No love loss between Roddick, Djokovic

imageNovak Djokovic bitch slapped Andy Roddick Thursday and apparently enjoyed it.

The pair had a verbal tussle before the match when Roddick whined about Djokovic's whining all week about his litany of injuries. But when Djokovic heard about Roddick's mocking, he promptly dispatched the American from the U.S. Open Thursday night.    READ MORE »

Pair goes from modeling to wrestling

imageThe 15 minutes of fame reserved for Shaun McCarron and Paul Anderson keeps getting stretched out.

The hunky pair, who gained popularity on Oxygen’s “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency," are now trying out wrestling. Professional wrestling, that is. The pair made their debut Thursday with Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling on “The Spin Cycle,” which is TNA’s new weekly YouTube broadcast.

There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

Fast pass to the NFL (for a fee)

Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve stepped into the Georgia Dome for a pro football game. It's the Falcons, after all.

Apparently, it can be an arduous affair with long security checkpoints not unlike a trip through the airport. But now, for an annual fee of $100 to $128, NFL fans in Atlanta, D.C., San Francisco and Denver can bypass all of that and slide through a speedier security line. It’s coming to Baltimore and Oakland next year, the same pay-for-speed program rolling out in airports. (Buying a pass for Falcons' games also gets you a pass for Hartsfield.)

What a crock. Like a game-day ticket and a few beers doesn’t already cost enough? And if it’s the same security we’re subjected to at airports, it’s not making us any safer. Just slower and crankier.    READ MORE »

David’s take on a ‘model marriage’

imageThe new issue of David hit the streets yesterday, covered by a piece exploring the hottie couple Shaun McCarran and Paul Anderson. Yes, the sculpted boys who got started with their 15 minutes of fame thanks to Oxygen's “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency.”

There's also a piece previewing the six gay men in the running to become the queen of Atlanta Cotillion. That fundraiser for AID Atlanta takes place on Saturday.

Also of note: "Need Wood's" take on infidelity anxiety.

There's a photo of Shuan and Paul after the jump.


GOP finds release in Minneapolis

With the Republicans holding court in Minneapolis, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" went after the clandestine gay sex in, where else? The Larry Craig bathroom at the airport.

Watch the clip after the jump.    READ MORE »

Survey: Judge on job performance only

Your co-worker might just be a little more tolerant than you think.

Results from the Out & Equal Workplace Survey show that seven in 10 heterosexual adults agree that how an employee performs at their job should be the standard for judging an employee, not whether or not they are transgender. Nearly eight in 10 heterosexual adults strongly or somewhat agree that how an employee does his or her job should be the standard for judging an employee, not their sexual orientation. The survey also revealed that a majority of heterosexual adults are supportive of marriage-like workplace benefits for same sex couples virtually across-the-board.

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Gay Softball World Series wrap up

Five of the 10 teams from the Hotlanta Softball League participating placed in the top three of their divisions during the Gay Softball World Series last weekend in Seattle. We already knew that.

But what we didn't know was this: the champs in the Women's Division. That's finally been released and you can see the list after the jump.

A few other notes from Series 2008: The Atlanta Riptide took the Spirit Award for the Women's A Division. For a gallery of photos, there's one from Melissa Polly Photography (password ASANA) and another from Outsports.

And while the teams were in Seattle, HSL's Open Division Secretary, Art Davenport, bogged for us. Read his previous posts here, here, here, here, here, here and here.    READ MORE »

G-Braves say ‘name that hog’

imageIt's Shadow, Pop-Up or Chopper. Uh, yeah.

The Gwinnett Braves have announced their top three picks for the name of the team's groundhog mascot. They got these three finalists from nearly 4,400 submitted. Really. I still favor whistlepig, but they haven't asked me.

You've got until Friday to vote, which can be accomplished on the team's web site.    READ MORE »

Meadors delivers tough talk to Dream

imageWith a losing season drawing to a close, Marynell Meadors delivered some straight talk of her own to the Atlanta Dream.

And there was no laughing in the home locker room after Tuesday night’s 83-69 loss to Seattle, who are 19-10 and tied for the best record in the league.

Dream coach Marynell Meadors got back to the locker room about 20 minutes after the game and told reporters she would be back in a minute. Instead, she was gone almost one minute for all 27 of her team’s losses.

“That’s a team thing,” she said when asked the details of her postgame talk.

The Dream plays its last home game on Monday at 7 p.m.    READ MORE »

Atlanta Dream suffers tough weekend

The weekend wasn't kind to the Atlanta Dream.

Fresh off a weeks-long break during the Olympics, the Dream hit the court at Philips on Friday against the league-leading Connecticut Sun. They lost.

On the road the next day, they dropped a game against the Indiana Fever.

Next up: Seattle on Tuesday at Philips.    READ MORE »

Falcons drop Joey Harrington

imageIn the NFL's preseason, like fashion, one day you are in and the next day you are out. That pretty much sums up sexy and scruffy Joey Harrington's career with the Atlanta Falcons.

