Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Gay To Play

I was busy doing something important -- painting the living room, I think, when Missouri played Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl this year, but, as noted here, my wife watched it.  The Cotton Bowl victory was sealed when now-notorious Michael Sam brought down the OSU quarterback from behind (ha). 

The truth is that Michael Sam was a good Division I college defensive end.  Good.  Ten times better than most of us could be but still not great.  Michael Sam was never going to be drafted by the NFL even in late rounds.  As a walk-on, he would have had no chance.  The NFL gets to pick from the very best, most talented, gifted college athletes.  There are hundreds of potential players vying for a handful of highly coveted openings on a mere 32 teams.  A smattering of veterans exit the league every year for various reasons, but somebody is usually there to plug the hole.  For a man to be drafted suggests that he might be able to play better than the men already lined up for that spot.

Michael Sam may have been the best homosexual defensive end in college football.  Unfortunately for him, no team has, as yet, a roster spot for Gay DE.  Each team wants the best available player for any given position regardless of their choice of roommates.  The great Redskins' tight end, Jerry Smith, who played for Vince Lombardi and George Allen, was homosexual.  He was not a great homosexual tight end (I'm sorry -- that was his position, and, yes, it means he was a catcher); he was a great player.  Smith never admitted to being homosexual, but another gay football player of about the same era, running back Dave Kopay, confirmed what everybody knew after Smith's death from AIDS in 2005 1986 (no idea where I got 2005).  

Men like Smith and Kopay and numerous other NFL-quality players had no need to make an issue of their homosexuality because they were gifted football players who would be drafted because of their skills and abilities.  That was not the case with Sam.  To even get a shot at the professional level, he needed a victim card that he could play in the event he was not drafted.  Thus he publicly "came out of the closet" just in time to make it an issue on NFL Draft Day.  The Rams took the hit for the league in the third round.

Surprising exactly no one who has any understanding of football, Sam was first cut from the 53-man roster and now has been eliminated from the 10-man practice squad by St. Louis.  He could have been picked up on waivers by a team desperate for a DE, but no team wants Sam.  It has nothing to do with his sexual preference or what might happen in the showers.  It has to do with his ability to accelerate and his burst speed -- rather his lack thereof.  Notice the, in my opinion, overly kind bottom line:  Compares favorably to Chargers 2009 first-round pick Larry English, an overhyped, overdrafted, marginal producer in the pros.

Next time the homosexual activists should pick a faster horse to ride.

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