Heros of the Real Man

5 Mar

Even the confident running man in all his bare-legged glory needs inspiration to carry on sometimes.  Here at RMSL we have our go to list of heroes to return to for just that.  Call it a short list of short shorts who’s who.  These men braved the tides of conformity and followed their conscience to pave the way for the rest of us.  

John Stockton

John Stockton

Hint: John Stockton is the little white guy in short shorts.
Photo Credit: AP


An old-school veteran, Stockton was the last superstar in the NBA to don short shorts.  He was unwilling to follow the ridiculous trend to baggier shorts.  Clearly it worked.  He was a no-nonsense, work hard and get it done player, nothing like the money-grubbing prima-donnas of modern times.  

He was basketball hall over famer that leads the league in career assists by over 4000.  In his iron-horse 19 seasons he missed only 22 games due to injury.  He was consistently voted by his peers as one of the toughest players in the league.  If that alone doesn’t stop you from making fun of his uniform choice, you may well consider his buddy and teammate, the legendary NBA big man Karl Malone.  That’s 300 lbs of hurt you don’t want. (In the photo above he’s the guy immediately to the left of Stockton with arms as big as your torso)    

Dear NBA Players Association,

You all look ridiculous.  Real men wear short shorts.  Your fathers and grandfathers knew this.  You’ve lost your way.  You should be ashamed at what you’ve become.  The only team that should be okay with not donning sensible shorts is the New York Knicks (short for knickerbockers) due to their unfortunate, yet legally binding team name choice.  

BTW, real men also wear knickerbockers.  Rock em short on the run, kick the knicks on the links. Real men know how we do it.

Bjorn Borg

Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated


His name literally means “bear fortress.”  I don’t think I really need to go on.  

But I will.  He was the no.1 ranked tennis player of his time.  He still holds the record for the most French Open wins.  He is considered the 1st tennis “superstar” by winning over 1 million dollars in a single season.  

“Ice-man” as he was known by opponents wore shorter shorts than even I’m comfortable with, but it only galvanizes my respect for him.  The long, flowing hair pulled back by a sweet sweatband are the subject matter for another website, though they do earn him bonus points here at RMSL.

Steve Prefontaine

steve prefontaine

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson

Here I could have chosen any competitive racer of past or present because they all know that short shorts make you faster, but I had to go with “Pre” for obvious reasons.  The man is an American running legend.  He was Nike’s golden boy for good reason.  Ever heard of Nike?  Yeah, Pre pretty much put it on the map.  

Here’s where I get all inspiration on you.  You can’t read about Pre and not be inspired to hit the road/trail/track so here you go:

He held the American record in races from 2000-10000 meters.  He had 3 NCAA track titles at the University of Oregon and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the age of 19, a record of its own.  

Pre was just edged out of a medal in his only olympics appearance would have certainly challenged again if not for his tragic death at the age of 24 in an auto accident.  

Pre had many notable quotes over his short, but outstanding career (and encourage you to google them), but none to me carries more weight in my own training and life than this:

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

2 Responses to “Heros of the Real Man”

  1. Tym March 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    It looks like Pre also rocked a pretty sweet mustachio as well!

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