Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Remains of the Day (07/16)

David Vance: 2019 holiday gift idea for the muscle enthusiast

Associated Press: Trump puppet decides Eric Garner officer won't face federal charges

Dlisted: Looks like Jeff Bezos isn't holding it against his girlfriend that her stupid gay Republican brother sold the couple's text messages to Trump pal David Pecker

The Daily News: Rock doc "Remember My Name” chronicles David Crosby’s hard-living life and uneasy career with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Gr8er Days: Sex bomb turned Jesus freak Willie Aames turns 59

ICYMI: I added a rather titillating photo of the Wimbledon men's doubles finalists to my weekend tennis post

The New York Times: The B-52’s were ’70s punks molded not from the syringes and leather of New York City, but from the campy detritus you might have found in the thrift stores and garage sales of their home of Athens, Ga.

Greg in Hollywood: Randy Rainbow is being profiled on CNN by hunky anchor John Berman

It's Either Sadness or Euphoria: It isn't too late to find your summer read!

The New Yorker: Martina Navratilova on Megan Rapinoe and the trajectory of gay women in sports

Back2Stonewall: When New York’s WBAI Radio broadcast a talk show in 1962 featuring eight gay men

Instagram: Sexiest guy I've seen in a while

Towleroad: Gay WWII codebreaker Alan Turing to be new face of U.K. £50 note

Baseline: Simona Halep returns to Romania a Wimbledon champion!

NewNowNext: Maryland voucher program drops Christian school for anti-LGBTQ beliefs

Newsweek: Body of Louisiana civil rights activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph found in car trunk

HuffPost: Darren Criss serves up ‘90s nostalgia with Dave Matthews Band cover

Boy Culture: Are you ready for the 225 greatest gay-porn stars?

Hot Cat of the Day: Talk about larger-than-life cuteness!

'Panic' on the Streets of Tempe!

Every time I think I'm romanticizing my teenage youth, someone from my past sends me photos (or video) to remind me it really was like a New Wave "90210," as evidenced by these unearthed pics from our old hangout Panic City in Tempe!

Owner Tom Frank recalls: Panic City opened in 1986 for only about 2 years. When I am doing a speaking engagement, from time to time, I bring up the story about how my little (post-apocalyptic) restaurant, designed for college students who were either drunk or stoned, was badly impacted by the introduction of Ecstasy (MDMA) into the culture. Apparently, hunger is not one of the side effects of the drug. It certainly hurt my late-night sales coming over from Graffiti’s [Tempe's hottest New Wave nightclub]. 

Suffice to say, Old Town Tempe isn't what it used to be.

Tennis Tuesday

More of Russian sweater boy Karen Khachanov in GQ China HERE.

Song of the Day: 'Third Rate Romance' by Rosanne Cash

Missing hyphen notwithstanding, "Third Rate Romance" was definitely one of the more memorable songs from Rose's third (or fourth, depending on how you count) album. RIP.

Page 1 Roundup (07/16)

Morning Wood

Monday, July 15, 2019

'Djokovic’s Almost Supernatural Perseverance Might Be Unparalleled in the History of Tennis'

Insightful piece about Novak Djokovic written by a fan of Federer -- whom everybody seems to love -- on how Djokovic -- who almost pathologically wants to be loved by everyone but isn't -- has somehow managed to turn the apathy (and sometimes hostility) of the crowds into a winning formula

This isn’t unprecedented. (Poor Ivan!) But what I find odd is that people always say it's because Novak has “less personality” than Federer and Nadal. Maybe what they mean is that he has a “worse” personality -- I happen to think he’s extremely entertaining -- because he certainly has more personality than Federer and Nadal put together. 

His on-court impersonations of other players were hilarious (while revealing what pills some of them are), and his war-torn childhood alone is worth a memoir of its own. Appreciate the fact that the writer of the piece is willing to say what few are -- which I believe is the real reason so many Federer and Nadal fans despise him so: Novak’s got GOAT written all over him.

Remains of the Day (07/15)

Distinct Today: Wimbledon ball boy is all grown up now

Towleroad: The New Republic takes down hit piece on Pete Buttigieg that referred to him as "Mary Pete"

Twitter: Behold drunk Woody Harrelson at Wimbledon 

YouTube: Confronting America's most hateful preacher

ICYMI: Argentine wheelchair tennis stud strips down

Gr8er Days: Charles Levin, actor who appeared on "Golden Girls," "Seinfeld" and married Vera on "Alice," found dead

The Telegraph: I absolutely adore Julie Heldman and am so looking forward to reading her memoir. (Finally finished Tracey Thorn's, so Julie just moved up one in the queue!) But for the life of me, I can't understand why she's "Streisand effecting" mother Gladys Heldman's legacy: Who EVER said Billie Jean King created the women's circuit alone?

YouTube: Matthew Broussard is my new favorite comedian -- and he's kinda hot

The Daily Beast: Miss Lindsey Graham "doesn't care" if migrants stay in detention centers for 400 days 

Ride Again: Add Shakespears Sister to the list of podcasts I need to find time to listen to

Nikole Hannah-Jones: The truth about busing ... it works

Back2Stonewall: 2 gay murders in 3 days -- 2 Detroit men charged in carjacking, murder of gay man

GoFundMe: Valerie Harper's family needs help with medical expenses, and I was all too happy to contribute

Twitter: If this doesn't make me attend World Team Tennis this summer, nothing will!

