ESPN Body Issue 2013: Oddest Photos from Newest Edition

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 11, 2013

If you haven't heard, the new "Body Issue" from ESPN The Magazine recently came out.

Annually celebrating some of the world's greatest bodies in sports, the issue has become a worldwide hit, inspiring overweight fans everywhere to get up and do something with their lives (or something like that).

However, despite the greatest efforts of some of the best photographers in the world, not every photo shoot is a ringing success.

Here are some of the oddest photos to grace this year's edition of the popular issue.

*All photos via ESPN The Magazine


Burgers In Frigid Temperatures? Why Not?

OK, so snowboarder Elena Hight looks cute in this picture, but, c'mon, why would you barbecue naked in frigid temperatures? I would not be smiling like that if I was in the same predicament...unless the burger was really, really good.



With the way the water is exploding around Giancarlo Stanton here, you would think he was some kind of superhero. I remember one water-based superhero—his name was Aquaman, and nobody paid much attention to him. This idea was worth a shot, I suppose. I would still rather see a picture of Stanton smashing through a brick wall with a baseball bat, though.


Tennis Balls In the Water

OK, so Agnieszka Radwanska is hanging out at the swimming pool with a bunch of tennis balls in the water. I don't get it. I mean, I'm sure she can afford to go to a tennis court, given she's a top-ranked player on the circuit. Maybe Stanton fetches tennis balls for her after battling his foes in the swimming pool?

Score another for Aquaman.


Vernon Davis

This photo is too funny for words, but I'm going to give it my best shot. First of all, I'm pretty sure this was my reaction when I got a bunch of footballs as a kid. Except I wasn't naked (I think) and I didn't have any tattoos (yet).

If you grabbed a picture of Davis receiving his first footballs as a child and lined it up with this picture, he probably would have the same expression on his face. He probably would be just as ripped, too, because I'm pretty sure that dude has never looked bad.



Room Service Anyone?

Bio: Matt Harvey, RHP, New York Mets. Likes long walks on the beach, room service and walking around naked in hallways with a guilty expression on his face. Few hitters have been able to connect cleanly on Harvey's pitches this season—he owns a 2.35 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with 147 strikeouts in 130 innings pitched. Little did batters know Harvey's secret recipe: beer and greasy food in the wee hours of the morning.



This Guy

John Wall, PG, Washington Wizards. Also known as this guy. This has to be some kind of joke, right? I will say, it made me laugh pretty hard. It also looks like he could be packaged up in a box and put in a toy store. Except it would be a really creepy toy store not meant for children...or anyone, for that matter.


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