Top 28 Philadelphia Sports GIFs of the Year

It was not a good year for Philadelphia sports. The Eagles lost a playoff game a few days into the new year, and the only other Philadelphia team to make the playoffs was the Flyers — who lost in the first round. This fall’s Eagles started 9-3 and missed the playoffs, the Sixers gutted their roster intentionally in order to be bad and the Union missed a wide open net in the final minutes and lost in extra time of the U.S. Open Cup. And the Wings moved and became the New England Black Wolves! Ugh.

But it was a good year for sports GIFs. One was Twitter’s introduction of inline GIFs in tweets. Never before was it so easy (for me, at least) to share stupid little sports moments with the world instantly. It became so easy to share GIFs one of mine was retweeted an obscene amount of times.

The Buccaneers’ Danny Lansanah preventing the Steelers Le’Veon Bell from making a first down gesture was undoubtedly the sports GIF of the year. But there’s no way to connect this to Philadelphia — Lansanah went to Harrisburg, which as close as I can get it — so it will have to remain outside the scope of this column.

Despite the bad year for Philadelphia sports, there was no shortage of great sports GIFs. If this sounds familiar, it’s pretty much the same spiel I did in 2012, when I last did this feature. It has not been a great few years for Philly sports. But the GIFs this year were, perhaps, better than ever. Presenting the best ones I made in 2014.

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Jimmy Rollins Officially Traded to the Dodgers

More than a week after it was first reported, the trade is finally official: Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies received two pitching prospects, righthander Zach Eflin and lefthander Tom Windle, in the deal.

The possible snag in the trade — a holdup in the deal where the Dodgers would trade Matt Kemp and other players to the Padres for Eflin — was completed last night.

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The Jimmy Rollins Trade May Need to Be Reworked

We were all sad when reports surfaced last week that the Phillies would be trading Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. We even mourned him in animated GIF format!

But it’s now been a week. And the trade hasn’t gone through yet. In the deal, the Phillies would send Rollins to the Dodgers for two minor league pitchers, Zach Eflin and Tom Windle.

The holdup is due to a related Dodgers-Padres trade the teams are attempting to finalize. The Dodgers don’t actually have Zach Eflin yet; he’s on the Padres. Those two teams are attempting to complete a deal that would send the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (as well as catcher Tim Federowicz and a cool $32 million) to the Padres for Elfin, catcher Yasmani Grandal pitching prospect Joe Wieland.

So many names! But why the hold up? Before trades can be consummated, players have to take physicals. Today, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports the Padres are concerned with Kemp’s health: A medical exam found evidence of two severely arthritic hips.

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WATCH: Chase Utley Surprises Fan With Cancer On Ellen

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley stopped by the Ellen show recently to surprise a 23-year-old superfan with cancer.

Julie Kramer had no idea what was coming to her, she thought she was there to talk about staying positive as she struggles with a rare form of cancer, and to receive a few gifts. Ellen presented her with a check for $10,000, which brought tears to her eyes, but then her dream of dreams came true: Her favorite Phillies player Chase Utley came strutting out with a box full of Phillies gifts. Her reaction is priceless.

Utley gave her an open invitation to the Phillies any time she wants to come.

11 Best Jimmy Rollins GIFs

Although it’s not finalized yet, it seems Jimmy Rollins will soon be a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s good, in a sense, that the Phillies are plunging into a rebuild that will hopefully see them emerge a contender again. It’s also awful, because one of the best Phillies — a guy who has been here since the 2000 season — is leaving us.

Let’s remember J-Roll through the magic of the animated GIF 89a format.

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UPDATE: Rollins Trade Called “A Matter of Time”



UPDATE: 5 a.m. Thursday The trade still isn’t official, but that is expected to change today. MLB.com reporters said completion of the trade is just a “matter of time.”

The deal has not been finalized because a third team is involved in the trade, and money needs to be exchanged among them, which requires approval from the Commissioner’s Office.

“I know that there’s a lot of Jimmy Rollins stuff out there,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in the team’s hotel suite at the Winter Meetings. “There’s nothing to announce, and as I’ve said before, we’re keeping our options open and our minds open on any way that we can improve our club long term.”

The Daily News elaborated:

If money is involved – Rollins is in the final year of a 4-year, $44 million deal – the commissioner has to approve the deal.

Another possible holdup: One of the final pieces in the deal might not have even been property of the Dodgers when the agreement was reached around 2 p.m. in San Diego, first reported by CSNPhilly.com. Later in the afternoon, the Dodgers agreed to a deal that will bring four players, including pitching prospect Andrew Heaney, to Los Angeles in exchange for All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon and veteran pitcher Dan Haren.

But as of midnight, it still remained to be seen who will be coming to Philadelphia in exchange for Rollins.

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Ex-Phillie Jayson Werth Sentenced to Jail for Driving Too Fast

Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth, a member of the 2008 World Series championship team, has been convicted of reckless driving and has been sentenced to 10 days in jail. His lawyer says he’ll appeal the sentence.

Police pulled Werth over on July 6th, clocking him at 105 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone on Route 193 in Fairfax County, Virginia. He was driving a two-door Porsche.

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Jonathan Papelbon’s $7M Rittenhouse Condo for Sale

TREND photo via Redfin

TREND photo via Redfin

Despite the lack of interest from other teams, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is apparently optimistic about being traded. He’s put his unit at the ultraluxury 1706 Rittenhouse on the market and has Kelly Pendino Betley, a realtor who works with athletes like LeSean McCoy, Cliff Lee and Mark Streit, handling the property.

All the units at 1706 are full-floor units with terraces that have fantastic views. Private elevators lead directly into the units, and there’s an automated parking system that allows residents to swipe a fob on the way down and have their car waiting when they get to the lobby.

Papelbon (or his contract, to put it more humanely) has reportedly been priced “prohibitively” by Ruben Amaro. This luxury unit is priced high as well, but is not surprising in Philadelphia’s most expensive building.

Fine print and gallery below.

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