Friday, June 30, 2006

T.G.I.Fabio Cannavaro!

Si. His name is Fabio. He's an Italian footballer. His body is, em, how do you say? A flippin machine.

Fabio Cannavaro plays for Juventus Italia, is married with 2 boys and a girl, and , according to, he "likes a lot to drink milk," and thinks the most important quality in a woman is that she "doesn't talk about football." His nickname is "Canna," and he reports his defect as being "sometimes good excessively."

Here's to excessively good Italian men, Bellas!

At this point, Italia is in the quarterfinals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and will play the Ukraine today, Friday.

Now, I may just have to do a special feature on Juventus because there are a number of really hot young men on the team who deserve to be ogled.

And, I know I don't usually offer photos of men al fresco, as it were, but this one of Canna was just too artistic to keep from you on this, the last day of the workweek.

We Italians do so love our fine art.

Encore! Go Juventus!
Encore due! Julia Quinn's"On the Way to the Wedding" BlabFest this weekend right here at Romance: By the Blog. Read the book? Come by and tell us what you think and what you liked best.
Encore tre! Check out "10 Most Beautiful Men of the 2006 World Cup."
Encore quattro! Go to CT's blog , Raven's Sanctuary, for more gorgeous FIFA World Cup footballers! CT's a big supporter of Nathan Kamp, too, and a special friend of Romance: B(u)y the Book!


Stacy~ said...

You know, I really don't think I have a full appreciation for the arts. Michelle, I thank you for bringing the arts to the masses so others such as myself can be more well-rounded individuals. My new motto is: you can never have too much art, nor can it be appreciated too much.

Question: how does one go about really getting a feel for the arts though, and interpreting all those...planes and angles? Do you think touching the arts would make me appreciate it even more? I have a feeling it really would....

Monica Burns said...

Art! This is the Almighty redefining the word art. It's the creator's rendition of Apollo in all his masculine strength and form. Look at the definition, the lines, the...HEY! No fair, Mr. Photographer, this body needs complete exposure in order to be worshipped properly!

Wow, Michelle. Can you pick them or what! When I opened the blog, with my eyes drooping wearily I might add, I saw the nice upper chest shot. First thing I thought was, cool a new babe-a-licious to look at, and he has GREAT arms. So then I read and as I scrolled down, my mouth fell open in renewed appreciation for Italian sculpture. He reminds me of some of my Mom's cousins from the "big" city who would work in my Great Uncle's backyard on cars for fun without any shirts on. As a young, impressionable teenager, I didn't realize until years later why my nether regions were always dewy when I was hanging out on Aunt Mary's and Uncle Ignatius's back porch. Whew! *wiping the heat from my skin* Thanks for the memories, Michelle WHAT a bod!

CT said...

Cannavaro is one of my favorite footballers, along with del Piero, Nesta, etc... :) I've been religiously watching each match in the World Cup. It's not surprising why I've been so busy.. ;) I can't wait for Italy vs Ukraine match.

Rach said...

Is there anything sexier than a sexy man with kids? Oh, wait, a sexy man with a soccer ball is definitely sexier! Holy moly and thank you so very much!

Oh, and Michelle, so glad the hubby is back in town =).

Rach said...

Oh, and Michelle, the 10 most beautiful World Cup gods--love me some goregouse eyecandy in the morning =)!

Diane Gaston said...

Eeek! Here I've been away from reading your blog, Michelle, because of a deadline and lots of travel. So I just decided to pop in today. Wow! what else have I been missing? (my husband is half-Italian, but I think it must be the other half)
It is so nice to see such a handsome man, who is also a family man, too. I saved his photos in my "Heroes" file. I collect photos of handsome men who might someday serve as visual images of my fictional heroes. Purely for research. Honest. (g) well, sorta honest...
Diane (who has a brazilian number of photos of Gerard Butler--purely for research...)

Kati said...

I had to laugh Michelle - I thought David Beckham was the yuummiest footballer -- and please, I'd love to touch him inappropriately -- I could kick Posh Spice's a** and never break a sweat, what does she weigh, three pounds? Eat a sandwich already!!

But I now have a new appreciation for Italian soccer players!

When I was in Paris this year, I noted that all the men were metrosexual (and not in a good way). Got to Venice and within the first hundred yards, I'd spotted about 5 guys I wouldn't kick outta bed for eatin' crackers. I decided then and there that clearly Italy should be a SUPERPOWER!

Julie in Ohio said...

