I usually get confused very fast trying to watch the NFL Draft, so tonight I have only two people and two teams I’m watching to stay on point.
I’ll be watching the Cowboys and the Eagles and watching Johnny Manziel (Gig ‘em Aggies) and Michael Sam.
Outsports: This week Michael Sam will become the first openly gay athlete drafted by one of the Big Four men’s pro sports leagues when he is selected in the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft spans three days – May 8-10 – and the big question is when exactly Sam will be drafted.
Consensus in the media points to the fifth round, which would be some time Saturday afternoon or evening. But predictions range everywhere from the second round (which is likely a stretch) to undrafted (which seems virtually impossible).
Something NFL.com’s Judy Battista told me over the weekend is fascinating: “I was told by more than one personnel executive that they think there are owners who will push their people to draft him because they think it is time for this ceiling to be broken.”
I have a confession. I hate Johnny Weir.
Let me rephrase that…I hated Johnny Weir when he was skating in the Olympics. I cringe watching ice skating because it’s inevitable they’re going to fall and Johnny Weir made me cringe even more with his over the top affects after his routine. In my opinion he tried too hard. He tried too hard to flip that foot out when he skated and he tried too hard to flip that lisp out when he talked. I’ll drink with an effeminate man any day, but you have to embrace the woman in you, not shove her to the top like undigested food trying to come back out. It’s just not cool and it’s certainly not relaxing to me.
When I heard he was to be a commentator at the Sochi Olympics my heart fell. “Oh great”, I thought. Now I’ll be double cringing again. As usual in our house, my girlfriend gets to watch what she wants on TV, and of course she likes ice skating. I was doomed. I tuned in and my shoulders were already rising to my ears when something amazing happened. Johnny Weir started talking like a real person. No affect. No force. Just a relaxing and informative commentary on the skater that took to the ice. “Wow” I thought. “This doesn’t suck”. The next night we were watching ice skating again, because (for the love of God) that’s all the Olympic coverage was showing in primetime and I listened to Weir again. And he didn’t suck again. And I loved that he had changed into another fabulous outfit.
The next night, which of course had ice skating on in primetime, brought Weir on again with another intriguing outfit. From then on I closed my eyes at every triple axle and opened them for Johnny’s commentary. I was a Johnny Weir convert.
I’m telling you this because commentators for the Kentucky Derby have just been announced and yes, Johnny Weir is one of them. I’m doubtful that he knows any more about thoroughbred horse racing than I do, but I bet he will give a concise commentary and have on an absolutely striking hat while doing it.
OutMagazine: The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports just got a whole lot gayer. NBC has added Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to the roster for their Kentucky Derby telecast. The figure skaters, who worked together before as commentators for NBC’s telecast of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, will be NBC’s fashion correspondents at the race.
Outsports: The Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets are the teams most interested in drafting Michael Sam, the Baltimore Sun reports. If drafted, Sam would be the first openly gay NFL player.
The NFL Draft will be held May 8-10 and has seven rounds. Depending on what analyst you read, Sam is projected to go anywhere from the third to seventh round. It’s possible that teams other than the six listed by the Sun are interested in the University of Missouri defender. There are a lot of feints thrown about in the weeks leading up to the draft.
This is my year…the year that I stop slicing the ball into another fairway and shave off mucho points on my back 9. I have chosen to do this by going to a virtual golf establishment and hire a lesbian golf pro to stand close behind me and walk me seductively through my swing. In this way I will be far ahead of my competition once the snow up here finally melts and I can get on a golf course. I could have gone another direction in my practice though…I could have done this:
“Golf Tee In Butt” Stunt Leads Model To Sue Playboy
Deadspin: Model Liz Dickson is suing Playboy and a radio host for an alleged botched stunt at an event involving a golf ball, tee, and her butt.
Dickson has filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against Playboy Enterprises and Kevin Klein, co-host of the Playboy Morning Show. According to TMZ, Dickson is seeking $500,000 and “punitive damages” for battery and negligence.
The incident happened at the Playboy Golf Finals on March 30, 2012, an event Dickson was invited to help host, according to the complaint. From CBS Los Angeles:
Dickson agreed to have a photo taken of her lying on her stomach “with her buttocks partially exposed” so that Kevin Klein, co-host of the show, could hit a golf ball put atop a tee that was inserted between her butt cheeks, the suit alleges.
However, Klein missed the tee and “struck plaintiff on the buttocks, causing her injuries and damages,” the suit states.
Dickson suffered pain, suffering, worrying and anxiety as a result of her injuries, the suit states.
Arizona may lose 2015 Super Bowl if bill to legalise anti-gay discrimination becomes law
PinkNews: The US state of Arizona could run the risk of losing the Super Bowl if a law is enacted to allow business owners to legally discriminate against gay people.
Senate Bill 1062 would prevent the state from taking action against individuals and businesses who refuse services to people or groups based on their religious beliefs if such enforcement would “substantially burden” the free exercise of their religion.
The bill was given final approval by the legislature on Friday, but State Governor Jan Brewer has not said whether she will sign it into law.
Currently Arizona is set to host the Super Bowl, the NFL’s championship game, in 2015. That could all change, however, as SB 1062 breaks the NFL’s nondiscrimination policy.
“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today.
“We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.”
Even the Super Bowl Host committee released a statement condemning the bill.
“On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state’s economic growth potential,” a committee spokesperson said. “We do not support this legislation.”
Jan Brewer has until Friday to decide on the bill, but is expected to take action sooner.