If These Fans Get Their Wish, Ronald Reagan National Airport Will Be Renamed After Tim Howard

The goalie, briefly listed as the U.S. Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia, also spurred an amazing meme: #WhatCantTimHowardSave?

If These Fans Get Their Wish, Ronald Reagan National Airport Will Be Renamed After Tim Howard
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America’s dream of winning the World Cup were dashed Tuesday with a 2-1 defeat by Belgium, but fans still can’t get over Tim Howard’s incredible performance as a goalie.


So much so that some fans are petitioning the White House to rename Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in D.C. after Howard, who set a record-setting 16 saves in the elimination game.

Thus far, the petition has amassed more than 5,000 signatures, but it’s still a long way from its goal of 100,000 signatures. It reads:

Whereas Tim Howard has shown himself to be a national treasure, Minister of Defense, Friend of Joe Biden, and the holder for the record of most saves in a World Cup match; Therefore, we politely request that we rename the airport to recognize his accomplishments, and meritorious service to the United States of America.

But the Tim Howard-mania doesn’t stop there. The goalkeeper’s superb performance in the round of 16 game inspired the #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave meme: the Titanic, dinosaurs, Mufasa from The Lion King, Taylor Swift from Kanye West, Janet Jackson’s nip slip, to name a few.

He also was the subject of an amazing Wikipedia edit. After the U.S.’s heartbreaking defeat, users altered the Internet-edited encyclopedia to list Howard as the U.S. Secretary of Defense, before reverting back to Chuck Hagel. Even Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was amused, calling the update “exquisite.”

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