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JRstriker12
05-14-2007, 07:41 AM
What's up with Rafa biting his trophies. I can see biting a metal trophy as someone might bite a coin to see if it's real, but then he bit the cystal ATP masters trophy.

What's up with that Rafa?

Gillian
05-14-2007, 02:44 PM
Good question! Someone just asked me this yesterday, and I didn't know.

35ft6
05-14-2007, 03:18 PM
Maybe he's hungry.

Nadal_Freak
05-14-2007, 03:31 PM
It's a symbol of Nadal's hunger to win.

TheNatural
05-14-2007, 05:08 PM
to show how delicious vistory tastes.

vince916
05-14-2007, 05:14 PM
its his gimmick

chiru
05-14-2007, 05:25 PM
It's just a thing he does to set him apart. why not? its kinda, i donno, i dont wanna say cool, but yah in the unique kinda way. everyone else does the same old:
wait for it...wait for it
HOISTED (fans screaming)
brings it down tot kiss it then....
HOISTED.

its kinda repetitive.

ximian
05-14-2007, 05:33 PM
was the discussion at MTF not good enough for you?

Gillian
05-14-2007, 05:33 PM
But does anyone really know why?? Has he ever said in interviews??

Amone
05-14-2007, 05:35 PM
Yeah, he did say once (if I recall).

I seem to recall him saying that at one of his first titles (I wanna say it was an MS) that he just really wanted to bite it, because it was... I dunno, a weird thing for him. And since, it's just become his signature thing.

armand
05-14-2007, 05:43 PM
It comes from Nadal's pirate background: Anytime pirates get their hands on something that could be valuable, they bite it to determine if it's real and discard it if it ain't.

It's almost an instinctual thing now and written into Nadal's DNA.

Ronaldo
05-14-2007, 05:56 PM
The distance between a great victory and a terrible defeat is one step, and often only a short one at that. A fact of reality is that in a fallen world we can be riding high on the cloud of some great spiritual success, and the very next moment find ourselves in the valley of spiritual failure and despair. Rafa understands that both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, bites.

f1 tech
05-15-2007, 07:48 AM
It's his version of the Heisman Trophy pose. :)

Eviscerator
05-15-2007, 07:54 AM
I don't know and don't really care. I just wish he would stop picking at his rear end every point.

FedFan_2007
05-15-2007, 07:58 AM
These are the kind of ******** threads we have to endure. Face it! Nadal has 9 MS titles at 20y 11 months. Federer had ZERO at the same age. Nadal is 100x the player Fed ever was.

Rhino
05-15-2007, 07:59 AM
was the discussion at MTF not good enough for you?

Don't be a dick, not everybody uses that, or this place wouldn't even exist.

JRstriker12
05-15-2007, 08:03 AM
These are the kind of ******** threads we have to endure. Face it! Nadal has 9 MS titles at 20y 11 months. Federer had ZERO at the same age. Nadal is 100x the player Fed ever was.


It was an honest question. Don't get your panties in a twist.

If you don't like the thead, don't read it or respond to it.

ximian
05-15-2007, 08:16 AM
Don't be a dick, not everybody uses that, or this place wouldn't even exist.

Its a simple question, really. I'm just laughing at how everytime some new or interesting topic pops up on MTF, someone has come over here and post the same thing trying to look original or something. To the OP, I really am curious why he's now posting the exact same thread on a different forum. Its not like he'll find any new information on the matter, so what's his motive? To look cool and original on an online forum? It's funny when you think about it.

pound cat
05-15-2007, 08:23 AM
Biting a trophy makes more sense than kissing the trophy. The latter, to my mind, signifies..."god, that was lucky" whereas biting means "gothcha!" which indicates that it was Nadal himself who won it, no luck involved.

Rhino
05-15-2007, 08:25 AM
Its a simple question, really. I'm just laughing at how everytime some new or interesting topic pops up on MTF, someone has come over here and post the same thing trying to look original or something. To the OP, I really am curious why he's now posting the exact same thread on a different forum. Its not like he'll find any new information on the matter, so what's his motive? To look cool and original on an online forum? It's funny when you think about it.

Well it's possible people go to and from both the sites... I check MTF too and often see similar posts, however I never read a thread about Nadal biting trophies - although it is a question that has occured to me. I guess it's just his trademark or something. We are all fans of tennis so it's likely we discuss the same things at the same time here and at MTF but it's no big deal.

