Sports Pictures That Went Too Far

By | 11/08/2022

Athletes in bad-mannered poses, photos that take become cringeworthy in retrospect and Larry Brown coaching in really ugly overalls.

I’ve panhandled through the aureate mine of
Sports Illustrated
before (writing about their splendidly bad cover predictions from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s). Only in that location’s more to
Sports Illustrated
than just bad predictions. Information technology’s likewise a historical record of some of the most awkward photos of athletes ever taken.

I dug around through the archives to detect eleven of the most bad-mannered photos
Sports Illustrated
ever published. Some are bad-mannered in retrospect; some were clearly super awkward at the fourth dimension.

1 | Smoking in the dugout (1972)

This movie is very ’70s — the facial hair, the red White Sox uniforms, the picayune league-way dugout — but none of that compares to the sight of a player smoking a cigarette during a game. If that happened today, someone would have to create an advanced stat that adjusts for the result of smoking on operation.

2 | Young hot shortstops (1997)

I don’t intendance that this photo might exist construed every bit homoerotic — it’s 2014, nosotros’re past that — but I *do* care that information technology’s Menudo-rotic. And that’s what makes it awkward plenty for this list.

3 | Manute Bol swims (1990)

This photo was taken during the era when the sports media realized (1) Manute Bol was too nice (or unsure with English) to pass up photo shoots and (2) he looked hilarious doing *everything*. This was, manifestly, their attempt to brand Manute Bol await like either a dead behemothic or a SyFy movie-worthy sea monster.

four | The Manning family unit (2003)

In 2003, information technology was clear that Cooper Manning was the only ane of the four male Mannings who wouldn’t be an NFL quarterback. So why hammer the betoken dwelling by having the others torture him past all chucking footballs at him from behind.

And also, it’south clear simply Peyton’s ball is going to hit him in the head. Is it because Peyton secretly hates Cooper the virtually… or because he’due south the most accurate? (I think we know the answer.)

5 | Magic and the ladies (1985)

At the fourth dimension, it probably seemed like a fun beach photo jubilant Magic’s popularity in L.A. In retrospect, it looks similar the pregame photo for a 12-on-1 orgy with a guy who, sadly, participated in at least ane too many orgies.

6 | Bullfighter gored (2010)

Information technology’s difficult to tell if it’south just the camera angle or if that horn is penetrating the guy’s chin — either way, the bull is bleeding heavily, the matador is on the verge of expiry and somewhere, the sun also rises.

7 | Brett and Deanna Favre (2007)

This was some weirdly staged photo where the premise was Deanna Favre was upset with Brett Favre for eating too much fast food in bed or something. Three years afterwards, after the Favre sexting scandal, y’all accept to imagine their bedroom was a non-contrived and way more than pissed off version of this scene.

8 | Walt Frazier (1971)

For those of united states of america who missed the ’70s, this is one of those bedrooms you encounter in movies simply can’t believe people really had. And then you encounter Clyde Frazier really did have information technology — round bed, shag carpet, mirrors on the ceiling — and you deeply regret missing the ’70s.

9 | Larry Brownish, Denver Nuggets head double-decker (1975)

On the other hand, if this was acceptable professional attire, maybe the ’70s weren’t perfect.

10 |
Swimsuit Edition accused of using native people as “props” (2013)

Once upon a time, the
Swimsuit Edition was a beloved by young boys everywhere — considering information technology was the only sexy magazine delivered right to your house. It wasn’t similar sneaking a
or hoping your mom’due south
would accept an commodity on breast exams. It was sent to you, with your name on information technology, legally. Information technology was amazing.

Then the Cyberspace immune viii-year-old boys to have instantaneous admission to 17 1000000 different clips of anime characters having sex with octopi and the Swimsuit Edition was totally marginalized. So the only way you really hear about it anymore is if they practise something stupid.

Which they did last year, when they had models pose in various exotic spots… and had locals pose with them as set decorating, spear-belongings props. Or maybe as subtle commentary on the dissimilarity between the model ideal of skinniness versus not-optional third-world skinniness?

Nope. Props.

11 | Bruce Jenner at abode (yr)

From the looks of the decor, we all should’ve known Bruce Jenner had really bad taste.

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