I came up with all sorts of fun headlines for this post before settling on the one above. A few of my favorites: "Eat your heart out, Burt Reynolds" and "Bare-on-bear battle: Burt vs. Mario."
In the end, though, I decided to keep it simple. Plus, it allowed me to use the words centerfold and Mario in the same headline, which I believe I've never done before now (even while prepping the headers for my posts about the "Super Studly Mario Bros.").
As for why I decided to title this post, "Centerfold Mario," I think the following sketch, produced by artist Curtis Bathurst, speaks for itself:
The illustration is an homage to a controversial Burt Reynolds centerfold that appeared in a 1972 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, by the way. If you've never seen said image, check out the post "Super Mario's Birthday Suit" on Bathurst's blog at your earliest convenience.