Unreal Canucks Gif Tournament: ‘Jarkko Ruutu, huge jerk’ vs ‘Dhalsim punch’

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 — FINAL, BIEKSA DIVISION

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(1) We call this gif JARKKO RUUTU, HUGE JERK.

Jarkko Ruutu’s finest moment as a Canuck has burned through this tournament with two easy wins, although we shouldn’t be surprised. It’s a beautiful gif. From the way Phaneuf swivels and drops the gloves in one fluid motion to the way Ruutu tugs his legs out and turns to the bench, and it all happens in less than a second, you’d think it was a choreographed, old-time comedy routine.

(2) We call this gif DHALSIM PUNCH.

There’s so much going on in this gif. Yes, the glove-throw is as the heart of it, but that’s hardly it. There’s also the referee, who points at the glove as it sails across the ice, then tosses Bieksa from the game, as though Bieksa needs an explanation for why he’s gone. I’m also partial to Jannik Hansen’s head turn, as the Canucks winger looks to the bench, then spots the flying glove and fixes his gaze upon it as it bounces off Hamhuis’s shoulder, then settles in the corner. It’s like he’s a cat.

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OKAY. Now let’s vote.

Voting closes at midnight.

WINNER — JARKKO RUUTU, HUGE JERK (

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7 comments

  1. Nee
    January 2, 2013

    The Ruutu gif is prety good, but I’ve seen it so many times I don’t really find it all that amusing anymore. Bieksa throwing his glove like a 5 year old still makes me chuckle.

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  2. Mt
    January 2, 2013

    I hate to go after the production rather than the content but the Ruutu gif’s lasting hilarity depends partly on his casually getting back on the bench as if casually finishing his shift. This gif doesn’t include that moment and thus loses some of it’s hilarity. It’s still a contender but that keeps it from being untouchable.

    Speaking of comic subtlety, now that you point it out, the ref may be the comic star of the glove-throw-gif–the Buster Keaton of refs, even.

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  3. chicken chick
    January 2, 2013

    From this point on there’s no contest
    For of them all Ruutu’s is best
    So much better than all the rest

    Lord of the dance and pommel horse
    Only a few will e’er endorse
    Ryan Kesler fans of course

    As for the gifs with Bobby Lu
    One must think them weaker too
    So to them both we’ll bid adieu

    Leaving the twins almost in sync
    Which could upset Phaneuf I think
    And duly drive Jen Wren to drink

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  4. Scout
    January 2, 2013

    I remember Bieksa saying at the time that he wasn’t sure if he should throw his glove, but right when he released, he knew it was the right thing to do. Who could vote against that?
    Also, the little kick Bieksa does when he throws the glove – it’s too funny.

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  5. Don
    January 2, 2013

    Everyone makes good points about the Bieksa glove toss, but…

    Phaneuf.

    Sorry. I have to vote with my heart here. I could watch Ruutu trip that big schmoe all day long.

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  6. Sean
    January 2, 2013

    Its sad that the best two gifs in the contest have to meet this early.

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  7. Sans
    January 2, 2013

    The Ruutu one was and still is one of the greatest moments in franchise history. I will vote for it against all comers until it’s competing against a gif of a Canuck raising the cup.

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