Anonymous asked: GT finished 5-3 in conference. UNC finished 5-3 in conference and lost to GT in Keenan Stadium on homecoming 68-50, so how did GT finish third in the Coastal???
I know I looked up last year’s standings recently so I’m sure I included it in a post I wrote somewhere, but I can’t find it on this blog.
Anyway, I don’t have an explanation. I just went by the ACC website:
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Lessons From Jackie Robinson: What It Will Take To Be The NFL's First Openly Gay Player | ThinkProgress ⇒
- Be a quality player
- Be in a conducive locker room
- Be able to ignore fans (and opponents)
- Be willing to be an icon
Relevant in light of the recent rumors that an NFL player might be considering coming out as gay, as well as the prominent debates over same-sex marriage.
I’ve seen some comments this week to the effect of: Why should someone come out? Fans don’t need/want to know those details about a player’s personal life. It will create an unnecessary distraction for the team. Etc., etc.
While that’s better than gay-bashing, it still misses the point.
Being gay won’t affect a player’s game, but the toll of hiding or disguising who he is, and who he loves, could.
From a football standpoint, it doesn’t matter. From a social standpoint, it shouldn’t matter, but at this point in our cultural history, it does.
The first openly gay NFL player, whoever he is because there will be one, sooner rather than later, won’t decide to come out publicly for himself. The second he makes that announcement, the real issue ceases to be about him and his personal life.
The media will swarm him, but it won’t really, truly, be about him. It will be about us.
It will about the football fans who already don’t care and who will applaud him for making that giant, Neil Armstrong-sized step, and it will also be about the fans who never have a nice thing to scream about anyone and will be especially vicious about this.
It will be about all athletes, but especially football players, current and future, and their ability to live their lives freely and openly. It will be about non-athletes who see a macho public figure own his sexuality and finally begin to think it’s okay not to be ashamed of theirs.
It will be about the ignorance and intolerance and hatred and fear of a large section of the population, and hopefully it will about sharing knowledge and understanding and kindness and love.
Just as some people have reversed their stance on same-sex marriage, or homosexuality in general, after learning family members or friends are gay or lesbian, a prominent, hopefully well-liked and respected NFL player coming out will put a face on homosexuality. That image will gradually help the larger population become more comfortable with the idea that homosexuality exists and it’s not a big deal. Some fans will become former fans, but maybe others will be more accepting parents when their children come out, or will be braver kids and teens when classmates are being bullied.
Ultimately, it isn’t anyone’s business, but that’s not the current climate in our society. Before we can see past someone’s sexuality, we must first see it for what it is, nothing more or less, so as a society, we can accept it.
To get there, we’ll need people to come forward with pride and with dignity. We have openly gay celebrities, politicians, businesspeople. Pro sports is one of the last frontiers, but it’s one of the largest and most visible.
When someone tough, strong, thick-skinned, and fierce — someone like a prototypical NFL player — breaks that barrier, it will give young children, and all of us, gay and straight, a hero. Someone to look up to. Someone to admire. Someone who shows children and their parents that it’s perfectly fine and certainly important to be who you are, whoever that may be.
Someday, years from now, it won’t matter if a player is gay or straight. We might know, if we know who their spouse or partner is, but it won’t make a difference.
But before being out as a gay athlete, or even just being gay, becomes merely a small step, someone has to make that one giant leap for mankind.
Randy Edsall wants to continue making inroads into the local talent pool. One of the first times I ever thought he deserved a high five.
First public scrimmage is this Saturday at Dunbar. Anyone planning on checking it out?