Monday, March 18, 2019

Remains of the Day (03/18)

Gr8er Days: Erik Estrada is 70

Hot Cat of the Day: This fastidious feline isn’t taking any chances ...

Weekend Tennis Roundup

I must say, my faith in the next generation of tennis players -- male and female -- has been greatly tested lately. So I can't think of a better way to shut me up than to have Dominic Thiem and Bianca Andreescu win the year's first major non-major -- and to do it by beating veteran greats Roger Federer and Angie Kerber in thrilling three-set finals. 

With Federer it's less of a no-win situation for NextGen players than a must-win situation: If you lose to him, you can't even beat an aging legend. But even if you beat him, it feels like, "Well, of course you should be able to beat him now." Thiem held his nerve and beat him -- and that's what matters.

A view to a thrill ...

Thiem's first Masters 1000 title ... 

And I see Roger has been taking a tip from Novak Djokovic and being a better loser lately.

The 25-year-old Austrian rises to his highest ranking to date.

Oh, Vienna!

The 18-year-old Romanian-Canadian started the year ranked 178. Today she rose to 24. I was out celebrating St. Patrick's Day so didn't see much of the match. But Damian said Kerber fought back admirably only to suck some more -- so didn't really deserve to win. Good for Bianca for also holding her nerve.

In doubles: surprise finalists Nikola Mektic and Horacio Zeballos capped off an incredible week of upsets with a 4-6, 6-4 10-3 victory over tournament No. 6 seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. 

Obviously the other big news from the fortnight was the incredible run of Belinda Bencic -- could she finally be here for good? -- and Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams both pulling out with ailments. Of course it's impossible to write either of them off. While it is worth noting that Williams has not won a tournament since returning from childbirth and that she will be turning 38 this year, if anyone can pull off the hitherto impossible it is Serena. Also nice to see Karen Khachanov has snipped his losing streak and looked pretty impressive before coming up short versus Nadal. And a decent run from Garbine Muguruza, who made the most of Williams's withdrawal before getting blown out by Andreescu. Lastly, disappointing to see Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and Simona Halep all continue to underperform. 

When Nadal broke the crowd's collective heart by pulling out against Federer, they were treated to a Djokovic/Peter Sampras vs. Tommy Haas/John McEnroe doubles exhibition ... with Jon Lovitz in the umpire's chair!

Djokovic seems to have caught a case of what Serena Williams has had for ages, commonly known as "Now I only care about the majors" syndrome. (He lost to Kohlschreiber in the third round of singles but did make the real doubles semis with Fabio Fognini.) 

Other cuteness from around the compound: 

And from the ATP Challenger circuit -- boy did I miss an opportunity by not being home in that other desert this week! The draw was stacked with stacked men -- David Goffin, John Millman and Matt Ebden to name a few. But it was Italian heartthrob Matteo Berrettini who picked up the crown, saving one match point en route to defeating Mikhail Kukushkin in a nearly three-hour thriller, 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(2) at the Phoenix Country Club. 

Marcos Baghdatis won the title in Shenzhen, beating Stefano Napolitano 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in Sunday's final. 

Top seed Ricardas Berankis is a force on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2019. The 28-year-old did not drop a set in clinching a pair of titles, following his convincing performance in Rennes, France, with an equally dominant showing in Drummondville. The 28-year-old Lithuanian capped his campaign in Canada with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Yannick Maden on Sunday, claiming his 11th Challenger title in impressive fashion.

Mug Shot Monday

You know Republicans are getting nervous if the official GOP Twitter account is sending out THIS.

Song of the Day: 'Not a Love Song' by Uh Huh Her

Who says I don't listen to new music -- just learned about this one from 2012!

Page 1 Roundup (03/18)

Morning Wood

But My Friends Call Me Dick ...

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Speedo Sunday

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! More luck of the Irish HERE.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Regressive Movement

Saturday ‘Stache

I could go either way ...

Friday, March 15, 2019

Remains of the Day (03/15)

Towleroad: Andrew Rannells describes the moment in high school when a Catholic priest "muscled his tongue into my mouth"

Back2Stonewall: Beyonce and anti-gay-lyric-writing hubby Jay-Z to receive 2019 GLAAD Media Award

Associated Press: Have you ever thought of getting off Reddit and NOT being a "white nationalist seeking revenge"

ABC News: I see I'm not the only one who can't keep it in my pants over Pietro Boselli

Quill & Pad: The intriguing story of Marie Antoinette and her legendary Breguet pocket watch No. 160

Twitter: Denis Shapovalov's rapping is almost tolerable ... with the sound off

Washington Post: Meet the 24-year-old who found the Tucker Carlson tapes

I Weigh: In a revealing new interview, singer Sam Smith thinks he's making the case for genderqueer identities -- he identifies as "nonbinary" --  but actually supports what I say: Unless you're trans, be the gender you were born but be it any way you feel comfortable and make society deal with it

Dlisted: Michael Jackson's "biological" kids are still white

BosGuy: Thank god it's Furry Friday -- with short shorts

The New York Times: "One Day at a Time" and why Netflix is not your friend

Beantown Cuban: When Johnny Diaz was a hot piece of ass working at Blockbuster Video

Queerty: Prepare yourself for the resurrection of "Showgirls"

NewNowNext: Can you be a daddy if you're in your 20s or 30s?

Boston Globe: Beto, Biden, Bernie beg the question: Is this the right time for a white guy?

Boy Culture: '80s heartthrob Russell Todd is 61 today

Baseline: More big names drafted into World Team Tennis rosters (I don't think I've been since I ballboyed for the Phoenix Sunsets in 1983)

OMG Blog: Lorenzo Martone is not shy about showing off his beefy ass

Hot Cat of the Day: Hanging out, minding my own business ...

King of the Bill

I try not to put too much emphasis on death anniversaries -- makes more sense to focus on happy memories of people -- but still couldn't keep myself from going down a rabbit hole of pictures of my brother Bill today, two years since he left us for that big newsroom in the sky. Here's the first photo of us together -- I'm the one in Molly's stomach -- taken on the porch of our new home my parents bought when they found out I was arriving. Life just isn't the same without you, Bill.

On the Rag, Vol. 546

A weekly look at what's making news in the gay magazines:

Ambush (New Orleans): Mardi Gras highlights

Lavender (Minnesota): Salt and Pepper say "I do"

Rage Monthly: Are you feeling artsy?

Flame (New Orleans): Say hello to Ladee Lucerne

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