Big Man on Campus

1 Jul

Does anyone else see a problem with this picture? A good friend of mine just got back from her honeymoon in Costa Rica and snapped this photo in the small village of Tortuguero, which boasts approximately 500 people. Located on the Caribbean and only accessible by boat, football is obviously the sport of choice. Especially at this elementary school during recess.

This kinda reminds me of an old Western movie when the sheriff roles into town sitting high on his horse… time slowing to a standstill as onlookers gawk at this angelic figure.

I mean look at this kid! Sneakers, dark blue denim jeans, leather belt (I can only imagine how enormous the buckle is), a clean and unwrinkled white collared shirt tucked in without the faintest hint of dirt anywhere. And of course…GOALIE GLOVES. What’s great is that this kid wasn’t even playing goalie! See those poor barefoot chaps in the background with the hand-me-down clothes? It was unfortunately their job to play goalie. And from what I hear, they were ripped to shreds.

And the pose is perfect…standing on that ball with a sense of arrogance as if to say, “there’s no way in hell you’re ever getting this ball.” If this isn’t school bullying I don’t know what is.

(Thanks to Jordan and Rachel for providing this wonderful look into Central American football culture)

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