The 10 Best Viral Sports Videos of 2013

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The 10 Best Viral Sports Videos of 2013

Viral Sports Videos

Viral videos have become all the rage over the last eight to 10 years. More specifically, videos have appeared to go more viral since the foundation of YouTube in 2005, which is a video-sharing website. According to PC Mag, a viral video is a video that becomes popular through the process of (most often) Internet sharing, typically through video-sharing websites, social media and email.

There are hundreds of thousands of videos on YouTube and various other video-sharing websites. However, a video doesn’t technically go viral until it becomes popular. A great example of this is the Harlem Shake, which is specific dance that garnered worldwide fame. Prior to going viral, it was just a silly dance that five teenagers from Queensland, Australia filmed and uploaded to YouTube. Once it gained popularity at lightning speed, the Internet meme went viral.

Several videos of athletes, as well as, various videos at sporting events went viral in 2013. To me, viral videos are awesome and incredibly addicting to watch. With that being said, viral sports videos are even better. Whether it is an athlete doing something hilarious, a fan acting crazy or military dads surprising their family at football games, there is simply nothing better. In fact, some of the videos in 2013 were so amazing that I’m not sure how people will be able to top them next year.

Make sure to click through the slideshow to see the 10 best viral sports videos of 2013. Also, make sure to comment below if you believe there should be other viral sports videos that deserve to be in the top 10.

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10. Miami Heat Harlem Shake


The Harlem Shake is single-handedly the most viral thing to happen in 2013. There are hundreds of different kinds of Harlem Shake videos that are just as entertaining as the next. Even athletes got involved with their teammates. One of the best is by far the Miami Heat’s Harlem Shake video, which was a response to the one the Minnesota Timberwolves did.

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9. Boston Red Sox Bullpen Police Officer

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The Boston Red Sox made a magical run through the playoffs to clinch the World Series title in 2013. One of the biggest moments was when David Ortiz hit a grand slam to tie Game 2 of the ALCS. The reason it went viral was because of Red Sox bullpen police officer Steve Horgan, who threw his arms in the air in jubilation as Torii Hunter flew over the right-field wall. Horgan became the talk of the town as well as a figure the fans rallied around as the Red Sox made their push.

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8. Dwyane Wade Cartwheel

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Members of the Heat have been involved in a photobomb war for quite some time. It all started with Chris Bosh, which then led to LeBron James and then Dwyane Wade got involved. All of the photobombs the players do to each other are funny. However, Wade’s cartwheel while James was in the middle of a postgame interview on Nov. 25 takes the cake. The reaction of James and the interviewer is priceless. The two can barely hold it together while they discussed if Wade actually did two cartwheels before their very eyes.

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7. Ohio State Marching Band’s Michael Jackson Tribute

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Ohio State has one of the more talented marching bands you will ever see. They actually had a few videos go viral in 2013, with their Michael Jackson Tribute being one of the best. They even included Jackson’s famous moonwalk.

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6. South Korean Gymnast’s First Pitch


Former South Korean national gymnast Shin Soo-ji tossed one of the most incredible ceremonial first pitches ever to be recorded on camera prior to a game in Seoul. With her left leg planted on the ground, she completely flipped her body over and then tossed the pitch to home plate. The crowd and commentators went crazy, while she went on to global fame.

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5. Ohio State Marching Band’s Hollywood Tribute

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The Ohio State marching band was at it again when they performed their tribute to Hollywood not long after the Michael Jackson tribute. The students learned the drill and the music in little over a week. The show includes Superman, Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.

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4. Military Members Surprising Family

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There is no specific video of military members surprising family members at sporting events as hundreds went viral in 2013. However, I thought it would be a shame not to include them in some way because of the impact they have on the Internet. Below are two of my favorite viral videos that have military dads surprising their family in two different ways.

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3. Nebraska Football Team Helps 7-Year-Old Score Touchdown


In one of the more emotional viral videos of the year, the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team helped seven-year-old cancer patient Jack Hoffman score a touchdown during the team’s spring game. If that wasn’t enough, the players raised Jack up on their shoulders and carried him off the field.

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2. LeBron James Celebrates With Heat Fan


My favorite sports viral video of the year is that of James and Heat fan Michael Drysch. After Drysch hit a half-court hook shot that won him $75,000, he tossed his arms in the air in celebration. What happened after is what every sports fan dreams of. James, acting just like a fan watching a game-winner, hugs Drysch and tackles him to the ground. Drysch’s face is priceless when he embraces James, as I’m sure the moment itself is better than the money.

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1. NFL Bad Lip Reading


Don’t act surprised, you knew “THE NFL: A Bad Lip Reading” was going to be the top spot on the countdown. The most viral sports video of 2013 currently has more than 45 million views on the BadLipReading official YouTube account. Even non-NFL fans were sharing it on Facebook at an alarming rate as if it was the funniest video they have ever seen.

The video was so popular that it gave McDonald’s the idea to try the same thing in a commercial with Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick during the Super Bowl. The only funny part of the commercial was how incredibly bad it was.

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