The Funniest Sports Vines of 2014 So Far
The intersection between sports and media has reached a point where everything that happens can be documented in a matter of seconds.
Twitter, Facebook, traditional media and beyond has created this atmosphere of creativity and expression amongst sports fans.
One of the most popular and polarizing mediums available to us has been Vine.
The social networking short video service has turned the world of comedy and sports on their respective heads.
Together, let's dig through the crates and check out of the biggest comedic gems Vine has produced since the start of 2014.
The Crossover to End All Crossovers
AND1 mixtapes have really spoiled the way we watch basketball.
Appreciating the fundamentals in today's game seems like something you do once you settle down, get married and have a pair of kids.
Horrifying crossovers, rim-rattling dunks and crowd-pleasing alley-oops have become what fans love about the NBA.
In that respect, watch this obscene crossover this young man unleashed on a poor defender.
View it as many times as you want. It only gets better as you venture on.
As a kid you have one major goal whenever you attend any sort of sporting event: to get on television.
We all dream of that glorious moment.
In this young man's case, he took that dream of being on the silver screen to another level.
Unlike most kids who would just break out a smile and turn to their fathers in joy, this dude broke out a hip-swiveling, shirt-removing masterpiece that will put him smack dab in the social media Hall of Fame.
Lance and LeBron
By now you've seen Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson blowing in LeBron James' ear during the 2014 NBA playoffs.
It's a moment that will live on in infamy as long Al Gore allows us to use the Internet.
The people on Vine took that clip and decided that the best way to spruce it up would be to sprinkle a little Ginuwine all over it.
Forget special effects or adding in random cutaway scenes, all you need is a synth-laden cut off Ginuwine's Bachelor album to make this moment perfect.
Featured above is the final result. A Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola-quality piece of work.
Don't Ask Gregg Popovich Anything
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich's legend grows each time he wins a championship.
But if you factored NBA titles out of the equation, Pop's biggest contribution to pop culture would be his heroic sideline interviews.
Over the years, the Spurs general has destroyed media personalities with his steely reserve and harsh answers.
In 2014, we got plenty of Pop. One interview that stood out was this one with TNT's David Aldridge.
A slow head turn followed up by a cruel, cold stare—that should have accompanied by some sort of brooding Lana Del Rey track—forces Aldridge to laugh.
Thankfully, Pop didn't turn him to stone with his eyes. He let out a smile, cutting the tension in half.
Terio Enters the NFL Draft
True NFL junkies love all of that predraft hyperbole.
Listening to scouts talk about who's going to be an impact player and who's going to bust is half the battle leading up to draft weekend.
In the spirit of all things draft, the Vine posted above is dedicated to one young prospect who is sure to make waves.
Internet sensation Terio shows off the full array of his skill set.
His speed is front and center as he runs down the hallways of what looks like a Holiday Inn. NFL scouts also got to see his strapping frame as he powered through a quick set using five-pound weights.
Do you have questions about his cardio? Watch Terio slash his way through the streets on a safety patrol orange-colored BMX bike.
I'm telling you now, there's an NFL future for Rick Ross' baby brother. You just wait and see what happens in the next half-decade or so.
The Return of "Crack Kid"
The latest Vine superstar "Crack Kid" is an American treasure.
The whiny growls he emits while he smashes a basketball off of his impressionable mind makes for a quick laugh.
Returning to what he does best—violently slamming a basketball against his noggin—"Crack Kid" gets back to basics and gives sports a whole new meaning.
The Big Three
Who doesn't love a good Miami Heat ripping session?
Back when LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh formed the Big Three, they sat on stage and rattled off how many championships they were going to win.
Yeah they may have gotten two and made four straight NBA Finals, but their promise of racking up championships like it's no big deal didn't come true.
If you aren't a Heat fan, here's a Vine that will put a smile on your face.
Three Spurs One Cup
The San Antonio Spurs are usually so serious on the court that it's hard to imagine any of them having a lighter side.
This Vine proves otherwise.
When Tim Duncan comes back to the bench, he gets a Gatorade cup surprise courtesy of Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
What's better than champions with a sense of humor? Hopefully this footage hasn't reached the desk of Gregg Popovich yet.
"Crack Kid" at the World Cup
The legend of "Crack Kid" will always live on as long as people have a mind and access to Vine.
This Vine shows that given the chance, "Crack Kid" can be a dominant force in the World Cup.
His headers are as devastating as Bret Hart's "Sharpshooter."
United States men's soccer head coach Jurgen Klinsmann needs to get this young man on the pitch the next time around.
Baseball's Best Video Bomb
There's nothing quite like taking in the sights and sounds of a ball game.
The hot summer air, the crack of the bat and vendors yelling out the names of products. It all makes for a lovely time to spend a day as a sports fan.
Capturing a wonderful family moment, the Vine above shows a man stuffing his hand underneath his armpit, smelling it, then forcing that pungent smell onto to the woman next to him.
Lucky for him that the lady didn't flip out and go all Rampage World Tour on that stadium. She simply ducked and tried to keep that odor away from her nostrils.
The Smoothest Kid Around
What's the point of catching a foul ball anyway?
Sure you can brag to your friends about it. But why not step your game up and give it to an unsuspecting lady?
The gesture in the Vine placed above this block of text is really something extraordinary.
This dude knows that it's better to be smooth as Mr. Clean's scalp than anything else.
The best part about this clip is that if you look closely, he actually has two foul balls in his possession.
Give one away and keep the other. There is no one with more swagger in this world under the age of 18 years old.
The Travel Seen Around the World
Ragging on the NBA for not calling travels is almost a right of passage at this point. Fans have been complaining about "superstar" calls for years now.
Thanks to Vine and the magic of television, we were able to capture one of the worst travels in the history of basketball.
Former New York Knicks savior and Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin decided that dribbling was overrated. I mean, why dribble when you can just sprint down the court and get to the basket quicker?
As Rasheed Wallace told the world, "Ball don't lie." Lin missed the basket despite his magical effort.
50 Cent's First Pitch
Thank you 50 Cent for making our dreams come true.
The ceremonial first pitch in baseball is a time when we get to witness celebrities, fellow athletes and presidents toss the ball across to home plate.
50 Cent did what most grown men couldn't do even if they tried. He propelled the ball and missed home plate by about 400 feet.
Like most of the Vines featured on this list, 50's pitch gets better every time you watch it.
Bartolo Colon Can't Hit a Baseball
Bartolo Colon has done his thing pitching over the years.
When he's asked to come home and hit the baseball, things don't work out quite as well.
Playing with the New York Mets earlier this season, Colon took a Herculean cut at the ball and missed badly.
Aside from striking out, his lost his helmet in the process and made Vine history.
Ball Is Life
We started this thing out with a vicious crossover, so why not end on the same note?
Taking streetball to the next level, these guys were playing with no hoop next to a massive SUV.
The result of the incident isn't pretty, but it's extremely funny.
It doesn't matter what time of day it is, or where you are. In the end, ball is life.
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