I never realized at the time just how important the commitment of Dakich was. He's going to make UM basketball even more enjoyable over the next few years. Can't even imagine how entertaining it will be if he makes the rotation as an upperclassmen.
One Frame At A Time: Illinois
Let's enumerate the wonderful things about this GIF:
- The Orange Crush is very bad at casting spells, judging by the two dudes right behind Nik Stauskas.
- Stauskas staring down 6'11" Nnanna Egwu for a couple seconds, going "yeah, I got this," and coldly hitting a three in his face.
- Derrick Walton meandering back on defense as soon as he sees Stauskas is going to shoot.
- Andrew Dakich beginning his roll the dice flourish while the ball is still mid-flight.
- Andrew Dakich, period.
- Exasperated Orange Crush girl throwing up her WTF hands at the very end.
- The Illini fans in the far corner whose will to move/exist has been completely destroyed.
This GIF, by my highly scientific ratings, comes in at #6 for the Illinois game. You're gonna want to hit the jump and watch the rest.
[JUMP and make Tracy Abrams bail the heck out]
As usual, click the links/stills to open each GIF in a lightbox, and don't forget to vote for your favorite at the end of the post.
Cheerleading is repetitive (this GIF covers 45[!] seconds, so it opens in a new tab). Stauskas starts the trolling early. Derrick Walton drive and kick to Caris LeVert. Walton and-one. Yesyesnononononononoooalright. ZAK IRVIN DRIVE AND KICK ASSIST THIS IS NOT A DRILL. John Beilein won't allow TV Teddy to be unjustly offended. GroceFace. Spike loses musical chairs. BENCH MOB BUCKET.
SPECIAL INCLUSION: MattaFace/SMHBuckeye
A serendipitous request from friend of the blog Jane Coaston. This loop couldn't be more perfect—the fan on the left is forever shaking/rubbing his head in disgust, while Thad Matta is in an eternal state of gum-smacking disbelief.
10. Fantastic Finishes
I did my best to capture the exact moment Caris LeVert shoots in each one of these GIFs. It's like he spent the game trying to one-up his own degree of difficulty.
As you should always do when Michigan does something well on the same end of court as their bench, keep an eye on Dakich in both the above GIF and the following:
My man in charge of the fold-out chairs was on point.
9. Bing, Bang, Boom
As this play unfolded, my Twitter timeline filled with praise for (1) Stauskas's ridiculous entry pass into a small window out of a double team, (2) Horford's nearly as impressive kickout from the baseline, and (3) the universe, which determined that even Michigan's iffiest outside shooter (among players that actually attempt threes) would have it going that night. This is the basketball equivalent of a flawless 3-on-2 rush in hockey.
8. He Bought The Fake
Or: Tracy Abrams Hilarious Failed Shot Contest, Part I
7. The Townshend
A relatively elaborate celebration from Dakich, naturally beginning while the ball is still in the air. The Pete Townshend windmill flourish at the end kills me.
6. Hex Fail
A zoomed-in view of the GIF at the top of the post gives a better look at the failed spellcasters, how close Egwu came to blocking the shot, and some bonus Illini fan ennui at the end. Full GIF below:
This isn't the last you'll see of Dakich, who nearly got his own post today. (Yes, there's going to be a Best of Dakich post after the season. The people have spoken.)
5. Illinois Fandom
Missed dunks are always funny. They're even better when the crowd reaction encapsulates the state of the game and just being an Illinois fan in general. ENHANCE:
Foam Finger Guy is wonderful, of course. Don't miss out on the woman two rows above him posing for an Edvard Munch painting, then transitioning seamlessly into a full double facepalm. Also, way to sneak in and pad those rebounding stats, Spike. Crafty move.
Poor Tracy Abrams played this about as well as anyone could; as a reward, he ends up on a poster—that is, if the poster has a wide enough angle to show just how hard he bailed out.
