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road.jpg International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association condemns Jamaica: “We call immediately on Jamaica’s community leaders to cease their oppression. We will continue to speak up and to spotlight these cruel and bigoted actions before tourism and business leaders everywhere. IGLTA is in complete solidarity with Jamaica’s own LGBT leadership, J-FLAG. Therefore, like J-flag, it is not our intention to provoke reprisals or political condemnation in Jamaica by supporting a global tourism boycott. We understand this step could be counter-productive to making true progress in that Caribbean nation, and instead we will focus on education, publicity and market competition to highlight and help curb these terrible abuses."

Puddleroad.jpg A sweet little blog about a puddle.

road.jpg Steve-O from Jackass has really gone off the deep end.

road.jpg John Gibson, the FOX radio host who mocked Heath Ledger following the actor's death, has lost his TV spot: "The network confirmed this week that 'America’s Election HQ,' a program that displaced 'The Big Story' temporarily last month, would continue indefinitely. The program’s hosts, Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly, also anchor the network’s mid-morning newscast and are seen as rising stars on the channel. The change was first reported by the blog TVNewser.com. John Gibson, the longtime host of 'The Big Story,' will continue to have a role on television, the network said, although it appears that his future for now lies mostly on radio. For two years Mr. Gibson, a conservative commentator, has been the host of a three-hour program for Fox News Radio immediately following his television show."

Planetroad.jpg The case for another Earth-sized planet in our solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune: "A newly released paper shows that may very well be the case. A team of scientists ran a whole mess of simulations, and found that a small planet (in this case, around half the size of the Earth) could have formed inside Neptune’s orbit (where there was plenty of material in the early solar system), gotten tossed into a bigger orbit by Neptune, and then knocked around the orbits of the iceballs, distorting their orbits and creating the Kuiper Cliff."

road.jpg Noosa mayor rejects claims that his town is the "gay capital" of Australia: "Let me answer the question Joe, let me answer the question, I am not the champion of the gay capital of Australia. Noosa is not the gay capital of Australia. Noosa gets many gay visitors after the mardi gras, they are welcome like every other Australian, Joe. I am not a bigot and I am not closed of mind."

road.jpg Tom Brady and Eli Manning: no hard feelings.

road.jpg Obama oral sex and drugs accuser Larry Sinclair files $3 million defamation lawsuit against TubeSockTedD, mzmolly and OWNINGLIARS for calling him a liar.

road.jpg Spin off of Beverly Hills 90210 in development.

Militaryroad.jpg A whole bunch of photography firsts.

road.jpg MoveOn.org has launched Obama in 30 Seconds, a contest for supporters interested in producing their own ads for the candidate: "We're counting on you to make amazing ads in the next three weeks. Then, MoveOn members and the public will rate the ads, and a panel of top artists, netroots heroes, and filmmaking professionals will pick the winner from among top ads. We'll air the winning ad nationally, and the winner will receive a gift certificate for $20,000 in video equipment." MoveOn has collected a gaggle of celebrities to judge the spots, including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, John Legend, Moby, James Schamus, Rory Kennedy, and Michael Franti.

road.jpg Eric Bana is the king of codpieces.

road.jpg The tale of Spitzer's call girl Kristen.

road.jpg Northern Irish councillor calls opening of gay bar 'foolish': "A veteran Strabane councillor has said he believes there is 'not a need' for a gay bar in the town. James O'Kane, an Independent member of Strabane District Council, claimed it would be 'very foolish.' The North West gay community has widely welcomed the annoucement of Strabane's first gay bar. However, speaking to the 'Journal,' Councillor O'Kane said: 'My own assumption is that it would be very very foolish to open it, it wouldn't be welcome. I'm a pioneer myself so I would not be frequenting these places anyway but I couldn't see it operating in the town. In this day and age we are all liberal but I can't see a need for it, I suppose only time will tell,' Colr. O'Kane said."


Tom Brady CK Underwear Model Rumors Bunch Up Again

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Last November I posted about rumors that Tom Brady had been offered over $1 million to be the next Calvin Klein underwear model. Now those rumors appear to be swirling yet again.

The NYDN's Rush & Molloy report: "Gisele Bundchen won't be the only person seeing Tom Brady in his skivvies if Calvin Klein has his way. We hear the designer has offered the Patriots quarterback seven figures to blast David Beckham and his Armani underwear campaign right off the billboards."

