Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wrestle Wednesday

No surprise I still haven’t gotten over THIS ONE.

Song of the Day: 'Our Lips Are Sealed' by Susanna Hoffs and Belinda Carlisle

'80s ladies: Molly Ringwald, Susanna Hoffs, Belinda Carlisle and Debora Iyall

This one's notable for a few reasons: It's sung by the lead babes of the two biggest female bands of all time; I was in the audience at the Largo the night it was recorded; and, shockingly (to me), it was the last time I was in Los Angeles -- after having gone every year since leaving in 1993! I miss you, L.A. :-(

Page 1 Roundup (04/24)

Morning Wood

Thanks to everyone who straightened me out yesterday. Today we have sexy Steve Lund!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Remains of the Day (04/23)

The Daily News: "Jeopardy" champion’s reign threatens show’s budget

Washington Post: Sri Lanka Easter bombings were retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings, official says

THR: Ryan Murphy, Matt Bomer, Billy Eichner and more gay Hollywood A-listers plan L.A. fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg

Dlisted: An Iowa man is facing jail time for armed robbery for website domain name

Curbed: 101 ways to fight climate change

The Randy Report: The Joe Biden moment we've been dreading is coming Thursday

It's Either Sadness or Euphoria: A gay review of "Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future" by Pete Buttigieg

Boy Culture: Do you like your hunks bald?

Michael Musto: Help! Queer millennials don’t get my references, should I dumb it down?

Greg in Hollywood: Gus Kenworthy: “Had I been born 50 years earlier, there’s a very high likelihood that I would have died of AIDS”

Matthew's Island: Three models, three styles of jockstraps

The New York Times: Brothers falsely accused of attacking Jussie Smollett sue his lawyers for defamation

Slicing Up Eyeballs: Vote for your favorite songs from the year I graduated from high school

BosGuy: I like my men like I like my coffee ...

Gr8er Days: Remembering gay trailblazer Michael Greer

Back2Stonewall: The only history I ever made at Julius' was eating too many mozzarella sticks in one sitting

Towleroad: Do people see you as the "masc" or "fem" guy in your relationship? An explainer

OMG Blog: Pro rugby player Ben Foden has reason to never wear clothing

Hot Cat of the Day: If I ever came into a large sum of money I would retire to open a cat sanctuary so I could watch scenes like this all day!

Justin Gimelstob Pleads No Contest in Halloween Attack

Prosecutors say Justin Gimelstob pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend in Los Angeles on Halloween 2017. The ex-tennis player turned executive, commentator and coach -- who has a history of misogynistic remarks -- received three years’ probation, 60 days of community labor and must complete 52 weeks of anger management classes for what judge called a "violent, unprovoked attack in public in front of children."

Los Angeles Times reports:
Gimelstob was accused of attacking Randall Kaplan, a longtime friend of the tennis circuit veteran’s former wife. Kaplan, a venture capitalist, was walking with his wife and 2-year-old daughter in West L.A. on Halloween about 6 p.m. when the attack occurred. 
Kaplan, addressing the court Monday, said that he never saw his attacker coming and that he feared for his life as he endured blows to his head and upper body.  
“During that time, I was punched at least 50 times but when you count it -- 1 ... 2 … 3 ... the actual number was likely over 100,” he said. 
“I realized that people had finally stepped in to pull my attacker off of me, who was still saying, ‘I’m going to … kill you’ while he pointed at me with eyes of a crazed lunatic,” Kaplan said, adding that his family lives in fear of Gimelstob.
The wife of Gimelstob's victim says she suffered a miscarriage as a result of watching her husband get brutalized in front of their 2-year-old daughter.

Bill Simmons at Inside Tennis writes:

So we must ask what will the impact be of devastating #Gimelstob event, which according to reports, does not stand alone. Justin has such talent and is a powerful figure in tennis and the ATP. Will he retain his coveted position on the ATP Player Council? Will Tennis Channel put him back on the air? And most important will he gain the understanding that violence & threats are just not acceptable -- period. Will he learn to control his anger?

Does Tommy Haas realize how lucky he was he wasn't attacked for winning this tiebreak match against JT?

UPDATE: A law firm representing Gimelstob reached out to provide a statement from him. I said I would add it -- but warned that it would only further the impression that he takes no responsibility whatsoever for his actions:
"Justin Gimelstob pled [sic] no contest today to the charge filed against him and the Judge, after evaluating the evidence, exercised his discretion and reduced the charge to a misdemeanor. Justin did this to move on with his professional life and focus on his family."

