Showing posts with label Sports Figures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports Figures. Show all posts

June 4, 2016

Muhammad Ali Dead at 74

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Boxing great Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74. He was admitted to the hospital earlier today and died in the arms of family and friends.

Below are visualizations overviewing his life and struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

January 26, 2016

Family Jewels should be kept in your Family Not the Net

Wether you are famous, want to be or simply have or want to have a good paying job outside of the porno industry, you might need to have a policy of show in person only. We’ve had instances in which a photo sent to someone you want to impress or your boyfriend on the net to latter be seen in  an app for dating or something worse.
Lately a couple of FIFA athletes had a bad experience by not having that personal policy of don’t send only in person. They received the following advice.


FELLAS, if you’re going to send a photo of your genitalia to someone, Fifi Box has a word of advice.
The radio host was discussing the leaked nude photos of Collingwood players Dane Swan and Travis Cloke on her Fox FM breakfast host this morning when she offered their male listeners a tip.
“If you have a penchant for taking photos of yourself and sending them onto other people, crop your head out,” advised Box.

“Admittedly, that wouldn’t have helped for Swanny, necessarily,” she said, referencing the AFL star’s heavily tattooed body.

The popular media personality admitted that she feels sorry for the two players whose nude photos were printed in Woman’s Day, but she feels worse for their loved ones.

                                                                      Travis Cloke .Source:
                                                                  Dane Swan 

“The two people I really feel for in this are Travis’ fiancee and Swanny’s girlfriend of eight years,” she said.
Fifi Box can empathise with the player’s partners because she’s actually been in their position.
“I have been in situations where I have dated professional sportsmen,” she said on air to co-host Dave Thornton.
“He was a rugby player who played for Sydney Uni rugby. I remember I busted him with stuff on his phone from another girl and he tried to explain to me, that when you’re a professional athlete and you have girls throwing themselves at you, it’s like an addictive thing.
“He said I love you and I love our relationship but girls throw themselves at me and there’s something addictive about that. I forgave him ... kept going until he did it again and then fully cheated on me.”

September 5, 2015

ESPN Commentator Israel Gutierrez Has Come Out Gay with Immediate Plans for Marriage

Israel Gutierrez (right) and his partner, David.

ESPN commentator and columnist Israel Gutierrez has come out publicly as gay in a powerful blog post in which he discusses the powerful self-hatred he felt as a closeted gay man until he met the love of his life, David.

I've been agonizing for months trying to figure out how to do this.

It's been incredibly difficult, to the point where I usually talk myself in circles and end up making very little sense.

So I decided on this simple blog entry. No formalities, no restrictions, just me letting you into a portion of my life I've kept largely separate from my professional career.

I'm gay, which plenty of people, I'm sure, have either deduced or just guessed as much over the years.

You can read his full blog post here. It's a must-read, in addition to the absolutely adorable Batman and Robin T-shirts he's sporting with his partner.

What prompted Gutierrez to take the leap is his impending marriage to his partner on Sept. 12. For those who knew of Gutierrez's engagement, it's been a curiosity to see how he would handle it. Seeing him come out publicly as gay is a great move as it will free him and his soon-to-be husband from looking over their shoulders in public.

Congratulations and thank you, Izzy Gutierrez! Another powerful voice in the chorus.

ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez has come out as gay and he also revealed that he is getting married next weekend!
“I’ve been agonizing for months trying to figure out how to do this,” the 38-year-old Around the Horn commentator wrote on his personal blog. “It’s been incredibly difficult, to the point where I usually talk myself in circles and end up making very little sense. So I decided on this simple blog entry. No formalities, no restrictions, just me letting you into a portion of my life I’ve kept largely separate from my professional career.”
“I’m gay, which plenty of people, I’m sure, have either deduced or just guessed as much over the years,” Israel added.
“But this isn’t me ‘coming out.’ The truth is, I’ve been out to friends and family for more than six years,” he continued. “The reason I’m tackling this now is, primarily, because I’m getting married on September 12. And besides the fact that it would be annoying to tell my story every time someone sees my wedding ring, it just seemed like a natural time to get this out in the open.”
Israel went on to talk about his self-hatred over being gay and how he finally was able to accept his true self after meeting his now fiancé, David Kitchen.

