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In case you live under a rock, the United States were devastated yesterday as they were knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium with 2 goals in extra time. The US took a while to warm up and perform, but once they got rolling, they were literally a foot away from beating Belgium at the very end of regular time with a missed shot from Chris Wondolowski. Once the US was down 2-0 in extra time and everyone counted the United States out, we still gave people anxiety and Americans hope by sinking a goal in by the 19 year old youngster, Julian Green, in the 107th minute. We then followed that goal up with a chance from Dempsey that was smothered by Belgian keeper, Courtois, late in the 117th minute.
One of America’s shining stars, goalkeeper Tim Howard, was absolutely incredible in the Round of 16 game. Honestly, if we had a less talented keeper (let’s say England’s Joe Hart) back there, that game would’ve ended in a 5-0 loss with how poor the US defense was. After that game, Howard has the most saves in World Cup history after taking on round after round of Belgian ammunition.
That sour loss hasn’t stopped some fans from showing their appreciation of the USMNT (by now, you should know USMNT doesn’t stand for US Mutant Ninja Turtles) heroes. Howard’s superb performance against Belgium and in the World Cup as a whole inspired one person to change the Wikipedia entry for United States Secretary of Defense from Republican Chuck Hagel to Tim Howard. Obviously the entry was removed and fixed to its original facts, because people tend to like the truth and stuff. Just think of how many school reports would be wrong if we left that Wikipedia entry? It had to be changed back for those unintelligent kids.
Best wiki update of the Cup so far, or ever: pic.twitter.com/GehIqfFtc1
— Danielle Elliot (@daniellelliot) July 2, 2014
After the Wikipedia entry, others began creating their own fan appreciation art for Howard. Fans have even gone as far as creating and signing a White House petition to rename the Washington Reagan National Airport to Tim Howard National Airport. The Internet’s wit even brought commentary from Wikipedia’s own co-founder, Jimmy Wales:
We may have lost the game and our taste for Belgium waffles, but we won the Internet.
[via USA Today]