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Things Tim Howard Could Save is a photoshop meme based on cutout images of United States soccer team’s goalkeeper Tim Howard making super saves during the round-of-16 match against Belgium at the 2014 World Cup, bearing many similarities to the Guillermo Ochoa Saves photoshop series .
On July 1st, 2014, the United States competed against Belgium in the round-of-16 match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Despite their ultimate 2 -1 loss to the Belgian side in extra time, the team’s performance was mostly met with praises, particularly for the goalkeeper who was named the Man of the Match after making the most saves in a World Cup match since 1966.
That evening, Twitter user @SteweyGriffin posted a photo in which Howard is shown blocking singer Janet Jackson’s nipple during her controversial wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show in February 2004 (shown below). In the first 24 hours, the tweet received more than 1,800 retweets and 1,700 favorites.
On the same day, the @sixpacksportz Twitter feed posted a tweet featuring a photoshopped image of Howard saving the lion character Mufasa from the 1994 animated musical The Lion King, gaining over 780 retweets and 360 favorites in 24 hours (shown below).
Also on July 1st, 2014, Tumblr user Hankotoast posted a photoshopped comic panel in which Howard’s face is superimposed over a human wall (shown below, left) and Tumblr user rainbowkitteh highlighted an image macro referring to Howard as “the Great Wall of America” (shown below, right).
On July 2nd, the @MadeByTim Twitter feed posted a photoshopped picture of Howard slapping American football player Blaine Gabbert in the face and @Mercedes AMGF1 tweeted an image of Howard diving in front of a pair of race cars (shown below). Also on July 2nd, several news site highlighted notable examples from the series, including UpRoxx, The Huffington Post, The Independent, Time Magazine and Mashable.
Following the World Cup match, the Wikipedia page for the Secret of Defense of the United States of America was briefly changed from Chuck Hagel to Tim Howard (shown below).
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