JRstriker12
05-15-2007, 08:27 AM
Its a simple question, really. I'm just laughing at how everytime some new or interesting topic pops up on MTF, someone has come over here and post the same thing trying to look original or something. To the OP, I really am curious why he's now posting the exact same thread on a different forum. Its not like he'll find any new information on the matter, so what's his motive? To look cool and original on an online forum? It's funny when you think about it.

What the heck are you talking about?

I had a simple question. I posted it. I've seen many people win a trophy. Not too many people bite them.

What is MTF? I only posted a single thread on this topic.

What's you motive in criticizing my post - to look original and sophisticated?

Has it every occurred to you that many people would have the same question? Maybe that's why it's posted here and whatever MTF is.

MariaS
05-15-2007, 08:39 AM
I don't know and don't really care. I just wish he would stop picking at his rear end every point.

:-D He needs to get rid of the thongs....

DashaandSafin
05-15-2007, 08:59 AM
It comes from Nadal's pirate background: Anytime pirates get their hands on something that could be valuable, they bite it to determine if it's real and discard it if it ain't.

It's almost an instinctual thing now and written into Nadal's DNA.

Are you kidding me? Pirate? Did you just call Nadal a pirate? NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. Pirates don't wear capri pants and neon colored tops. Pirates don't play tennis. Pirates eat beef jerky and scare little children. Maddox would kill you.

Baghdatis72
05-15-2007, 09:01 AM
What's up with Rafa biting his trophies. I can see biting a metal trophy as someone might bite a coin to see if it's real, but then he bit the cystal ATP masters trophy.

What's up with that Rafa?

I think he wants to establish something like a 'finishing' move or a celebration ritual so that others can copy and remember him forever :lol:

...or he's just addicted to trophies and he wants to taste them :lol:

Rhino
05-15-2007, 09:04 AM
What the heck are you talking about?

I had a simple question. I posted it. I've seen many people win a trophy. Not too many people bite them.

What is MTF? I only posted a single thread on this topic.

What's you motive in criticizing my post - to look original and sophisticated?

Has it every occurred to you that many people would have the same question? Maybe that's why it's posted here and whatever MTF is.

MTF is a website called 'Magnificant Trophy Facts', it's very popular - most people here are frequent visitors - and the subject of Nadals biting has been covered endlessly.

armand
05-15-2007, 09:09 AM
Are you kidding me? Pirate? Did you just call Nadal a pirate? NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. Pirates don't wear capri pants and neon colored tops. Pirates don't play tennis. Pirates eat beef jerky and scare little children. Maddox would kill you.little children = Federer? Bahahahaha!

Nadal should star in a new spinoff film called Pirates of the Mediterranean

edmondsm
05-15-2007, 09:21 AM
Nadal bites his trophies for the same reason that he:

1) picks his butt
2) arranges and re-arranges his water bottles
3) performs fist pumps that look rehearsed

HE'S WEIRD!!!!

CanadianChic
05-15-2007, 09:21 AM
To prove to himself that it is real - it is a symbol similar to pinching oneself or cutting glass with a diamond - a symbol of humbleness.

JRstriker12
05-15-2007, 10:16 AM
MTF is a website called 'Magnificant Trophy Facts', it's very popular - most people here are frequent visitors - and the subject of Nadals biting has been covered endlessly.

Thanks. Never been on MTF.

spadesss
05-15-2007, 10:22 AM
must felt like Mike Tyson biting off an ear!

Attila the tennis Bum
05-15-2007, 10:31 AM
It's just a thing he does to set him apart. why not? its kinda, i donno, i dont wanna say cool, but yah in the unique kinda way. everyone else does the same old:
wait for it...wait for it
HOISTED (fans screaming)
brings it down tot kiss it then....
HOISTED.

its kinda repetitive.

hahaha...too funny!

ACE of Hearts
05-15-2007, 10:32 AM
I suggest they put some icing on the trophies for Nadal now,LMAO.

ximian
05-15-2007, 10:59 AM
What the heck are you talking about?

I had a simple question. I posted it. I've seen many people win a trophy. Not too many people bite them.

What is MTF? I only posted a single thread on this topic.

What's you motive in criticizing my post - to look original and sophisticated?

Has it every occurred to you that many people would have the same question? Maybe that's why it's posted here and whatever MTF is.

