Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Meaning of Lila by John Forgetta and L.A. Rose

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Since I'm boycotting the Super Bowl, I'll be catching up on my backload of DVR'd shows. CBS is now airing more Focus On the Family ads during the pregame show and we also learned CBS was heavily involved in producing the ad. BTW, thanks CBS for NOT responding to my email.

SHERFFIUS SUNDAY







Saturday, February 6, 2010

Brendan Burke, 21, who broke homophobic barriers in hockey, dies in accident in Indiana


Brendan Burke – the youngest son of Leaf general manager Brian Burke – has been killed in a car accident in Indiana.

"We are saddened to report that Brendan Burke, the youngest son of Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke, succumbed to injuries he suffered in an auto accident ...," the Leafs said in a statement Friday night.

"The family asks for privacy at this difficult time."

Brendan Burke, 21, and Mark A. Reedy, 18, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died at the scene of a two-vehicle accident in Wayne County, Ind., around 2:50 p.m. Friday. Heavy snow was falling at the time.

Investigators said Burke was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 35 in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee when, according to witnesses, the vehicle slid sideways into an oncoming 1997 Ford truck driven by Michael Moreland, 24, of Lynn, Ind. Moreland was not hurt.

Wayne County is close to the Indiana-Ohio border, about 100 kilometres northwest of Cincinnati.

The father-son relationship made headlines throughout Canada and the North American sporting culture in November when Brian Burke revealed to the media that his son was gay.

The public admission of homosexuality by Brendan Burke, a former goalie working with a top-ranked university hockey program, was widely credited with nudging hockey toward overcoming its sometimes homophobic culture.

The younger Burke told the Star at the time he was overwhelmed with the positive feedback he'd received from the public, heralding the support from his father and the hockey world.

"The reaction from the press and fans and everyone has been overwhelmingly positive," Brendan Burke told thestar.com.

Brendan Burke was a student manager of the Miami (Ohio) University hockey team, and had come out to his team and his father more than two years ago.

The Burkes went public after a reporter, who had been a friend of the family, told them he planned to write about it.

Brendan told his father he was gay in 2007 and while Brian admitted in November he was surprised by the news, he was supportive.

"I said, `It won't change anything Brendan,'" Brian Burke said at the time. "`It doesn't change our view. We love you and we're proud of you. It doesn't change anything in my mind and it never will.'"

Brian Burke has received widespread praise for supporting his son, both within hockey and outside. He told reporters he hoped his story will give others the confidence to come forward.

"I think it's important my story is told to people because there are a lot of gay athletes out there and gay people working in pro sports that deserve to know there are safe environments where people are supportive regardless of your sexual orientation," he said.

Brendan Burke analyzed video and kept stats for the top-ranked Miami team. The team's coach, Enrico Blasi, and the rest of the team first learned of Brendan's orientation after the Frozen Four tournament last spring.

"I think having Brendan as part of our program has been a blessing," Blasi told ESPN.com.

"We are much more aware of what you say and how you say it."

A tribute to Brendan appeared on a website for Miami fans.

"As most of you know, Brendan was a part of `The Brotherhood,' working with the Miami hockey program as a student manager," it said. "No matter your point of view on things, please keep the Burke family in your thoughts."

In a statement MLSE president and CEO Richard Peddie said: "On behalf of the entire Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Brian Burke. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burke family during this extremely difficult time."
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Friday, February 5, 2010

A FEW WORDS FROM MY HERO

CONTRACEPTION WIN

It's my preferred method and has proven 100% effective and pleasurable.

FRIDAY FANTASY: PEACE

the nights are getting noisier

gone are the blissful distractions of the day
blogs have been read
work has been done
dogs walked played with and loved

at night the mind gets weak
defenses are down
too tired for distractions
not tired enough for sleep
pain breaks through
distorts lies deceives wounds

death my friend not foe
sings to me
an end to loneliness 
to suffering
to hopelessness
to pretending

death so close yet so far
once
twice
three times I'm still here

why
waiting for what
purpose
meaning
because god says so
because parents are supposed to go first

so many fight
struggle
burn with desire
sparkle in their eyes
fire in their heart
why don't I
I envy them

one day
one night
there will be peace
no pain
only joy
happiness at last
one way or the other
my time will come

