September 6th, 2011

The Sizzle Query: Is ‘Sinister’ Seductive?

Artur Boruc. Mad, hot man. Image via dirtytackle.

Jose Mourinho. Roy Keane. Artur Boruc. Eric Cantona. Genaro Gattuso. Joey Barton.

We all know that despite occasional lapses into normal behaviour, all of the above guys spend more time operating on the outer fringes of the sanity scale than the rest of us. Not just in a ‘momentary lapse of reason’ kind of way, as even the most sensible of us are prone to do given the right provocation, but proper, recurrent outbursts.

The other thing all these men seem to have in common is that in their prime (and sometimes beyond), they’re perceived as pretty darn attractive. Is this coincidence, or something far more sinister?

We totally get why the idea of a man so in touch with his emotions would be appealing. But let’s get real, Kickettes. It might be fun to watch Gennaro Gattuso duffing up an old dude on the touchline but surely a sense of humour failure would ensue if he kept doing it in the supermarket carpark?

Similarly, Eric Cantona’s experiments in kung fu are all very well, but when he kicks off during Sunday lunch with the in-laws, there would definitely be questions asked. And as for Roy Keane’s beard…

Do we just love these bad boys because they represent exciting possibilities far removed from normal life? Or would you really and truly like to commit to a guy who might spend a significant proportion of your lives together in custody? Do you like your alone time?

Spill the beans, please. Or we’ll be round to your house to find out why.

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31 Responses to “The Sizzle Query: Is ‘Sinister’ Seductive?”

  1. Kylie says:

    Don't know all these names mentioned well, but I do know Gattuso, and love him, and could not describe him as Sinister. A passionate Italian could not be lumped with the likes of the total idiot Barton or the bitter and twisted Jose. Give Gennaro a break and post more pictures of him scantily clad I say! x

  2. Anna says:

    It's sinister *shivers*

  3. Rossanera says:

    I love Gennaro Gattuso. Obviously, I'm biased. But he DOES wear his heart on his sleeve, and he is willing and able to recognize when he's been out of line (which is more than I can say for Mou), and then, you know, there's this side of him:… … I can't help but love him, the genuine love he has for Milan and his country are palpable, and that kind of passion is attractive.

  4. Kelly says:

    Okay sinister?? that's a bit harsh. These guys aren't plotting to take over the world or beating dogs and babies. Jose's cocky smirk is one of the sexiest things in football. Ego? Atttitude? Whatever you want to call it he IS bad ass and DOES back it up which makes him even sexier. Talks the talk and Walks the walk, can't deny him that.

    • Raven says:

      Talks the talk, walks the walk, pokes the eye… Sorry but it irritates me the way people portray Mour as an honest and brave guy. To me he is the biggest hypocrit in the fotball industry. He sure talks the talk (he's very good at that) but he sure does not walk the walk. He is only a badass in the pressrooms. I'm a Man U fan and I hope to god that he doesn't end up there one day. Sorry I don't mean to bash you in any way, I'm just sick of Mr. Mourinho.

      • Kelly says:

        How can you say he doesn't walk the walk? Champions League? League titles? He's one of the best managers in the game. Just cause you're sick of him doesn't mean he's not good. And the fact that as many people love and hate him proves he's doing something right. beside this is about being sexy and he is11

        • Raven says:

          I was only following the theme of the post, that is arguing why I like or dislike someones bad boy attitude. No one can deny Mourinho's skills as a coach. But his attitude is sooo bad and it is not attractive because it is hypocritical. He accuses people for things that he himself are guilty and much worse. That's what I meant with not walking the walk. If you are a hypocrit you talk the talk, but you do not walk the walk. I wasn't talking about football.

          And when he, for no apparent reason, mocked Pellegrini for moving to a less prestigious Spanish club (something that he would neeeever do) I felt disgusted by him. Wtf had Pellegrini ever done to deserve that? Totally uncalled for. I find his "pointing-finger" tactics distasteful, and I can't understand how fans can overlook that side to his personality. I'd rather be a fan to a club that looses than to have him as a coach and win.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      I said many time before, unless Mourinho had coached or is coaching your club, you won't understand him, he is passionate and shows his fans that he is doing all he takes for the club he is coaching, or explain why would inter fan still sings his name or some Chelesa fans wants him or Porto fans singing his name in the European super cup! you know saf actuallly praised him and said whatever he did comes from a place of passion, del bisque said Mourinho is unique personality and should be respected. about the poke, he will be forever judged for, I get it! Not his best days, but you know what Jose actually apologized for his fans about it, so that's only shows that this guy is all about passionate when it comes to his club. About his accomplishment his titles speak for itself, He is definitely walking the walk and doing the talk, as a Madrid fan, I 100% agree!
      Again! You either love or hate Mourinho, right now with the media using him as

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        The media is just not helping or portraying him the anti-Christ of football world*. And Mourinho is happy playing this role because this is part of his game plan as a coach to motivate his players, this is his game plan and always have been!

