This was was a big year in sports. In just twelve months we had an Olympic Games, LeBron James finally winning a ring, and a new global phenomenon that would eventually involve the most powerful man in the free world. All along the way, anonymous jokesters on the Internet were there to chronicle these momentous events in their own unique way. They took a frozen image and set it to words, and in doing so allowed us to see them in a new light.

Sometimes these pithy attempts at humor were wild successes; many times, they wobbled wildly off course more swiftly than a Tim Tebow pass downfield. After studying the entire Internet and taking copious notes throughout the entire calendar year, we have come up with the top meme entries created anywhere, by anyone. They’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you cry, but they’ll never make you think too hard. These are the 25 funniest sports memes of 2012.

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