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Dallas Sportscaster Obliterates Football’s Anti-Gay Hypocrisy

It’s ‘time to celebrate’ Michael Sam, not condemn him.
Sports • Views: 22,727

Here in Texas, football is damn near a religion. Friday Night Lights wasn’t just a book, or a film, or a TV series. It’s real life. It’s hard for people outside this state to understand, but that’s just how it is.

Texas is also a deeply red state. For all our self-proclaimed weirdness here in Austin, we are the exception in Texas, not the rule. There is a Republican super-majority in the state Legislature. Both our Senators have an (R) after their names. By my count, 24 out of the 36 US House districts are Republican.

When a YouTube video of WFAA sportscaster Dale Hansen addressing Michael Sam’s coming out started making the rounds on Facebook, I cringed. I wondered if it would be another in a long line of tiresome speeches about how Sam coming out as gay is a distraction and how he would negatively impact the NFL. Would it be another rant about how football is everything that is good and pure about America, like Mom and apple pie, and Michael Sam was ruining it by being honest about his life?

Imagine my surprise when Dale Hansen proved me utterly, completely wrong, and put all my fears to rest:

Youtube Video

In just over two minutes, Hansen destroys the hypocrisy in sports that accepts players accused of rape, or murder, or drugs, or violence, but condemns a man for being upfront about his sexuality. He also manages to call out the inherent right-wing idiocy about wanting government out of people’s lives but also wanting it in the bedroom.

Watch this video. It’s totally worth your time.

NBA Player Jason Collins Says He’s Gay, Breitbrats Get Their Smear On

Wingnuts doing what they do
Sports • Views: 32,081

You may have heard already that NBA free agent Jason Collins came right out of the closet today. As far as I know, this makes him the first openly gay NBA player; you should read his entire well-written piece in Sports Illustrated.

When the news broke, breitbart.com editor and professionally persecuted victim of the left Ben Shapiro sprang into action and took to the Twitters to denigrate Collins’ playing abilities. That’s how the Breitbrat weirdos respond to all news that involves their major targets of hatred, gay people and black people — by smearing.

I’m only surprised that Shapiro didn’t find a way to work in a hate-Obama angle too.

UPDATE at 4/29/13 4:05:32 pm

Meanwhile, religious right caveman Bryan Fischer sees this as scientific proof that people like Jason Collins are sinners.

Shock News: Lance Armstrong Admits Doping to Oprah

Did Sheryl know?
Sports • Views: 26,654
Lance Armstrong challenges Jan Ullrich in the 2001 Tour de France

Yep, Lance was a doper. Which I could actually forgive (even though the seeking-Oprah’s-benediction thing is totally transparent), because the fact is the whole sport does it.

But Armstrong went out of his way to smear and try to destroy people who told the truth about him, and even won several large court judgments that we now know were obtained through fraud.

Some of those people are now suing him to get those judgments back. Floyd Landis has filed a federal whistle-blower suit against Armstrong for defrauding the US Post Office. His life has become … complex.

He’ll still come out of this with a lot of money, but nobody will ever forget the things he did to try to protect his kingdom of lies.

It’s also still a fact that he was an amazing cyclist, drugs or not. In a sport where — let’s face it — all the top athletes were doing everything they could to get a slight edge, Lance had much, much more than an edge.

On his best days, he dominated the field in a way very few cyclists ever have; the epic battles with Marco Pantani and Jan Ullrich, the time trials where he absolutely blew away the competition, the insane climbs in the Alps when he would get up on the pedals and dance, and just rocket away from the lead group like a cycling god.

But athletic talent and human decency don’t always correlate, and Lance Armstrong may be the prime example.

I can’t help wondering, though, if Sheryl Crow knew he was hitting the EPO.

Book of the Day: Tyler Hamilton’s “The Secret Race”

EPO
Sports • Views: 28,987

I just bought the Kindle version of Tyler Hamilton’s book, and I’m sort of dreading it. A cyclist friend tells me it totally settles the issue of whether Armstrong was doping during his TdF wins, and not in Lance’s favor. This would not surprise me, but I have to admit I still had a tiny flame of hope that Armstrong really was a clean rider. And I’ll mourn the day that tiny flame is extinguished.

Good thing the same anti-doping standards were never applied to musicians. Jazz and rock would be nonexistent.

The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour De France: Doping, Cover-Ups, and Winning at All Costs.

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