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There are websites out there where you can pay money to see pictures of the genitalia of jocks. Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, not satisfied with that antiquated business model, has taken it to a new level. He's giving it away for free.

I wasn't going to say anything about it, because I dig Cooley, and I didn't want to embarrass the guy further. But since it's the #1 headline on Sports Illustrated's NFL page right now, I probably can't do any further damage.

Here's what happened, via the much admired DC Sports Bog. Cooley wanted to make a post about gameplanning for the Saints, which included a quiz that certain Redskins players were required to take regarding the Saints defense. He put the quiz in his lap and took a picture of it. Normally, his brother Tanner looks things over before they go live, but in this case, Tanner was on the road and couldn't. So Chris made the post.

Oh, and he did all of this nude.

So on his website (the post has been since removed), he ended up showing off "The Cooley Zone" in its entirety.

Deadspin posted it yesterday, unsure if it was an accident or something Cooley did intentionally as a goof. As an athlete-blogger, he's been remarkably free with himself, so it didn't seem completely out of the question. But as it turns out, he never intended to be quite that free with himself.

It's not the first time that a fellow has accidentally posted a picture of his downstairs region on the internet (for some reason, this never seems to happen to women). More examples, mostly eBay-related, can be found here (obviously, there's nudity at that link).

Hopefully, this incident won't discourage other athletes from becoming independent, free-thinking bloggers like Cooley. As a veteran of the blog game, I can promise you that it is possible to blog for a long time with no one ever seeing your naughty bits.

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