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What’s Going On With Sammy Sosa’s Face?

Posted in WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2009 by TheDiversePurse
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What A Difference A Day Makes

You’ve probably seen the pictures of former Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa appearing at a Las Vegas event recently having a dramatically different skin tone. This much lighter version of Sosa had some speculating that he may have vitiligo or that steroid use is the cause of his new hue. According to a purported friend of Sosa’s, and Cub’s employee Rebecca Polihronis, Sosa was just as surprised he came out as bright as he did due to his new “cleansing” regimen.

“He is going through a rejuvenation process for his skin, he was surprised he came out looking so white.”

So, does this “rejuvenation process” involve contacts and a relaxer? Whatever, Mr. Sosa.

All jokes aside this is an issue. If the rumors are untrue and he doesn’t have a skin condition, then his way of thinking is just sad. What was he being told and shown as he grew up in The Dominican Republic that made him think his darker features were unacceptable? Black, brown, white, yellow, red, purple – they’re all beautiful! Just accept it and own it! LINK via Dlisted

(Image courtesy of Zalubowski/AP, Djansezian/Getty)

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Nude Olympics To Be Held In San Francisco

Posted in Entertainment, International, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

ancientgreeceolympicsThe U.S. may have lost out to sunny Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, but who needs clothed athletes when you can head out to San Francisco for the Second Annual Nude Beach Olympics? Set to take place October 10th at Baker Beach, participants won’t be competing for gold, silver, or bronze but instead taking a cue from ancient Greece and vying for wreaths made of olive branches.

“Events include the 100-, 500-, and 1,000-meter dashes (though, on foot and in the sand, “dash” may be the incorrect word. Would “jangle” work?); ancient Greek wrestling (“No slugging, kicking, biting, or gouging”); sumo wrestling (same set of forbidden moves); discus (actually, a frisbee is involved); broad jump (nude broad-jumping … make your own pun); volleyball; and touch football.” Link!

(Image courtesy of Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Junior Stares Down Bull And Loses

Posted in Entertainment, Spot The Poly, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

JuniorSeauFormer linebacker Junior Seau was a guest bullfighter at a Professional Bull Riders event in Ontario when he got knocked to the ground by an enraged bull. He was filming a segment for his new show “Sports Jobs With Junior Seau”.

(Image courtesy of Flickr user jsindal)

Troy Polamalu Graces Madden 2010

Posted in Entertainment, Spot The Poly, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

polamalumadden10We’re not even close to it being football season, but for sports fans that season comes a few months early courtesy of John Madden and his line of successful video games base on the NFL. The new edition “Madden 10” is stated to be released in early August.

There was a lot of buzz as to who would be on the coveted cover of the ageing player, coach, and commentator’s new installment of the Madden series. In the past John Madden himself was the coverboy from 1990 – 2001. In 2001, EA Sports decided to put other football players on the cover starting a tradition that has gained popularity for the game and for the player featured.

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Madden's First Cover In 1990

This time around EA Sports has decided to try something different yet again and have, for the first time, two players on the cover – Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu and Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald. Not only are there two people for the first time, but it should also be noted that Polamalu is the first Polynesian to grace the cover! Look at us comin’ up đŸ˜‰

Check out some behind the scenes footage of them shooting the cover below.

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Samoa Vs Tonga For Rugby World Cup

Posted in Entertainment, International, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

I’ve never watched a full game of the sport rugby, so I can’t say I’m a fan, but a friend who is let me know that they’re preparing for the World Cup currently and teams are playing in the semi-finals.

This Friday, Samoa and Tonga will be battling it out and one of them will be even closer to becoming champions. Below is a clip from a couple of years ago where they’d previously played each other. They’re intimidating each other with their versions of a Maori haka.

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Polynesians Popular In Texas Football

Posted in Diversity with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by TheDiversePurse
Trinity High players performing their version of the Maori haka

Trinity High players performing their version of the Maori haka

The New York Times has a nice article highlighting Tongan football players Ofa Faiva-Siale, Sione Moeakiola, and Fotu Katoa as they gain popularity in the town of Euless Texas where a lot of folks don’t even know what they are. Offensive tackle Uatakina Cocker recounts a usual post-game conversation:
“Are you Mexican?”

“Polynesian.”

“Samoan?”

“Tongan.”

“O.K., because you would be a very big Mexican.” LOL. I’m SO familiar with that what-are-you game as well. Link!

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