Let's hope he doesn't repeat his Saturday Night Live performance (above) and takes his shirt off this time.

Previously
Grizzly Adams Celebrates Beards and Bears at the Super Bowl [tr]
Tom Brady Gets Fresh [tr]
Tom Brady's First Beefcake Shot [tr]
Tom Brady and the Art of the Bulging Brief [tr]


NFL Scouting Combine: The Beefcake will not be Televised

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The NFL Scouting Combine will no longer be televising the shirtless weigh-ins, FOX Sports Reports:

Tombrady3_5"'There was concern from current NFL players that the participants would be more comfortable if they were not paraded around without their shirts on,' combine director Jeff Foster said Saturday. 'It was an entirely appropriate suggestion. The weigh-ins should never have been televised.' Foster didn't know which players lodged the complaint, but it's believed to have come from NFL Player Association representatives who attend the Combine for union matters. Foster said any drills that would potentially involve a shirtless player also are off-limits to NFL Network, which has exclusive television rights to the Combine...There are modesty issues as well. A photo of Tom Brady wearing only gray gym shorts from the 2000 Combine was shown during the NFL Network telecast of December's regular-season finale between New England and the New York Giants. 'I am so happy they didn't videotape my Combine,' NFL Network announcer and former wide receiver Cris Collinsworth said as Combine footage of Brady aired."

Tombrady4_4Last week, Outsports noted that Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports "describes the whole spectacle as kind of creepy, with apparent straight, older men ogling young male flesh like other guys do to the waitresses at Hooters." And sports blog Deadspin said "The NFL Combine has always creeped us out."

Basically it's a reaction to the icky homosexual subtext underneath it all. Go figure. The thought of men admiring other men for purely physical reasons is something that professional sports can't seem to handle, no matter what the context. Although, overseas, top players in professional sports have no problem courting the attention and even financially gaining from the physical objectification. In fact, it has spawned cottage industries, particularly with the French rugby team who seem to have no problem shedding every article of clothing for the Dieux du Stade calendars.

So, the plan is, the combine meat market will go on, it just won't be televised. Deadspin notes: "We would like to remind everyone that the NFL Draft Combine is yet another vivid reminder that the NFL does not measure success by heart, or guts, or grit. They measure it, simply, by meat."

NFL Network won't show shirtless players [fox sports]

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Grizzly Adams Celebrates Beards and Bears at the Super Bowl

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Anybody catch the segment yesterday in the NFL Super Bowl countdown celebrating the beards/bears of the New England Patriots and hosted by none other than Grizzly Adams?

The segment, heralded by trumpets, is amusingly tongue-in-cheek but thoroughly built for bear lovers. The Griz narrated an analysis of "five guys who embody" what a beard means: "The unified facial front of the Patriots offensive line."

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Left tackle Matt Light was compared to Matthew McConaughey. Said Light: "We don't get scared. That's part of a beard." Left guard Logan Mankins' beard was compared to Merlin Olson's. Said Mankins: "It's got a lot of girth on it right now, so...it's a pretty good beard."

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Center Dan Koppen was dubbed the "resident redbeard". Tom Brady said "he looks like he got kidnapped by an Amish family." Right guard Stephen Neal's beard was compared to that of businessman, governor, senator, and civil war general Ambrose Burnside.

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Right tackle Nick Kaczur was told he looked like Abraham Lincoln. Said Kaczur: "I don't really like having upper lip hair really."

Then they launched into Brady. "There was a time when Tom Brady was one of those guys, a time when he wore the robust badge of courage along with his brothers in the trenches. But oh how times have changed.

Said Light: He's actually sported some upper lip plumage over the years. Added Koppen: "He needs to, sort of cover up the butt on his chin that he has, but Tom's one of those guys he's the best dressed person in America, or the world. I don't think us five can sway his personality."

Finally, Grizzly Adams concludes: "The beard. It's become an unbreakable bond of solidarity."

Of course it has. Just ask the guys attending Bear Week in Provincetown, where there's no doubt also plenty of talk about male bonding, girth, butts on chins, and brothers in the trenches.

