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Ian Desmond is thankful for his underwear

Athletics Rangers Spring Baseball

Texas Rangers’ Ian Desmond tosses a baseball to a fan before a spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


Men don’t think too much about their underwear. It’s functional, for the most part, but not particularly interesting. And we take that functionality for granted. Really, there’s a lot of bad men’s underwear out there. Underwear that impedes free movement of all of the, um, parts that should not be impeded.

And you can go too far the other way! Some underwear -- I’m lookin’ at you, boxer shorts -- are just too free. Some level of containment is important. But not too much!

You have to figure that this problem is far worse for professional athletes who have to move way more than us couch schlubs. They have to move but other parts have to remain stabilized, but not too stabilized. And that’s before we get into the highly-complicated relationship between an athlete and and his athletic supporter and cup, which is another layer of complication on an already complicated subject.

Athletes, like the rest of us, probably take a lot of this for granted too. But not Ian Desmond. Desmond is thankful for his underwear:

Gotta love the name “SAXX” for men’s underwear. It’s to the point. They have a long story about their corporate philosophy, but really, it’s all in the name, isn’t it?