Kobe Bryant is looking out for your ankles

January 23, 2009

Awesome surreal video. Duration 2:21.


Walter Iooss’ fantastic sports photoblog

August 29, 2008
Walter Iooss' iconic image of stickball in Havana.

Walter Iooss' iconic image of stickball in Havana.

This is great: Walter Iooss’ photo website (mostly sports pics), with intermittent commentary.

I love this picture. For two guys in their 70s, they look cute; there was a little-boy quality to them. A couple of years went by, and I was at spring training again. I hadn’t seen Yogi or Whitey since we’d taken the picture. I said to Yogi, “Walter Iooss, remember, I took that picture of you…” And he said, “Hey Whitey, here’s the guy who took that horrible picture of us.” Whitey came over and said, “Oh, my family hated that picture. Said you made me look like a little old guy.” I thought they were putting me on. I said, “Are you kidding me? I love that picture.” Whitey said, “Love it? We hate that picture.”

Walter Iooss' photograph of Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford as little old guys.

Walter Iooss' photograph of Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford as little old guys.

Source.


Physical variations in female athletes

August 5, 2008

Check out these photos of elite female athletes, ranging from a 95-pound gymnast lady to a 6’5″ basketball player lady to a 297-pound weightlifter lady. It’s kind of neat, all the phenotypes of humanity, like looking at a lineup of jack russell terriers and rottweilers.

The gymnast could wear the weightlifter as a suit.

The gymnast could wear the weightlifter as a suit.

Couple things stand out to me: first, almost every woman in the lot, regardless of her size and proportion of body fat, has tight knees (ie, her knees are smaller than her calves). In the general population, soft knees (legs taper smoothly from thigh to ankle, or inner sides of knees pop towards each other) are really common- apparently not so much in the sports world, at least in this admittedly small sample size. The other thing I notice is that among this group, most of the women whose sports have a performance component (gymnasts, aerobics, etc) have pointed their toes for these photos, striking a definite pose. You can really tell the ones whose sports incorporate dance- they’re making pretty feet.

More here.


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