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Jason Collins Is Jackie Robinson For The Gay Community

Professional basketball player Jason Collins announced, in Sports Illustrated, that he is gay. His decision to come out makes him the first active professional athlete to do so. While I realize it’s a major step forward for the gay community, I also believe it’s a shame that this is even an issue and is such a major event in our society.
Over the weekend I took my son to go see the film “42” which is about Jackie Robinson and the breaking of the color barrier in professional baseball. My son, who is fourteen, was shocked at how ignorant and unaccepting so many of the players were during that era. It was wonderful to talk to him afterwards and hear his thoughts on racial hatred and how fear of the unknown drives so many to turn against an individual or entire race. Hearing the news of Jason Collins’ announcement I couldn’t help but think of Jackie Robinson and how he helped to shape the perception of blacks everywhere. Hopefully Collins’ announcement will do the same for the gay community.

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This 2013 NFL Draft Is Horrible

The NFL Draft is only a few days away and my excitement level, I gotta say, hasn’t even reached luke warm. As a Browns fan, that is almost sacrilege to say. Sorry ESPN but rolling out Mel Kiper and Todd McShay 24/7 still won’t change the fact that this draft is shaping up to be the most boring in recent memory. Let’s start with the fact that an offensive tackle will probably be picked #1 by the Chiefs and they can’t decide which offensive tackle it will be. It only gets worse from there. After the first offensive tackle is off the board a run on “project” pass rushers is going to take place with a few more offensive tackles sprinkled in for good measure. Hell, the biggest question in this year’s draft is where a highly overrated QB will land. (just take your pick of QBs. It really doesn’t matter because they’re all overrated) There is even talk that not a single running back will be taken in the first round. I guess that means a bunch of guards and centers will take their place. Now don’t get me wrong, I realize all these positions are needed when forming a team and this draft may be deep overall. I’m sure my true distaste is the fact that my Browns need instant impact type of players and I’m just not sure if I see one at #6. There…I admitted the truth!

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Kobe Tears His Achilles Ending Lakers “Magical Season”

The Lakers “magical season” came to a sudden halt last night when Kobe Bryant’s achilles finally said enough is enough. Bryant has been carrying the Lakers on his back for most of the season, and especially in the last month, but even he couldn’t handle the immense load. Now that load will fall on Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash (if healthy), and Metta World Peace. That kind of talent should be able to move forward and make some noise in the playoffs but we all know that’s just not going to happen. The Lakers are now a ship without the only sail they had and will ultimately run aground and sink into oblivion. Ending what many believe is the most disappointing season of any NBA franchise in recent memory.

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The Masters and a 14 Year Old

Tianlang Guan shoots a one over at The Masters
A Fourteen-year-old, named Tianlang Guan, shot a one over 73 at The Masters today! Yes, a FOURTEEN-YEAR OLD! He was the youngest golfer ever to compete at The Masters and wasn’t even born when Tiger Woods put on his first green jacket. What amazes me almost as much as Guan’s accomplishment is the way some people reacted to what he actually did. I think in our fast paced, constantly changing news cycle and twitter world, some people have lost the reality of truly stunning news. THE KID IS FOURTEEN and played arguably one of the toughest golf courses in the world. Think back to when you were a pimple faced, hormone raging fourteen year old that could barely get through the day, let alone compete in The Masters. Absolutely AMAZING. Don’t lose site of that!