        • Raven says:

          And it's a disgusting, sneeky plan and I hope it continues to backfire on him in La liga. Again, I'm not here to bash anyone or to be bitching for the hell of it. I'm seriously curious how people can respect a guy that behaves like that.

          • Raven says:

            Oh and I forgot, if he was a real man (as he likes to portray himself as) he would not only apologize to his fans but to the one he poked. But he does not walk the walk. I'm gonna stop now, I'm getting carried away I'm afraid.

  5. Jade says:

    I just have a thing for Gennaro Gattuso… maybe it's the beard, maybe it's the name…

  6. Gladys says:

    Can't wait to see what Dirty Tackle does with that photo of Boruc!

  7. blitzenTO says:

    I am seriously not being anti-Catholic here, but does anyone else think the most sinister thing in that first picture is the former Pope boring a hole in Artur Boruc's head with his eyes? @@

  8. Agnes Wonka says:

    I like "sinister" men, if they are "bad" for a reason. There's something mysterious and special around them.
    This doesn't mean they have to be aggresive, because being passionate and rebel is not the same as being violent.
    As a teacher, I understand that most times violent behaviour comes from problems in the family, and that you can deal with it with love and patience.

  9. Kristina says:

    Bad boys can be attractive. But what often, but not always, follows is a profound lack of humour. And humour is what is essential in a man. The ability to laugh at yourself, and not taking yourself so bloody serious. Jose Mourinho can never be sexy in my eyes. He can look handsome, but at the same time he seems ill-tempered, pompous and whiny in a far too humourless way to be attractive. Where others are passionate, he is calculating.

    Now Gennaro is a mad hatter who is charming now and then. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and you get the feeling that he is too passionate to restraint himself. And that makes it easier to forgive the rather stupid things he does. But Kickette really has a point.

    Lastly Eric cantona. After seeing the brilliant film "Looking for Eric" I surrendered. He made laugh and there I go. Even if it doesn't take away the things he did.

  10. Mrs. Q.Borri says:

    Very true IrishBlue…! there is a fine line between Sinister and Passionate…

    If I have to choose I ll go with passionate because you never now when a guy is such an ass* that could not even be in public, beacuse he is always in a argument… that is not hot at all. (to extremist, but you get the idea)

    If he is passionate he knows how to act in places, and thats hot when a guy knows how to control himself in different situations. Probably he knows how to be a little 'sinister' in the places that matter. (;

  11. IrishBlue says:


    There's a fine line between being passionate in a sexy way and just being a general idiot. Take Nemanja Vidic, I find the whole 'robot with the power to obliterate anything in his way' thing EXTREMELY sexy; the stare, the mood, it's all very hot. But then you see him with his wife and kids and see that underneath the tough guy exterior that he's so well known for, he's a family man at heart. That's attractive.

    Then there's the ones who really are trouble who seem to always go out looking for an argument. Not hot. I hate it when some men feel the need to let their fists do the talking, not just specifically footballers.

    • Sergz says:

      Couldn't have said it better myself. Thumbs up!

    • DebS says:

      well said!

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      Couldn't agree more! The problem they think by doing so, they are enforcing the idea of being macho! There is nothing hot in men trying to fight or hit each other, such a turn off! Your word could reach without screaming!

  12. Sarah, Madrid says:

    I am not actually attracted to bad boys or want be "bad" unless he is so so so so so hot and only Mourinho happens to be this guy, I have one place for a bad guy and it is the one only Mou! He can gives me that adorable smile of his and I will go anywhere he goes.
    I actually don't think of him as bad guy, but if I have to choose

    • Madrista says:

      Yup Mou wins allll the way. Even if I did wonder what the hell was wrong with him at the last supercopa. Not that I will ever admit that in public.

    • Agnes Wonka says:

      yes, he's bad with humour! :)

    • mamaly says:

      Mou is the poster boy for bad boys.
      But I still think he does all those things to protect his players.

      • camille says:

        …… i think i'm the only one on kickette who doesn't find mou attractive then.
        i just don't get the bad boy vibe from him, in my opinion he's just way to old for his antics
        no disrespect just an opinion