July 13, 2014
Brazil Out Of World Cup But Loss Triggered Record-Setting Avalanche
Sports and Twitter seem to just go together. That was reinforced this week when Germany defeated host-country Brazil in the FIFA World Cup 7-1. Not only was that a pitiful showing by Brazil, but it triggered a record-setting 35.6 million tweets.
As CNN reported, some were funny:
@BitterOldPunk How do you say, “Brazil got their ass kicked” in Portuguese?
@TheTweetOfGod The destruction of the Amazon is complete. #WorldCup
And some called out pop culture quite well:
@jearle “Brazil, the Lannisters send their regards.” – Germany.
@mickmcavoy The last time I saw a Brazil this bleak it was getting directed by Terry Gilliam
It might be easy to consider this to be the first truly social media World Cup as well. USA Today reported, “The previous record for tweets per minute, 388,985, was set during Brazil’s razor-thin win over Chile earlier in the World Cup that came via penalty kicks and enabled it to advance to the semi-finals.”
USA Today also reported that many celebrities apparently decided to stay relevant and tweet about the game.
“Is this a real game? I feel like I’m watching my nephew play FIFA #worldCup against my mom on play station,” tweeted American track star Lolo Jones, while American actress Melissa Joan Hart tweeted, “Wow! Shocking! Congrats to Germany but bummed for Brazil!”
Now first I must ask if the former Sabrina the Teenage Witch actually watches football – make that soccer to Americans. And as someone who has defended Lolo Jones, I have to ask if she should really be the one questioning athletic performance. Of course, Ms. Jones tends to be edgy when it comes to comedy, but the Olympic athlete came up short in 2008 and 2012. In other words, things happen Ms. Jones and sometimes you have an off day.
The World Cup – despite the fact that it has remained the Google Doodle for days (weeks even) – isn’t the only sporting event taking place. In Europe, the real excitement is happening, but I say this as someone who finds soccer rather dull and professional cycling exciting – so my attention is on the Tour de France, which actually started this year in England.
The Cambridge News in the UK has been tracking Le Tour de France tweets in an animated map and perhaps the fact that England is out of the World Cup has only served to increase the attention on the Tour.
Unfortunately, a lot of the tweets are also because of the shocking turn of events in this year’s race. The British haven’t exactly had the best Tour, as former champion Sir Bradley Wiggins was left out of the race, and his teammate and rival Chris Froome crashed out on Wednesday – spurring a lot of Twitter traffic.
Froome posted following his withdrawal:
Devastated to have to withdraw from this years TDF. Injured wrist and tough conditions made controlling my bike near to impossible.
Thanks to the team & support staff for trying to get me through today. Wishing @richie_porte & @TeamSky the best for the rest of Tour!
Well, @letour didn’t go as I’d hoped in the UK, but the memories of the 1st 200km are some of the best of my career. Incredible support.
And apparently he is recovering from his injuries with some family time:
Just watched the Lego Movie with my boy, Finn. Now watching The Little Mermaid with my daughter, Delilah. I’m also singing along. #andwhat
Let’s see if Froome and Cavendish, along with the rest of the Tour, can break the World Cup tweet record. That’s probably a long shot, but for sports fans, social media is just another way to stay connected.
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