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The 50 Best Sports GIFs of 2012

by: Esteban On  Friday, December 14, 2012

50 best sports gifs 2012

Yesterday we brought you the best sports memes of 2012. Today we bring you the best sports animated GIFs of 2012.  Because, you know, it’s mid-December, and that’s what you do in mid-December—”best of” lists.

Anyway, like yesterday’s list, we’re not trying simply to find the definitive moments, plays, or stories. Sure, these moments, plays, and stories did play a role in selecting the top 50 sports GIFs of the year. But sheer awesomeness (regardless of significance) played an even bigger role in whittling down this list.

So sit back, grab yourself a refreshing beverage, and take an animated, looping stroll through recent-memory lane. It’s definitely not a waste of your time. (Though, yeah, it is still a waste of your employer’s time. Sorry, employers!)

 

50. Bosh Photobomb

50 chris bosh photobombs lebron  - best sports gifs of 2012

We kick things of with the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh being intentionally hilarious…

 

49. Bosh High Five FAIL

49 chris bosh high five fail  - best sports gifs of 2012

But, now, here’s Chris Bosh being unintentionally hilarious.

 

48. Nutshot

48 danieal manning NUTSHOT-INTERCEPTION - best sports gifs of 2012

Here the Houston Texans’ Danieal Manning demonstrates how not to catch a football.

Thanks, Danieal.

 

47. The Spanish Hot Dog Guy

47 spanish basketball fan - best sports gifs of 2012

Silly Spaniard. He thinks that hot dog is a weird floppy cigar. He must have been very disappointed when he tried to light it.

 

46. Speed Walking's Hard

46 race walker collapse - best sports gifs of 2012

Look, I know race walking is actually very grueling and required lots of training and stamina. But the concept itself—seeing who can be the fastest at going slow—is just so funny that it makes moments like these seem hilarious.

 

45. Dancin' Independents

45 dancing independent olympic athletes - best sports gifs of 2012

There were three athletes at the Summer Olympics who got to compete without a country. As you can see, they made the best of it.

 

44. Puking Matt Scott

44 arizona qb MATT-SCOTT-PUKING-AGAIN - best sports gifs of 2012

This is Arizona quarterback Matt Scott showing what happens when you get too many concussions and your coaches don’t make you sit out.

 

43. Tackled by Old Glory

43 brandon weeden run over by flag  - best sports gifs of 2012

Josh Weeden found out the hard way that the giant American flag don’t stop for nobody.

 

42. Andrew Bynum Blowing

42 andrew bynum bowling injury  - best sports gifs of 2012

Andrew Bynum was supposed to be a huge offseason acquisition for the 76ers that would take them to the next level. Instead, he’s been out all season with a bruised bone in his knee, and a few weeks ago he re-injured himself…while bowling. This is an artists’ rendering of what it probably looked like.

 

41. The Nutcracker

41 wizards-halftime-show nutshot - best sports gifs of 2012

The people of Charlotte have interesting taste in halftime shows.

 

40. Olympic Fencing Controversy

40 olympic fencing gif - best sports gifs of 2012

Remember this? The Korean fencer got royally screwed by the fencing officials, who let this impossible match-winning strike stand even the the clock never started. Then the Korean fencer protested the situation by sitting on the mat for an hour, crying.

 

39. Ian Rappaport Attacked by Football

39 ian rappaport hit by football  - best sports gifs of 2012

I’m sure I would have reacted the same way. Nevertheless…let’s all make fun of Ian Rappaport!

 

38. Obscene Tennessee Fan

38 tennessee fan obscene gesture - best sports gifs of 2012

Why is this Tennessee fan shaking imaginary salt shakers into his mouth?

 

37. Muschamp ANGRY!

37 will muschamp rage - best sports gifs of 2012

The Gators lost one game this season, and that cost them the opportunity to lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. This was that game. Coach Will Muschamp was not pleased.