May 12, 2015

Rugby Player KorbinSims Grabs Penis of Willie Nelson

Korbin Sims of Newcastle in Australia’s National Rugby League grabbed the penis of Willie Mason, a former teammate who now plays for Manley, during a game Saturday. I for my self will make no comments. I show the evidence and you tell me when was it you saw a guy grabbing another guys dick while he knows it and just smiles. Thanks to for the Pics and story. THANK YOU! Adam

"I thought it was hilarious," Mason said. "I hope it doesn't [get Sims in trouble] because me and Korbin are really good mates and I think it was just unlucky, the timing of it all. I knew what he was doing - I was talking to him while he was doing it. I was sort of laughing, I didn't flinch. I knew what was going on. It was quite funny to me. He's just a good, young kid and I would hope nothing would be done about something like that.
"That's just two teammates for the last three years having a good old ... reacquaintance."

February 4, 2015

Lance Armstrong was a Lier and Still a Lier


The long-time girlfriend of Lance Armstrong took the fall for the ex-cycling star after Colorado police say she initially lied and claimed she was the driver who slammed into two parked cars in Aspen.
But it wasn't until three days after the Dec. 28 hit-and-run when Anna Hansen admitted to investigators that Armstrong, 43, was in fact the driver — and that they both agreed she should take the blame, Aspen police said in an accident citation first obtained by the Aspen Daily News.
"We've had our family name smeared over every paper in the world in the last couple of years, and honestly, I've got teenagers," Hansen told police, according to the report also obtained by NBC News. "I just wanted to protect my family because I thought 'Gosh, Anna Hansen hit some cars,' it's not going to show up in the papers, but 'Lance Armstrong hit some cars,' it's going to be a national story."
Armstrong was famously stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after confessing two years ago that he won using performance-enhancing drugs.
Police say Armstrong and Hansen had left an Aspen Art Museum gala with the disgraced cyclist behind the wheel, when their GMC Yukon struck two parked cars as the couple headed home.
The family that owned the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota Four Runner heard the accident from inside the home, and later told police that the woman involved identified herself to them as "the Armstrongs" and said her "husband," Lance, was driving too fast around the corner. Hansen left a phone number and the couple drove away instead of waiting for police. When cops first contacted Hansen, she claimed she was the driver because Lance had "a little bit to drink," the accident report said.
Hansen won't face any charges, police said. Armstrong, meanwhile, received a summons for failing to report an accident and driving too fast for the conditions. He is scheduled to appear in court March 17, reported NBC Denver affiliate KUSA. His attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday.
Lance Armstrong was charged in a Dec. 28, 2014, car accident in Aspen, Colorado, after his girlfriend admitted that she wrongly took the blame in order to avoid national attention.

November 6, 2014

Kiwi Olympic Rower Comes Out

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Kiwi Olympic rower comes out:"Everyone's fine with it"

“Your talent that determines what you can achieve, not your sexuality,” says Robbie Manson, Olympic rower for New Zealand, in his coming out letter.
The 25-year-old member of the New Zealand Elite rowing team says he hopes his story “can add something to what is already out there. To show other people who might be struggling with their sexuality, not only that it’s ok to be gay, but it’s a good thing, and it won’t change who you are or limit what you can achieve.”
Manson was on the team representing his nation at the 2012 London Olympics. He’s told his coming out story to and the response has been awesome.

Initially he was terrified to accept that he was gay or tell anyone, even when his big brother’s own coming out got the ball rolling. 
“From an early age I realised that I was different from most other guys,” he explains. “I desperately tried to hide that ‘different’ side of myself. In doing so I inadvertently became very quiet and shy, shutting myself off and avoiding attention for fear that someone might discover my deepest, darkest secret: I’m gay.”
As his sporting career progressed, he felt added pressure to stay in the closet.
“I seriously thought that if anyone found out I wouldn’t be able to row anymore,” he recalls. “The thought of coming out, in my mind, felt so limiting and terrifying.”
But recently he says he’s learned that he’s a lot stronger and more resilient than he gave himself credit for, “and that other people are far more accepting than I thought they would be.
“I’m not only proud to be gay, but I’m glad that I am. I wouldn’t want to be any other way.”
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November 3, 2014

