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It would be a shame to see a GIF once, only to forget it forever. In GIF Tournament III, we'll vote on our favorite GIFs of the last five months, and crown a champion.

We're finally here, everyone. I'm so happy to see you. After ages of review, debate, and GIF competition, we have managed to determine 32 of the best, funniest animated GIFs of the last five months. If you're new here, this is what an animated GIF looks like.

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Some GIFs feature, say, baseball players rather than messy rodent-suited people in cafeterias, but most are exactly like this one.

This, in case you're new here, is a 32-GIF tournament. GIFs go head-to-head, and y'all, the readers, vote to determine the better GIF. We've made friends with a lot of these GIFs, and in this tournament, you are encouraged to help out your buddies. Vote as subjectively or objectively as you'd like. Argue your case in the comments. Your favorites need you.

We start affairs Wednesday with the first half of the first round of the tournament. Voting will remain open until 11 p.m. Eastern this evening. I'll be adding links to this page throughout the day, so be sure to check back. Or, if you'd prefer, follow me at @jon_bois, where I'll be tweeting the polls as they go up.

Have fun, friends, but remember: this is the most important thing you have ever voted on. Proceed accordingly.

BEGIN!

GIF TOURNAMENT III -- EAST REGION -- FIRST ROUND

(1) ZLATAN IBRAHAMOVIC vs.
(16) PEYTON MANNING
Voting is live!

(8) BARRY ZITO vs.
(9) NAPPIN' MIKE FRANCESA
Voting is live!

(5) MARK SANCHEZ vs.
(12) REPLACEMENT OFFICIAL
Voting is live!

(4) JADEVEON CLOWNEY vs.
(13) ICHIRO SUZUKI
Voting is live!

(6) PADRES BULLPEN CATCHER vs.
(11) WADE BOGGS
Voting is live!

(3) SCREAMIN' MARINE vs.
(14) FELIX BAUMGARTNER
Voting is live!

(7) JOEY CRAWFORD vs.
(10) TEXAS FAN/CAMERAMAN
Voting is live!

(2) TIM LINCECUM vs.
(15) MATT ELAM
Voting is live!