One Frame At A Time: Ohio State Comment Count

Ace February 13th, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Somewhere there should be 
for all the world to see 
a statue of a fool made of stone.

An image of a man
who let love slip through his hands
and left him to stand here all alone.

— David Ruffin, "Statue Of A Fool"

I found your statue, Mr. Ruffin.

It depicts Dan Dakich watching Aaron Craft attempt this shot.

[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the GIFs, including lots of Derrick Walton, "Plastic Man," John Beilein giving dap in the run of play, sad Ohio fans, and more.]

As usual, click the stills/links to open each GIF in a lightbox, and don't forget to vote for your favorite at the end of the post.


Stauskas plays possum, hits triple. Beautiful crossover and dish to Horford by Walton. Stauskas needs thismuch spaceSomehow, this is a foul on Jon Horford. In less surprising news to everyone but Aaron Craft, this is a foul on Aaron Craft. Wait, where's everyone going? WIN THE GAME, non-McGary edition.

10. The Future

The Future doubles as a pretty solid Present.

As usual, don't forget to watch the bench; Andrew Dakich (front and center) has Mitch McGary's roll the dice celebration down cold. Nik Stauskas also slips in a quick three monocle on his way back up the court.

9. Aaron Craft Meets Plastic Man

I'm trying to get "Plastic Man" to stick as a nickname for Caris LeVert, a player whose unusual physique and style beg for a good nickname. This totally works:

He can contort his body into various positions and sizes impossible for ordinary humans, such as being entirely flat so that he can slip under a door or using his fingers to pick conventional locks.

Plastic Man. It is known.

8. Stauskas stepback/Beilein low-five

Which Stauskas's opening stepback three wasn't the most high-percentage shot he could've attempted, he found a way to knock it down, and his coach approved...

This won't be your last look at the, er, variety of life in Ohio.

7. Tréjà Vu

As Brian pointed out:

The word "Burke" was uttered, in comparison instead of deficit, when Walton took a mishandled dribble and exploded to the basket for an and-one against a seven foot shotblocker. He extended his body past applicable limits and crashed to the floor after. It had to be mentioned. It was like seeing a ghost.

This is not that shot, nor the one Brian screencapped in his post.

This is Trey Burke.

Whenever John Beilein decides he's worked enough magic, "LaVall Jordan, Coach in Waiting" has a nice ring to it. 

6. Rise and fire, Derrick Walton

This is when one should hold their shooting form. Chest thumps, given the situation, are also appropriate.

5. Salute My Shots

1. I'm telling you, LeVert is Plastic Man.

2. This goes right into the pantheon of nononononoYES NEVER A DOUBT shots.

3. The interaction between GRIII (saluting, just visible above the scoreboard graphic) and the bench (Dakich, again, stars here) is great.

4. For some reason, the cheerleader closest to the basket giving a final, hesitant clap just before the ball goes in makes me laugh every time.

4. Amir Williams, SMDH

Zooming in on the foul and the fan reactions, in slow-mo, produces a panoply of submission cobras and facepalms, with perhaps the best one coming at the very end just to the left of the basket:

Here's the foul again with a fan reaction shot that needs further breakdown below:

1. SMDH lady is the star, both for her befitting reaction and THAT 'DO.

2. Unnecessary Accessory Guy.

3. The girl on the other side of UAG has come to a horrible realization and is looking to the heavens for answers. BiSB dubbed her "Just Realized The Futility Girl".

4. Lower left corner: "Sorry I'm late! Did I miss anythi-- oh."

5.. Everyone else. Their sadness fuels me.

For all-purpose use: just the SMH/submission cobra/general schadenfreude portion.

3. F*** yeah, Derrick Walton

Ghosts, man.

2. Island in a sea of Ohio



Credit to our own BBrown for coining "Aarball" immediately after the game, beating out "3-lol" and "Crairball" for the gold medal of naming this GIF. Also, props to Guyism for mashing this up with the crowd exodus.

