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December 12, 2008

And Now For Something Different In The, Uh, Shooting Sports

By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

My thanks to regular blogger JB, who sent this in. It seems the Canadian Women’s Biathlon* team has posed nude for a calendar they are selling to support their efforts at winning Olympic gold. The calendar went on sale in early November, has 14 months’ worth of photos, costs $25, and takes 2 to 4 weeks for delivery. You can order it at boldbeautifulbiathlon.com. The young women seen here are, from top left to right: Zina Kocher, Megan Imric, Sandra Keith, Rosanna Crawford and Megan Tandy. These are the bare facts, as it were.

However, the calendar raises certain questions.

*There is a U.S. Womens’ Biathlon team. If you buy the Canadian calendar, are you aiding and abetting the competition? Should lechery trump patriotism?

*The Canadian Womens’ Curling team and Womens’ Rugby teams have also posed for nude calendars. What happens if the women shot putters and the weight lifters decide they want one?

*Could Ms. Elisha Cuthbert, who is Canadian, be persuaded to take up the Biathlon?

Have at it.

The biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and .22 rifle marksmanship. It requires a nearly preternatural degree of physical fitness and you have to be able to shoot good, too.

And if you want a sneak peek at the calendar photos, click here.

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from Dave Petzal wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

To Ryan: Listen to Clay Cooper; I agree with just about everything he says. You want the varmints to run? Try an 85-grain Nolser Ballistic Tip at 3,300 fps.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Jackrabbit, 700yds....who's in the w.lightning now.

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from sarg wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

somebody been in the white lightning again...

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

jackrabbit, 700yds....

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Come on Bella what's a little cold weather to a tough girl like you. Still waiting for that pic.Do your Biathlon with flintlock longrifles and I'm in.Guys I don't drink much and was sober as a judge the day I fell.

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from RON PAUL wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

This guy was written up in this illustrious Magazine Field and Stream way back in 1979 and he is still going strong and an award winning fine young man who enjoys the fabulous world of fishing and all the incredible fishing enthusiasts who have followed him all the way to his home on Maui in Hawaii so I hope you enjoy this fabulous and most unique entertainer for the ages ...ENJOY THE VIDEO NOW!!!!

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from Bella wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

I ain't takin' my clothes off (too damn cold out here) but I love cross country skiing and marksmanship. I had a notion of a "new" xtreme sport...Blackpowderbiathon.It would be similar to regular biathlon but participants would use BP smokepoles. I figure one would start out with a loaded - unprimed rifle (caliber of your choice) sling it on your back, ski the course then cap 'n shoot quick while the heartrate is up, reload (except for primer) Ski then cap 'n shoot again. Rinse and repeat. The range shouln't be too hard, 50 yards maybe and the course shouldn't be too long, half a mile maybe. I ain't worked out all the details, but hey if we get the weather as forcast Friday, I'm likely to finish up blackpowder season on skis anyway!By the way we got flattened here in Mass by the ice storm. Ain't had power since last Thursday. Put the Kibosh to the last week of shotgun season it did but oh well...we carry on.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

"nude pics of “Janet ""Inferno"" Reno” with a box of matches?" Since we are in the third stage of the Clinton Administration, I wonder who’s taking her place??!?

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from Ed J wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

"a truck stop holding a box of matches?"HUH?

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Hey, anyone want some Janet Reno nude pics I got from a truck stop holding a box of matches?

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from NUNYABINIS wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

I'm disappointed.We would see WAY more skin if they were sporting bikinis.

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from SteveoO wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Wow. This is kind of...dumb.

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from Mark-1 wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

I see an incredible danger to our national security, fellow blogger-mouths. I’m dismayed you don’t see it. WE ALL KNOW WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE LIVE NORTH OF US!!!! …Yet all of you are willing to donate funds to their planned military invasion’s cutting edge.Why do you think the Canook’s are training these winter battle queens???You may be laughing now, but when these innocent looking athletes are leading the first wave across our unprotected borders…it will be too late especially when their snowmobile armada follows!Learn to mis-pronounce your “O’s” and end your sentences with “Hey”.Where's Homeland Security when you need it???

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from Paul Wilke wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

It's my understanding that the Olympics were originally done in the nude. Lets bring back the old ways, naked women skiing and shooting in the snow!What could be better?Must admit tho, that I was more interested in the rifles than the ladies. Old age, I guess.

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from Milton Burton wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Dave, you're never going to make it with Miss Cuthbert, nor am I ever going to get to spank Meg Ryan. Let's give it up and quit torturing ourselves.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

wwwilson375,That sounds good but a little skin ain't bad either.

