As sure as there was a sense of the inevitable about Luis Suarez sinking his gnashers into Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder yesterday, you could bet your bottom dollar that the good ol' folk of the internet were sitting there, poised, with fingers hovering over photoshop ready to make the world laugh* during the fallout. And boy, how we laughed.
The world wide web comes into its own during a major sporting event, with tricksters and trolls across the globe just waiting for anything slightly controversial to happen - there are precious retweets to be claimed for God's sake! - so when Suarez fancied an Italian last night they got their wish. This was how it unfolded.
It all started, as you well know, when the Liverpool man had a nibble on Chiellini. There were the arbitrary tentative jabs at jokes in the immediate aftermath (the worst coming from the Independent's Sam Wallace, who came up with "Suarez back in the Chompions League") but soon the cavalry arrived.
Before he bit anyone, Suarez had been included in around 100,000 conversations on Twitter. In the aftermath, that number shot up to two million.
Boom! The first shots are fired!
The floodgates then opened.....
Ok, one more....
Last one, promise...
The reaction to a sporting controversy is nothing if not driven by emotion. Luckily for mankind, there was one man willing to take a step back from the heat of the moment, and reflect cooly and logically. That man was former Leeds defender Danny Mills.
Inevitably, a host of celebrities then got in on the act in a desperate attempt to show how up on current affairs they were, and demonstrate just how funny they could be.
Oh, and Rob Green said this about the Liverpool ace, which was actually quite funny.
There was one group who were actually laughing after the Suarez incident: a small band of Swedes. It turns out a bookmaker in Scandinavia was offering odds of 175-1 on the controversial Liverpool forward getting up to his old tricks during the World Cup, and apparently 100 people took them up on that very offer.
“I didn’t think that he would bite, but that he’d do something stupid. Then he did the best stupid thing that he could do,” said a delighted Jonathan Braeck, who scooped a sweet £1,225.
Family Guy fans will be familiar with the work of Buzz Killington; a character whose limp, rambling jokes are able to squeeze any life out of a moment instantaneously. Football's own Buzz Killington is undoubtedly Dan Roan.
No joke, Dan? Not even the hint of a smile? OK then. Fun's over everyone. Time to go home.
*Hang on, did anyone actually laugh at any of these?!
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