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1  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: RIP Nasser El Sonbaty on: March 25, 2013, 04:46:37 PM
By Peter McGough

Nasser El Sonbaty, who passed away March 20, aged 47, was a bodybuilding one-off: A maverick who trod an individual path through his chosen sport.


Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Nasser’s father was Egyptian and his mother was from Yugoslavia (now Serbia). Throughout his contest career he insisted that he be billed as representing Yugoslavia.


Most guys who crack the Olympia top six on five occasions, as Nasser did, rise pretty fast through the pro ranks. Nasser didn’t.  His pro career started inauspiciously in 1990, and the first occasion I saw him was at the 1991 Night of Champions where he finished out of the top 14. The winner was Dorian Yates and on that day if someone had said the Yugoslavian behemoth would eventually threaten Yates’ Olympia reign, they would have been told, “Yeah, and one day Arnold Schwarzenegger will be Governor of California.” 

Two third places in 1993 at the French and German Grand Prixs signaled that the 270 pounder was on the move, and 1994 was a breakthrough year when he finished second to Mike Francois at the Night of Champions and seventh in his first Olympia. By now he had moved to San Diego and I got to know him quite well as he came into the Weider offices in LA regularly. I found him to be a thoughtful and well-educated individual; he had graduated from the University of Augsburg, Germany in 1992 with degrees in History, Political Science and Sociology.  He was unafraid to laugh at himself and the “crazy world” of bodybuilding he inhabited. In fact most of the time the conversations would be non-bodybuilding. In the offseason he would, at 315 pounds, come into Weider HQ clad in shorts and casual shirt and as he made his way down the corridors, heads with WTF expressions would pop out of offices to stare in bulging eye fashion at this walking cartoon.


FLEX used to have a section called The Big Picture in which bodybuilders would pick their favorite books, cars and give out other trivia not connected with gym work. Nasser, alone, absolutely refused to do it. He would say, “I won’t answer stupid questions. Nobody wants to know what my favorite movie is.”

In 1995 he won the Night of Champions and Houston Pro and was third in the Olympia and was seen as maybe the biggest threat to Yates, who he could match on size and weight. Although that golden generation of ‘90s bodybuilders weren’t exactly bosom buddies they did hang out together backstage and on European tours. Nasser was different; he seemed to prefer his own company and although classed as a loner he never seemed lonely.


Testing for diuretics took place at the 1996 Mr. Olympia staged in Chicago and at the athletes meeting 48 hours before the contest Nasser excused himself about three times to use the rest room. As he came back for the final time he brushed past me, shot me an impish grin and said, “Yes, I know what you’re thinking. The answer is yes.” On the night of the contest he was placed third, but 48 hours later when the test results came back his sample was found to be positive and he was disqualified. He told me, “I gambled and lost. But I’m not going to cry about it. I can’t -- the diuretics make that impossible.”


At the 1997 Olympia he was runner-up with many in attendance thinking he had ended Yates Sandow run. At the 1998 Arnold his 280 pounds finished second to Flex Wheeler’s 224 pounds, and I found myself writing, “Standing next to each other, Flex looked like Nasser’s lunch.”

With the 1998 Olympia title being up for grabs due to Yates’ retirement, Nasser had great hopes of taking over as bodybuilding’s top man, but Ronnie Coleman spoiled that party and the previous year’s runner-up was third. A few months later he won the 1999 Arnold but that sixth pro victory really was the last hurrah for one of the most enigmatic characters to ever liven up the bodybuilding landscape. His physique and results fell away and his last contest was 14th place at the 2005 Europa Supershow.


As his standings faltered there were accusations that he used synthol in his delts and one time he was hospitalized for an infection in that area. He brushed it off as a “Staph infection,” and also cited “scar tissue” as the cause. Years later he did admit he used Esiclene. During that long – sad to watch -- deteriorating winter of his career Nasser was often asked if he had any thoughts of retiring. He would, respond,” I’m tired of being asked that stupid question. I don't know. Do you know when you're going to retire? Or when you're going to die? Or when you're going to have children? When I know I'm going to retire, I'll announce it, but until then, I don't know."


After the end of his career Nasser became increasingly critical and bitter over the years about the structure of bodybuilding, and how he felt he had not been given his just desserts. It was not an opinion I shared, and he knew it.


