I wanted to highlight an article about body image and feeling comfortable in your own skin after reading an article earlier this month on the OUT Sports blog which featured former Red Sox outfielder and the next manager of the professional baseball team, Philadelphia Phillies.
Gabe “The Babe” Kapler (as I often referred to him) was featured in the blog’s post, Why new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was important to gay male sports fans. While I don’t know if I agree with all their points, I do agree that Gabe has an amazing body and has always been happy to pose shirtless. In an age where athletes continue to train to build endurance and avoid injury, Kapler was the rare professional baseball player with a great physique who liked to show it off. While he is happily married with two teenage children, if my memory serves me correct he was a great advocate for his wife when she spoke out about domestic violence (something she had to contend with in a previous relationship) in addition to being socially accepting of LGBTQ issues.
I’m pleased to let you know yet another LGBTQ club / sports team has formed here in Boston. Stonewall Sports – Boston is a chapter of Stonewall Sports that created earlier this year in 2017. According to their website, “the group is partnering with local businesses and establishments to bring enrich the local LGBTQ community by providing social outlets through sports and activities.”
Stonewall Sports – Boston: Billiards Facebook Page
Bobby Fisher and Matt Busse who many of you may already know are the two local gay men working to make this newest league a success so if you have any questions, be sure to reach out to them. Alternatively, you can visit their website here: stonewallboston.leagueapps.com.
Stonewall Sports – Boston recently started a new billiards league. While registrations may have already closed at the time of this post, it is worth reaching out to the organizers.
For any of you planning to spend next weekend in Provincetown, I wanted to encourage you to stop by the Harbor Lounge on Saturday, October 28th from 12-3PM for the rugby football club’s annual “spookybear fundraiser”.
There is no cost to attend this very social event and it always attracts a fun and friendly crowd. Swing by and grab a drink. You’ll be happy you stopped by.
Boston Ironsides Spookybear fundraiser at Harbor Lounge
Head of the Charles regatta is Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22
Every city has their own traditions and events that are distinctly their own. I like to write about these events here in Boston because it is easy to take them for granted or overlook how they contribute to and enrich the city. One such unique tradition which I associate with the autumn is the Head of the Charles Regatta.
The annual event typically occurs while foliage is nearing its peak each year in Boston and it can make for a beautiful backdrop for the 11,000+ athletes who are expected come to compete in the world’s largest regatta this weekend.
The 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 400,000 spectators who line the banks of the Charles River on both the Cambridge and Boston sides. Be sure to check it out. I prefer to watch from the Cambridge side between the Harvard footbridge and the JFK bridge but there really isn’t a bad place to watch
For more information about this world class event visit hocr.org or check out this really interesting infographic Boston Magazine published last year (2016) about this historic and truly world class event.
America’s Finest Dodgeball League starts in Boston this Winter on December 7th. Games will be played in Dorchester at the Holland Community Center.
If you don’t live in Boston but are interested, America’s Finest Dodgeball League is also operating in several other cities including: Austin, Dallas, Denver, FTL, Houston, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Portland and Tampa. If you would like to learn more about this new league in Boston, click on the links below.
Register for America’s Finest Dodgeball League – Boston!
America’s Finest Dodgeball Facebook Page
The Gay Bowl is the national LGBT flag football tournament, put on every Columbus Day weekend by the National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL). Started in 2002 as an annual national championship tournament for LGBT flag football teams, about 40 teams will compete in multiple divisions (including a women’s division) from across North America in Boston this weekend.
I first wrote about the Gay Bowl in May when it was announced that the New England Patriots would sponsor the Gay Bowl, making them first NFL team to sponsor one of the annual Gay Bowl tournaments (and let’s hope not the last).
In addition to a lot of football that will be played through the weekend, a host of social events including a “Pep Rally” party tonight at the Emerald Lounge (how appropriate is that), Bracket Reveal Party later in the evening at ICON as well as parties each night, concluding on Sunday at Royale with a closing ceremony that will take place just prior to the large dance party from Chris Harris Presents in the same venue. For more information visit the website Gay Bowl XVII.
And just to give you a flavor of how fun Boston’s league is, I wanted to share this video from Boston’s F.L.A.G. flag football league – enjoy. If you think you may like to learn more about this group which was instrumental in bringing the Gay Bowl to Boston this year visit their Facebook page, here.
Hopefully the caption below inspires you to share a caption or two of your own. Bonus points to anyone who can make me laugh with their caption.
I don’t care if you don’t like yellow. You have to wear it.