Strongman Champion Rob Kearney Comes Out gay and dating

 Kearney coming out in the macho world of strength sports is a game-changer, writes the author, himself an out bodybuilder and coach. Kearney has become “a force for change." 
Rob Kearney did not roll out of bed on Oct. 20 thinking he would change the world.  He just went about his day.
One of Rob's days is a lot more - how shall I put it? -- a lot more macho than the rest of us.  With his imposing shoulders and rebellious mohawked hair, Rob Kearney is undoubtedly a certain type of red-blooded man's man; the type of powerhouse that holds the rest of us guys absolutely dumbstruck.
The guy moves quite literally tons of weight each week with nothing but his bare, brute strength.  Rob's lifting and training make the rest of us gym-goers look like we're playing a lazy game of croquet.  His ability to use his thick, muscular frame to make immobile objects take momentum is astounding, and even intimidating.  Thousands of pounds of steel and cement obey his aggressive, almost hostile muscular force.  But unleashed, male super-strength is not uncommon to Rob.  It is just a part of his day.
Rob Kearney is like a strength hero.
 But this particular Monday would be one where Kearney shifted the thinking of an entire community and stepped - quite suddenly - onto the pages of social change. Rob is already no foreigner to the spotlight: he's not only a professional strongman (yes, that means he lifts heavy stuff for cash money, folk), but he actually competes on an international-level, on the world stage among the strongest human beings currently documented. He recently came in second as a middleweight in one of the most prestigious of these global-level contests, making him, in effect, officially the second strongest man of his weight-cohort on planet Earth.
Global acclaim? Yeah, no big deal for Kearny. And having managed so many strength accolade's before age 25, he is already quite clearly comfortable with being received with awe, envy and admiration. He knows what it is to become an icon of accomplishment. But what about becoming an icon of social equality heroism? Yeah, that role would be a new one for Rob.
It happened in an almost silly way.  While Rob's professional athletic career may thrust his body in the spotlight he is nonetheless as human as the rest of us, and he has the heart of a romantic.  And that  heart was pounding inches chest that Monday morning as he went on to Facebook and, for the first time in his life, gushed about how much he adored his boyfriend:

 Apparently Rob goes for the natural looking guy not muscles like himself
Rob Kearney, Professional StrongMan, World's Strongest Man Champion, strength coach of some of the toughest guys around, is happily dating a dude.
As soon as his post hit, the strength and bodybuilding communities shifted a little.  It was as if Atlas himself momentarily giggled with affirming glee, and the world of powerful, musclebound men became just little more progressive.
It is not just that Rob was casually coming out of the closet as a strongman. It would be more than enough for the heteronormative world of strength competitors to absorb that one of the best men in the game was proudly into gaming with men. That would have been more than enough impact to make men reconsider gender models and women realize that not all that is physically rough is necessarily psychologically rigid.  But the news of Rob's "coming out" was notable for a far more historical reason.
Rob Kearney is the first self-acknowledged gay man to be actively competing in pro-level, international strongman competition. He is in a pantheon of brave souls who decided to not hide for the fear of harming their social status or career aspirations.
Coming out in any arena is a pressure-filled venture.  We often forget that this world is still rather ignorant when it comes to same-gender love and sex.  There is plenty of hate brewing - and plenty of folks who act on that hate to cause harm and instill fear in those who may love another of the same sex.  To be the first of something unique is not something we all get a chance to experience in life.  But to be the first 'gay" something can be just as frightening as it can be positive.
This all speaks to Rob's character as a man.  He understood that there might be consequences.  "I thought it was important to be honest," he told me.  "People need to know that one of the top strength athletes on the planet is also gay.  But I didn't want it to affect my ability to compete.  And that possibility definitely crossed my mind before I made that post."
But once made, the first reactions were overwhelming.  "I can't remember this many people being this supportive and encouraging in my life!" he raved to me.  "I mean, I have always had people back me for events, but that was nothing compared to the sheer numbers of positive messages that came to me.  It was really humbling!"
Rob is aware that the real impact of his revelation would be felt more gradually over time.  "I am not only the first actively competitive professional world strongman," he explained to me.  "I am also a gay strength coach."
And this was where I gushed in return to my colleague.  "At last!" I thought.  "At last I am not so fucking alone!"  I have been coaching in the bodybuilding and competitive world for over 15 years, and am not only usually the only queer coach in the arena, but often the only out gay man in a given contest.  Having someone else step forward bravely was one thing; having it be someone with certified international athletic status is another.  But that it was someone I always already a peer with took my elation to a whole new level.
Rob Kearney is one of my strength heroes.
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Rob Kearney in action

