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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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.
Former Patriot Ted Johnson was asked, and unwisely answered, a question about which former teammate’s wife was least attractive. (Note: This is never a good idea)
He picked Vince Wilfork’s wife, Bianca, and her hubby was not amused.
“Every1 is entitled to their opinion but it is [f-ed] up when a x-teammate that I actually looked up to and enjoyed playing with takes shots at my wife for whatever reasons. I love my wife and my family She is my everything…[view full post]
“Mrs75” posted the above statement on her instagram. Love it.
Solid relationships are about being on the same team, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks she looks like as long as they’re happy.
For the record, if they split up in five years (I am so cynical) I will be really, really sad.
I strongly dislike the angry Oriole bird logo, but that was essentially the expression on my face when I got the text reading: “The Orioles say they explored compromise with Ravens, but are not changing Sept. 5 game vs White Sox. Ravens likely to open on road.”
The Orioles have one good season in a dozen years of trying and think they can pull this crap? It’s b.s. (which, when you think about it, is pretty much all we’ve been able to expect from this organization over the last decade).
They got to the playoffs. Huge, considering they’ve barely been worth mentioning past the All-Star break recently, but the Ravens won the freakin Super Bowl. For the second time since the O’s have done much of anything.
It was fun having two really good teams in Baltimore, and it was fun to see players from the Ravens and Orioles supporting each other during their playoff runs, wearing the other team’s caps, etc., etc. but this is infuriating and I hope the rest of Baltimore sports fans are equally pissed off about it — and make their feelings known. The Super Bowl-winning Ravens are most likely opening the season away because the Orioles and MLB won’t play nice — and Baltimore fans are the ones that lose.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti offered to reimburse the O’s for lost revenue for moving the game, but honestly, how many people who are fans of both teams are going to go to the game if the Ravens opener is on a tv somewhere? The O’s would probably be better off compromising and not playing a game in direct competition with a Ravens game, even if it’s away.
Why are the Orioles being so stubborn on this? Because they can.*
This is why Baltimore can’t have nice things. Or two winning teams.
Happy Friday, Ravens Fans!
*This isn’t ALL the O’s fault. MLB and the players’ association and the White Sox would also have to buy in, but let’s be for real. If the rest of the world wants Baltimore fans to stop acting like they’re getting a bum deal, they have to stop getting a bum deal. Period. The end.
It’s REAL. Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are dating, as evidenced by these photos for their new Sears clothing line statements on Facebook.
You know how celebrities often say they don’t pay attention to the media?
This has to be it. Lindsey Vonn must not have paid attention to any of the sordid media coverage following Tiger’s bizarre car accident and the subsequent revelations about his personal life. I mean, unless you’re after him only for his money, which I doubt Vonn needs, I can’t understand why a gal would go near him. It’s sort of like my dude friends whom I would never, ever date because I know way too much about their personal lives. Only in Tiger Woods’ case, the whole world knows. And ick.
Also, if I ever pose for hokey photos like these and post them on Facebook with an official explanation about my updated relationship status, please don’t hold back on the snark and ridicule, because it would most certainly be deserved.
(Sidenote: Do you think they had a photo shoot specifically to create a Facebook album announcing they’re officially an item? Because that’s just silly. I also really hope “We’re Dating Now” photo shoots don’t become a thing. You’ll back me up on that one, right?)
Probably old news to those of you who watch The Biggest Loser, but one of the finalists is Joe Ostaszewski, who played on the D-line for Florida State from 1988-91.
A little before my football watching time, but I think it’s awesome that he’s on the show and that he’s taking such positive steps to get healthy.
Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden thinks so, too!
“Most athletes after they quit playing and performing do gain weight because they are used to eating what they want and they don’t burn the calories off like they used to,” he said in the article.
(And it’s not just athletes! Metabolism slows down as we age so it’s not uncommon for the pounds to creep on over time. Gotta keep moving!)
Ostaszewski has a twin brother, Henry, who is taking on his own weight loss challenge off-air, and together they created the “Wear Your Soul Foundation” to get kids moving outside without joining organized sports.
Really cool initiative — interesting choice for a former D-I college athlete — and I wouldn’t have known a thing about it had Ostaszewski not gone on The Biggest Loser. I know the show has its critics, but it’s certainly changing lives in more ways than one.
I don’t know much about the show or how the audience voting bit works but apparently you have until 9 a.m. this morning (Friday) to vote for the winner, and while I know every contestant on this show has a compelling story, it would be awesome if Ostaszewski was The Biggest Loser, so if you’re the voting type, go vote!
(Also, does anyone else find it more tempting to eat ice cream while watching The Biggest Loser than any other time? Must be that whole guilty “I shouldn’t be doing this…” temptation. Thank goodness I teach Zumba Monday nights now!)
Still not that sad to see Ellerbe go (Miami overpaid, I think) but I’ll miss Q, Kruger (see below), and Pollard. I get that Ellerbe was a bigger priority for the team - gee, that worked well - but the others were personal faves. Especially Kruger.
Moving on. Probably not moving up, because Super Bowl is pretty much the top. Just moving on.
Sidenote: Is @Crushboy31 not the perfect Twitter handle for Bernard Pollard??