Seven more amazing Ryan Kesler tumbleweed gifs

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.

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12 comments

  1. Nee
    April 26, 2012

    SO MUCH AWESOME

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    • rvtBC
      April 26, 2012

      .. but not as awesome as the initial ones in the previous PITB post, IMO.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        April 26, 2012

        Nothing beats the baby ducks.

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  2. Zach Morris
    April 26, 2012

    The ping-pong one is hypnotising.

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  3. Tamara B
    April 26, 2012

    this cheered me up a little!

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  4. Brent
    April 26, 2012

    Love the golf cart one. But it does raise a more serious question. WIll Ryan Kessler get traded because he dives so much?

    Heresy you say? Perhaps. He does have a reputation, I think it is exaggerated, but it does cause us embarrassment. I really don’t want him to leave. REALLY! I know that he had a bad year and I hope that doesn’t factor into it. But who knows what is going on in Gillis’s mind.

    Speaking of trades, MArco Sturm is playing like a man possessed in overtime right now.

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    • Brent
      April 27, 2012

      Just read the Iain MacIntyre piece about trading Kessler. Seem like he had the same idea as me….kind of makes me feel dirty inside. Sorry guys.

      So as we suspected Kessler was injured. So any ideas when it happened? I seem to remember a game where he tried to hit someone and went into the boards really hard behind the net, I think with his shoulder. Was that in February?

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  5. garth
    April 26, 2012

    I think the golf cart is from a Jackass stunt, no?

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  6. the real bob
    April 26, 2012

    Kesler used ROLLOUT

    It’s not very effective…

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  7. Edoryu
    April 27, 2012

    These are brilliant. Just Brilliant.

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  8. Noosiekins
    April 27, 2012

    WAY TOO FUNNY!!!!

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  9. IMyMeMine
    May 2, 2012

    doughty and kesler are female pokemons?

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