It was March 3, 2006, in Columbus Ohio, the night before that year’s Arnold Classic. I found myself in the bar of the Westin Hotel with Nasser. He sipped on a diet coke and I nursed a Johnnie Walker Black. We spoke for maybe three hours and reminisced about former years and discussed many non-bodybuilding subjects. The evening was free of tension and rancor.


That was the last occasion we spoke; we never had any more contact. It was an enjoyable evening when I re-united with the old – which is to say the young – Nasser. A Nasser eager to share a joke and ready to find humor amid the unpredictable world of bodybuilding. The Nasser of that evening is the one I will remember. Rest in peace, my friend.

NASSERTIONS - The Things He Said

On Shawn Ray: “He should apply for a job at Fed-Ex because he tells everyone he has the perfect package.”


On Paul Dillett: “I call him The Great Plains, due to all the wide open spaces on his physique.”


On gurus: “If a bodybuilder finishes first, he screams ‘I won’.  If they lose they say, ‘My guru screwed me up.’”


On genetics: “In bodybuilding, genetics is key. You can give a Greyhound exactly the same amount of steroids as you give a Rottweiler, but the Rottweiler will always be bigger and more massive than the greyhound.”


On training partners: “I never believed in having the crutch of a permanent training partner to urge me on. When I was studying at the University of Augsburg there was no-one standing over me screaming, ‘Come on Nasser, one more book!’”

And THAT, why Peter McGough is the best in the business. 

RIP Nasser
2  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: WHO WILL CRAIG TITUS KILL FIRST on: August 09, 2012, 12:55:31 PM
Who would Craig Titus kill first if he got out of prison?

I don't know who the first one would be but Lee Priest would probably be his top 5.

Shawn Ray's a dead man walking.
3  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: The True Adonis@ Olympics on: August 06, 2012, 02:52:14 AM
I agree,he totally changed his physique around from bulky powerlifting type to sleek,lean,lithe,athletic looking bodybuilder.

Good guy whether you love him or hate him..........if you hate him,you really don`t know his true personality.

Fucking guy makes some great fucking "Thomas Jefferson Biscuits" with "Benjamin Franklin Bluebbery Jam" too!  Grin

He is a true getbig now he`s competing in the Olympics !  Cheesy

no homo

That about sums it up.  lol
4  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: I would pit this physique against any Getbigger on: August 04, 2012, 10:40:58 PM
i was complimenting you on your prepardness for pyramid shitting. one of the the prime steps you must acheive if you r eally want to be a mason

Quoted for truth.
5  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Hit in order on: August 01, 2012, 01:13:52 AM
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Somebody told me at the gym the other day they thought I was you, musclecenter.  #truestory 
6  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Hit In Order (Non-Tranny Edition) on: August 01, 2012, 01:11:44 AM
Getbig needs a "Like" button.   Grin
7  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Hit In Order (Non-Tranny Edition) on: August 01, 2012, 01:05:46 AM
Come on guys, let's try to stay "on topic" for a minute.  #bodybuildingrelated
8  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Hit in order on: August 01, 2012, 12:37:41 AM

9  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Hit in order on: July 31, 2012, 01:35:28 AM
(At the same damn time.)
10  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Hit in order on: July 31, 2012, 01:34:26 AM
2, 1.
11  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Post-Obama predictions... on: July 31, 2012, 01:33:27 AM
Lower taxes.
Bottom up economic growth fueled by pro small businesses environment.
Massive innovation in energy.
End of american socialism and welfare state.
Pro bodybuilding environment.

12  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Paris Jackson superior hoe genetics on: July 29, 2012, 06:47:19 PM
Thanks, TrueGrit.  #realrecognizerealandgroinkdontlookfamiliar 

But I digress...what I would REALLY like to know right now is, "Where's Mars?"  Is he still in power? 
13  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Paris Jackson superior hoe genetics on: July 29, 2012, 06:27:06 PM
14  Getbig Misc Discussion Boards / Sports Discussion Boards / Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler Call Off Engagement on: July 24, 2011, 10:28:42 PM
This is not the fairy-tale ending Kristin Cavallari was hoping for.

After just 10 months together, Cavallari and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler have called off their engagement, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
"She got dumped," says another source. "She's absolutely devastated. She can't believe this is happening."

