One Frame At A Time: Spring Game

Submitted by Ace on April 7th, 2015 at 2:30 PM

That is a man who realizes he's home, at long last. The score may only be 7-0 in the waning moments of the game, the stadium may only be half-full, this whole thing may only be an exhibition, but it's impossible to repress that smile.

[Hit THE JUMP for the spring game in GIFs, and, yes, more Harbaugh.]

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

10. Edge Rush

Joe Bolden had such a strong performance he had to be included in here somewhere.

9. Helicopter Coach

He'll probably try to do this in an actual game.

8. Trickery

Third time's the charm.

7. Yes, It's Legal

A wild touchdown appears!

6. This Throw Seems To Work

Part One:

Part Deux:

5. Swing And A Miss

Fine, fine, blown assignments abound here, but Lawrence Marshall is still quite athletic.

4. Somehow, Nobody Chanted "Just Like UConn"

That's an impressive pick by Desmond Morgan, reminiscent of the one he had in a game we shall never speak of again.

3. POWER

It may have been the only big run of the day, but at least it featured impeccable blocking.

2. Harbaugh Out

Really hoping this is how Harbaugh leaves every home game, or at least all the wins.

FRAMES OF THE GAME: FIRST DOWN, BLUE

For starters, this is a very impressive pick by Brandon Watson, and an overlooked play by Jarrod Wilson to lay the hit that jarred the ball loose. Then Shane Morris gets both hands involved signaling for a first down, and this takes top GIF honors.

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Comments

Ziff72

April 7th, 2015 at 3:22 PM ^

Upon further review I think Watson's interception was not a catch because he lands on a players ass and not the field of play.  The play has been overturned.  Michigan is not charged with a timeout.

tylawyer

April 7th, 2015 at 4:16 PM ^

I was wondering what the heck the rule is there. We know that if you land on top of another player you're not down. But does landing on the in-bounds portion of a player who is half out-of-bounds mean that you're out-of-bounds too? This is a burning question, I tell you.

gwkrlghl

April 8th, 2015 at 12:11 PM ^

DB is battling WR. WR falls and rolls out of bounds, DB leaps and intercepts ball while going out of bounds. DB lands on WR that is laying on the ground, never touches the ground himself, then reaches out and touches one foot on the field before touching the ground out of bounds. Good INT?

denardogasm

April 7th, 2015 at 7:29 PM ^

I've been saying that since I first saw the replay.  At the very least it would be not enough evidence to overturn the call in a real game, but given our luck it would probably be ruled out of bounds.

aplatypus

April 7th, 2015 at 3:25 PM ^

where he chucked a blocker (Cole?) and made a really nice tackle right away on a WR screen. Maybe I was just extra impressed because it was Countess. 

west2

April 7th, 2015 at 4:08 PM ^

Harbaugh looks like a kid that snuck not just one cookie but two and the best part, mom thinks little brother took them!

M-GoGirl

April 7th, 2015 at 5:02 PM ^

Jim's smile is worth a thousand words. He no doubt knows his work is cut out for him, but he is so clearly in a place he loves, working with players he cares about, surrounded by adoration, smiles, hugs, thank yous, and all manner of fan love everywhere he goes -- it just has to feel GREAT to be him. If he feels the pressure, he wears it well. He wears it enthusiastically.

MeanJoe07

April 7th, 2015 at 5:45 PM ^

Jim's smile is worth so many words. I can't tell you all with 100% certainty how many words Jim's smile is worth and its overall monetary value. It's certainly worth a lot of words. Maybe a college essay worth of words.  I think Emerson would have trouble stringing together all the words.  Some of the words don't even exist yet.  If we are talking about "worth" specifically and we assing a dollar per word value to each, then I'd say his smile is worth about $4.2 million dollars.   I know what your saying.  Obviously some words will be worth more than a dollar.  I have taken the average worth of a word using the guidelines from the "Comprehensive Guide to Word Valuing and Theoretical Vernacular Modeling: Volume 3"  to manufacture what I believe to be the most accurate way to value a word and correlate that to the worth of Jim's smile.  Now, I won't get in to the particulars of this model because that is neither here nor there, but I believe it is quite accurrate indeed.  Since Jim's words are generally worth slightly more (due to his celebrity) than the words of an average person, I had to factor for this as well and chart this on a supply and demand curve.  After looking at diminishing returns . . . Yes, even Jim's words will lose their luster and listeners will grow weary of listening after a few days . . . I have arrived at the $4.2 million dollar mark.  I just multipied my factor by the number of words that Jim's smile represented based on the algorithmn and the modular bio-vernacular  evaluation performed by a panel of sociologists and linguistic experts.  DISCUSS