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Thought of the Week – Michael Sam

A lot of controversy has risen over the past week with Michael Sam coming out as an openly Gay athlete.

I usually do not try to get into politics, but I will shed some light on the story with my opinion.

It is the 21st century and times are changing. Whether you like it or not, our society is consistently going in a liberal direction. Homosexuals have existed throughout the history of people, and are showing their colors more in recent times.

So why such a big deal?

American culture has driven people to abide by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” mentality. This mind set is becoming an outdated one. Gay people have been in sports for as long as sports have been around. They just have not been open about it. The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell debate may have been fine for those straight people who are uncomfortable with the thought of gay actions, but what about for the Gay Athletes? You have to think that inside these people, they are torn up. They are battling with this reality that they are a homosexual athlete and they cannot tell the world who they really are due to fear of being judged.

Our society dictates this fear of being judged.

When it really comes down to it, if the guy can play, does it matter if he likes women or men? If he is a team player who can contribute to a win, does it matter what his sexual orientation is? So why is this such a big deal, why are people getting so worked up?

Let’s think about this for a second. The only reason this would be an issue in a locker room is because another player feels uncomfortable being around a gay player. Taking it even deeper, why would this player feel uncomfortable? Not that I have ever been in a Pro-Locker room, but from what I have heard athletes shower together and walk around the locker room naked on a consistent basis. So is that what the homophobic athletes are worried about? They do not want a gay guy to look at their goods?

Stop being so high on yourself, bro.

You think you are such a hot stud, that this gay guy is going to see your junk and immediately try to bend you over and rape you in the shower.

Seriously, though. When it comes down to it, that is the only reason someone could be uncomfortable about having a gay player in the locker room. Players need to be more comfortable with their sexuality and get passed the fact that their is a homosexual athlete among them. And the reality is, there have been plenty of gay athletes in locker rooms throughout time and nothing like this has ever taken place. The fact that another athlete would think anything like this would happen in a locker room is just plain stupid. Additionally, couldn’t you say the fact that you walk around naked around other guys makes you gay? Obviously it does not, when you know yourself that you are straight. It is all about adjusting your mentality to a modern, 21st century approach.

The truth though is that this will bring attention to whatever locker room Michael Sam enters in the 2014 season. The media will surround the team and it may be a distraction. In that regard, I understand why you may not want an openly Gay Athlete on your team. But every player fits every team differently. Some teams like controversial players, and other teams like players with no baggage. Look at San Diego Chargers and them drafting Manti T’eo. A handful of team passed on the outstanding college player because of his fake-girlfriend controversy. T’eo had a tremendous amount of media attention throughout the draft and entering the 2013 season. The Chargers handled the situation excellent by keeping T’eo away from reporters and protecting him to enable his growth as a pro player.

Now let’s look at this specific case, in Michael Sam. The guy is a great player. I hear NFL scouts on TV saying this guy is nothing more than a middle round pick. I have seen other mock drafts where he is projected to be drafted in the 2nd round. Michael Sam was a unanimous 1st Team All American and was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Some scouts say “I do not pay any attention to Conference Player of the Year Awards.” This may have some validity in weaker conferences, but the SEC is known as the best Conference in College Football. Furthermore, the SEC is widely regarded as the best defensive conference in the nation. SEC has historically produced plenty of defensive pro’s.

Lets look at the last 7 SEC Defensive Player of the Years:

2012 – Jarvis Jones

2011 – Morris Claiborne

2010 – Patrick Peterson

2009 – Rolando McClain

2008 – Eric Berry

2007 – Glen Dorsey

2006 – Patrick Willis…

***EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE PLAYERS WAS DRAFTED IN THE 1ST ROUND; None of these players were drafted past the 11th pick***

The bottom line is, Michael Sam is a good player who has proven himself in the College Rankings. With the combine and pro days coming up, his draft stock may rise or fall. With that said, he is still talented enough, and should be drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The thing Americans and sports fans have to realize is that this whole situation is inevitable. There are gay athletes everywhere, and eventually someone was going to come out. This is the first of many. There will be a growing period and players will have to get used to this new dynamic.

The key will be is how this effects the locker room, how this effects team collaboration and bonding. The truth is, it will only go as far as the straight athletes allow it to. It is solely on the straight athletes to take this gay player under their wing and treat him like they would any other teammate. They need to band together as brothers and fight in the trenches. They will need to joke around and make fun of each other just like guys do. Michael Sam will need to be open to joking about his sexual orientation. Often times, good friends tease each other about anything just to make it into a bonding experiment. Sam should embrace this in order to make the uncomfortable straight players feel a little more at ease as these actions promote a friendly atmosphere. Example: Michael Sam gets a clutch sack in an NFL game and his teammate says “I love you, you big gay mother fucker!!” and Sam says back: “I love you to, you dumb piece of shit!” It will take both sides to help make this situation fizzle away into the normality of our society.

Thought of the Week – Super Bowl Locations & SB XLVIII

This week’s thought has been inspired by the peculiar location selection for Super Bowl XLVIII.

