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May 28, 2015
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During the second quarter of yesterday's PBA game between Barako Bull Energy and San Miguel Beer Beermen, something happened that became the hands-down highlight of the match. A rim-rattling dunk? A Steph Curry-for-three impersonation? A bench clearing? Nope. Those are nice, but this one takes the cake as far as rarity goes.

File this under "Things-you-don't-expect-to-see-in-basketball":


Video via PBA MEMES JOKES VIDEOS

History will remember this as Rico Maierhofer's "shoe-palpal" play.

Here's a summary of what happened: Rico lost a shoe in an offensive play, grabbed it, and ran down to block a shot by San Miguel's Gabby Espinas. But because he was still holding the shoe (and with no time to put it on), he used it to challenge the attempt. Wild!

He wasn't successful (and his team still lost, 113-116), but that's still an A for effort. Rico calls it a "smart move" because it resulted to a defensive stop (Espinas missed the shot). The league though has a different take. PBA Operations Manager Rickie Santos says it's actually an illegal move.

Wait, what?

So why didn't the referees blow the whistle or why were there no sanctions given? Maybe they were just as shocked as we were upon seeing the head-scratching play.

Following the footsteps of Mick Pennisi's world-famous "delayed reaction" move, the play has now gone from simple basketball talk fodder to actual content even for foreign websites, with the likes of Bleacher Report giving it some online love.

Understandably, it has also garnered a lot of social media reactions (using footwear to block a shot in a professional basketball game has that effect). And since we can all agree that it was a bit funny, we picked out some of the most hilarious meme responses to the now-legendary "shoe-palpal" to prove anew that funny begets funny!


THAT SHOE IS FEELING MIGHTY PROUD NOW

shoepalpalImage via @theonechi on Twitter


BUGS BEWARE, RICO IS THERE

shoepalpalImage via Jerald Espinola Guevarra on Facebook


MAKES YOU WONDER...

shoepalpalImage via Arish Manalastas on Facebook

...if Maierhofer uses the Andrew E-endorsed Exped socks


Video via Dowi Hosiery Mills


THE RIGHT SHOE, TO BE EXACT

shoepalpalImage via Bryan Suliguin on Facebook


OH, DANIEL ORTON...

shoepalpalImage via Stephen Cuevas Martin on Facebook


MAIERHOFER SIGNATURE KICKS? WHY NOT?

shoepalpalImage via Johannes Krauser on Facebook


MORE LIKE, TWO TOES UP!

shoepalpalImage via Regz B. Camillo on Facebook


REMEMBER THE NAME

shoepalpalImage via PBA Memes on Facebook

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BECAUSE HE'S THE ONLY CANDIDATE...

shoepalpalImage via PBA Memes on Facebook


YOU'VE BEEN WARNED

shoepalpalImage via Nair DeBate on Facebook


UP, UP AND AWAY (HIS SHOE WENT)

shoepalpalImage via Edgar John Estanislao on Facebook


TOO BAD THEY STILL LOST

shoepalpalImage via John Ariel Mendoza on Facebook


THIS COULD SELL

shoepalpalImage via Adam Vergara Arocena on Facebook


SO THAT'S THE REAL REASON!

shoepalpalImage via John Ariel Mendoza on Facebook

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