One Frame At A Time: Syracuse

Submitted by Ace on April 8th, 2013 at 3:56 PM

We're past the point of coherent thought. Let's watch some pictures move instead.

[Hit THE JUMP for the best gifs from the Syracuse game, including a complete Oliver Stone-style breakdown of Otto The Orange's tragic demise.]

As always, click the still frames to open each gif in a lightbox. Hit 'escape' on any non-Chrome browser to stop animation of the gifs embedded in the post.


Another THJr chestpound spectacularrrrr. COREY PERSON: Cuse Edition. A montage of the starters' handshakes with Corey Person. Pretty sure that's cheating, Nik. McGary says GTFO. Steve Fisher Mustardface. Spike demonstrates the importance of holding one's follow-through. Trey Block. GRIII almost ends everything. Caris LeVert, baby-faced killer. GRIII's late tip-in.

10. CBS Intros

The CBS lead-in was a gif goldmine. Others: Stauskas goggle/spin, the squad, Burke recreates The Yell, Hardaway Superman loop, Otto in happier times.

9. Spike Bomb

Naturally, Michigan's Most Eligible Bachelor backs out of the frame with his hand raised like a pimp.

8. Mitch Jams, Vogrich Jams

Vogrich apparently calls his new go-to move "playing the cello," but he's clearly air-plucking a stand-up bass. /music nerdery

7. Trey Burke Does Trey Burke Thing, Max Bielfeldt Reacts Accordingly

Typical, but...

...still pretty amazing.

6. MCW Crab Flop/Death

Michael Carter-Williams did not agree with this call. Then he turned into a crab and died.

5. Mitch "Magic" McGary




Tim Hardaway Jr., you magnificent son of a... Tim Hardaway.


Charge. End of discussion.


The gif leading off the post is probably better, but for the sake of completion here's the broadcast angle.


Before we get to the alternate angle, please take note of:

  1. Otto, obviously.
  2. The male cheerleader directly to Otto's right.
  3. The female cheerleader throwing a tantrum in the front row.
  4. The fact that she's the only cheerleader in the front row who seems to be aware of this "bas-ket-ball" game.
  5. End of bench facepalm.
  6. Exasperated guy next to facepalm guy, who appears to be kicked into a new level of exasperation by Otto's flailing foot.

Now, you may wonder why Otto's reaction is so delayed, and why the official making the call points more in the direction of the sideline than directly up the court. Wonder no more:

The charge call was simply a signal for John Beilein to execute his Jedi uppercut. Before you Syracuse fans start screaming conspiracy, look at Jim Boeheim—you don't think that brief pause before walking towards the court is a coincidence, do you?


There is no poll today. Otto wins, possibly forever.

Go Blue.


Mr. Yost

April 8th, 2013 at 4:20 PM ^

These reactions are AWESOME!

I hate mascots, but these are hilarious. Someone please save these and all of the winners so they can be used in my everyday e-mailing.

Boss: I'm going to need you to come in this weekend and finish those TPR Reports...


Mr. Yost

April 8th, 2013 at 4:27 PM ^

I know most people don't always click the honorable mentions...but this is highly underrated. I feel like this is my reaction to Kate Upton .gifs after we get a commit.




April 8th, 2013 at 7:44 PM ^

It was great for Jordan to get those big plays to end the game, given some of the bounces the ball has taken for him. I like that gif  taken from a higher angle that as Jordan is slamming the ball home the camera pans to the fans beyond the court doing their best imitation of Mad Town's "Jump around" right before the beginning of the 4th quarter.

party like its 1989

April 8th, 2013 at 5:05 PM ^

Watch the top .gif again and how quickly he reacts and heads down the floor when he sees this coming together. That's just good old fashioned basketball instincts. The difference between a hopeful offensive possession and a sure fire dunk.

Philip A. Duey

April 8th, 2013 at 6:50 PM ^

back, and to the left...
back, and to the left...

back, and to the left...

The exasperated man next to facepalm guy also jolts, but PRIOR to being "kicked" by Otto. His head moves back, and to the right...

If you're telling me one Beilein Jedi punch caused all this commotion, you're telling me to believe in one magic Jedi punch.

The implication is clear: there was a second puncher!