Thank you Mr. Sam

The hot topic: Michael Sam.

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Let’s first just say a big “thank you.”  “Thank you” Mr. Sam for shedding light on an important yet at times  overlooked topic in professional sports, particularly the NFL.  The NBA already got Jason Collins, a veteran player who finally came out back in April 2013.  But having an up and coming NFL player come out confidently is very refreshing.

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Second, another big “Thank You” for your courage Mr. Sam.  Not only are you the SEC’s Defensive Player of the year, but you could perhaps be the most talked about NFL player of the 2014 season for your courage and frankly, balls, for being an “open, proud gay” man in football.  Sorry Richard Sherman.

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Some say time doesn’t seem to really move forward in sports, particularly the NFL (and Baseball….jesus they just introduced instant replay for god sakes).  The NFL’s conservative nature is almost palpable with their old school General Managers and white washed demeanor.  Hell, it took them almost 2 decades to realize that brain damage is a bad thing in football.

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But I commend the NFL for taking the news so well, expressing open acceptance of Sam entering the NFL draft this spring.  Then again….why wouldn’t they?  Why would the NFL even come out with a statement to validate their efforts towards tolerance?  Shouldn’t every sports organization in this point and time already be doing that?

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I get it.  We want to believe that we are all living in a world of that is more accepting of others. (Yea, tell that to FOX)  But are we really? Is the NFL really accepting Michael Sam into their world with open arms?

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Well apparently, Fortune 500 companies are.  This news comes according to Sam’s agent Joe Barkett, who says, “Every time I’m on the phone, I’m getting phone calls. There’s always one from a company expressing their interest in Michael. Name any type of industry, we’ve probably heard from a company in their sector in the last 48 hours.”

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Companies see is “market potential” for their monetary gain, completely taking advantage of his emerging “individuality.”  Sam just now has to pick and choose his endorsements wisely so as to not have the public perceive him as a sell out using his sexuality for profit.

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The first step for change is actual change.  Michael Sam now represents the change that is coming to the NFL whether it likes it or not.  With all the NFL insiders claiming that his draft status will be harmed is crap. Statements like that are more detrimental to themselves and their television station than Sam, making them all look like ignorant douches.  The NFL has yet to accept Michael Sam and everything he represents but has the ideal opportunity to take center stage for the recognition of gay athletes come Draft Day.

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If what some NFL insiders say is true concerning Sam’s negative draft status, then we truly are an intolerant society.  But it is highly unlikely that he won’t be drafted because the dude got SEC Defensive Player of the Year.  DUDE, the SEC- The almighty dominant conference in college football, the greatest college football teams in the world right?  What team wouldn’t want that player?!  They be crazy if they didn’t draft him.  (And just think of all the popularity of having the first “openly gay” player on your team).   Tebow couldn’t do it, but maybe Sam can.  Just Kidding Timmy!

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Michael Sam will be the change. He will get drafted.  He will play.  He will persevere.  And he will forever be a shining example for other gay athletes to be honest, forthright and strong.  Thank you Mr. Sam.

The only one who has everything to lose in this fight is the NFL.  So don’t fuck it up boys.

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Big Brother Sucks

The most wonderful time of year is about to begin and it seems a bit mellow.  A little too mellow for my taste…..

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College Football kicks off in less than a week and I have seen slim to none coverage of the sport on ESPN unless Johnny Football’s face is slapped on the screen, Nick Saban counting his crystal footballs or the greedy NCAA being sued for their Scrooge McDuck behavior.

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What seems to be the overshadowing Big Brother of College Football is, and always is, the NFL.  Forgive me if I am wrong though, but I distinctly remember a lot more ESPN College Football coverage including interviews with the coaches, players, highlights and season predictions for all the conferences.  I am well aware that ESPN fills in a half an hour slot at 1pm for College Football talk but I am strictly speaking of SportsCenter evening programming. You know, the evening show everybody and their mom watches before going to bed.

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(The more important question now is, how can you go to bed without watching Top Ten?)

I know it is the NFL pre-season, and NFL fans just loving telling non NFL fans the many reasons why the NFL is “better” than College Football: The NFL makes more money, the NFL is quicker, the NFL is more badass, the NFL is professional, the NFL does your laundry….the list of reasons can go on for ages.  But speaking as a College Football fan, I don’t care.

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I have been College Football for years now and ESPN has always been my dependable news source for the pre-season. I ask you, how the hell are you supposed to make realistic Heisman Trophy winner bets in Vegas now?! G Golly Wiz.

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After letting my frustration subside, there are three distinct reasons as to why I believe there is more NFL pre-season coverage than College Football pre-season coverage this year.

1. Johnny Manziel: The Kid Who Got Caught.

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Ever since Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, the controversy hasn’t stopped.  All of his publicity and attention have been negative, from the day drinking to the busty women he hangs out with. The guy just can’t catch a break.  Unfortunately, his childish antics has severely put a dark cloud over college football, a cloud that won’t evaporate until Manziel proves himself on the field this season.

