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Scott just sent me this because we both love cricket and monkeys.1 It is the personification of our love. It makes me so happy!
Though I gotta say that’s a pretty suspicious looking bowling action. And why is the umpire lying on the ground? Because the monkey is totally using body line? Check it: the monkey’s aiming at their heads! Or perhaps because the monkey has used six different balls? That’s gotta be worse than ball tampering, right? Bad cheating monkey!
Posted by Justine at 16:52, 11 February 2007 under Cricket, Frippery | 10 Comments »
I am still working on the part where wildebeest — cinghiale? peccaries? — can get together a whole team for cricket.
Also, they are competing in the nude.
February 11th, 2007 at 7:17 PM
Kevin Wignall Says:
His bowling action might look suspect now but until the late nineteenth century the bowler wasn’t allowed to raise his arm above shoulder height, though throwing still wasn’t allowed.
On the other hand, there’s some obvious tampering going on and he’s using more than one ball!
February 11th, 2007 at 8:16 PM
3. Justine Says:
Veejane: naked cricket has a long and honourable tradition. You’re telling me there’s no naked baseball?
Kevin: You reckon it’s that old? I was thinking it was from the twenties or thirties. Plus he’s hurling with one hand while he has another ball in the other. That ain’t right.
February 11th, 2007 at 11:35 PM
David Moles Says:
Also, I believe that is an ape.
February 12th, 2007 at 4:55 AM
You’re telling me there’s no naked baseball?
Baseball involves 90 m.p.h. balls being thrown at men’s… balls. So, even if he is not wearing pants, he is likely to wear armor for the squishy regions of his body.
Although I would die of laughter to see jockstraps-only baseball, I think that if you are going to involve jockstraps you basically have to involve buttless chaps.
Which I would totally endorse!!
February 12th, 2007 at 11:48 AM
6. Justine Says:
Broad strokes, Mr Moles, broad strokes.
February 12th, 2007 at 11:20 AM
7. Justine Says:
The balls fly not much slower in cricket, you know. Apparently cricketers are made of sturdier stuff than baseballers.
But, yes, the box is the first piece of cricket that every male cricketer puts on.
I can think of few cricketers I would enjoy seeing in bumless chaps. *Shudders*
February 12th, 2007 at 11:53 AM
I don’t know where it’s from, but I found you someone who does:
February 12th, 2007 at 12:23 PM
9. Justine Says:
Why thank you, Lady Klages! According to your source “The Monkey Cricketer” is “A story, from a 1931 story paper”. Thus confirmation that it’s from when I said it was (the 1920s or 1930s).
So, there, Kevin! The action is entirely illegal.
February 12th, 2007 at 12:30 PM
kevin wignall Says:
So you’re telling me it’s an australian monkey…
jokes aside, what’s really funny is that the pic was clearly lifted from somewhere else and just had the cricket tag attached to it!
February 12th, 2007 at 5:36 PM
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