 

36. The Weeping Man City Fan

36 man city fan crying - best sports gifs of 2012

A late season loss by Manchester City seemed to doom the team’s hopes of winning the Premier League title last season. But the story goes that Manchester City’s coach used this fan’s reaction to rally his team to an almost impossible and certainly history comeback.

This pretty much explains everything you need to know about soccer in England.

 

35. The Weeping Rod Stewart

33 rod stewart crying - best sports gifs of 2012

Legendary rocker/singer Rod Stewart shed a few tears himself in November when his beloved Celtic knocked off the best team in the world, Barcelona, in Champions League group play.

 

34. Another Epic High Five Fail

35 louis oosthuizen celebrates albatross at masters - best sports gifs of 2012

At the 2012 Masters, Louis Oothuzien had one of the best holes in pro golf this year—and maybe one of the best shots ever at the Masters—when he shot an albatross on a par 5. Unfortunately, that same tournament, he also gave us one of the year’s worst high-fives.

 

33. The Balotelli Celebration

34 mario balotelli shirtless celebration - best sports gifs of 2012

In world sports, this was probably the most famous celebration of the year.

However, in my opinion, it wasn’t nearly as awesome as this one…

 

32. The Goalie Dance

32 goalie celebration - best sports gifs of 2012

And as awesome as this bit of goalie ice-dancing was, it wasn’t quite as awesome as this celebrations…

 

31. When Did Robert Mathis Join the Ballet?

31 robert mathis dancing colts celebration - best sports gifs of 2012

The Colts are having an absolutely magical season.

Robert Mathis is enjoying it.

 

30. Photobomb of the Year

30 david robinson photobobmed - best sports gifs of 2012

Hey, lady, you can’t do that to The Admiral.

 

29. No High Five for You

29 illinois qb tries to high five ref - best sports gifs of 2012

This ref dodges high fives like Neo dodges bullets in The Matix.

I wonder if he also knows Kung Fu?

 

28. The Amazing Laker Brothers

28 the laker brothers - best sports gifs of 2012

Whatever just happened, it was worth a dramatic taking-off of the sunglasses.

 

27. D-Rose Don't Dance

27 derrick rose doesn't dance  - best sports gifs of 2012

I don’t think Derrick Rose likes LeBron all that much.

 

26. Disgust

26 disgusted japanese olympic coach - best sports gifs of 2012

I don’t know what this guy coaches, but he was not happy.

 

25. The Shaq Attack

25 shaq attack - best sports gifs of 2012

25 shaq attack 2 - best sports gifs of 2012

 

What can I say? Shaq really wanted to get to the candy inside that piñata.

24. March of the Gronk

24 gronkowski london spike - best sports gifs of 2012

When the Patriots travelled to London to play the Rams, Gronk treated the home town to a very special touchdown celebration inspired by some local celebrities.

 

23. The Usain First Bump

23 usain bolt fist bump 1 - best sports gifs of 2012

23 usain bolt fist bump 2 - best sports gifs of 2012

 

Usain Bolt made this kid’s day, week, month, year, decade, and life.

 

22. The San Diego Molestor

22 chargers fan molests a guy - best sports gifs of 2012

Yep, it sucked to be sitting next to this guy.

 

21. Aly Raisman's Parents

21 aly raisman's parents - best sports gifs of 2012

U.S. gynmast Aly Raisman’s parents were unexpected stars of the 2012 Summer Olympics (at least in North America). Of course, their anxious reactions to their daughter’s every move wouldn’t have been so entertaining if she hadn’t won two gold medals. If she had finished, say, 20th, it just would have been sad.

 

20. The Sonnen Wiff

20 chael sonnen swing and miss - best sports gifs of 2012

Chael Sonnen always has something to say, and it’s always pretty douchey. So it was pretty nice to see him whiff like this against Anderson Silva. And of course, about 2 seconds after this GIF, Silva ended the bout with a knee to the chest.

