Tim Howard was an absolute monster during Team USA’s 2-1 loss to Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16. During the second half, he single-handedly kept the Americans in it, stopping shot after shot with the Belgium squad living around the goal. All in all, the U.S. might’ve lost in the first overtime period, but Howard had 16 saves, more than anyone has had in any World Cup game in over 50 years.
The keeper was so good that afterward some fan changed his Wikipedia page to “Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.” The Internet went one better, erupting into a meme frenzy behind the hashtag #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave. Howard may never play in another World Cup game, but his legacy is forever intact after that performance.
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Catching two footballs at once while doing a backflip might not do much for you on the field. But it’s super fun to watch.
At the end of the day, sports are entertainment and while Minnesota’s 6-1 senior wide receiver Logan Hutton can’t do this in a game, don’t tell me it isn’t amazing. I’m the guy who’ll watch basketball dribbling videos all day on YouTube, staring at moves you can’t pull off in games without a whistle. Backflipping while catching two balls is one of the coolest things I’ll see all summer.
Hutton saw action in 13 games last year, catching three passes and even seeing some defensive action. Hopefully now that the world’s witnessed what he can do, he’ll start seeing more action for the Gophers. This tops any one-handed grab I’ve ever seen.
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It’s not always about what you do but how you do it. That’s true in all aspects of life, but doubly so when you’re talking about sports and entertainment. Was 2Pac one of the greatest rappers ever because he sold boatloads of records worldwide? No. He was a global icon for what he stood for, for his passion, for everything and everyone he represented.
Each week in Style Points, we’ll count down recent people who took their game and their swagger to another level. Whether it was wearing a fabulous suit to the NBA Draft, grabbing a super elusive sneaker collaboration or becoming the next coach of the Bucks, these five went above and beyond.
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