Unreal Canucks Gif Tournament: ‘Ryan Kesler, Lord of the Pommel Horse’ vs. ‘Keslurk workout’

Introducing the Unreal Canucks GIF Tournament, a quest to determine which Canucks GIF is the greatest in existence. We’ve narrowed it down to 32 candidates, divided into four divisions then seeded, one through eight. Now we need your help. An important note: this isn’t just something to do while the players and the owners waste time bickering over who should get what’s left of the money they’re burning — it’s also a super-important initiative. After all, if we don’t do this, how else will we know? AND WE MUST KNOW.

UNREAL CANUCKS GIF TOURNAMENT — FIRST ROUND, KESLER DIVISION

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(4) We call this gif RYAN KESLER, LORD OF THE POMMEL HORSE.

There are many gifs of this magical moment when Ryan Kesler decided that the best way to get to the puck was to vault over Pekka Rinne and the net, but this one is my favourite, if only because it totally looks like Rinne is giving Kesler a boost with his shoulder. It also makes Kesler’s swing look almost graceful and artistic. Most of all I love it because it strips it of all context, just showing Kesler climbing around, looking like a doofus. A graceful and artistic doofus. I love this gif.

(5) We call this gif KESLURK WORKOUT.

In case you were wondering, ladies and gentlemen, Kesler works out. It’s also entirely possible that he’s sexy and he knows it. And, every once in a while, he does the wiggle man. This gif does not sync perfectly with LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” but it doesn’t feel right watching it without putting it on in the background.

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OKAY. Now let’s vote.

Voting closes at midnight.

WINNER — RYAN KESLER, LORD OF THE POMMEL HORSE (62.14%)

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8 comments

  1. jenny wren
    December 12, 2012

    It’s the pommel horse of course:
    “So flies the reckless shepherd from the wolf”’
    (In this case a less than wily coyote).
    Thus this the gif that I endorse,
    As Kesler makes like Don Quixote
    (Moving from Shakespear to Cervantes)
    His action quite a tour de force.

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  2. bergberg
    December 12, 2012

    Totally unrelated, but -

    Has anyone seen the new Robax commercial where the doll (or whatever he is) is carving a big block of wood (I guess…)- which becomes the female doll? I tried to find it on youtube with no success.

    Anyway, while he’s carving the wood it takes on the shape of a certain rock that Canucks fans may be familiar with – and all I can think is: Where is naked Kesler???

    Endorsement opportunity missed Robax.

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  3. John
    December 12, 2012

    These are two very good events that didn’t end up making terribly good GIFs.

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  4. Rituro
    December 12, 2012

    I cannot disrespect the GIF power of a Keslurk, especially with everyone’s favourite Dane in the foreground.

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  5. jimbob
    December 12, 2012

    as much as i love the keslurking, i gotta vote for the pommel net. that was just a once in a lifetime moment

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    • Nee
      December 12, 2012

      I was at this game…it was the one we lost 6-5. Goalies pulled by both teams. Good times!

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  6. Cha Cha Cha Charmin
    December 12, 2012

    You forgot to mention the way Hansen’s face being in sync with the movement of the workout machine.

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  7. akidd
    December 13, 2012

    well, win some ya lose some. not quite sure exactly yet about gif aesthetics but i’ve got a feeling that a certain kind of bennyhillesque choppy fast-forward comedy is involved somewhere. but the keslurk, on its tight short loop, had that in spades but lost to the vault. confusing….i guess you just gotta let go, close your eyes and fall backwards into the gifness. that’s the beauty , i suppose, and watching clumsy kes fumbling his way over the net, which induces all the bated anticipation of watching someone fumbling for their keys in their pocket while waiting for a door to be unlocked, is part of that beauty. it’s all art right.

    keep it snappy, people. one more time with gusto… 1,2,3,4…!

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