The Many Ways The Media Gets Around Saying [Groin] By Kyle Wagner [FiveThirtyEight] It’s the oldest laugh in sports: Some poor schmoe takes a sports ball to the crotch, keels over and, once we’re reasonably sure no lasting damage has been done, the TV announcers deadpan some dad jokes while the camera pans around to giggling teammates. It’s as much a familiar sports yuk as other not-all-that-uncommon oddities, like a field player on the mound or the fat guy touchdown, only with funnier GIFs. At least, that’s how things work when the hit comes in a relatively low-stakes setting. But what happens when the stakes are raised? And just as important, when reporters are forced to write about sportsmen kicking each other in the nuts, what do they write? This week has provided some answers.
Have you ever wondered just how Sherlock Holmes got information out of the people he spoke with? Well, wonder no more!
We had a great Obit post yesterday and a great post on the music video work of Michel Gondry. Why not join the two? After all, he was one of the great pioneers and innovators of the format and worked with some of the great film and art directors there were... Here's The complete videography of Michael Jackson to enjoy for your weekend. Actual videos inside: [more inside]
Talk about a sexually uncomfortable working environment. Oh my.
Testicular protection for the 21st century... (via Deadspin) (embedded video) Seen previously here, but marketed with much more enthusiasm this time around.
Feeling a little stressed? Maybe all you need are some Nuts In Your Mouth. Not quite as embarrassing as unprovoked Sweatpant Boners (they know what's up). For more information on crotch-themed rock, perhaps Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles can help. OK, how about Destruct-A-Thon? Oh, and before I forget to mention it, Gardy-Loo! (If you know what that means, you will.)