11.07.06 12 years ago 14 Comments

Everybody's talking about the anniversary of something today.

Over on, Elliott Kalb looks back on Magic Johnson's retirement, which was announced 15 years ago today after the luminous basketball star learned he had HIV. Back then we were all pretty sure he was gonna die pretty quickly, but he's hanging on pretty nicely. Still, at the time, it was a shocking public recognition that anyone could contract the virus, not just New York City queers and unfortunate blood transfusion recipients.

Even more depressing,'s Page 2 is celebrating birthday #6 today. You can access the work of the sadly deceased Ralph Wiley and Hunter S. Thompson, as well as the sadly alive Scoop Jackson, whose featured Scoop Manifesto (AKA the "What I Believe" column) truly set a precedent for historic shittiness in written communication. Oh, and they've opened up the precious Sports Guy vault, if you're into that sort of thing.

But there is one bright spot today: it's the one-year anniversary of the Carolina TopCats' drunken lesbian bathroom stall sex, complete with a segue into foxy boxing. Angela and Renee, I salute you. And I don't think I need to spell out what I mean by "salute."

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