This picture captures a rare moment in time. It’s 1998, and the late Kobe Bryant can be seen relaxed and smiling in the makeup room of the sketch comedy show, “All That.” Leaning in to join him in the shot (and looking super happy about it) are stars of the show, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. All are teenagers at the time.
Why is this so rare? Well, even in his teen years, Kobe was one of those athletes who seemed to only care about his game. To see the famous basketball player relaxing with a couple of jokers, with a big smile on his own face, was rare. Not to mention that he was about to appear in a pretty funny sketch on the show.
John McEnroe And His Headband
Rocking an impressive fro, perfectly suited to the decade this picture was snapped in, tennis legend John McEnroe certainly has his game face on under all that hair. This was back in January of 1978 when McEnroe was 18 years old. If there’s something familiar about this picture that you can’t quite put your finger on, we’ve got you covered.
Those of you who are too young to be familiar with the 70s tennis star (who was as famous for his on-court rage sessions as he was for his skill) are probably getting flashbacks to a more recent time and a more recent star when you look at this image. McEnroe’s look was surely an inspiration to Will Ferrell in the creation of his film, Semi-Pro. While the sports were different, the big hair and the sweatband are the same. The similarities are too great for it to be a coincidence.
Mr. Trump And Mr. Tyson
Boxing superstar turned controversial celebrity Mike Tyson and controversial celebrity turned former President of the United States, Donald Trump, have been pals since the 80s. While they may be friends, the pair’s connection was financially founded. Trump is a huge fan of boxing (and the revenue it brings in), and Tyson had several famous fights at Trump Plaza. One of these clashes took place in 1988 when an undefeated Tyson took on an equally undefeated Michael Spinks. It was Tyson, of course, who came out the winner.
In this picture, we can see Tyson and Trump cuddling up with Tyson’s wife, Robin Givens, and her mother on July 22nd, 1988. Seems like Trump knew something Tyson didn’t. While Tyson is all smiles, Trump’s face is tight-lipped. Whether he knew it or not, Tyson and Givens were destined for divorce.
A Strange Trio
This crazy picture features a massive Arnold Schwarzenegger looking like a kid swinging on the arms of Andre the Giant and Wilt Chamberlain. It was shared with the world by a Reddit user who goes by the handle qw1k1lv3r. We’ll leave you to piece together what that spells out. Attached to the picture was this message: “André the Giant was known to pay for his meal, regardless of whether he was the host or the guest. As Arnold Schwarzenegger was about to pay for the meal, [he] found himself being physically lifted, carried back to his table and deposited in his seat by Andre, who stated emphatically, ‘I pay.’”
Arnie actually popped up on the Reddit thread to confirm this story, explaining, “this story is basically true. It is missing Wilt Chamberlain’s involvement, which was never paying and then acting like he had planned to pay this time, and helping Andre carry me all the way outside to drop me on a car.” And here’s another piece of Arnie trivia you’ll love: the star actually pops up on Reddit threads pretty regularly, usually offering advice to people who are just starting with exercise. How sweet is that?
A Leaping Namath
Nicknamed “Broadway Joe,” the leaping athlete you see in this image was a massive icon in 60s football. The quarterback was known for leading his team to victory in Super Bowl III and turned his talents to sports broadcasting and acting. Probably a good thing because, while his feats of athleticism were incredible, he was also known for being injured on a worryingly frequent basis, particularly in the latter part of his career.
Along with the incredible heights, he was able to leap to, Namath was known for his powerhouse of an arm: the perfect combination for a quarterback. Everyone has a weakness, though and, for Broadway Joe, it was his knees. Given how weak they were, powerful jumps like the one you see in this picture were, sadly, a rarity.