When Michael Sam made the announcement, his intention of being the first openly gay athlete in the NFL, we expected speed bumps.
We expected Sam’s draft stock slip. We expected athletes would use code words to hide discrimination and fears. We expected “distraction” talk from coaches and general management.
But most of all, we, and Michael Sam expected him to persevere and be an NFL player.
We didn’t expect where he would be today.
Much of the Jets focus this off-season has been finding ways to surround Geno Smith (and now, Mike Vick) with playmakers for the passing game.
But in a switch of thought process, the last few weeks of rumors have surrounded not a wide receiver or tight end, but a running back.
That RB is former Tennessee Titans speedster, Chris Johnson. Continue reading
Michael Vick killed dogs; the Eagles welcomed him in. Riley Cooper publicly screamed the n-word; Eagles kept him. Ray Lewis was guilty of obstruction of justice in a murder case that you do not have to look far to realize he had more to do with; Ravens were so put off by this, they built their team around him as their face and leader of the franchise. Ben Roethlisberger was involved in a rape case that led to a civil suit which was “settled”; the Steelers, the NFL bastion of civility, kept him on after a 4-game suspension (even lowered by the NFL from 6). Leonard Little committed a DWI manslaughter and the Rams overlooked it – just as they did when he committed yet another DWI later in his career.
But Michael Sam, committing no crimes, but daring to be himself, an openly gay man, is a distraction. Continue reading
The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl 48 on a last-minute
interception tip by Richard Sherman that fell into the hands of fellow defender Malcolm Smith.
It was a heck of a play, but what happened next will probably be what everyone is talking about tomorrow. Continue reading
Aaron Rodgers felt compelled to go on a Wisconsin radio station the other day and put out a minor rumor that he may be gay.
Spoiler: he denied it.
This rumor had not spread so far that he really needed to say anything, but yet he felt like he needed to address it as many athletes have in the past (i.e. Mike Piazza).
But he still talked. The important question is, “Why?” Continue reading
Rex Ryan will be back in 2014 – owner Woody Johnson and General Manager John Idzik announced it as so immediately after the Jets 20-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins, ending a year of questions. Continue reading
For months we speculated on time and potential and hope for the future. On Sunday, these three ideas come together finally.
Jets vs. Panthers: The realization of Geno Smith is here. Continue reading
Come one, come all. Mark Sanchez is in the news again.
He has cornrows. Continue reading
According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Rex Ryan is considering taking wide receiver, Stephen Hill, out of the starting lineup when the Jets go to Baltimore to take on the Ravens, Sunday.
While it would represent a step down for the 2nd-year receiver out of Georgia Tech, it is the right move. When dealing with the project, it is important to evaluate the best use and strategy with them. Hill, who many projected would take a long time to adjust to NFL norms, is indeed struggling, but taking him out of the lineup can be a good thing for someone who still has a lot of time before being called a “bust”. Continue reading