Tennis Tuesday

This slab of beef first came on my radar in THIS POST in 2016. But a reader found another gif that's NEARLY PORNOGRAPHIC.

Song of the Day: 'Love in Stereo' by Bananarama

The new Bananarama album is out and it's been fun(ny) seeing how passionate fans still are about them -- for better or worse. While many on the Bananarama Facebook group are complaining, I see it this way: Ever since "Drama" the duo's music has been increasingly generic. The songs are still catchy -- and their vocals are still recognizable -- but the tracks have a certain Euro dance quality to them where you feel like they could have been recorded by almost anyone. 

Case in point is the title track here -- the only song the gals didn't co-write. Apparently it was originally penned and recorded by a spinoff of the Sugarbabes -- only the album was never released. It's fun and it's catchy. But it's pretty interchangeable with the songs they did write on “In Stereo,” which is to say they all lack that distinctive Bananarama sound of yesteryear. Still, I've listened to the full album on the treadmill a few times and it always gets me going. And at this point in their career, what more could you ask for? 

P.S. The third song on the album is called "I'm on Fire" -- and I could have sworn it was "Love Comes," a previous song cowritten with producer Ian Masterson from "Viva." Oops! 

Page 1 Roundup (04/23)

Morning Wood

I never got into "Schitt's Creek," which always felt like a poor man's "Arrested Development" to me. (Despite a funny premise and the incomparable Catherine O'Hara, its whole was somehow not greater than the sum of its parts.) Although I've seen episodes from various seasons -- my parents frequently have it on when I visit -- I don't recall ever seeing Dustin Milligan (above), which I'm now assuming is why everyone kept telling me to "stick with it." More of the hunky 33-year-old from the Northwest Territories HERE.

Monday, April 22, 2019

TV Notes

Couple things: Fourth and final season of “Catastrophe” was the best yet. (Ouch on the finale, though.) Way to go out on a high note.

And we saw Hitchcock’s (second) “Man Who Knew Too Much” for the first time. Doris Day is a dream -- and the film is awfully good if you look past a few holes in the story. The entire time I had the nagging feeling I had seen so much of it before until I realized my childhood fave “Foul Play” had paid homage to it and other Hitch classics!

Remains of the Day (04/22)

The New York Times: Every building on every block: New York in the 1980s

Instagram: Ryan Harrison's hot little brother has good taste in men

Good News Network: A homeless man and his pet rat have been reunited after two weeks apart

Back2Stonewall: Neighbors in Charleston, S.C., hoist Pride flags in solidarity after one family's is set on fire

Towleroad: Get ready to have it enshrined in U.S. law that employers can fire you for being LGBTQ

ICYMI: Jockstraps are for jump pages (work unfriendly, unless you work at a sex club) 

Washington Post: Knock me over with a feather -- radical Islamists were behind Sunday's terror attacks. (Not all white American men are serial killers or mass shooters, but we're allowed to point out the problem there. Why is it "Islamophobic" to point out an ongoing problem unique to this group, which is not an "irrational fear" at all?) 

Beantown Cubano: Johnny Diaz examines Miami's "domino effect"

Mother Jones: America's only publicly traded addiction treatment chain makes millions off patients -- what could go wrong

New York Post: This is why heterosexuals should not be allowed to be parents

Alan Ilagan: My heart still belongs to Dr, Francisco Alvarado

Boy Culture: Two men in THAT pic with Aaron Schock have apologized

NewNowNext: It's not "getting better" fast enough, guys

The Randy Report: Trump, who pledged to release his tax returns, is now suing to ensure they are not released even though the House has the authority to see them

The Daily News: Kate Smith -- dead over 30 years -- is being branded a racist because of two songs she recorded 80 years ago 

CNN: Elizabeth Warren wants to eliminate your student debt

Newsweek: The best honeymoon destinations for gay couples

Gr8er Days: When Tony Danza was a hot piece of ass

Weekend Tennis Roundup

The Associated Press makes it sound very sweet:
On the clay courts where he once practiced as a youth with big dreams, Fabio Fognini won the biggest title of his erratic career by beating Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Monte Carlo Masters final.

