City Paper is not for tourists
I’m more awed by the minute at how swimmingly things have gone for PuckBuddys pretty much ever since the first blog dedicated to gay Washington Capitals fans dove into the mainstream around New Year’s Day.
Ted Leonsis was among the first to embrace the place. From the get-go and with no fanfare, the Caps owner directed readers of his own blog to the new site, whose slogan is “For boys who like boys who like hockey.”
And all of a sudden gay and hockey are being paired like Tai Babalonia and Randy Gardner.
The Hockey Luvin’ Homo showed up behind the glass at a pivotal Vancouver/Los Angeles game last week.
And, as reported by PuckBuddys, NHL heavyweight and Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is out speaking about the need for his beloved sport to get over the anti-gay bias that’s ruled the roost in hockey since the first puck was dropped, and pretty much all other sports ever since sweaty and awesomely fit young men wrestled and gymnasticked nakedly (ok ok ok… probably nakedly) in the ancient Olympics.
“My goal is to throw the weight of an NHL front office at the issue,” Burke told the newspaper at Bowdoin College, where he was appearing as part of a series called “Anything But Straight in Athletics.” “This bias needs to disappear, and I think pro leagues and teams can add useful muscle to this issue.” (Burke’s gay and openly hockey-luvin’ son, Brendan Burke, was killed last year in an auto accident.)
Anybody wanting to jump on the gay hockey bandwagon while there’s still room can show up tonight and Saturday, as PuckBuddys hosts its last two Caps viewing parties of the regular season.
Coming soon from a distinguished legislator from (I’m guessing) Virginia: The Defense of Hockey Act.
And I might have to support it! If PuckBuddys and the like keep at it, gay sports might become (gasp!) mundane! Then what the hell am I gonna type about?
(Full disclosure: PuckBuddys founders Craig Brownstein and Doug Johnson are geniuses. Oh, and they’re also friends of mine.)