In relatively recent history, increased Internet activity has augmented sports coverage in a profound way, driving millions upon millions of eyes and ears toward the industry’s biggest stars and stories.
This year was no different, as the 2014’s most captivating sports moments found a home and plenty of room to flourish all across the Web.
Landon Donovan, for example, never received as much publicity as when news spread online that U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann had decided to leave him off the prestigious World Cup squad.
And, in a similar vein, news concerning the NBA’s Donald Sterling fiasco spread like wildfire mere minutes after TMZ exposed the former owner for his unknowingly recorded and unquestionably racist diatribe.
Finally, in the NFL, Richard Sherman gained a new and perhaps unprecedented level of infamy as soon as Internet users clicked on his colorful conversation with Erin Andrews following 2014’s NFC Championship game.
With the aforementioned events and New Year’s around the bend, we were inspired to highlight the 30 Most Viral Sports Moments of the Year.
Some brought laughter, while others inspired anger or even tears. In the end, though, each moment had—at least temporarily—one major thing in common: extraordinary fame and following all across the information highway.