We've tallied up the votes and the 2013 Syracuse Orange Blogger (S.O.B) Awards have been decided. Let's honor the coaches, players, fans and moments from the 2012-2013 Syracuse Orange basketball season.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words....but a picture that moves? Well THAT is worth much, much more!
It can be argued that legendary writers such as William Shakespeare and John Keats are unparalleled in their ability to capture dramatic and emotional imagery. Yet such imagery is confined to the twenty-six letters that make up our alphabet. It is certainly a palate large enough for eloquence and expression, but it holds boundaries nonetheless.
No similar restrictions exist for the GIF. Such lack of parameters provides the skilled GIF-maker an unrestricted canvas with which to express the emotion of the moment. And it is my personal belief that truly great artists such as desoto86 or DukePettijohn are to the literary "legends" of the past what a Ferrari is to a horse-drawn carriage!
For example, upon winning a key game, the "writer" is hindered by the unenviable task of capturing the emotion of the moment while simultaneously being mindful of brevity, grammar and sentence structure.
The Situation: Syracuse defeats Georgetown in OT and advances to the Big East Finals. The crowd is going crazy.
"Syracuse defeats Georgetown in overtime and advances to The Big East Finals! The crowd is going crazy!"
Accurate indeed, but oh so boring! And who would expect an average 15-year-old to have a long enough attention span to get through such a sentence?!?
The GIF-maker, on the other hand, has no such concerns. How does he or she express the same imagery???
It is for this reason and this reason alone that in a battle of expressing the dramas of life, I will take Dancing Floyd Little over Shakespeare and Keats any day of the week!
...wouldn't we all???
So, without further adieu, we present the winner of the 2013 S.O.B. Award for Best Syracuse-Related GIF! The nominees are:
Jim Boeheim gives his nasal passages the ol' windshield wiper treatment (ed. question: is it a "pick" or a "scratch"?)
Robo Triche responds to his detractors
CJ Fair introduces the basketball to Otto Porter's Face
And the winner, based on the voting public and a panel of TNIAAM experts is....ROBO TRICHE!