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October 10, 2010

The Sporting World's Dark Secret: Everyone Poops: Though you may recall a few incidents involving marathon runners, shit happens in football, auto racing, basketball and surfing too, according to ESPN the Magazine. Ironman triathlete Julie Moss became legendary for what happened on the final hill of the 1982 race in the black mountains of Kona, Hawaii. "The torrent breached her dainty, light-blue running shorts and moved down her legs, where the hot, acidic fecal matter stung her skin and the putrid stench tattooed the inside of her nostrils."

posted by rcade to general at 05:30 PM - 7 comments

The article states that it's our evolutionary instinct to avoid poop, or even the topic. But why is it we're so fascinated by it? Or maybe I just speak for myself...

posted by jdefauw at 12:44 AM on October 11

That was a really shitty thing to post.

posted by worldcup2002 at 02:10 AM on October 11

All jokes aside, if you read just one poop related sports story this year, read this one. Its funny, fascinating and surprisingly humane.

posted by Joey Michaels at 05:01 AM on October 11

I hate to admit it, but this was a rather interesting story to uhmmm, pass along.

posted by NerfballPro at 08:56 AM on October 11

The article states that it's our evolutionary instinct to avoid poop, or even the topic. But why is it we're so fascinated by it? Or maybe I just speak for myself...

I've heard the theory that on its way out a good solid poop gives the prostate a nice rub, which is quite a pleasant feeling and can lead to a good solid poop nap, among other things. Supposedly this occasional prostate tickle is a gateway to the funnybone, and may explain some of the thrill of the potty joke.

Next time you power out a good solid poop, think of your most recent prostate massage, you'll see.

posted by Hugh Janus at 09:06 AM on October 11

I prefer in those circumstances to think of England.

posted by rcade at 09:46 AM on October 11

I prefer in those circumstances to think of England.

Perfection.

if you read just one poop related sports story this year

Personally, I don't set annual minimums for that category of content.

Nonetheless, I dove in. A pretty well done piece in most respects, except that the author seems mesmerized by the topic itself to a degree that may be unbalanced.

He's wrong about the Uta Pippig case. She had a different and perhaps more difficult challenge. It was menstrual in nature. She used that word herself in a post-race interview.

Fortunately, the crew at the finish line did a decent job. They covered her with a towel and kept the press at bay for a few moments as best they could until she could begin to collect herself. The TV cameras respectfully only showed her upper body for that period of time. I think Pippig was able to enjoy about as much dignity as one could hope for under the circumstances.

posted by beaverboard at 11:45 AM on October 11

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