The most entertaining Wikipedia edits for athletes and sports events
Jul 9, 2014 at 9:15a ET
The recent explosion of exuberance for the U.S. men's national soccer team was marked at its height by a new sports tradition: the happy vandalization of a player or team's Wikipedia page to reflect a heroic feat or total humiliation.
After Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard's epic 16-save performance in a loss to Belgium, someone with a sense of humor modified Howard's page to show that he had become the secretary of defense, reporting to the president. It's one of the best examples of Wikipedia "vandalism" done well -- a relatively new tradition we can get behind as long as the edit is creative, entertaining and not distasteful.
Check out the Howard edit and 12 more we enjoyed. Drop a comment if there's a good one we missed.
1. Tim Howard's unofficial appointment into the Obama administration
2. Hey, it was a pretty big goal
3. May Brandon Knight rest in peace in Lob City (even Knight had a laugh about the dunk)
4. The day that Lonnie Chisenhall mauled the Rangers he also went full Bill Brasky
5. After the Browns fired Rob Chudzinski in December after only one season, someone in Cleveland (probably) offered this assessment of the vacant head coaching position
6. Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard averaged more than 25 points, six assists and six rebounds against the Rockets this past postseason, eventually earning at least partial ownership of the club
7. Robert Morris University shocked Kentucky in the NIT in 2013, giving the students an opportunity to inject some historical perspective into the basketball team's Wiki page
8. Only a week after Knight's obliteration, veteran Jason Terry suffered a dunking death at the hands of LeBron James
9. LeBron is at the receiving end of this one, in which Kawhi Leonard earned a rare distinction in addition to winning the NBA Finals MVP Award, in part for his efforts guarding James
10. Some wishful thinking for UFC 133
11. Team Latvia (and Tampa Bay Lightning) goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis stopped an absurd 55 shots by Canada in the Sochi 2014 quarterfinals in a narrow 2-1 defeat
12. Regarding the soul of Blake Griffin's earlier victim, Kendrick Perkins