Inevitably, as it’s such a massive sport, particularly in America, there are a lot of football memes floating around. But what do they usually focus on, and why do people spend their time making them? Here are a few answers.
What’s the focus?
Generally speaking, football memes focus on three things. Firstly, they might mock a funny face a player has made in the heat of battle, or a surprising hairstyle when a helmet is removed, or even the size or shape of a player. It’s fair to say that linebackers aren’t the smallest players, so they’re often the targets for such mockery!
It’s also common to focus on horrendous mistakes, or famous moments. Of late, the controversy surrounding the Patriots and Tom Brady in “deflategate” has been an obvious target for meme writers, but you can also expect the most recent Superbowl results to generate a fair amount of memes.
The third focus of memes tends to be on the very best players, and their recent awesome skills or feats. Multiple touchdown passes or touchdowns themselves, or massive hits on opposing players, can all draw attention and live long in the memory. And these days, if something is memorable in any way, it’s very often made in to a series of memes.
What’s the point?
Often, as these memes focus on bloopers or famous failures, they provide a cathartic outlet for frustrated fans harbouring painful memories of their team’s near misses. Through memes we can learn to laugh at the past rather than dwell on it. Or, if you’re a supporter of the opposing team, you can fondly remember your team’s success at the cost of the other’s failure, so it works well both ways. It does tend to be that memes are humour-focused though, whatever the main focus or point of making them.
A little bonus
It’s always worth having a go at making a funny sporting meme. If nothing else, it isn’t uncommon for players to tweet or Instagram the funniest memes they’ve seen about themselves, so you might earn yourself a little kudos with one of your heroes!
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