The Hotlanta Classic XVII
drew volleyball players from 14 teams to the courts of Emory University last month. A spread
in the Aug. 6 David magazine includes some of the photos I snapped at the event.
For even more, check out my photo gallery
from the event. READ MORE »
Elton John is bringing gay (Martina Navratilova) and sexy (Andy Roddick) when he comes to town in October for his Advanta World TeamTennis Smash Hits,
an event that raises money for his Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Tickets for the Oct. 12 event go on sale Saturday and range from $39.50 for general admission to between $70 and $100 for reserved seats. The charity event returns to metro Atlanta, John’s adopted home, for the first time since 2000.
It’s raised more than $8.5 million since its inception in 1993.
But to get a glimpse of sexy Roddick (photo), Navratilova, John or Billie Jean King, you’ll have to travel to Kennesaw State University, which is hosting the event. READ MORE »
An Olympic watching and recruitment event hosted by the Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance
has been canceled. The event, set for Sunday afternoon at Taco Mac on Peachtree, was put on hold after the group encountered problems in securing the venue. Stay tuned for an event sometime after Labor Day.
The coalition of nine gay and lesbian sports groups always draws a crowd for their events. The last one,
in March, packed Blake’s and helped add to the rosters of the groups. Check out the photo gallery from the March 2 event here. READ MORE »
In the second rendition of a new tradition that you can't help but enjoy, Georgia Bulldogs Coach Mark Richt stripped down
his football squad today and had them jump in the school pool. Frolicking ensued.
The Bulldogs blew off their morning practice and instead headed to the high dives at the Ramsey Center pool for the second year in a row. They players took turns jumping, cannonballing, flopping and flipping from anywhere between the baby board at 3 feet to the high dive at 33 feet.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was there to document every shirtless minute with a nine-photo gallery.
Photos: Brant Sanderlin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution READ MORE »
Things are looking up -- at least a little -- for Piedmont Park.
The crown jewel of Atlanta's park system, it's been on near lockdown since January
for most organized spots competition and all large-scale festivals. The long-running drought prompted the tightening of restrictions.
But now comes word from the Piedmont Park Conservancy that its athletic fields are opening again for organized league play. That means the return of the Hotlanta Softball League
's Fall Ball, which opens Sept. 21, and the National Flag Football League of Atlanta
's fall season, which opens sometime after Labor Day. The soccer fields are again open, too, though the Hotlana Soccer Association
takes part in a league that plays its games in a facility near Spaghetti Junction. READ MORE »
The Hotlanta Softball League
closed out its season on Sunday with a party to hand out awards and wish well the league's 11 teams heading to the Gay Softball World Series
later this month in Seattle.
The event, held in the upscale Ten Pin Alley in Atlantic Station, featured bowling, pizza, the debut of the league's new t-shirt for the Series and a cheer led by outgoing HSL Commissioner Emerson Ross that, well, can't quite be done justice with only words. You have to see it performed live for the full experience.
Nearly a dozen HSL teams
will compete for titles during the Series, which opens Aug. 22. Among those teams are two -- the Venom from the Open Division and the Riptide from the Women's Division -- returning to the Series to defend the titles they won in 2007.
For photos from the event, go here.
View additional photos from the season here. READ MORE »
With the big summer events behind them, gay sports groups and leagues are focusing on recruitment.
The Atlanta Team Tennis Association
hosts its Tennis Block Party on Saturday to try and lure people back to the sport. On Sunday, the Hotlanta Softball League
holds registration for its Fall Ball, a more informal and shorter season that opens on Sept. 21. HSL also hosts sign-up events Aug. 9, 16, 17 and Sept. 6.
Also coming up is Rugby 101 from the Atlanta Bucks Rugby Football Club,
an hours-long primer on the sport that serves as the unofficial start to their fall season. That kicks off Sept. 13.
The Atlanta Gay Sports Alliance
also hosts an Olympic watching and recruitment Aug. 17.
For more on the events, read
my new Southern Voice sports column. READ MORE »
Making Matt Ryan
the new face of the Atlanta Falcons
wasn't the primary reason the troubled franchise inked him to an expensive and long-term contract earlier this year. But it didn't hurt, either, to bring on board someone with his cover boy good looks to replace the misbehaving Michael Vick.
AirTran likes it, too. They've inked Ryan to a two-year endorsement deal
that includes at least four billboards featuring him around town. He'll also be included in radio spots. "Laser Rocket Arm. Head For Low Fares" reads one; "Touchdowns As Often As We Do" is another. It's the same sort of campaign Vick was in until the airline didn't renew his contract last year. READ MORE »
The Atlanta Team Tennis Association
has pulled out their rackets and is swinging hard.
The gay tennis group is on a push to up the interest in the sport, add to the their membership rolls and raise funds for their signature event, the Peach International Tennis Championships
held over Labor Day Weekend.
On Saturday, ATTA hosts its Tennis Block Party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Glenlake Tennis Center.
The free event will include drills, racquet demonstrations and snacks.
On Aug. 16, the group holds its annual variety show to raise funds for the tournament. Speaking of the Peach, registration closes Aug. 9. READ MORE »
Take a close look the next time you watch the NFL, MLB or NBA. You won’t see a woman with a whistle in her hand, with the exception of one or two females who have broken through the male-dominated bastion of pro sports to work NBA games.
That’s why the appearance of Sarah Thomas
at the New Orleans Saints training camp on Friday caused such a stir. Thomas, who last fall became the first female to officiate
an NCAA Division I-A game, turned a few NFL heads during the scrimmage. For its part, the league wouldn’t say if they are scouting for their first female ref.
Her appearance, of course, prompted the hetero-macho, chest-thumping reaction
you’d expect. But it was a nice distraction from the only other story out of the NFL since training camp started. Yeah, that guy. READ MORE »
It’s a little like putting lipstick on a pig. But at least the Atlanta Falcons
The team unveiled
a freshly painted and spruced up Georgia Dome today when they held drills and scrimmaged for fans. It’s not the Dome that’s the pig getting the lipstick. The renovations look superb, in fact. I’m talking about the Falcons.
But with a new coach, new quarterback and fresh attitude, who knows? The bar is getting lower for pro teams in Atlanta and the Falcons might just be able to jump over it this fall.
The Dome has a new chef,
too, but only for those with top-tier tickets.
Photo: Curtis Compton, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The reviews are in: Though downsized from past years, the Hotlanta Classic XVII last weekend drew favorable reactions from participants. It also brought 14 teams
of gay jocks to the courts of Emory, which isn’t a bad way to spend a weekend.
“It’s a good way to practice,” says Beto Sansiberio. “It’s s smaller tournament, so it’s a good way to get that synergy together. The facility is amazing. I haven’t been in a nicer facility than this one.”
For more reaction on the tournament, read my
Southern Voice sports column.
for a gallery of photos from the event.
READ MORE »
Georgia Tech football players are serious gym rats. With college football season just around the corner, teams are hitting the weights to get that pre-season pump before practice begins. And by pump we mean some serious back-bending workouts that create bugles in all of the right places. Johnny Crawford, a photographer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently spent some time with the Iron Men at Tech. Check out his 14-photo gallery here. READ MORE »