The high five is a double-edge sword. When you put up your digits and the other person reciprocates, you get the satisfaction of knowing that your existence in this cold, uncaring universe has not gone entirely unnoticed. However, when you put up your digits and you get left hanging? Well then screw the entire world because you all suck, amiright?
Am I overstating things a bit? Maybe. But I doubt it. I know Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrookagrees with me. Earlier this week one of his teammates accidentally left him hanging, and the nasty glare Westbrook gave him bored a hole straight through the dude’s skull. Because this sh*t is serious.
Of course, with the amount of high fives in the world of sports, people get left hanging all the time. So today, we present you with this list of 29 left hanging GIFs, each one is a mini existential crises. And yes, the Westbrook glare is on the list.
Russell needs the positive reinforcement of the high five. If you deny him that, he will cut you motherf***er.
29. Do Not Deny Russell Westbrook
Phil Mickelson will pretend to high five the fans. (He definitely dot not make contact with the guy in the striped shirt on the right.) But he won't even feign caring about the people who work at the club. He leaves both those ladies in the red shirts hanging.
28. No Love for the Help
"Hey brah, nice play."
"I know, brah."
"Yeah brah, totally."
27. Bro Leaves Bro Hanging
Take it easy, Dave Poulin. You're going to hurt somebody.
26. Dave Poulin Double High Five Fail
I assume this was after the Warriors got eliminated by the Clippers in Game 7 last year, which makes it okay to ignore this kid. Out of context, though, they all look like a bunch of d-bags.
25. Warriors Kid Gets Ignored
The ref had to move like Neo in The Matrix to leave this guy hanging.
24. Left Hanging by the Ref
Sorry, little white dude, you are not cool and/or large enough to get a high five from LeBron.
23. No Love for RG3's Buddy
Jeremy Lin: Hey Patrick, nice play man.
James Harden: You don't have to talk to him, Patrick.
22. Linsanity Is Over
"Good job Chandler, you avoided the sweep!"
"F**k off dude."
21. Parsons Got No Time For You
The cool dude in the golf shirt with the popped collar wants nothing to do with the nerds in the dress shirts. Nothing at all.
20. Business Dude Gets Burned
Sorry, Ryan Vogelsong. Hunter Pence was to busy pretending to be Daniel Bryan to even notice you holding your hand up.
19. No Time for Vogelsong
"Hey, I own this place dammit. Somebody give me a high five or everybody get the f*ck out."
18. Billionaires Get Left Hanging Too
Really, not even the guy named Stankiewitch will give this poor bastard a high five?
17. The Guy Who Ratted Out Paterno?
You gotta fake it to make it, right Carlos Boozer?
16. The Invisible Hand
You gonna leave your manager hanging like that Mark Reynolds? That's cold.
15. No Love For Buck
I don't blame you, Chris Paul. I'd leave Mar McGrath hanging, too.
14. No Sugar for Ray
What, does Buster Posey pick his nose or something?
13. Nobody Likes Buster
Stop jumping up and down and give this poor band geek a high five already.
12. Lonely Duck
Haha suck it Tom Brady. Nobody loves you.
11. Brady Left Hanging
In fairness, this was the night Stephen Curry scored 54 points against the Knicks. If he had touched Draymond Green, he would have been jinxed.
10. No Time for Draymond
Ah yes, the old high five-to-thumbs up move. Totally saved it, man.
9. Nice Save, Bro
What happens when three people all go in for a high five at the same time? Nobody gets a high five, that's what.
Look, Cardinals guy, you g0tta be a bit more subtle when trying to high five an athlete in the middle of a game. If you hold your hand out waist-high it might work. But two feet above your head? There's no way that's going to happen. And then you're going to look like a jackass.
7. Cardinals Guy Rejected by David Freese
Miss Israel wants absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Purple Shirt Golf Guy.