Pro Athletes Take it All Off in ESPN

Bautista in the Buff

Pro Athletes Take it All Off in ESPN

Consider this post a little treat to see you through hump day. If the editor of Sports Illustrator suddenly become a she, this is what the magazine would look like. Well, if may not be David Beckham, but ESPN's 'Body' issue features 27 pro athletes (many of them male) in their birthday suits.

Why? Well, we're still not sure exactly. But who are we to look a gift horse in the... You get the point. Beside the entire US Women's volleyball team, birthday suiters include New York Knicks Tyson Chandler, NHLer Brad Richards and own very own Blue Jay, Jose Bautista, who considered it an "honour" to take part in the photo shoot.

Sadly no Beckham here. Still, the Twittersphere was reeling from the eye candy. “Poetry in motion,” said one tweep. “Celebrates the aesthetic of the athlete.”

After stripping down in order to write about it, 'method writer' Jim Caple empathized with the female of the species.

“I never fully appreciated their feelings about being judged on their bodies. Now I do. I also get the popularity of fad diet books,” said Caple.

Is this kind of spread inspirational or insipid? Is the reaction any different when it's male bodies on show? While you ponder on that, go on and have another look at the slideshow...


A Cocktail for Every Calamity

Mommy Mixes it Up with a Dash of Humour

A Cocktail for Every Calamity

Surviving motherhood requires a good sense of humor—and strong cocktails. Lucky for you, Janet Frongillo has been blessed with a hefty dose of both, as evidenced by her book “Mommy Mixology”—part barmaid, part mom rants. 

With more than 60 playful recipes, Frongillo takes you through the catastrophes and triumphs of raising her three sons, with a cocktail every step of the way, from conception to year five. 

Of course, a few big disclaimers from the off. Booze and behind-the-wheel don't mix. And be sure to put away that boob before bringing out the shaker. (Albeit Frongillo also features a few tried and true teetotaller recipes for the expecting and nursing contingent, although you may be sorely tempted to become a raging alcoholic.) 

Basically: a really fun book for your BFF and by all means pick one up for your own larder, because you must be your own BFF because (and I quote) "a good attitude and a fully stocked bar can keep any mom smiling through the worst and best of times." 

Such as, but not limited to: 

  • When your toddler digs in his heels and comes back with “NO!” 367 times, shake it off with a refreshing NO!Jito.
  • When your little darling starts to pick up on—and repeat!—every word you say, clean up your language with a Son of a Beach.
  • When your 3-year-old pushes down his Pull-Ups and learns the difference between boys and girls, sit back and laugh with a Penis Colada.

So what are you waiting for? Go and get your booze on... 


(makes 1 serving)

  • 8 to 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 lime wedges or 4 ounces (1⁄2 cup) fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white superfine sugar
  • 11⁄2 ounces white rum
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces (1⁄2 cup) chilled club soda Lime wheel, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the mint leaves, lime wedges or juice, sugar, and rum. Add a cup of ice, pour in the club soda, and shake. Strain into a tall Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel. 



Student Cuddles for Cash

Playing Spoons

Student Cuddles for Cash

This may well be the saddest thing I've ever heard. Or in the past month  at least. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Are you a fan of spooning? Who doesn't like a good cuddle every now and then, right? Well, if you tune into Dragon's Den regularly, you'll know that anything can be turned into a business plan. Including snuggling?

For a fee, a 29-year-old grad student from Penfield, New York will provide you with a snuggle service. 

As the sole founder and snugglee (or is it snuggler?) of the Snuggery, Jacqueline Samuel "aims to make the world a gentler place, one snuggle at a time.” But curling up with her warm youthful bod doesn't come cheap. An hour and a half will set you back $90.

“Everyone keeps asking how I came up with the idea,” said Samuel. “There’s no other answer except that I just have always really liked to cuddle. It just makes you feel good.”

The service claims to be distinctly hands-off and asexual. But let's be honest. There are a lot of lonely (and horny) people out there. The fact remains that Samuel's clientele mainly comprise middle-aged business men, who do tend to mix the cuddle session with a bit of talk therapy, even though she is not a qualified therapist.

“Men just feel more comfortable paying for a service like this," admits Samuel. I’ve thought about offering a male snuggler for women – I just haven’t gotten to that yet.”

Is the snuggle service altruistic, or is Samuel simply playing the innocent tease?