Matt Cain was inducted in to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame yesterday and he was greeted with this...beautiful...plaque:
Matt Cain goes into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame tonight. First words on his plaque: ‘Durability and dominance ...’ #sfgiants pic.twitter.com/fP9U6NvJyy— Daniel Brown (@mercbrownie) May 21, 2018
The likeness isn’t great or even good, but it’s a lot better than the one that greeted soccer legend Brandi Chastain:
Brandi Chastain is one of the most beautiful athletes I’ve ever covered. How this became her plaque is a freaking embarrassment for BASHOF. Makes Cristiano’s look perfect. pic.twitter.com/hta6c0cmSo— Ann Killion (@annkillion) May 22, 2018
For reference re: the Cristiano Ronaldo statue —
And what Ronaldo actually looks like:
Now, I have a theory about why this keeps happening. It’s the same artist. This artist has been demoted from busts/statues to plaques. The results are slightly better, but this artist can’t shake their real problem. They have a condition:
Prosopagnosia, also called face blindness, is a cognitive disorder of face perception in which the ability to recognize familiar faces, including one’s own face (self-recognition), is impaired, while other aspects of visual processing (e.g., object discrimination) and intellectual functioning (e.g., decision making) remain intact. The term originally referred to a condition following acute brain damage(acquired prosopagnosia), but a congenital or developmental form of the disorder also exists, which may affect up to 2.5% of the United States population. The specific brain area usually associated with prosopagnosia is the fusiform gyrus, which activates specifically in response to faces. The functionality of the fusiform gyrus allows most people to recognize faces in more detail than they do similarly complex inanimate objects. For those with prosopagnosia, the new method for recognizing faces depends on the less-sensitive object recognition system. The right hemisphere fusiform gyrus is more often involved in familiar face recognition than the left. It remains unclear whether the fusiform gyrus is only specific for the recognition of human faces or if it is also involved in highly trained visual stimuli.
There are two types of prosopagnosia: acquired and congenital (developmental). Acquired prosopagnosia results from occipito-temporal lobe damage and is most often found in adults. This is further subdivided into apperceptive and associative prosopagnosia. In congenital prosopagnosia, the individual never adequately develops the ability to recognize faces.
Or... they’re just really bad at what they do.
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Finally... a poll:
Why are the Bay Area Hall of Fame plaques so poorly done?
This poll is closed
Bad at their job
Be nice. It’s like when that sweet old lady who ruined that Jesus painting and there’s absolutely no reason why people who try hard and with good intentions should be criticized ever.