He was there last season to start 10 games after Michael Vick went to prison. Earlier this season, he was pushed aside in favor of Matt Ryan, the rookie with the six-year, $72 million contract. Now, he's been dumped altogether, missing out on the third QB slot for the Falcons.

There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

Hotlanta goes to Seattle: Day 4

Ten teams from the Hotlanta Softball League are competing in the Gay Softball World Series, which opened play Tuesday in Seattle. Art Davenport, HSL’s Open Division secretary, is blogging here throughout the Series.

More news from Seattle after the jump.    READ MORE »

Labor Day means tennis in the ATL


New York City has the U.S. Open this weekend. Atlanta has the Peach International Tennis Championships, which brings more than 200 gay and lesbian tennis players to two courts this weekend for ball-slamming action.

Matches started early this morning and continue through Monday afternoon. The Peach, the annual signature event from the Atlanta Team Tennis Association, provides a great chance to see some quality tennis for free.

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Hotlanta goes to Seattle: Day 3 wrap

Ten teams from the Hotlanta Softball League are competing in the Gay Softball World Series, which opened play Tuesday in Seattle. Art Davenport, HSL’s Open Division secretary, is blogging here throughout the Series.

More news from Seattle after the jump.    READ MORE »

Dream returns to action tonight

The Atlanta Dream hits the court tonight after a weeks-long break for the Olympics. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution took a look at how members of the WNBA team spent their vacation.

More after the jump.    READ MORE »

Falcons’ big sigh of relief

Imagine that you're tooling along in your car heading to work and wham -- you're stuck in a fender bender. Sticking with the scenario, imagine still that when the people in the other vehicle step out to asses the damage, they are three hunky professional athletes. Ah, yes. The dream of many a gay sports fan.

It's also what happened to one (un)lucky driver on Thursday. After a collision, out stepped a trio of Atlanta Falcons -- Matt Ryan (left), Brian Finneran and D.J. Shockley. It seem they were driving to practice for a walk-through before the team's final preseason match against Baltimore. No one was hurt, though Arthur Blank and other front office staff at Falcons HQ did suffer from elevated heart beats and puckered butts when they first heard Ryan -- the face of the franchise who earlier this year signed a 6-year, $72-million contract -- was in a car crash.

Do you think Blank even asked about the other passengers?    READ MORE »

Robby Ginepri advances in U.S. Open

imageSexy local tennis pro Robby Ginepri made it through to the second round of the U.S. Open today, downing fellow American Amer Delic, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Next up for Ginepri is 30th-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic.

Ginepri reached the semifinals here in 2005 before losing a heartbreaking five-setter to Andre Agassi. In the second round, he faces 30th-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic, a five-set winner over another Frenchman, Julien Benneteau.

"The semifinals will always be a memorable moment for me," said the 61st-ranked Ginepri, who represented the United States at the Olympics but lost in the first round to Djokovic. "I've had a lot of great success here. I'm always excited to play in front of the fans. It's a lot of energy out there on every match that I play in and I feed off that quite well."


Hotlanta goes to Seattle: Day 2

Ten teams from the Hotlanta Softball League are competing in the Gay Softball World Series, which opened play Tuesday in Seattle. Art Davenport, HSL’s Open Division secretary, is blogging here throughout the Series. Go here for a list of HSL teams taking part.

More news from Seattle after the jump.    READ MORE »

Atlanta Dream returns to the court

The Atlanta Dream, fresh from a three-week break like the rest of the WNBA, returns to the court tomorrow. They face the Connecticut Sun, which has twice beaten them this season.

But the return of the Dream fills a void -- the Olympics are over and the Braves have collapsed so there's not much happening with the local pro teams. Sure, the Falcons are warming up for the season, but they don't open until Sept. 7.

There's more after the jump.    READ MORE »

Phelps turns gold into, well, gold

imageMichael Phelps' bank account just got fatter.

The Olympian, fresh off his record-setting haul of eight gold medals in Beijing, inked a deal with the Free Press imprint of Simon & Schuster for a $1.6 million advance on a book to be called "Built to Succeed." And nearly as fast as Phelps himself, the book will hit stores in December. He's already picked up a $1 million bonus from Speedo and is expected to take about $10 million by year's end.

In the book, which is being called an "inspirational memoir," the publisher said that Phelps will reveal the secrets of his success, and give a behind-the-scenes look at his approach to training, competition and winning. The narrative thread is expected to be the eight final swims of the 2008 games.

The media juggernaut that is Phelps also appeared on the Aug. 25 issue of Sports Illustrated with his eight golds draped across his bare chest, a remake of the Mark Spitz cover in 1972. But true to form, Phelps has outdistanced Spitz there, too. He's snagged five SI covers to three for Spitz.