You are my favoritest person ever. Where did you find him? I think I need to hang out with you. You have the inside scoop on all the hotties. :o)

My fav pic would have to be the one with his kids. I swear there is nothing sexier than a man with a baby in his arms. AAHH

(Obviously I need a more indepth art lesson. Or maybe more hands on like Stacy. *g*)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

(Michelle, singing)Buon giorno, Bellas!

I'm so happy you love my Fabio. Now I have two Fabios to be enamoured of for two entirely different reasons.

Yes, Stacy (says I, sighing) I do so feel burdened by my task of placing the arts into the hands of the women clamoring to appreciate them. I do recommend the learn the art as does the sculptor method you suggest.

Sheesh, Mon. I think we just got a little free erotic romance there. I'm feeling kinda dewey all over. God bless Great Uncle Ingnatius.

Everybody, check out CT's trib to WC footballers at CT's got awesome photos. Next to Italians, Argentinian men are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen. But there are a lot of Italian Argentinians...

LOL re the soccer ball. Wilson makes such nice equipment, don't you think? Rach, yes, thank you. Things are already easier with Dave back. I literally never heard him or the kids wake up this am, and didn't get out of bed until the ungodly hour of 8 am, at least 31/2 hrs later than usual. And you're very welcome for Fabio. He's killin me he so cutie.

Diane, Diane, Diane. Research is the most important part of writing! But I must say, Gerard Butler is NOT Italian. It is the ONLY thing he's lacking, but there you have it. You are drawn to the Italian men, Diane. Welcome, welcome to the beauty of RBtheBlog --where I encourage all to develop, then embrace an obsession with young, handsome Italian men. LOL re your husband. :) Welcome back!

Well , Marykate, I guess I can forgive you now for winning the downloads. I think I've told you I haven't been to Italy yet. Last night Dave saw me working on this blog, though he didn't know what I was doing. He said, "you have a very interesting smile on your face." I said, "we really need to visit Italy." And, clearly, virility and machismo are probably the only things that will ever make Italy a superpower. Better to make love, not war, I guess.

Really, Stacy, you flatter me. Sometimes I feellike a total lech looking for photos, cause the good-looking men are so damn young. I mean, Fabio here was born in '73. That's only marginally comforting. And I'm happy to bring the arts to you. Perhaps I should plan a week of artistic photography with a companion explanation of each interesting feature. To think, I used never to want even to publish a picture of Nathan Kamp with a bare chest.

Julie in Ohio said...

I must admit the name Fabio has not done a thing for me. However, I now have a completely new respect for that name...not to mention face to put with it.

Julie in Ohio said...

Alright, maybe FACE isn't completely accurate...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Gesu. In the history of man, has God created such beauty?

I simply cannot think of a way to describe his,em, uh, culo, without sounding totally crass. But Fabio's inspires one to wax mortifyingly poetic.

Molto snaxissimo.

Julie in Ohio said...

Do you think we can get Manda to write some of her limericks about our new candidate for Mr. Snaxy?

Rach said...

I second the motion, Manda =).

Snaxissimo--LOL, Michelle!

So, I just finished Lucy's THE REAL DEAL, and I have to say I really did enjoy it. Fabulous characters, nice story, and really scorchin' ;o).

Do you think all those other football gods would look as good with only a soccer ball for a friend? Okay, Beckham does, but what of the rest? I think you should try and find some evidence for us Michelle, so we can decide for ourselves. =)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I am so all over that mission. World Cup's on til July 9.

BTW, just read you guyz's posts yesterday. Very funny about my being AWOL cause my husband was back. Actually, I was with my kids, and stressing about some dumb stuff, and before I knew it, it was night. And I hadn't been on once!

OK, can I say this about the whole metrosexual thing Marykate was talking about earlier. I think we need to have a whole day to talk about it. I mean, do we like that in our guys? Or guys in general? It's very European, but don't European chicks dig our American guys cause they're rugged? Metrosexuals are so beta.

Anyway, are you saying Canna could unseat Nathan as TSO? I don't know. I think I'd have to see Nathan with some soccer equipment. God, it's so hard for me to think of him in that way now. I hate that.

Julie in Ohio said...

I don't know if he could unseat Nathan but I think we need to have a line up.
Both being family men and snaxilious, it would be tight competition...and wouldn't you like to see how tight? *g*

Julie in Ohio said...

Oh and to answer your question, Michelle. I definitely prefer my guys rough. A little stubble never hurt anyone.

Rach said...

Snaxilicious? LOL ya'll are killing me! =)

I don't know if anyone can unseat TSO, but hey, I'm up to the challenge of looking at gorgeous half-nekkid (okay all except a soccer ball nekkid) men to determine if it's possible.

Michelle, definitely need to talk about the metro thing. My guy is a geek for sure, but even he is all rugged outdoorsy guy. I'm not so into the metro thing.