The local lad from nearby San Remo, a 40-minute drive away along the Mediterranean coast and over the Italian border, made a breakthrough at the highest level so far at the age of 31. Lajovic lost the first final of his career at age 28.

Although it was Fognini's ninth career title, it was his first at Masters level and will help him push closer to the top 10 when he climbs six places up to 12th in the rankings.

''I was born in San Remo, and I was practicing here when I was young. I know really well this tennis club,'' Fognini said. ''My friends and family are happy now, because I have my name on this tournament that it's something that when I was really young I was dreaming about.''
But to the rest of us, it was more of a WTF?

For Djokovic fans, it became painfully obvious that Novak 2017 was really back. While I agree that he is more focused on the majors than anything else now, you can't lose to people you shouldn't have for three months in a row and then expect to win a tournament you were lucky to have won once.

For Nadal fans it was galling that he would end up losing a tournament he always wins -- especially after his top rival got "upset." For non-Nadal fans it was more of a sign that he did pretty well in his first tournament back in ages -- and happened to draw someone who has been a strange nemesis for him. I sill see Rafa as the odds-on favorite at Roland Garros and will only get better from this loss.

The men keep their bizarre record of 22 different tournament winners in 23 events.

Meanwhile, the women were embroiled in high-stakes Fed Cup action.

Sports Illustrated reports that Caroline Garcia held her nerve on serve in the decisive doubles match as France reached the Fed Cup final with a nail-biting 3-2 win Sunday against a Simona Halep-inspired Romania.

Teaming up with Kristina Mladenovic for the first time in two years in the Fed Cup, Garcia sealed victory on her first match point as the French pair rallied to beat Halep and Monica Niculescu 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 on clay at the Kindarena in Rouen, northwest France.

France has won the Fed Cup twice while Romania, which beat defending champion Czech Republic in the last eight, was looking to reach its first final.

Instead, the French will play Australia, which beat Belarus and will host the Nov. 9-10 final.

Samantha Stosur bounced back from a singles drubbing and perhaps exorcised a few demons with a composed performance in front of her home Brisbane crowd in the deciding doubles to send Australia into the Fed Cup final.

The Aussies battled past Belarus to win their semifinal 3-2 in a five-match tie that went down to the third set of the final doubles fixture at Pat Rafter Arena.

Thanks to the win by Stosur and Ash Barty, Australia has a chance to win its first Fed Cup title since 1974 (its eighth overall) when it meets France in November, marking the first time green and gold will feature in the final since Australia's 1993 loss to Spain.

World number nine Barty was perfect all weekend, winning both her singles matches against Sabalenka and Azarenka in straight sets before lining up in the doubles, and she needed to be.

The knock on Sam, of course, has always been that she struggles in front of Australian crowds, as she has been unable to get out of the first round of the Australian Open in her last four outings and never made it past the fourth round, despite a career-high ranking of four.

The hometown wobbles appeared to have returned in her singles rubbers -- first a three-set loss to world number 10 Aryna Sabalenka, then a 6-1, 6-1 demolition at the hands of former world number one Victoria Azarenka on Sunday.

She had just half an hour to compose herself after that drubbing before being back on court with Barty and, alongside Australia's top-ranked player, Stosur made amends in a big way, with her experience, skill and composure on display in the 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win.

But beside the drama on court, there was plenty off thanks to Ben Rothenberg and Brett Haber, when the Tennis Channel cut away from the deciding match in the Romania-France Fed Cup tie.

Ben Rothenberg merely pointed out what everyone watching -- including Chris Evert -- was thinking. ...


To which a thin-skinned Brett Haber delivered this juvenile response ... 

Which prompted this zinger of a comeback from Ben. Meow!

In the World Group Playoff tie, Sloane Stephens and Sofie Kenin sealed the U.S. spot with a win over Switzerland down in San Antonio! (Madison Keys is still a disaster.) 

Around the net ...

Chrissie cheered on her pint-sized CrossFit hero ...

And last but not least, Dominic Thiem (like everyone else) was upset by Dusan Lajovic in Monte Carlo. But it seems he's put that behind him, moving on to bigger and better things in Barcelona!

Like spending time with Marton Fucsovics ... and members of FC Barcelona ...

I wonder if Gerard Pique -- aka Mr. Shakira -- hugged and consoled Dom about his loss ...

Luis Suarez puts the meat in this ATP sandwich ...

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