Dominic Thiem is a top ranked tennis player from Austria who won his first Grand Slam title, The US Open, earlier this year. However, one might say it is his assets off the tennis court that continue to get my attention.
Back in 2017 my post Dominic Thiem butt distracts TV commentators got a lot of attention from readers so I’m assuming that the photos of Thiem’s lime green derriere as shared by the Instagram atpdudes will have a similar affect on my readers and possibly result in creating a few more tennis fans.
Tennis is a fun sport to play and watch, and players like the 22 year old Greek, Stefanos Tsitsipas, can make it quite distracting as well.
For those who don’t follow tennis quite as faithfully, you may not be familiar with Tsitsipas who turned pro just four years ago in 2016 and is a top 10 player in the world. Stefanos has one of the best backhands in the game, and if he remains injury-free, has the potential to dominate the game with his mental toughness, speed and size (he is 6’4″).
However, I think many of my readers may be less impresssed by my observations and may find watching tennis pleasurable because of his sportsmanship, lean build and handsome face.
Not to mention, Stefanos Tsitsipas can be incredibly graceful on the courts.
And while 27 year old Dominic Thiem may be better known for his ‘assets’ than Stefanos, there is no denying that all the sprints and training required to be one of the best tennis players in the world has filled out his lean physique in a way that will appeal to faithful readers of this blog.
Today is the last day of Boston Pride Week 2020 so I wanted to share an excellent article from Out Sports blog that details how the Boston Red Sox went from the last team in MLB to integrate to being one of the biggest champions of LGBTQ Pride.
This year the Boston Red Sox were planning their Pride Night this season to coincide with Boston Pride’s 50-year anniversary and how amazing would that have been? I’ve really enjoyed the annual Pride celebration at Fenway and each year it gets better so I can only imagine what might have been this year.
As of last season, all but two MLB teams hosted a Pride event. MLB’s decision to name Billy Bean as its Ambassador for Inclusion has helped change the culture around the league, but the Red Sox have done more than just host a Pride Night. The Fenway Sports Group has donated to LGBT causes around the city, including a $200,000 pledge to Fenway Health, the region’s largest LGBTQ clinic and resource center. But there is so much more to this story so read the full article on Out Sports, How the Red Sox, who were the last team to integrate, became champions of LGBTQ Pride.
Registration to participate in Boston’s Gay Kickball league opens today. Due to its increasing popularity, there will be three leagues: Division A is the most competitive, Division B is described as intermediate, and Division C is for those who are new to the sport and / or are just looking to have fun.
Registration is the same price for all – the different leagues play at staggered times on Sundays, starting April 9th. Due to feedback from last year, the league will not host games (if necessary) the weekend of PVD Pride and this year’s National Tournament will be hosted Memorial Day Weekend in San Antonio.
Early bird registration ($75) is available now through February 22nd and saves you $10. Aside from saving a bit of cash, registering early guarantees you a spot in a league that is very popular and certain to fill-up. You can register individually or as a team.
Before the seasons starts check out Ms. Gay Kickball, a drag contest for any Boston-based athletes that want to represent their team in a drag race for the crown on Saturday, April 4th at Club Cafe (click the link above for details and to register if interested).
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, making it the largest rowing event in the world.
The 2019 HOCR takes place this Saturday and Sunday. The forecast suggests plenty of sun with Sunday being the warmer of the two days and thankfully for the rowers, very little wind. If you’ve not been to this premiere rowing events, head down to the Charles River to cheer on these amazing athletes.
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.
Each September, at the start of each academic year, tens of thousands of people move to Boston for the first time. Whether you are new to Boston or just looking for an excuse to be more active and make some new friends, joining one of the many LGBT sports teams and clubs can help you do both.
I’m off to my first Red Sox game of the season later this evening. It happens to be Out at Fenway. I’m hoping for a better game than last night’s disappointing loss in extra innings. Will you be at Fenway Park tonight?
Boston’s Gay Dodgeball League summer registration is now open. A welcome pick up game (open to all) will be on Thursday evening, June 27th. If you’re interested in joining feel free to RSVP here. The season will begin, starting July 11th and will run through August 22nd with the championship games on Thursday, August 29th. All Games will be played on Thursday evenings from 7:00PM-9:30PM at the Holland Community Center.
If you don’t live in Boston but are interested in dodgeball, leagues also exist in Atlanta, Austin, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis and Tampa.
Boston Gay Kickball league’s Spring registration opened last week for both Division A and B (Division A is more competitive and Division B is more social), but both are guaranteed fun ways to meet people.
Early Bird registration ends Monday, February 25th and after that pricing increases $10 to $85.000 per player plus a small administrative processing fee. You can either join on your own or recruit an entire team – everyone is welcome.
The spring gay kickball season starts on April 21st and runs for seven weeks, concluding June 30th with 50-minute games held every Sunday at Moakley Field in “Gay-chester” a.k.a. Dorchester. The league can only accommodate 16 teams so register quickly because this fills up.
Each January I write about the various ski weeks and weekends that are organized here in New England and North America for those of you who love to take ski vacations. Below I’ve included a handful of such gay ski celebrations. If you enjoy skiing, I’d also like to use this as an opportunity to give a shout out to OutRyders – New England’s largest gay ski club.
Winter Rendezvous at Stowe, VT: January 23 – 27, 2019
This is New England’s largest (and longest running) gay ski week. This year will mark Winter Rendezvous 35th anniversary. Boston’s gay ski club, OutRyders helps their members organize logistics if you’re interested in this event.
The Provincetown Soccer Classic XXII will take place Columbus Day Weekend with the actual tournament taking place on Sunday, October 7th at Motta Field by the Provincetown Monument.
Tournament events include the Welcome Party, Wigs & Heels Tea Dance, Soccer Balls Dance Party, a full day of soccer, Dinner Banquet, and more. The tournament welcomes all players, 18 and over at all skill levels, genders and sexual orientations. For more information about the tournament and to register see the links shared below.