the nights are getting noisier



Thursday, February 4, 2010

WINTER OLYMPICS OUTLOOK - SPEED SKATING


Chad Hendrik

Mix of veterans and young guns for USA speed skating
Three American athletes combined for the seven speed skating medals in Torino. Two of them, Shani Davis (G: 1000m, S: 1500m) and Chad Hedrick (G: 5000m, S: 10,000m, B: 1500), will return for more in 2010. Since Torino, Davis as established himself as the world's premier middle distance skaters, owning the world record in both the 1500m and 1000m distances (as of Dec. 12, 2009).. At the 2009 Worlds, Davis won gold in the 1500m and bronze in the 1000m. The Chicago native could become the first man in Olympic history to win back-to-back 1000m golds in Vancouver. Hedrick  struggled to regain top form in the years after Torino, but since becoming a father in March 2009 he's been gaining momentum and could again contend for a spot on the podium. Davis and Hedrick will be joined by promising newcomer, Trevor Marsicano, at the Richmond Oval next February. The 20-year-old won four medals at 2009 Worlds and has the potential to do the same in Vancouver.




Shani Davis

Shani Davis won the 1000m and took silver in the 1500m in Torino.

Tucker Fredricks

Tucker Fredricks, the top American long-track sprinter, is a medal contender in the 500m.

Chad Hedrick

Versatile skater Chad Hedrick, competing in his second Olympics in Vancouver, won three medals in Torino (gold, silver, bronze).

Trevor Marsicano

Trevor Marsicano, one of the top U.S. speed skaters, is making his Olympic debut.

THIS HIT MY FUNNY BONE - HARD

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS SCOTT FUJITA: HERO

In today's NYT's is this article about a man who truly get's it.

By JOE LAPOINTE
Published: February 2, 2010
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita addresses hot-button issues the way he might meet an opposing running back: directly.

So Fujita was not shy Tuesday about entering two Super Bowl debates that have little to do with his team’s game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

At issue are two Super Bowl television commercials, one about abortion, the other about gay rights.

The first ad — which will be shown on CBS — is an antiabortion message from Focus on the Family that includes Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida.

The other ad — which was rejected by CBS — is for ManCrunch, a gay dating service. Fujita has spoken out before in favor of abortion rights and gay rights.

“It’s just me standing up for equal rights,” Fujita said. “It’s not that courageous to have an opinion if you think it’s the right thing and you believe it wholeheartedly.”

The Tebow ad suggests that Tebow’s mother was advised about having an abortion when she was pregnant with him, but chose instead to give birth.

The issue resonates with Fujita because he was adopted, and Fujita said he respected Tebow for standing up for what he believed in.

“The idea of focusing on the family — who wouldn’t agree with that?” Fujita said. “But the means of doing so, he and I might not see eye to eye all the way.”

When Fujita was born in 1979, his biological mother, he said, was in her teens and she gave him up for adoption because she did not have the means to raise a child.

“I’m just so thankful she had the courage and the support system to be able to carry out the pregnancy,” Fujita said. “I wouldn’t expect that of everybody.”

As for the rejected ad about gay dating, Fujita said he had no objection to the topic being aired, but understood why some people might complain.

“The idea of doing it at the Super Bowl is going to raise some eyebrows,” Fujita said. “Do they have the right? Absolutely. Is it going to offend some people? Absolutely.”

Last fall, in an interview on the Sirius XM Satellite Radio show “Edge of Sports,” Fujita bluntly supported a march for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

“Just because I’m in favor of gay rights doesn’t mean I’m gay,” Fujita told the host, Dave Zirin. “I know who I am. My wife knows who I am.”

Fujita, who played in college at California, and his wife, Jaclyn, have twin daughters who are 2 years old.

In Tuesday’s Super Bowl session with members of the news media, Fujita, who said his teammates give him some gentle teasing in the language of the locker room for his public opinions, reflected on how the campus he attended is known for progressive attitudes.

“There is a certain stigma that comes with being from Berkeley,” he said. “And I’m proud of that stigma.”

He also discussed the attitudes of other athletes toward gay rights.

“By and large, the players are more tolerant than they get credit for,” he said. “It’s not a big issue. Some guys will think you are crazy for believing one way, but they’ll still accept you.”

Acceptance and tolerance are important to Fujita. His adopted father is a Japanese-American who was born during World War II in an internment camp in Arizona.

Fujita said that at the time, his grandfather was fighting in the United States Army in Italy. He said he takes strength from his grandmother Lillie.

