Category Archives: Sports

Head of the Charles Regatta is this weekend

HOCR, Head of the Charles RegattaThe Head Of The Charles Regatta (HOCR) is a Boston area tradition that dates back to 1965 and has evolved into the world’s largest rowing competition that spans two days, drawing more than 11,000 athletes and 400,000 spectators. With the warmer weather from earlier this week all but gone, sadly none of the rowers will likely be shirtless like this guy. You’ll want to bundle up when you go out to cheer on the athletes who came to compete.

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.

Boston’s gay sports clubs / teams

boston-gay-sports-leagueThis past September I shared a post featuring a variety of LGBT sports teams and clubs you could join as a way to get out and meet people. Thanks to some helpful comments in that post and help from my friend Marc Davino, I’ve updated that post to include all 18 LGBT sports leagues / teams.

Some of these clubs / teams are seasonal so take that into account when you reach out to these groups and best of luck to you.

Beantown Bowling League

Beantown Softball League

Beantown Soft-Tip Dart League

Boston Flag Football

Boston Gay Basketball League

Boston Gay Rowers

Boston Pride Hockey

Boston Strikers Soccer

Boston Ironsides Rugby

Boston Wet Sox (Water Polo)

Cambridge Boston Volleyball Association

GURL – Gay Urban Running League

Liquid Assets New England Swimming (LANES)

Monday Night Bowling League

OutRyders: New England’s Gay Ski & Snowboard Club

QuICK – Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub

Frontrunners: Boston Gay Running Club

Tennis 4 All

Apologies if I have overlooked any area gay clubs or sports leagues.  Feel free to add information for any such group in the comments section of my blog.

NCAA moves games from North Carolina citing anti-LGBT law HB-2

HB2, North Carolina anti LGBT billFollowing in the footsteps of the NBA which announced this summer that they would move their 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, the NCAA will pull seven championship events from North Carolina. The NCAA said it will relocate the men’s basketball first- and second-round games that were scheduled for March 17 and 19 in Greensboro as well as the following games listed below.

  • Division I women’s soccer championship, Dec. 2 and 4 in Cary
  • Division III men’s and women’s soccer championships,Dec. 2 and 3 in Greensboro
  • Division I women’s golf regional championships, May 8-10 in Greenville
  • Division III men’s and women’s tennis championships, May 22-27 in Cary
  • Division I women’s lacrosse championship, May 26 and 28 in Cary
  • Division II baseball championship from May 27 to June 3 in Cary

In response to the NCAA’s decision, citing that state’s anti-LGBT  law – HB2, the North Carolina Republican Party issued this bizarre statement.

“This is so absurd it’s almost comical. I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all men’s and women’s teams together as singular, unified, unisex teams. Under the NCAA’s logic, colleges should make cheerleaders and football players share bathrooms, showers and hotel rooms.

“This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathroom and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team? I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor. Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking — and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.”

It is unclear how to respond to such a bizarre reaction. I’m starting to wonder how much of a financial burden North Carolina politicians are willing to assume before recognizing that they are not only being made a pariah but they are doing harm to their state’s economy and reputation that will linger long after HB2 is repealed.

Boston’s gay sports clubs / teams

gay sport

Sadly The Warwick Rowers (shown above) are not a LGBT gay sports club.

Last year at this time I shared a post featuring a variety of LGBT sports teams and clubs you could join as a way to get out and meet people. I wanted to share the links again to encourage anyone looking to make more friends, meet people or simply get out of the house and be more active. 

Some of these clubs / teams are seasonal so take that into account when you reach out to these groups and best of luck to you.  If you are new to Boston, let me be among the first to welcome you.

Beantown Softball League

Boston Flag Football

Boston Gay Basketball League

Boston Pride Hockey

Boston Strikers Soccer

Boston Ironsides Rugby

Monday Night Bowling League

Liquid Assets New England Swimming (LANES)

OutRyders: New England’s Gay Ski & Snowboard Club

QuICK – Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub

Frontrunners: Boston Gay Running Club

Tennis 4 All

Apologies if I have overlooked any area gay clubs or sports leagues.  Feel free to add information for any such group in the comments section of my blog.

Red Bull Flugtag Boston is Saturday, Aug. 20

xtreme sportsRed Bull Flugtag makes its first appearance in Boston this weekend.

What is the Red Bull Flugtag? It is a creative challenge to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 28-foot high flight deck that will be erected along the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston’s Back Bay.  Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship. All will be challenged to beat the current record of 258 feet.

For more details about the event visit the official website, redbullflugtag.com/usa-Boston

Australian’s hilarious review of Olympic divers

Note that if you are in an office or around children there is a fair amount of swearing, but this is absolutely hilarious and I thought worth sharing.

Olympic sized crush: Marc Minguell, Spanish water polo player

Marc Minguell shirtless, Marc Minguell naked

Marc Minguell water polo

You can follow him on Twitter here: Marcmin6