Westcly: God, when I was a kid everyone wore shorts this slutty!

Newsweek: Israel is becoming a cross between the U.S. and the Philippines 

Boy Culture: Did you say you like vintage beef?

The Guardian: Acceptance of gay sex in decline in U.K. for first time since AIDS crisis

Mug Shot Monday

I thought the key to a better world was that racism and homophobia were slowly dying. 

Song of the Day: 'Daniel' by Bat for Lashes

Hard to believe, but I last posted a song of hers 12 YEARS ago!

Page 1 Roundup (07/15)

Morning Wood

Hot shorty ALERT!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Well, I predicted Roger Federer and Serena Williams would win this year's Wimbledon crowns ... and I was darn-near right. In what has to be the most devastating loss in his career -- for his fans and Roger alike -- the Swiss legend squandered two match points on his own serve, after charging back from down two sets to one and 4-2 in the fifth against an unflappable Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3). 

“I thought most of the match I was on the back foot,” said Djokovic, who now has five Wimbledon titles. “I was defending. He was dictating the play. I just tried to fight and find a way when it mattered the most, which is what happened.”

Although John McEnroe didn't want to hear it, this loss hurts Federer's legacy more than meets the eye. After losing six Grand Slam matches in a row to Rafael Nadal-- including four finals -- Fed has finally gotten the Spanish monkey off his GOAT back. And, sure, it's impressive that a 37-year-old was one point from winning the longest Wimbledon final in history.

But this win guarantees that Novak will end the year No. 1 for the sixth time, allowing him to overtake Fed in the last remaining area besides total majors he still has an advantage. And having lost from match point up to Djokovic -- what, three times in majors? Yikes. All this time we've argued Federer or Nadal as greatest of all time. But assuming he wins four more majors -- don't forget he's the only one of three contenders to hold all four at once -- it now looks like Djokovic is the actual answer. No other player has dominated this many times against this strong a field. (Sorry, Bill, wherever you are.)

As for the women, what can I say? Serena Williams (again) waltzed into the final of yet another major. But shockingly (again!), her opponent didn't curl up into the fetal position, exploiting the GOAT's utter lack of match play. While I was not surprised that people like Kerber, Osaka and Pliskova were able to capitalize on Serena's rustiness, I have to give all the credit in the world to Simona Halep, who played one of the most perfect matches I have ever seen. So stunned was I by the result, I rewatched it in its entirety two more times Saturday -- it was such a thing of beauty. All the respect in the world to the Romanian pipsqueak for rising to this huge occasion. (And can we talk about all the beef in her box?!) 

I'm so tired of the constant bullshit drama surrounding Serena Williams -- almost always started by people who know nothing about tennis -- that I refuse to even click through. But I know from the headlines that Billie Jean King is right that Serena is again at a crossroads. She definitely has one more major in her -- and god know I'd love to see Margaret Court taken down a peg. But if she wants to make history again, she can't simply phone it in like she could before. 

Couldn't take my eyes of the epic men's doubles final, and not just because Robert Farah was wearing extra-clingy shorts and what appeared to be no underwear. 

He and Juan Cabal made history, narrowly edging Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(6) 6-7(5) 6-3, to become the first Colombian men's doubles champions at a major. (The loss seemed to hit Christophe Roger-Vasselin's son really hard, reducing him to tears for several minutes after the match.) 

Well-earned by the social-media savvy duo!

And in women's doubles, some history was also made. A former WTA Doubles World No.1 and the next WTA Doubles World No.1 triumphed in the final.  Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic and Hsieh Su-wei of Chinese Taipei claimed the title, as the No.3 seeds eased past No.4 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Xu Yifan of China, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and six minutes. "Oh, my God, there is no word to describe the feeling," Strycova said, in their post-match press conference. "It's kind of like unreal. But in the same time it's amazing." It is the first Grand Slam title in women’s doubles for Strycova, who will rise to WTA Doubles World No.1 in the WTA doubles rankings for the first time in her career as a result. Not bad for a women who had just reached her first major seminal at age 33.

Earlier, Ivan Dodig and Latisha Chan claimed the mixed doubles title. Croat Dodig, 34, and Taiwanese Chan, 29, prevailed 6-2 6-3 against Sweden's Robert Lindstedt and Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in one hour and 10 minutes

And while I was rooting for Team Tracy Austin/Andrea Jaeger(!), Cara Black and Martina Navratilova ended up winning the Ladies' Invitation Doubles, defeating Marion Bartoli and Daniela Hantuchova in the final, 6–0, 3–6, [10–8]. Martina is about to turn 63!

And last but not least, apparently I have a type. Gustavo Fernandez won the men's wheelchair singles, and of course he's Argentinian. Have you seen him posing NAKED?

Around the net ...

Vacation (with Matteo Berrettini), all I ever wanted. More HERE.

Was hard to say which tennis legend was more happy about Simona's win: Martina Navratilova, who probably doesn't have to worry about Serena breaking that record too, or Chrissie, who still seems heartbroken by her pal Darren Cahill's separation from his star pupil. The correct answer is, of course, Margaret Court!

If Michael Venus is a "loser," I don't want to win.

Studly Martin Nosko has the HOTTEST STUDENTS.

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