Monday, November 23, 2020

Remains of the Day (11/23)

Board of Canvassers certifies Michigan’s election results 

I haven't and I won't 

Rachel Maddow is going to be really bored, too 


Reminder: 58 days until the inauguration 

Mug Shot Monday

While going through old blog posts I was reminded that football player Colt Brennan was a former fascination of mine -- and naturally some readers gave me a hard time about it because he was a SEX OFFENDER

As Wikipedia recounts, Brennan, while playing at the University of Colorado in 2004, reportedly entered the dorm room of a female CU student, uninvited, and, according to the victim, "exposed himself and fondled her," a charge Brennan denied. Brennan, who was intoxicated at the time of the incident, was arrested and eventually convicted of felony burglary and trespassing (serving one week in jail along with probation until he graduated from college), but a guilty verdict for unlawful sexual contact was vacated by the court for lack of evidence. Brennan was court ordered to take a polygraph test about the incident and passed. 

Brennan later played for a junior college in Orange County, Calif., and then the University of Hawaii, before a brief pro career that ended after he suffered a brain injury (in a car accident, ironically).

So often you hear people parents and school officials say they "don't want to ruin" the lives of young men accused of sex crimes -- never mind that the victims' lives are often ruined or at least irrevocably scarred or altered.  So it got me wondering if Brennan really had been one of those phantom "kids who made a mistake drunk" back in college -- and sure enough I found he had been arrested several more times including THIS SUMMER. While I don't see any allegations of other sex crimes -- thank God -- it does sound like drug and alcohol problems have plagued him his entire life, which makes you wonder if he ever got the right "punishment" -- i.e., treatment -- at all. 

During a brief stint in Washington 

Weekend Tennis Diary


A friend on Twitter wrote: "I'm glad Medvedev won. Adds a little spice in a season where I do not care about anybody at all."  It wasn't my sentiments exactly, but it did go a little way to explaining why I didn't even watch the match. 

It was the the biggest title of the Russian's career, battling past U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 after two hours and 43 minutes to win the Nitto ATP Finals.

Most remarkable was that he beat the top 3 players in the world, a feat last accomplished by Novak Djokovic in Montreal in 2007.

Meanwhile, Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic finished their team debut season with their first title on Sunday, as they beat Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 4-6, 10-5 to claim the Nitto ATP Finals trophy.

The duo saved the best for last ...

Party time

As adorable as the winners were, it was Andreas Mies who stayed on my mind ...

Around the Net ...

The Australian reports that John Millman believes Tennis Australia and the Victoria government will decide the fate of the Australian Open this week. He guaranteed Premier Daniel Andrews that the world’s best players will take seriously the responsibility of protecting the slashed rate of Covid-19 cases in Melbourne.

Millman and his catch are trapped in a two-week quarantine at Sydney hotel after a four-month overseas tour that included the U.S. Open in New York, the French Open in Paris and his first ATP Tour title at Kazakhstan. Check out his sexy hotel room workout HERE.

Robert Farah: He Tarzan, me game

Benjamin Lock picked up a trophy in the Kingdom of eSwatini

I'm not sure why Benoit Paire even bothers, but it's fun to watch

Serbian Danilo Petrovic is 6-8, for those keeping score at home

Borna Coric enjoys a little home life

Marton Fucsovics, spokesmodel

Speaking of which: I almost look forward to Karen's mediocre tennis career ending so we can see him modeling full time ...

Dominic may have lost in the ATP finals, but he definitely had the hottest hitting partner in London!

Filip Krajinovic seems to be running with the wrong crowd ...

Grigor Dimitrov: Vroom! Vroom!

Lloyd Glasspool looking lovely in the Challenger doubles event in Ortisei, Italy

Stan the Man ...

Enjoying the off-season

Albano Olivetti and Andre Begemann looking good clinching the Challenger doubles title in Ortisei

More like Daddy-Son ...

Janko Tipsarevic: Silver fox on vacay

I missed SEXPOT Nico Jarry before I even knew who he was  

No one is looking at your beard ...

with legs like this

Hard to believe Stan Smith is most famous for his shoes ...

Song of the Day: 'Party Fears Two' by the Associates


I must confess, this is a blind spot in my '80s music viewpoint. The name Billy Mackenzie has come up before -- he sounded tragic and exhausting so I (rightly) assumed he was gay -- but for the first time I'm playing some of his/their music thanks to my pal Paul Hallasy, who writes:

Today's Obscure Bands of the '80s lesson is The Associates, another homoerotic duo (this one British, as opposed to German DAF). Lead singer Billy Mackenzie had an operatic voice that was the male equivalent of Annie Lennox (with whom he once did a duet). I have four of their albums (Sulk, The Affectionate Punch, Fourth Drawer Down, Perhaps) and was lucky enough to see them at Danceteria in their only U.S. appearance. Mackenzie was allegedly the subject of The Smiths' song, "William, It Was Really Nothing." (He and Morrissey were supposedly lovers.) He raised whippets and committed suicide after the death of his mother.

Billy Mackenzie and Alan Rankine formed the Associates in Dundee, Scotland, in 1976. They released an unauthorized (and self-funded) 7" cover of "Boys Keep Swinging" mere weeks after David Bowie had released his original. The publicity stunt got them a deal with Bowie's publishers and a record deal. Wikipedia notes that the Associates drew stylistically on a variety of genres, including art rock, disco, glam, minimalism, balladry and cabaret. Their music has been described as post-punk, synth-pop, new wave and experimental pop. The group was hailed by the likes of Björk and U2 singer Bono. Björk stated that her "love affair with the Associates started when I was fifteen [...], it was Sulk I really got into". "I really admired the way Billy used and manipulated his voice on that record." Bono said about the Associates: "We ripped them off. Billy was a great singer: I couldn't rip him off."

Just listened to a few songs and while I can see why he wasn't for everyone, Billy was certainly an original. Fans should feel free to point me in the right direction ...

The Associates' biggest song

"The Best of You": Annie Lennox and Billy Mackenzie

Page 1 Roundup (11/23)


SpinDear Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Induct the Go-Go’s

Gr8er Days: Remembering the hottest poster boys of the 1970s and '80s

Hot Slut of the Day: Jell-O Gelatin Pops!

Morning Wood


Sunday, November 22, 2020

'Home Alone 2' Star and 'Borat 2' Star Disavow Lawyer

Scratch that ... 

Gaslighting to the bitter end 

Dominion spokesman: 'It is not physically possible for our machines to switch votes from one candidate to the other' 

She's the same crackpot behind Michael Flynn's change of heart 

Chris Christie blasts Donald Trump's legal team as 'a national embarrassment' 

Here’s how Hugo Chavez, dead since 2013, became responsible for Trump’s election loss 

Trump requests Georgia recount, meaning 5 million votes will be tabulated a third time 

Maryland governor 'embarrassed' at Republican silence on Trump's loss 

I agree with this woman below. Unless Joe Biden commits treason, I don't want to hear one f**king thing from the left until the end of the second Harris term.  

Speedo Sunday

Three exciting new chapters of "The Red Speedo Diaries" ...

 Do blonds have more fun? Ask Drew Hanley!

Saturday, November 21, 2020

American Idiots

First this moronic overkill in the Peach State and now renewed bullshit in Michigan. I believe that sometimes you do have to laugh to keep from crying, but I don't think the person who coined the phrase ever knew people could be quite this dumb.

Roosh Valizadeh, a writer and podcast host who supports the president, summed up the anger aimed at Fox by many on the right, saying, “As long as Tucker Carlson works for Fox News, he can’t be fully trusted.” (!) Read HERE.

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