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  1. By Jim Buzinski


    This is a sentence I thought I’d never write: The Olympic event I’m most looking forward to is the men’s water polo competition.

    Covering the FINA Men’s World League finals in Long Beach, Calif., in July exposed me to a sport I had only passing interest in before. In my first taste of elite-level water polo, I was amazed at the skill and athleticism of these athletes. As someone who can barely tread water, watching these guys from six countries swim, pass, shoot and play defense was impressive. Under the water, there was more contact, pulling, grabbing and pushing than under the basket at an NBA game or a circuit party; these guys really go after each other, which is why they all wear double Speedos.

    They were also amazing out of the pool. Each team had its own warm-up robes, which put any terry-cloth bathrobes to shame. The Hungarians wore bright red, the Greeks in white and the Serbs in red, white and blue. But the classiest were, of course, the Italians. With their impeccably designed royal blue robes, open to expose well-developed bronze chests, the Italians looked like they’d be equally at home strolling down the catwalk in Milan.

    Most impressive in the pool in Long Beach was Hungary, and with good reason. The Hungarians are the New York Yankees of the water polo world, winners of seven Olympic golds and the favorite in Athens. As one USA water polo rep told me, Hungarians come out of the womb with their arm cocked back, ready to shoot. Even my untrained eye could tell they were the class of the event, and it was no surprise when they beat Serbia and Montenegro to win the world final and the $100,000 prize. And it was cool afterwards to see the winning players hugging and kissing each other. I know it's a European thing and not gay, but it's always nice to see men comfortable enough to show affection to each other.

    The Olympics featured 12 men’s teams and eight women’s. The U.S. men are among the Top in the world, but will struggle to win a medal. The American women, though, are a gold medal favorite, with their biggest competition coming from Hungary and Russia. With NBC spreading its coverage over several networks, water polo should get a lot of exposure.

    Covering one tournament automatically makes me an expert, so here are my men’s picks: Gold—Hungary; Silver—Greece; Bronze—Serbia and Montenegro.

    I hope these terrific images by Brent Mullins give you a sense of the action that makes the sport so compelling to watch. Enjoy!

  2. The South African men's 4x100 freestyle swim team was smokin', both in and out of the water. Anchored by Ryk Neethling, the South Africans set a world record in winning the gold medal in the race that ended Michael Phelps' quest to win eight gold medals. Phelps and the Americans finished eighth.

    After their stunning win, the South Africans hugged and flexed for the crowd. It looked like an A&F photo shoot. We were happy for Neethling (Brent Mullins photo left/click for larger view), whom we interviewed in June at a meet in Long Beach, Ca. He has model looks and a stunning body but he was very down to earth and unaffected as he talked about the upcoming Olympics. He was also featured in a Vanity Fair photo spread that romantically linked him to American Amanda Beard, but Beard said in Long Beach that she "ruled out boys for the summer."

    In some ways, you can say that Arizona, not South Africa, won the gold. Ryk Neethling, Roland Schoeman and Lyndon Ferns have all swam for the University of Arizona and train together. The fourth member is Darian Townsend. Neethling has his own website and comes across as American as Phelps.

  3. -Don't flirt with a woman who thiks your stright. It's a mindfuck.

    -Never seduce a guy who doesn't want to be.

    -Always help a person comming out. Until society changes, we all need guidance.

    -Take precautions against insects when having outdoor sex.

    -Take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves. (Lord Chesterfield)

    -The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel epand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains.

    -Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.(Benjamin Franklin)

    -May you Live all the days of your life.

    -This time, like all times, is a vary good one, if we know what to do with it.

    -Define your anniversary- the day you met, your first date, the day you made a commitment.

    -Write your elected officials and let them know how you feel.

    -Think twice-no, three times- before agreeing to let a man you're attracted to move in as your roommate.

  4. -The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. (Thomas Macaulay)

    -Do somthing for somebody every day for wich you no not get paid.

    -Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.

    -It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. (Agnus Ripplier)

    -A man takes a drink, the drink takes another, and the drink takes the man.

    -If you see a guy being bashed, don't look the other way. If you can't safely help him, call the police and get reinforcements.

    -Learn self-defense.

    -Get tested for HIV. Knowledge does equal power.

    -Go to the Gay Games at least once, whether you're a sports fan or not.

    -If you choose to be monogamous, know that keeping a sex life exiting can be difficult-but it can be done. Be prepared for an exciting challenge.

    -Never read your boyfriend's journal.

    -Have pride, but also have the humility to admit when you'er full of hot air.

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