We're past the point of coherent thought. Let's watch some pictures move instead.
[Hit THE JUMP for the best gifs from the Syracuse game, including a complete Oliver Stone-style breakdown of Otto The Orange's tragic demise.]
As always, click the still frames to open each gif in a lightbox. Hit 'escape' on any non-Chrome browser to stop animation of the gifs embedded in the post.
Another THJr chestpound spectacularrrrr. COREY PERSON: Cuse Edition. A montage of the starters' handshakes with Corey Person. Pretty sure that's cheating, Nik. McGary says GTFO. Steve Fisher Mustardface. Spike demonstrates the importance of holding one's follow-through. Trey Block. GRIII almost ends everything. Caris LeVert, baby-faced killer. GRIII's late tip-in.
10. CBS Intros
The CBS lead-in was a gif goldmine. Others: Stauskas goggle/spin, the squad, Burke recreates The Yell, Hardaway Superman loop, Otto in happier times.
9. Spike Bomb
Naturally, Michigan's Most Eligible Bachelor backs out of the frame with his hand raised like a pimp.
8. Mitch Jams, Vogrich Jams
Vogrich apparently calls his new go-to move "playing the cello," but he's clearly air-plucking a stand-up bass. /music nerdery
7. Trey Burke Does Trey Burke Thing, Max Bielfeldt Reacts Accordingly
...still pretty amazing.
6. MCW Crab Flop/Death
Michael Carter-Williams did not agree with this call. Then he turned into a crab and died.
5. Mitch "Magic" McGary
Tim Hardaway Jr., you magnificent son of a... Tim Hardaway.
3. JORDAN MORGAN REDEMPTION, PART I
Charge. End of discussion.
2. JORDAN MORGAN REDEMPTION, PART II
The gif leading off the post is probably better, but for the sake of completion here's the broadcast angle.
FRAMES OF THE GAME: OTTO'S DEMISE
Before we get to the alternate angle, please take note of:
The male cheerleader directly to Otto's right.
The female cheerleader throwing a tantrum in the front row.
The fact that she's the only cheerleader in the front row who seems to be aware of this "bas-ket-ball" game.
End of bench facepalm.
Exasperated guy next to facepalm guy, who appears to be kicked into a new level of exasperation by Otto's flailing foot.
Now, you may wonder why Otto's reaction is so delayed, and why the official making the call points more in the direction of the sideline than directly up the court. Wonder no more:
The charge call was simply a signal for John Beilein to execute his Jedi uppercut. Before you Syracuse fans start screaming conspiracy, look at Jim Boeheim—you don't think that brief pause before walking towards the court is a coincidence, do you?
There is no poll today. Otto wins, possibly forever.