Thursday, August 31, 2006
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 4:43 PM
New York fans have turned on overpaid, underachieving Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, but the ladies sure love him. I don't do Hispanics with highlights, but his new Got Milk? ad with his hair buzzed off is certainly a step in the right direction ...
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Back in 1979 -- during its heyday -- two major motion pictures about tennis were released, and they were bad enough to virtually shut the genre down. First came Ali MacGraw and Dean Paul Martin in the incredibly slow romance "Players" (and wasn't that Vijay Amritraj, Guillermo Vilas and John McEnroe in there?!). Dino sure was easy on the eyes (I believe he actually won a Golden Globe for this bomb!), but the young jock falling for an older kept woman story was tired, and even the best attempts at making Martin look like a pro were fruitless at best.
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 9:13 AM
Birthday boy Andy Roddick, who turned 24 yesterday, rarely looked out of position in his straight-sets win over Kristian Pless. Roddick was winning 98 percent of the points on his first serve.
Tommy Haas looked awfully sharp in his 6-2,6-4,6-0 win over Alex Kuznetsov.
Still struggling to regain form after a series of injuries, unseeded Marat Safin of Russia was able to defeat Robin Vik of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. (Love the shoes, Marat!)
My boy Robby Ginepri kept his resurgent summer alive with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Julien Benneteau. He's on a collision course for another third-round showdown with fellow hunk Tommy Haas. It was my attending their thrilling 2005 five-set match at the Open that inspired me to write my first blog post a year ago.
And lastly, Tim Henman defeated his "countryman" (who is really from Canada) Greg Rusedski yesterday. I know they're really not that short, but compared with what everyone is has on is Henman trying to bring back the tennis Daisy Dukes of the 1980s or what?
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:02 AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 2:09 PM
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 9:02 AM
Did you catch Lesley Stahl's piece on "60 Minutes" about gay twins Sunday night? (Apparently it was a rerun, but I'd never seen it before.) There was already a heated discussion about it over on The Malcontent (you can watch the clip there if you haven't already seen it), but I, for one, was completely blown away by what I saw.
Stahl interviewed a family that includes Adam and Jared, 9-year-old twin boys, one of whom wears pink sparkle-star nail polish, is a fierce interior decorator, plays with Bratz dolls and is certain that he was meant to be a girl. (The other boy likes trucks and is totally boring.) According to their mother, stark differences between the two emerged as early as 18 months old. (Guess which one really wanted a Barbie?)
From there Stahl talked to some researchers who had gone through lots of old home movies of kids to see whether or not they tended to display gender-conforming traits when they were little, and then interviewed them today to see if there was a correlation between childhood behavior and adult sexuality. (I'll give you one guess how the butch little 2-year-old girl looking miserable in a party dress playing with a Tonka truck turned out!)
It's a fascinating -- albeit simple -- report on the subject of human sexuality, but it certainly is thought-provoking. If nothing else it made me question my defensiveness about people generalizing about gay people and whether or not there's anything wrong with being able to tell if someone is gay. (Are Europeans ashamed when an American can spot one of them? I'm not saying all Europeans are alike, but there's a certain sensibility I can spot.) Something tells me the gay community and certainly the gay lobby (numbers, real or estimated, of course equal power) wants to perpetuate this idea that 1 in 10 people are gay -- and that there are literally millions of people walking down the street who the Average Joe has no idea is gay. But is that really the case -- and is there really anything noble about it if it were? Sure, I don't think every gay man is a screaming queen and every lesbian is a big bulldyke, but have we gone too far out of our way to distance ourselves from what many of us are -- and have we done it out of shame that has been put on us throughout our lives? Did you ever wonder why so many of us are so quick to romantically dismiss someone as being "a big queen" and sit around wishing all gay guys were like Tyler Robuck, the hunky quarterback who had no idea he was gay until college, and then sit around longer wondering where all of the Tyler Robucks were?
Watch the video and see how proud Adam is of who he is. It makes you wonder what the world might be like in 20 years if more parents raised their kids the way his parents are raising him.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 9:04 AM
No, I'm not promoting the new issue of Weaves Illustrated.
Last night after work I stopped by a party at PS 450 to celebrate my good friend Alisa Gumbs' cover story on black models who have gone on to become successful businesswomen -- modelpreneurs -- coming out in the September issue of Black Enterprise magazine.
Alisa flew to Hollywood to interview a slew of big stars for the story, including Tyra Banks (down to earth), Iman (aloof, but eventually came around) and Kimora Lee Simmons (is she getting a divorce or not? who knows!). When Iman showed up for the photo shoot with her "hair" already -- uh -- on, Tyra went and picked out a matching 'do.
I met and hired Alisa nearly seven years ago when I worked for a news service of sorts in Midtown. Even though she had an impeccable educational background and excellent work experience, I knew I was going to hire her the second I saw that smile of hers. Anyone else notice that Alisa -- flanked by two supermodels who would barely cede an inch of lens space in the photo on the right -- is prettier than either of them and is the only one in the photo with her own hair?
It's an interesting and well-written piece. Congrats, Alisa!
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:57 AM
The Andre Agassi farewell U.S. Open started off with a real nail-biter in last night's first-round match, but Agassi rallied from 4-0 down in the third after splitting sets with the veteran Andrei Pavel to win it 6-7 (4), 7-6 (8), 7-6 (6), 6-2. Read the play-by-play here.
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 8:01 AM
The legendary Billie Jean King got the recognition she truly deserved when the home of the U.S. Open was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in a ceremony last night. My love of Billie Jean is no secret, but the AP article I read about the event had me scratching my head about two things:
Was there not a better choice of words than this from Chris Evert? "Billie Jean was the biggest single influence in my life outside of my family," Evert said of the lesbian trailblazer. "She's been my mentor for 35 years. She sees beyond the box."
And what was Billie Jean doing at Mary Carillo's house when Mary was a teen? (AP)
Previously: Philadelphia Freedom
Posted by Kenneth M. Walsh at 3:42 AM
Monday, August 28, 2006
It's just another day in the 24-hour news cycle with two complete and total freaks dominating the "headlines."
First up: The Boulder DA is dropping its murder charges against the self-confessed killer of JonBenet Ramsey, John Mark Karr. (A. Why are you running around telling everyone you did it? and B. Why is the DA going around charging someone with no evidence?). (CNN)
Meantime, the nutjob who handed George Bush the 2000 election on a silver-plated bible, Katherine Harris, is pulling out all of the predictable stops in an attempt to reignite her pathetic run for the U.S. Senate: Harris told a religious journal that separation of church and state is "a lie" and God and the nation's founding fathers did not intend the country be "a nation of secular laws." She also said that if Christians are not elected, politicians will "legislate sin," including abortion and gay marriage. (AP)
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