The Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into a massive two-day rowing competition that draws more than 11,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators. The 2014 HOCR takes place this Saturday and if you’ve not been before or if you don’t already have plans, I’d suggest checking it out.
Head of Charles Regatta – October 18-19
The organizers have created a great website that includes more information about the races, maps and FAQs. You can learn more by visiting the official HOCR website, www.hocr.org.
Dieux du Stade 2015 goes on sale starting today, October 2nd.
To entice their many fans around the world they have released a series of ‘teaser’ promotional videos over the past few weeks leading up to the launch.
Below is the third such teaser. While there isn’t any explicit nudity – you may want to watch this away from colleagues who may raise an eyebrow with so much skin on the screen.
If you like, you may place your order by visiting their website here. You may also want to follow them on Twittah, @DivxDvStade.
Boo… Apparently there wasn’t enough interest and the event has been cancelled.
There have been 84 domestic violence arrests in the NFL since 2000 Source: USA Today
This morning MSNBC co-host, Mika Brzezinski, pointed out that when a private discussion between the former owner of the LA Clippers, Donald Sterling, and his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, was made public the entire NBA quickly renounced his racist rhetoric. His own team even played games with their jerseys inside out to protest his words.
Juxtapose that reaction with the recent Ray Rice / Roger Goddall scandal that involves a domestic abuse incident, and I’m left wondering why the NFL (and sports in general) treats domestic abuse like it is less offensive than racism? I’ve heard a few rants from broadcasters but that is about all. Apparently athletes can’t abide the idea of racist words but violent outbursts directed at their wives or girlfriends don’t warrant the same response. At least that is how it appears to me and I think that is part of the problem; in sports Racism > Domestic Abuse.
The Boston Athletic Association online-only, rolling registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon opens Monday at 10 a.m. on September 8, 2014.
Just as in the past years, the runners for the 119th Boston Marathon with the fastest qualifying times in each gender and age group will be allowed to register first on baa.org, according to the race’s rolling admission policy. Other qualified runners can follow who beat the qualifying time by 20 minutes or more.
For those who simply enjoy cheering on the runners (like me), note that the Marathon will take place on Monday, April 20, 2015.
This is a guest blog post from Marc D. a competitor in the Gay Games IX hosted in Cleveland, Ohio earlier this summer.
Gay Games IX was held in Cleveland and Akron, OH August 9-16. The city was selected in 2009 by the Federation of Gay Games (FGG), winning out over Boston and Washington, DC. I was part of the group from Boston that worked to create our bid and when Cleveland was selected many of us were extremely disappointed, since there were numerous examples of their bid process not following the established guidelines. However, I don’t want to go into that – it’s water under the bridge at this point – but I did want to share my experiences as a competitor at Gay Games IX.
I was fortunate to be part of the gold-medal winning flag football team – the MassMutual Blue – but that competition was an example of why I would believe Cleveland was a poor choice as a host city. The term ‘destination city’ was heard a lot but the problem is Cleveland is not a destination city. As a result, fewer people attended these games; flag football and softball only had 3 teams each in the A/B division; 4 in C; 10 in D; and 2 in the women’s division, etc. By contrast, Boston hosted a softball tournament over the 4th of July weekend that included nearly 40 teams in 2 divisions – twice as many as participated in Cleveland.
I don’t have official numbers but heard that approximately 6,000 participants were on hand; compared to approximately 10,000 from the two prior Gay Games I attended (2002 in Sydney and 2006 in Chicago). Regardless of the actual number, I had expected to see people everywhere we went – this is supposed to be the largest LGBT sporting event in the world – yet downtown Cleveland, where I stayed, was very quiet. So while winning a gold medal was very rewarding, especially since the team we beat hadn’t lost any of its 4 prior games, the fact remains that it was a very small flag football tournament. The same can be said for many of the other sports; it was a poorly attended Games and that’s disappointing. I wanted to feel that we were making an impact and that just did not happen.
Fortunately it looks like the Federation of Gay Games has learned their lesson and have picked Paris has the host city for Gay Games 10 in 2018. I’m already making my plans already and hope to see you there.
About the author: Marc D. is a non-profit development professional who lives in Boston and has a passion for sports.
I’m not much of a football fan so I’m a few days behind on the ESPN Michael Sam controversy. If you are wondering what I’m talking about, I’m referring to ESPN journalist, Josina Anderson, who reported responses on Sports Center, after she inquired how Michael Sam’s teammates are reacting to having a gay player in their locker room and even more disconcerting – the shower!
This so called ‘controversy’ is reminiscent the dumb comments made by those who were opposed to letting female journalists in team locker rooms after games. Everyone quickly figured out this wasn’t a big deal, and I’m hopeful we’ve now come to the same conclusion about gay athletes in the locker room.
Having athletes like Michael Sam come out at the start of their career rather than after they’ve retired is a significant milestone for the LGBT community. Without a doubt there will be future controversies regarding gay athletes but one expects inane comments from athletes, coaches, owners, etc… who may be uncomfortable with the idea of having a gay teammate – not ESPN or the media.
Blogger, Viv Bernstein, writes a bit more about this controversy and the recent history of the media’s obsession with gay men showering in locker rooms in her post, Michael Sam, The Media and That Shower Question.