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The Best Sports Memes Of 2012

The photogenic marathoner, the unimpressed gymnast, and other memes that made for a chuckle-filled 2012 in athletics.

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4. The U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team As Mean Girls

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They definitely were the cool kids at this year's Olympics, and this captured the vibe some of the girls gave off. ("Some of the girls" = McKayla Maroney.)

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5. Smokin' Jay Cutler

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Jay Cutler has long history of being criticized for being apathetic. Nothing has better captured that criticism than the simple Photoshops of Cutler with a cigarette dangling from his lip.

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8. Good Job, Good Effort Kid

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After the Heat lost to the Celtics at home in the playoffs, things looked dire. Of course, the Heat would go on to win the series and eventually the title, but on the night of the loss, one innocent child fan's yells of "Good job! Good effort!" caught America's imagination.

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9. The NFL Replacement Refs

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When the NFL refs were locked out at the beginning of this season, replacement refs filled their shoes. They filled them badly. The festival of errors turned into golden Internet comedy.

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10. The Derrick Rose Injury

Who would have thought that funny Photoshops would be a way for Bulls fans to cope with the loss of their star? The pictures were an interesting mix of hilarious and oddly heartfelt.

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11. That's a Clown Question, Bro

When a Canadian reporter asked then 19-year-old Bryce Harper what his favorite beer was, Harper responded with this now famous quote: "That's a clown question, bro." The meme even transcended the Internet and baseball when Senator Harry Reid used the phrase.

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12. Mom Made Pizza Rolls

OK, this one probably doesn't count as a meme, but it's the single greatest sports image macro of the year, so it gets included. Also because Harden looks like a muppet.

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