This Week In GIFs: Why athletes gotta be havin' faces all the time

We have arrived at the first THIS WEEK IN GIFs competition of 2013. Vote, and help us determine the best of a strong field.

You and I took a month-long respite from THIS WEEK IN GIFs to undertake GIF TOURNAMENT III. With that in the books, we can get back to business.

And there is plenty of business to be done. This, in my estimation, is an unusually strong field of animated sports GIFs. Voting will remain open until Sunday at 11 p.m. Eastern.

Enjoy!

JAVALE MCGEE

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(Via Seth Rosenthal)

It's been a while since we've honored a JaVale McGee GIF in these parts. This happened right after throwing down a dunk he threw off the backboard. That GIF was terrific, but this is the one I can't stop laughing at. What a goofus. Welcome back, dear friend.

SERGE IBAKA

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(Via Daily Thunder)

I think we could argue that the end of the NFL season is a godsend for THIS WEEK IN GIFs. We've seen plenty of great NFL GIFs, yes, but consider that the league sent zero representatives to the Final Four of GIF Tournament III -- a competition that judged GIFs from August to December.

The NFL plays 256 regular-season games and carries itself through all of them with the sober solemness of a military ceremony. The NBA plays 1,230 of them, and is not afraid to get silly. Like, "guard Blake Griffin and get your head stuck in his armpit" silly. Baseball season is on the way, too. This, y'all, is prime GIF season.

SLOANE STEPHENS

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(Via @bubbaprog)

This is what a 19-year-old looks like the moment she beats Serena Williams at the Aussie Open. Most in that position would probably find a friend or family member in the crowd, if they had the presence of mind to look anywhere in particular. Instead she finds a camera and offers a big CHECK THIS SHIT OUT to the entire world.

I would also accept her celebration if she were simplly stoked about how nice it was outside. It's January and it's been 20 degrees for like 500 consecutive days and I can't stand this shit anymore.


CHANDLER PARSONS

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(Via Mike Prada)

NOTE: BASKETBALL DIED ON THE WAY BACK TO ITS HOME PLANET

CALEB MOORE

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(Via Ricky O'Donnell)

Without ignoring the extreme sportsmen and women who have died or suffered serious injury in pursuit of their crafts, I can't help but wonder why there aren't more of them. Caleb Moore walked away from this wreck. How does this happen as often as it does? Like, how do these folks escape horrifying injury, time after time after time?

Ugh, this scares me. Ban hills, machines, and wheels. Terraform the Earth so that it all looks like a putting green. Lock our doors, place a wooden barrel in the most tornado-safe room, huddle inside of it, and seek salvation from every God in case one or more is listening. Jam the first Coldplay album at moderate volume; it's harmless fun.

EDEN HAZARD

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(Via @bubbaprog)

Eden Hazard was suspended for kicking this teenage ballboy. Said ballboy, a homer for the opposing team, was delaying the game by just straight-up huddling on top of the ball. I find it absolutely beautiful that this ballboy deemed this a reasonable course of action.

Also, Eden and Hazard are two very different places.

JIM HARBAUGH

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(Via @bubbaprog)

Jim Harbaugh is going to coach against his brother, John Harbaugh, in the Super Bowl. Some are calling it the Harbowl. Make sure to watch it with your friends and family and yourself. It's on CBS. At least four quarters are scheduled to be played. Get ready for rip-roarin' fun. Prepare yourself for a lot of fun. [rides recumbent bicycle into ocean, is never seen again]

VOTE!

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