Strength and bodybuilding are iconic symbols of machismo.  The idea of a burly, thick dude grappling a piece of cold granite and wresting it away from gravity is the stuff of testosterone dreams.  The image of a thick-chested, mountainous-armed Adonis with tight abs and majestic shape is among the heights of male inspiration.  These pursuits are nothing if not hyper masculine.
But with such bro-powered iconography comes the other foibles of maleness.  Ego, competition and aggression conspire to make these sports sometimes accosting in their small-minded versions of what it is to be "a man."  These are sports that transact on symbolism - ideas of strength, fortitude and dominance - and so it is no wonder certain characteristics of men become quietly wrapped up in the ideas which drive these sports.
One such idea is that "real man" are adored by the ladies; our strength and power and shape is what makes us the most viable studs in the herd.  To be male means to be heterosexual, and anything less than that infers you are less than a man.  Of course, no one says this.  Most men would even deny that they think this way.  But the general vibe of these pursuits has these messages riddled throughout.  While it may take a heterosexual dude a little analysis to begin to see these themes, to a gay guy these messages blare like bullhorns in our ears.
Sexuality has an influence on gender roles, but sexuality does not outright define gender roles.  So while one's sexuality has nothing to do with bodybuilding or strength, there is no escaping the associations our culture enforces. Those associations get turned up loud for gay men like Rob and me, making the landscape require a deft step to navigate.
The athletic side of strength and bodybuilding sports overlaps one's "everyday life" much more than many other sports.  How we eat, how we sleep, whether we're stressed, even how we play can all affect our athletic progress.  It is hard to say where one's personal life ends and one's training pursuits begin in these sports.
As such, coaching strength and bodybuilding athletes often means a degree of familiarity between coach and athlete that is a lot more personal than many other sports.  As a coach, I can not effectively guide an athlete unless I am aware of the factors that contribute or conflict with their progress.  These factors are often found in their life details, and as such I am often made available to a high degree of intimacy.
And with intimacy comes trust.
Much can be said about the tenuous state of trust between men in our contemporary world.  But in few other categories is intra-male trust more delicate than between a gay man and a heterosexual man.  Too often, a gay man who gains intimacy with other men is unfairly and incorrectly seen as predatory; he is something for heterosexual men to avoid.  This subtle distrust is a common and incorrect stereotype to which many men still bind their evaluation of gay guys.  Even gay men themselves often find it suspect should a gay peer have a deep bond with a heterosexual man.  It is an ugly and rotten idea that is unfortunately very common.
I have experienced the receiving end of this stereotype often in my life. I have had many men over the years gravitate away from my coaching or assistance, made uncomfortable with the idea that a gay dude is commenting on their physique.  I have even had some men go so far as to think people needed to be "warned" that Ii am not heterosexual.  "If a gay guy is working with bodybuilders," I once read in an ugly email about me, "you know the real reason is he's just trying to get in their pants."

