Monday November 3rd, 2014

We're using data courtesy of Twitter to take a look back at some of the most talked-about moments and events in sports so far this year.


Championship Conversation



    Ray Rice (NFL)
    1.9+ million tweets
    The Ray Rice debacle begins after a report of a domestic violence incident in Atlantic City, NJ is first reported. Things continue to spiral out of control after footage of the incident leaks out and the NFL botches their handling of the entire investigation, eventually leading to Rice being released by the Ravens and his indefinite suspension by the league.

    Donald Sterling (NBA)
    1.7+ million tweets
    TMZ releases an audio recording of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments to Vivian Stiviano, paving the way for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to ban him for life.

    Adrian Peterson
    278,000+ tweets
    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is indicted on charges of reckless endangerment for punishing one of his children by severely punishing him with a switch. Peterson is eventually placed on the exempt list, and while he has reached a plea deal, his playing status is currently being contested.



    Richard Sherman
    1.2+ million tweets
    Richard Sherman has a few things to say about Michael Crabtree to Fox Sports' Erin Andrews following the NFC Championship Game.

    Michael Sam
    671,000+ tweets
    Michael Sam comes out as being gay months before the 2014 NFL Draft, making him the first openly gay player to enter the draft. He then becomes the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL when the St. Louis Rams selected him in the seventh round.

    Peyton Manning
    448,000+ tweets
    Peyton Manning throws his 508th, 509th and 510th career touchdowns, tying and breaking Brett Favre's career touchdown record.



    LeBron James
    3.8+ million tweets
    LeBron James announces his decision to leave the Miami Heat and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    2014 NBA Finals - Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
    30,000+ tweets per minute
    LeBron James cramps up and sits out the final minutes of the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals. The Heat would go on to lose that game.

    2014 NBA Finals - Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
    136,654 tweets per minute
    Looking to solidify a dynasty, LeBron James and the Miami Heat were dominated by the San Antonio Spurs, losing the series in five games. Tim Duncan hoisted his fifth championship, cementing his status as the greatest power forward to ever play in the NBA.



    Derek Jeter
    1.3+ million tweets
    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has a walk-off single against the Baltimore Orioles in his final home game.

    Brandon Belt
    9,200 tweets
    Brandon Belt’s 18th-inning home run lifts the San Francisco Giants past the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of the NLDS, which was tied for the longest game in playoff history.

    Michael Morse
    4,300 tweets per minute
    Michael Morse ties Game 5 of the NLCS in the eighth inning with a home run.

    Travis Ishikawa
    23,000 tweets per minute
    Travis Ishikawa hits a three-run, walk-off homer to win Game 5 of the NLCS, sending the San Francisco Giants to the World Series.


2014 World Cup

    Argentina vs. Germany
    32.1 million tweets
    Germany defeats Argentina 1-0 to win the 2014 World Cup.

    Brazil vs. Germany
    35.6 million tweets
    Host nation Brazil is dominated by Germany 7-1.

    Belgium vs. USA
    9.1+ million tweets
    Tim Howard blocks 15 goals, but the U.S. men's team still loses to Belgium 2-1 and is eliminated from the World Cup. Howard, however, becomes one of the most talked-about players of the tournament, with 1,845,345 million tweets mentioning him that day.

    USA vs. Ghana
    168,139 tweets per minute
    John Brooks hits the game-winning goal for Team USA in the closing moments of the game.

    Giorgio Chiellini vs. Luis Suarez
    107,152 tweets per minute
    Uruguay's Luis Suarez bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder during the match, eventually leading to a four-month, nine-match suspension and a fine of 100,000 Swiss francs. While Uruguay beat Italy 1-0, Suarez was banned from playing in the rest of the tournament.


Best of the Rest

    Opening Ceremony in Sochi
    10,120 tweets per minute
    The final Olympics snowflake ring wouldn't expand during the opening ceremony, leading to countless jokes and memes.

    Team USA vs. Russia
    72,630 tweets per minute
    TJ Oshie hits 4-of-6 shootout goals to propel the US men’s hockey team to a win over Russia.

    Jameis Winston
    299,000+ tweets
    Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston just can't seem to stay out of trouble.

    2014 Wimbledon Men's Finals
    1+ million tweets
    Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer at Wimbledon in a five-set match, moving him back to the world No. 1 ranking after he captures his seventh Grand Slam title.

    Tony Stewart
    231,000 tweets
    Tony Stewart accidentally kills Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.

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