This year’s Super Bowl will be played in New Y-oh, Jersey. That’s right, not New York. It will be played at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey, where both the New York Giants and Jets play.

Many have speculated at the fact that this will be an “In-the-Elements” type Super Bowl. Kick off temperature on Sunday is set to be right around 30 degrees, just at freezing.

What kind of Super Bowl is this? Some of you football diehards would argue that “football is played best in the elements” and that it is a man’s sport and the weather is apart of the game. When playing in the snow and the cold elements, those same fans would say “this is the best conditions for football.” That makes me think. Has anyone ever said “wow these conditions are not good to play in” when the game was in San Diego, Texas, New Orleans, or Florida? Probably not. They were probably thinking how great the conditions were.

Lets take a look back at all the Super Bowls. 

There has been 48 Super Bowls, including this year’s in New Yoerzy.

In the last 48 years there has only been 5 Super Bowls that have been played in a Cold Weather city (This year, Indianapolis, Detroit, Minnesota, Michigan). Lets take a look at the rest of the Super Bowls, broken down by state:

Florida – 15

California – 11 (7 Los Angeles, 3 San Diego, 1 Palo Alto).

Louisiana (All in New Orleans) – 10

Texas – 3

Georgia (ATL) – 2

Arizona – 2. Also notable, the 2015 Superbowl (49) is already scheduled to be in Arizona.

Every single one of these states is considered to be in a warm region of the United States. Florida has hosted Super Bowls in Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville. When looking at the Super Bowls in this fashion it is easy to see that majority of them are played in warm weather environment.

Even more notable, is the fact that every single Cold Weather city that has hosted a Super Bowl (up until this year) has been hosted in a Dome. Think about it. Indianapolis – Dome, Detroit – Dome, Metrodome in Minnesota, and the Dome in Michigan (Super Dome). Every Cold Weather city that has hosted a Super Bowl in the entire history of the game, has had a dome.

So why the all a sudden change?

To me, its just so New York can claim to have a Super Bowl and have the attention on them. It is so typical of the East Coast Bias and all the writers to endorse a New York Super Bowl. The sad part is that the state of New Jersey has taken a complete back burner to New York. If I was a citizen of New Jersey I would be a little upset. But then again, I wouldn’t be a citizen of New Jersey. It seems no one is acknowledging this.

Maybe this will be a learning lesson for the NFL. Maybe the elements will be so intense that it will completely ruin the way the game is played. Maybe Peyton Manning will have a terrible game because of the elements. Maybe people will call for the head of the commissioner. Or maybe not? This Super Bowl will tell the tail of future ones.

The last year has told us something else, regarding hosting the Big Game. If your city wants to host the Super Bowl, than an up-to-date stadium is an absolute must. Look at the San Francisco 49er franchise; after only hosting one Super Bowl in their history, they are now on the ballot in 2016 for a Super Bowl after building a new stadium. Not that Northern California has the warmest weather, but it is setting a standard. The NFL wants to be in these warmer areas, but also be in nicer, newer stadiums.

Furthermore, lets take a look at Southern California. This region of the United States has arguably the best weather in the entire country. The only region that could even come close in competition would be Florida. An argument for So Cal would be that Florida is much more humid and it rains quite often. The point is, Southern California should be an ideal spot for the Super Bowl, right?? Then how come there has not been a Super Bowl in the region since 2003 (San Diego)?

Southern California’s Super Bowl drought has got to be because there are no up-to-date stadiums. Think about it. Los Angeles has not had a franchise in nearly 20 years, and even the decade before then the Rams were playing in Orange County. Look at San Diego. Stadium is a dump, really. They’ve held the Super Bowl three times, but Jack Murphy Stadium, the “Q”, is just not up to standards anymore. The only reason they were able to host the game in ’03 was because they added 7,000 seats to the stadium leading up to that Super Bowl. So obviously the in-game experience for the fan is a huge deal. What happens when no one shows up to the game because it is too cold?

Another point I wanted to make was that this is the Championship Game for two groups of teams. These teams have worked their butts off all year long from the players, to the coaches, to the scouts. The Super Bowl is a big accomplishment and should be thought of as so, a celebration. Players should be rewarded for their long season and how much time and work they’ve put in to position their team for a Super Bowl berth. Every Pro-Bowl selection on a Super Bowl team has to deny their invitation to play in beautiful Hawaii. So why not give a little to these guys? Have Super Bowls in warm weather environments in order to show the true skill and talent levels of these professional athletes. Everyone wants to see a show here in the Super Bowl, and warm weather is the best environment to showcase the play of these athletes.

The cities that should be hosting the Super Bowl (Miami, New Orleans, San Diego, Houston) are all ideal vacation spots. Each city’s primary revenue is built around tourism. All cities are on the water. All cities are at least in the 60’s during winter time. Why not capitalize on the outstanding weather of these locations and keep Super Bowls coming for years in warm weather cities.