Monday, August 18, 2008

Bacchanalian Mondays: Croatian 'Stache Bash

Introducing Bacchanalian Mondays. Here's the plan: Every Monday, I'll highlight a new person (or group of people) that I would love to party with. Sounds like a great way to start the week to me.

(Photo--Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)

First up: The Croatian men's water polo team.

The number one-ranked national team of Croatia decided to put aside the razor--for their upper lips at least--when goalkeeper Josip Pavic showed up to training camp with a healthy 'stache. The whole team decided to follow suit, partly to honor their coach, who is appearing in his ninth Olympics, and partly to give themselves a few extra ounces of luck. It's hard to imagine a party with these gents not being awesome. Any group of fellows that owns mustaches like these is alright in my book. Hurrah.

(Photo--William West/AFP)

"It's for good luck, but we can't talk about it--it's a secret; if I tell you, it will ruin it," Igor Hinic said in an interview with Reuters.

(Photo from NBC footage.)

Another fun fact about the sport: In 1984, Terry Schroeder (now the current U.S. water polo coach) was chosen to have his body be the model for a generic statue of an Olympian because of all the American athletes, he was said to have the best physique. Another great reason to play water polo.

That being said, America dominated Croatia on Saturday, defeating them 7-5 in one of the greatest upsets of the 2008 Games so far.

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