Of course the emails are coming. “WTF is netball & I didn’t know Bristol U. had a netball team.” Listen, you morons, this is Bristol U. in the U.K. and the ladies got naked for their 2012 calendar to raise funds just to keep their team afloat in the new year. This isn’t the Alabama football program we’re talking about here. This is U.K. athletics, which are usually worthless unless the netball team is getting naked. Kudos to these Brits for being forward thinking.
So what’s netball? According to Wikipedia:
Netball is a ball sport played between two teams of seven players. Its development, derived from early versions of basketball, began in England in the 1890s. By 1960 international playing rules had been standardised for the game, and the International Federation of Netball and Women’s Basketball (later renamed the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA)) was formed. As of 2011, IFNA comprises more than 60 national teams organized into five global regions.
Let’s cut to the chase. It’s basketball without a backboard. That’s it. You want to make a basket? Either dunk or have good aim. And also know that the players wear letters on the front of their jersey. We haven’t figured out what it all means because we’ve been busy looking at hairbras. Excuse our lack of journalistic integrity. There are Bristol elbow bras in our faces.
Fundraising officer Maddie McKenzie said: “The response we’ve had has been absolutely amazing.” Politics student Maddie, 19, was one of the 20 girls who ditched her skirt and bib for the fundraising shoot. She said: “It was a lot of fun. The support we’ve had has been fantastic, especially from our families and friends.
“I’m not sure my parents knew what to expect when I told them I was in a naked calendar, but hopefully they won’t be too shocked.
You’re on notice, American Universities. Want to fund your stupid cross country teams? Want our tax dollars? Think again. Hairbra calendars. NOW!