This part probably wasn't necessary, but damn if it wasn't appreciated anyway:
3. Moonwalk It In
Great wraparound pass by Spike, left corner Stauskas three is automatic, and Dakich steals the show once again. Yes, he's already moonwalking(-ish) when the ball reaches its apex. Then Stauskas turns to troll the entire student section.
Zoomed slow-mo of Stauskas and the Orange Crush features a Marcus Hall wannabe and a fan turning his distraction attempt into a demonstration of the human reproductive process.
2. 16 Shots, 14 Swishes, 48 Points, 33 MB, 452 Frames
Three-point supercut GIF opens in a new tab because it has to. I posted this in the comments of yesterday's mini GIFs post, and it comes in handy here:
If GIFs take a really long time to load for you, there are browser extensions that will delay playback until each GIF is fully loaded.
Chrome: GIF Delayer
Firefox: GIF Delayer
There's also the Chrome extension GIF Scrubber, which lets you have movie-like control over playback. That one is a lot of fun to play around with.
Using GIF Scrubber to turn this montage up to ludicrous speed comes with my full recommendation.
FRAMES OF THE GAME: I DON'T HEAR YOU
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
[Nik Stauskas invades, patriotism dies.]
Cold. As. Ice.
I saw the moon walk right away and thought GIF!!!!!
Another great moment during the game (at least on the station I was watching) was the commercial for the new Muppet movie about half way through the 4th quarter. I started laughing. I knew the game was over then.
I believe the Dakich "moonwalk" is some some sort of chicken walk in reverse. I don't even know anymore..
I gotta with Moonwalk it in. That gif is wonderful.
Do you think him and Josh Bartelstein hang out in the future a lot?
But I'm sorry, if you've raised a kid that does that, you've done something right.
I am starting to like him a lot more, as in, I actually think he would probably be fun to hang out with.
Not really sure what this says about me...
Someone wrote a post on the MGoBoard about Caris having a "Crackhouse" type game. Seems like the orange crush brought out the "Crackhouse" game in everyone, especially Stauskas.
Troll Level: Game Blouses.
After Spike realizes he lost musical chairs, he's saying "I'm going down here to high five GRIII anyway bitches!"
Was he just trying to prove with that balloon to GRIII on the baseline that he could make the same crazy inbounds pass Caris did at the death v. Purdue?
Don't forget about LeVert AND...I mean AND! his defender both heading back down court before Nik shoots the ball.
It's one thing for Walton and now LeVert to head back early. But now Illinois is like "Fool me once, shame on me...fool me 14 times...I'm not waiting around for 15."
The swag Nik puts off is awesome. He may be the cause of a riot one day
...contains too much swag for one GIF to handle
and it's well worth listening. The Spike section starts at about 7:15. It's a funny story. I would recommend listening to the whole interview.
thanks for the feedlink.
If your team has a student section with a name as cool as Orange Crush, you need to suck less.
He busted out the Charleston there, it appears. Thanks for these GIF's -- made me laugh and I am having a really crappy day.
That white thin canuck boy sure shoots a mean three ball
I think I've figured out the madness behind Dakich... he memorized Napoleon Dynamite's dance and has a full arsenal of 3-ball celebrations.
at the end of the half was easily the single worst ending to a half the Illini fans have ever witnessed. If you listened to the crowd, there is the single largest amount of carbon dioxide expelled from any fans as I have ever heard in my life !!! I am surprised that half of the arena didn't passed out from the lack of oxygen! Truly hilarious !
Poor Spike. That gif of him trying to find a seat was hilarious.
Good thing I didn't prematurely post a demand for a Dakich highlight reel. I was planning one after the first couple few gifs.
to get Dakich-cam, because we missed all the first half Dakich moments ... which, factually, had to be loaded with Andrew Dakich highlights !!!
Ace: You missed the #8 wonderful thing: BOTH Irvin and GRIII taking one step to rebound and then heading down court to go play D before the ball went in.
"Posing for an Edvard Munch painting" - comedy gold LMAO