“I don’t hear any sense of resentment in her voice,” Fujita said. “She grew stronger from it. I just always say, ‘What do I have to complain about?’ ”

Fujita, who said that his family observes Japanese holidays and that he knows a few words of Japanese, is often interviewed by Japanese television reporters.

“They always want to talk to me, the big white guy with the Japanese name,” Fujita said. “I have no Japanese blood in my body. But I’m Japanese at heart.”

Fujita joined the Saints in 2006, the year they returned to New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He was named the team’s man of the year this season for his charitable works. Among Fujita’s causes is a New Orleans Catholic adoption agency.

He played for Kansas City and Dallas, but has come to love New Orleans.

Fujita said that when he chose to leave the Cowboys as a free agent in 2006, people asked why he was abandoning what some call America’s Team.

“Well, they were the self-proclaimed America’s Team a couple decades ago,” he said. “They have really, really good, loyal fans. But the rest of the country hates them. Let’s be honest.

“The Saints are America’s adopted team.”

Fujita often uses words like love, hate and heart. He did not “stand up on a pedestal” to campaign for Barack Obama for president, to get American troops out of Iraq, in opposition to bigotry against Muslims, for gay rights or abortion rights.

And yet, he said he knows his visibility helps advance his viewpoints. “People ask me a question, I’ll give them my opinion,” Fujita said. “I never claimed to have all the answers.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

WINTER OLYMPICS OUTLOOK - CURLING

In honor of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, I will be posting information and medal expectations for each of the events and featuring the best looking American men in that sport.


Curling, a sport often relegated to niche status, will receive its full weight of attention in Vancouver. With the exception of hockey, no pair of gold medals will mean more to the 2010 host. A pair of nations, one a bastion of curling heritage and the other a recent upstart, hopes to spoil a Canadian sweep next February. Here are the curling storylines to watch in Vancouver.

At the 2006 Games, an inexperienced American team claimed bronze, the first Olympic curling medal for the United States. In Vancouver, the U.S. men's rink skipped by John Shuster, a member of Pete Fenson's bronze medal-wining team, is not expected to be a medal contender, but could again surprise.

John Shuster

2006 Olympic bronze medalist John Shuster returns the Games as the skip of the U.S. men.

John Benton

After 20 years of trying to reach the international level, 41-year-old John Benton is playing in his first Winter Games.

Jeff Isaacson

Jeff Isaacson made his major international debut at the 2009 Worlds as the second on John Shuster's rink.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith is competing in his first Olympic Games.

This is the entire team, so I everyone.


TMI TUESDAY - MASTURBATION EDITION

1. When you masturbate, how long, typically, is your session and what do you think about (other than having an orgasm)?
I don't drag it out. It usually takes longer to fast forward to inspiring material than it does to finally cum. 95% of the time I'm thinking about what's on the screen but the other 5% I'm usually reliving a past experience.
2. Have you ever been"caught" masturbating? 
No, but I've had a few close calls including forgetting my magazines in the bathroom. My father brought them to me in my room asking if they were mine. I just took them as I was barely awake. I don't know if he ever looked at them, they were gay, but we never discussed it. It really freaked me out for a while.
3. Have you ever masturbated in front of your computer? If 'yes' was it for your own purposes or for someone's viewing pleasure?
Yes, many, many, many times. It was never for anyone's viewing pleasure but does being on the phone in front of the computer or doing it during an IM exchange count?
4. Have you ever attended a group masturbation party? Same-sex or mixed?
No, I've never been to a JO party. If I'm going to go through the trouble of driving somewhere and mingling with a bunch of men, I want a lot more than a hand job and I certainly want to give more than a hand job as well. Also, for me it isn't sex unless one of us gets it in the end. I enjoy kissing and feeling and pinching and oral but all that is just foreplay leading up to the main event.  
5. When masturbating, as you reach orgasm, do you continue to stimulate yourself without interruption, or do you stop and apply pressure until your spasms subside? Or?
When I was younger, I used to keep stroking and spraying. These days, I tend to stop stroking once my orgasm starts.
6. Have you ever video'ed yourself while masturbating (solo)? Where are they now? 
Nope and never will.
Bonus (as in optional): How often do you use the word "fuck" (or its derivatives) in casual conversation - frequently, occasionally, rarely, never.
I don't swear very often but I'm very careful not to swear around people I've just met and am getting to know. Of course, driving doesn't count and alcohol does add more color to my vocabulary.

Thanks TMI Tuesday 
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