Dad Protects Son
It’s not surprising this photo of Shaun Cunningham and his son at a baseball game went viral a while ago. As a bat flew out of the hands of Pittsburgh outfielder Danny Ortiz and towards them, Cunningham instinctively thrust out his arm, deflecting its trajectory and preventing his son from being clobbered in the face. His son, who was busy texting, looked up to see his father’s arm between him and the flying bat.
Take a good look over the right shoulder of the girl in the photo. It’s a bad move to take a selfie at a baseball park while facing away from the field. You probably want to shout a warning to her right now as if it will make her realize what’s heading towards her. That smile could be wiped off her face in a few seconds.
Stare that ball down!
Staring down a table tennis ball before hitting it seems to be an essential part of the game of table tennis. This player’s bent arms and bent right hand with spread fingers, make him look almost frog-like as he concentrates before pouncing on the ball. His determined expression convinces you that he will manage to whack that ball back over the net.
Dance with a ball
When it’s well played, soccer is said to be like a dance with a ball. Rigor, precision, elegance, and talent are all words that can be used to describe soccer and dance moves. The soccer players in this photo, however, dance more like a pair of flying jumping jacks as they vie for the ball. This is a dance of widespread arms and legs and comical facial expressions.
Bull Throws Rider
This bull rider is obviously no stranger to concussions and close encounters with dirt. His face shows expectation of the pain to come. The bull looks on complacently as the rider heads down to the dirt, with his hat still on his head and his boots in the air. We can’t help hoping he’ll be able to get his hand down first so that he doesn’t land directly on his head.
Tough Female Wrestlers
If you thought ‘you hit like a girl’ was an insult, this photo makes it look like a compliment. The expression of the UFC fighter in the grip of the other woman says it all. She appears to be in agony as she takes a blow to the side of her face. She looks as though she’s just been given a serious neck adjustment.
This powerfully built guy on his wakeboard looks into the eyes of his mirror image, perfectly formed in the clear water. It’s a perfect symphony of icy blues and whites, down to his gear and his board. The arc of crystal water surging over his head forms a great backdrop to what appears to be two brawny men about to collide.
Tie up that hair!
There’s a reason why people who compete in sports make sure their hair is tied up and out of the way. They don’t want it to interfere with their performance and get caught in their equipment. This woman is still intensely focused on lifting that barbell, despite the fact that she probably can’t see a thing through the tangle of hair over her face.
Put It, Don’t Throw It
The first events that were like the shotput we know today probably took place in competitions in the Middle Ages when soldiers threw cannonballs. A key factor in this Olympian sport is that the shot has to be put, not thrown. To make sure of this, shot putters keep the ball close to the chin in all movements before it is released. Here we have a photo that captures the essence of this centuries-old sport.
In this photo, the baseball player’s eyes are apprehensively focused on an oncoming ball. One can’t help wondering what he’s thinking as the ball hurtles towards him. It’s so close to his head you know it’s about to smack him in the face – something that could be very painful indeed when it’s approaching at such a speed.
Hovering Superman Style
Dennis Rodham appears to hover above the basketball court as he reaches for this ball. One can’t help imagining what happened directly after this photograph. Did he come down hard on that unforgiving floor? Or did he manage to come out of his flying superman move by protecting himself in some extraordinary way?
Baseball Bat Magic
Alex Rodriques, former Yankee, is known for his prowess with a baseball bat. In this photo, he seems to be making the bat hover in the air well away from either of his outstretched arms. Rodriques retired from the game just four home runs shy of 700. Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth are the only players to have topped him on the all-time home run list.
A Startling Scissor Kick
Christiano Ronaldo has some impressive skills, including his famous scissor kick. In this photo, his right leg points straight up in the air with his body parallel to the ground. It’s no wonder his opponent felt he had to shield his face – he was not quite sure where those flying legs were going.