Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wrestle Wednesday


Dear Lord: Please don't ever do away with the singlet.

Song of the Day: Mickey' by Toni Basil


It's reassuring to see I'm not the only one who doesn't approve of the heterosexual lifestyle.


P.S.


Did you know the song was written by Blondie producer Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn as "Kitty," and first recorded in 1979 by the U.K. band Racey?

Morning Wood


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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dear Ryan Harrison: There's More to Racism Than Whether or Not Someone Uses the N-Word

Ryan Harrison took to Jon Wertheim's podcast to defend himself in the his ugly dust-up with Donald Young at last week's New York Open. But the problem is I'm not convinced Harrison -- or even some of the people covering the incident -- understands what racism is. Young never said on social media that Ryan used a "slur." (I'm not sure why Harrison, the ATP and the media are using this term -- did Young tell tournament officials something different than what he tweeted?) I wasn't there and I do not know what Young is upset about. And I'm also aware of the fact that there's a "history" between these two. But lecturing a black player on court during a match for how/when he pumps himself up -- when everything I've seen tells me Harrison would never do that to a white peer -- could definitely be perceived as showing how Harrison "really feels" about Young as a "black tennis player." There's a lot more to racism than calling someone a slur. Racism is holding one group of people to a different standard than another -- cutting certain players slack while flying off the handle with others. (You can claim Harrison reacted this way because only Young acts this way, but I watch more than enough tennis to know that many, many players carry on between points.) Here's a way for Harrison to avoid future situations like this: Grow the f**k up. 


From HERE.

P.S. You have NO legal case whatsoever, Ryan. Stop embarrassing yourself with talk of suing for defamation. You sound like Donald Trump, which I hope you understand is not a compliment.

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Theatre Row: "Afterglow" extended through Pride

The Daily News: Parents who went on "Dr. Phil" after adoptive daughter went missing charged with first-degree murder

Detroit Free Press: Mother who killed family in murder-suicide was shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses after leaving the religion

Towleroad: Now we know what kind of underwear Gus Kenworthy wears

OMG Blog: Homophobic Russian ad warns gays will infiltrate your life if you don't vote

The Randy Report: On-again, off-again Trump-Romney bromance is back on


The AIDS Memorial: Remembering the late figure skater Robert Wagenhoffer

Baseline: Serena Williams surprises girls at screening of "Black Panther"

New York Post: Trump says he would never be stupid enough to sexually assault a woman in public(!)

Outsports: Sexy diver came out as gay to two Big 10 schools in two years

PinkNews: Dating site for Trump fans featured a convicted pedophile on its homepage

TV Line: Can we all agree the wrong couple won the ice dancing gold medal last night?

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Hot Cat of the Day: No, siree!

Tennis Tuesday

 

When I followed Bosnian tennis player Damir DΕΎumhur, I had no idea it would lead me to an Instagram story of his 6-1 Serbian buddy Laslo Djere (below) getting a massage in nothing but a pair of skimpy blue briefs, as Damir and Ilija Bozoljac looked on. See HERE.


Song of the Day: 'This Old Feeling' by the Go-Go's


Seems fitting that the same week I'm seeing a reunited Bananarama in concert for the first time the Go-Go's would announce that they are coming together with the five classic members for three shows at the Hollywood Bowl! Keep up to date with the band's 40th anniversary HERE.



Now if I could just get Jimmy and Nigel back in Blondie, my inner-teenager could sleep well at night!



And check out this promo for their upcoming Broadway show, "Head Over Heels" ...

Morning Wood


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Tucker Carlson Is Shooting Blanks


Monday, February 19, 2018

Remains of the Day (02/19)



Dlisted: If Fergie was going for “extra horny Jessica Simpson after hardcore dental surgery,” she nailed it!

Towleroad: Woman cut out of will after walking in on multimillionaire dad having sex with another man

Gr8er Days: Matt Dillon turns 54 -- and here are 54 times he was hot

Daily Kos: Paul Ryan calls for gun violence data while blocking CDC from collecting gun violence data

Daily Intelligencer: Trump blames Florida school shooting on Russia investigation (because it's always about him)


Bob Weiss: My daughter was brutally murdered in a mass school shooting. What makes you think your child won't be next. I don't want your fucking sympathy. I want you to stop voting for gun-whore politicians

Pink News: Russell Tovey announces "completely unexpected" engagement to hunky rugby player boyfriend Steve Brockman

The Advocate: A writer just archived every LGBT character on television, ever

The New York Times: Do hangovers get worse as we get older?

BosGuy: Sexy guy works a kilt and leather fetish gear

Curbed: Chic, light-filled studio in Chelsea wants $649K


Debbie Harry/BLONDIE: Archies #6 coming soon

The Gay Almanac: Human Rights Watch issues report on new anti-LGBT laws giving states "license to discriminate"

The Daily News: Airline ticket agent saved two teenage girls from human trafficking

HuffPost Queer Voices: My 11-year-old was just dumped by his best friend because he’s gay

Matthew's Island of Misfit Toys: The ole beard and sexy chest combo strikes again

Page Six: Has Ronan Farrow been banned from NBC?