Christian Matyi 
The author is a competitive bodybuilder and coach.
But I continue to remain out of the closet because, by doing so, I can potentially change the minds of those still spreading ignorance.  By staying out of the closet those with like minds for reasonable thinking can locate me.  Guys like Rob Kearney.
Rob and I have to navigate the relationship with the heterosexual men we coach in very delicate and vigilant ways.  We have to always be aware of discomforts and fears, and slacken or speed our pace unnaturally in order to avoid implosions or distrust.  Most of all, we have to live as very open books.  Over 15 years, only I think seven or eight of the 200+ athletes I have worked with were queer - statistics far below the Kinsey Scales estimations.  This means I am constantly a minority, and must be always ready to work through confusion, concern and, yes, even curiosity.  Anything to affirm trust.
Indeed, coaches in sexually discordant mentoring relationships often have to go further out of our way to demonstrate trustworthiness.  Not because we are somehow more suspect, but because we are often the first queer person the straight person has become intimate with.  In order to get to a relaxed stance, we often find ourselves needing to be artificially paced, especially in the early stages of the coach-athlete bond.
This is all very lonely work for me, and to be honest nothing I would have wanted to do if I had the choice.  But I didn't.  And as such, I have found an immense joy in the process.  I am proud that I am "the gay dude who coaches heater dudes in a super macho set of pursuits."  I keep my sense of humor about it, and keep my eye on the fact that I am potentially influencing the world in positive ways far beyond this pursuit.
And this is what Rob has just elected for himself.  Naturally, our choice to not hide will change minds and open eyes within the world of strength and bodybuilding. But where we play a more vital role is in the bigger world far beyond these teeny, tiny sporting communities.  Each person we impact goes forward back into their world with a message of tolerance, temperance and compassion.  With enough of these out there, society begins to change.  It's like dropping ice cubes into boiling water.  The first few handfuls will just melt away, but if you keep it up eventually the temperature of the water changes. And even if it remains hot, at least it is no longer boiling.
Rob experienced one of these events within 24 hours of coming out of the closet.  A fellow beast-man of strength and power who knew Rob as a tough bull of muscle contacted Rob with a surprising message.  The man described himself not only as disliking gay people, but actually outright anti-gay.  Somehow he thought gayness should be halted.  Yet, by his own admission, he did not realize how it could be right there in his own space of strength and power, and that manly men can love men just as much as the stereotyped sissies he imagined all gay men to be.  He warmly told Rob that knowing how good a man Rob was and admiring so much of Rob's life work told him that maybe there is nothing wrong with gay people at all, and he overestimated the category.  He thanked Rob for teaching him, and admitted to having to rethink his position.
Rob Kearney was this guy's hero.
And Rob was startled and amazed by this.  He knew being out as a gay man while still firmly in the professional sports spotlight - even only a smaller one - would cause ripples among those who lift and train hard.  But he never thought he would so soon see how his voice would extend beyond that world, and send someone forward with thoughts of peace and kindness.  It was miraculous for Rob.

Rob Kearney4Rob Kearney is among the strongest men on the planet.
On Oct. 20 Rob Kearney learned the difference between being a winner and being a leader.  By becoming the first actively-competing professional World Strength top competitor to be openly gay, he became more than just a notable achiever: he became a force for change.
We all pursue what attracts us and appeals to us.  And sometimes - like a trophy - they can seem petty.  Sure, some accomplishments exist on a global scale, and they gain merit because of their uniqueness.  These types of accomplishments inspire others, yet do so passively.  They are icons and symbols, and people admire and even chase them accordingly.  But every once in a while, our work becomes more than a token of excellence and actually becomes a beacon of enlightenment.  Sometimes, our pursuit of some great feat allows us to dialogue with our world, rather than just stand proudly above it.
Rob Kearney is at the start of this journey.  He has the ability to transform is acclaim into a powerful message to others.  And he seems entirely eager to begin.
You would have to be completely naive to not know that the pursuits of strength and bodybuilding often have a huge appeal to younger men.  Guys whose mind's and outlooks are still forming and grappling with the world obviously love pursuits that allow them control and a sense of power over ever-changing variables.  This is what strength and bodybuilding pursuits provide.
Obviously, the "dude at the top of his game" plays a profound role as role model for these eager upstarts in the pursuit of muscle.  The likelihood is that your average "gym bro" probably wouldn't recognize Kearney's name, and may only have the most tenuous grasp on the idea of what strength competition looks like.  However, he sure as heck would be paying close attention whenever he sees a dude who represents his goals.  The strongest, most powerful men become spontaneous role models for those looking to achieve physical greatness. All they have to do is walk into the room, and everything they do and say leaves an impression upon those interested in muscular prowess.  They are scrutinized anonymously, analyzed for clues about "what  makes it all happen.  Does strength come from their knowledge?  From their attitude?  From how they talk and what they say?  Any aspect to a strong, built man carried weight in the eye of those eager to follow that path.  And therefore, everything else attached to that big guy is interpreted part of the formula for gains in the eyes of those who want to grow as well.
It sounds exhausting when it's boiled down like this!  To think that every aspect of a muscular man is perpetually scrutinized by peers in society who want that kind of muscle.  But the effect is not all-at-once; it is subtle and only happens in brief moments.  Yet the more a man is in this world of strength, the more likely he is to be the one under scrutinization, especially by those same younger men in pursuit of their own macho victories.  It's from this same demographic of "new lifters" that the next emerging leaders in these pursuits will arise and have similarly profound influence of their own.
Being at the top of his game - and still achieving more - Rob Kearney represents so much of what men in these pursuits may want to achieve with their bodies.  Even if they don't have aspirations of global competition, the symbol of a man like Rob Kearney is a powerful one.  What Rob and the other advanced athletes do is what enters the value systems of those who seek to emulate their successes.  So the fact that Rob is gay allows those who admire his work to understand that sexuality is not necessarily a factor in success, but just another feature of a man.
Rob is now ready to experience leadership, which is the ability to move others forward rather than merely inspire them to follow.  Any winner can get people to copy them, yet only a leader can take action to engage people in ways that uplift and change their perspective on their work.  As a strongman, Rob was a winner.  As an out man in professional strength sports, he is now poised to truly lead.  And as a young coach coming up in the field, he will be able to directly impact the next generation of leaders.
And while he probably had a vague idea of the importance of his choice, I don't think Rob Kearney thought he would effect change with a Facebook post. He was just doing what was honest and right to honor his truth and show respect to his boyfriend.
But in the process, Rob Kearney was being a true hero.