Then Steven Seagal took the credit.

 

19. Fitness Ace Power

19 fitness ace power - best sports gifs of 2012

This was easily the most amazing new fitness machine released this year.

 

18. Who Farted?

18 bosh funny face - best sports gifs of 2012

I don’t even know what to say about this one.

 

17. Hope Saves

17 hope solo olympic save - best sports gifs of 2012

Hope Solo is a bit of a hothead who shoots her mouth off at the wrong time, but you have to admit two things: she is pretty hot, and she performs well under pressure. This save, for example, helped win the U.S. the gold medal.

 

16. The Cheap Shot

16 mike smith headshot - best sports gifs of 2012

There were a number of notable cheap shots in the NHL this year. But this one takes the cake.

You do remember the NHL, don’t you?

 

15. The Shirtless N.C. State Fan

15 fat nc state fan - best sports gifs of 2012

This guy knows how to celebrate a big win.

 

14. The Sprinkler

14 rangers fan does sprinkler - best sports gifs of 2012

And this guy knows how to celebrate an awesome catch.

 

13. The Bird Man

13 u.s.-open-bird-man-videobombs-costas - best sports gifs of 2012

Who doesn’t love a guy in a Union Jack hat doing bird balls to interrupt a Bob Costas interview?

 

12. The Nut Punch

12 olympic basketball nutshot  - best sports gifs of 2012

This guy was definitely not feeling the “Olympic spirit.”

 

11. The Judo Badass

11 nick delpopolo badass thumbs up - best sports gifs of 2012

If they ever make another Karate Kid movie they should sign American judoko Nick Delpopolo to play the bad guy.

 

10. The Blocked Free Throw

10 ref blocks kris humphries free throw 1 - best sports gifs of 2012

10 ref blocks kris humphries free throw 2 - best sports gifs of 2012

 

This is one of the weirdest things I have ever seen on a basketball court.

 

9. The Jaw-Dropping Vault

9 mckayla maroney perfect vault - best sports gifs of 2012

9 mckayla maroney perfect vault 2 - best sports gifs of 2012

 

McKayla Maroney did more than just look unimpressed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She also performed one of the most amazing vaults in Olympic history—at least if you’re going to judge by this official’s reaction.

 

8. The UF Serial Killer

8 creepy florida gator student - best sports gifs of 2012

If you live next door to this guy and you haven’t seen your cat in a few days, I’ve got some bad news for you.

 

7. The Devin Smith Catch

7 amazing devin smith catch - best sports gifs of 2012

Ohio State’s Devin Smith made the catch of the year in the first game of the season.

Not bad, huh?

 

6. The Kick Save

6 olympic volleyball kick save fabiana oliveira - best sports gifs of 2012

This was one of the most amazing plays of the 2012 Summer Olympics, and it made for one extremely mesmerizing GIF.

 

5. The Olympic Backflop

5 olympic diving fail backflop - best sports gifs of 2012

If the last entry was one of the best plays of the London Games, surely this one was the absolute worst.

 

4. CAAAANONBAAAAAAL!

4 jumping into frozen pool - best sports gifs of 2012

Silly German guy. That ice is too thick.

If you haven’t seen the video for this, you should check it out.

3. Sir Charles Shakes His Weight

3 charles barkley shake weight - best sports gifs of 2012

Oh. My. Word.

 

2. Michelle Jenneke

2 Australias-Michelle-Jenneke-Does-Sexy-Dance - best sports gifs of 2012

Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke took the internet by storm this summer with her amazing pre-race routine.

The world is grateful.

 

1. The Holy Moly Kid

1 kid oggles hot chick - best sports gifs of 2012

This kid has never seen a chick like this in real life, up close and personal. Obviously, his dad needs to pull him aside and explain how to be a bit more subtle.

In any case, this is definitely the best and funniest sports GIF of the year. I hope it brightened your day.

 




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