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7 Dallas teams storm Chicago to (repeat?) victory at Gay World Series

MAVERICKS OF THE DIAMOND | Dallas Voice Drillers teammates, from left, Charlie Burrow, Joe Praznik, Selso Sifuentes, Jake Lewis, Reggie Markham and Keith Dossiere hope to best 54 other Division C teams at the NAGAAA Gay World Series in Chicago next week. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

Sure, Dallas is still basking in the championship light of the Mavericks winning the NBA Finals — and even the Rangers making the final of the MLB series —  but some smaller teams around these parts have made their own news.

Last year, the local team TKO won the B Division championship at the

NAGAAA World Series in Columbus, Ohio. They weren’t the only heroes: Four other teams from the Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association placed in the top five in other divisions.

Could this year be a repeat? Seven teams are embarking on a trek to Chicago for the 35th Annual Gay Softball World Series. TKO is back in the mix but has graduated to the A Division while the remaining six round out the other divisions.

— Rich Lopez

For more information about the teams visit DallasPSSA.org and for the World Series, visit GaySoftballWorldSeries.com.

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A Division
Team: Round-Up TKO
Factoid: The most competitive and serious division, this is for the true hardcore athletes out to win. Last year, after 11 tries, TKO won their first World Series titles as B Division champs; this year, they have moved up to A — the only local team in this division.

B Division
Team: Dallas Woody’s Xplosion
Factoid: This team just formed last year — and actually defeated TKO in a June scrimmage.

Team: Hidden Door Eagle Assault
Factoid: You could say this is the team’s first season (it didn’t exist with this name until recently), although some say it’s morphed from the team Wolfpack.

C Division
Team: Dallas Voice Drillers
Factoid:  In their first year together, the team says hard work, focus and practice are their way of preparing for the series — and maybe a shot or two.
Fun factoid: “Three out of seven players are drag queens,” third baseman Keith Dossiere says.” Figure out which ones.” (We think he’s kidding, but not sure.)

Team: Round-Up Fuse
Factoid: Currently the division champions, Fuse also boasts an 11-game winning streak.

D Division
Team: Round-Up Diesel
Factoid: “We are the ‘bear’ team in the PSSA,” team member Curtis Glenn says. “We are kinda the Susan Lucci of softball. We have finished in 5th place in our last three tournaments.”

Team: Dallas Boom
Factoid:  The Boom had a very healthy season with a 12-win record out of a 16 game season. They dominated most victories with scores two and three times above their opponents.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 26, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Voice of Pride elimination round at Barbara’s Pavilion tonight

Start the eliminations

Voice of Pride is is now in elimination mode across clubland. Tonight, singer hopefuls head to Oak Cliff to test their vocal mettle at Barbara’s Pavilion and move on to the final.  Good luck to the contestants.

DEETS: Barbara’s Pavilion, 325 Centre St. 8 p.m. DallasTavernGuild.org/VoiceOfPride

—  Rich Lopez

Game 6 of the NBA Finals (or the day the Mavs win it all)

Shut it down, boys

Today could be historic. Before the night is over, the Dallas Mavericks, for the first time, could be the NBA Champions. With back-to-back wins, they head into Game 6 with momentum and confidence. Just not home court. And the Heat are likely pissed. If they win, it’s on to Game 7 and that’s just going to be war. No like.

OK, and who doesn’t have a crush on J.J. Barea? Just sayin’.

DEETS: Woody’s, 4011 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m. DallasWoodys.com; Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 6 p.m. GranadaTheater.com.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Westboro Baptist at the AAC

Last night we told you that picketers from Westboro Baptist Church were outside the American Airlines Center on Sunday, prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals, protesting the league’s recent crackdown on anti-gay slurs — or, according to WBC, Commissioner David Stern’s decision to “cram the homosexual lifestyle down the throat of America.” Looks like KDAF-33 was the only station to report on the picket, and their video is below. If anything, Westboro’s picket should only strengthen the NBA’s resolve to become more LGBT-friendly. Perhaps it will even help spur one of the league’s teams to join baseball’s San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox and film an “It Gets Better” video. How ’bout it, Mavericks?