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from wwwilson375 wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Lechery doesn't trump patriotism if you also make a contribution to the U.S. team that is $25 or higher. You get a calendar with the Canadian contribution, but the one to the U.S. team is pure patriotic support - how's that for justification.

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from sarg wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

BOY, did we get off the subject here....

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from sarg wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

I don't want anyone fooling around with my rifle or looking at my woman naked...come on fellows...

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from high plains hunter wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

the 25-06 gets my vote too. Hard to beat something that's been around long enough to be a grandfather. Dave ---hope you gun writers don't do a nude anything--- would look like a bunch of fall bears ready for the winter sleep--lolo----

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from Shaky wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Ryan; I agree with the above. There is no way you can beat the 25/06 for your purpose. Mine is very accurate, I have hit 1gal. milk jugs at 600 measured yards 4 out of 5 shots from the prone position. I would suggest, however that you check out the Marlin XL7 as well as the two Jim mentioned. I looked at one in .270 that a friend bought for $293 delivered, including the background cost. If I didn't already own a perfectly serviseable 25/06, I would have ordered one that same day. Also, he had mounted a Sightron 4X-12X scope on it that was as clear as any I've seen. But my best advice is look at several arms and scopes before you buy.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Impressionable minds want the girls to put their clothes back on... now if Elisha could get her groove on with a squirrel gun I'd love to watch. Possibly even participate. Lechery always trumps patriotism unless a heart is involved.

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from Bizzydays wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Gosh, that takes the ice off! Experience has taught me to be careful about lusting for a woman that could drop me like a moose in the driveway... However, distance and the border patrol makes this look like one helluva deal. Maybe I'll just support the Olympics in general for now and muse about our team doing a guest apperance in Canada later on.

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Glad the Canadians are proving their depravity, and shame on the US team for doing so. Impressionable minds look up to olympians as role models...who has never at one time wanted to win an olympic medal? Sorry, honey, but you don't want to be like them when you grow up-there is nothing special about a bunch of lot-lizards who lost their honky-tonk and stumbled into the snow with nothing but squirrel guns!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Ryan,This has nothing to do with naked women shooting guns but I think for your needs, as you stated, the .25-06 may not be a bad idea.At the ranges your talking of 400 yds+ you should think of a scope on the order of at least 10x to 14x top end power. Think Savage or Vangard for your price range.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

RyanThink 25-06!First of all the 25-06 is 100 fps faster than the 257WSSM. The 25-06 is like crossing the zip and trajectory of a 22-250 with the knock down power of a 270 Winchester. You can sizzle 75 grain at 3700 fps and 120 grain at 3000 fps. It handles the wind better than the 22-250 and 243 Winchester and the recoil is so mild or better yet unnoticeable that my light weight Grandson Alex last year at age 8 shot his first deer. This year, he shot a nice 5 pointer at 250 yards and a doe at 150 yards both with one shot each. Flinch factor is zero and the performance is outrageously awesome!I’ve busted a many Jack rabbits to Mule Deer out in New Mexico and Arizona with the 25-06 out to 700 yards with it.You cannot go wrong!!With 120 grain Nosler Partitions, I wouldn’t give it a second thought in taking an Elk. In fact, it’s the smallest cartridge recommended for Elk.And the ammo doesn’t cost you a arm and a leg like the 257WSSM, one of the biggest jokes on the market!

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from Proverbs wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Ryan, depending on your location, I could help you out. I've got a NIB model 70 in .243 WSSM, with scope mounted by Winchester. It could be considered one of the ultimate rigs for what you are asking, as you can zero at 300 yards and hold dead on out to 400 with the 95-grain loads. Interested?

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from ryan wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

i had a question for you petzal i need a good varmint/deer rifle in whatever but it needs to be under800$ with scope and the gun should be able to hit a coyote at 450yd so it need a more powerful scopei just need your opinion

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Yeowsah!

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from PbHead wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

I'm saving my money for the "Naked Gun Writers Calendar". If the photos don't rid the basement of vermin, I should have 12 nice targets.

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from Proverbs wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Upon reviewing the photos, numerous and fitting remarks crossed my mind. My fingers snapped the keyboard so hastily that I almost forgot that my spouse might read my comments.Almost forgot.All things considered, may God Bless Canada!

