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The best animated GIFs of 2010: a year of faceplants, miracles and absolute silliness

SB Nation looks at the modern sports fan’s ‘answer to the flip-book’: the animated GIF.

WE ALL LOVE the humble animated GIF, the modern man’s answer to the flip-book.

Here, we count down the 40 best sports GIFs of the year, featuring Sad Nolan Ryan, Disappointed NFL Grandpa, and whatever the hell Glen Davis was doing.

In the year 2010, we at SB Nation, our regional sites, and our blogs spent millions of words in an effort to tell you who was throwing or catching, or hitting a ball, why he or she was doing so, and why this was interesting or funny. A lot happened, and there was evidently a lot to say about it.

And if you missed the sporting events themselves, you were almost certain to find them on YouTube. In a sense, then, it seems as though we would have little use for the humble animated GIF. There’s no sound, the quality of the image isn’t always very good, and it’s only capable of showing a few seconds’ worth of action.

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