Category Archives: Sports

Marathon weekend

Boston MarathonIts marathon weekend in Boston and because of last year’s bombings it seems like the rest of the world will turn their eyes to Boston come Monday.  It feels strange not to be in the city this weekend which I would imagine is quickly filling to capacity.   Typically the Boston Marathon draws more than half a million spectators and more than 25,000 runners, but this year is anything but typical. This year the Boston Marathon has an estimated 36,000 runners, and I would assume even more spectators.

If you are in town this weekend be certain to check out the Boston Marathon Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Auditorium (Friday 12-7 pm; Saturday 9am – 7pm; and Sunday 9am – 6pm. Nearly every athletic, fitness and nutrition firm you can imagine sets up booths to educate and sell their products. Vendors have special sales for the expo and there are usually some pretty cool freebies.

Things that make BosGuy go hmm…

gay sports wrestlingI doubt this guy is checking for a hernia and where the heck is the other guy’s head?

Thought of the day: Sochi Olympics

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Today is the final day of the Sochi Olympic games and I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that hosting the games in homophobic Russia has been a blessing in disguise for the gay community.

Gay rights have been consistently discussed during the Olympic Games. Air time has been provided to discuss Russia’s discriminatory legislation in a way I’ve rarely seen in the US; we tend to only report on what happens here at home, forgetting there is a world beyond our borders.

While these protests may have fallen on deaf ears in Russia, the conversation has taken on new meaning here in the US.  I can’t help but wonder was Michael Sam’s historic announcement days after the Opening Ceremony at Sochi intentional? It seems to have added fuel here in the US to fighting homophobia in sport; against the backdrop of the Sochi Olympics the conversation seemed all the more poignant.

Homophobia thrives when it is unchallenged.  The 1980s gay activist group ACT UP had it right; Silence = Death.  Although they were fighting for more AIDS funding and helping those dying from AIDS to live their final days with dignity, the mantra remains true so I hope the dialog started and scrutiny focused on Russia continues after the Olympic torch goes out in Sochi.

Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish take stand against homophobia

Athlete AllyIn light of the disgraceful way the International Olympic Committee has dealt with championing Russia’s homophobic legislation, I wanted to share this story.

American star tennis players Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish become the 1st professional men’s tennis players to align with Athlete Ally.

Andy Roddick said, “Yesterday was an incredible day for athletes everywhere. Jason Collin’s courage and leadership in coming out reminds me of how important it is for an athlete to be able to be true to him or herself.  As an Athlete Ally, I want to support every athlete to feel comfortable and confident being themselves and to make sure that all people – players and fans alike – are  welcome and included in tennis.”  More about this story here and more about Athlete Ally here.

Red Sox spring training

sportsTomorrow Red Sox position players report for spring training with the first full-squad workout scheduled for this Thursday. It may not seem like spring (at least not here in Boston) but I love when spring training starts because I know spring is not far away. This year Red Sox Nation will also have the added benefit of the handsome (selfie loving) Grady Sizemore.  Will he be able to bring the goods or just be easy on the eyes?

Steve Langton US Olympic Bobsled team

Steve Langton US OlympianThirty year old Steve Langton is a Boston native who calls Melrose, MA home.  When I saw him featured in a local publication, I immediately thought he’d make for a great man candy post.  This 6’2 / 220+lbs Olympian started his bobsledding career in 2006 and was named Rookie of the Year by the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation [USBSF] for the 2007/08 season.  He finished in 10th place in the Vancouver Olympic Games. Best of luck to you Steve.

Here are a few more photos of this Olympian. Click to enlarge.US olympic athlete Sochi

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Not to be outdone by The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI) – see my previous post if you are unsure of what I’m talking about – Norway has issued their own response to Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law. Thanks for bringing this to my attention Jon Rodriguez.

Michael Sam steps out of the closet

gay football playerMichael Sam, the ferocious 260-pound Missouri defensive end, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a potential high-round pick in May’s NFL draft stepped out of the closet when he told the New York Times today that he is gay.

Perhaps the New York Times wrote it best when John Branch wrote about this college senior, “As the pace of the gay rights movement has accelerated drastically in recent years, the sports industry has changed relatively little, with no publicly gay male athletes in the N.F.L., the N.B.A., the N.H.L. or Major League Baseball. Against this backdrop, Mr. Sam could become a symbol for the country’s gay rights movement or a flash point in a football culture war — or both.”

You can read the New York Times interview here.  ESPN as one might guess also has a great feature on the story here. Thanks for the tip lil brother, you even beat the HuffingtonPost alarm that came thru earlier tonight.

Sochi Olympics start tonight

welcome sochi 2014 - olympicsThe 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics start tonight and while I’ve already written a handful of posts expressing my frustration with the IOC’s actions, I fully intend to watch the Olympics.

In a perverse twist of fate, Russia’s spree of homophobic legislation and Putin’s remarks defending them has made the LGBT calls for greater equality abroad a topic of conversation in a way that it may never have been if the games had been held elsewhere, and I hope the scrutiny post-games shall not subside.

Thanks to “Boston” Dan a BosGuy blog reader who sent me this video.

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Javier Fernandez Spanish figure skater

Spanish Figure SkaterLast week while all of New England was watching the Patriots lose to the Denver Broncos, I was actually watching The ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Budapest.  Mock me if you will, but I think I developed a bit of a crush on this 22 year old underdog, figure skater from Madrid who will represent Spain at the Sochi Olympics.

New England trash talk: Rawr

New England PatriotsMuch thanks to my brother, Tim, who forward me this image on Monday morning.  I thought I’d save this for today. Enjoy the game if you’re into that sort of thing.  Personally, I’m more interested in this Denver fan.

Sochi Olympics: The missing link

Sochi OlympicsDid you know that Russia is the only world power right now actively encouraging discrimination and hatred against the LGBT Community?

Did you also know that the IOC has in their charter and mission that they are committed to “To act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement.” Discriminatory laws enacted in Russia affect the Olympic Movement and participating gay Olympic Athletes but that seems to be an inconvenient truth for the IOC so they’ve pretended not to notice, but I have and it has really ticked me off.  I’ve ranted about it here, here, and here.

Later today the US Olympic Committee’s road to Sochi Tour comes to the Boston Common Frog Pond skating rink from 11am-5pm so I thought I’d share some information about The Missing Link.  It is a campaign focused on raising money to go to Immigration Equality’s Russia Emergency Fund. Over the coming weeks, I’m sure I’ll post a few more rants about my disappointment in the I.O.C. I’m curious how you feel about this?

 

Red Sox championship parade

Boston Red SoxCalled a “Rolling Rally” by The Boston Globe, today’s Red Sox World Series Championship parade was incredibly pleasant,thanks to unseasonably warm and sunny weather.

There was a relaxed atmosphere in the crowd that poured in from all over New England and beyond to see the parade.  This kid’s sign pretty much sums up Boston’s good fortune in recent years.

I can’t think of any other city in recent years that has dominated in all the major sports leagues, making it truly one of the best places to live if you love sports.

Below are a handful of photos from today’s parade. Boston Red Sox Championship ParadeBoston Red Sox Championship ParadeBoston Red Sox Championship ParadeBoston Red Sox Championship Parade

Red Sox are 2013 World Series Champions

Red Sox World Series BannersFrom worst to first.  Time for Fenway Park to raise another banner.