One Frame At A Time: Ohio State, Part One Comment Count

Ace February 8th, 2013 at 1:28 PM

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

RAPTURE.

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...

Ye gods, he's right:

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Comments

PB-J Time

February 8th, 2013 at 1:40 PM ^

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)

BlueCE

February 8th, 2013 at 1:41 PM ^

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.

NFG

February 8th, 2013 at 1:41 PM ^

Ace,

 

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.

nmumike

February 8th, 2013 at 1:41 PM ^

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!

mgobaran

February 8th, 2013 at 1:46 PM ^

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.

Mr. Yost

February 8th, 2013 at 1:51 PM ^

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.

Sopwith

February 8th, 2013 at 2:01 PM ^

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.

Yostal

February 8th, 2013 at 2:01 PM ^

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.

Bando Calrissian

February 8th, 2013 at 2:02 PM ^

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.

Needs

February 8th, 2013 at 2:05 PM ^

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.

rob6reid

February 8th, 2013 at 2:17 PM ^

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.

His Dudeness

February 8th, 2013 at 2:20 PM ^

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!!!"