Saturday, November 28, 2009

L'ode to rugby

ast night I found myself at Stade Jean Bouin to watch Stade Francais play Stade Toulon. There are many reasons that I have fallen in love iwth rugby since being here. But this photo really sums up the most important of the reasons:

Who wears short-shorts? Rugby players wear short-shorts. And pink, in the case of Stade Francais. Then they get really violent with absolutely no padding, and run around kicking the crap out of each other for an hour and a half. And people pay money to see it, and it's fantastic!

(Photo: Presse Sports, by way of Stade Francais website)

And then they do things like scrum. It's funny because on the way to the game last night in the metro, we were discussing the female equivalent of porn. We came up with ice cream. But obviously, the answer was right in front of us. Rugby. No other game in the world combines pink short-shorts with bleeding from the head and calls it a good time.

[Photo: Independent (U.K.)]

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