—  John Wright

Westboro Baptist pickets NBA Finals in Dallas

Daryl Presgraves, a spokesman for GLSEN, sends along word that Westboro Baptist Church picketed outside the American Airlines Center in Dallas before Game 3 of the NBA finals tonight. The photos above and below were posted on Twitter by Westboro members. According to a schedule on WBC’s website, tonight’s picket was partly in response to the NBA’s recent decision to fine two players for using the word “faggot”:

WBC will picket the NBA game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat to warn this nation that they need to tear down their idols and worship only the true God, Jesus Christ. The people of Doomed america set up these spoiled, rebellious basketball players and other celebrities as little gods that they emulate then curse the real God, Jesus Christ because He does not supprt their vile sins.

1 Chronicles 16:26 “For all the gods of the people are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.”

Like the ancient Israelites, this nation has turned their collective back on the the Lord their God and refused to obey. The prefer to worship their powerless idols and pay false prophets to lie to them. They would rather live like these filthy celebrities by fornicating, divorcing & remarrying, and supporting fag-filth than  to hear about God’s standards – to the peril of their never-dying souls.  Nevertheless, WBC will kindly warn them to flee the wrath to come by repenting and obeying. Doomed americans cannot continue to live for the devil then expect to get to heaven. Hell and damnation awaits these idolatrous fools.

Additionally, the NBA has an official policy of kissing fag ass. Players in the league can be fined for disagreeing with the sodomite mantra ”It’s OK to be gay.” The ancient citizens of Sodom & Gomorrah also chose to side with the fags against God and look what it got them – Total Destruction at the hand of an angry God!

Presgraves notes that the NBA also recently filmed a “Think Before You Speak” PSA that’s been airing during the NBA playoffs. Watch the PSA and view more photos from the picket below.

—  John Wright

Gay Mavs Fan of the Day: Maria Infante

Earlier we posted an item on Facebook asking people to contact us if they know hard-core Dallas Mavericks fans who happen to be LGBT. We weren’t really sure what we planned to do with the info, but we figured we’d decide once we got it. As it turns out, it’s a good thing we didn’t have any big plans, because we received only one message in response to our post. It was a good one, though, so perhaps we can still make this a running game-day feature during the NBA Finals (which, by the way, begin tonight). For now, we’re declaring Maria Infante today’s winner. Maria’s partner, Jamie Lynn Fox-Infante, reports:

Dear Dallas Voice,

My partner Maria Infante Is the biggest and PROUDEST Mavs fan! She let’s it all out here on FB. She has me tweet about it. She is beyond excited that they are going to NBA Playoffs and are champs. It truly made her day that night. We are from DFW but we have to live in Houston (extended stay hotel) until September as she is getting treated for Leukemia…she’s in remission but its a long process and she tells the nurses and Dr not to schedule her on days there is a Mavs game or if they have to, to make sure she gets out by game time so she can watch! She lost a lot of weight and so one day her dad and his wife came to visit and took her to Academy for shoes and they told her to pick out some clothes if she wanted…she went and got a Dallas Mavs T and some basketball pants, and was very sad because they didn’t have a hat with velcro to match. Thats the only kind of hat she likes. LOL She loves watching the game with a good pizza and wings! She loves JJ and Dirk most and we are considering naming our first born son Dirk if we decide to try for a family someday. LOL

—  John Wright

Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Men with balls

OK, the deja vu of this year’s NBA Finals puts us on edge. The Dallas Mavs and the Miami Heat face off once again, only this time, the Mavs are seeking redemption. The finals start tonight with watching parties all over. Justdon’t start a drinking game on fouls against Dwayne Wade. You’ll get hammered way too fast.

DEETS: Woody’s, 4011 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. DallasWoodys.com; Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 7 p.m. GranadaTheater.com.

—  Rich Lopez