ESPN’s ‘Bodies’ issue not Tiger’s style

Tiger Woods in the rain during the first round of the U.S. Open at Bethpage.
Tiger Woods in the rain during the first round of the U.S. Open at Bethpage. ( Getty Images )

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Big breaking news here: The Oct. 9 “Bodies” issue of ESPN the Magazine will not feature Tiger Woods – at least not without clothes on.

CNBC’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell posted on his Twitter page today that “ESPN’s Gary Belsky (ESPN the Mag’s Editor-in-Chief) says mag ‘probably’ asked Tiger Woods to pose for the Body Issue and his team ‘probably’ turned them down.”

The issue, perhaps a response by ESPN to Sports Illustrated’s popular swimsuit issue, will feature a bunch of athletes in the buff – but tastefully (artfully, craftily, etc.) covered or positioned.

You probably have heard by now that the list of “Bodies” includes LPGA players Sandra Gal, Anna Grzebien and Christina Kim.

Still no word, however, if Henrik “Skivvies” Stenson or John “Shoes and Shirts are Not Required to do this TV Interview” Daly made the cut.