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Best sports Vines from 2015

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce prepared to spike the ball in an unusual fashion against the Texans in September.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce prepared to spike the ball in an unusual fashion against the Texans in September.

As beloved Royals reporter Andy McCullough would say, “What a time to be alive.”

Vines have added so much value to our lives that it is impossible to calculate. OK, that’s an overstatement, but good ones certainly make sports fun.

Here are some of the best Vines (and one video) from 2015 as I continue with the best of year lists (previous: Top 9 Royals defensive plays and Top 10 deleted sports tweets).

Let’s start with Carli Lloyd, who capped an amazing World Cup final hat trick with a stunning goal from midfield:

In the Wild Card Game, the Pirates’ Sean Rodriguez took out his frustrations on a water cooler. Someone made a wonderful “tribute” to that incident:

I’m sorry to say it’s not all fun and games. Nevertheless, this was important. You probably saw this from the Germany-France soccer game while the terrorist attacks were happening last month in Paris:

Do you recall Usain Bolt’s victory in the 200-meter dash at the world championships? Probably not, but remember when Bolt got knocked over by the cameraman on a Segway? You betcha:

You can deny it, but here’s a sentence that you said earlier this year:

The Michigan punter will be remembered for years to come, but for all the wrong reasons after this happened at the end of the Wolverines’ game against Michigan State:

Here was the absolute worst (but maybe funniest) play of the bowl games from January. On a kickoff return, this Iowa player apparently forgot the rules:

This one is not a Vine, but a short video (hey, it’s my list!). However, it was the greatest hot-dog race in the history of Kauffman Stadium:

Travis Kelce and Vines. They go together like strawberries and shortcake. Corn beef and cabbage. Liver and onions. Red beans and rice. Bagels and lox. Sour cream and biscuits. Bread and butter. Hotcakes and molasses. (Sorry, got a song in my head there) Here’s the one when Kelce “Hit the Quan” after scoring a touchdown:

And he started the season off with a bang, delivering a windmill spike after a touchdown against the Texans:

Steph Curry was the second-biggest star to emerge during the NBA playoffs this year. Who’s No. 1? Riley Curry, of course:

But the best Vine of the year? It was no contest. Check out Lorenzo Cain’s smile.

Think something is missing? That wouldn’t surprise me. Leave a comment or email me and I can updated this list.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff