Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wrestle Wednesday

You know this video's gonna be good when the first comment is: "I keep wondering how those guys don't get a hardon when they keep rubbing their thing on each other?" Watch HERE.

Song of the Day: '(Closest Thing to) Perfect' by Jermaine Jackson

Let's be honest: This song rings a lot more true when you picture Gus Kenworthy GYRATING AROUND instead of John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis!

Page 1 Roundup (09/18)

Morning Wood

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Remains of the Day (09/17)

Towleroad: Arizona Supreme Court greenlights discrimination against same-sex weddings

New York Post: Dan Aykroyd confirms return to "Ghostbusters" in 2020 sequel

Instagram: A tiny Speedo in New Caledonia

The Daily Star: Anal would have been fine, but this is just ridiculous

WSJ: Podcasters seek "Can you believe this happened to me?" stories

People: Who could blame "Dancing With the Stars" contestant(!) James Van Der Beek for constantly procreating?

Dlisted: It must be nice to go from f**king Ben Affleck to Jon Hamm

Metrosource: Is Roy Cohn the most evil gay man in history?

Twitter: Borna Coric working out shirtless

TV Line: "American Ninja Warrior" winner has a million-dollar body

Greg in Hollywood: Remembering the legendary Lauren Bacall, who was born 95 years ago

GQ: Brad Pitt is still searching 

Radio Free Europe: Murder of young gay man in Tashkent spotlights plight of Uzbek LGBT community

Washington Blade: Will Trump appoint the first gay national security adviser?

The Randy Report: Manhattan district attorney subpoenaed 8 years of Trump tax returns

NewNowNext: Ellen DeGeneres hit on one of Brad Pitt’s exes -- then dated another

Boy Culture: Underwear model is solid as a rock

Hot Cat of the Day: Talk about a jock!

Scott Alexander Hess Returns With 'River Runs Red'

My pal Scott Alexander Hess ("Bergdorf Boys," "Diary of a Sex Addict") has a new book -- "River Runs Red" -- which has been called "a cunning mix of lyricism and grit. A triumphant and beautifully written historical novel." If you're in the New York area, there will be a party to celebrate its release Wednesday evening at Bluestockings Books, 172 Allen St., NYC at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Order HERE.

The christening of the world’s first skyscraper on the shores of the mighty Mississippi River is the backdrop for "River Runs Red," Lambda Literary Award finalist Scott Alexander Hess' new novel set in St. Louis, Missouri circa 1891.  
Calhoun McBride and Clement Cartwright are men from different worlds. Young Calhoun works backbreaking, midnight shifts at the Snopes Brewery...and earns a little extra selling his body to eager men. Clement left St. Louis to pursue his architectural ambitions and returns to great fanfare as the man planning the city's first skyscraper. But one steamy night, by the Mississippi River, both men find themselves drawn to one another. But what chance has brought together, the machinations of a bitter and cruel man, Belasco Snopes, who thinks St. Louis belongs to him…down to its people, victims for all his appetites, will tear apart. Hess’s new historical novel offers readers a sultry story with menace.

Tennis Tuesday

See more of Coach Clayton's best ASS-et HERE.

Song of the Day: 'Excitable Boy' by Warren Zevon

One question: How do I become best friends with the person who created this?!!!

Can’t remember where I first saw it, but I'm guessing someone posted it in honor of Elizabeth Warren's huge rally yesterday evening in Washington Square Park, at which she promised to take on corruption. Spent time with a 2016 Bernie Sanders supporter over the weekend and even she says he's "too old" and "too angry" for 2020. We both agree Joe Biden is also too old and not in touch with the current Democratic Party, which makes Warren the obvious choice. The sooner people realize this the sooner I will be able to relax ... and start worrying about her, instead!

Page 1 Roundup (09/17)

The Daily News: MTA announces $51.5 billion plan to save the subway, treat NYC’s transit sickness

Morning Wood

The THIGHS have it.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Comedian Shane Gillis Fired From 'Saturday Night Live' Over Past Racist Remarks

I'm guess I'm fine with "Saturday Night Live" axing Shane Gillis before he even started over past racist remarks that cropped up after the show announced it was hiring him. But it's probably worth noting that many other comedians would probably also not be "not ready for prime time," including Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Ricky Gervais, Joan Rivers, Chelsea Handler, Michael Richards, Norm MacDonald, Trevor Noah, Sandra Bernhard, Amy Schumer, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Bill Maher and so on.
"After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL," a spokesperson on behalf of SNL creator Lorne Michaels said. "We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as a comedian and his impressive audition for SNL." The spokesperson added, "We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard."
The Wall Street Journal reports that Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang joined the online discussion about the “SNL”'s new hire with an offer to discuss it in person with Gillis. “I prefer comedy that makes people think and doesn’t take cheap shots. But I’m happy to sit down and talk with you if you’d like," Yang wrote on Twitter, adding that he did not think Gillis should be fired from “SNL.”


