After 25 years as the epicenter for southern sports, the Georgia Dome in Atlanta was imploded on Nov. 20. It was the only stadium to host the Olympics, Super Bowl, and Final Four. When it was built, it was the largest covered stadium in the world, but now it’s been replaced by Atlanta’s shiny new Mercedes-Benz Stadium — an adjacent structure that’ll eventually cost taxpayers over $700 million.
The implosion of the dome caught the world’s attention on social media and not just for the spectacular way it collapsed. A cameraman from the Weather Channel had the perfect angle on the implosion, but a MARTA bus pulled in front of the camera right as the explosives went off, obscuring the shot. Only when the structure had been completely razed did the bus pull away.
The video of the cameraman groaning and spouting off expletives was an immediate hit online.
After video of the interrupting bus spread, memes began popping up online of the unassuming MARTA bus driving in front of some of the greatest moments in recent sports history, from Aaron Rodgers’ Hail Mary to Kerri Strug’s amazing performance at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Will the interrupting bus eventually beat out Crying Jordan as the king of sports memes? Or will it drive off into the sunset all too soon like the dome itself?
That damn Atlanta bus is everywhere! pic.twitter.com/6zSYAtoaGp— SI Extra Mustard (@SI_ExtraMustard) November 21, 2017\n
REALLY, MARTA?! pic.twitter.com/t2D6dXX9lc— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 21, 2017\n
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR? pic.twitter.com/sUofNg3YWF— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 21, 2017\n
Another great moment in Georgia Dome history brought to you with support from MARTA. pic.twitter.com/cZBrLoPKGO— Jimmy Greenbeans (@jimygreenbeans) November 21, 2017\n
Not sure why everyone is so upset with Baker Mayfield. I didn't see him do anything wrong. pic.twitter.com/UetCnB3UsG— Matt Galloway (@themattgalloway) November 21, 2017\n
That dang Atlanta bus is back at it again... pic.twitter.com/4oX2zcZI1q— Rudy Flyer (@DaytonRudyFlyer) November 21, 2017\n