Yesterday we took a look at photographs from the past year that were deserving of another look. Today we take a gander at the second and final installment of photos that made the cut for one reason or another. Again, the collection has nothing to do with moving the needle, sizzle factor, or the popularity of one sport or athlete versus another. These are simply vibrant photographs from the past year that truly stuck out, leaving a lasting impression.
Let’s bust right out of the gate with Sir Thomas Brady. As we all carefully watched, his offseason proved to be nearly as entertaining as the season we’re currently witnessing, thanks in part to the glory that is his ever-changing mane. The quickly evolving fashionista went from a disenchanted musician, to a bartender from Williamsburg, to a yacht riding snob, to an actual woman, to boldly outdoing Dalton’s hair from Road House, to just a dude who got a haircut. He’s back to normal; for now.
The sheer defiance emanating from this Carolina Panthers fan assists in making this photo one of my favorites of the year. Simply put, the man does not give a shit about anything. This is what you would be getting regardless of whether it were clear skies and sunny or a flooded stadium with Domino’s pizza boxes serving as lifeboats; it just doesn’t matter. The photo of Shaq wearing Jorts — Jorts that would serve as overalls for most other humans — to go along with a pair of “get the paper” slippers and a realistic looking doll makes this puppy an all-time classic. That is, of course, until you see Joe Paterno staring blankly into a 65″ iMac. I absolutely adore how the cord for the monitor extends over the desk and onto the open floor, presumably directly in front of two chairs. Quite the clean look we have going on here. Chances of said monitor being plugged in? 14.1%.
I’m guessing no one remembers when Jared Lorenzan “got an itch” to play football again, this time in the UIFL. Well, the former New York Giant reportedly scratched that itch with a Stromboli in the shape of a football and happily waddled on over to team photo day, gifting us all with the heaping bowl of happiness that’s displayed above. Few things are better than a happy fat guy, and Jared Lorenzan might just be the centerpiece of that proven study. Going from big Jared to the Upton sisters is not exactly the smoothest transition, but you should at least appreciate the fact that you’re witnessing history, for the Upton sisters will never smile this brightly while sandwiched between two unappealing fat dudes. Speaking of, Real-Life-Kenny-Powers originally came to us thanks to a reader in Chicago who snapped this snippet of bliss at a McDonald’s on State Street. His firm focus on nothing in particular remains something to behold.
Sure, the monkeys-riding-dogs thing from the halftime show in Denver is barely a month old, but that doesn’t make it any less remarkable. If it occurred last January, I’m pretty sure this photo would still have the same stain on my brain that it does today. It’ll be a long time before I get over the combination of expressions here. So what do we have in the middle, a bowling ball levitating above a blow-up doll or an exceedingly flexible Chinese gymnast? At first glance, it’s a toss-up. The only saving grace for Alabama’s nine-foot bronze statue of unnerving gargoyle Nick Saban is the NFL Hall of Fame’s depiction of Deion Sanders, who is apparently a close relative of the freakiest doll in your nephew’s toy collection.
Remember when someone caught one of Dan Patrick’s producers scrolling through this very site? A provocative moment for sure. As you can see, it occurred before the site’s redesign, which was right before our very own Stephen Douglas got a beard perm. Which brings me to … Stephen and his increasingly intense man-crush, Jimmer Fredette. Cute couple. And that brings me to … our very own Ty Duffy whooping it up in The Big House following a rare Michigan victory over Ohio State.* In case you’re wondering, many in the industry point to Ty as being solely responsible for the trend of major league pitchers throwing on 14 necklaces prior to taking the mound. Still unknown is what Duffy said to the girl behind him that caused her to yawn.
This photo marks the first time I’ve witnessed cameras catch someone making love to ice cream in the same manner that an overexcited George Costanza once did at the US Open some years ago. When you can say without exaggeration that a fan has “pulled a Costanza,” it will make the final cut each and every time. Remember the ad for Manhattan Mini Storage that humorously disparaged the Mets? I had initially assumed the Islanders were the sixth professional team, but it’s actually the Liberty. How awesomely demeaning. And a servicing at second base in the middle of a baseball game? Now there’s the touching nod to Beecher and Keller we’ve all been waiting for.
