U.S. soccer fans in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup
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"Theodore Roosevelt" was trending on Google Monday morning – no, not because of a renewed wave of interest in America's most epically masculine president, but because of this guy:
That's Mike D'Amico
, an American soccer fan who's been dressing up as Teddy Roosevelt (or, as people have been referring to him, "Teddy Gooooooaaaal-sevelt") for World Cup
games, making himself into a rallying figure for American soccer fans everywhere. In honor of D'Amico and the rest of the World Cup
's most, uh, "enthusiastic" fans, we've rounded up some of our favorites below.
Argentinian fans in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup
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Doesn't that kid look like one of the Christ the Redeemer jerseys come to life? Isn't that terrifying?
England soccer fans in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup
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This is where we'd make a "Cowardly Lion" joke if we were a) Knowledgeable enough about soccer to do so in a clever way, and b) Not terrified of English soccer fans.
Belgium soccer fans in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup
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And here we thought the Belgians were a peaceful, waffle-and-chocolate-loving people.
An Argentina soccer fan in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup
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The sun: A threatening mascot for pale people and polar bears.
Brazil soccer fans in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup
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Trolls take soccer – sorry, football
– very seriously.
Fans of U.S. soccer in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup
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What's with American sports fans and wearing foodstuffs on their heads? At least corn is slightly more intimidating than cheese ... we think.
An Ivory Coast soccer fan in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup
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No comment. Mostly from befuddlement, but also due to deep and primal fear.
Fans in the stands of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
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Thankfully, Brazil wasn't one of the countries involved in the Crusades or this might have seemed somewhat tone-deaf.
As Michael Caine once said
Dutch fans in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup
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, "There's only two things I can't stand in this world: People who are intolerant of other people's cultures, and the Dutch."
U.S. soccer fan Mike D'Amico dressed as Teddy Roosevelt during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
If the World Cup ends without D'Amico being photographed on top of a moose, such as this classic (albeit fake) picture of Roosevelt
, the whole thing will have been in vain.