All good, right? The Sixers could have won Monday night. They led by four at halftime and were down three with just under four minutes left. But, as you probably know, the loss has a silver lining. The team traded away its All-Star at the end of last season and signed young players in the hopes of competing in the future. The Sixers are supposed to be bad this year.
Here’s the problem: The Sixers are 5-7. After Monday night’s loss, they were still in first place in the Atlantic Division. First place! For a team that was supposed to be losing.
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.
Nick Hilton, who ran high school cross-country for Exeter Township in Berks County and until recently lived in Reading, finished the Philadelphia marathon yesterday in 2:19:36. That’s good for third place. And it was his first time running. Here’s what he wrote on his blog before the race.
Flyers center Claude Giroux. Photo | Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
What a difference a month makes. The last time we checked in with the Philadelphia Flyers they were setting records for offensive ineptness. Now the team is riding high after a three-game winning streak, including a statement effort against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.
So what has happened? And how has it happened so quickly?
In an unexpected display of open-mindedness and adventurism, parents in Central Pennsylvania have declared they want to keep wrestling a completely homoerotic sport. Yes, there’s a girl who wants to join the otherwise all-boys team at the Line Mountain School District—but that kind of competition would involve female parts rubbing against male parts. Yuck! Male parts against male parts, though? Everybody’s pretty cool with that.