RUGBY, THE MANLIEST OF SPORTS
Rugby is the most manly of sports. Shorts, t-shirt, and shoes are all the protection they wear.
"If you don't go in hard, it's not a tackle, it's an insult."
There isn't much grace oar style to the game. It's largely stomp . . .
and grab . . .
and tackle . . .
"Thought ya was home free, didn't ya. Well, think again, ya ding-bat!"
Sometimes deception is graceful
and escape is grand.
Sometimes there is the rare chance to run unimpeded
and the experience seems filled with terror and joy.
There are these odd towers that happen from time to time during the game
and they look like manly fun.
This will give you an idea how the tower are formed.
I will not even begin to describe the mysteries of the "scrum", which happens at odd moments during the game, and which never seems to satisfy the referee, who requires them to be built over and over.
And finally, there is, sometimes, friend and foe at your feet, the perfect satisfaction of victory.
Rugby is related Red Rover Red Rover, which we would play as children.
Which one were you?
Fifty years ago, every filling station, mechanic's shop, lumber yard, cotton gin -- every establishment where women weren't expected to go, had calendars showing the Vargas Girls . . .
or perhaps Betty Garble or Lana Turner.
There have been changes in the last half-century. Naturally you would expect me to applaud the changes, but you can't reasonably expect all Ruggers in France, Australia, and even Vancouver to share my interests, and a quick glance at google shows that at least those places have calendars like the French ones below.
These come from a calendar done up by French national rugby champions.
Well, maybe some day.
Lest you think only Frenchmen are odd, here are some other rugby players from
Meanwhile, here are the Cowboys, beloved by all sentient beings, in practice uniform, for comparison.
This is about as intimate as North American footballers get in public . . .
Our firefighters have calendars showing lots of skin but little touching . . .
and our Marines have calendars that sell to benefit wounded vets . . .
Australian Rules Football doesn't count: it is not played by human beings. More on that later.
North American footballers prudery is a puzzle. Anybody propose a solution?