I hope you’re not already sick of end-of-year lists yet, because today we’ve got a good one for you: the best animated GIFs from the world of sports in 2013.
Now, don’t go confusing this with a “top plays” list. A great play can make a great GIF, but not necessarily. Funny, unlikely, terrible, weird, embarrassing, or absurd moments make just as good if not better GIFs than remarkable plays. So this list will have a little bit of everything.
Take a look, and let us know which one was your personal favorite.
This young NASCAR fan got on ESPN in October. I can only assume he is now the coolest kid in his school.
35. Hey, I'm on TV!
I'm pretty sure that's sexual harassment, Tulo.
34. Squeeze O' the Crotch
Forget Chris Bosh. These guys know how to videobomb.
33. Epic Videobomb
The acrobatics were impressive, but not nearly as impressive as the subsequent throw. Some women can't throw that well even when they aren't flipping and spinning all over the place.
32. First Pitch
One of Denard Robinson's friends was super excited to be in an NFL entourage.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2013 Dallas Cowboys.
30. Nice Tackle
In case some of you wondered why so many college football teams are going nuts with their uniforms, creating about 15 combinations and using "special uniforms" a couple times a year...this is why. This is how the Indiana football team reacted to the unveiling of their new helmets this year.
Like it or not, the "modern" uniforms attract recruits.
29. Indiana's Helmet Reaction
That's the 2013 MVP winner, folks.
(I wish I knew who made this GIF. I would give them credit, because it is kind of genius.)
28. Defense, Ovechkin Style
The efficacy of Yu Darvish in 2013, explained in one single GIF.
27. Yu's Arsenal
Oh Ray...we'll always have Paris.
26. Tender Moment
Can you believe the Gators fired their offensive coordinator and offensive line coach this year?
You simply have not lived until you've been punched in the junk by Carlos Boozer.
24. Nut Punch!
Julian Edelman just left Tom Brady hanging. Isn't that the saddest thing you ever saw?
23. High Five?
The next week, Tom stood up in front of everybody in the locker room and told them to f**king give him a high five when he asks for it or else, because he was tired of looking like an idiot.
22. High Five!
Pascal Dupuis pulling his own tooth is why is love hockey players.
The Red Sox another World Series this year, but if they hadn't this play would have gone from famous to infamous—at least in New England.
20. The Obstruction Call
Goals like this are why Real Madrid paid $123 million for Gareth Bale this year.
19. Gareth Bale Doesn't Suck
And plays like this are why the kids in Cleveland are already begging Kyrie Irving not to leave like LeBron.
18. Killer Kyrie Crossover
Victor Dukes of the Arkansas State Red Wolves gave us the dunk of the year in college basketball.
Meanwhile, high school rugby players in New Zealand remind to never mess with high school rugby players from New Zealand.
Central Florida's J.J. Wooten did this, which is just ridiculous.
15. Catch of the Year?
I think after this Brandon Fields is going to stick to punting.
Eminem stopped by the booth to chat with Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit during the Michigan-Notre Dame game, and this happened.
10. Apparently He Is Afraid
I knew Tim Duncan was ageless, but I didn't know he could turn back the clock for other players as well.
9. Duncan Is Some Kind of Wizard
Let us not forget how Auburn got to their showdown against Alabama with just one L on their schedule when their playing FSU for the National Championship next month.
8. The Immaculate Deflection
Let us also not forget how the Georgia coaches felt when that happened.
7. The Reaction
The amazing Ohio State Marching Band made everyone care about marching bands when they performed the moonwalk as Michael Jackson.
6. The Moonwalk
You just watched this GIF for five straight minutes, didn't you?
5. The Greatest
One of the best plays of the year in any sport just so happened to come on January first, when Jadaveon Clowney absolutely destroyed Michigan's Vincent Smith at the Outback Bowl.
No wonder some people are saying might Clowney go #1 in the draft.
4. The Hit
DeAndre Jordan gave us the dunk of the year in the NBA, and pretty much one of the greatest sports highlights of the year for any sports.
Of course, how could the number one sports GIF of 2013 be anything other than the single most exciting and significant play of the year—the 109-yard field goal return sent Auburn to the SEC Championship Game (and ultimately to the BCS National Championship Game) and ruined Alabama's hope for a three-peat.
1. Three-Peat Killer
amazing play, fail, Gifs, great catch, Huge Hit,