Category Archives: Happy Hour
We don’t like to get overtly political here about non-soccer issues, but we can’t help but be happy about the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional today. It’s not the final hurdle as an appeal to the Supreme Court is expected, but it’s good to see another step toward marriage equality returning to the Golden State.
Here are some reactions we’ve seen from members of the soccer family across Twitter this afternoon. Enjoy them as you toast the good news.
Bigotry disguised as politics is still bigotry. RT @newtgingrich: CoA overturning CA’s Prop 8 another example of an out of control judiciary
— The Ginge (@GingeFC) February 7, 2012
Both Anton Hysén and David Testo were out and about this weekend — and there are some very nice pictures documenting their activities — so we recap what they were up to after the jump. read more…
So many good posts this week, so it’s time for a recap…
- We spotted a bit of gay pride from the Canadian fans at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
- Women’s Professional Soccer suspended this year’s season, and out player Tasha Kai had some choice words on the subject
- Janine is really happy that the Don of the Meow Mafia is a soccer ally
- Rachna got some conversation started on the American Outlaws being gung ho for men’s friendlies but mostly silent on women’s qualifying.
- We got team updates from Toronto and Colorado, while meeting our Toronto and Portland writers
Have a great weekend! And behave yourself, because Sigi is watching.
As sarcastic as the writer of the NBC article is, we think it’s pretty cool that England’s Professional Footballers’ Association is sending every pro team in the country this anti-homophobia poster. (NBC Sports)
Also across the pond, every single club in England’s Premier League signed onto the government’s Sports Charter aimed at combating homophobia and transphobia in sports. It’s too bad MLS doesn’t have something like this. (Pink News)
– We believe that everyone should be able to participate in, watch and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background.
– We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment, and brings people together with a common goal.
– We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will work together, and individually, to rid sport of homophobia and transphobia.
– We will make football a welcome place for everyone – for those participating in the sport, those attending matches and for those working or volunteering in it. We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice, and to challenge unacceptable behaviour.
It looks like we’re not the only ones Twitter stalking Andrew Duran. Seattle Sounders FC manager Sigi Schmidt has a secret Twitter handle that he uses to monitor what his players and the media are saying. (KCKRS)
Both Chivas USA’s Heath Pearce and the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Jay DeMerit took the bait when Kickette asked them to participate in the “use a movie title to describe your sex life” Twitter game. (Kickette)
I’ve really tried to come up with a post lamenting the loss of the 2012 Women’s Professional Soccer season, but the only words that seem to be able to flow from my fingers are “Well damn, this sucks.” As someone whose first act upon re-entering the United States last August was to rush to a TV to watch last year’s final, I’m a fan who is supremely disappointed in the loss of the season. As I’m this upset and not finding the words to express this adequately, I’m going to rely on the words of others.
For Monday’s Happy Hour we’re simply bringing you some notable gay soccer stories from the past week:
BBC Three in the UK is airing a documentary on homosexuality in football tonight. Anton Hysen is featured in it and QPR’s Joey Barton speaks out for change revealing he has a gay uncle. (The Daily Mail, H/T Brian Dunseth)
Lots of great posts from our writing team this week, so here’s a Friday afternoon recap:
- Tommy did a great analysis of MLS season ticket prices.
- We talked to the only out gay man playing pro soccer right now, Anton Hysén .
- Brian Dunseth and Chris Wingert became Soccer Allies in a big way.
- Taylor Twellman and Jimmy Conrad became Soccer Allies, too, amongst many others.
- We got team updates from New York, Chivas USA, and Toronto.
- We got to know our new Philadelphia writer Janine.
- Jon analyzed the US Men’s National Team’s pair of friendlies.
- Finally, you had your say in the Donovan vs. Dempsey debate.
Have a good weekend!
It’s great to be an American soccer fan at a time when both the National Men’s and Women’s Teams are chalking up wins. If Jon’s great analysis of the last few matches wasn’t enough for you we bring you a few other perspectives in the Happy Hour. Also, one of our allies’ teams gets some new kits and via Jay DeMerit we find out about Stu Holden’s representing Bolton in a UK literacy project. Finally, a new soccer ally gives us an excuse to revisit a video we love. read more…
No bait and switch here. There will be some hot twins featured as part of today’s Happy Hour and I know that makes me happy. We also celebrate the success of the USA Women and look forward to the success of the USA Men. And the only thing hotter than the twins after the jump may be the marketing put together by the Chicago Fire and Quaker Oats. read more…