The couple, who were planning a spring wedding, became engaged in April, when Cutler popped the question in Mexico. They had been spending much of their time recently in Chicago, and Cavallari had planned to move there during the upcoming football season.
"She was planning her dream wedding, the date was set, the location – everything was set," the source says. "She's in shock that the dream wedding she was planning is going to end this way."
Just a week ago, Cavallari Tweeted about her engagement party. "Thx to all my amazing friends for making my engagement party a blast last night!" she wrote.
The couple had completed their wedding registry, and Cavallari was determined to be in great shape for the wedding.
Saturday night Cavallari hit The Beverly, an L.A. lounge, and was spotted without her engagement ring.
"She was hanging out at a table with Nicky Hilton and Alessandra Ambrosio," a source tells PEOPLE. "She was telling friends how they called off the engagement."
A rep for Cavallari had no comment.
15  Getbig Main Boards / The Getbiggers Board - The Circus or the Zoo / Re: FALLSVIEW: I'm CALLING YOU OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: July 24, 2011, 09:35:03 PM
As long as you keep it positive, bro, I really don't see where this could go wrong. 

16  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Twinks vs bodybuilders.... on: February 28, 2011, 01:39:57 AM
17  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Alcoholics Anonymous on: February 28, 2011, 12:43:57 AM
Adopt a gimmick.
18  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Jason Huh will do better than Evan in the long run ? on: February 21, 2011, 12:17:12 PM
Fouad accused you of swagger-jacking at the gym yesterday Stav, lol. 
19  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: who is this model? best ass ever? on: February 20, 2011, 10:06:01 PM
karl kox'd

20  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Flex Pro - Evan Centopani vs. Dexter Jackson on: February 20, 2011, 08:57:46 PM
All Dexter needs to do now is continue to demonstrate this newfound "grace under fire."   
21  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Frank Hillebrand RIP on: February 19, 2011, 11:54:53 PM
It's all fun and games until one day you log on and there's a RIP Onlyme thread stickied.  

Quoted for truth. 
22  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / History - Stories - and Memories / Re: R.I.P. Keith Jones aka Onlyme/Noworries on: January 13, 2011, 07:55:12 PM
23  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Ice-T's Wifey, Coco Struts Catwalk, Gets Cheeky At New York Fashion Week on: September 16, 2010, 07:44:54 PM

With her platinum blonde hair swept up into a dramatic updo and a pair of gold Christian Louboutin heels, Coco looked in her element as she sashayed down the catwalk at Style360’s Metropolitan Pavilion.

As she entered the catwalk, it looked like she was wearing a regular bodycon dress, but when she turned around to head backstage, she gave the guests a view of her famous derriere through the pink sheer panelling on the back.

After going for a fitting ahead of Tuesday afternoon's show, Coco wrote on her Twitter: 'Had a fitting... Dress is hot.'

Coco was just one of several celebrities who were modelling identical twins To-Tam and To-Nya Sachika's latest collection

They have billed their fashion range as clothes for 'modern woman. She is fierce, she is independent and she knows what she wants.'

Joining Coco on the runway were reality TV stars Vanessa and Angela Simmons and former 3LW singer Adrienne Bailon.

Following her turn on the catwalk, Coco changed into another figure-hugging dress - but kept her dramatic hairstyle - as she showed off specially customised, silver 'Coco Edition' Cadillac.

Having modelled lingerie and swimwear since she was 18, Coco has embraced her curves, but staunchly denied speculation she has had butt implants.

She told Playboy: 'My butt of course is a hundred percent au naturel.

'We'll do tests; Ice will let women touch my butt, feel it, grab it, whatever they want to do, to prove that there's nothing in there.

'I've always had a big butt ever since I was young. But now I guess that's in style now.'

While her bottom is natural, Coco is open about her breast augmentation.

She explained: 'Yes, my breasts have been enhanced since I was 18. I wanted breasts that fit my shape.'
Coco has been married to rapper/actor Ice-T - real name Tracy Marrow - for five years.

24  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: THE FIREHOUSE Restaurant.Is it Garbage? Overpriced I-HoP? Poor Quality?One-Star? on: September 04, 2010, 01:08:23 PM
Adam what's your problem with the Firehouse?  You've never even been.
25  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Matt C. front picture. on: September 01, 2010, 08:09:06 AM
There's nothing wrong with the wine.  Have two a night if you want.,8599,2014332,00.html
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