Tagged: ESPN

Jason Collins’ Announcement brings out the Worst in some People

When NBA basketball player Jason Collins announced he was gay on the cover of the new Sports Illustrated magazine, my first thought was “good for him.” Today, history was made – Collins became the first openly gay active player in the four major professional sports in the United States. Though majority of people supported him and his decision, some people decided it was their time to voice their opinions on homosexuality.

While Collins is the first openly gay athlete, Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Mike Wallace became the first athlete to post something stupid about homosexuals in reply to Collins’ coming out. On his Twitter, Wallace wrote “All these beautiful women in the world and guys wanna mess with other guys SMH (Shakes my head)…” Though the post isn’t homophobic, the post is just plain stupid. If Wallace was never taught in genetics about how homosexuals are born gay, he should have just googled his questions or read a book. Instead, he made an ignorant comment that offended homosexuals. Seriously, what person would choose to love another person of the same sex, knowing that he will be teased, discriminated against, and possibly injured for his choice?

Another person that chose to speak against homosexuals today wasESPN’s Chris Broussard, a sports analyst on Outside the Lines. During the one-hour episode about Collins coming out as a gay man, Broussard decided to quote from the bible about how homosexuality is a sin – “If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that you that’s a sin.. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ.” Broussard was talking about how being gay, having premarital sex, and adultery are all sins. Even though Broussard believes that being gay is a sin, he should not voice his religious beliefs onto viewers on a sports show. As an analyst, he should realized that anything said on television cannot be taken back and could result in being told “you’re fired.”

Coming from a very open-minded Christian family, I have trouble with people who either think being gay is a choice or a sin. When I was in elementary school, I was making fun of a boy at school during dinner – he was chubby, had a weird face, and walked with a limp (I later learned that he had down syndrome). My parents glared at me in disappointment and then explained to me how he was born like that. Besides my parents, I was taught by both science and religion to be open-minded about homosexuals. Genetics class taught me that homosexuals do not have a choice, they are born gay. My church taught me about Jesus and how he preached “love thy neighbor” and that the church was open to everyone. Though some people follow every line from the Bible, many forget that it was written thousands of years. If we followed every rule in the Bible, we would not be watching football on Sunday.

Mike Wallace and Chris Broussard are examples of people that either don’t understand homosexuality or believe that it is a sin. Though I personally believe they are wrong to follow outdated beliefs, each is entitled to their own opinion; but they are wrong to voice their negative opinions publicly and not expect a public backlash. Within minutes of posting his status, Wallace apologized and took down his status while the Miami Dolphins made an official statement about how Wallace made a mistake and the Dolphins are an open-minded organization. Broussard has yet to apologize or to be punished for his statement, but ESPN is known for firing reporters for making controversial remarks. People like Wallace and Broussard are the reason why being an open gay athlete is still a big deal. Hopefully, Collins is just the first of many more people to “come out” so that being gay will no longer be a news story or a controversial topic.


Rays DESTROY Red Sox

Today, April 11th, 2011, the Rays defeated the Red Sox 16-5. If the Rays had a home opener against the Red Sox, the Rays would be at 8-1 instead of 1-8. Stupid Espn and their stupid writers writing about much the Rays suck and will suck all year. Ha! Red Sox suck. At least the Rays are off to a slow start b/c they lost 75% of their players due to money issues and Manny quit retired from baseball (after the Rays finally had a DH for the first time in years). 

Johnny Damon hit a homerun the first time he saw a pitch and in the second, the Rays blew the game up. They scored a total of 6 runs in the 2nd, making the game 7-0. In the 7th, Red Sox had bases loaded with Youkilis up at bat and Zobrist made an amazing catch and tossed it to Brignac to get the runner out at second.  Espn’s hopes that the Red Sox were going to win died right then. Speaking of amazing catches, Sam Fuld did it again, but in left field this time. I hope Crawford saw that. Haha. I admit, I was SUPER nervous when the bullpen was up. They gave up 2 runs, but it was very tense. Hellickson wasn’t amazing, but he did pretty well against his first start in Fenway (I think…don’t quote me). 
Random Tidbits
  • Only Dan Johnson did not have a hit tonight. (On the starting line up). 
  • Sam Fuld went for the cycle and fell a single short. (Yes, a single- he’d rather hit another double)
  • Ortiz hit a triple today (crazy!) 
  • Former Ray Dan Wheeler pitched today. He’s also Rays’ announcer Dewayne Staat’s son-in-law. 
  • Rays have a better away record than home record (2-0) 
Dear Espn announcers, 
 You guys are beyond boring. I’m sorry that your team, the Red Sux  Sox lost badly tonight, but that does not mean you have to be so boring. Can your voices get even more monotone?  The whole world already knows how much you enjoy the Red Sox and praise them non-stop, unless they are playing the Yankees; in which you then praise the Yankees non-stop. I thought it was rather pathetic showing Wakefield striking out Damon in slow motion after a commercial break- I always thought homeruns were more interesting in slow motion in the first place. Actually, Damon hitting a homerun is >>>>>> than Damon striking out. I’m just happy I was able to turn to the local coverage of the Rays.so I could actually watch real announcers. I’m sure the local Boston channel is less biased than you. I just heard you say how it took 9 innings for a Rays 1st baseman to score a RBI, so they won’t win the A.L East. Why does a 1st baseman matter? Sorry if all other 8 positions scored in the 2nd. 
Rays Players of the Day
  1. The Whole Team 
  2. Sam Fuld 
  3. Johnny Damon