I’d completely forgotten about the Stockholm Tens tan… It’s the tan you get when you spend a day at the tournament, watching the games or… Let’s just say other, slightly more mouth-watering things. It’s the tan you get when you leave home in the morning (or around lunch-time) and the weather is so-so, so you don’t bother with things like sunscreen or if the clothes you are wearing will give you attractive tan-lines or not. And the sun always burn you at the Stockholm Tens. It could be because alcohol is consumed and you’re not thinking of the fact that your pale skin just soaks up sun or it could be because… Well, because it’s the Stockholm Tens and the sun will always shine.
Dragon Pyramid with Collan on top
It took me about thirty minutes from the time I got to Årstafältet before I was able to form any kind of semi-intelligent sentence whatsoever… Eye-candy! Everywhere! I am not kidding! Simply all over the place! I could be half-way through a sentence, trying as I was to introduce two rugby virgins not only to the game but to the tournament, when some drop-dead gorgeous, half-naked, muscular man walked past and I found myself going ‘Gagagagahhhhh…’, out loud! *sigh* Yes, I did get a few pretty strange looks, not just from my female tournament virgin friends (before they got into it themselves), but from the objects of my ‘gagagagahhh’-ings… Seriously, some of those men should come with warning signs!
Our favourite Charlie
Slowly we found our footing in the quagmire of divine male gorgeousness, found drinks, seats and other female spectators and the day that was had was simply amazing. I do believe I flashed my tits at least once, I know I lent my bra to a female rugby player (who came back with it while wearing another bra on her head), spoke to one male French rugby player who has been there every single year I have, was kissed by a South-African, gave two decent massages, felt quite a few bums (male rugby players have the most divine bottoms…) and drank an awful lot of alcohol. The thing about Stockholm Tens is that you just never get really, really drunk! If I had consumed those quantities of alcohol anywhere else at any other times I would be comatose, but this week-end in this company it just never hits you quite as badly.
Photo from Stockholm Tens 2009
I watched my timid Stockholm Tens virgin friends go from shy to far more daring than I’ve ever been at one of these things, saw one of my more experienced Stockholm Tens friends be bench-pressed, sang the song ‘Anthem’ from Chess at the top of my voice with another friend (to the general bemusement of those sitting nearby), tried (and so far failed) to blag more than one of the players out of their rugby shirts (I’m particularly interested in the ones that say ‘Kooga’ on the front and ‘Wardogs for hire’ on the back, since I think this would go great with my ‘cougar image’) and had an amazing time.
Collan being bench-pressed
The game, then, you might ask, what happened to the game? Hmmm… The Dubai Dragons had their asses handed to them by the Olorun Sharks, Attila ladies were severely beaten by the Moody Cows and… Sorry, but I have no idea about the rest of it. I saw some hugs, I saw some lifts but so far I haven’t seen a single streaker (hugely disappointed). Then again I have to say that the quality of the eye-candy (both male and female) has so far made every single moment I will spend feeling sorry for myself for my burned arms, face, back and cleavage well worth it.
The organisation this year did leave a few things to be desired, though… Where is the paddling pool? Why was one of the tents only half erected? Can’t something be done about the price of beer? And can’t we have more than one week-end per year of this absolutely amazing event?
Tomorrow is the last day of this two-day event and I expect more of the same, though more people will be more severely hung-over, topped off with the end of the tournament party at Kolingsborg and the traditional skinny dipping session at the City Hall… I have already met so many who think I’m simply kidding when I say they should come with us!
The third ‘report’ from the Stockholm Tens 2011 tournament can be found here.
The first ‘report’ from the Stockholm Tens 2011 tournament can be found here.
For the original ‘I Heart Rugby’ piece, please go here.
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