The six best Ryan Kesler tumbleweed gifs

Ryan Kesler is hardly the only player to resort to embellishment in this year’s NHL playoffs. Every team has been accused of diving at least once, with two clubs even being penalized for it: the Pittsburgh Penguins, for a Kris Letang dive, and the Detroit Red Wings, for some Jiri Hudler acting. Furthermore, Brad Marchand’s performance in Game 3 versus the Washington Capitals was like an interactive museum exhibit on embellishment.

Still, Kesler’s dives have stood out. He may not be the worst diver, but he’s definitely the best. You’re going to be hard-pressed to find a dive as ostentatious as the one he pulled in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal, for instance, when he attempted to draw a penalty on Mike Richards by engaging the Kings’ forward skating backwards, then doing a full-on, flailing, stick-throwing barrel roll as the two exited the Canucks’ zone. It bordered on performance art.

And, like all good art, it inspired other artists — in this case, the .gif-makers over at the HF Boards. For the second straight year, Ryan Kesler has become a meme over there. It’s not quite Ryan Kesler Did This, but the Kesler tumbleweed meme is still pretty darn funny. What follows are 6 of my favourites examples.

6. Kesler and some ducks

In this gif, a mother duck fights to keep her ducklings together as the wind blows them away. Then, suddenly, Ryan Kesler tumbles through even faster. (His bones must be twice as hollow.) The best thing about this one is the way the sight of Kesler seems to distract the mother enough to lose her footing as well.

5. Kesler comes through the glass

It wasn’t fans banging on the glass that caused that pane to drop on David Krejci. It was clumsy old Ryan Kesler, tumbling down the TD Garden steps.

4. Kesler takes down Gaborik

Marian Gaborik streaks in alone when suddenly a wild Kesler appears! Lucky break for the Red Wings. Or was it? Sure, this may look like an accident, but Kesler’s from Michigan. I think he did it on purpose.

3. Kesler flies into the lake

This one is just unbelievably well-done, right down to the way Kesler stiffens up before he hits the water.

2. Kesler takes down Phaneuf

One of hockey’s greatest gifs ever gets Kesler’d, as the Canucks’ centre tumbles by the team benches just as Dion Phaneuf drops the gloves to go with Jaarko Ruutu. I like the way Ruutu seems to step out of Kesler’s way just in time.

1. Kesler caught in a tornado

Wherein Kesler makes a cameo appearance in the historic storm-chaser film, Twister. This one is just flawless. I like the way he loses his stick right in front of the windshield.

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22 comments

  1. V
    April 18, 2012

    While most of this is hilarious, I’m basically in tears over those ducks. It’s so sad! I need to watch that Raptors gif from a week ago to take away the pain.

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  2. bergberg
    April 18, 2012

    I have been desperately waiting for some light-hearted PITB post to take away from my obsessing about tonight’s game. You guys never disappoint.

    The ducks and the lake are my favourites for sure.

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  3. sarah
    April 18, 2012

    No ducks were hurt in the creation of this meme?

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  4. CanuckFanInSF
    April 18, 2012

    Oh dear. I love you Kes, but this is friggin hilarious.b

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  5. CanuckFanInSF
    April 18, 2012

    Oh dear. I love you Kes, but this is friggin hilarious.

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  6. Jenna
    April 18, 2012

    Jarkko*

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  7. Benjo
    April 18, 2012

    amazing, amazing GIFs

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  8. Brent
    April 18, 2012

    Classic!

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  9. Scott
    April 18, 2012

    Nice of you guys to cite where you got these from… oh wait.

    http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=1156355

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    • Harrison Mooney
      April 18, 2012

      I said they were all from the HF Boards in the post. But here, I’ll make it blue for you.

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  10. EpikDeejay
    April 18, 2012

    LOL Damn FUNNY!

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  11. Cathylu
    April 18, 2012

    I watched those earlier this morning on reddit/r/hockey. Oh, Kesler, you’re hilarious!

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  12. Mike
    April 18, 2012

    Nice Story, looks a little like the one I posted this morning!

    http://puckinidiots.com/2012/04/18/6-awesome-ryan-kessler-diving-gifs/

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    • Daniel Wagner
      April 18, 2012

      Sure, but you spelled Kesler wrong.

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  13. Mt
    April 18, 2012

    That’s a good laugh. Into the lake–too funny.

    Also …. mildly amusing compared with these GIFs: I didn’t see it before but watch Doughty at 0:25. It’s no Wisnewski but I’m sure someone at the league would have called it an obscene gesture had it got media attention. I guess the diving-into-the-pool-mime is played out.

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  14. Cody
    April 18, 2012

    Oh man I just realized what I sound like when i laugh… *looks over shoulder at disgusted crowd*

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  15. Brosef Stalin
    April 18, 2012

    The eternal Moen in Glory posted another one in the second part of that thread. For the non-HFboards viewing public: here it is!

    http://i.imgur.com/Q1JwU.gif

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  16. Nee
    April 18, 2012

    So. awesome.

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  17. James Mirtle
    April 19, 2012

    Ducks is easily No. 1 for me. Damn that’s funny.

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  18. Wayne
    April 19, 2012

    really funny…

    question: I’ve never seen Twister, are they looking in the wrong direction in the movie too? — if something is crossing your vision from right to left, naturally you would follow it, not look to see where it came from

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  19. Tamara B
    April 19, 2012

    OMG I love the wanking motion, lmao!

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  20. Matt loves coffee
    April 25, 2012

    The ducks one is my favorite! This is priceless!

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