Putting the pull back in polo?
Today we have what may be the mother of all editions of our popular regular feature, “Stuff Maybe We Should Have Mentioned in the Photo Caption, but didn’t.”
What you’re seeing here are photos from our coverage of the recent European Water Polo Championships in Zagreb.
Amazingly, none of the actual captions found room to mention that a tactic of the women’s games appears to be pulling your opponent’s swimsuit down to expose, you know, lots of stuff.
As usual, I’ve had to employ irritating rectangular bars in these photos to protect my readers. But rest assured, without the bars you’d be seeing a whole lot more here than water polo.
I have no way of knowing whether this is par for the course in this sport, or an unusual level of such exposure.
The cynic in me says this was orchestrated in a blatant attempt to leapfrog over soccer, football and baseball and make women’s water polo the world’s most popular sporting event overnight.
The only other explanation I can think of, given our cavalier approach to the number of photos like this, is that these are actually the more conservative shots from the matches, as opposed to all the others, where entire swimsuits were pulled off in a frantic polo-induced frenzy.
Top: Ildiko Toth (R) of Hungary fights for a ball with Matilde Ortiz of Spain during their European Water Polo Championships preliminary match in Zagreb, September 2, 2010.
Left: Claudia Blomenkamp of Germany (L) fights for the ball with Lorana Miranda of Spain during their European Water Polo Championships preliminary match in Zagreb August 31, 2010.
Claudia Blomenkamp of Germany (R) fights for a ball with Blanca Gil of Spain during their European Water Polo Championships preliminary match in Zagreb August 31,2010.
REUTERS photos by Laszlo Balogh