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.
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
It was known that the St. Louis Rams wanted to add size to their offensive line this off-season.
Who knew it would be this much.
Say hello to Terrell Brown, undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss, the heaviest player in the league at 403 pounds and standing at a monstrous height of 6’10! Continue reading
49ers QB Alex Smith was carrying the 3rd best Quarterback Rating in the NFL going into their game with the St. Louis Rams on November 11. In that game, he was concussed from a hit that resulted in Smith missing the remainder of the game and the following matchup with one of the league’s top defenses, the Chicago Bears, on Monday Night Football.
In his stead came Colin Kaepernick, the potential-laden 2nd year player from Nevada. Blessed with a rocket for an arm and the ability to run anywhere on the field, many in San Francisco were excited to see him play.
After throwing for 117 yards passing and rushing for 66 with a touchdown, Kaepernick followed that up with a shockingly strong 243 yards and 2 TD performance vs. the Bears. Following the game, it became obvious during coach Jim Harbaugh’s press conference that the “hot hand” was going to remain the starter.
Mark Sanchez has played in a ton of big games so far in his career. In the first two years, he did very well in them, including big wins he played well in during the playoffs that he still does not get enough credit for.
Last year, we saw a bit of a regression out of Sanchez in the clutch, as well as fewer big games for him to play.
Now we are at a possible turning point in the Jets-Sanchez relationship. For all intents and purposes, the season will probably be over if they cannot defeat the Rams this Sunday. It will definitely be over if they cannot come back 4 days later and beat the Patriots on Thanksgiving, but without winning the Rams game, the former is probably unwinnable.