what's german for 'galoot'? [Bryan Fuller]
So, uh, recovery hasn't been as smooth as expected—those following me on Twitter have probably picked up on that—and as such I'm pushing out posts when I can. I've been hoping to get to the Moe Wagner retrospective but have held off because I've hit a block there; in the process of preparing that post and working through the block, I did at least get through the Loyola Chicago game in GIFs. (Most of it, at least. This copy cut out all good replays of Wagner crashing into Raftery/Hill, which is an argh experience.) Did I do Florida State yet? Uh, working on it. Time is a construct.
Anyway, remember that time Moe Wagner put up a Final Four stat line matched only by Akeem Olajuwon and Larry Bird?
That was enjoyable.
[The rest of the Loyola game in GIFs, featuring a LOT of Moe, after THE JUMP.]
THE FULL ALBUM
THE TOP TEN
10. E-Moe-tional Spectrum
Wagner's reaction after a wayward dribble on a fast break resulted in a carrying violation is delightful—perhaps more so in retrospect, admittedly, given the score at the time.
9. The First of Several
You can tell this is Wagner's first putback of the game because he's not yet dripping in sweat.
8. That Wasn't On The Scouting Report
The pass or the pivot finish, take your choice.
7. Board, Spin, Hook, Flex
Going small did not solve Loyola's biggest problem.
6. NBA Finish
When pro athletes go against not that.
5. Why Not?
4. Appropriate Reaction
A big reason Wagner's historic performance was so necessary: other Wolverines shot 4-for-21 from three. In other words, I feel you, Isaiah Livers.
3. Large Adult Sonned
Cameron Krutwig gets Valkyrie'd.
2. Flex On 'Em
Sure, I'll watch a replay or two:
The Michigan section going bonkers in the background is a nice touch. Speaking of which...
FRAMES OF THE GAME: RAINING PANDEMONIUM
When you know you've got a shot at the whole dang thing.