Bucks hit pitch today against High Country

Bucks hit pitch today against High Country

imageThe Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club (1-2) is looking to snap a two-match losing streak when it faces High Country today.

The teams square off at Coan Middle School in Kirkwood at 4 p.m.

The Bucks opened their eight-game spring season with a 12-0 win against Georgia Tech on Jan. 24. On Feb. 14, they dropped a match to the Birmingham Vulcans 83-0.

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Atlanta Rollergirls ready for new season

Atlanta Rollergirls ready for new season

imageIt could be the fishnet stockings or the hot pink wigs. Maybe it's the the Goth makeup or the cleavage.

But there's little question that the Atlanta Rollergirls can pack in the fans when they take to the rink and among those cheering them along will be a few lesbians. OK, lots of lesbians mixed in with the crowd that includes urban hipsters and suburban families.

The league opens its fifth season on Saturday with two matches in Midtown.

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It’s sports Sunday for Atlanta gay leagues

It’s sports Sunday for Atlanta gay leagues

imageIt may be Oscar Sunday, but there was a little time earlier in the day for sports. Gay sports, that is.

The eight leagues and teams that make up the Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance hit Amsterdam Atlanta on Sunday for a three-hour recruitment event, hoping to convince couch potatoes and jocks alike that it's time to step into the city's vibrant gay sports scene. The diverse crowd filled the dance floor of the Midtown bar, moving between tables to learn more about a host of sports, from swimming to flag football and tennis.

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Atlanta’s gay sports groups want your body

Atlanta’s gay sports groups want your body

Though spring is a few weeks away, it's time for you couch potatoes to start getting limber.

On Sunday, the Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance holds a recruitment event that will bring together its nine member groups to try and convince you it's time for some sports in your life. The three-hour event begins at 2 p.m. at Amsterdam in Midtown. From softball to flag football and more, come out, mingle and meet the folks behind the city's vibrant gay sports scene and check into what it takes to get a little jocular.

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Hotlanta Softball opens practice, registration

Hotlanta Softball opens practice, registration

imageTeams from the Hotlanta Softball League took to the fields last weekend, just weeks ahead of the league's Opening Day set for March 22.

The opening of practice is part of a busy pre-season for HSL, which also kicked off a series of new player sign up sessions last weekend. Additional registration and recruitment events for new players include Feb. 7 (Stagedoor, 1 p.m. to p.m.; Eagle, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Feb. 8 (BJ Roosters, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Woofs, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Feb. 14 (Starbucks at Ansley, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Bellissima, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Feb. 15 (FROGS Cantina, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Paris/Decatur, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Feb. 21 (Starbucks at Ansley, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

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Atlanta Bucks break down the rugby basics

Atlanta Bucks break down the rugby basics

imageScrum. Ruck. Maul.

These are not everyday terms for the typical urban gay. But members of the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club were tossing them around with ease on Saturday during Rugby 101, the twice-a-year event designed to educate and recruit new members.

The club just opened its 8-game spring schedule, downing Georgia Tech 12-0 on Jan. 24.

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Do you have the best gay sports group?

Do you have the best gay sports group?

Outsports, the web site that takes a gay slant on sports, is offering local teams the chance at fame and fortune. Mostly the former, but you never know.

The site is dusting off its Best Gay-Sports Group in the World award and revving up to offer it again for the first time in a few years. With the strong gay sports scene in Atlanta -- from softball to swimming, running and more -- the city should make a strong showing.

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Atlanta Bucks open spring rugby season

Atlanta Bucks open spring rugby season

imageThe Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club hit the pitch on Saturday to open their 8-game spring schedule.

The gay club lined up against a squad from Georgia Tech for the match, which was held at Coan Middle School in Kirkwood.

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Holanta Volleyball packs a ‘Winter Wallop’

Holanta Volleyball packs a ‘Winter Wallop’

imageThe Hotlanta Volleyball Association, not content to let early January go idle, hit the courts on Jan. 10 for Winter Wallop.

Some 14 teams, both gay and straight, from around metro Atlanta took part in the one-day tournament, a first for Hotlanta Volleyball. Three HVA teams placed in the top three of their divisions, including the Hurricanes (second place, gold), Pressure (second place, silver) and Mojo (third place, silver).

HVA capped off the weekend on Sunday with a recruitment event at Marlow's Tavern on West Peachtree. The events come as the league ramps up to its spring leagues, which open next month.

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Women’s league readies busy slate of sports

Women’s league readies busy slate of sports

imageThe ladies of the Decatur Women's Sports League are jumping into the New Year full throttle.

In the coming weeks, they'll be offering bowling, volleyball, softball and badminton. Yes, badminton -- it's the newest offering from the league.

