Donovan’s Goal Nearly Wins the Internet
With the World Cup on, I’ve had to explain soccer to a lot of people around me (notably my older co-workers), and I’ve found myself not just explaining the rules of the game, but also trying to explain the appeal of it and why the beautiful game can easily be economically viable here in the States. Most often, I hear them say that soccer is boring and Americans simply aren’t interested in it and there is no demand or proper fan base.
What a load of horse shit. And here’s the number that’ll prove it: 11,294,863.
According to Mashable, that’s the number of views per minute that today’s USA vs Algeria World Cup match generated on major news networks tracked by Akamai’s Net Usage Index after Landon Donovan’s game-winning goal in the 91st minute (can I get a w00t w00t?!?!?). That spike in net usage translated to the second-highest peak in internet traffic ever, beating out the results of Obama’s presidential election in 2008 by a solid 2.5 million views per minute to take the second spot.
By the way, the top spot for highest recorded internet traffic? June 11, 2010…Day 1 of the 2010 World Cup.
And the fourth spot now, right under the Obama election results? June 22, 2006…when the US was eliminated by Ghana in the 2006 World Cup.
I think we have a mother-fucking fan-base. GO USA!