THE PLAYER: The NFL’s (Almost) First Out Player

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Dorien at the Undine Barge Club, Boathouse Row. Photo by Chris Crisman.

It’s two months before Gaybowl XIII, when the seven-on-seven National Gay Flag Football League champion will be crowned in Phoenix, and the Philadelphia Revolution is bereft of its star. In the middle of an overgrown Little League field in East Passyunk, where a mucky dune marks the 50-yard line, a bespectacled, double-knee-brace-wearing team captain drills the squad on route-running. Then, 30 minutes into the two-hour practice, he arrives: arms muscled, pecs protruding from a pink-sleeved t-shirt. He moseys toward the bleachers wearing a camo-green hat and Versace Eros cologne. He has just left Voyeur three hours ago. “I know nothing right now,” he mumbles, pulling on his cleats, grabbing his receiver’s gloves, and jumping in line for some 10-yard hitch routes.

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Friday Night Lights Out

Friday Night Football Game

When I heard earlier this month about the decision by the New Hope-Solebury school board to cancel nighttime sporting events at their high-school stadium, I couldn’t believe it. Who would mess with Friday night high-school football? It’s … American. It’s wholesome! Why, it’s so iconic that there have been a best-selling book, a movie and a beloved, long-running TV series on the subject. You can’t just pull the plug on something like that.

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Three Reasons I Won’t Be Watching the Eagles This Weekend

Football season gets underway in earnest this weekend—Philadelphia will be clad in green on Sunday Monday, and Twitter feeds will be filled with both exuberant cheers or cries of anguish and often both. Beer and meat will overflow in man caves throughout the nation.

I won’t be playing along.

Don’t get me wrong: There’s part of me that still loves football. I played (badly) in high school, reserved my Sundays for Christian Okoye in the late 1980s, and cheered wildly when David Tyree made that helmet catch a few years back. (I didn’t live in Philadelphia yet, so give me a break on that last one, Eagles fans.)

Maybe I’m just getting old. Or maybe the game is. These days, though, it leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Here are three reasons I won’t be watching football this weekend—or this season.

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Eagles Add Garces, Vetri and McAndrews to Team


Last season the Philadelphia Eagles offered food from Kevin Sbraga at Lincoln Financial Field. This year the Eagles and Aramark are teaming up with Jose Garces, Marc Vetri and Peter McAndrews. For the 2013 season fans will be able to get dishes from each of these chefs at various spots in the stadium including on the main concourse, Headhouse Plaza and the club levels.

Look for more details on the food at Lincoln Financial Field to be released next week.

GPFFL Commish Stepping Down

Dear GPFFL Members,

I am officially withdrawing from the commissioner election for GPFFL. This was a very difficult decision for me after spending three wonderful years in this role, but I feel it’s time for someone else to take the lead. I will be finding out later today if I won my election for the National Gay Flag Football League board but win or lose, I am still not seeking reelection for GPFFL. Last year, Scott Dinkins encouraged me to throw my hat in the ring for the NGFFL so that Philadelphia has strong representation on the national level. This year, I participated in the NGFFL Gay Bowl Task Force which created a true A and B division – which our Revolution got 2nd place in the B division and had a much more competitive experience than we have in the past.

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Turkey Fry at Varga Bar

Usually a Sunday with an Eagles versus Cowboys game is a big deal. But  not this Sunday, this Sunday it’s a dud. And Chef Evan Turney is marking the turkey of a game at Varga Bar by frying turkeys outside of Varga Bar.

The turkeys will be served with a choice of two sides: roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet yams, pecan leek and sausage stuffing with sage, sauteed kale, and orange cranberry chutney. Each plate comes with mushroom gravy, and costs $30 per person. The turkeys will be run from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and there will also be whiskey and beer specials throughout the day.

Varga Bar [Official Site]

Vetri and Garces Set for Gridiron Showdown

Thanksgiving football games have long been a tradition of local high schools but this Thursday morning will be the latest chapter in another rivalry. Employees of Jose Garces and Marc Vetri will be squaring off on Thanksgiving morning at Franklin Field. The game is in its fourth year with Vetri’s squad ahead two games to one.

More than just bragging rights are at stake as the winning side receives a $5,000 to its foundation. The game kicks off at 9 a.m. and Foobooz will be there with live coverage. See you there or online.

Garces Family Foundation [Official Site]
Vetri Foundation for Children [Official Site]

Monday Night Football Fiestas at Distrito

Distrito is bringing back their Football Fiestas for another season. Every Monday throughout football season Distrito will be serving up endless tacos and enchiladas for $25 a person from 8-10 p.m.. If that wasn’t enough of a deal, Dos Equis Amber and Lager will both be $2 during the special. The big game will be shown on the flat screens downstairs as well as projected on a big screen in the upstairs lounge.

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NFL Player Pens Pro-Gay Letter

Chris Kluwe had gone where pretty much no other pro football player has gone in this country when he penned a scathing letter in support of LGBT rights recently. The Minnesota Viking, whose brother-in-law is gay, admits he wrote the letter in response to the Maryland House’s Emmet Burns, Jr., asking the owner of the Baltimore Ravens to censor Brendon Ayanbadejo after he defending marriage equality. Both the Ravens and Kluwe say that they support the linebacker’s right to free speech.

Here’s the letter in its entirety:

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