I was at a wedding recently and one of the guys was wearing a light grey suit, pink shirt, and pastel striped tie. I'm pretty sure his wife did this to him, but quite frankly, I really found it off putting.

Julie in Ohio said...

and I'm sorry, but if a guys hair is more perfect than mine...see ya.

verif; skafuc

how funny is that?

Rach said...

Okay, I've been giving this metro thing some thought. First of all, how and when did this trend start? Did guys suddenly decide to become more like us so we would want to hang out with them more? Were they feeling left out of all the fun pampering we do for ourselves (okay, those of us that have time to do so between dealing with kids, husbands, demon dogs, etc.)?

All I can say is it leaves me rather confused.

I don't want a guy sharing my froo froo shampoo and good smelling lotion.

And, don't even get me started on the number of guys I saw in my nail place the other day having manis and pedis!

I guess I can respect that I guy wants to look well polished and put together, but well, I guess I'm still a little creeped out by the whole thing. Maybe I need to be a little more open minded?

Julie in Ohio said...

Good reasoning, Rach. I think they are jealous of us. (HA. My husband would argue tremendously with that.)

In defense of men having mani and pedis, I hear George Clooney gets his nails done. I wouldn't consider him metro. He's a man's man.
My husband has nicer finger nails than me (although, I bite mine). He keeps his nails neat and at least I can say he doesn't have fungus feet. He doesn't go to the nail salon to have his done, though. I guess it is all on how it is presented. I have threatened to paint them a few times. You should see him shudder. :o)

I haven't seen any guys at the salon but I live in a small town where they would be razzed until the day they die if they were caught there. *g*

Rach said...

Ah, see, there's something to be said about the anonymity of life in a city.

I don't mind if guys have nice, clean, neat hands (manis done at home, even), but I object to my time in a supposed girls-only nail place being invaded by guys ;o). How are we supposed to gossip about 'em if they're right there?

Seriously, I like nice hands on a man (boy, do I LOVE nice hands on a man *wink*), but isn't going to a salon to have it done maybe going a little

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Shoot. I've gotta go hang take my kids somewhere, then the kitty to the vet. I'll check in later. You're talking hands, and I love em, too. And forearms.

Kati said...

I like 'em big and burly. I always say that if I'm out on a date with a guy, and we get mugged, I don't want to be the one who has to kick the mugger's a**. I'm not a little woman, and I want a guy who can pick me up without straining a muscle.

I don't get the metro thing at all. But I know a couple of women who both find it very attractive.

I think there's not much sexier than a guy who's dressed up, but give me a guy who looks completely at home in jeans and flannel. Does it for me every single time!

Julie in Ohio said...

My husband spiffed up to take me out is always welcomed.
I love to see him cleaned up but to have that every second of every day would grow old real fast.

Julie in Ohio said...

Canna must have had a cramp after clenching so hard in that beautiful shot.

Come on. You know you were thinking it.

Kati said...

I was just thinking that that was a miiiiiiiighty fine hiney.

Must be all that pumping..........iron.

Rach said...

Julie, hadn't even crossed my mind...*smirk*

And, Marykate, I'm like you. I'm no small girl and I need a big guy to match me. Come on, I played rugby for Pete's sake. Mmmm, rugby, now *there* are some sexy guys!!!

Michelle was taking her cat *to* the vet, I'm off to pick the cat *up* from the vet, so no more groovy guys for me for a while. boo hoo

Julie in Ohio said...

Sorry, Rach.
But he'll still be here when you get back. I'll make sure of it.:o)

Rach said...

Ahhhh, he is indeed still here. Thanks, Julie ;o).

Julie in Ohio said...

I keep my promises no matter how difficult they may be. :o)

Manda Collins said...

Man, Michelle. You are so trying to get me fired from the new job, aren't you? Nahh, just kidding. I can totally count this as research, can't I? It's time the arts got the academic attention they deserve:)

Hmmm, this is really stretching my limerick muscles.

There once was a snaxy Italian,
Whose muscles were ripped like a stallions.
His bod was so dreamy
That bellas got steamy
And passed on his pics by the thousands.

Not a true rhyme but there aren't that many words that rhyme with Italian.

Julie in Ohio said...

I knew you wouldn't let us down, Manda. BRAVA!!

Kati said...

Oh Manda - it's perfecto! (wait, adding an "o" makes everything italian, right?)

Hey Michelle, I know he's not italian, but in honor of the World Cup, how's 'bout some pix of Becks??? He's so delish. I'm glad he cut his hair.

