With today being the 40th Annual running of the New York City Marathon I thought that today would be the perfect day to pay tribute to one of the most under appreciated specimens in sports. No, I’m not talking about flip sunglasses made popular by baseball players and Kadeem Hardison.
When you think about it, short shorts have had a major impact on every major sport and even the not so major ones.
I want to start with maybe one of the most famous athletes ever known to dawn the leg revealing wonders, John Stockton. Not only is Johnny a great candidate to sport the shorts, but he also holds the NBA records for career assists and steals. All of which was done with a 3-inch inseam.
Even Chris Cooley, the Washington Redskins tight end, sported the short shorts at mini-camp this summer to really show off his, well, tight end.
Baseball isn’t even immune to the short shorts infection. Take the 1976 Chicago White Sox for example. They decided to wear los pantalones cortos for the season and only finished 6th in the American League West.
Sadly, they realized how dumb they looked and went back to pants the next season.
And then there’s Richard Simmons.
You can’t forget about the Kenyans.
But short shorts aren’t the only species of clothing that get flack.
Now, I want to say, as a runner, spandex is one of the most comfortable things in the world. If it was socially acceptable for men to wear only spandex as everyday clothing, I would. But for some reason only girls in UGG boots are allowed.
Wrestlers are made fun of all the time. “Haha! You wear tight clothes and roll around with other men!” Ya it’s easy to make fun of wrestling if you’re not involved. How would you feel if this guy was trying to pin you?
Now I might have left something out and if I did I apologize. But remember, Meb Keflezighi won the Men’s New York Marathon today running it in 2 hours 9 minutes and 15 seconds. That means he averaged a 4 minute 56 second mile for 26.2 miles.
“Could I do that for even 1 mile?”