From where I sit it looks like the IOC is in deep trouble no matter what they do...
The Russian government has left the IOC with no safe way to deal with the situation. They either follow their own rules and support a draconian law...or do the right thing and risk losing their international support from other countries. I'm sorry to say this but Russia isn't even the worst offender. In fact, some major Olympic stars come from countries where homophobia is rampant. Take a look at this case from Jamaica. But Usain Bolt is still the biggest name in track. There isn't really much the IOC can do here. If they want to move the games, where do they go? Even the most recent Olympic city, Vancouver, couldn't be ready to go in this short a time frame. Plus for the sake of the people in Sochi I don't think it should be moved. Honestly, this is when the IOC needs to stand up, change their own rules and wave the rainbow flag proudly. Whether or not they will is something else entirely.
Meantime, the NFL is once again making headlines, this time for banning the use of customized facemasks.
Guess, what...I'm fine with this. Those helmets look idiotic. I want the league to focus on letting players have fun through skill and showmanship. Not stupid facemasks. I can't even understand why someone would want to do this. Apart from some extra protection, it only adds weight. It certainly can't make breathing any easier. Plus it's only going to add to the strain on a players neck. These helmets look more like something to put in front of the fireplace to keep the sparks down...or maybe a high school metal shop art project. They can ban all the helmets they want, but please let me watch the players have fun.
At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.