There's a veritable bounty of GIFs from the Colorado game. First, however, I'd be remiss if I didn't post the Harbaughs's star turn as milk spokesfamily:
And lo, there were GIFs.
— Joe Sports (@joefedewa) September 20, 2016
The full Harbaugh mirror routine is here.
With those early contenders for the 2017 Jim Harbaugh GIF Tournament out of the way, let's move on to the Colorado game after the...
[JUMP like Jabrill Peppers over a prone quarterback.]
There's a lot this week. The top "ten" is actually comprised of 27 GIFs, if my count is correct, and there are still quite a few honorable mentions. 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.
Butt signals first down.
Butt catch, run, and truck.
Harbaugh is peeved after the first missed FG.
Harbaugh declines interview, apparently.
Impressive Clark PBU.
Glasgow/McCray meet at QB.
Isaac sick open-field juke.
Speight steps up, finds Butt.
Perry's big catch-and-run.
Yes, I'm already doubling up on GIFs in the ten-slot; I had to find some way to highlight someone who isn't Jabrill Peppers. BTN's camermen did a fine job capturing Tom Brady admiring the work of... Tom Brady:
Before that, Harbaugh and Brady played a very precise game of catch; this is almost a perfect loop:
I got more requests for this GIF than Peppers destroying the Colorado bench. Guess these two are kinda popular.
9. In The Face, Darboh Edition
I love the way the Colorado defenders end up in an orderly line at the tail of this play:
Just the stiff-arm:
Darboh, as usual, putting that mutant muscle to good use.
8. Big Man On Campus/Sideline/Backfield
Future NFL DTs should not be physically capable of bending the corner like this:
Thank you, Paramus Catholic:
One day I hope to have the confidence to walk anywhere like Rashan Gary walks down the sideline:
7. A Punt Block, A Touchdown, A Celebra--STIFF-ARM IN THE FACE
The "slippery watermelon" play:
A great slow-mo celebration from Tyree Kinnel:
Grant Perry's similarly joyful celebration kept going despite a stiff-arm from Tim Drevno that might've been more powerful than Darboh's:
Alternate view of the punt block featuring the official making it rain.
6. That's One Way To Avoid Peppers
This punt hit #70 so hard in the ribcage it appears to stagger him.* I've... I've never seen that before.
[*I know, I know, he's engaged with an angry defender. LET ME HAVE THIS.]
5. Khalid Hill, Edge Maestro
You know this is a Michigan blog because I'm lumping two GIFs into one spot based on the fullback who's lead blocking on both. The one-handed swatting of a not-so-gung-ho cornerback that wiped out all of the pursuit on Chesson's touchdown got much of the attention:
Even more impressive, though, was Hill knocking the MIKE out of the play, then without missing a beat getting out to a safety—who for some reason went at Hill's knees instead of making any attempt to stop the ballcarrier—on De'Veon Smith's long touchdown:
If you're wondering why Smith didn't have to make a cut until the five-yard line, it's Khalid Hill. If you're wondering how he got into the end zone, Jake Butt hauled... well, you know.
4. Thinking Face Emoji Comes To Life
Apologies for embedding my own tweet but this is the best/only caption I could think of:
— Ace Anbender (@AceAnbender) September 19, 2016
Right-click and save the link for those who want to download.
3. The Rest Of This Post Is Dedicated To Jabrill Peppers
I hope opponents never stop trying these:
Running to his side is also a bad idea:
As is leaving him unblocked:
FRAMES OF THE GAME: COMING IN HOT PEPPERS
Yes, it's the trainer getting destroyed. The more you look at it, the more you realize it's a pantheon GIF. Here's the full version that includes Scottie Lindsey, the RB with the Bob Ross hair, saying things to Peppers you're not supposed to say on live television:
There's so much happening here. The strength coach who sees Peppers coming, smirks, and then bails out before Matt Millen inexplicably draws an 'X' on him. The coach in sunglasses who starts out in the line of fire and completely exits the frame by the time Peppers arrives. Poor Damn Sefo Liufau. The offensive linemen who've once again failed to protect Poor Damn Sefo Liufau.
But let's hit the "enhance" button and focus on this poor, poor trainer:
That is a man watching his life flash before his eyes. The helicoptering hat and the "#BTNStandout" hashtag on this version of the replay both add something special to the experience, too.
Oh, hell, here's another angle with the kick return included. Yes, Peppers was shoved into the bench, so Lindsey should've directed his ire at Chidobe Awuzie.