This is a video of Dale Hansen, a Dallas sportscaster. In just over two minutes, he explains why there are no excuses for homophobia in the NFL (or in the world). And he ends with a quote from Audre Lorde. This is everything I thought it could be and more.
For every front office, every GM, saying, “Well, I won’t draft him, because I just don’t know about the locker room,” is not only homophobic, but doesn’t trust that his players are adults. This is an elite sports league, the locker room should reflect professionalism. Michael Sam’s sexual orientation does not matter. His ability to excel in this sport matters, and his future is greater than any of the hate and negativity any front office can offer.
You know that uneasy feeling when you’re watching an awkward exchange, on tv or in real life? It’s just so terrible you can’t look? That’s how I felt throughout the second half of this game. After having the best season of any quarterback in the history of the NFL, Peyton Manning and the Broncos absolutely face-planted. As I mentioned in Part I, I knew coming into tonight it was going to be a showdown between the best offense (Denver) and the best defense (Seattle). Unfortunately for the hundreds of millions of people watching, only Seattle showed up to win. Never in my life as a football fan have I ever seen Peyton Manning so stunted. His arm is mechanical, and tonight he had to try too hard.
I don’t know if the season’s best team won, but the only team that showed up to win certainly did. Seattle, congratulations on your organization’s first title. Seattle’s offense and defense were just superior. I hope that the win is not downplayed because of Denver’s level of play.
2014 Season, see you soon!