Oh give me a break. The thread at MTF was posted at 12:00am Monday, the first thread I've EVER seen on Nadal and trophy biting, and you expect me to believe that you randomly posted the exact same thread over here 7 hours later? Covering it up only makes you look more suspicious.

Anyway, this is getting a bit over-blown. Its a silly discussion and lets just leave it where its at.

JRstriker12
05-15-2007, 11:07 AM
Oh give me a break. The thread at MTF was posted at 12:00am Monday, the first thread I've EVER seen on Nadal and trophy biting, and you expect me to believe that you randomly posted the exact same thread over here 7 hours later? Covering it up only makes you look more suspicious.

Anyway, this is getting a bit over-blown. Its a silly discussion and lets just leave it where its at.

Yes.

It's a big world out there and people tend to ask similar questions. That's why there are things like stickies and FAQ's and EVEN duplicate posts that require merging two threads.

So give me a break. Not everyone goes to this MTF site.

Ronaldo
05-15-2007, 11:49 AM
Chew on this one! http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/73626929.jpg?v=1&c=NewsMaker&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1935B3684F2B7A07BEB33041D296FB8C60D

VamosRafa
05-15-2007, 12:08 PM
its his gimmick

Yep, and the photographers now ask him to do it.

Ronaldo
05-15-2007, 12:25 PM
Better never win an ice trophy, may get sticky.

jamumafa
05-15-2007, 12:37 PM
Yep, and the photographers now ask him to do it.


Right on. He bit it once, and then he said in an interview after winning another title, something along the lines of: "I held the trophy the and the photographers said 'bite....bite'" so he did. And now it's his trademark.

jmsx521
05-15-2007, 03:54 PM
Wait till he breaks his tooth one day and he'll learn a lesson!

zapvor
05-15-2007, 08:46 PM
Thanks. Never been on MTF.

never heard of MTF either. but i digress. i think its cool he bites the trophy. its like, different. its Nadal afterall. hes so fun too watch, so i guess its all part of the Nadal show.

theRadical
05-15-2007, 09:47 PM
Biting the trophy isn't a Nadal thing.

A lot of athletes do it. Especially skiers/snowboarders/extreme sports.

Gillian
05-16-2007, 10:45 AM
Really? I've never seen it before.

chris1992
05-16-2007, 10:48 AM
It comes from Nadal's pirate background: Anytime pirates get their hands on something that could be valuable, they bite it to determine if it's real and discard it if it ain't.

It's almost an instinctual thing now and written into Nadal's DNA.

this seems IMO the most realistic opinion

JRstriker12
05-16-2007, 11:04 AM
this seems IMO the most realistic opinion

Everyone knows Nadal is not a pirate!!!!

He's a matador, thus the long shorts.

HyperHorse
05-16-2007, 01:04 PM
MTF= Mens Tennis Forums.

Rhino
05-21-2007, 09:50 AM
I notice he doesn't bite his runner-up trophies :)

darkblue
05-21-2007, 09:53 AM
vitamin supplement - minerals

JRstriker12
05-21-2007, 10:06 AM
I notice he doesn't bite his runner-up trophies :)

I guess they are not as tasty. ;)

fridrix
05-22-2007, 01:41 AM
It is a primal gesture

In the heat of sub-Saharan savannah, the bull lion drives off all rivals to claim his mate, then gives her a little nibble on the nape, reminding her what a stud he is

the champion savors the prize, also applies to. . .trophy wives

Gillian
05-23-2007, 04:12 PM
I guess they are not as tasty. ;)

Defeat has a bitter taste!

Rhino
06-13-2008, 12:15 AM
i don't think Wimbledon would let him bite the actual trophy, they guard that thing with their life. they probably have a word with him before they hand it over "no biting!"

ichibanosaru
06-13-2008, 12:27 AM
The distance between a great victory and a terrible defeat is one step, and often only a short one at that. A fact of reality is that in a fallen world we can be riding high on the cloud of some great spiritual success, and the very next moment find ourselves in the valley of spiritual failure and despair. Rafa understands that both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, bites.

WOW - I'm going to copy this for future use.

Ronaldo
06-13-2008, 07:22 AM
WOW - I'm going to copy this for future use.

No need to copy, just read Joshua 7:1-26. Btw, bet the Lakers discovered this fact last night during game 4 with the Celtics, eh?

crazylevity
06-13-2008, 10:10 AM
i don't think Wimbledon would let him bite the actual trophy, they guard that thing with their life. they probably have a word with him before they hand it over "no biting!"

