April 29, 2008
Tiger Woods redefined the way golfers should look. NFL teams want their head coaches to look more like Mike Tomlin and less like Andy Reid. Heck, even poker players believe that being in better shape will increase one's odds at the table. Yes, the sports gut is a dying breed.
Luckily, we have baseball as one of the lone celebrants of the majesty that is a well-formed belly. Painstakingly created by irregular schedules, postgame spreads filled with temptation and lots of time just sitting on a bench, baseball bellies are a mark of distinction, a trophy for lifetime service.
Combine those stomachs with ill-fitting baseball uniforms and it makes for a great weekly quiz here on the Stew. The inaugural class is listed in increasing order of difficulty, so feel free to post your guesses below.
And lest you believe that we're trying to poke fun at those featured, be assured that's not the case. Since we're working on a nice little blogger belly ourselves, each set is presented with the utmost admiration.
UPDATE: The answers have been posted.