Athletes Who Are Way Too Happy to Have Their Pics Snapped

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2013

Athletes Who Are Way Too Happy to Have Their Pics Snapped

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    There have been plenty of times when I absolutely know I should not be standing in front of a camera lens for a picture.

    Most of these times are between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m., double fisting a few drinks and making some ridiculous gesture or face towards the photographer.

    As much as I regret my actions the next day once the pics are up on Facebook, they fail to reach the same level of an athlete who's doing the same.

    It's unfair, but sports fans either love or hate ridiculous photos of athletes, arguing that they're either really awkward, or just down right crazy.

    That's what this slideshow's about, so get ready to remember these pics for your mental photo album.

Josh Reddick

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    The Oakland Athletics might be surprising some on the field (as usual) again this season, finding themselves atop the AL West standings, but if you saw right fielder Josh Reddick's spring training pics, you probably could have guessed it'd be a fun year for them.

    Reddick jacked 32 homers last year, so he had plenty to be happy about heading into this season.

    And though he's struggling so far in '13, he still has an epic beard—and these awesome pics—for posterity.

     

Carlos Gomez

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    In all honesty, who the hell wouldn't want their picture taken when blowing a bubble as big as Brewers All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez did?

    Looking towards the camera with a sort of, "Look Mom, I did it," kind of face, the 27-year-old showed that he can act just as young as a middle-schooler.

    We can't see his mouth, but you can tell he's pretty happy with his accomplishment.

LeBron James

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    Think four-time league MVP and back-to-back NBA champ LeBron James enjoyed his time in front of the camera here?

    As part of the epic photobombing he and his Heat teammates did last season, James stepped up his game in snatching the spotlight from teammate Ray Allen following a win over Orlando.

    For someone who has been photographed and told how to act publicly since he was a mid-teen, Bron sure doesn't let him avoid the camera when he can.

Aaron Rodgers

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    Packers All-World quarterback might have millions of dollars, work his ass off to stay a top-3 quarterback in the league and take the game pretty seriously, but he shows before each game that he's got a lighter side to him as well.

    Thanks to his pregame ritual of photobombing his team's selected captains, Rodgers shows that QBs really do need to be the most talked about guys on the team—even if the game hasn't even started yet.

     

Kevin Love

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    It may have been unfortunate for Wolves (and basketball fans in general) to see power forward Kevin Love sit in all but 18 games last season.

    While NBA fans missed out on seeing one of the best players in the game, we didn't get deprived of some unbelievable photos that Love posted all over his Instagram.

    With a bunch of time on his hands, Kevin took advantage of the opportunity in finding the camera a lot—and we should be thankful for that.

Shaun White

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    Action sports star Shaun White seems like he lives a pretty fun life.

    So while he earns plenty of attention—if not all of it—at any event that goes on for the extreme games, White doesn't mind dropping in unexpectedly sometimes either.

    That's what he did here, back during the 2010 Olympics on a poor reporter just trying to do her job.

Yasiel Puig

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    I can't really tell if Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig is excited, nervous, or just plain embarrassed to be in this picture holding a big bobblehead of teammate Adrian Gonzalez and his own big face?

    Either way, it seems to be extremely awkward, so I just had to add it in here.

    Luckily, Puig's hitting the cover off the ball, so not too many people even noticed it.

Ray Whitney

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    Dallas Stars winger Ray Whitney might be one of the oldest guys in the NHL, but that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to act childish every now and then.

    As one of the best photobombers in the league, Whitney will always find his way behind the back of an unassuming teammate to grab the attention from him.

    I'd say he's pretty photogenic.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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    Most of us know that boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn't shy when voicing his opinions to someone else.

    It can be about another boxer, the amount of money he has or just random things that run through his head that he, like the rest of us, toss up on Twitter.

    So naturally, Mayweather Jr. goes out of his way to love the spotlight more than the average person, often showing just how great his millionaire life is.

     

Ryan Lochte

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    Dammit.

    I told myself I never again wanted to write the name Ryan Lochte again, but alas, here is the Olympic medal-winning swimmer on my list.

    It's pretty self-explanatory as to why Lochte finds his way here—he's an attention whore—doing everything and anything he can to find himself in front of a camera.

Patrick Kane

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    I wrote yesterday about how Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane should be thought of as one of the biggest winners in sports today, and this picture of him celebrating his most recent Stanley Cup title proves why.

    The dude wins in every sense of the word.

    People partying with horse heads have become a common trend over the past couple years, but leave it to 'Kaner' to be the first known athlete to go horse-faced nuts and rage into the night after a championship.

    The dude welcomes any photographer to snap him.

Kobe Bryant

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    I can't even explain the embarrassment that I personally felt when first seeing these pictures of Lakers stud Kobe Bryant.

    Taken for an interview/shoot with LA Times Magazine in 2010, Kobe displays his inner, whatever the hell you want to call this ability, to look absolutely ridiculous for every single human being who sees him.

    Openly agreeing to this proves that he both a) doesn't give a rat's ass about what other people think and b) clearly is excited to have the camera on him.

Alex Rodriguez

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    To this day, I still can't get over how self-involved Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is in these pictures snapped of him for Details mag in 2009.

    Did he really think that doing stretches in an abandoned room, lying down on a mattress would be a good thing for his career?

    If so, that definitely explains a hell of a lot.

Rob Gronkowski

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    As you'll find out with my No. 1 athlete on this list, Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski will also never turn down the opportunity to pose for the camera.

    Pics with his shirt off at bars, amongst female fans or just partying in different parts of the globe are never news anymore—since they seem to happen all the time.

Johnny Manziel

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    Just go ahead and decide which photos you think Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel enjoyed taking the most?

    Because based on what I've seen, anytime there's a camera in front of him, he flashes a bright smile and welcomes the trigger to be snapped.

    Whether it's his partying in Cabo for Spring Break, or flashing his winnings at a casino, 'Johnny Football' just loves showing everything going on in his life.