Unreal Canucks Gif Tournament: ‘Jarkko Ruutu, huge jerk’ vs. ‘Ryan Kesler, lord of the pommel horse’

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 — SEMIFINAL

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

I remember watching this live when it happened, and it was excellent. At first glance, it looked like Dion Phaneuf — who, at that time, was relevant and intimidating enough for me to feel strongly about him — had simply fallen down while attempting to drop the gloves. That was funny on its own. But on the replay, I and everyone else spotted Ruutu’s casual trip-and-change. All anyone could do was laugh. (Seriously, listen to one of CBC’s great moments in colour commentating.) I remember, at the time, wishing that I could watch this moment over and over and over. Then I discovered this gif.

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

Can the surprise winner of the Kesler division continue its momentum? It’s got two consecutive upsets under its belt, and clearly, you guys prefer it far more than I do. In my mind, it was only the fourth-best gif in its bracket. But here it stands — or climbs, or swivels, or whatever — so I’m trying to give it a second look. It is pretty great, especially when Rinne looks the wrong way, trying to figure out who just hit him in the head. Who would have thought to look up? Typically, players just go around the net.

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OKAY. Now let’s vote.


Voting closes at midnight.

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5 comments

  1. Rituro
    January 8, 2013

    Ruutu, all day, every day. What a classic GIF.

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    • PeeSeeGee
      January 8, 2013

      Only made better because it was Phaneuf on the receiving end.

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  2. jenny wren
    January 8, 2013

    Because it’s Kesler I of course
    Would like to choose the pommel horse
    But Phaneuf’s landing on his duff
    On accepting Ruutu’s bluff
    Becomes the gif I must endorse

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  3. Scout
    January 8, 2013

    Wow, looks like Kes is going to loose this one — he really doesn’t have much luck in Olympic sports, does he?

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  4. Scout
    January 8, 2013

    Wow, looks like Kes is going to finally loose this one — he really doesn’t have much luck in going for the gold Olympic sports, does he?

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