Huge Athletes Making Things Look Small
“Hey, that guy’s not that big.”
Every sports fan does it from time to time—size up some average-looking guy on the field and decide you’re their size or bigger.
That will not happen in this slideshow.
The following are men and women who look big on television, but their true enormity can only be appreciated when the right photograph puts it into context.
They are big. They are tall. They are huge athletes making things look small.
Yao Ming Next to J.J. Watt
J.J. Watt is 6’5”, 295 pounds. He is a large man.
Yao Ming, however, is 7’6” and looks like a father dropping his son off for his first day of high school.
Another thing to ogle at is Ming’s sweater, which I believe is a “Size: Drapery” quarter-zip by Polo Ralph Lauren.
Bryant McKinnie and Friends
“Hey ladies, want to go to my place and watch TV on the couch that is my torso?”
Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie is part tractor, part human bean bag chair and 100 percent ginormous.
If you can get past this 6’8”, 360-pound human being, you deserve to sack the quarterback.
Mamadou Ndiaye and This High School Opponent
He recently accepted a scholarship at UC-Irvine, but for the last several years, Mamadou Ndiaye has spent his time being the ridiculously tall player who unfairly destroys your little high school basketball team.
The Senegalese teenager stands 7'5" and played ball for the Brethren Christian School basketball team in Huntington Beach, CA., where he utterly annihilated the competition.
But just because he's tall and dominant, doesn't mean he can't come down and listen to short folks on occasion.
Image via KeystoneUSA-ZUMA
John Taylor and Daughter
They call him “The House,” and somehow it almost doesn’t do him justice.
Think about that.
Image via New York Times
Shaq and Sir Charles Dwarfing Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson eloquently explained this picture he took with Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley when he tweeted the following:
“I’m a 6’4 260lb man. Look at this visual.. now imagine being on the court vs Sir Charles & @SHAQ #GameOverSon.”
When The Rock feels small next to you, you’re one big side of beef.
Konishiki Yasokichi Facing off Against Other Sumo Wrestler
Konishiki Yasokichi was the biggest sumo wrestler to ever strap on the mawashi (the diaper-belt worn by wrestlers in competition).
At his largest, Yasokichi weighed 630 pounds at height of his career, earning him the nickname “The Dump Truck.”
I'm not a betting man, but if I were, I'd wager a king's ransom that Yasokichi consumed this unknown challenger like a man eating a lukewarm McRib sandwich.
In other words, quickly and while crying inside.
Manute Bol Next to Muggsy Bogues
At 7’7”, Manute Bol was the tallest man to ever play in the NBA.
He wasn't the best player to ever suit up for the game, but Bol left us a priceless gift—this image with the shortest player in NBA history, Muggsy Bogues, who stood a meager 5’3.”
While Bol has since shed this mortal coil and gone up to the Big & Tall store in the sky, his son, Bol Bol, is 6’5” and showing promise as one of the premier middle school ballplayers in the nation.
Sun MingMing Holding Chris Tucker
Normal Facts: Sun MingMing is a Chinese basketball player who formerly made an attempt to play in the NBA.
Ridiculous Facts: MingMing is 7’9”, 390 pounds and wears a size 20 sneaker. He is the tallest professional basketball player to ever play in any league.
The giant man also played a bit role as a karate acolyte in Rush Hour 3, where he picked up Chris Tucker (6’0”) like a toy poodle and waved him around.
Image via New Line Cinema
Kristof Van Hout and This Soccer Goal
Kristof Van Hout is a tall glass of goalie.
The Belgian keeper is the tallest professional soccer player in the game, standing a brown bear-ish 6’10.”
If he can’t reach the ball, it’s not going in the goal.
Terrell Brown and the Water Boy
At 6’10, 403 pounds, St. Louis rookie Terrell Brown is an oversized vending machine with arms.
The offensive lineman might be the biggest player in the NFL, and this water boy’s only option is to feed him hydration like a baby giraffe.
Yao Ming and a Referee
Say that again, Mr. Referee?
Yao Ming (7'6") is listening, he just couldn’t hear you from down there.
Hong-Man Choi in the Ring
Like any fighting sport, mixed martial arts favors men with reach.
That being said, Hong-Man Choi (7’2”, 350 pounds) could probably strike you from halfway across the ring with one of his gigantic limbs.
If only he could deliver those strikes of his a touch quicker.
Gheorghe Muresan and This Doorway
The door frames most humans walk through on a daily basis were not built for parade floats, stair cars and guys like former Bullets big man Gheorghe Muresan (7’7”).
We all wish were a little taller and/or were ballers, but don’t take your normal height for granted. A life lived without the crippling fear of overhangs is a fulfilling one.
Nikolai Valuev Towering over David Haye
This is Nikolai Valuev, the 7'0" Beast From the East. He is tall, he is ugly and he is one of the few boxers out there who could make the 6'3" David Haye look like a pomeranian.
The two faced off in the ring in 2009, with Haye emerging the victor after a points decision, despite Valuev's insane eight inch reach advantage.
[Insert David vs. Goliath comparison here]
Image via AP
Tyson Chandler and This Olympic Bed
There’s tall, and then there’s "LoL ur tall."
Tyson Chandler is the latter of these two sizes, and his 7’1” frame sprawled over the 5’8” mattresses in the Olympic Village at the 2012 London Summer Games made for quite the hilarious sight.
According to math, 20 percent of Chandler’s 85-inch body would hang off his bed if he slept on this mattress. Not the most refreshing way to rest up for competition.
Zdeno Chara and Nathan Gerbe
If a ferret ever played hockey against a hamster, it would look a lot like this.
Buffalo Sabres winger Nathan Gerbe is 5’5'', which makes him the ideal player to put next to the 6’9” destroyer that is the Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara.
Shawn Bradley and Company
“Private! Get Bradley up here! We’ve got grenades to throw and that lengthy freak is like a human trebuchet!”
This is a picture of former NBA legend Shawn Bradley (7'6") standing in military fatigues, presumably visiting with troops overseas who desperately need the sight of a comically oversized human being to bring them happiness.
Frank Szczepanik and Teammates
Malgorzata Dydek and This Fan
The late Malgorzata Dydek was the tallest person to ever play in the WNBA, towering over the league at an unmistakable 7'2".
This man appears equal parts impressed and glad he'll never have to drive into the paint against her.