Here's the clip. Enjoy:


Giants Hand Patriots Stunning 17-14 Super Bowl Upset

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So Tom Brady's not perfect. Mama's boy Eli Manning took the New York Giants to a 17-14 upset win over the New England Patriots, sending the undefeated Tom Brady to Boston defeated.

BradyGiants co-owner John Mara called it the "greatest victory in the history of this franchise" and it certainly was a stunning upset:

"Manning connected with Plaxico Burress for the winning touchdown, a 13-yard pass with 35 seconds remaining in the game. Manning drove the Giants 83 yards in just over two minutes after the Patriots had marched down the field to take a 14-10 lead. Manning was named the Super Bowl most valuable player a year after his older brother Peyton won the same award for the Indianapolis Colts. It was, fittingly, a brutal sack of Brady by Jay Alford with 20 seconds remaining that all but ended the Patriots’ final chance of saving their unblemished record. Brady heaved the ball nearly 80 yards in the air in a desperation shot to reach Randy Moss with 10 seconds left, but the fourth-down pass fell to the ground."

Here are a few pre-game moments — Paula Abdul's taped performance of "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" and American Idol Jordin Sparks singing the national anthem.

John Travolta flew his own plane in to the Super Bowl and managed to get a chat in with Seacrest before the game:

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Said Travolta: "I'm a New York boy and I like the Giants except I did choose the Patriots 34, Giants 24. I want a good game. I think you got the best team vs the hottest team and we will all hope for the best game possible, because I come to the Super Bowl for a Good Game."

No doubt Travolta was pleased that the hottest team won.

Photographer Paolo Pellegrin took a look inside the Giants locker room for the New York Times.

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Players pictured here are Plaxico Burress, wide receiver; a reporter; and Zak DeOssie, linebacker (left) and Reuben Droughns, running back; David Tyree, wide receiver (right). Click to enlarge.

Citing rules that restrict favoritism, FOX declined to run any candidate ads during the Super Bowl but Barack Obama found a way to get in on the Super Bowl Sunday right before Super Tuesday.

The Obama campaign made a local ad buy in 20 Super Tuesday states to run this ad.

Hillary Clinton watched the Super Bowl at a Sports Bar in Minneapolis, where she was campaigning, the AP reports:

"When New York scored the go-ahead touchdown with 35 seconds remaining, Clinton leaped up and high-fived some young people standing near. 'That was unbelievable,' she said. 'Oh my gosh.' Filing out of the room after the game, Clinton gushed to reporters. 'I'm so excited, I'm thrilled,' said Clinton. 'It was a fabulous game.'"

There was no major "Snickers-style" controversy in the Super Bowl ads this year. AfterElton felt the two ads above were slightly homophobic. The Prison Break ad, because the bisexual character was tackled, and the Bridgestone ad, because Richard Simmons is targeted by a reckless driver.

Although I see their point, I don't feel as strongly. I think Richard Simmons is viewed as more of an annoyance by most than as a gay person, and that's why he was used here, although there is that stereotypically 'flamboyant' element to his character. But I do feel the Bridgestone ad could have appealed to a wider audience had the driver targeted Ann Coulter. Just sayin.

I was a bit disturbed by the Amp Energy ad with its car battery nipple clamps, however. Don't try this at home.

View all the Super Bowl ads here.


Tom Brady to Get Buzzed Before Super Bowl

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Tom Brady has a stylist on call named Pini Swissa who plans to have at him before the Super Bowl:

"Swissa, who operates the creatively titled Salon Pini Swissa on Newbury St., is in Arizona this week to cheer on the Patriots as they tangle with the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. He's also brought his barber shears and said he plans to give Brady a close crop Saturday evening before the big game. In fact, Swissa says he's on call in the Grand Canyon State. He's already trimmed Brady's locks once this week and said teammates will phone him with a time and location for another Brady haircut on Saturday. 'I did Tom Brady (Tuesday), and right before the Super Bowl, it's a surprise for everybody. Saturday night, I'm gonna cut it off. Saturday night, we're gonna cut it really, really off. We've been doing it the last couple Super Bowls, and Tom Brady is the last person to be superstitious. Every Super Bowl, I cut his hair off. I hope the helmet's gonna fit after I cut his hair off.'"

Pini should give him a 'boyzilian' while he's at it.

By the way, we have a little Super Bowl poll going on over in the right hand column.

(via deadspin)

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