2014 BCS National Championship - Florida State University vs. Auburn: 4.4 million tweets
Florida State University’s Kelvin Benjamin catches the game-winning touchdown from Jameis Winston with 13 seconds left in the BCS Championship Game, lifting them to a win over the Auburn Tigers.
2 of 27Robert Beck/SI
NFC Championship Game – Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers: 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.
3 of 27Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Super Bowl XLVIII - Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks): 24.9 million tweets
In one of the most hyped matchups in recent memory, the Seattle Seahawks end up surprising the world and blowing out Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII 43-8.
4 of 27Robert Beck/SI
2014 Winter Olympics - Opening ceremony fail 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.
5 of 27Robert Beck/SI
2014 Olympics - 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.
6 of 27TMZ.com/Splash News/Corbis; Patrick Semansky/AP
Ray Rice debacle: 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.
7 of 27Jeff Roberson/AP
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.
8 of 27Greg Nelson/SI
2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final - UConn vs. Kentucky: 2+ million tweets
In an unlikely matchup between two teams that were not expected to make a run to the championship game, UConn ends up defeating Kentucky 60-54.
9 of 27Danny Moloshok/AP
Donald Sterling scandal: 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.
10 of 27Donald Miralle/SI
2014 NHL Stanley Cup Finals - Los Angeles Kings vs. New York Rangers: 2.2+ million tweets
West coast versus east coast. Los Angeles versus New York. While the Kings won the series 4-1, it took them three closely contested matches and five overtime periods to dispatch of the Rangers.
11 of 27Eric Gay/AP
2014 NBA Finals - Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs (Game 1): 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.
12 of 27Greg Nelson/SI
2014 NBA Finals - Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs (Series): 17+ million tweets
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 (136,654 tweets per minute at the final buzzer of Game 5).
13 of 27Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images
2014 World Cup - Team 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.
14 of 27Ricardo Mazalan, Hassan Ammar/AP
2014 World Cup - Italy vs. Uruguay: 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.
15 of 27Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
2014 World Cup - 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.
16 of 27Al Bello/Getty Images
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 captured his seventh Grand Slam title.
17 of 27Natacha Pisarenko/AP
2014 World Cup - Brazil vs. Germany: 35.6 million tweets
Host nation Brazil is dominated by Germany 7-1.
18 of 27Walter Iooss Jr./SI
LeBron James decision 2.0: 3.8+ million tweets
LeBron James announces his decision to leave the Miami Heat and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
19 of 27Shaun Botterill/FIFA via Getty Images
2014 World Cup Final - Argentina vs. Germany: 32.1 million tweets
Germany defeats Argentina 1-0 to win the 2014 World Cup.
20 of 27John Bazemore/AP
Tony Stewart: 231,000 tweets
Tony Stewart accidentally kills Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
21 of 27David J. Phillip/AP
Adrian Peterson scandal: 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.
22 of 27Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Jameis Winston’s troubles: 299,000+ tweets
Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston just can't seem to stay out of trouble. From shoplifting crab legs (156,000 tweets) to his “offensive and vulgar” comments (101,000 tweets), Winston has stayed in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. And the autograph scandal he’s currently embroiled in is certainly not helping his case with the 2015 NFL Draft looming.
23 of 27Elsa/Getty Images
Derek Jeter’s final home game: 1.3+ million tweets
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has a walk-off single against the Baltimore Orioles in his final home game.
24 of 27Alex Brandon/AP
NLDS Game 2 – San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals: 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.
25 of 27Brad Mangin/SI
NLCS Game 5 – San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals: 27,300+ tweets per minute
Michael Morse ties Game 5 of the NLCS in the eighth inning with a home run (4,300 tweets per minute), and then Travis Ishikawa hits a three-run, walk-off homer to win the game (23,000 tweets per minute), sending the Giants to the World Series.
26 of 27Aaron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post/Getty Images
Peyton Manning throws his 508th, 509th and 510th career touchdowns, tying and breaking Brett Favre's career touchdown record.
27 of 27Jed Jacobsohn/SI
2014 MLB World Series - Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants: 5.4 million tweets
The Kansas City Royals were looking to break a long drought, making their first postseason appearance and return to the big stage since they won the World Series in 1985 29 years ago. However, the San Francisco Giants would go on to win their third World Series in five years in a back-and-forth seven-game series.
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