341 posts categorized "Sports"

February 09, 2016

SD Bill Banning Trans Students From Playing Sports In Accordance With Their Gender Identity Passes

More exploitation of ignorance and panic by unscrupulous demagogues.

February 08, 2016

Beyoncé gets political with "Formation"

Lots of buzz about this one. Vox story below.

Lady Gaga sings national anthem at Super Bowl 50

The latest entry in an annual ritual.

December 30, 2015

When ya just gotta dance

This is a delight. Odell Beckham Jr. ignores the haters.

December 29, 2015

2015: Year of the Arsonist

Reichstag fire, 1933 (Photo public domain; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

My year-in-review column went online today at the Blade. My summary blurb is "Historic progress met the usual backlash." Here's an excerpt:

"Set the motherfucker on fire!" That recent call by a Donald Trump rally goer concerning a black protester, with another attendee yelling "Sieg heil," illustrates the viciousness fueling Trump's presidential campaign. If you take this lightly, Google "lynching." It is not just that what happened in Europe in the last century could happen here; what happened here could happen again. Trump's incitements, and those of his rivals, do not just pander to intolerance, they spray gasoline on the fire.

Hate-spewing demagogues were not the year's only newsmakers, but they produced its most dangerous legacy. The demons they unleashed cannot easily be tamed. But the haters cannot win the general election unless the rest of us allow it. Before we head back into battle, let us review some positive developments of 2015, though with cautionary notes.

The landmark victory for nationwide marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges, which President Obama celebrated by lighting the White House north front in rainbow colors, inspired opponents to switch tactics by pushing "religious freedom" laws (better dubbed "religious supremacy") to continue their anti-gay attacks. The Equality Act represented a new approach to LGBT anti-discrimination legislation, but stood no chance in a Republican-controlled Congress. Openly gay Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and several colleagues launched the smart, well-designed Campaign Zero policy website.

Read the whole thing here.

December 28, 2015

Nationals sign anti-gay Daniel Murphy for $37.5 million

The homoerotic side of football

What's the big deal about Odell Beckham Jr. dancing?

Forget about whether Odell Beckham, Jr. is gay. Sometimes a guy's gotta dance. This will make you smile. Below, more on the current obsession over whether Odell is gay.

December 16, 2015

How long will it take Caitlyn to finish learning?

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Nederlander)

Excellent commentary by J. Bryan Lowder at Slate on the problem with the gaffe-prone Caitlyn Jenner.

NBA referee comes out after being called anti-gay slurs

The truth about Serena & American Pharaoh: Why the comparison is so insulting

December 07, 2015

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is gay and dating a boxer, reports claim

I dunno, but I'd rather stare at this photo than the wall-to-wall Donald Trump infomercial currently on cable news.

November 10, 2015

Gay Washington Nationals batboy finds peace and acceptance on the team

A wonderful story.

November 04, 2015

Houston loses out on three bids to host college football title games

A silver lining.

November 03, 2015

Boxer Yusaf Mack says he's bisexual and wasn't drugged and tricked into doing gay porn

Not, I think, the ideal circumstance for coming out, but good for him.

October 21, 2015

Chris Kluwe has question for 'billionaire homophobe' Bob McNair, owner of Houston Texans

October 04, 2015

Figure Skater Adam Rippon Comes Out

Good for him.

September 13, 2015

The martyr business

Kareem is right. When 70 percent of the population identifies as Christian, it's hard to make the case that there's a war on Christianity just because a few fanatics are blocked from using the civil law to discriminate against those who don't agree with them.

September 01, 2015

Eat your Wheaties for Greg Louganis

August 28, 2015

Usain Bolt and the segway

Goodness. (Not referring to the fall.)

August 21, 2015

Slugger’s journey to coming out

Brewers would be ready to welcome openly gay teammate

August 15, 2015

Michael Sam leaves Montreal Alouettes

This is terribly sad. I can only imagine the pressures he has been under. Here's wishing him the best.

July 28, 2015

World record powerlifter transitions to Janae Marie Kroc

July 16, 2015

ESPYs honor brave girl and her dad with Perseverance Award

Devon Still of the Bengals and his daughter Leah, who is battling cancer, were honored last night at the ESPYs.

Caitlyn Jenner wins Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs

Beautifully done.

July 14, 2015

Rugby love

July 06, 2015

A champion's kiss

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Telemundo's Andres Cantor on Carli Lloyd's third goal

The legendary Telemundo announcer gives the definitive call of Carly Lloyd's goal scored from the midfield line in yesterday's World Cup final against Japan.

June 16, 2015

Michael Sam left the Montreal Alouettes because 'he wanted to go home'

This is sad and makes no sense.

June 15, 2015

Pushing Blatter out at FIFA

Battle of champions

The highlights reel from Sunday's game 5 shows an extraordinary level of play in the NBA finals as the Warriors take the lead over the Cavs, 3 games to 2. Steph Curry shows why he is the league's MVP as he displays his magical ball-handling skills in this thrilling matchup with the magnificent LeBron James. Crucially, however, Curry receives strong support from his teammates, which he needs as the Cavs show their grit with ferocious play despite the absence of injured all-stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. This is championship play at its best.

June 12, 2015

June 17 - Nite Out at the Nationals

June 02, 2015

Mixed results for justice in gay-bashing by college footballers

May 29, 2015

Hastert's covered-up conduct dated from time as a wrestling coach

Uh oh. "The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said."

Riley Curry grabs the spotlight

Two-year-old Riley Curry is rivaling her MVP dad for watchability. She is also rivaling Marshawn Lynch in postgame press conference antics. The question is, who is going to play her--Key or Peele? I suppose some sports reporters are annoyed by Steph bringing her with him, but she creates a lot more viewer interest. And I'm sure that annoys them more, bringing a bunch of giggling tourists into their hallowed athletic precincts. I think it's a brilliant move on Steph's part.

Sepp Blatter says FIFA must police itself

Because self-policing has worked so well for FIFA in the past! How about no?

May 27, 2015

US AG Lynch speaks on FIFA corruption probe


Steph Curry highlight reel 2015

Who knows what'll happen from here on out, but this guy is spectacular. His behind-the-back moves will make you grin.

May 22, 2015

Michael Sam will play in the #CFL this season, signs with Montreal Alouettes

Congrats, Michael. Make lots of sacks.