The Canucks’ 2012 Stanley Cup run may have ended after only 5 games, but the Ryan Kesler tumbleweed meme is still going strong. If you’re unfamiliar with it, here’s what you need to know: in Game 1 of the Canucks’ series with the Los Angeles Kings, Kesler perpetrated perhaps the greatest dive of the post-lockout era. He fell to the ice, he flailed, he lost his stick, and he bounced lightly like a tumbleweed. It was amazing.
The photoshop wizards over at the HF Boards latched onto Kesler’s ever-so-slightly embellished tumble in a big way, splicing him into all sorts of scenes. We featured our six favourites about a week ago, but the guys have clearly yet to run out of ideas. With that in mind, we thought it only right to put together a second gallery. Enjoy.
1. Kesler plays Mario Kart
This one is inspired. Not only is Kesler’s flailing perfectly used, but putting Donkey Kong in a Richards jersey is a brilliant touch.
2. Kesler as an Ice Climber baddie
If the Donkey Kong gif didn’t give it away, the HF Boards are populated primarily by men in their twenties. Thus, we get a lot video game references. Here’s a nod to classic NES game, Ice Climbers. So good.
3. Kesler and Luongo are Starsky and Hutch
This is pretty much the most awkward-looking slide across the hood of a car I’ve ever seen. But Kesler pulls it off no big deal. Then he’s all, unlock the freaking door, Lu.
4. Kesler as a Pokemon
Another video game reference. I love this one because “rollout” is an actual Pokemon attack. It’s used mainly by rock Pokemon, and if you’ve ever seen Kesler’s abs, rock is a pretty good bet for which class of Pokemon he’d be.
5. Kesler is a ping pong ball
If you missed it, the Nashville Predators wanted to use a ping pong table at Joe Louis Arena and Todd Bertuzzi told security not to let them. That’s the story being referenced here, although I’m not sure why Drew Doughty is the other guy. The speed here is perfect.
6. Kesler beans Ryan Ellis in the beanbag
Ron Maclean finished telling the story of Bertuzzi playing ping pong cop right before the CBC cameras cut to this scene of Ryan Ellis taking a soccer ball to the groin. Maclean wound up describing it as Ryan Ellis being “ping-ponged in the ding dong“. Anyway. Some wiseass replaced the soccer ball with Kesler. I love the way he bounces after Ellis goes down.
7. Kesler rides atop an out-of-control golf cart
This one I can’t really explain. It’s just funny.Tags: Blogs are for lists, embellishment, gifs, hf boards, Kesler, photoshop, tumbleweed