How do you react after a loss of that magnitude? Even a late goal couldn't save Brazil from experiencing their worst loss ever, a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Germany that saw the home team give up five goals in one brutal 18-minute stretch in the first half. There were 36.5 million people who tweeted about the match, making it by far the most-discussed sporting event on Twitter. We're not going to subject you to all of them (don't doubt that we could -- we're very powerful), so here are the best reactions we found:
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored against the U.S. in the knockout stages, posted this photo after Brazil scored their fourth goal:
Oooh myyyy goood pic.twitter.com/uYIFJ1Mpmm— R.Lukaku Bolingoli (@RomeluLukaku9) July 8, 2014
British comedian Russell Brand tried to see the bigger picture at 5-0:
I hope PSG kept their receipt for David Luiz.— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) July 8, 2014
Dirk Nowitzki, obviously rooting for Germany, became less coherent with joy as the game went on:
Jaaaaaa— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) July 8, 2014
Boooooyah— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) July 8, 2014
Wow— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) July 8, 2014
Finaaaale— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) July 8, 2014
One fan repurposed the World Cup's logo to represent Brazil's stages of grief:
ESPN's own Michael Ballack celebrated in the studio once the scoring had stopped:
At least one fan decided to blame a familiar target, although for once we don't think it was his fault:
Fans in the stadium reacted in various ways, from anguished disbelief ...
... to clothes-rending frustration ...
... to a kind of quiet resignation.
For our money, however, the match was best-summed up by this 13-second spot by a German radio station:
Dan Gilbert's infamous letter to Cavaliers fans after LeBron James' departure mysteriously disappeared from the team's website this week. The Cavs said they left it up by accident, but we think they took it down for some much-needed edits in the wake of James' free agency.
Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight:
As you now know, our
hero, who grew up in the very region former could be a Cleveland Cavalier again. that he deserted this evening, is no longer
This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.
People are talking about it on Twitter, so you know, I am kind of pumped.
Clearly, this is
exciting to all of us. bitterly disappointing
The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers
are trying really hard to sign that guy. have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you
There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.
deserve don't to wear his jersey again and cheer for a winning team. this kind of cowardly betrayal
You have given so much and deserve so much more.
In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:
"I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP
WHEN WE SIGN THE KING BACK ON OUR TEAM!!" BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER 'KING' WINS ONE"
You can take it to the bank. Woooooo!
If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that
the rumors on Twitter have shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels. this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own
Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.
Sorry, but that's simply not how it works.
This shocking act of
interest from our home grown "chosen one" sends the exact disloyalty lesson of what we would want our children to learn. You can always go home again! opposite And "who" we would want them to grow-up to become.
But the good news is that
his return can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio. We won't be really bad anymore! this heartless and callous action
"King" will be bringing The self-declared former his talents with him taking the "curse" back home! And down south when he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will until throw a massive parade in his honor. unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma
Sleep well, Cleveland.
Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day ...
I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:
DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue ... when King James RETURNS TO CLEVELAND!
Majority Owner, Cleveland Cavaliers
#1 LeBron James fan
Germany routs Brazil in WC semis
In one of the most -- if not the most -- shocking results in soccer history, Germany jumped ahead of host Brazil 7-0 before cruising to a 7-1 victory. This puts the Germans into the World Cup final, where they will face the winner of Wednesday's Argentina-Netherlands semifinal. Which them will Germany face? Can anyone stop Die Mannschaft?
Josh Gordon arrested for DWI
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested on a DWI charge over the weekend, adding to his long list of off-field issues that have plagued him since college. Some are calling for the Browns to release Gordon, while others are arguing that would be a meaningless move as he is likely to be in rehab all season anyway and would be quickly re-signed by another team for the 2015 season.
What should the Browns do? Do you come at the topic with experience dealing with individuals suffering from substance abuse issues?