Off-Base Percentage is a weekly post about the lighter side of sports, mainly baseball. Whether it occurs on the field, in the locker room, or in the media, if it is a little ‘off-base’ then it is fair game. If you are looking for analysis of a player, team, or sport it won’t be found in this post. This is for the sports fan that wants to take a step back and look at sports from a ‘different’ angle. Enjoy.
First it was last year’s fan-favorite Tim Tebow’s kneeling prayer that swept the nation as ‘Tebowing.’
Then earlier this season the Rookie of the Year candidate, Robert Griffin III famed a pose from the seat of his pants–literally–throwing his hands in the air and it became known as ‘Griffining.’
Now the 49ers’ backup-turned-starter QB Colin Kaepernick is trademarking his bicep-kissing pose which has been coined as ‘Kaepernicking.’
Certain poses drum up certain connotations with celebrities, events, or even feelings. In the past couple years it has become a craze in the U.S. to mimic notable athletes at their most natural state, in competition. The question is which pose is the best of them all? Is the best pose or dance even from one of these three quarterbacks? Is it from someone on the other side of the ball or even another sport? Ray Lewis is known for his dancing. Aaron Rodgers has his championship belt pose. Terrell Owens has the T.O. move. Even McKayla Maroney went viral with her look of displeasure at the Olympics.
However, with all those qualified candidates I think the top three lie in the young quarterbacks.
The second runner up in my opinion is RGIII sitting on the turf. Griffin took the country by storm with an amazing rookie season in the nation’s capital. Though, Griffin’s fingers pointing to the sky was a natural reaction to throwing an amazing long touchdown catch it felt as though the fans felt withdrawal from Tebowmania last year and they were desperately looking for the first memorable pose and latching on to it. So the former Baylor Bear may have a Heisman Trophy already and quite possibly an Offensive ROTY award in his near future but he does not have the best pose.
As for Mr. Colin Kaepernick and his smooch on the arm. That pose is actually the reasoning for comparing all of these. Kaepernick has recently made it known that he is looking to trademark ‘Kaepernicking.’ While all of that seems legitimate and he doesn’t want others getting rich off of his move it is not his move. The creator is a strong, fit individual not even in the realm of football. ‘Kaepernicking’ was first brought to life by WCW wrestler, Scott Steiner. A wrestler known for his sunglasses and more than massive biceps always pleased the crowd by taunting them with a slow kiss to his limb. Sorry Colin, for you to have the best pose you must be the originator. However, if Steiner had a dog in this fight he would definitely be in the running for champion.
As much as I hate to admit it, ‘Tebowing’ is undoubtedly the most famous pose to sweep the nation since Michael Jackson’s one-glove crotch grab. Back in Denver, the nation’s QB was shown constantly on one knee, fist to forehead, in deep prayer. Within hours there were pictures all over Twitter, Facebook, and even videos on YouTube portraying fans’ best impression of ‘Tebowing’ in public. Although I am the first to admit that I am not a big fan of Tebow, it is fun to watch the country back one person so strongly. And since Tim Tebow accidentally created the biggest social movement since flash mobs I tip my hat to him.
However, if we are talking about the originators of poses we have to point to ‘Planking’ or the Captain Morgan poses, they are the pioneers of this whole era. Speaking of Captain Morgan–I have some marinating in a ice-cold glass of Coke that needs to be consumed before it spoils. Until next time…
Who has the best pose? Did I miss one? Let me know in the comment section or on Twitter @Believelander.
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