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  •  No, it will be hockey (4+ / 0-)
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    Baseball is rife with evangelicalism among players, you see it all the damn time. Players making the cross with their fingers before an at bat, pointing to the sky whenever they get a home run, thanking god and jesus in post game interviews, etc. Not saying there's no such think as an evangelical who supports gay rights, but they're rare.

    Hockey is a much more progressive sport, and I credit the Canadian and European influences on hockey for that. You don't see players pointing to the sky after every goal or preaching in interviews. I don't get the feeling that hockey players are nearly as religious as baseball players (I'm sure some are, just like I'm sure some baseball players are atheist liberals) but as a whole, the sport seems more progressive and I believe will be the first of the major leagues in North America to have an openly gay player.

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 09:58:55 AM PDT

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    •  And of course hockey has people like (2+ / 0-)
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      Brian Burke out there lending major support.  I don't think the American big three - baseball, football, basketball - yet have a major advocate on that level in their respective industries.

      Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

      by pico on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 10:15:23 AM PDT

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    •  Good point (1+ / 0-)
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      But soccer has the same influences.  

      "But once John Boehner is sworn in as Speaker, then he’s going to have responsibilities to govern. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower." - President Obama, 12-07-2010

      by justmy2 on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 09:20:29 AM PDT

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