Maybe they say to Fed, please win the trophy...we don't want bite marks on the trophy!

And Federer, defender of all tennis traditions, does so valiantly.

jmsx521
06-13-2008, 10:16 AM
Trophy biting in any sports is quite amateurish. That's where the athletes differ from higher-end college students.... You don't see people getting Master's or PhDs biting their diplomas, do you?

cknobman
06-13-2008, 11:47 AM
He needs the extra iron in his diet.

pow
06-13-2008, 12:02 PM
They're tasty.
Seriously, there's like caramel on it or something.

pound cat
06-13-2008, 01:24 PM
He probably finds the idea of kissing metal rediculous, Biting it keeps his mouth as far away as possible, yet makes the media happy.

ttbrowne
06-13-2008, 07:41 PM
My wife says it looks a little....girly.

SempreSami
06-13-2008, 07:45 PM
I'd like to see him take a bite out of that
http://soccerlens.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/united_99_cl_celebration.jpg
Not that I want his favourite team ANYWHERE near the European Cup any time soon, dirty scummy fascists.

Breaker
06-13-2008, 08:00 PM
I'd like to see him take a bite out of that

Not that I want his favourite team ANYWHERE near the European Cup any time soon, dirty scummy fascists.

Better them than Ronaldo and his flipping Portuguese or those floppers in Italy, if France can keep Italy from advancing I will be extremely happy. And don't worry yourself Spain will choke as usual with that soft middle in that defense of their's.

NikeWilson
06-13-2008, 09:01 PM
same reason he picks his butt.
he's superstitious. and ocd.

SempreSami
06-14-2008, 07:25 AM
Better them than Ronaldo and his flipping Portuguese or those floppers in Italy, if France can keep Italy from advancing I will be extremely happy. And don't worry yourself Spain will choke as usual with that soft middle in that defense of their's.

European Cup =/= European Championships

Nadal supports Real Madrid.

P-Town Tennis
06-14-2008, 08:40 AM
I wonder what Nadal would do if the trophy was big and round?

miniRafa386
06-14-2008, 08:46 AM
its just a trademark, like how agassi bowed to the crowd, djokovic does impressions, canas, baghdatis, and federer play with their hair, tsonga does the party boy, youzhny splits his head open, monfils hits the butt of his racquet before every return point, there plenty more.

SempreSami
06-14-2008, 09:03 AM
its just a trademark, like how agassi bowed to the crowd, djokovic does impressions, canas, baghdatis, and federer play with their hair, tsonga does the party boy, youzhny splits his head open, monfils hits the butt of his racquet before every return point, there plenty more.

What a rubbish list.

AllDownTheLine
07-16-2008, 02:47 PM
MTF= Mens Tennis Forums.

MTF= My Tooth Fairy

TheNatural
07-16-2008, 02:55 PM
He bites it because he can.

AllDownTheLine
07-16-2008, 02:57 PM
Maybe he's hungry.

Yes i allways want a trophy when i am hungry

Blabalot
07-19-2008, 07:41 AM
What the heck are you talking about?

I had a simple question. I posted it. I've seen many people win a trophy. Not too many people bite them.

What is MTF? I only posted a single thread on this topic.

What's you motive in criticizing my post - to look original and sophisticated?

Has it every occurred to you that many people would have the same question? Maybe that's why it's posted here and whatever MTF is.

MTF-My tooth fairy:)

Blabalot
07-19-2008, 07:43 AM
MTF= My Tooth Fairy

yes i agree

jane-hawkEye
07-19-2008, 07:50 AM
because It's not that easy to swallow. olympics medal maybe

Atherton2003
07-19-2008, 07:52 AM
I am waiting for the day his teeth get stuck in the trophy.

crazylevity
07-19-2008, 08:39 AM
Nadal should beware...ingestion of metals can lead to blood poisoning.

jane-hawkEye
07-19-2008, 08:41 AM
http://www.emerchandise.com/images/p/JB-/pzMTJB-0005.jpg

Blabalot
07-20-2008, 03:46 PM
in case it gets stolen it will have his dental imprint

pound cat
08-24-2008, 04:34 AM
He's not the only one...Thorkidlson Javelin gold

http://img11.beijing2008.cn/20080823/Img214580060.jpg

Messarger
08-24-2008, 04:55 AM
It is a primal gesture

In the heat of sub-Saharan savannah, the bull lion drives off all rivals to claim his mate, then gives her a little nibble on the nape, reminding her what a stud he is

the champion savors the prize, also applies to. . .trophy wives

This might sound ignorant, but is 'nape' a slang for the female genetial?

decrepitude
08-24-2008, 06:12 AM
This might sound ignorant, but is 'nape' a slang for the female genetial?

