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By Maddy Marcus
Nearly 115 million people tuned in to Super Bowl XLIX this past Sunday. Some watched for the thrill of the game, some watched for the commercials and some watched for the purpose of making memes. With all the controversy surrounding this years big game, there’s no doubt that the Internet had something to say about it. And what better way than to express their feeling’s through memes? Here are the top 10 memes to come out of the Super Bowl:
10. Deflategate 2015
By now, football fans all over have heard of what people are calling “Deflategate.” Allegedly, the New England Patriots had deflated the game ball below league standards during the AFC Championship game versus the Indianapolis Colts. The ball was under inflated to the liking of the Patriots’ quarterback, Tom Brady. Ergo, the Patriots were accused of cheating and it became a meme.
9. Unimpressed Kanye
A lot of big names were seen at this year’s Super Bowl: Paul McCartney, John Travolta and Steven Tyler, just to name a few. But possibly the most engaged and energetic celeb fan at Super Bowl XLIX was none other than Kanye West. Kanye put on his game face when two fans went in to “sneak” a selfie with the star last Sunday and of course it’s been blowing up the Internet.
8. Should he pass or run the ball?
The Super Bowl was a close game, ending in an unexpected upset by the Pats. The game ended with an interception thrown by Seahawks’ Russell Wilson when the Hawks were just about one yard away from scoring a touchdown. Why did Wilson pass the ball? Why didn’t he just let Marshawn Lynch run the ball for a yard? Well, coach Pete Carroll is just as confused as you in this meme:
7. Katy Perry’s sense of style
During this year’s halftime performance, Katy Perry took the stage, along with guest appearances by Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz. She sang her hit song “Roar” while riding on a giant lion, which was pretty cool, but the real attention grabber during Perry’s show was her “flaming hot” outfit.
6. The shooting star of knowledge
Katy Perry’s performance definitely proved to be “meme worthy.” As she sung “Firework,” Perry soared across the sky on a shooting star! Wait, hold on a second, I knew that star looked familiar…
5. Should have just ran the ball
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the game-ending play made by the Seahawks. Who made that call? Should Wilson have listened? Why didn’t they just give the ball to Marshawn? Well, hindsight is 20/20 and unfortunately that’s what happened. At least it was funny enough to make the Internet!
4. Nationwide’s kid
Super Bowl commercials are supposed to be the best of the best. Nationwide took their time slot to a new low this year. The insurance company launched a commercial that featured a cute little boy going about his daily life. We learn at the end of the commercial that all of the things he wants to do in life are things he can’t do because he’s dead. Heartbreaking, right? Well some Internet user thought they could bring some comic relief to this heartwrenching commercial:
We’ve all had those bad autocorrect moments. We mean to say one thing and our smartphones decide that something else should be said. Maybe Pete Carroll’s phone messed up the final play and cost the Seahawks the game. Wouldn’t that make things so much more understandable?
2. Dat face
Seahawks fans all over cringed over Super Bowl XLIX. But imagine if you were the Richard Sherman, the starting quarterback of the team? Sherman’s reaction face was the embodiment of all Seahawks on the night of the game. Total shock, utter disgust, but yet, totally meme worthy.
1. The Left Shark
Ok, here’s the biggie. The number one meme to come out of Sunday night’s football game: The Left Shark. During Katy Perry’s performance of “California Gurls,” costume characters like a beach ball, palm trees and sharks danced about the stage. While all eyes were on Perry, fans couldn’t help but notice that one of the sharks’ dance moves were a bit off key. Thus, the Left Shark was born! We all have a little Left Shark in us, admit it.