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
(1) We call this gif JARKKO RUUTU, HUGE JERK.
This gif has burned through the tournament, dispatching what we thought were worthy opponents about as easily as Ruutu dispatches with Phaneuf. Even in the semifinal, it took nearly 80% of the vote. It’s not hard to see why people love it. It’s the sort of tiny, hilarious moment that gifs were made for — the sort of thing that happens so rarely, that when it does, you want to see it on a loop until the end of time. It really is almost perfect, from the way Phaneuf tosses his gloves down authoritatively, thinking himself intimidating, to the immediate turn — which is also an actual turn – when Ruutu tugs his legs out from under him like he’s de-tableclothing a banquet table and hops off the ice. A great gif.
(1) We call this gif SEDINS IN SYNC.
When we began this tournament, this was the first gif that came to mind, simply because, like the Ruutu gif its up against, this is the best possible medium for it. The Sedins have always been not just identical but creepily identical — why, just yesterday, we featured a photo that in which they were unsettlingly similar — but nothing drives home the point quite like this loop, where they hydrate and adjust their equipment in the exact same way at the exact same time. You couldn’t do it this harmoniously if you practiced it. This gif is evidence that the Sedins aren’t twins. They’re clones, and somewhere, there’s a laboratory with 12 more of them, all drinking and putting their gloves back on in time with this gif.
OKAY. Now let’s vote.
Voting closes at midnight.