Monday, April 29, 2013

Collins makes history, Tebow goes job hunting and some sour Grapes

From where I sit it looks like we have our first openly gay athlete in the four major leagues.

Jason Collins has made a huge stand...and good for him. It takes a lot of bravery to do that. Hopefully he won't face the kind of attacks others have.  I watched the movie '42' last weekend. Pretty good movie, but I don't think it showed anywhere near the amount of abuse Jackie Robinson when through on his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Besides that who cares? Imagine exchanging Collins' sexuality for his race. How would we react if people were appalled that Collins is black? My overall feelings on this can best be summed up by the words of the late Raiders owner Al Davis, “Just win baby.”

Tim Tebow is looking for a new job after getting cut by the Jets.

There's been a lot of speculation about Tebow heading to the CFL. The biggest concern I have is the CFL is a pass first league...and Tebow can't pass. If he can't make it in a league that emphasizes the running game, how on earth could he do it with more passing? Tebow is the property of Montreal and the Alouettes have said he would be welcome to join the team. It might be good for Tebow. He can learn a lot from a great organization. How to hold the ball for a PAT for example. Tebow's options in the NFL are very limited and his prospects in the CFL don't look much better.

Don Cherry is in trouble again. Which really shouldn't come as a surprise.

That people are shocked/appalled/disgusted by Cherry's latest faux pas is more amusing than anything else. What has lead anyone to think Cherry would stop being offensive? It's Don Cherry. He's always been not-so-subtley racist and sexist. He has his own opinions and really doesn't care what you think. That's how he's made a living for 30-plus years and it's not going to change. There's a reason he's on a 7-second delay...and a reason the CBC didn't pull the plug on Saturday night. Love him or hate him, Coach's Corner is still one of the most popular segments on Hockey Night in Canada.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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