Weekend Tennis Roundup

World No. 2 Karolina Pliskova has become the first player with four WTA titles in 2019, toppling Petra Martic 6-3, 6-2 in Zhengzhou Open final for the crown number 15 overall. This brings the underachieving (or is it over?) Czech uncomfortably close to being No. 1 again, still having never won a major title.

In the first all-Japanese WTA final in 22 years, Nao Hibino downed Misaki Doi to win the Hana-cupid Japan Women's Open, 6-3, 6-2. After each Japanese woman had upset two seeded players en route to Sunday's championship, both unseeded compatriots, currently ranked outside the Top 100 but with career-best rankings in the Top 60, were looking to win their first WTA title in four years.

No.5 seed Rebecca Peterson stormed to her maiden WTA title at the Jiangxi Open with an emphatic 6-2, 6-0 defeat of No.4 seed Elena Rybakina in exactly one hour. 

I think the men were busy with some Davis Cup stuff this week, although I'm still unclear how it works. Some results are HERE.

Meanwhile, tennis's latest gimmick, the ATP Cup, is set to launch in January. Do we really need Hopman Cup, Laver Cup and now the ATP Cup to distract from the already neutered Davis Cup?

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have all committed to play in the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia next January, in a significant boost for the new nation-based event. The ATP announced the first 19 countries to qualify for the team tournament following the first-round deadline last Friday. Qualification is based on the current ATP men’s singles rankings, although host Australia has been given a wild card. Great Britain has qualified by virtue of Andy Murray’s protected ranking of number two in the world. The ATP said every member of the top 10 in the men’s rankings and 27 out of the top 30 players have committed to the $15m (€14m) tournament which will take place in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney from January 3-12 2020. Five further teams will be added after the second entry deadline on November 13 taking the number of teams to 24 overall. Teams will be allowed up to five players with their qualification determined by their world ranking after the November deadline.

And in Challenger Land, Damian and I were pretty glued to the TV this past week because we realized all the guys we love -- Noah Rubin, Tommy Paul, Kevin King, etc. -- were playing in the event in Cary, N.C. Top seed Andreas Seppi ended up beating American Michael Mmoh 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-3 on Sunday to claim the singles title of the Atlantic Tire Championships. 

And thanks to a diligent reader I also learned about Enzo Couacaud of France, who lost to the eventual champ in three sets.

And we'll never forget this classic "handshake" between Chris Eubanks and little Noah!

This week things are looking good in Russia:

ATP writes: Nitto ATP Finals qualifier Daniil Medvedev and World No. 9 Karen Khachanov lead the St. Petersburg Open, an ATP 250 event. Matteo Berrettini and Stan Wawrinka, the 2016 finalist, will also be looking to make a deep run in Russia as the ATP Race To London heats up.

And around the net ...

Oh, boy(s) ...

Cue "All the Lovers" ...

Maybe hot trainer Martin Nosko couldn't straighten Karolina Pliskova out because he's the type of guy who gets married barefoot ...

Robert Farah was busy showing off "his dog" again ...

Yes, please ...

Michael Venus's pal Marcus Daniell has Saturday 'Stache potential!

Why don't I ever get invited to these hot Balkan brunches?

Tommy Haas won at the Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic in Dallas.

If Luca Pouille's results were commensurate with his looks he'd be in the Top 10 ... 

Andy Warhol would have liked 15 minutes with Neal Skupski ...

Ryan Harrison and Cesar Ramirez make a hot mixed-coloring couple ...

John Millman captioned this: "Mind the gap" ...

Marton Fucsovics can't stop driving me wild ..

FYI: I captioned this: "It's even bigger than I imagined" but he's yet to post it.

And last but certainly not least, do you think Borna Coric is especially guilty of being a cocktease? 

(With wire services)

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