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Who cares if he is giving College Football players a bad rap.  He isn’t the first and he certainly won’t be the last.  Damn you social media and your trickster ways!

2. NCAA: Scrooge McDuck

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The NCAA this year has been going through hell (and rightfully so?).  First, six current college football players are suing the NCAA for what else?  MONEY. The players are suing the NCAA in hopes to expose their Scrooge McDuck persona to billions of dollars in damage.  The plaintiffs now demand the NCAA find a way to give players a cut of the billions of dollars earned from live broadcasts, memorabilia sales and video games. PSsshs, yah good luck with that fellas.

Damn, and I loved those video games too…

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Second, this is the last year of the BCS System before Playoffs are implemented in the 2014 season, the NCAA’s last hurrah of raking in the big cha-ching. Poor guys, they are so useless and don’t even know it.

3. The SEC Dominance

Once again, the SEC is expected to completely dominate the season.  SNORE. We get it, the dynasty is here….thank you Mr. Saban. Despite the SEC teams’ not so competitive schedules, everyone is convinced that this College Football Season will be an SEC season.

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No wonder nobody is really excited for this year’s upcoming College Football season. Without the excitement of upsets and unexpected cinderella stories, the season will drift off into SEC waters and never return.

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I hope my theories are BS. Please feel free to let me have it because College Football is my absolute favorite time of year and arguably the best sport 😛  (Don’t Hate!).  So here is hoping that the season will in fact not end up being a Johnny Manziel COPS special, or a Scrooge McDuck downfall or even an SEC snore of a season.  Let us expect a great season for the coaches and players, but more importantly the fans.

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The NFL can suck it.  Your season doesn’t start till September 8th.  Wait your turn.  Let the little guys shine for a week or so.

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Almost Famous

College Football.  The place where you go to kill your athletic popularity…….apparently.

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With all the shenanigans Johnny Manziel has been putting the NCAA through, we can never ask for our favorite College Football players’s autographs ever again.

In light of the NCAA investigation of whether Texas A&M’s star Heisman trophy winner Quarterback was paid to sign a butt load of memorabilia, the University has introduced a new policy for their college football program.

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The Aggies announced that players and coaches will not sign any memorabilia for fans attending the “Meet the Aggies” event Aug. 24. Basically a meet and greet with fans and college football admirers alike.

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Instead, the only autographs allowed will be on specially provided autograph cards, “in order to accommodate as many fans as possible.” All other items must be left at the door.

No other fun items such as jerseys, helmets, footballs or even photos can be signed.  That just leaves me all warm and fuzzy inside.  Thank you for keeping some money in my pockets, but seriously, what the hell is the point of getting an autograph on a card, a card I have to therefore frame and pay for to look nice in my manly library/lounge/man cave?  Thanks NCAA.  Nothing looks cooler than a signed football helmet.  Too legit to quit fasho.

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Texas A&M also said players and coaches would remain seated at the event and would not pose for photos.  DUDE…!!!! Might as well poke my eyes out before the season even starts.

Louisville took it to even more drastic measures…..

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They canceled their fan signing event all together in response to their head coach’s comments, calling the Manzeil situation a “national problem.”

Theses moves are being made because of ongoing concerns about college athletes and autograph sales, and neither mentioned Manziel by name.  Wait….what?! Why?!

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Johnny Manziel is THE problem.  This isn’t a concern involving the collective, it really is punishing everybody else for an individual’s actions.  Such BULLSH*T NCAA. You have been pulling this unethical crap for far too long.

Why punish the entire team, the coaches, the fans, the college and the sport for one, count it ONE, player’s mistake.  GOD help me if the NCAA does find Manziel guilty of taking the money and pin the blame on ‘lack of institutional control.’  Welcome to the Trojan club Aggies.  I warn you, it’s a depressing one.

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The ones who are truly suffering for all this are the fans.  The players will get over it, they will move on to the NFL making millions and appear in Madden 2015. The colleges will get over it because they will still make millions of dollars off their athletic programs.

Why should the fans be punished for this ‘lack of institutional control’? Why should the people who breathe the very life into college football not be able to celebrate their players by personally expressing their adoration for them?

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It all comes down to the Benjamins (of course).  If people didn’t come out of the wood work claiming to have profited from a collegiate sport in an ‘illegal’ fashion, then would we be in this situation?  The NCAA is already in hot water, immediately ending their ties with EA Sports because they themselves have been profiting from the football players without the players’ knowledge.  HMMMmmmMMMMmmm….monkey see monkey do…..?

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Just blows the mind to think that the NCAA is committing the same violation as these autograph shysters: Profiteering. We can’t escape the inevitable….but dammit, why do this before the season even starts?!

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Really sucks to be a college football fan now doesn’t it?