GIF Tournament IV: 'Hockey Sorcery' vs. 'Serge Ibaka'

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.

WEST REGION -- FIRST ROUND

(1) HOCKEY SORCERY! vs.
(16) SERGE IBAKA

Voting will remain open until Tuesday at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.

(1) HOCKEY SORCERY!

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Submitted by @BryanAGraham. Won Week 37 of THIS WEEK IN GIFs with 1,165 votes.

This guy set a new record for most votes collected in the history of THIS WEEK IN GIFs. This GIF is actually a couple years old, but such sorcery is at work here that it isn't really "from" any time. It has existed for all of time, orbiting around the Sun before the Sun even got there, just spinning, waiting.

Where does that ref come from? Did the first ref duplicate himself? I have never seen such optical wizardry in a GIF.

(16) SERGE IBAKA.

Ibakad

Finished second in Week 31 of THIS WEEK IN GIFs with 188 votes.

This kind of thing happens all the time. Football helmets have those facemask bars that have little nooks in them, plus the straps can get caught up in each other. You typically see it several times a season, so this isn't really ... oh wait, shit. Yeah, Serge Ibaka is trying to play defense with exactly one of his cheeks. Weirdest Twister spinner ever.

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