This one is for our fellow blogger and long-suffering Orlando Magic fan Chris Humpherys. Just today, he did an excellent piece on the Van Gundy brothers, and I thought why not point out that former Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy looks an awful lot like porn legend Ron Jeremy.
The biggest news coming out of the combine the last few days hasn’t been about who ran what 40-time, or which rookie is drawing the most praise/criticism, but the rumored questions being asked the leagues finest prospects.
Reports by Profootballtalk.com, a division of NBC sports, published an online article which covered the way and manner in which teams are tip-toeing around the issue:
“Do you have a girlfriend?”
“Are you married?”
“Do you like girls?”
The answers to those questions could be found just by checking their Facebook page. So these teams are obviously trying to get at something deeper. Addendum to the recent CBA prohibit teams from using sexual orientation for hiring purposes, which would make asking it outright a violation of league rules, as well as violation of federal law. But like most things, the NFL is not your average business. The issue of homosexuality is really not much different than the issue of race that existed 60+ years ago. The same stupid questions are being asked. “Where will they shower?…Will they change in the same room?” This is of course based on the assumption that every gay man in existence is automatically attracted to every other man in existence. Which is every bit as absurd as suggesting that every straight man is attracted to every female. I’m sure a gay man would have the same reaction to a naked, sweaty and hairy 350 lb football player as everyone else. Male or female, straight or otherwise.
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Since Spring Training is well under way, it’s time for some baseball look-alikes. Today’s installment gives us two versions of two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. First, there’s pre-haircut “Stoner” Timmy and actor Joseph Gordon Levitt.
Part two gives us post-haircut Timmy and MSNBC’s liberal, lesbian version of a Rush Limbaugh-esque pompous gasbag, Rachel Maddow.
There’s a certain amount of insanity that is intimately interwoven into the American sports experience. It’s the part of our obsession that drives us to not only spend a frightening amount of time thinking, talking and viewing it, but the part of our subconscious that convinces us to set cars on fire after the final event.
And that’s if our team WINS!
And at times it’s not even enough that our team wins, but that others must lose. I’ve realized over the last few weeks I am more angry and bitter about the Baltimore Ravens winning the Super Bowl than I was happy and proud when the Steelers won in 2005 or 2008. Someone asked me the other day if I would rather have the Steelers win the Superbowl or the Ravens go 0-16. I replied that if it meant the Ravens go 0-16, get relocated to Swamp Knee, Alabama and the entire city of Baltimore gets shit on/heartbroken the same way Cleveland did when that miserable whore of a franchise skipped town, I would gladly fore-go the last two Super Bowls and any possibility of another for the next decade.
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Warning: If you are an Iowa State basketball fan, this article may leave you butthurt
by Ryan Meehan
So I’m sitting here Monday night after the Iowa State and (6) Kansas game and I witnessed the overtime matchup, in which I was once again reminded how gentle of a culture we actually are when it comes to competition. Continue reading
After the first few days of the NFL combine I noticed some very intriguing things:
- The continued drop in quality Running Backs. Only a dozen managed to run a 40 time lower than 4.5. Now, I don’t place much value in a straight 40 time, not many of the best drafting teams over the years do, but RB’s are one of the few positions in which it is even worth paying attention to. (Can anyone tell me why they bother having Offensive lineman running a 40 yard dash?) This entire group looked like a collection of Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice clones. Not that there is anything wrong with either of those two, but neither of those guys went in the first round. After the UN-spectacular performance these guys gave, coupled with most team’s decreased utilization of the position in general, I wouldn’t be surprised if no RB’s went in the 1st round this year.
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