Christian Matyi (often known as just "XN") is a writer, designer and performer with over two decades experience in strength and bodybuilding competing and coaching, and founder of The Next Level and the PhysiQulture Collaborative, communities which intersect physical development with leadership academics.  He has coached several physique competitors to professional status while also helping evolve new businesses and communities which work benevolently to end the scope of what human development can mean and collaborative projects from within the wider sports community.  XN graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Boston, Massachusetts. This article is reprinted from his blog, The Next Level.

July 18, 2014

Prince Fielder is no doughnut instead he is a hard bat


You’d expect a magazine spread splashed with naked bodies to get a great deal of attention, but no-one could have anticipated the standout star of ESPN The Magazine’s 2014 Body issue. Enter Major League Baseball player Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers.
The five-time All Star baseball player takes center stage in one of the issue’s skin barring shots which almost instantly prompted ridicule and criticism online. While many condemned Fielder for not having a typical athletic body, others used the nude shot to make him the butt of their jokes.
Here’s a sampling of the many insults Fielder faced:
  • i was tempted to have another donut this morning. Then i saw the photo of naked Prince Fielder. Thanks, ESPN.
  • Last year, ESPN Body had a pregnant Kerri Walsh, looks like they wanted something similar this year #PrinceFielder @jaymohr37 #JayMohrSports
  • @ESPNMag @RealPFielder28 why do you think we want to see this? Just why?
  • Wtf were you thinkin ESPN?? That cover *ugh* was not attractive #PrinceFielder
  • Sorry #PrinceFielder, but if i lived to be 99, i didn’t need to see this. Thanks #ESPN. Reason 568 i dumped the mag
  • #PrinceFielder naked in #ESPNBodyissue. Excuse me while i claw my eyes out.#cantunseethat #bodybyPapaJohns 
  • brb putting bleach in my eyes. RT @TerezOwens: The interweb has already started on #PrinceFielder
in the issue’s interview, Fielder comments on his body saying the following:
A lot of people probably think i’m not athletic or don’t even try to work out or whatever, but i do. Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you can’t be an athlete. And just because you work out doesn’t mean you’re going to have a 12-pack. i work out to make sure i can do my job to the best of my ability. Other than that, i’m not going up there trying to be a fitness model.
Just because you’re big doesn’t mean you should be the target of such harsh judgement and body shaming, either. Luckily, there were also several messages of support to counter the negative comments, like:
  • #PrinceFielder in the #ESPNBodyissue is nothing short of awesome. We have athletes of every size, let’s showcase it. #power
  • You know what? Good for #PrinceFielder . Athletic bodies don’t have to look the way shallow people think they should.
  • @RealPFielder28 looks powerful n the body issue, love it! #PrinceFielder #realmenhavecurves
  • showing some love to Prince Fielder and @ESPNMag for athletic thick men, six who? #skoreboards #PrinceFielder
The hashtag #HuskyTwitter even emerged starting a much needed appreciation for body acceptance and love with tweets like:
  • #HuskyTwitter salutes #PrinceFielder for going nude in ESPN Magazine’s Body issue
  • Prince Fielder is large and in charge of his own body image #HuskyTwitter
  • i’m really glad #huskytwitter became a thing. All bodies deserve love, praise, appreciation, and everything else.
  • To #HuskyTwitter, With Love. it’s about time we show our love for men (and women) of all body types
  • Prince Fielder got me feeling like i can accomplish it all today. #HuskyTwitter
  • Finally…. a hashtag for me. i feel at home. #HuskyTwitter
if there is anything to be learned from this whole situation, it’s that body shaming and body image concerns aren’t exclusively a woman’s issue. if what happened to Fielder doesn’t convince you then how about this recent Today/AOL body image survey which found that men worry about their appearance more than they worry about their health, family, relationships or professional success.
That’s not all. The survey also found that nearly half of all men think about their personal appearance several times each day and 53% said they felt unsure about their appearance at least once a week. Dieting was also a major concern among men with 63% of participants saying they “always feel like (they) could lose weight.” Women also aren’t the only ones who worry when it comes to beach season. The survey found that 44% of men feel uncomfortable wearing bathing suits and another 41% said they worry that people will judge their appearance.
While we’ve long filed body image concerns as a concern for women, the issue now often hits home for men as well. Another study from the JAMA Pediatrics looked at body image in younger boys. The study found that 18% of boys are highly concerned about their weight and body. Of these nearly half were predominately worried about gaining more muscle. Such concerns resulted in boys being more likely to be depressed and engage in high-risk behaviors such as binge drinking and drug use.
One of the factors for this growing concern among boys can be attributed to the toys they play with, says the study. Action figures today feature bulging muscle with sleek six packs and even Halloween costumes for youngsters come padded with fake muscles and drawn on definition. The message that muscles make a man sexy and powerful could not be more clear. Just like Barbie warps girls’ views of what is beautiful, action figures and costumes warp boys’ views of what they should look like if they want to be attractive.
That’s why Fielder’s inclusion in ESPN’s Body issue is so special. His nude shots are a great contrast to the everyday examples that engulf young boys’ and men’s lives. Showing a male figure like Fielder who is not only strong, but also proud of his huskier body, is proof positive that beautiful bodies come in all shapes and sizes.
Now, i’d say that’s a home run. 
pic by ESPN

