GIF Tournament III, Sweet 16: The most important second round of your entire life

With your votes, we've whittled down the field to 16. Today, we decide which animated sports GIFs will enter next week's Elite Eight.

After two days and nearly 20,000 votes, friend, you and I have managed to dive into the GIF TOURNAMENT III bracket and emerge with 16 clearly superior GIFs. Some of the polling results were complete landslides, one exception being WILLIE THE WILDCAT, who lost to ACE SANDERS by a score of 501 to 495 -- a margin of six votes.

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Sorry, pal.

Friday, we vote on the entire bracket at once for the first time. 16 GIFs go in, eight come out. I'll be updating this page throughout the day with links that will let you view on and vote for these GIFs. If you'd like, you can also follow me at @jon_bois, where I'll be tweeting out the polls as they go live.

GIFs are, of course, the moving pictures of the people, so our opinions aren't necessarily more valid than yours. But I have a couple of favorites, as do my fellow GIF enthusiasts, Matt Ufford and Dan Rubenstein:

And finally: y'all have heard me go on for long enough about these GIFs, so this time, I'm turning it over to you. Each GIF will be accompanied by salient observations you left in the comments from Round 1.

Have fun, friends!

GIF TOURNAMENT III -- SWEET 16

(1) ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC vs.
(8) BARRY ZITO
Voting is live!

(5) MARK SANCHEZ vs.
(4) JADEVEON CLOWNEY
Voting is live!

(6) PADRES BULLPEN CATCHER vs.
(3) SCREAMIN' MARINE
Voting is live!

(10) TEXAS FAN vs.
(2) TIM LINCECUM
Voting is live!

(1) TOMMY HUNTER vs.
(8) JOE MORGAN
Voting is live!

(5) CLINT DEMPSEY vs.
(4) COURTNEY KIRKLAND/KRIS HUMPHRIES
Voting is live!

(6) ACE SANDERS vs.
(3) DAMN IT, ASTROS
Voting is live!

(10) LAKERS FANS vs.
(2) CHIEFS SPECIAL TEAMS
Voting is live!

VOTE!

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