Dear ESPN Magazine: OMG. Thank you!
I was pretty harsh on ESPN Magazine’s 2010’s “The Body Issue” when Steven Holcomb’s godly physique was digitally altered. However, thanks to GE, he pinpointed me to ESPN Magazine’s “The Body Issue 2009: Battle Scars” which featured a close-up of Casey Hampton’s magnificent belly. Needless to say, seeing an almost-nude image of Mr. Hampton is an excellent way to win someone like me over — even though this was shot a year before the Holcomb-Gate fiasco. ^___^
Here is the link to the Flash Gallery of “The Body Issue 2009: Battle Scars”:
I can’t seem to embed this ESPN video, but you can briefly see him in an interview with all of the athletes — including Randy Couture — involved in that photo shoot.
Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not win the SuperBowl this year, so we’re gonna miss out on seeing a shirtless Casey Hampton at a SuperBowl Parade… 😦
Once upon a time, when this blogger used to actually blog on a regular basis, he had put up a “Shirtless Saturday” post about a massive lineman for the New Orleans Saints, Sedrick Ellis. After a year and a few months later, he found out that LIFE Magazine did a photo shoot of him (unfortunately, their search engine is not too friendly; and a way to get to just 1 of his photo shoot is by going to this url). And I am begging all of the photo sleuths out there who could direct us to his Portrait Session as it would be greatly appreciated.
Anyway, let us now have the photos do the talking, for I am downright speechless…
He’s not shirtless in this video, but you can just see the majestic wonder of his ungodly physique as his massive bulk attempts to escape the confines of his tight-fitting shirt…
Dear ESPN Magazine: Please Don’t Digitally Alter People’s Bodies In Your 2010’s “The Body Issue” Edition
A good friend of mine emailed me this photo and it’s quite possibly one of the most amazing things I’ve seen all year. It’s a semi-nude photo of the Captain of the United States’ bobsledding team, Steven Holcomb. I am not quite sure where this photo was originally taken from, but when I checked out my ESPN Magazine’s digital edition, I noticed a big “change” that did not sit too well for me…
I am just glad that someone released that original breathtaking photo. Anyway, I just want to send a short email to ESPN Magazine right here…
Dear ESPN Magazine,
Why would you digitally manipulate someone’s physique in your yearly edition of “The Body Issue”? Does not that defeat the very purpose of you displaying the naturalness of your athletes’ bodies?
Please do not do this again. Thank you.
Secretary Of The League Of The Natural State Of Human Bodies Preservation
Okay, seriously, I’m not going to send that. There are more pressing issues in the world than getting all riled up about someone’s beautiful belly getting brutally and ruthlessly butchered by way of photoshopping… Okay, perhaps this is important to me. 😛
Anyway, here were some of my Tumblr contributions in the past about the handsome Steven Holcomb… (And, no, I have not given up on on this blog. Just please be patient with me.)
Here’s a vintage image of Larry Csonka (official site) from the July 22, 1974 edition of People Magazine when he played as a fullback with the Miami Dolphins. Make sure to download the whole magazine issue in PDF format (here’s the direct link)! It’s pretty nice of People for allowing us to download all of their archived issues. (And if anybody knows of any cool archived issues of People Magazine where we could find such beautiful bears, please let us know!) I have yet to go through them as I’m sure there are awesome articles and ads of our brawny and large brethren…
Finally, let’s check out Mr. Csonka adorably speak butchered Spanish as he promotes Miller Lite Bear…
A longtime reader (as in since my old Yahoo Group days), sleepycub, emailed me then proceeded to give me a massive heart attack with this awesome scan from the September 9, 2009 issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine.
Who knew that Muscle & Fitness also has a discerning eye for gorgeous chubby bears? What a beautiful collection of our big-bellied beauties. And if there’s one thing I’d like to add…
Please don’t melt the flab from your abs!!!!! 😛
I mean, those guys appear to be comfortable with their bodies and they’re HOT to boot. But, of course, losing weight is a personal choice and I’m just being a selfish person for wanting them to stay the way they are. But, in my defense:
JUST. LOOK. AT. THEM! *faints*
Here is Orlando Pace back when he was with the Saint Louis Rams…
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“Shirtless Saturday” on a Sunday? Ah, but this is one of those major exception, because, as you’ll see, it doesn’t need to be a Saturday to post something like this…
Dear friends, one of my wishes has finally come true. I have finally seen a shirtless Jeff Saturday. It’s a scan from the Sports Illustrated Super Bowl Championship Commemorative Issue 2007. My life is finally complete.
Much thanks to j for pointing this out to us in this post. This magazine cost me 12 bucks plus shipping just so I can scan this for you guys. 🙂
Unfortunately, that’s like his only photo in the whole magazine. Bummers. I wonder if any of the Indianapolis Colts DVDs have more revealing exposé on Mr. Saturday? As always, please let me know and I’ll share the bearish wealth…
Anyway, check out the bearmythology Flickr Photostream for more of my sad attempts at Photoshopping this lone shirtless photo of the woofy Jeff Saturday. Also, woefully gaze at my epic failure with HDR experimentation.
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