconic shout by Ernesto Jerez every time there's a home-run: "A LO PROFUNDOO Y ˇˇˇˇNO NO NO NO NO NO, DÍGANLE QUE NO A ESA PELOTA!!!!"
  • 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!"
  • Dennis Hopper for Nike. "Bad things, man".
  • The Wave.
  • Rats and octopi on the ice.
  • 1908. Cubs. Often yelled at them by Cardinal fans... uh... nuff said
    • "1940! 1940! 1940!". Before the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994, it didn't matter if they beat your team, because you could always get them back by taunting them with that chant.
    • Ditto the "1918!" chant and the Boston Red Sox prior to 2004.
    • Speaking of 1994... OJ did it didn't do it.
  • LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLE!note 
    • The half-brother of the man who coined that phrase, Bruce Buffer (octagon announcer for the UFC), is credited for his own meme: IIIIIIIIIIIT'S TIME!
  • "Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!"
  • "I don't believe what I just saw!"
  • "And we'll see you... tomorrow night!"
  • "Havlicek stole the ball! It's all over! It's all over!"
  • "...and that was the worst baserunning in the history of the game!"
  • Jay Cutler doesn't always throw interceptions, but when he does, he throws them in the red zone. Also Philip Rivers made him cry.
  • 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 LeBron's extremely poor performance in the 2010-2011 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.
    • LeBron 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.

  • Late Cleveland Indians play-by-play man Herb Score became a local legend for his interesting approach to the English language.Among his more famous ones:
    • "It could be fair; it could be foul... It is!
    • During the top of the eleventh inning, game six of the 1997 ALCS: "It's a fly to deep left-center... The Indians are going to the World Series! (Beat) Maybe!"
  • NOT SO FAST, HORN MAN! WAIT FOR THE RED LIGHT TO COME ON!
  • NHL goalies tend to be the most memetic players in the sport. Blackh...err..Sharks fans know Niemi says "no" and Bruins fans know Tim Thomas LOVES his cheeseburgers.
  • Pierre "Penishead" McGuire is high on young hockey players who are MONSTERS with BIG BODY PRESENCE!
  • Dan Carcillo makes daddys proud.
    • turn on or no?
  • Fuck Clemson. note 
    • PAWWWWWWWLLLL note 
    • Craig James killed five hookers while at SMU.
      • 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 
    • ROLL TIDE WHAT'S A ________? note 
  • THEY SUPPOSED TO BE SEC?
  • 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.
    • Speaking of the Redskins, after a local DC sports radio host launched into a very long, furious rant about the teams shortcomings after a 59-28 loss to the Eagles, it has been customary to respond to any complaints about the 'Skins with the exclamation "GET 'EM!".
  • During the 2011 NHL playoffs, Chicago fan Vince Vaughn attended game 4 of the Blackhawks-Canucks series. Though the Blackhawks would eventually lose the series, they won the game (and the next one, and the next one), and a picture of Vaughn, in full Blackhawks gear, laughing at Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo for his incredibly poor performance quickly became so iconic that the city itself is now often referred to as "Vaughncouver."
  • Winning the World Series in six games? George Costanza seriously hopes you guys don't do this.
  • "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 net during 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 , 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 plays for 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.
  • One from Chile: Pedro Carcuro's Catch Phrase "ˇME PONGO DE PIEEEEEEEE!" ("I'm now on my feet!") whenever a Crowning Moment Of Awesome happens.
  • Rasheed Wallace wants you to know that both teams played hard.Explanation 
    • He also wants you to know that "ball don't lie".
  • Dammit, Pronger!Explanation 
  • Whenever something crazy or unlikely happens at the end of a game, a common explanation is that somebody pressed the Buffalo Wild Wings button.
  • Tony Hibbert's long goalless run has achieved Memetic Mutation status amongst Everton supporters.
  • Ilya Bryzgalov would like to remind you that's hockey you know. It's only game. Why you heff to be mad?
  • Manning Face
  • 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 2011-2012 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 
  • 2011 World Series:
    • HAPPY FLIGHT!!! Explanation 
    • The Rally Squirrel.
    • Torty Craig (Allen Craig's pet turtle).
  • 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 
  • OHHH! SHUT IT DOOOOOOOOWN! LET'S GO HOOOOOOOME!
  • Good effort LeBron, Good job! Explanation 
  • "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 
  • 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".)
  • 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 Superbowl 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 
  • "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?"
    • Was a category on Jeopardy! 1/25/13.
    • 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  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 
  • McKayla Maroney is not impressed. Credit to her for having fun with it.
  • Bart Scott CAN'T WAIT.
  • 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 
    • Congratulations, you came back from a broken leg. I died. note 
  • >Torres Explanation 
  • ˇˇESTAMOS EN LA B!! ˇˇESTAMOS EN LA B!!Explanation 
  • Tuukka Rask, Goalie for the Boston Bruins, has built several memes around himself in recent years:
    • HIDE YO' KIDS, HIDE YO' MILKCRATES Explanation 
    • Ask him if he gives a fuck
    • TUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKK
  • SPURDO GOALIES :DDD
  • "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  in an interview.
  • Among hockey fans, equaling not qualifying with the players ending up playing golf.
  • GO PERDS!Explanation 
    • 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 
  • Chuggaaconroy is a whistle! Explanation 
  • From worst to first. BOSTON STRONG!Explanation 
    • This Is Our Fucking City!Explanation 
  • 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 
    • MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI MESSI Explanation 
  • 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 
  • Italian football player Mario Balotelli had an...interesting way of celebrating his third goal against Germany during the 2012 European Cup. The image is extremely exploitable, leading to gems such as these.
  • 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.
  • Peyton Manning's excessive use of "OMAHA!" as part of his quarterback cadence during the 2013-14 NFL season.
  • ... Before Derrick rose came back Explanation 
  • 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 
  • The German national anthem: the official song of Formula One. Explanation 
  • For tennis fans:
    • YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! Explanation 
    • We gonna see, no? Explanation 
    • I hope you're not comparing X to Y. DO YOU? Explanation 
  • For NASCAR fans:
    • 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 
    • "Boogity, boogity, boogity!", Darrell Waltrip's call to start the races on NASCAR on Fox.
    • "I'm Jimmie Johnson, BOOM! Confetti."Explanation 
  • "Jurgen Klinsmann! A great header! And he opens his account with a dive!" Explanation 
  • Tim Howard can save anything!Explanation 
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