If you were to have one takeaway from the year 2013, it would be that the city of Boston and New England have been not-so-surprisingly gifted with talented sports teams.
And between the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics, the triumphs they have accomplished in just the last year are worthy of a proper historical record.
This is not that record. No, these are what we'll deem the coolest GIFs from the past year, with all the funny, awful, and awesome outcomes that have been spun through the GIF machine.
Take a look and then let us know what we missed.
The Patriots owned the Houston Texans in 2013, beating them once in the regular season and once in the playoffs. In their divisional playoff matchup on Jan. 13, Brandon Spikes got a little festive with his prediction of a possible turnover while waiting to find out who had possession of the football during a scrum in the third quarter. It turned out he was wrong. The Patriots still went on to win, 41-28.
A fan at TD Garden got a little more involved than he or she should have Jan. 29, tossing what appeared to be a hot dog onto the ice during a Tyler Seguin shootout attempt against New Jersey. Seguin converted the goal against Devils goalie Johan Hedberg, but was forced to re-try. Of course, he made it again, with his puck being the only projectile on scene for the second try.
Tom Brady was super excited after Orb won the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby May 4. Former Patriot pals Tedy Bruschi and Wes Welker joined him in a raucous celebration caught on camera.
Jaromir Jagr proved he still had some juice with the Bruins last spring when he came up with this steal and assist ahead of Patrice Bergeron's game-winning goal. It was a timely play in overtime of Eastern Conference finals Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins would go on to sweep the Penguins before facing the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final.
After the Celtics traded Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets -- a deal cleared after Garnett waived his no-trade clause -- the thought was that their introduction in Brooklyn might be awkward. Well, with a hearty, "What's up, Brooklyn?" Garnett made sure it wasn't.
David Ortiz was quite livid with a call by umpire Tim Timmons during a game against the Baltimore Orioles July 27. With a 3-and-0 count, Timmons saw a strike when the rest of the world (read: Ortiz) saw a ball. That's when mayhem ensued.
Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster tried to take justice into his own hands Aug. 19 when he plunked Alex Rodriguez with a 92-mile-per-hour fastball. The Red Sox would lose the game, with A-Rod pounding out a home run, and Dempster would later be suspended five games for intentionally throwing at the beleaguered Yankee.
In Game 6 of the ALCS, outfielder Shane Victorino belted a grand slam in the seventh inning to lift the Red Sox over the Detroit Tigers, 5-2, and send Boston to the World Series. It certainly was one of the more impactful moments of the Red Sox' championship run.
In the second quarter of the Patriots' Week 6 game against the New Orleans Saints, Brady was looking for a high-five from receiver Julian Edelman after the Patriots had just gone on a 66-yard touchdown drive. Apparently, in addition to his comeback wizardry, Brady also has the power of invisibility.
In the Celtics' Nov. 9 matchup with the Miami Heat, Jeff Green hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer over LeBron James to lift Boston over Miami, 111-110.
As the Patriots were in the midst of a comeback victory against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 24, one touchdown led to this intense celebration with Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski. It's still unclear if words were used.
Just two weeks later, on Dec. 8, Gronkowski would go down with an ACL and MCL tear after a vicious hit by the Cleveland Browns' T.J. Ward. Ward would say that he was wary of being fined when targeting the lower half of Gronkowski's body.
During the Patriots' dominating win over the Baltimore Ravens Dec. 22, Brady's invisibility powers kicked in again while looking for high fives.
What were your favorite GIFs from 2013? What did we miss? Drop a link in the comments.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer