The Best 'Harlem Shake' Memes in Sports

Jess LanderContributor IIIFebruary 18, 2013

The Best 'Harlem Shake' Memes in Sports

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    The "Harlem Shake" has taken over the Internet for about a week now and everyone and anyone is getting in on it—especially sports teams.

    If you've literally been living under the biggest rock in the world, it goes like this: One person dances while everyone else goes about their normal business, then the beat drops and everyone starts dancing like crazy in costumes. 

    Some teams are facing the consequences of shaking it on the Internet, while others are enjoying a little break from training to focus on their backup dream of becoming a short-lived viral sensation.

    So before it dies like all memes do (Remember the "Call Me Maybe" saga? Is "Call Me Maybe" stuck in your head now? Sorry I'm not sorry.), here's a look at some of the best Harlem Shake videos to come out of the sports world.

    Let's just hope these teams can play better than they can dance.

Georgia Men's Swim and Dive

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    The University of Georgia swim and dive team took the Harlem Shake to their natural habitat.

    This is impressive on so many levels. The underwater video is genius, as is bringing a table and chairs to the bottom of the pool.

    Sure, swimmers can hold their breath longer than the average person, but these guys are holding their breath and dancing around while they tread underwater.

    UGA gets the credit for coming up with the pool concept first, but BSU deserves some props for riding a bike in a pool. 

Jeff Gordon

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    Most Harlem Shake videos are done pretty authentically and basic, but Jeff Gordon and his team at Hendrick Motorsports really raised the bar.

    There's something seriously funny and awkward about a 41-year-old Gordon breaking it down on the top of his car with his crew.

    Bonus points for the Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Man in the back.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Nothing says team bonding during spring training like a team-wide Harlem Shake.

    The Arizona Diamondbacks jumped on the train to Harlem and produced this video that features manager Kirk Gibson running across the field doing his 1988 World Series fist pump.

    That's really all you need to know to convince you to watch it.

Florida Cheerleading

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    The University of Florida cheerleading squad, joined by Albert the Gator, raised the stakes by orchestrating a live Harlem Shake at last week's basketball game against Kentucky. 

    What it's lacking in costumes, it makes up for in participation. This one makes the list as one of the biggest Harlem Shakes hanging around YouTube.

    The squad got more than 900 fans to keep quiet until the beat dropped, and then they erupted into Harlem Shaking insanity. 

MMA Edition

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    Bleacher Report featured columnist Steven Rondina dedicated an entire article to this Harlem Shake MMA Edition, so I'll let him tell you why it's awesome. It features actual MMA fighters at MMA Elite.

    I spy a Mr. Potato Head in the back.

Georgia Football

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    It's official: The University of Georgia is a top recruiter of Harlem Shakers. 

    Following the UGA swim and dive team is the football team's attempt at going viral. It's too hard to top the underwater performance of their fellow Dawgs, but their rendition is unique in its own way.

    The greatest part about this one is the synchronization of the drill leading up to the shake.

    Also, be sure to keep an eye out for a panda bear, Winnie the Pooh (and Tigger, too), a few deer heads and a bulldog on a motorcycle.

Kansas Basketball

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    What's one way to make sure you don't get in trouble for creating a viral video that might include some provocative dance moves? Get your coach in on it.

    That's what the men's basketball players at Kansas University did, featuring coach Bill Self in a special introduction to their Harlem Shake. 

    This is what Self had to say about his role, according to College Sports Blog:

    Those guys told me on Thursday, they said, ‘Coach, we need your locker room at 2 o’clock,’” Self said after Kansas’ 73-47 win over Texas this weekend. “They wanted me to dance. And that wasn’t going to happen. Now I know I could’ve worn a chicken head and nobody would’ve known who I was. I didn’t know what the Harlem Shake was. They asked me to do what I did, which really, I’m sure, added a lot to the video. I do think it showed team unity. The other thing is that I think our fans like seeing that our guys are real. I think that’s what it does for us.

    Also, any self-respecting college basketball player that can break it down in a onesie for the whole world to see deserves your vote. 

    The Louisville men's basketball team took a similar approach.