I loved them all Ace...but the reverse Rapture Guy made me laugh the hardest. Good God that's funny (for me I mean...he probably didn't realize that selling your soul means spending enternity in Hell AKA Columbus)
One Frame At A Time: Ohio State, Part One
So, Tuesday's classic Ohio State game produced 28 gifs. Those who watched the game should not be surprised by this fact. They'll be split up into two posts today, and starting today there's going to be a new feature: gif rankings. The gifs from each game will be ranked in a completely arbitrary order of greatness by my choosing. There will also be a reader poll pitting the winner against the winner of the previous game's post to determine the reigning gif champ. Without further ado, here's this week's number one, and oh my goodness it is amazing:
FRAMES OF THE GAME
Obviously, the guy who thanks the heavens is the star attraction, but this isn't a one-man show. There's the guy just above Rapture Guy getting nearly as emotional. There's overalls girl unleashing a primal wolf-howl. There's the girl in front wearing a "Even LeBron Hates Ohio" shirt—though, unfortunately, not the MGoApproved version.
But really, it's all about Rapture Guy. Nik Stauskas has just hit a go-ahead three late in regulation, and this makes him happier than I've ever been in my entire life. That is not a sad statement, because he has reached the pinnacle of happiness. You can actually witness the exact moment when every bad feeling he's ever had in his entire life is expelled towards the heavens, leaving only pure joy and a deep, deep love for Michigan basketball. I envy this man, and I salute him.
[After THE JUMP, the rest of the game's top ten gifs, and your chance to vote on a winner so obvious that this better be unanimous.]
Okay, so the formatting is a little funky since we want the best gif up top, but are now putting the rest of the list in reverse order. Whatever. As always, click the still to open the animated gif in a lightbox. Also, I couldn't pick just ten. I would be a terrible Bleacher Report writer.
HONORABLE MENTION. Me?
While his level of play may indicate otherwise, Mitch McGary: still very much a freshman.
OBLIGATORY BIG PUPPY COMMENT: His ears totally perked up. He is still a giant puppy.
10. The Eventual Game-Winner
Game-winning shots lose a little of their drama when they come with over four minutes left, but that's a mighty impressive shot nonetheless.
9. Just Another Burke-To-GRIII Alley-Oop
This is routine, which is why this is the most enjoyable team to watch in the country.
8. Fighting Through Contact
Yeah, that shouldn't be possible, and Deshaun Thomas knows it.
7. Five The Hardaway
Hardaway's ridiculous second-half barrage in one handy gif.
6. Stepback SWAG
Sure, the shot is great, but turning 270 degrees to troll the Ohio State bench? Incredible. That's next-level awareness, guys.
5. Craft Denied, Part One
Who's the defensive specialist now? Oh, wait, still Craft, because Trey Burke is good at offense.
4. Craft Denied, Part Two
Was it a foul? Maybe. After OSU was gifted five free points and Craft got away with a clear flagrant, do I give any of the naughty words? No. No I don't.
3. Sad Craft
Schadenfreude: still delicious.
2. Denard/Kovacs Maize Rage Spectacularrr
Everything about this is great, and then you see what Jordan Kovacs is wearing—a winged construction helmet, football gloves, AND A "CRONIN'S CRONIES" T-SHIRT, which, like, my god. It's beautiful:
Never leave. Both of you.
1. Rapture Guy
You've seen the original at the top of the post. It is an unquestioned number one. Unless...
@aceanbender Watched in reverse it shows maniacal laughter followed by realization he sold his soul for the W
— Josh Galicia (@jdgum94) February 8, 2013
Ye gods, he's right:
Man, I can't stop laughing at the Rapture Guy pic... it was funny but then reading the paragraph about seeing all his worries disappear just put it over the top.
Can we get Rapture side by side with face palm guy from ND 2011? It would demonstrate perfectly the highs and lows of sporting events.
Yes. Can somebody track down the gif and/or video of Facepalm Guy? Brian's original video got pulled, unfortunately, and I'm busy putting together Part Two and the Wisconsin preview.
That one's great too, but I'm looking for the actual facepalm—happened during the game.
the game is the girl in the overalls in reverse, I have no idea what level of joy she is experiencing, but she is up there with the rapture guy for sure!
Someone's hand appears on overalls girls's underboob there, but I cannot figure out whose!
appears to be the guy with half maize half blue face...she also appears to have pushed his hand away
Still don't know how he
1. stayed in the air that long
2. did not lose the ball with that crazy amount of contact
3. gets the ball into the air
4. said ball goes into the hoop
BONUS: This .gif also notes that the Lions have released KVB and Peterman. Hallelujah.
I know i'm supposed to be watching Burke block Craft in #5 but I can't stop focusing on McGary being a flailing big puppy.
He wins for the game, for the season, for life.
With that said, that Stauskas shot. MY GAWD.
If he literally teabagged the entire bench in public on ESPN it would not have been as bad as what he gave them in that shot/post shot.
Why take the easy way out and turn 90 degrees when you can turn 270 and troll the entire Ohio bench?
Captain Kovacs is wearing $75 football gloves to cheer on the basketball team. That is all.
But I have to wonder, did he borrow the hat from his 8 yr old little brother? Looks a little small on his nugget.
the kid who kissed Bar Rafaeli in that Super Bowl ad for... something?
He turns back towards Overalls Girl like he's expecting a reprise of that scene.
Every time we get a one frame at a time of the student section, I look for my former students in the Maize Rage. No luck thus far, but one day...one day.
Where were girls like that when I was in the Maize Rage?
Then again, where was anyone when I was in the Maize Rage? The sheer number of student tickets this season blows me away.
Overalls girl is the real star
The repeated shaking of the head is epic win.
My favorite element of rapture guy is that the combination of serotonin and adreniline coursing through his body leaves him unable to extend his fingers, so instead of the 3 point signal we get some kind of NC State Wolfpack type claw signal.
But how about the guy next to overalls girl sneaking a boob grab, or at least side boob touch. Nice
Holy shit. It just gets better and better.
List of things that is cool about this
I'd normally agree with you, Fake Jim, but it seems pretty obvious that they're together: for one, he cops the feel, and if you look closely he also has his arm around her. Given her reaction, this doesn't remotely look like an assault of any kind.
The kid with the fro jumping around to the right of overalls girl is the same kid next to Tree in this gif:
And could that be overalls girl BEHIND tree?!
I am fro dude, and even though I am a loser in gif form, these are still incredibly enjoayble.
is that he's wearing matching overalls.
EDIT: Response to Ace. But in response to question directly above, judging from the apparent masculinity of the arm behind Tree I'd suspect that that's Overalls Guy rather than Overalls Gal.
Not to mention it's pretty obvious he did it on accident and didn't even realize it. It looked like he was just trying to celebrate with her.
"I'm sorry, Sweetheart...I thought you were falling and was just trying to catch you."
I was gonna comment of the boob grab but I thought I was just being cynical. Apparantly I wasn't the only one who noticed.
Wow, I looked at the rapture gif for like 5 minutes and thought to myself something about that seems firmiliar. Then I notices those were the people around me at the game and that I'm in that gif! I'm not going to say where, but I feel famous, and this just made my day.
You're one of the guys trying to cop a feel on overalls girl
It appears that Rapture Guy also happens to be dressed as a banana...so there's that.
Front middle bandana guy finds it so exciting he has to go grab a hot dog.
Also guy with yellow glasses on right gets a little too familiar with girls shoulder and she is all "I DON'T KNOW YOU WHAT THE FUCK EVER I GUESS. YAAAAY!!!"
Looks like he slipped down a step and caught himself on her shoulder. You can clearly read his lips as he says "sorry" to her.
You can also see her give him a thumbs up after his apology
The only thing I have laughed harder at on this blog is the T Pryor/dumb and dumber gif. This is priceless!!!
Oh and Lloyd Brady is just outside of this gif on the right. Almost epic.
Denard and Kovacs are also just outside the gif on the bottom right.
Edit: I suck at embedding, but there's the link to it.
looks like he just crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side of the Shawshank State Prison retaining fence. Holy shit...
This deserves an epic person-by-person breakdown on the level of the Yankees fans gif. Only Brian has the power to do this properly.
Brian, you have been challenged.
Yankees fan post for those unfortunate, unaware souls:
He's almost got it. How sad :(
Or the guy in the bottom who looks exactly like Rudy
Can I get "F*ck yeah?" from the white M headband guy? yes, yes I can.
Notice that Cop A Feel guy's hand gets around Overall's waist right at the end. That is so something I would have done. Heh.
I think it's awesome how after Burke sends in the alley-oop in #9, he jumps again when GRIII goes to slam it down, kind of like he subconsciously trying to help it in or something like that. Not that Light Rob needed the help.