Attitude: Madonna's "Ray of Light" turns 20: a track-by-track review

OMG Blog: Daniel Webster from the gay YouTube couple "DanAndJon" shows off his circumcision

Baseline: Which Olympic sport would top tennis players pick?

The WoW Report: After Chicago TV station confuses Olympic host city with P.F. Chang’s, restaurant offers FREE “Pyeongchang Wraps”

The Washington Post: AI "gaydar" could compromise LGBTQ people’s privacy -- and safety

TV Line: "Family Guy" will address Stewie's sexuality in March episode


Hot Cat of the Day: !!!!!!!!

Bobbing for Beefcake


Well it turns out the U.S. doesn't have the market cornered on bobsled beef. As of press time, Britain's Brad Hall (a 27-year-old, 6-2, 225-pound blondie) and Joel Fearon finished seventh at the halfway point in the two-man "bobsleigh" as their people annoyingly call it. But as hot as Hall is, wait'll you see his 6-4, 235-pound teammate BRUCE TASKER, who wasn't able to compete because he had a minor stroke in the run-up to the Games.




With two-man partner Joel Fearon





Flex appeal

UPDATE: The Great Britain sled, piloted by Brad Hall, finished 12th. Hall and brakeman Joel Fearon headed into Monday's final heats in seventh, but finished with a combined time of 3:18.34 to slip out of the top 10.

Weekend Tennis Roundup


Via Tennismash: On Friday, Roger Federer made history when he recaptured the No.1 ranking after a five-year gap. On Sunday, he ensured the week ended on an even higher note by going all the way to the Rotterdam title. The Swiss star was in a class above Grigor Dimitrov in a routine final, brushing aside the second seed 6-2, 6-2 to win his 97th career ATP final. “It’s definitely one of those weeks I will never forget in my life. It’s unbelievable to get my 97th title and get back to world No.1. It’s very special,” Federer said. 


Federer sits in second place behind Jimmy Connors on the list of most career titles won; Connors won 109 professional titles. Federer is also guaranteed to remain at No.1 for at least four weeks through to the end of the fortnight in Indian Wells, where he is the defending champion.


In doubles, Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut ended the dreamboat team of Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic’s unbeaten start to the 2018 season 2-6, 6-2, 10/7 to lift the crown in Rotterdam on Sunday. The third seeds came from behind to hand the second seeds, who had won all 17 of their previous matches this season, their first defeat of 2018. Marach and Pavic had been bidding to win a fourth title of the season after earlier triumphs in Doha, Auckland and at the Australian Open, but it was the all-French duo who tasted victory after 68 minutes of play.


 Petra Kvitova took her winning streak to 13 matches -- the second longest of her career -- with another breathtaking performance in Doha. This time, Kvitova came from a set behind to defeat Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win her second straight WTA title after her recent victory in Saint Petersburg. The victory over Muguruza followed her come-from-behind triumphs against world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals and former world No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round. Kvitova will return to the world’s top 10 for the first time in nearly two years (June 2016) thanks to her win at the Premier 5 event in the Middle East. “I don’t know [how I did it]. I just…tried?” she told wtainsider.com after completing a week featuring three victories over top-five opponents. She’ll next head to Dubai, where she is unseeded, and will open against Anett Kontaveit.


Meanwhile in New York, Kevin Anderson outlasted Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) to become the winner of the inaugural New York Open. The tournament was located in an inconvenient part of Long Island, so Damian and I had no chance of making it there during the week, getting off around 8 p.m. We thought of trying to go on the weekend. But we had a friend in town from Washington -- and the matches didn't look very exciting -- so it just didn't happen. 


Top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria beat Slovenia’s Alijaz Bedene 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Argentina Open for the second time in three seasons. The 24-year-old Thiem, ranked No. 6 in the world, didn’t lose a set in the clay-court event. He won his ninth career title and first since an event in Rio de Janeiro in February 2017. “When you win a tournament it’s good news, because we’re used to losing more than winning,” Thiem said. “With these conditions — slow and hot — there are many chances for me to play well. It was my goal before starting the week and it is incredible to have achieved it.” 


The singles was shaping up nicely for Argentine fans with Guido Pella (above), Leonardo Mayer, Diego Schwartzman and Federico Delbonis all through the quarterfinals. But then just Delbonis advanced -- only to lose to Bedene in the semis, leaving the locals very disappointed. 


All was not lost, though. Fourth-seeded Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina beat top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia 6-3, 5-7, 10/3 to win the doubles crown.


The doubles runners-up took in a football match with Diego and Dominic ...

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