Headbutt to the Sternum

Well, it’s been several days now since the final showdown of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but the world is still reeling from Zinedine Zidane’s brutal attack against Marco Materazzi. Although many people have been trying to determine his motivation, and whether or not he deserves the prestigious Golden Ball award, I’m just amazed at his method of assault. A headbutt? To the sternum? Now that, my friends, is a signature move if I’ve ever seen one. A move that all the kids will soon be are already doing:

In a world obsessed with sports action replays and funny videos, it’s no wonder why Zidane’s signature move has become a wellspring of hilarious animations. After seeing Anil Dash’s Zidane World Cup Headbutt Animation Festival, and the animated gifs on The Register, I was curious to see what could be found at YTMND. You’re the man now dog (ytmnd) is a place where users can create and rate funny webpages that are built using only a background image (or animation), a tag-line, and some music. Creativity abounds there and repeated themes (memes) often get started as people build off of each others ideas. All it takes to inspire ytmnd creation is an offbeat quote by a senator, or a weird personals ad. I thought that surely, this signature sternum headbutt move has inspired some ytmnd creations. I was not disappointed. Here is a list of my favorites:

One comment on “Headbutt to the Sternum

Speaking of this “signature move”, a picture of Zidane’s attack is now the difinitive image of a headbutt according to Wikipedia.

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