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GIFs: not for everyone.

From a Deadspin post on sports GIFs from 2012.

GIFs are one of the Internet’s most polarizing elements; not only is there debate over the image format’s utility (or, as anti-GIFfers argue, lack thereof) but over how to say “GIF” in the first place.

“These are all herky-jerky,” said News Fix editor Jon Brooks when looking at the GIFs below. “In my day we would never …”

Of course at that point I stopped listening. But here’s the thing: GIFs were huge in sports this year. From Business Insider:

2012 was a breakout year for sports GIFs.

Video is still the dominant format for big, meaningful sports moments. But for all the micro-moments that make sports so fun to watch — spontaneous and awkward athlete reactions, split-second failures — GIFs are simply perfect.

SBNation, in fact, has hired somebody specifically to create them. I myself would argue that GIFs are a nice shorthand way of capturing an indelible sports moment. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a GIF might be summed up in two. Like this play in a November 49ers game might have been titled at the time: “Oh f***

49ers Quarterback Alex Smith suffers a concussion during the Nov. 11 game against the Rams.
49ers quarterback Alex Smith suffers a concussion during the Nov. 11 game against the Rams.

That hit resulted in a concussion for Alex Smith. And while no one wanted to see Smith, who was having a great season, hurt, it  led to his replacement by Colin Kaepernick, who has been spectacular at times. Now 49ers fans are seeing GIFs like this one of Kaepernick in the fourth quarter of a December win over Miami …

Colin Kaepernick runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 49ers win over Miami in December.
Colin Kaepernick runs for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a 49ers win over Miami in December.

…and thinking two different words:

“Super Bowl.”

That run was one of many memorable 49ers moments this season. More 49ers GIFs that keep on giffing below.

GIF lovers: are there any we missed? Share a link in the comments at the bottom of this post.

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