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Everyone wants #PicsWithZdeno

Feb 9, 2014, 7:41 AM EDT

If this was the Summer Olympics, Zdeno Chara probably wouldn’t (literally) stick out so much. After all, his 6-foot-9 frame would put him in the NBA power forward range.

This is the Winter Olympics, though, so the gargantuan Slovakian ice hockey defenseman’s height has become a meme generator. Specifically, other athletes are having a good time taking photos with the Boston Bruins blueliner and posting the often-cartoonish height disparity under #PicsWithZdeno.

Conveniently named figure skater Kirsten Moore-Towers’ photo from Feb. 7 probably started the craze, and likely remains the champion:

She certainly wasn’t the only athlete to hop on the bandwagon, though:

OK, this one probably qualifies as cheating since it happened in January, but it’s still a great shot of a fan looking up to Chara in a very dramatic and literal way:

It hasn’t been all fun and games (and maybe a few eye-rolls) for the 36-year-old defenseman, though. Sometimes that freakish height can come at a disadvantage, especially when it comes to getting a good night sleep:

With that in mind, #NapsWithZdeno probably won’t get off the ground …

  1. nflfan4now - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Hmmm… reports are a lot of sex iln the Olympic village, 100,000 condoms are made available by the IOC. Just what are the girls looking at????

    • bruinspaw - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Apparently there is free booze!

  2. therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    She’s the perfect height.

  3. pastabelly - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Looks like Z is having a great time, but the Slovakian hockey team is going to strugle.

    I hope the Bruins give Z a good deal of rest when he comes back. The games in May and June mean more than these games in February.

  4. chanceoffleury - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Whenever you get the time to change it, that figure skater’s name is K-I-rsten (like Kiersten), not Kr-I-sten when you reference her in the article. Common mix up, but the girl is an Olympic athlete so she deserves to be acknowledged with proper spelling, even if it is a silly article about Chara’s height. One of my cousin’s names is Kirsten and it drives her crazy when people call or spell her name Kristen. I know she’d want me to correct it if she saw this, haha!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      Indeed Chance. And since Ms. Moore-Towers will be 22 this Canada Day, can we agree that while she may in some ways be girlish, she’s entitled to be called a woman?

      • chanceoffleury - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        No. I’m letting a professional site referring to her by the completely wrong first name that is individual to her know they made a mistake. And, as displayed by her tweet embedded in the article, it is obviously what she desires to be called. You are just being an a** picking apart a comment saying that the generic noun I used wasn’t the “right one”. I, too, am a 22 year old girl and I have never been offended when somebody called me a girl. It’s no different than calling Chara a guy. I have female reproductive organs, I paint my nails using sparkly pink polish, I cry every time I watch the Notebook. I am very much a girl/female/woman. Any of them will do. Asking to be referred to by the right name is just asking for well earned respect, asking people to use certain generic gender nouns is just being pretentious.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        OK, Chance. First, you seemed to have missed that I started by agreeing with you for correcting her name (“Indeed Chance.”). Second, I was polite in my suggestion. Third, your choice to use name-calling might seem to some to indicate that you’ve yet to fully embrace adulthood. As I said, while Kirsten (and you) may well have retained girly or girlish traits, tastes and qualities, by 21 or 22, one should, on first reference refer to a female as a woman. More familiarly, in informal references, guys and girls might be appropriate. My rule of thumb is: A 22-year-old female who I do not know, might well be insulted by my initially referring to her as a girl, but in my experience, she is much less likely to take offense by my initially calling her a woman. And I loved The Notebook too.

  5. greej1938l - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    One ugly son of a gun! Has some pics with some good looking ladies tho!

  6. peter845 - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Czech defenseman?? Common now… You can’t even get that one right?? And Zach Parise is captain of the Mexican hockey team too, right? Lol

    • angrytwitterguy - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      The bloggers here constantly screw up nationalities of players. This is like their 5th or 6th screw-up in the past 12 months.

  7. frankiesweep - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Russian condoms… You really going to trust those? How many holes do you think are in them???

  8. westinpat - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    The face on the guy behind Kristen Moore-Towers is priceless.

  9. 127taringa - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    I’ve wanted a pic with Zdeno ever since the Bruins beat the Canucks in the Cup final.

  10. blomfeld - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Hurry, Hurry,
    Ladies and Gentlemen!
    Step right up!
    Don’t be shy!
    You won’t believe your eyes!

    Friends, step right inside this tent and see the Boston beanstalk himself ! … see that human rat they call Marchand ! … and see their cue ball coach who makes Kojak look like Fabio ! … hurry, hurry, hurry ! … buy a ticket now for only a dollar !!! :) :) :)

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