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If you are not familiar with the greatest sports GIF of all-time, I invite you to get familiar with Rollerblading Raptors Mascot, who just took home the prestigious SB Nation Animated Sports GIF Tournament. I am not exaggerating when I say that this could be the funniest thing to ever happen during an NBA game. It is that good. Watch that little tail fall down 500 times and you will agree.

Were that the end of the story, we could all carry on our lives confident in knowing the peak of NBA comedy. That would be fine with me. It’s that good.

However, because the internet is a great place where all your dreams come true, the National Post’s Bruce Arthur did some digging and found out how this amazing clip came to be. From SB Nation’s Jon Bois:

So he wanted to rollerblade down the stairs in the inflatable costume, but the costume needs to be closed to keep the air in. So he strapped the bottom of the legs with duct tape, around the top of the rollerblades, and halfway down the stairs one of them tore loose, because he was kind of bouncing a lot. So the air started to rush out, and then the thing started to deflate, and that’s why the head bounces as much as it does.

And then when he splats, the air is just shooting out his pant leg, and the tail goes first, perfectly. He got up and couldn’t see, because the thing was draped all over him, and he dragged himself off the court. He tried it again another time and nailed it, but he agrees this one was better. He was uninjured.

From the very first “So he wanted to rollerblade down the stairs in the inflatable costume” clause (WHY???), this is great. It puts everything in perspective and finally answers the question of why the Raptor’s head is so chompy. I had previously assumed it’s just because he is a hungry dinosaur, but the deflation really makes sense. Maybe it takes some credit away from the Raptor since he’s not the one who triggered the tail punchline, but it’s still good to know what really happened.

Now all we need to do is figure out what A.J. Price was doing to Tyler Hansbrough and two of our biggest mysteries will be solved.

Comments (15)

  1. I’ve seen inflatable raptor collapse on the court literally hundreds of times now and i STILL cannot stop myself from cracking up each and every time.

    I don’t even think this .gif really broke a sweat throughout the entire SBnation competition. It really was just that much better than any of the other entries.

  2. The one sitting photographer in the background could give less of a crap about what just happened.

  3. Wow the Score has reached new lows here, I have not heard a good comment about the Raptors since the new guys took over court surfing. The fact the Raprtors never air on the score must have something to do with this. Who do you think watches your channel? Charlotte fans? I think not! you lost Cabbie, Tim and Sid, and now have two no talent guys doing the show, in the first episode they promised less talking (a thinly disguised shot at Tim and Sid) However I guess they forgot that their job is to talk on T.V. so not talking really wont work and neither will constantly reminding us of how much better Tim and Sid were. Soon to be a former viewer!!

    • I’m not sure that you’ve ever really watched the fix or read this blog. It’s pretty stunning how wrong you are.

      And I know… Don’t feed the troll blah blah blah.

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_broadcasting_contracts_in_Canada#National_Basketball_Association

      Some summary, with additions. The NBA’s Canadian marketing arm is managed by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. MLSE is owned by Bell and Rogers. Bell owns 80% of TSN and TSN2 (with the other 20% belonging to ESPN). Rogers owns SportsNet. TheScore is owned by… Score Media Inc. It is therefore unwise to attempt to get into a bidding war with the companies that are in charge of choosing who gets broadcasting rights, and also happen to be multi-billion dollar corporations. This is probably closer to the reason why TheScore doesn’t show Raptors games anymore.

      As for your other comments, last week on the show these guys defended the Raptors against Charles Barkley’s ramblings, as well as on numerous occasions applaud the team or coach whenever it is befitting. The problem is, those instances are few and far between. As for your idiotic comment about less talking, that isn’t a shot at Tim and Sid. It’s a product of a simple equation: Less talking = More basketball.

  4. Not soon enough apparently

  5. overconfident jeremy shockey shouldve won best gif

  6. Watch his tail at the very end …. this gif just gets better every time!

  7. Don, you mad bro?

    TBJ have made good comments about the Raptors, if you want to focus your Sid and Tim rage on somebody you should look at Charles Barkley.

  8. Maybe Don was the dude in the Raptor costume.

  9. I just spent a solid 10 minutes laughing my ass off

  10. He once climbed on top of a garbage can? Fell off. Funniest thing ever

  11. “this could be the funniest thing to ever happen during an NBA game.”

    Co-signed, Kerbs. Co-signed.

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