Love her or hate her, when it comes to Sarah Palin, one thing is certain: Everyone has an opinion about her politics and personality. Well, now we can all have a slightly more educated opinion of her much ballyhooed state championship high school basketball career at Wasilla (Alaska) High, thanks to a photo that emerged from the Sports Illustrated Vault Tuesday on Twitter.As you can see to your right, Palin -- she's No. 22 on the far right -- seems to be trying to box out a very, very tall opponent behind her. Or, perhaps she's trying to let East High know that their football team scored a touchdown, as the Vault's Andy Gray suggested. Either way, it's not quite picture-perfect defense. Or picture-perfect anything, for that matter.
Other important info gleaned from that photo: Evidently Palin was the only Alaska girls basketball player in the '80s who wasn't wearing adidas. Who knew? Also, Wasilla High wore particularly unflattering socks. Seriously, a thick color chunk between thin white stripes on top and bottom? Ouch.
In all honestly, when combined with another former hoops photo of the erstwhile vice-presidential candidate, we can tell that she really loved to use her length on both defense and the break.
To be fair, Palin also seemed to have a pretty great instinct for finding the ball, even if her attempts to crash in on a shooter or dribbler were sometimes a touch late, as the photo from the Vault showcases.
In fact, the most notable photo of Bristol Palin playing basketball -- the shot you see to the right -- first mistakenly identified Bristol Palin as Sarah Palin herself. Oops!
Will we ever truly learn if Sarah Palin was a female Steve Nash? Probably not. OK, to be fair, we can be pretty sure she wasn't a female Steve Nash. Yet even if we can't officially put that speed-passing concept to bed, at least we now can rest easy knowing that she played some mean defense, even if she once was a little too worked up about boxing out an opponent who may or may not have been behind her.
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