December 14, 2013
If you are offended by the beauty of the male nude body, don't watch this video.
Nudity is wonderful and liberating and these British jocks prove my point. Their calendar that they made to raise funds to fight homophobia is well known. Now they have released a video about the making of that calendar.
Let's hear it for the British Warwick rowers for their politics, their spirit and .....yea, their bodies!
December 03, 2013
" Sport Does Not Discriminate On Grounds Of Race, Religion, Politics, Gender Or Otherwise"
-Principle Six of the International Olympic Charter
AllOut.org and Athlete Ally has created a brilliant campaign to take to Sochi in February. The genius of it all is that the LGBT community is not putting any Athletes at risk while slowly and steadily feeding the International Olympic Committee their own words.
There is no question that by the time of the Olympics the Principle Six Campaign will stand not only for human rights but clearly for the freedom from the tyranny directed against the Russian LGBT community. The more athletes, media personalities, entertainers and others who wear Principle Six somewhere on their person the more powerful the message.
The two organizations announced this week that some Olympians have endorsed this effort. However it should not be limited to just Olympians but all athletes and supporters of human rights. American athletes should put a brilliant red '6' on their uniforms to show solidarity. That includes high school and college athletes.
Now is the time in your communities, school, universities and institutions to ask people to wear the bright red six to show resistance to the Putin's Punks.
American Apparel has partnered with the groups and will help finance the bold statement to take to Sochi. You will be able to get your "6" merchandise after January 1. Hope they have a small classy pin to put on your suit or formal wear.
This should be a campaign that everyone should be able to rally behind including NBC Sports, sponsors, athletes and activists
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November 25, 2013
Enjoy the slopes!
Readers' Choice Rating: 94.1
Our readers consider Telluride "the most beautiful mountain town in Colorado with views reminiscent of the Alps," rocketing it to the number one spot in our poll. Readers love the no-line lifts, the steep terrain, and the overall laid-back vibe, adding it's "absolutely the world's greatest ski area when it comes to variety of difficulty." What's more, Telluride is a "fun town to explore," "a little slice of heaven in a gorgeous box canyon."
Readers' Choice Rating: 91.8
There is "enough terrain to keep you on new trails for a solid week." And after a day of full-force skiing, don't miss out on the après-ski options, because "the bar scene is the most fun part about Whistler," as well as the "fab restaurants." "Whistler has it all, from arts, culture and festivities to the amazing ski and snowboard hills for the avid winter adventurist."
3. Deer Valley
Readers' Choice Rating: 89.7
If you're one of those skiers who hates sharing the slopes with snowboarders, Deer Valley might just do it for you. The resort prohibits snowboarding and Nordic skiing. With "the best groomed snow" and the ideal "family-friendly setting," it's "no wonder the whole world skis Deer Valley." One reader said the area is very accommodating and provides "perfect skiing, especially for those over 60 with some physical limitations."
4. Jackson Hole
Readers' Choice Rating: 87.9
Although the terrain is considered some of the toughest and steepest in the country, "Jackson Hole and the Grand Teton Mountains are an American treasure" with "views to die for." Readers "felt at home with the mountains and the scenery," and aside from skiing, the town is "a good size for shopping and eating with enough glitz but not too much to spoil the rustic atmosphere."
5. Aspen Mountain
Readers' Choice Rating: 87.8
The "classy ski mountain" of Aspen showcases "the best grooming and snowmaking in the country." The secret of Aspen is that it is actually a "wonderfully laid-back and fun little mountain town with this big glitzy reputation." Similar to the other mountains on this list, Aspen is "great if you're a black diamond skier." You'll experience "one of the most efficient and fun ski days ever" and afterward you can check out the "good variety of bars" and "sensational restaurants on and off the mountain."
Well, with Thanksgiving, we enter the Football Bowl season. Quarterback's all over America will be doing their damnest to impress the professional teams in this period. So this year, davidmixner.com is having its first ever 'Quarterback Bowl' to pick the hottest college quarterbacks.
Here are this years winners.
If you have a favorite that didn't make it, be sure to let us know!
1. Clint Trickett
University of West Virginia
2. Clint Chelf
3. Derek Carr
Fresno State University
4. Aaron Murray
University of Georgia
5. Devin Gardner
University of Michigan
6. Blake Bell
7. Tyler Tettleton
8. Casey Pachall
Texas Christian University
9. Max Wittek
University of Southern California
10. John Robertson
November 24, 2013
In a many states, college football coaches are among the highest paid public employees in the state. Actually in most states they get paid much more than the Governor. Despite educational cutbacks and tight funding for scholarships, these coaches get paid massive amounts to bring football glory to their educational institutions.
Ironically many of these high paid coaches are from some of the poorest states in America. Here are the top ten according to Business Insider.
