Sure, there are plenty of great reaction videos showing crazed U.S. soccer fans losing their collective mind in the 87th minute of Monday’s World Cup game against Ghana.
But I just love this simple timelapse of Twitter activity before and after Brooks’ game-winning goal, courtesy SBNation’s Michael Katz.
Late in the game, minutes after Ghana had equalized with a soul-crushing goal, 21-year-old rookie John Anthony Books made the goal of a lifetime, knocking a header into the back of the net off a beautifully-placed corner kick. The German-American defender had come in after halftime as a substitute for the injured Matt Besler.
And boom. With the game winding down and USMNT’s dreams of three opening round point seemingly shattered – GOOOOAALLLLLLL!!!
According to Twitter, the entire USA vs. Ghana match saw nearly five million total tweets during the telecast. And if you count the entire globe, Clint Dempsey’s opening-minute goal was the most-tweeted moment of the match. It barely beat out Brooks’ late goal by a few thousand tweets per minute.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 17, 2014
But I just love the explosion after the Brooks goal.
— ESPN (@espn) June 17, 2014
Image via USMNT, Twitter