Before his announcement of being homosexual Michael Sam was an ordinary football player and the emphasis was on “ordinary.” However, he was ordinary enough to be selected in the NFL draft. While no guarantee that he would ever become a member of any team he was good enough to be selected. So, what is so special about Michael Sam? Not a damn thing!

Without tracking his college career, statistics and pre-season output, it would be a fair assessment to say that Sam only had an outside chance to play professional football. Then why have I spent time putting together an article about him? The answer is simple. Only a few NFL scouts knew of Sam, but when he announced that he was homosexual all the media sports pundits felt that it was such news that stations and columnists spent unwarranted time discussing what his homosexuality would mean to the NFL.

To me, all the stories added together weren’t worth a bag of beans. That Sam is a homosexual hardly rates as news except in the homophobic world of professional sports, especially the NFL. That there is a “homosexual” in the NFL is hardly worth comment except to point out the "honoraria" that infects the sports world. Of course, it is well-known that Sam is the ONLY homosexual in the NFL or professional men’s sports.

Sam was a seventh round draft pick, which means his chances of making an NFL team are slim to none. However, his preseason play with the St. Louis Rams has shown that his “mediocrity” might be a little better than other draftees and might even guarantee that he gets a chance with some NFL team because of his coachability and high-level drive.

In the world of professional football, which is filled with hulking, sweaty and manly men there are no homosexuals. Ask them and they will tell you so. Seriously. Who the hell is Michael Sam? As far as I know he is a football player and one good enough to be selected in the NFL draft. That he is homosexual has absolutely no bearing on his ability to play.

A few days ago, Sam signed on with the Dallas Cowboys to play on the cowpokes practice squad. Of course, once again the beans for brains sports media replayed the entire story again demonstrating their expertise with redundancy. Personally, I hope Sam makes it, then he can be a credit to his sexuality and become the articulate homosexual spokesperson. In addition he can also be a . . . oh hell, you know the rest of the story.

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on September 8, 2014 at 9:30pm

Of course it is. That's the entire point of the piece in the first place. When I have to explain it, I didn't succeed. The entire article is written with a tongue in cheek attitude that is mocking the big, sweaty hulking manly men who would never acknowledge that anyone in the NFL could possibly be gay. We all know there are no gay men or women in professionals sports. So, any discussion of such is silly because professional sports says there aren't and that's good enough for me because I never question anything.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on September 8, 2014 at 10:44am

Sarcasm--the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.--perhaps, you didn't pick up on it. Here's a blatant example--"In the world of professional football, which is filled with hulking, sweaty and manly men there are no homosexuals. Ask them and they will tell you so." Crusading for gay rights, pride or politics was not my point. Yes, Michael coming out can be viewed as a courageous act, but it is passe. If we have to keep mentioning it, then we have failed. Yes, his coming out could help others struggling with their decisions, but, again, that's is not what this is about. IT IS about the homophobic world of professional football where the ability to play the game is the key importance, but whether or not Sam could play got lost in the desire to discuss homosexuality--a topic that the NFL is unaware that they are two steps out of step with reality. As it turns out, Sam can play. That kind of ends the discussion  although that I am sure that every time his name is mentioned whoever says it will find a way to work the word "homosexual" into the story, interview or film.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on September 8, 2014 at 6:32am

The sad part in all of this is--who really gives a f*ck? You either can play ball or you can't. Anything else is white noise.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on September 5, 2014 at 6:41am

I think you are absolutely right! I wrote this piece as a bit of sarcasm because (1) it really isn't a big deal (his homosexuality) and (2) that the sports world has nothing better to do than swing at a horse that left the barn long ago. I certainly don't believe the Sam is the only gay player in the entire NFL including coaches. And? Yes, I believe that coming out of the closet is a good thing as it takes the stigma away and makes people find something new to hate about someone (sarcasm).



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