That’s it, ring the bell, we have a winner!
Congratulations to Apuzzo In 2OT for winning the 2019 Boston College GIF of the Year Tournament! It was a rough year for BC Athletics, but you get the feeling that Apuzzo’s moment still would have won even in most good years — how often do you see a double-overtime game-winner to send the Eagles to a national championship game? Not very often!
Here’s a link to the tournament hub where you can look back on your favorite matchups of the past year, as well as one last look at the final, completed bracket:
But BCI GotY diehards know that we aren’t done just yet, baby birds. We now have to have our annual tournament-ending throwdown to determine which GIF will remain in GotY immortality for another year as the BEST OF THE BEST.
Let’s hit it.
2019 Tournament Winner: Apuzzo In 2OT
Sam Apuzzo’s game-winner didn’t have too many close matchups, but the championship round against Michael Walker’s punt return touchdown against Clemson really gave it a run for it’s money. But this GIF is a worthy champion from a worthy Boston College moment.
2012 Tournament Winner: The Goal
As we’ve pointed out before, Gaudreau’s goal to clinch the 2012 NCAA championship was not part of a tournament — we started this series in 2013, and determined that The Goal was 2012 champion by acclamation. But since that first tournament in 2013, no one’s been able to take down Johnny Gaudreau as all-time GIF champion. We always knew that it would take something special to beat this moment. Will Sam Apuzzo’s winner be able to take down The Goal and make history?
As always, you will have 23.5 hours to vote, with the 2019 BEST OF THE BEST ballot closing at 11:30am EDT on Friday.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual BC GIF of the Year tournament! We really enjoy putting it together, and hope you enjoyed it as well. It’s a great way to look back on the best moments of the past Boston College season as we work our way through the summer doldrums.
The 2019-2020 academic year is almost upon us, so here’s hoping we have a great year of Boston College moments for next year’s tournament!
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