Is that a serious question?:)

Nape = back of the neck.

kungfusmkim
08-24-2008, 06:15 AM
I always thought he bit his trophy to see if it was real steel or nickle copper crystal or what ever it is and not plastic.

kungfusmkim
08-24-2008, 06:19 AM
These are the kind of ******** threads we have to endure. Face it! Nadal has 9 MS titles at 20y 11 months. Federer had ZERO at the same age. Nadal is 100x the player Fed ever was.

you also have to understand that federer had a tougher competetion enviroment around his young years, they had Agassi and Chang around and Rios and Chang. when the 3out of 4 retired at 2003 or b4 thats when federer really took control by winning his first GS Wimbledon. If federer was in stuck in the era of prime sampras and rios and chang and agassi and other including people such as becker, he would ahve won allllllooooooooooooot less

jmsx521
08-24-2008, 06:31 AM
Biting trophies and medals is officially considered a contagious disease. Other athletes are doing it too:
http://www.nbcolympics.com/taekwondo/photos/galleryid=239533.html

seffina
08-24-2008, 07:09 AM
It's nothing new. The biting medals has been done for years and years and years. Biting trophies is not something I've seen anyone but Rafa do.

Ljubicic for number1
08-24-2008, 07:37 PM
Seems like a Spanish thing, seen it in Le Tour De France and the Olympics from Spanish competitors.

maximo
08-25-2008, 03:24 AM
He has an OCD, perhaps?

wyutani
08-25-2008, 03:25 AM
dude, he's been playing like 3 hours at least in a tennis match. he's hungry. end of story. yes i hungry no?

Cloudy
08-25-2008, 03:27 AM
Nadal bites his trophies for the same reason that he:

1) picks his butt
2) arranges and re-arranges his water bottles
3) performs fist pumps that look rehearsed

HE'S WEIRD!!!!

I love Rafa but that has given me a chuckle great post.

Gorecki
08-25-2008, 03:32 AM
still groing his theeth. kids do that stuff.

pow
08-25-2008, 04:10 AM
What's up with Rafa biting his trophies. I can see biting a metal trophy as someone might bite a coin to see if it's real, but then he bit the cystal ATP masters trophy.

What's up with that Rafa?
They are coated with sugar right before every presentation.

Love Game
08-25-2008, 04:32 AM
Why does Nadal Bite His Trophies?

I'm wondering why this thread has been
resurrected from 1-1/4 years ago ------
original post May 14, 2007 !!!

http://ak.webfetti.com/assets/glitter/0/469.gif

vincent_tennis
08-25-2008, 06:45 AM
animialistic instincts xD

Ronaldo
08-25-2008, 08:31 AM
Wonder what his mom's serving trays and bowls must look like if the rest of the family bites?

babbette
08-25-2008, 08:38 AM
Answers;
1-because victory tastes sweet. 8)

2-he's just a biter (oh to be her) :(
http://i35.tinypic.com/fk06xf.jpg

or 3-as he explained, he doesn't know, no? He did it once when he won a tournament and eversince then they always ask him to do that pose.:confused:

Love Game
08-26-2008, 07:34 PM
Answers;
1-because victory tastes sweet. 8)

2-he's just a biter (oh to be her)
http://i35.tinypic.com/fk06xf.jpg


Oh yeah ... she's stylin' .... she's smilin'

and for those who hated biting in May 2007
and those who still do in Aug 2008 .....
is this what you want? like everybody else? :rolleyes:

http://i33.tinypic.com/15dwf0l.jpg

Skooler
08-26-2008, 09:36 PM
its probably his signature move

pound cat
08-27-2008, 04:40 AM
[QUOTE=Messarger;2642897]This might sound ignorant, but is 'nape' a slang for the female genetial?[/QUOTE



Sp. Genitalia

IvanYentl
08-27-2008, 04:55 AM
because is hero is Underdog (from the original cartoon)