Two things: I was stunned by the number of people turned off by Alicia Sacramone’s “gross ribs.” I guess it wasn’t clear from the photograph that the flexible gymnast happens to be in an extremely unusual position and anyone in amazing shape would have a similar “look” should they have the ability to get their body in said position. Then again, some people hit the nail on the head, with their head. Secondly, there was definitely another photo of the riot-kissing couple in Vancouver that made the woman look far less alluring than she appears here, but I don’t want to ruin the special moment.
I’m sorry, but if you were looking for an actual photo of Tim Tebow you can enjoy a timeless classic by going right here. Otherwise, enjoy the Tebowing dog, who I assume was showered with milk bones and Snausages after this poignant pose. For those who ripped Hines Ward for going on “Dancing With the Stars,” there’s a distinct and obvious reason why this show is fun for athletes and celebrities to go on, and it has nothing to do with meeting the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” not named Bob Saget. As Stephen Douglas pointed out, this Tebowing tattoo features a centaur carrying both a football and a tiny cross while wearing a kindergartner’s version of a Broncos’ helmet. Worse than that, however, is the body hair amidst the freshly irritated skin. Thanks for the vomit.
Anyone remember this rotund New Jersey Nets fan huffing and puffing his excitement into the wonderful East Rutherford air? If not, be sure to refresh your memory by watching the footage of his arena-rattling, boob-jiggling shuffle. He kind of reminds me of the crying New York Giants fan, only on the opposite end of the emotional see-saw. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s the same guy. If you’re not a fan of the great Rory McIlroy by now, you probably never will be. On a list of pro golfer’s I’d like to party with, Rory is in second place right behind Tiger. Sadly, I’m not sure who’s slotted for third. Oh, and there’s Kate Upton’s ass, mostly because it’s Kate Upton’s ass.
Sammy Sosa. Wow. Are there any words left to say other than asking if he’ll be cast as the next hunted serial killer on Dexter? For the non-wrestling fans out there, it’s important for you to know that Vince McMahon wept his way to an Emmy (presumably) upon being relieved of his duties as Chairman and CEO of WWE. There is simply no one else quite like this fascinating freak.
Finally, the momentous finisher for the 2011 TBL Year in Photos is none other than…
Yup. Kate Upton. Last February she was featured in a post aptly entitled “Kate Upton’s Booty Wins Friday.” Not a whole lot to say beyond that. It’s been her year. I just feel bad for the brunette, who looks sensationally scintillating in her own right.
*The photo wasn’t taken in 2011 but it was used in a post in 2011, thus making it a qualifier for inclusion.
Previously: The Big Lead’s 2011 Year in Photos – Part 1
- Donovan McNabb in Advanced Talks with Fox Sports 1 to Possibly Join Their Version of Sportscenter
- Houston Astros Vendor Caught on the Toilet with Snow Cones Next to Him, Has Been Fired [Video]
- Baltimore Orioles Wearing Canadian Tuxedos (All-Denim) For Their Trip to Toronto
- TNT Celebrated Chris “Birdman” Andersen With a Post-Game Interview After His Historic Game 1 Performance
- Roundup: Horrific London Attack, Fast & Furious 6 and Hangover III Arrive, Roy Hibbert Speaks Up
- KC Resident on Roundup: Horrific London Attack, Fast & Furious 6 and Hangover III Arrive, Roy Hibbert Speaks Up
- ButtersBC on Donovan McNabb in Advanced Talks with Fox Sports 1 to Possibly Join Their Version of Sportscenter
- RexKramerDangerSeeker on Houston Astros Vendor Caught on the Toilet with Snow Cones Next to Him, Has Been Fired [Video]
- Human Vacuum Cleaner on Baltimore Orioles Wearing Canadian Tuxedos (All-Denim) For Their Trip to Toronto
- spencer096 on Donovan McNabb in Advanced Talks with Fox Sports 1 to Possibly Join Their Version of Sportscenter
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