First up is bowling, which opens its 10-week season at Suburban Lanes in Decatur on Jan. 7. Volleyball arrives on Feb. 5 and runs into late March. There's also softball, which was the first sport the league offered when it launched nearly two years ago. That season opens March 20. Finally, there's badminton, which runs April 2 to late May.

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Hotlanta Volleyball readies for busy January

Hotlanta Volleyball readies for busy January

imageThe Hotlanta Volleyball Association is warming up.

The gay volleyball group launched a new web site on Monday, just a few weeks ahead of a new tournament set for Jan. 10, and is already making plans for their spring season.

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Bill Konigsberg explores jock’s coming out

Bill Konigsberg explores jock’s coming out

imageLike Bobby Framingham, Bill Konigsberg had a secret in high school. Both athletes didn’t know if they could be openly gay and a jock on campus.

For Konigsberg, a longtime sports journalist turned novelist, his choice as a high school senior in the late 1980s was to quit the baseball team, join the drama club and come out. For Framingham, the protagonist in Konigsberg’s debut novel, the choice is just as grueling.

“I had no sense of how you were supposed to be athletic and openly gay,” says Konigsberg, 38. “It just seemed completely incongruous. I thought I could get by in high school, but being in the locker-room just wasn’t going to work.”

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There’s little yeehaw left in gay rodeo group

There’s little yeehaw left in gay rodeo group

imageThe Georgia Gay Rodeo Association is in trouble -- again.

The gay rodeo group, which enjoyed a resurgence this year after nearly closing down, is again on the brink of closing its doors. GGRA's president, Brad Bruner, emailed supporters earlier this month with a plea for alternatives, but cited a lack of new members, few candidates for the board and a leadership group of only a handful of people in raising the possibility that the group might disband.

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Swimmers strip down to deliver pizza

Swimmers strip down to deliver pizza

imageThe next time the Atlanta Rainbow Trout is considering a fundraiser, the gay swim group might do well to go the route of the Penn State swim team.

A few swim jocks from the school joined others from the ice hockey team in a recent charity auction. To heat up the bidding, they stripped off their shirts. And to top it off, the five college athletes (photo) offered to deliver pizza sans shirts.

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Bucks close season with two losses

Bucks close season with two losses

imageThe Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club closed out its fall season on Saturday with its first Buck-a-Ruck Invitational.

The event included teams from Phoenix and Minneapolis for matches at Walker Park on Memorial Drive. The Bucks dropped their two matches, ending the season at 3-3. Two matches earlier in the season were dropped from the schedule.

But even with the losses, Bucks President Bullet Manale says the weekend scored a success with the tournament.

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Thursday: Two sports to see

Thursday: Two sports to see

FLAG FOOTBALL: The National Flag Football League of Atlanta closes its fall season with its championship game at Mozley Park. Kick off is 7 p.m. To see what you've been missing, view the photo galleries here, and here.

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Front Runners ponders locales for ‘09

Front Runners ponders locales for ‘09

imageThe group behind the annual Pride Run/Walk is considering where to hold the 2009 version of the event.

Front Runners Atlanta, which moved the 5K event from its traditional home of Grant Park to Ansley Square this year, is studying where to hold the popular event next year, according to Southern Voice. If the run remains tied to Ansley, the course may change.

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A few jocks among the Out 100

A few jocks among the Out 100

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There are a couple of jocks among the newly-released Out 100 from Out magazine.

Among the "men and women who made 2008 a year to remember," a group that consists mostly of actors and artists, is a pair of Ivy League track jocks. Cory Benton (photo left) and Jamal Brown (right) faced similar challenges on and off the track, according to the magazine.

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Hotlanta Softball closes out Fall Ball

Hotlanta Softball closes out Fall Ball

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The Hotlanta Softball League closed the books on its Fall Ball Sunday, capping a five-week season at the athletic fields of Piedmont Park.

The Fall Ball Season is a more relaxed effort for the league, part social for its regular players and part recruitment drive to attract new participants for its main season that opens each March.

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the event.

Photos from Week Three.
Photos from Week Two.
Photos from Week One.

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Bucks drop two games from schedule

Bucks drop two games from schedule

When it comes to numbers, the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club is having some trouble lately.

The gay rugby squad, in the midst of its fall season, has pulled two home matches from its schedule. The Bucks canceled its Oct. 25 match against local rival High County when it became clear the club wouldn't be able to field enough players to be competitive. In a bit of irony, the same thing happened to the Bucks for its Nov. 1 match against Charlotte. The North Carolina club dropped the match when they figured enough players weren't available.

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