The GIF That Keeps On Giving

If you have an account on TikTok or Instagram, you’ve most certainly seen the barrage of Little Miss memes that have saturated these platforms.

This trend technically started in 1971, when cartoonist Roger Hargreaves invented Mr. Tickle as part of the Mr. Man book series.

Soon, we had a TV show and a comic strip. And in 1981, the Little Miss books became available for readers across the world.

They did…fine, but thanks to social media platforms displaying continuous trends of driving things into the ground until they are overused and unfunny, Little Miss is the latest casualty.

Don’t worry, pro and collegiate sports teams are capitalizing on these memes, too.

If you’re a fan of the memes, you’re certainly not alone. But sending them to other people is uncreative. EVERYONE is doing it.

And I want you to stand out.

Next time you feel like you need to share an overused meme (yes, I’m also looking at you, “he’s a 10, but…”), try one of these GIFs instead.

Steve Kerr (and a fan) in joint disbelief

One of the best parts of any GIF is what’s going on in the background.

Steve Kerr appearing distressed is pretty good on its own. But the fan behind him (who kind of looks like a discount Andy Dwyer?) mirroring the expression is top-notch.

Blake Griffin is a penguin

There are an alarming number of gifs of Blake Griffin sliding absurdly long distances across the floor.

This one is my favorite, though. He goes full penguin and it is delightful.

Once, I got to go backstage at a zoo and meet a penguin. It went around saying hello to our entire group, then bent down and took a poop right in front of someone’s feet.

It was chaos and I highly recommend experiencing that at some point in your life.

Nikola Jokic breaks a microphone

Jokic breaking a microphone on the podium after a game.

Nikola Jokic has won back-to-back MVP awards.

He also just signed the largest contract in NBA history, inking a five-year extension worth $264 million.

I will likely never achieve either of these milestones.

Yet there’s something oddly comforting about Jokic breaking this microphone during a press conference and reacting exactly how I would in the same situation.

D’Angelo Russell High-Fives Himself

D'Angelo Russell high-fiving himself when his teammates ignore him.

This one is a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” type of gif.

The action is on Nick Young hyping up Julius Randle after a big play. A lil’ shoulder massage, some jumping up and down, and lots of smiles.

But keep your eye on the right of the gif and you’ll see D’Angelo Russell, patiently waiting for a high-five that never arrives.

Thinking quickly, Russell handles the high-five himself. Pretty smooth flying, Fox.

The Nets Go Dancing

Nets bench dancing

This is how I want you to step into the weekend. Happy GIF-ing!