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The NFL, NBA, and MLB are dead to me after being on life-support for decades, but in their place I have found a new spectator sport.

A pole and a ponytail and thighs that could crush a bull. What’s not to like? Although it is early days as a fan for me, I’m still thinking of throwing my support to the Italians. Change my mind.

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  • Norskeguy October 1, 2020, 9:43 AM

    What is it with women athletes’ sportswear, or rather lack of sportswear? Everyone loves the semi-naked beach volleyball players, but it seems all women athletes are now competing for how small an outfit they can squeeze into. Does a thong really allow them to run faster at a track meet? Is it not uncomfortable to have your underwear stuffed up your butt?

  • John Venlet October 1, 2020, 9:46 AM

    I’ll make no attempt to change your mind in regards to whom to root for, but only note that you neglected to mention anything about these young ladies ability to grip a pole. Ahem.

  • Vanderleun October 1, 2020, 9:51 AM

    John, to that I must avert my eyes. Trying to keep it clean here. Change my mind.

    Norskeguy, the glory of Spandex is that it both stretches and snaps back.

  • Kevin in PA October 1, 2020, 9:56 AM

    “Does a thong really allow them to run faster at a track meet? ”

    I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that it does. Wear anything you find comfortable…..or nothing at all if that enhances performance.

    “Is it not uncomfortable to have your underwear stuffed up your butt?”

    There are sacrifices that must be made for this art form and for these competitors to achieve greatness. Let us keep things in perspective.

    Gerard, Please advise when the next Women’s Pole Vaulting series arrives. I must also concur that the Italian team demonstrates a certain grace and style to put them above all the rest! Bravo!

  • John Venlet October 1, 2020, 10:21 AM

    Gerard, I’ll once again make no attempt to change your mind in regards to running a clean ship. I like it that I can send my 88 year old mother to your place to visit, even if a bit of innuendo occasionally graces these pages.

  • WDS October 1, 2020, 10:49 AM

    Far more refreshing than watching an extra shiny Mao Tse LeBron lumber up and down the court.
    Sorry for the visual.

  • Gordon Scott October 1, 2020, 11:14 AM

    IIRC, didn’t the original Olympians perform nude? Of course, that was all men.

    But in my experience, if you give an 18 year old girl an opportunity to exhibit, she’s going to take it up.

    And none of those gals was worried about a bit of flab. In fact, I think one could crush walnuts on their bellies, as one may notice the abdominal exertion as they push upward at the top of the pole extension. The flips on landing are no more than the pole vault version of that Aussie sprinter who would bounce around before getting into the blocks. “Look at me! I’m legal, pretty and fit!” In her case, the sidelong looks from the other gals suggests that there was a bit of intimidation at play.

  • James ONeil October 1, 2020, 11:14 AM

    Can thonged girls run faster? We have a right to know. Any grant writers out there? 😉

  • jwm October 1, 2020, 11:21 AM

    AHH, Spandex. There are those who can, and those who shouldn’t.
    Unfortunately, the shouldn’ts seldom get the message.


  • Bill Chunko October 1, 2020, 11:47 AM

    Yep, they’re pretty spectacular! I caught on to this a few years ago. I was going to link the second video for you before I clicked on the “read more” button. But then I saw you already had found it!

  • tim October 1, 2020, 12:24 PM

    “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports…”

    These gals obviously need some encouragement, maybe a pat on the fanny.

    I vote to ban Norskeguy for a couple days, we don’t need that kind’a negativity around here.

  • ghostsniper October 1, 2020, 1:03 PM

    All of them were 8 or better. Clearly, underlandscaping is mandatory. They need to, early in the launch, get their feets together and keep them together. Compress their weight along a center axis, become the tip of the spear. I can think of worse things to watch.

  • Rob Muir October 1, 2020, 1:25 PM

    I can’t really argue with you, Gerard. Let me add that I’ve been tracking women’s long jump for the past several years. I’m fascinated by Ivana Spanovic and her mesmerizing abs. Also the beautiful Jazmin Sawyers and Darya Klishina. There are definitely alternatives to the woke sports.

  • The Universal Spectator October 1, 2020, 2:55 PM

    Who needs Major League Baseball…?

  • Bones October 1, 2020, 3:04 PM


    I’m with you, 100%. Count me in.

  • John the River October 1, 2020, 5:24 PM

    Is it Sweeps Week?

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  • brian October 1, 2020, 5:48 PM

    Way better than multimillionaires taking a knee!

  • Margot October 1, 2020, 6:48 PM

    These are the # me-tooers, “I can wear as little as possible, but you men better not say a word!”

  • Terry October 1, 2020, 6:57 PM

    These girls are true athletes. Not showoff fluff and tattoo fake breasted idiots. I enjoy watching dedicated athletes compete. Of course I do like to see some skin in the game.

    When I competed in track there were no women. Probably a good thing due to my easily distracted brain and eyes.

  • ghostsniper October 1, 2020, 7:03 PM

    HA! Good point Terry. I hadn’t even noticed the lack of tattoos until you mentioned it.

  • leelu October 2, 2020, 4:25 AM

    Having been a swimmer as an ‘athlete’, I’ve always favored women’s high dive.
    But women’s pole vault could be interesting.

  • Nobody Atall October 2, 2020, 6:43 AM

    Watching anyone wear a thong gives me the shivers. However, I love to see the ladies who attend to their form, not only on the up-and-over, but also on the downside, adding elegance to sheer athleticism. The apex of beauty.

  • Juliette October 2, 2020, 7:19 AM

    Even when I was young and had a body like that, I didn’t have a body like *that*. God bless them for their talent, beauty, and grace. (and oh, to be young again and make better choices. Fewer candy bars, more curl-ups.)

  • Dirk October 2, 2020, 7:58 AM

    Sports is dead, to us, good riddance. Men who look like girls, and girls who look suspiously like men, wellllll, I still partake in motocross, a manly sport thus far. Give it time, the homo’s the queers,,the asexual will screw that up as well.

    I’m pleased that “bubba “,fishing hasn’t gone the way of the fairy! I’d be in deep deep dodo!. Hey it’s that or, lord of the rings for the 6thousanth time.

    Go Beavers!, oops.


  • Vanderleun October 2, 2020, 8:58 AM

    I’m with you, Julliette

  • Elmo October 2, 2020, 8:59 AM

    After discovering Sonia Malavisi on your video and watching another of her vaulting videos I’m going Italian. Thank you for turning me on to her.

  • Vanderleun October 2, 2020, 10:49 AM

    The pleasure is to serve, Elmo.

  • Vanderleun October 2, 2020, 10:59 AM

    And Dirk, don’t think I didn’t see what you did there. I’m going to taking that cheer up.

  • Jeff Brokaw October 2, 2020, 12:44 PM

    Always knew I could count on you to come through in a pinch and deliver the kind of content we all need during The Pandemic, Gerard!

  • Ed October 2, 2020, 4:16 PM

    Indisputable proof that God is a man.

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