Now see, I just said I don't care of the metrosexual men, and yet, David Beckham totally gets my motor running, and he's the metrosexual poster boy (he and Ryan Seacrest).

Oh, and JulieO, I picked up OTWTTW today. I'll start reading tomorrow. I'm finishing up KNOCK ME OFF MY FEET by Susan Donovan tonight. I'll be done with OTWTTW by tomorrow night, then I'll be on to blather/gush.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

My husband was just laughing when I read him your limerick, Manda. Who is is who dubbed you the Romance:By the Book Poet Laureat? I think it fits. Too flippin funny.

JulieO, it is the most beautiful culo I've ever seen photographed. It brings tears to my eyes it is so spectacular. I envy his wife. I must admit: I am obsessed with Canna.

Why is it that a guy bared below the waist on an Ellora's calendar skeeves me, but Canna here fair makes me see the angels?

I'm not sharing THAT with my husband, btw.

Rach, you are so committed to our cause that you return again and again. Thank you for your dedication to the arts.

amy kennedy said...

Oh yeah--that was moi who called her the Poet Laureat. And well deserved I might say--I missed a great blog today, well I guess not completely, since I'm here now.

You all had me laughing so much. And I can't believe I wasn't in on the adulation of the a**. I was going to spell it out...butt(!) thought better of it.


Manda Collins said...

Aw, thanks guys! I try.

Michelle, those Ellora's cave guys are skeevy. Do you think it's the headbands? But you're right. Canna naked below the waist is, as marykate would say, perfecto!

Amy, I can just see Michelle entitling s blog in the near future, "Adulation of the A**: A Snaxylicious Photo Retrospective" or would that be the title of her art show? Whichever, I'd buy tickets:)

Rach said...

Manda, fabulouso =). Amy was dead-on with the poet laureate thing =).

Marykate, you are so gonna enjoy OTWTTW. It was fantastic! And, adding an "o" to the end of all words definitely makes them Italian. If you add "ito" to the end it makes them Spanish. ;o)

Julie in Ohio said...

MaryKate, you are in for a treat. It is JQ at her best, and I will stop here before I begin to blabber.

You all have me ROLFLMAO.

Amy and Manda, where do you come up with these things?

Michelle, if culo means what I think is does, his wife is a lucky woman. She has the authority to grope whenever she feels like it. That is a woman to envy. :o)

Ok, because the man is too beautiful I had to come up with a flaw.
What is with the mega bushy eyebrows? You can hardly make out his eyes.

Yes, ladies, the man has eyes...somewhere.

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle, I wanted to tell you that I just started "Bride Most Begrudging" by Deeanne Gist and am loving it. I haven't laughed so hard a the beginning of a book than I have with this one. I don't know if you remember but you highlighted "Bride" and "Rekindled" in May. I went to the store to get OTWTTW and on the shelf right next to it was "Bride" so I picked up both. What can I say...I'm weak.
I just wanted to say thanks for another great recommendation. :o)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

He's Italian, that's what's up with the eyebrows, JulieO. It's the hair thing. We don't like to talk about it, but we all are intimately familiar with it. I'm guessing some waxing was involved before that photo shoot. But Eduardo has the wild look, too.

Yes. Culo means exactly what you think it does. You can also say culi as slang or a colloquiallism.

Thanks for the Spanish lesson, Rach! :) Now we can make new adjectives to describe Eduardo!

Good work, Ames.

amy kennedy said...

Manda, I'd be next in line for the tickets.

Julie, I might come up with a throw away line, Manda comes up with Poetry.

Snaxy men poetry.


Rach, what do you add to make it French? Or do we not care, because Marykate says they're too metrosexual?

Isn't it lovely how you could just tell what culo meant?

Diane Gaston said...

I had to come back for a second look! MaryKate, I'm with you. When I went to Italy I was amazed at all the handsome men walking around. Must plan a trip back. During soccer season.

amy kennedy said...

Diane, I've been back several times. It's as if something was calling to me.

Kelley Nyrae said...

Yum! Fabio is hot. I love Italian men. My hero in the novella I am working on is Italian (not to mention my hubby is too).

Kati said...

Oh Rach - You speak French?! Me too! My degree is in french (I'm a meeting planner, so no explaination why I have a french degree, it seemed like a good idea at the time...)

So, Ames, to make it french, it would parfait! Magnifique! Fantastique! Beaux! Tres sexy...

Rach said...

Unfortunately, Marykate, I don't *actually* speak French. However, any insights you might have into French adulations El Snaxissmo would be most welcome =).

Kati said...

I think it would be "Snaxxique!"

Kati said...

Or "Snaxxeaux!"