These athletes have junk in the trunk

The Gazette's top 10 out-of-shape athletes

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

John Daly, Keith Tkachuk, David Wells

While it would seem appropriate to assume that athletes are in fact athletic, this is not always the case. There are a surprising number of out of shape athletes that dominate their respective sports " either on the field or off of it. For today’s lineup, Gazette Sports will list 10 athletes that you can’t miss " literally.

1. Babe Ruth
‘The Colossus of Clout’ was colossal in more ways than one. On his way to becoming arguably the best baseball player of all time, there were seasons when Ruth played at or around 250 lbs " an enormous amount for a 6’2” baseball player.

2. David Wells
The chunky pitcher is not only out of shape, but also sensitive about his condition. Earlier this season, the Dodgers pitcher accused an umpire of poking fun at his weight.

3. Charles Barkley
The ‘Round Mound of Rebound’ played at up to 300 lbs during his college career. Barkley, now 44, recently raced a 67-year-old referee at the NBA All-Star game. Even though he won, the fact that the race even occurred is indicative of his current shape.

4. Phil Mickelson
Unlike some of the other people on this list, Phil is not the best at his game. He is on the list for his man-tits " any baby would love a set of knockers that big " not something many conditioned male athletes will hear.

5. Shaquille O’Neal
The Big Diesel is certainly big enough " he has been known to play at 350 lbs, and was even traded from the Lakers partly due to questions about his weight. Ironically, this past summer he hosted a show called ‘Shaq’s Big Challenge,’ in which six obese Florida children attempted to lose weight.

6. Ronaldo
A few months prior to the 2006 World Cup, Ronaldo weighed close to 200 lbs. This tonnage is made even more remarkable by soccer’s reliance on speed and stamina. His impressive mass gained him the title “El Gordo” from the Portuguese press " literally “Fatty.”

7. Miguel Cabrera
One of the best young hitters in the majors, Miguel gained 85 lbs in four years. At the Marlins’ 2007 training camp he was listed at a rotund 260 lbs.

8. John Daly
Daly makes the list for a combination of his physical stature and lethargic attitude. The majority of the other athletes on this list at least try to get in shape, but not Big John. While his competitors are out at the break of dawn working on their games, Daly is still out from the night before. His training regiment includes drinking and smoking.

9. William “The Refrigerator” Perry
His nickname alone would qualify him for this list, but Perry has the substance to back it up. He played at 326 lbs one season, and even participated in Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest as a celebrity contestant.

10. Keith Tkachuk
The gritty forward, once known for his lethal scoring touch and rough play, is now more renowned for his beer gut. Following the NHL lockout, for example, Tkachuk is rumoured to have come to training camp at 263 lbs and a whopping 18 per cent body fat.

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