Good Job, Good Effort: Measuring the Impact of Viral Internet Sensation

Alex KayCorrespondent IJune 7, 2012

When a nine-year-old boy decides to try and encourage his favorite players following a tough playoff loss, it’s usually lost in the crowd noise and little attention is paid to it.

However, things are different for Jack Meyer. The young man decided to repeatedly let the Heat know that they did a “good job” and put forth “great effort” following a game in which they achieved little of either.

A camera crew that was following the dejected Miami stars into the locker room picked up Meyer’s encouraging words, which seemed quite out of place after viewing the game and the players’ body language.

The phrase instantly went viral on Twitter, spawned a number of hilarious memes and so much more.

Let’s take a look at some of the better stuff out there.

Original Video

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the video that made “Good Job, Good Effort” a new catchphrase for Miami Heat haters.

Follow-Up Interview

Reporters for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel decided to find the boy responsible for the chant.

You can view the entire interview with the kid on their website.

He reassured the world that what he said was not at all intended to be mean-spirited. He “did not want to hurt the Heat’s feelings” and was trying to “cheer them up,” according to the interview.

Memes

Joe Kukura over at FanIQ did a great job rounding up some of the funnier images of the Heat and the phrase.

This picture shows both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade looking totally dejected at a press conference.

The “Big Two” also had their uniform names switched.

Pat McManamon of FOX Sports Ohio found this great image of Paul Pierce shooting his dagger Game 5 three and labeled it a good job, while LeBron’s defense was just good effort.

The T-Shirts

These days, it seems anything funny that is said will be turned into a T-shirt. Good Job, Good Effort is no different, and here are the hilarious T’s that fans have created.

This one is for the Heat supporters like Meyer.

And this one shows a Boston fire extinguisher putting out the Heat and doing a good job.

There are plenty of other things out there involving this new catchphrase, but these are some of the best. Hopefully it sticks around for a while, because it sure is funny. 

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