This wins forever, but I guess I'll let y'all vote anyway.


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February 13th, 2014 at 12:38 PM ^

last year when he won the tourney game on a buzzer-beating 3-point shot.

Someone should tell Aaron, when your shot is that errant, you look for somewhere to hide--you don't leave your hands up like you just executed the perfect jump shot.

turd ferguson

February 13th, 2014 at 12:47 PM ^

I think "Plastic Man" fits for LeVert, but in my mind that nickname will always belong to Stacey Augmon (the former Detroit Piston).  I can't imagine that too many other people will have that problem, though.

EDIT:  It looks like I'm the second guy to board the HOW DARE YOU DISRESPECT STACEY AUGMON bus.  That's not a seat I ever expected to occupy.


February 13th, 2014 at 12:49 PM ^

I feel like Aarball Craft is still holding that pose. Did he break, and is now stuck in that position for the rest of his life? Did he expect that shot to bounce short, but kept holding his pose because he thought it was going to bounce off the ground, then back up 10' in the air an fall through the hoop? 

So many questions. Zero Answers. Zero points whence Aarballing.


February 13th, 2014 at 1:03 PM ^

My favorite part about Aarball is the Ohio bench reaction --- there is absolutely none. Whenever an M player puts up a 3 in a similar situation, the bench rises in anticipation of a bucket. The Ohio bench seems to already know the disappointing outcome before anyone else, like an inverse bizaro Josh Bartelstein.


February 13th, 2014 at 12:59 PM ^

1. the cheerleader to the left of Walton in #3 after he comes crashing down. Her teeth, man.

2. the amount of double-chin in GIF #2 is staggering.


February 13th, 2014 at 1:00 PM ^

I loved the Aarball, but the mashup with the crowd leaving is so good.

To me, that will be a memorable image, just like with Branch walking away from the dead Penn St. QB, or when Herbie was destroyed in the Game many years ago.




February 13th, 2014 at 1:04 PM ^

Am I wrong or could Walton have been called for carrying the ball there? Kind of a high dribble. 


Plastic Man is pretty good. For some reason Levert reminds me of the greased up deaf guy. 


February 13th, 2014 at 1:06 PM ^

Isn't SMDH Lady a guy, dressed up as a lady? She/He is wearing a tie, and that hair is so fake it has to be a wig. Right? I refuse to believe that a woman, who looks ilke that, who wears that, who has hair like that, would even be allowed down amongst all those bros. The simpler solution: it IS a bro.


February 13th, 2014 at 1:37 PM ^

LaVall Jordan going somewhere for a head coaching gig. Then, when Beilein retires, we would have to go get him back with a little head coaching expereince under his belt.

Prince Lover

February 13th, 2014 at 1:38 PM ^

So I can't really get behind this nickname.....yet. Accomplish some things Augmon did, especially on defense, and I bet it will be easier to support. Now let's see, who can be Grammama?


February 13th, 2014 at 2:04 PM ^

I said on another board that Craft hit nothing but oxygen. Of course somebody had to be a smart ass and point out the atmosphere is more than just oxygen. Nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, and other trace amounts of gases. We all know this. I argue that his shot was so off it managed to not only miss any area near the rim, but it also managed to miss all the nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide, and other gases in the surrounding atmosphere. His shot was that ugly.


February 13th, 2014 at 2:24 PM ^

In the exodus, you can see what appears to be that ass-hat "Buck-I Guy" dude. As someone who lives in Columbus, I can honestly tell you there's not a more annoying representation of Buckeye Fan than this clown. My wife works in public schools with Autistic children, and this DB showed up at a rally they were having at the state house in full garb to get his picture taken and get on the news.

[edit] I should add, lest anyone think I am potentially downplaying an altruistic gesture by said Buck-I Guy, that my wife is an OSU alum/fan, and even she was annoyed that he showed up at the rally.