Viral video of bowler Pete Weber hitting a strike and exclaiming "who do you think you are I am!"

Who Do You Think You Are? I Am!

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Who Do You Think You Are? I Am! refers to a viral video of professional bowler Pete Weber celebrating after bowling a strike to clinch the 2012 U.S. Open, uttering the bewildering phrase, "Who do you think you are? I am!" The moment has been referenced in sports media in the years since it occurred and spread on social media on sites including Reddit and Twitter.

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On February 26th, 2012, bowler Pete Weber won his record fifth U.S. Open Championship. To win, he needed to bowl a strike in the tenth frame. After hitting the strike, Weber erupted in celebration, shouting triumphant expletives and the phrase "Who do you think you are? I am!" The video was uploaded to YouTube that day by user groundbeefmosque, and gained over 4.1 million views in eight years (shown below).



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On July 2nd, 2012, Weber spoke about the moment in an interview, explaining that the quote was aimed towards a kid who had been heckling him throughout the match and that he had intended to say something along the lines of "Who do you think you are rooting against me? I’m the man of this tournament!" but was too caught up in emotion and flubbed it (shown below).



The video spread on social media and became an oft-referenced clip in sports media over the following several years. It has been reposted several times on Reddit, gaining over 42,000 points in a December 29th, 2019 post in /r/publicfreakout,[1] 1,200 points in a November 4th, 2018 post in /r/videos,[2] and 500 points in a December 23rd, 2016 post in /r/videos.[3] It has also been widely memorialized in sports media, with publications regularly posting articles about it on February 26th of subsequent years.[4][5][6] ESPN produced a 30 for 30 documentary on Weber and the moment.[7] Weber and the documentary were parodied in the series Documentary Now!, with the Weber-adjacent character played by Tim Robinson (shown below).



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