Monday, April 29, 2013
STEP ONE by ST
So Jason Collins becomes the first active team athlete to come out. In a perfect world the reaction would be, oh! Then we'd move on. Considering it's the off season and lot's is happening with the recently completed NFL Draft, NBA playoffs rolling, NHL post season about to start, MLB off and running the true test has yet to begin. For openers, Collins is a free agent who played a mere 38 games this season for Boston & Washington. Over the last 6 years he's been an end of the bench center averaging about 15 minutes per game. It's no lock he's on a roster next season. Then I suspect we'd see the vile and ignorance from fans. Another key question is will this open the door for those closeted who are truly active, well known players? I've heard and read about fans who say "I'd never root for a gay athlete". You already do! I was encouraged by the support via twitter sent Collins way by Kobe, Steve Nash, Baron Davis, Kurt Rambis and Martina Navratilova. Martina came out in 1981. She never landed those endorsement deals or benefits worthy of perhaps the greatest the game has known because of the gutlessness of corporate America at the time. We shall see how much has changed or if we've evolved as a society!
Can I get a "HALLELUJAH"! 2 annoying items that ESPN has repeatedly crammed down our throats are gone for now. The 2013 Lakers and Tim Tebow. Jets cut the QB. The proof jumps off the page. I thought Jim Rome nailed it. When a player or coach is asked about Tebow, you NEVER EVER hear what a great or even good quarterback he is. It's always about his work ethic or the type of teammate he is which has never been a debate. The harsh fact is he's completely incapable of being a successful NFL quarterback. End of story.