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from SL wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Dang! Naked women with guns, what more can the shooting man ask for!. I am sure Petzal was just kicking and screaming when they asked him to cover this story. :)

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from jersey pig wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

oh canada!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

It makes perfect business sense for these ladies to promote themselves. Capitalism at its best. Hope the Am. women open their eyes and other things before we lag behind. The Swedish must be plotting their course of action as we speak. C,mon girls, USA USA USA

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from SD Bob wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

The comedian Ron White said it best: "Once you've see one woman naked, you pretty much want to see the rest". Since I agree with his reasoning, I'm all for seeing these shooters in this pictoral state!Since Miss Cuthbert was mentioned, I have to comment that she's known to have a thing for hockey players! That means I have a chance?

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from Dave Petzal wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

To Ryan: Listen to Clay Cooper; I agree with just about everything he says. You want the varmints to run? Try an 85-grain Nolser Ballistic Tip at 3,300 fps.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Visitor wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Jackrabbit, 700yds....who's in the w.lightning now.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from sarg wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

somebody been in the white lightning again...

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Visitor wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

jackrabbit, 700yds....

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Come on Bella what's a little cold weather to a tough girl like you. Still waiting for that pic.Do your Biathlon with flintlock longrifles and I'm in.Guys I don't drink much and was sober as a judge the day I fell.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from RON PAUL wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

This guy was written up in this illustrious Magazine Field and Stream way back in 1979 and he is still going strong and an award winning fine young man who enjoys the fabulous world of fishing and all the incredible fishing enthusiasts who have followed him all the way to his home on Maui in Hawaii so I hope you enjoy this fabulous and most unique entertainer for the ages ...ENJOY THE VIDEO NOW!!!!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bella wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

I ain't takin' my clothes off (too damn cold out here) but I love cross country skiing and marksmanship. I had a notion of a "new" xtreme sport...Blackpowderbiathon.It would be similar to regular biathlon but participants would use BP smokepoles. I figure one would start out with a loaded - unprimed rifle (caliber of your choice) sling it on your back, ski the course then cap 'n shoot quick while the heartrate is up, reload (except for primer) Ski then cap 'n shoot again. Rinse and repeat. The range shouln't be too hard, 50 yards maybe and the course shouldn't be too long, half a mile maybe. I ain't worked out all the details, but hey if we get the weather as forcast Friday, I'm likely to finish up blackpowder season on skis anyway!By the way we got flattened here in Mass by the ice storm. Ain't had power since last Thursday. Put the Kibosh to the last week of shotgun season it did but oh well...we carry on.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

"nude pics of “Janet ""Inferno"" Reno” with a box of matches?" Since we are in the third stage of the Clinton Administration, I wonder who’s taking her place??!?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ed J wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

"a truck stop holding a box of matches?"HUH?

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Hey, anyone want some Janet Reno nude pics I got from a truck stop holding a box of matches?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from NUNYABINIS wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

I'm disappointed.We would see WAY more skin if they were sporting bikinis.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from SteveoO wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Wow. This is kind of...dumb.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mark-1 wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

I see an incredible danger to our national security, fellow blogger-mouths. I’m dismayed you don’t see it. WE ALL KNOW WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE LIVE NORTH OF US!!!! …Yet all of you are willing to donate funds to their planned military invasion’s cutting edge.Why do you think the Canook’s are training these winter battle queens???You may be laughing now, but when these innocent looking athletes are leading the first wave across our unprotected borders…it will be too late especially when their snowmobile armada follows!Learn to mis-pronounce your “O’s” and end your sentences with “Hey”.Where's Homeland Security when you need it???

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Paul Wilke wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

It's my understanding that the Olympics were originally done in the nude. Lets bring back the old ways, naked women skiing and shooting in the snow!What could be better?Must admit tho, that I was more interested in the rifles than the ladies. Old age, I guess.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Milton Burton wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Dave, you're never going to make it with Miss Cuthbert, nor am I ever going to get to spank Meg Ryan. Let's give it up and quit torturing ourselves.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

wwwilson375,That sounds good but a little skin ain't bad either.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from wwwilson375 wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Lechery doesn't trump patriotism if you also make a contribution to the U.S. team that is $25 or higher. You get a calendar with the Canadian contribution, but the one to the U.S. team is pure patriotic support - how's that for justification.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from sarg wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

BOY, did we get off the subject here....

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from sarg wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

I don't want anyone fooling around with my rifle or looking at my woman naked...come on fellows...

