Category Archives: sport

Tom Daley Comes Out — As Happy

In the affect­ing, intimate-yet-professional YouTube clip above, a slightly red-eyed and emo­tional Tom Daley, the Olympic medal win­ning British diver and best thing to hap­pen to Speedos since Mark Spitz, says he was mis­quoted in an inter­view earlier this year in which he appeared to deny he was gay (albeit insist­ing he wouldn’t be ashamed if […]

Posho Sporno: Warwick Uni Rowers Take on Homophobia with Homophilia

Tip: Paul D

Get Your Filthy Hands Off Me!’ Gorgeous George’s Glamorous Legacy

Rather than watch the Olympics, and all that noble, ser­i­ous sport­ing uplift, I’ve been read­ing a book about a carny, corny, shame­less 1940s-50s American wrest­ler: Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture, by John Capouya. My American chum Chris Supermarky recom­men­ded it to me, think­ing it would be of interest. He wasn’t […]

Sporno in French

Interesting art­icle on sporno and the London Olympics (with ref­er­ence to yours truly) by Francois-Luc Doyez in France’s Liberation newspaper.

Let me Hear Your Body Talk

Are men the new women? I’ve always avoided using that line until now. As the (hetero)sexual divi­sion of labour and lov­ing and look­ing con­tin­ues to fall apart, men are the new everything. Just as women are. But in the last few months we’ve been told men now take longer get­ting ready than women, mer­ci­fully delet­ing at […]

Really Rucking Funny: Best Manlove Video of 2011 (SFW)

This clip by Irish com­edy out­fit Dead Cat Bounce called ‘Rugby’ has to be my favour­ite video of 2011. Even if it strongly sug­gests that, in Ireland at least, my work here is done and it’s well past time to retire to the touch-lines. There’s much to admire here: the light­ness of touch, the hilarious […]

The Press Still Love-Hates ‘Twinkletoes’ Ronaldo So

Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest fash­ion foible, painted toe-nails has pro­voked the usual bitchy, mock­ing response that is attached to any­thing Ronaldo in the Anglo media. Despite — or per­haps because of — the way they seem to regard him as a sure-fire way of selling news­pa­pers. The announce­ment of the birth of his son by a […]

Fight Club: How Gay is MMA?

Mark Simpson attends an epic UFC event and finds him­self turned on to the charms of ‘gay porn for straight men’ (Originally appeared in Out magazine, June 2008) IMAGINE THE SPACE SHUTTLE tak­ing off with a really fat cus­tom­ized exhaust pipe. Or the Visigoths sack­ing Ancient Rome with kick­ing bass tubes fit­ted to their 4-by-4s. Or […]

We Loved You Really, Ronaldo

By Mark Simpson (col­lec­ted in Metrosexy) Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best foot­ballers ever to play in this coun­try — and one of the best look­ing — brought out the worst in the English. He prickled you see, our ugly, mean-minded, spite­ful, spit­ting jeal­ousy. We were jeal­ous of his tal­ent, his looks, his body, his […]

Sporno on Steroids

Now that’s what I call push­ing back. Taking the sporno trend to parts it hasn’t yet reached — and what parts! — while spread­ing the fam­ous French ‘pro’ tarti­ness of the Dieux du Stade cal­en­dars to these shores, the latest ad cam­paign for Powerade’s ‘InnerGear’ iso­tonic sports drink fea­tures sev­eral UK pro rug­ger bug­gers in the […]