“They won’t magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster”: Chris Kluwe explains gay marriage to a politician who is offended by an NFL player supporting it
While there’s still a strong stigma against those who are openly gay in men’s professional sports, it doesn’t mean professional athletes are neutral on gay marriage and gay rights. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has spoken out in favor of a Maryland ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage. Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. then wrote a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, urging him to “inhibit such expressions from your employee.” This is Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe’s response to Burns.
This morning, the NCAA showed it was not afraid at all to show Penn State and other schools that the kind of behavior and culture that led to the Jerry Sandusky cover-up for years would never be tolerated ever again. The board hit Penn State with $60 million in fines, reduced the number of the school’s scholarships and wiped out all the team’s wins from 1998 to 2011 and removing Joe Paterno from the top of the list of the winningest NCAA football coaches ever.
BOW BEFORE THE GREAT HUMUNGUS
I know we don’t usually run sports stories here but I felt this one was more about design, safety and technology. New York Giants Defensive End Justin Tuck unveiled his new helmet’s facemask and it’s pretty badass. If I had to describe it it would be a cross between something a knight would wear and something from Rollerball. As a former football player, this is fifty shades of awesomeness.
For the football team of the University of Oregon in Eugene, pot is just part of the culture and it’s something many players credit to the team’s success. Oh yeah, well that’s Oregon, right? There is a hell of a lot of weed in Eugene, but it’s not just Oregon. More often around the country, student athletes are claiming that getting high before a game helps them concentrate on their performance.
Weekend discussion: What are you doing this weekend? Watching the Super Bowl? Watching new movies or playing new games?
This is Super Bowl weekend in the US, which to some people, is bigger than any saint’s holiday. But what are you doing this weekend? Watching the big game? Completely ignoring its existence all together?
As you may have noticed, I’m not really that much of a sports fan, but more events being streamed live on the internet always get my attention. And this year (or next year technically), the Super Bowl will be streamed live on the internet for the first time ever, so assuming the connection is decent, you’ll be able to watch it via a computer instead of a TV if you wish.
Last week, Hank Williams Jr. was on Fox and Friends where he made some comment comparing Obama to Hitler. Oh, that’s just Hank Williams being Hank Williams, right? Initially, ESPN reacted by just pulling the Hank Williams composed opening theme song for a single Monday Night Football, and now they’ve announced they’re permanently ending their relationship with Williams.