Houma leveled 2 guys in the Norfleet Return (the good one). I love to see that. He might have stared his guy down a little too long though on the first hit.
One Frame At A Time: Indiana
Reader and graphic designer Brian Downing shows off his skills with the above, which I wish I was aware of before attempting my own "Al Borges is trolling us all" GIF:
Brian's (NTB's) is obviously superior; both of these are exempted from voting this week since they're edited. There's still plenty to choose from after the jump, mostly featuring Indiana not playing defense and various reactions to the on-field insanity. It's a good crop, so...
As always, 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.
Gardner jukes a guy silly for Michigan's first score. Thomas Gordon interception the first. Jake Butt lays a huge block on this Funchess catch. Thomas Gordon interception the second. Fitz jukes a different guy silly. Fitz punches in the final touchdown. Despondent IU band member.
10. Marcus Ray-mon Taylor
GIF title stolen from BiSB, who noted the striking similarity between this hit and Marcus Ray's spectacular upending of David Boston in 1997.
9. Tre Roberson's Thumb
WARNING: Contains brief look at Tre Roberson's dislocated thumb, though by sports injury standards it's not particularly gross-looking. I had to include this for Kevin Wilson basically going "what the hell's wrong with your thu--OH GOD SOMEONE ELSE TAKE CARE OF THIS."
The reaction of the trainer—as well as the curious onlooking of the nearby Indiana player and assistant coach—is also pretty great. Not helping matters: Roberson himself, who responded to Nate Sudfeld's interception in a fashion not conducive to healing a dislocated thumb.
I guess this is a the right place to note that I didn't GIF Antonio Allen's worm-like attempt to get up on the sideline, which was requested a few times, because he tore his ACL on the play. Here's hoping for a quick and full recovery.
8. Watch The Pump Fake (Also, NEVER DO THAT AGAIN)
Devin Gardner pulls off a hilariously effective pump fake, then all hilarity is lost when he gets nailed with a late hit after crossing the goal line. Points to the ref for hitting the offending IU player directly in the leg with the flag.
7. The Yin and Yang of Norfleet
Cheating and including multiple GIFs in one spot, which will become a theme shortly. Here, the Norfleet giveth with a set of ankle-breaking jukes:
Then the Norfleet taketh away by reversing field twice and cedes about ten yards of field position in the process:
But hey, it was exciting.
6. Taylor Lewan Cares Not About His Bloody Face
Title is self-explanatory.
5. Gardner Barrel Roll
Didn't stick the landing, but style points are still rewarded for the seamless transition into celebration mode (followed quickly by "ow, I hurt" mode).
4. Flying Funchess
2. Keep an eye out for the cameraman in the background, who picks a most unfortunate time to switch cameras. He's thankfully a good sport about this.
3. By request, here's Fuller's awesome shot of the play with one slight alteration:
3. IU Band Guy
After Thomas Gordon's game-sealing interception, this IU piccolo player rips through the Kübler-Ross stages of grief in about two seconds and punctuates his acceptance by throwing up the 'I'. This is a man who's all too familiar with football's fickle nature.
2. JEREMY GALLON
Photoshop crashed when I attempted to string together all of Gallon's catches, so here are several highlights.
Leaping, twisting catch on third down:
A second look, piecing together stills by our own Eric Upchurch:
Gallon breaks Roundtree's record, gets Roundtree'd in the process, reacts accordingly:
Indiana's defense decides not to guard the guy with 300+ yards:
I know Funchess is scary and Gallon is beating defenders over the top, but a 20-yard cushion seems a little excessive.
FRAMES OF THE GAME: This Game, Basically
The girl has the perfect reaction to this game regardless of context, but especially after Gardner's fumbled snap, which is the moment the game reached peak ridiculousness. Potentially even better is the shifty-eyed look of the guy right below the scoreboard graphic. Yeah, man, we're not quite sure what's going on, either.
I wanted to make the same point. Good for him on that, but yes, he could have helped block a little bit sooner on the next guy.
"Take that IU .... care to get up? want some more of this? Oh, shit, back to work!"
Funchess looks like he borrowed Gallon's rocket cleats... but then quickly panicked when he used too much thrust.
What about IU band girl? The Liveblog lit up a bit when they showed her.
Last link in the honorable mentions.
Thanks. I should maybe check those before I post.
I loved her in Pretty Woman.
Was never in Pretty Woman.
THATs who she looks like! Thx. Revised to Earth Girls Are Easy.
Or revise to "Gena Davis stars in IU Defense Is Easy".
seems like it's the same shifty eyed guy behind the open-mouthed Michigan girl.
Not sure which sums up the game more perfectly, the "This Game, Basically," or the yin and yang of Norfleet, taken together.
I'm the cameraman in the background of the flying Funchess leap. I'm still kicking myself over it, but it's almost poetic how the INSTANT I put down the 300 prime to get my other camera, Funchess launches himself in the air.
The consollation prize photo I got wasn't too bad at least:
BTW: Does your hat come with the camera?
My favorite was the wide camera angle of the CB who gave Gallon a 20 yard cushion and on the snap ran into the endzone without even looking at Gallon who ended up open by about 30 yards...
I'm getting a blank for the last one.
Suck it Trebek.
Love the attempted trip by No. 18 (I think) from IU in the good Norfleet video. Dude is lucky he didn't get that stepped on or it could have literally been ankle-breaking.
Couldn't vote for it, but I think based on Red's opinion of the Refs he's a big Funchess Fan
the Funchess leap. Nice work as always Ace.
...but what if we did this to MSU?
A guy can dream, right?
I love the 70 yard tunnel screen. Glasgow actually ran with Gallon to about the 40 yard line before Gallon pulled away.
So the people around me noticed that #4 (Hardin is his last name) from Indiana was the best player on the field. There is a play in the second half when he gets sealed and someone else has to make a play and Fitz walked into the endzone with little ease. A second player, ironicially enough #2 was so animated at #4 after the play. Our entire section had a good laugh. His body language was reading, "Come on man! You told me you had this!" it was funny.
Thanks for posting my gif! Nice use of the troll face on yours :p
I think for sake of ease, I'll just post my creations in a diary (like I just did) instead of clunking my way through twitter and the MGoBoard. If you want me to do it any other way, just lemme know!
I don't get it. What's with the second GIF with the troll face? Is the point that a power run up the middle was successful for a change, hence Borges trolling the complaining fans? Might be something obvious going way over my head, but I'm confused .Please to explain the significance of this clip with the troll face.
You will notice that after receiving the snap, Gardner fakes the bubble screen to the receiver in the flat. Thus, the Borges troll. I caught it live during the game and about died from laughter.
Ahh, gotcha. Thanks for the explanation. I bet the fake would work even better if we used more screens, but glad we got a few (successfully) in that game.
loved seeing Derrick Green's quick reactions to the hole. The guy looks north and south for the holes ... not east / west like uhhhhh .... whatever.
Ladies & Gentlemen, Taylor Lewan!
Totally can relate. You're in the moment, pumped full of adrenaline, and don't care about injuries. Dislocated a shoulder, trainer popped it back in, and I didn't care. Shocked the hell out of everyone including the trainer.
You so rugged. Marry me, Big Boy.