GIF Tournament IV: The quest for the best sports GIF of the year

Once again, it's time for us to review the greatest animated sports GIFs of the last six months, and crown an immortal. Vote, and help us determine GIF greatness.

Friends, it's time once again to convene for a GIF TOURNAMENT. In the first tournament, we crowned ROLLERBLADING RAPTORS MASCOT the greatest animated sports GIF in the history of the universe, which it shall be forever. BUCK SHOWALTER won the second tournament, and TIM LINCECUM took the crown in GIF TOURNAMENT III.

Since we began these GIF tournaments, the world of sports GIFs has exploded. Once the near-exclusive territory of message boards and link farms, GIFs are created by bloggers everywhere. We make them, CBS Sports makes them, Deadspin makes them, Twitter folks make them. They're everywhere, and we're falling headlong into a future in which the humble GIF captures most every sports moment worth remembering.

Today, GIF TOURNAMENT IV commences, featuring 32 of the best GIFs from the year 2013 to date. Every champion you voted for in THIS WEEK IN GIFs received an automatic bid, and many second-place finishers are here as well. To boot, I have also selected seven GIFs for inclusion that we missed the first time around, but that are so remarkable that they deserve a shot at immortality.

Each match-up will be put to a public vote, and together, we will decide which GIFs advance to the next round. Here is the schedule:

TUESDAY: First round (West region)
WEDNESDAY: First round (East region)
THURSDAY: Sweet 16
FRIDAY: Elite Eight
MONDAY: Final Four
TUESDAY: Championship
WEDNESDAY: [mystery bonus round]

Let's get started with the first round of the West region. I'll be updating this page throughout the day with links that will let you view and vote on today's GIFs. Or, if you'd rather, you can follow me at @jon_bois, where I'll be tweeting out the links.

Enjoy, friends, and choose wisely.

WEST REGION -- FIRST ROUND

(1) HOCKEY SORCERY! vs.
(16) SERGE IBAKA
Voting is live!

(8) SENATORS FAN vs.
(9) NERLENS NOEL
Voting is live!

(5) IAN KINSLER vs.
(12) LUIS SUAREZ
Voting is live!

(4) JIM HARBAUGH vs.
(13) PETER CHIARELLI
Voting is live!

(6) BARRET JACKMAN vs.
(11) JEAN SEGURA
Voting is live!

(3) WHEEEEE vs.
(14) SNIPED METS FAN
Voting is live!

(7) RAYS KID vs.
(10) YANKEES IN THE THUNDERSTORM
Voting is live!

(2) ANONYMOUS BEER HERO vs.
(15) TONY CINGRANI
Voting is live!

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