I decided to show someone I personally (publisher) like and that is Tomas Berdych, Tennis:

July 10, 2014

With the same as extracting a mueller Ex cardinals Star Brad Thorson Comes Out

brad thorsonBrad Thorson, a former college football star who signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, came out as gay on his blog over Independence Day:
I’ve been told many times that the process of coming out is cathartic. Yet since coming to terms with my sexuality, I found it arduous and unnecessary.
At least that’s what I kept telling myself. So today, I’m putting it in writing and not looking back.
I’m gay.
I’m also an athlete. For years, I struggled to unite these two identities in my own mind. Not until after my professional athletic career came to an end did I allow myself to understand my sexuality.
Now, three years later, I’m finally ready to share that with people.
Thorson told OutSports he had tried to write the post many times but couldn’t find the words. “I was so nervous before I wrote it, but once I wrote it I was proud of writing it and it wasn’t something I wanted to hide away anymore.”
He says friends, family and former teammates have all been supportive. “Everyone who has reached out have been nothing but supportive. I should have expected that all along.”
brad thorsonThorson played college football at both Wisconsin and Kansas, where he was an offensive lineman. While he went unselected in the 2011 NFL draft pick, he signed as a free agent that summer with the Arizona Cardinals. But he was put on the injured-reserve list when he broke his foot and never played in a regular season game.
After training with the Canadian Football League’s Regina Roughriders, Thorson ultimately decided to leave the sport.
Since moving to San Francisco last year, though, he’s gotten involved with rugby and will travel to Sydney for the Bingham Cup as a member of the San Francisco Fog.
Thorson told Outsports he hopes by telling his story he can reach other athletes who are struggling to reconcile their sexuality with society’s idea of masculinity.
 “I know there are other kids out there struggling, and I hope some of them can relate with me on some things and make them feel more comfortable with who they are,” Thorson says. “I regret not doing this sooner, but we all come to this on our own timeline. Hopefully this will help some kids get there too.”
 by Dan Avery

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