In baseball, making it to the pro ranks is often referred to as getting the call to the Bigs. For 10 teams in the Hotlanta Softball League, their phones are ringing.
Those teams head to the Gay Softball World Series in Seattle next week, getting their shot at winning a national title across eight divisions of men's and women's competition. For them, it's the Bigs.
“We fully expect to have our best showing,” said Jolly Bruce, coach of the Packers, who will be playing in his fifth World Series. “Our goal is to win and it always has been. But we also know realistically that we have a battle to do so.”
For more on the HSL teams heading to the Series, read the rest
of my recent Southern Voice sports column.
And check back here next week. Beginning Monday, we'll have regular posts from an HSL official in Seattle throughout the competition. READ MORE »
Things are looking a little different around Gaytlsports these days.
Thanks to the success of this little gay sports blog that could -- that means you folks who come back day after day to catch up on what's making news in the local gay sports scene -- it's been developed and woven into a new web site called Project Q Atlanta. The new site underwent a soft or beta launch on Thursday, meaning you've probably been redirected fom gaytlsports.com/blog1 to this spot, its new home. READ MORE »
Jocks from the athletic teams of Georgia Tech worked the runway on Tuesday, showing off the school's new uniforms
and a fat $20 million contract with Atlanta-based Russell Athletic. Who said there's not money in college athletics?
The deal is for 10 years and could be worth more than $20 million. The previous contract was for five years and $3 million. In addition, Tech will serve as a laboratory for new styles, designs and materials for Russell.
But this new deal goes way beyond apparel. It is in step with the exploding value of apparel sponsorships in college athletics, such as the new 10-year, $46 million deal between UConn and Nike.
Image matters more now, and selling stuff with a logo spreads the word.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution coverage includes a photo gallery
of the new unis. READ MORE »
Plans are continuing for the First Annual Best Ball Tournament
from the Women’s Outdoor Network.
The golf event is set for Sept. 20 and benefits WON, Pets Are Loving Support and the Women’s Health Center. There’s still room and registration fees are discounted until Sept. 10. And yes, the lesbians gave assurances that the tournament is safe for gay men, too. READ MORE »
The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club
hit the pitch today for Rugby 101,
their pre-season training session for newbies. They stayed on solid ground, unlike the players in this video, who put a decidedly wet approach to their match.
Watch the video after the jump. READ MORE »
The Hotlanta Softball League
wants to fill its rosters for Fall Ball, its shorter and more relaxed season that opens on Sept. 21. To help, the league is holding several registration events this month, including Saturday at the Starbucks in Ansley Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday at Woofs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Our Fall Ball is nowhere near as large as the regular season,” says Art Davenport, HSL’s Open Division secretary. “Fall Ball is there for us to have fun and it is more social than our regular season because we interact more.”
The season typically draws up to eight teams and about 130 players. READ MORE »
The Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club
hits the pitch for tomorrow for Rugby 101, its introductory session for newbies looking to learn the sport.
The event, which opens at 9 a.m. at Coan Middle School in Kirkwood, also serves as the unofficial start of the club’s fall season, which opens Sept. 13 on the road in Chattanooga. The club wants to build on the momentum of capturing a trophy
at the Bingham Cup in June.
“We’ve got a really solid core of players and we want to build on that,” says Bullet Manale, the club’s president. “Everyone is excited after Bingham and we had a really good year. We are taking the right steps to a year or two down the line to be competitive across the board.”
For a look at previous Rugby 101 sessions, read my past Southern Voice sports columns here
and here. READ MORE »
The Hotlanta Classic XVII
drew volleyball players from 14 teams to the courts of Emory University last month. A spread
in the Aug. 6 David magazine includes some of the photos I snapped at the event.
For even more, check out my photo gallery
from the event. READ MORE »
An Olympic watching and recruitment event hosted by the Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance
has been canceled. The event, set for Sunday afternoon at Taco Mac on Peachtree, was put on hold after the group encountered problems in securing the venue. Stay tuned for an event sometime after Labor Day.
The coalition of nine gay and lesbian sports groups always draws a crowd for their events. The last one,
in March, packed Blake’s and helped add to the rosters of the groups. Check out the photo gallery from the March 2 event here. READ MORE »
In the second rendition of a new tradition that you can't help but enjoy, Georgia Bulldogs Coach Mark Richt stripped down
his football squad today and had them jump in the school pool. Frolicking ensued.
The Bulldogs blew off their morning practice and instead headed to the high dives at the Ramsey Center pool for the second year in a row. They players took turns jumping, cannonballing, flopping and flipping from anywhere between the baby board at 3 feet to the high dive at 33 feet.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was there to document every shirtless minute with a nine-photo gallery.
Photos: Brant Sanderlin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution READ MORE »
With the big summer events behind them, gay sports groups and leagues are focusing on recruitment.
The Atlanta Team Tennis Association
hosts its Tennis Block Party on Saturday to try and lure people back to the sport. On Sunday, the Hotlanta Softball League
holds registration for its Fall Ball, a more informal and shorter season that opens on Sept. 21. HSL also hosts sign-up events Aug. 9, 16, 17 and Sept. 6.
Also coming up is Rugby 101 from the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club,
an hours-long primer on the sport that serves as the unofficial start to their fall season. That kicks off Sept. 13.
The Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance
also hosts an Olympic watching and recruitment Aug. 17.
For more on the events, read
my new Southern Voice sports column. READ MORE »
Making Matt Ryan
the new face of the Atlanta Falcons
wasn't the primary reason the troubled franchise inked him to an expensive and long-term contract earlier this year. But it didn't hurt, either, to bring on board someone with his cover boy good looks to replace the misbehaving Michael Vick.
AirTran likes it, too. They've inked Ryan to a two-year endorsement deal
that includes at least four billboards featuring him around town. He'll also be included in radio spots. "Laser Rocket Arm. Head For Low Fares" reads one; "Touchdowns As Often As We Do" is another. It's the same sort of campaign Vick was in until the airline didn't renew his contract last year. READ MORE »
The Atlanta Team Tennis Association
has pulled out their rackets and is swinging hard.
The gay tennis group is on a push to up the interest in the sport, add to the their membership rolls and raise funds for their signature event, the Peach International Tennis Championships
held over Labor Day Weekend.
On Saturday, ATTA hosts its Tennis Block Party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Glenlake Tennis Center.
The free event will include drills, racquet demonstrations and snacks.
On Aug. 16, the group holds its annual variety show to raise funds for the tournament. Speaking of the Peach, registration closes Aug. 9. READ MORE »
It’s a little like putting lipstick on a pig. But at least the Atlanta Falcons
The team unveiled
a freshly painted and spruced up Georgia Dome today when they held drills and scrimmaged for fans. It’s not the Dome that’s the pig getting the lipstick. The renovations look superb, in fact. I’m talking about the Falcons.
But with a new coach, new quarterback and fresh attitude, who knows? The bar is getting lower for pro teams in Atlanta and the Falcons might just be able to jump over it this fall.
The Dome has a new chef,
too, but only for those with top-tier tickets.
Photo: Curtis Compton, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Georgia Tech football players are serious gym rats. With college football season just around the corner, teams are hitting the weights to get that pre-season pump before practice begins. And by pump we mean some serious back-bending workouts that create bugles in all of the right places. Johnny Crawford, a photographer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently spent some time with the Iron Men at Tech. Check out his 14-photo gallery here. READ MORE »