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  •  Why is it that the NHL can come out with (3+ / 0-)
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    a commercial loaded with star power saying it's acceptable and the NFL shits itself in fear of what has always been there anyway? By the numbers there had to be a few Gays playing in the NFL since its inception. Closeted for fear of losing their jobs but there none the less. What years is this again?
    A tip of the cap to Mr. Dale Hansen and to his station for airing it. Done with a flair and verve worthy of a standing ovation. AUTHOR AUTHOR! Kudos to Finch for the diary. I applaud you too.

    Give blood. Play hockey.

    by flycaster on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 02:59:37 PM PST

    •  cuz hockey players are just better. (3+ / 0-)
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      i can't believe i had to explain that.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 03:22:06 PM PST

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    •  There was a running back for the SF 49ers who (4+ / 0-)

      who came out as being gay after he retired.  As memory serves, he played in the 1970s.  There have probably been other examples of this behavior over the years.  That 49er running back had a first name of "Dave" unless my recollection is totally off base.

      When all else fails, try thinking!

      by edtheengineer on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 05:51:04 PM PST

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    •  Guessing because a lot of NHL players (2+ / 0-)
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      are from Canada and Europe where they've been miles ahead of the US on LGBT acceptance and rights. One thing you also rarely see are openly religious NHL players (I have yet to hear an NHL player thank Jesus for a win. Just their fellow teammates.) Contrast that to the NFL where a lot of players hail from the South and are very religious. Also, the fan base tends to be concentrated more around the northern US and Canada, so players might feel like they can speak out in support of LGBT rights without backlash from fans.

      Because of that, I always thought the NHL would be the first sport with its first openly gay player - and being a huge hockey fan and not a fan of football at all - was sort of hoping it would be the NHL. So I was very surprised to see that the NFL might be the first. And really, don't care which sport is first, as long as it happens.

      "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 Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 06:36:27 PM PST

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      •  MLS is the first. (1+ / 0-)
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        I know soccer isn't as popular here in the US as football, basketball, and hockey, but MLS actually has an openly gay player. Robbie Rogers is out and plays for the LA Galaxy (he had came out before the Galaxy signed him, too).

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