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from high plains hunter wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

the 25-06 gets my vote too. Hard to beat something that's been around long enough to be a grandfather. Dave ---hope you gun writers don't do a nude anything--- would look like a bunch of fall bears ready for the winter sleep--lolo----

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Shaky wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Ryan; I agree with the above. There is no way you can beat the 25/06 for your purpose. Mine is very accurate, I have hit 1gal. milk jugs at 600 measured yards 4 out of 5 shots from the prone position. I would suggest, however that you check out the Marlin XL7 as well as the two Jim mentioned. I looked at one in .270 that a friend bought for $293 delivered, including the background cost. If I didn't already own a perfectly serviseable 25/06, I would have ordered one that same day. Also, he had mounted a Sightron 4X-12X scope on it that was as clear as any I've seen. But my best advice is look at several arms and scopes before you buy.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Impressionable minds want the girls to put their clothes back on... now if Elisha could get her groove on with a squirrel gun I'd love to watch. Possibly even participate. Lechery always trumps patriotism unless a heart is involved.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bizzydays wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Gosh, that takes the ice off! Experience has taught me to be careful about lusting for a woman that could drop me like a moose in the driveway... However, distance and the border patrol makes this look like one helluva deal. Maybe I'll just support the Olympics in general for now and muse about our team doing a guest apperance in Canada later on.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Visitor wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Glad the Canadians are proving their depravity, and shame on the US team for doing so. Impressionable minds look up to olympians as role models...who has never at one time wanted to win an olympic medal? Sorry, honey, but you don't want to be like them when you grow up-there is nothing special about a bunch of lot-lizards who lost their honky-tonk and stumbled into the snow with nothing but squirrel guns!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Ryan,This has nothing to do with naked women shooting guns but I think for your needs, as you stated, the .25-06 may not be a bad idea.At the ranges your talking of 400 yds+ you should think of a scope on the order of at least 10x to 14x top end power. Think Savage or Vangard for your price range.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

RyanThink 25-06!First of all the 25-06 is 100 fps faster than the 257WSSM. The 25-06 is like crossing the zip and trajectory of a 22-250 with the knock down power of a 270 Winchester. You can sizzle 75 grain at 3700 fps and 120 grain at 3000 fps. It handles the wind better than the 22-250 and 243 Winchester and the recoil is so mild or better yet unnoticeable that my light weight Grandson Alex last year at age 8 shot his first deer. This year, he shot a nice 5 pointer at 250 yards and a doe at 150 yards both with one shot each. Flinch factor is zero and the performance is outrageously awesome!I’ve busted a many Jack rabbits to Mule Deer out in New Mexico and Arizona with the 25-06 out to 700 yards with it.You cannot go wrong!!With 120 grain Nosler Partitions, I wouldn’t give it a second thought in taking an Elk. In fact, it’s the smallest cartridge recommended for Elk.And the ammo doesn’t cost you a arm and a leg like the 257WSSM, one of the biggest jokes on the market!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Proverbs wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Ryan, depending on your location, I could help you out. I've got a NIB model 70 in .243 WSSM, with scope mounted by Winchester. It could be considered one of the ultimate rigs for what you are asking, as you can zero at 300 yards and hold dead on out to 400 with the 95-grain loads. Interested?

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from ryan wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

i had a question for you petzal i need a good varmint/deer rifle in whatever but it needs to be under800$ with scope and the gun should be able to hit a coyote at 450yd so it need a more powerful scopei just need your opinion

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from WA Mtnhunter wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Yeowsah!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from PbHead wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

I'm saving my money for the "Naked Gun Writers Calendar". If the photos don't rid the basement of vermin, I should have 12 nice targets.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Proverbs wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Upon reviewing the photos, numerous and fitting remarks crossed my mind. My fingers snapped the keyboard so hastily that I almost forgot that my spouse might read my comments.Almost forgot.All things considered, may God Bless Canada!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from SL wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

Dang! Naked women with guns, what more can the shooting man ask for!. I am sure Petzal was just kicking and screaming when they asked him to cover this story. :)

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from jersey pig wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

oh canada!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

It makes perfect business sense for these ladies to promote themselves. Capitalism at its best. Hope the Am. women open their eyes and other things before we lag behind. The Swedish must be plotting their course of action as we speak. C,mon girls, USA USA USA

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from SD Bob wrote 5 years 18 weeks ago

The comedian Ron White said it best: "Once you've see one woman naked, you pretty much want to see the rest". Since I agree with his reasoning, I'm all for seeing these shooters in this pictoral state!Since Miss Cuthbert was mentioned, I have to comment that she's known to have a thing for hockey players! That means I have a chance?

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