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.Continue Reading —›
Ryan Kesler is hardly the only player to resort to embellishment in this year’s NHL playoffs. Every team has been accused of diving at least once, with two clubs even being penalized for it: the Pittsburgh Penguins, for a Kris Letang dive, and the Detroit Red Wings, for some Jiri Hudler acting. Furthermore, Brad Marchand’s performance in Game 3 versus the Washington Capitals was like an interactive museum exhibit on embellishment.
Still, Kesler’s dives have stood out. He may not be the worst diver, but he’s definitely the best. You’re going to be hard-pressed to find a dive as ostentatious as the one he pulled in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal, for instance, when he attempted to draw a penalty on Mike Richards by engaging the Kings’ forward skating backwards, then doing a full-on, flailing, stick-throwing barrel roll as the two exited the Canucks’ zone. It bordered on performance art.
And, like all good art, it inspired other artists — in this case, the .gif-makers over at the HF Boards. For the second straight year, Ryan Kesler has become a meme over there. It’s not quite Ryan Kesler Did This, but the Kesler tumbleweed meme is still pretty darn funny. What follows are 6 of my favourites examples.Continue Reading —›
If you watched the Nashville-Vancouver series, you probably noticed that Ryan Kesler kind of won it all by himself. He did everything. He functioned as the team’s shutdown center. He drew almost half of Nashville’s penalties. He took half his team’s faceoffs. He was involved in 11 of the team’s 14 goals. He played the hero and the villain simultaneously. Barry Trotz compared him to a pre-(and post) Vancouver Mark Messier, admitting that Kesler’s play throughout the series was the reason Vancouver won in six. It was a performance for the ages.
It also generated an amusing little meme over at the HF Boards, where, once it became apparent Ryan Kesler was literally doing everything, the creativity started to flow. It didn’t matter if it was a good thing or a bad thing — if it happened, Ryan Kesler did it. And, so, without further ado, we present the “Ryan Kesler Did This” gallery.Continue Reading —›