1. Nick Saban
University of Alabama
Total Compensation: $5,545,852
2. Mack Brown
University of Texas
Total Compensation: $5,453,750
3. Bret Bielema
University of Arkansas
Total Compensation: $5.150,000
4. Butch Jones
University of Tennessee
Total Compensation: $4,860,000
5. Bob Stoops
University of Oklahoma
Total Compensation: $4,774,167
6. Urban Meyer
Ohio State University
Total Compensation: $4,610,000
7. Les Miles
Louisiana State University
Total Compensation: $4,459,363
8. Brady Hoke
University of Michigan
Total Compensation: $4,150,000
9. Kirk Ferentz
University of Iowa
Total Compensation: $3,985,000
10. Charlie Strong
University of Louisville
Total Compensation: $3,738,500
November 09, 2013
November 03, 2013
New York is getting back to normal from Hurricane Sandy! Last year the city had to cancel both the Halloween Parade and the New York Marathon because of the hurricane. This year the parade was terrific and today the ultimate marathon takes place.
New York City released a video showing what it is like when early this morning about 22,000 runners have to take the Staten Island Ferry to reach the start of the marathon. Get out there and cheer the runners on this cool day!
October 24, 2013
The Advocate has obtained an in-depth interview with MSNBC's morning anchor Thomas Roberts on NBC's decision to send him to Moscow to host the Ms. Universe Pageant. The decision has generated some debate among activists who are appalled by the treatment of LGBT Russian citizens by their government and Putin's Punks.
However, there has not been a solidified approach by the community. Most everyone is now aboard that there will not be a boycott of the Olympics. That our athletes should attend and find a way to express their support. People like Elton John have agreed to sing in Russia and make a statement while he is there. Others have decided to boycott the nation. Right now it has been an individual decision on how best to change minds in this highly intense debate.
Rather you agree with Roberts decision or not, this is a man who has been there for the LGBT community time and time again. He has agreed to show up and lean his support to almost every organization that asked for his help. On his show on MSNBC he has time and time again been open about his own sexuality and showcased the community's issues. This is a fact no one can dispute.
Roberts is a journalist who works for NBC. Here are excerpts from the interview about his accepting this assignment by his employer:
The Advocate: In your op-ed with MSNBC, you said that you aggressively pursued the opportunity to host this pageant when it became available. What was the thinking behind that for you? Why did you want to host this event?
Thomas Roberts: My thinking was that it's such a large, visible opportunity. It's saying, in over 190 countries, to a billion people, that we have a place at the table, we have a seat, and why give that up? While the homophobic laws are a major concern, there are unfortunately LGBT discriminatory laws that exist in other countries beyond Russia, and I thought this was a huge visible opportunity not only for... our own country, for Russia as well, but for the 188 countries where this is going to be seen. So I thought this was a fantastic opportunity for people to learn about me being openly gay, and marriage, and my husband being with me, and send a strong message.
The Advocate: How would you respond to folks who say it's tough to see what life is like on the Russian playing field for LGBT people, when you are on a different level, and attending there with a different level of security than the average queer person in Russia enjoys?
Thomas Roberts: Well, in advance of making this decision to accept this assignment, a lot of critical thinking went into it. And that was me coordinating to reach out to LGBT Russian activists, and to do my homework, and to get a dialogue going with them. So I didn't make this decision without doing my homework, and I continue to have great drive about the purpose of why I'm going there, and why somebody like me can do a lot more than just host, cohost, Miss Universe. So, I'm aligned with a cable network, a television network, and if people don't think that I'm going to do reporting from there, they're crazy.
The Adovocate: You mentioned that you reached out, and did your homework before accepting this assignment. What was the response of Russian LGBT activists that you reached out to?
Thomas Roberts: I was told: don't boycott. I was told that this is too big of an opportunity, and that voices like theirs need representation. So, what they want is, while they don't feel safe, they want influential people to come in, and speak out. Not only can I speak out ahead of time, before going, but I also have a great capacity to cover and storytell. So, that's why this assignment was so attractive to me.
The Advocate: I definitely agree — that's the goal. Well, that wraps up my questions. Do you have anything that you’d like to say that we didn’t touch on?
Thomas Roberts: I just hope people would have faith in me. You know I feel real strongly that I’ve always tried to be, not a perfect example, but a good example, of someone who can have a wonderful professional and personal life, and trying to do the right thing by his community. I’ve never denied this community. I’ve been a part of it for a long time now, and I hope to remain a good member in standing for a long time to come. So, I just hope people would have faith in me.
October 19, 2013
Boston.com's 'The Big Picture' has near three dozen extraordinary photographs of different triathlons. Just this month the 35th anniversary of Ironman World Championhip was held in Kona, Hawaii. In this sport, athletes must swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a full marathon.
Be sure to click here to see all the photographs and the all important photographer credits.