Monday, August 19, 2019

Remains of the Day (08/19)









USTA: This year's Open Pride -- with Billie Jean King, Adam Rippon, Jason Collins, Billy Bean and Brian Vahlay -- is shaping up to be a memorable one! UPDATE: Event now full.

The Randy Report: Out (and hunky) New York candidate Targeted with fake ad and suggestive innuendo

TV Line: Fall TV 2019: Your handy calendar of 100+ season and series premiere dates

Gr8er Days: When Peter Gallagher was young, naked and hot

ABC News: Stacey Abrams on what's more important than running for president

Instagram: It's not funny unless someone gets hurt


Instinct: Anyone else obsessed with the latest incarnation of "90210"?

NewNowNext: “Queer as Folk” TV reboot will be on NBC's new streaming service instead of Bravo

Boy Culture: Glenn Corbett was born in 1933, but in his prime he looked like a modern-day Instastud

Newsweek: I trust she was fired for not using a verb 

The New York Times: What makes people charismatic, and how you can be, too

Ask Daddy: This is why I hate the way gay men chat online


Hot Cat of the Day: Just a baby and already knows a perfect bed when he sees one!

#MeToo's Unintended Consquence


Another day, another batch of new sexual-harassment allegations I'm wondering: Am alone here?

I say this with some hesitation -- but since I control no levers of power my opinion doesn't matter much, so here goes: As long as I can remember my stance has been to BELIEVE people who say they were victims. It never meant believe blindly. It just seemed logical and right to err on the side of believing unless something compelling indicated otherwise.

But lately I have found myself shifting ... ironically as awareness has reached a new high. What started as a worthwhile and overdue movement that strove to shift societal norms moving forward feels like it has devolved into a score-settling grudgefest. And for every Harvey Weinstein and Les Moonves exposed, there seem to be increasingly more instances like Aziz Ansari, James Franco, Carter Oosterhouse, (Daniel Franzese?!), George Takei and don't forget Cade Hudson.

The list is long, and none of them is helping more vulnerable and overlooked abuse victims (women and children first). Obviously #MeToo is still a vital movement. But it's been hijacked in such a way that I'm growing more skeptical than ever -- and I would imagine others in actual positions of power are too, which hardly seems like the goal.

Mug Shot Monday


It's always the youth ministers at anti-gay churches being accused of SEXUALLY EXPLOITING teenage boys.

Weekend Tennis Roundup


I have mixed feelings about the final big event leading into this year's U.S. Open. While I don't think either winner will be much of a threat in New York -- I predict they will both be too exhausted to perform well, going against the traditional role of tuneups portending champions -- at least both tournaments ended with what I consider the right outcome. 


Why do I feel confident he would not be doing THIS with a same-sex partner?

 Daniil Medvedev seized his maiden Masters title, defeating David Goffin 7-6(3), 6-4. The Russian continued the form that saw him reach three finals in three weeks, losing in Washington to Nick Kyrgios and in Montreal to Rafael Nadal before coming out on top at the Western & Southern Open.


It was nice to see Goffin do well, but it made a lot more sense for Medvedev to win, having played so consistency and even knocking out Novak Djokovic in the semis. (Nole seems so Serena to me now, only able to lift his game when it counts most ... like down two match points in the final of Wimbledon.) 


Madison's million-dollar smile

Madison Keys rallied late in both sets and beat an on-fire Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 (5) for her first Cincinnati championship Sunday, sending her back into the Top 10 just in time for the final Grand Slam event of the season. Again, it was an incredible run for Svetlana, whose injuries saw her going into the event ranked about 150 in the world (Today she woke up at No. 62.) It would have been preposterous for Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open finalist, to blow this opportunity. Yet still I'm praying her body holds up long enough to win her first major, something I don't see happening in Flushing Meadows.  


And just out of curiosity, does anyone know the age of consent in Ohio?

Around the net ...


Alex Robein is still tennis's hottest official ...


I'm still hot for the Wormanator ...


More on him later in the week ...


Benoit's still a goof ...


Cameron Norrie's ass doesn't just happen ... 


Facundo Lugones and Cameron helped Diego Schwartzman celebrate his 27th ...


John Millman's in Winston-Salem this week hoping to get ready for another major upset of Roger Federer, who crapped out in Cincy (to Andrey Rublev) in his first match since his devastating loss in London. 


And speaking of Roger: What exactly was he trying to do to Fucksalot here?


I could go for an all-access pass of this one ...


Roger's other hitting partner was American cutie Eliot Spizzirri, about whom you will be hearing more from me ...


Jonny O'Mara and Robert Lindstedt won the doubles crown at the Challenger in Vancouver this weekend,


 but O'Mara's real prize was the photo he took of Liam Broady in the hot tub ...


If only we could give Benoit Quentin Halys's beard, or Quentin Benoit's game ...


Luckiest Nike employee on earth ...


Tallon Griekspoor, luckiest hitting partner on earth ...


Those Argentinian boys never stop ...


Kiss me, Guido (Pella) ...


Stefanos Tsitsipas got knocked out in the first round of Cincy by Jan-Lennard Struff. But that didn't stop the Greek character from posting lots of stuff to social media, like this video of his hunky trainer, Nick Tzekos.


We had spotted Nick (and Daddy) last weekend in Washington ...


Stefanos always has his eye on this prize ...


Who apparently took his pal Stan Wawrinka to the Hamptons ...


After winning the ring toss at Kings Island ...



Grigor Dimitrov made a detour to see the Backstreet Boys, and sang along like a teenage girl ...


I'd like to hang out with Tommy Paul's crew ...


Give me a buzz if you see him around town ...


Leave it to Vasek Pospisil to have hot friends ...


Kyle Edmund worked up a sweat before losing to the eventual champ in Cincy ...


I never did figure out exactly why Filip Krajinovic decided to "go live" just as his roommate was changing ...


But I certainly didn't mind, nor did his pal ...


Perhaps he didn't want to be the biggest showoff 


in the hotel ...


Borna Coric is eager to get ...


... back on track in New York 


And finally, Liam Broady did not like he was seeing ...


which is more than I can say for me!


Song of the Day: 'Standing in My Way' by Debbie Harry and Joey Ramone


Reading Debbie Harry's memoir has me going down a number of rabbit holes, including revisiting "Debravation," which came out shortly after I moved into my first apartment on my own -- an efficiency near Dupont Circle's Ravenel. (SPOILER: Her recollections of this time are wildly off-base in my opinion.) I bought the CD at Kemp Mill Records on Connecticut Avenue and used to play it on my little boom box that served me well for years. I always thought the album was good -- not outstanding but certainly not bad -- but many swore by the version supposedly rejected by Sire Records at the time.


So I dusted off my rarely played copy of the so-called "8 1/2 Producer's Cut" and while I was never convinced it was noticeably better -- it omits my three favorite songs ("Strike Me Pink," "My Last Date With You" and "Teardrops") -- this version of "Standing in My Way" with fellow punk legend Joey Ramone certainly shines.


The alternative lineup ...

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