“Husain Abdullah was penalized for praying?”

Down on one knee + Jesus = Tebowing Down on two knees + Allah = unsportsman-like conduct One shouldn’t blow this out of proportion, it is possible that the penalty against Husain Abdullah, safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, was just a bad call by the team of referees. Former referee and NFL rules media …

Michael Sam Is Drafted By The St. Louis Rams

This is powerful: Michael Sam, the openly gay defensive end from the University of Missouri, gets the call that he is chosen by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL draft. This is a video of him receiving the life-changing (and league changing) call:  //www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/nW-_fFdkegs I love how his boyfriend is right by his side. The …

First, let’s address one major point: Michael Sam will only be a distraction if his organization, head coach, and teammates let him become one because of their own biases and lack of leadership. I’ve already talked to Missouri wide receivers coach Pat Washington, who coached me at the University of Tennessee, and other people close …

N.F.L. Prospect Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay – NYTimes.com

Michael Sam, a defensive lineman who played college football for the University of Missouri, came out as gay yesterday. As a senior (6"2’/188 cm; 260 lbs/117 kg) Sam had a stellar season as Missouri finished 12-2 and won the Cotton Bowl. He was named first-team all-American, Associated Press defensive player of the year in the Southeastern …

However, consider this. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “Redskin” is labeled “usually offensive.” Other words to which M-W appends that description are “kike,” “dago,” and “darky.” Let’s all imagine, for the sake of argument, that the journeyman coach Marshall wished to “honor” had had a mother of possible Jewish, Italian, or African descent. How …

NFL Cheerleaders Get Paid Next to Nothing.

I enjoy watching American Football a lot, but I it’s more of a guilty pleasure. There are just so many problematic issues connected to the sport, especially in the highly-commericalized worlds of BCS College football and the NFL. One of the aspects I’ve always felt uneasy about is the performance of cheerleaders. It can be …

Let’s face it: the NFL doesn’t care about player safety, and neither do fans. Hits like those on Darius Heyward-Bey and Sean Lee are what keep football fans coming back for more, and only blown calls that directly affect the outcomes of nationally-televised games are enough to turn the replacement refs from a laughingstock into …