Welcome once again to THIS WEEK IN GIFs, y'all. We have a great crop this week, so let's get right to it.
Hahaha just kidding! You really shouldn't attempt to watch GIFs without first watching a trio of jerks talk about why they like said GIFs. Here are Matt Ufford, Dan Rubenstein, and myself running down our favorites of the week:
Voting will remain open until Sunday at 11 p.m. Eastern. Enjoy!
"A successful basketball coach wins national titles all the time. There's only one problem: he's terrified of fireworks!!!!" It's like Monk, but shittier.
(Via Pat Iversen)
Y'all remember the HOCKEY SORCERY GIF from last month? The one that set a THIS WEEK IN GIFs record by winning over 1,100 votes in a single round? I don't know whether this is as great, but it's great in the same way.
Two things about this: we see No. 10, Corey Perry, knocking the stick away from No. 11, Jamie McGinn. I just don't understand how the Hell it travels 20 feet in the air. It looks like it was yanked away with a string by someone sitting in the rafters.
Second: I stared and stared and stared at this GIF until finally deciding it wasn't sorcery. But there is an awesome illusion at work here. It really looks like No. 15 drops his stick, catches McGinn's stick, and skates away with it. Amazing.
ANONYMOUS BEER HERO
(Via The Crawfish Boxes, our Astros blog)
God, this is one of those weeks, isn't it? There are at least two GIFs in this field that are amazing and should definitely find their way into GIF TOURNAMENT IV (which, by the way, ought to happen sometime in June).
That's just what you do. Humankind has taken trillions of gulps of beer, and it's quite possible that none of them were more spontaneously dramatic than this one.
Man, what the Hell? Any human adult should be able to throw a round, hand-sized ball 60 feet. Especially one who is accustomed to chucking a giant, egg-shaped husk 150 feet, on target, while running his ass off. If you're looking for the difference between Denard Robinson and Ronald Reagan, well, you're just gonna have to keep looking.
LeBron James is the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Hawks of THIS WEEK IN GIFs: he makes it to the dance so many times, but he's never gonna win. This has to be, like, his 10th appearance.
By the way, I can't tell whether my perspective is skewed, or the LeBron hate is finally subsiding this season. He's funny, he seems like a nice guy, and he's far and away the greatest basketball player on the planet. It's refreshing to root for the best player and team because they're the best player and team.
As I explained in the video, I don't really expect you to vote for this GIF. I just had to include it, because it's special to me. This game was full of so many tangle-ups, loose balls, and moments of disarray that I really didn't expect Harrell to pull this one in. But he just barely got his hands on it, Louisville finally took a lead, and things finally seemed to be working as they should. This was the moment that sent me punching the air and jumping around like an idiot.
This was the only Wrestlemania match I caught. The volume was low, and all I could really make out was that CM Punk was parading around with the purported ashes of Paul Bearer (The Undertaker's sidekick, who recently died in real life). Like, he was popping the lid of the urn and mimicking Bearer's voice and everything. So Punk and Undertaker fight for the whatever belt title fight championship fight, which leads to this.
I think this was the only wrestling I actually watched all year, and things like this make me feel like I should watch more of it. If you like weird things, well, this seems like the very weirdest thing.