Michael Sam’s bold move
With the news over a week ago that former All-American Michael Sam is openly gay; the sports world was captive for a few days. The news was a shock to some, but it today’s politically correct age it was easily accepted. I’m glad Michael came out, some people questioned the timing but it was perfect. He is about to go on his biggest job interview called the NFL Draft and if rumors came out it could hurt him. Sam could be on the defensive literally trying to deflect the attention of the rumor. Now he pushed the ball in the NFL’s court to accept him for who he is and not discriminate him accordingly.
Player in the locker rooms, owners, media, everyone has to accept Sam and it’s great. It’s not the same thing Jackie Robinson went through because the world is different. If Sam played football with me when I was in high school, I don’t think I could accept or handle it. The kid I was is different than the man I am today. I like to say it wouldn’t bother me and I could accept it, but I’d be a liar. But school, parents, everyone have done a great job of teaching kids to be more tolerant and accepting, and that it’s wrong to discriminate because of differences. Now Sam can come out to the world and we really don’t bat an eye. But now we all will be watching…
2014 Slam Dunk Contest
I have to say, this contest sucked. I fell asleep on it because it took over an hour to get started about the 3-point shootout. I watched it this morning as my son woke me up a 6:00 this morning. And I was puzzled as to what I saw. The NBA can’t leave this thing alone and they changed the rules again; gone was the 0-10 scoring, 3 rounds of dunks, and head to head final. Enter the East vs. West, a ‘free style’ team dunking show case, head to head one dunk off, fan votes for the final winner and judges voting for East or West. In the end, it was a stupid change that left we wonder if I saw a competition in the first place. Each competitor just had one dunk to showcase and I saw more rappers on the count then dunks. It was a change that ruined an already bad competition because the great LeBron James won’t grace us with his presence. Next year do us a favor and just text us who won.
NBA First Half Recap
As the All Star game approaches, I wanted to take a moment to look back at the first half. With the rash of injuries to stars like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant etc. the game is still entertaining. Kevin Durant is the clear MVP so far as he is carrying the Thunder to the best record in the West. He is averaging over 31 points a game thanks to his month streak where he is on another planet. There are a lot of coach of the year candidates from Jeff Hornacek, Jeff Vogel, and Scott Brooks. But the man that has impressed me the most so far is Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau. He has lost his best players to injuries and trade, but he has refused to make that an excuse and has them 2 games above .500. He is the best coach after Pop and needs to get some love. It’s been about the Heat trying to get through the season before their real season starts and how the Pacers are on their trail. Indiana is the best in the East and has a formula that can unseat the Heat. They have size and depth; and this can be a problem in a 7 game series. The second half will be fun to watch!
Hockey Winter Olympics
I watched the Winter Olympics’ USA vs. Russia game and was wondering where this has been all year. It was a faster game and more exciting, and the shootout in the end was awesome. Heck, even the women’s games are great to watch. T.J. Oshie became a household name for a day and well deserved. NHL should take notes because they are always the 4th best sport in the USA and soccer is on their heels. The need to finally widen the rink to have a faster game and more scoring. The Olympic Games are some much fun to watch because of the action and NHL needs to just do this. It would make the regular season watchable for a casual fan as me and the playoffs even better.