Michael Sam, a potential albatross around the neck of the Rams

posted at 12:31 pm on May 11, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

You can say one thing for Missouri defensive end Michael Sam… he probably drove up the ratings for the NFL draft on ESPN well beyond the normal collection of football freaks and geeks (read: “me”) who usually sit and watch it. And in the end – pretty much at the very end – he was selected in the 7th round by the Rams. By this point you’ve probably seen all the headlines and endlessly running clips on cable news, most of which had nothing to do with his gridiron prowess or prospects and everything to do with the fact that he kissed his boyfriend on live television.

That’s just super. I’m sure we’re all very happy for both of you. Now, if you don’t mind getting down to the prickly questions which should actually matter… what happens next, both for Sam and for his new team in St. Louis?

In all the excitement about (cue the band) the first openly gay player in the NFL it remains to be seen not only whether Michael Sam will prove to be a star in the NFL, but if he’ll even play at all. The answer to that question has nothing to do with the gender of who he’s kissing and everything to do with history. The fact is that no matter how much the media or the fans or the LGBT community or whoever are in love with you, the Rams are a business. And their business is winning games. You don’t get a pass for being unique unless that uniqueness comes in the form of destroying opposing quarterbacks, runners and receivers.

Going in the 7th round does not portend well, even before the cameras are shut off from the last interview. Sam was a very good player at Missouri. He may have been great. But that makes you a great college player. Each year there are roughly 9,000 college football players in contention. Of those, a grand total of just over 300 get invited to the combine to be evaluated by NFL scouts. Those who do well enough there may indeed be picked up during the draft. But as I noted above, Sam went in the 7th round. From 2010 to 2012, 78% of 1st round picks went on to a starting or durable position with an NFL team. For those in the second round, the number dropped to just over half. Of those drafted in the 7th round just 8% could make the same claim.

The individual stats coming out of the combine don’t look like a sure fire ticket to the top either. Bleacher Report provided a detailed analysis of Sam’s combine performance before the draft even began, and while he’s still head and shoulders above 99% of all college players, they were not impressed at how he stacked up against the most likely 1st and 2nd round draft prospects. His time in the 40 was slower than some of the linebackers (a position which he’s seen as a bit too small for), say nothing of the defensive ends. He struggled with reps on the weight bench. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk summed it up this way on Twitter:

So why is this a potential problem for the Rams and not just Sam?

Look… it’s still possible that Sam will shock the world and shine like a supernova when he’s tossed into battle against the cream of the NFL crop. And I wish him the best, along with all the other young athletes dreaming the big dream of gridiron glory. But looking at the stats above, it’s not hard to imagine that if this guy were any other regular player coming out of the college ranks, nobody would exactly faint from shock if he wound up without a team on opening day this fall. Like many, many other young hopefuls, the chance is not only real but fairly high that he might not make the cut and the Rams will have to turn him loose to free agency, where his prospects may not look much better. But now he’s captured media lightning in a bottle. If he is cut, will the immediate howls begin across the small screen Left side blogs, claiming that the Rams’ ownership must all be hateful homophobes? Will boycotts be organized? Will this be held up from the highest ramparts as yet another example of the heteronormative patriarchy keeping the gay man down?

Or will people understand that the Rams are there to try to win another Superbowl and they can’t afford even one weak link in the chain? I spend far too much time watching the news to be hopeful about the answer to that question.


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i am here for the comments. It’s going to be a fun Sunday.

coolrepublica on May 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM

He performs or he doesn’t, gay or straight it does not matter in the NFL.

Evi L. Bloggerlady on May 11, 2014 at 12:34 PM

It is a brutal meritocracy there.

Evi L. Bloggerlady on May 11, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Although how Tony Romo survives is beyond me.

Evi L. Bloggerlady on May 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM

If he is not named NFL rookie of the year then America is irredeemably homophobic.

Mark1971 on May 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

The first player drafted because he was gay.

p0s3r on May 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM

i am here for the comments. It’s going to be a fun Sunday.

coolrepublica on May 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Happy Mother’s Day.

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM

If he is cut, will the immediate howls begin across the small screen Left side blogs, claiming that the Rams’ ownership must all be hateful homophobes?

Absolutely. Sam’s well publicized sexuality is like a long term contract. College players will take note so expect each years potential draftees to become more colorful. Next year may feature a sex change guy.:) I’m lovin’ this. The NFL’s PC is gonna finally bite them in the ass.

butch on May 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM

The cynic might believe that he came out in the first place in order to snag a spot on a team he may not be deserving of, knowing all the attention it would garner and how homophobic the NFL would look if he weren’t drafted.

Good thing I’m not one of those, though.

changer1701 on May 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Even for a hysterical media it’s going to be tough to sell that they were tolerant enough to draft him but suddenly became overcome by homophobia sometime in August and therefore cut him.

If anything they’ll keep him around, even on the practice squad just to sell 10,000 (or however many) Jerseys.

trubble on May 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Like the NBA and its teams were accused of collusion and homophobia when Jason Collins couldn’t join a team until last winter, so it will be with the NFL when Sam gets cut and nobody else picks him up.

22044 on May 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Making things harder for Sam is the fact that the Rams already have a TON of talent on the defensive line. I think he would have had an uphill battle making a roster anyway but that task is going to be even harder in St. Louis.

Shadow on May 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

a black gay nfl player? set for life now.

dmacleo on May 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

If you want more of something, reward it.

butch on May 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM

catch 22 for St. Louis.

They’re gonna get this rammed up their ?

Fred

jrsrigmvr on May 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I think he’ll be a solid special teams player, so they’ll probably at least keep him on the practice squad. Small and slow doesn’t get you to SEC co-defensive player of the year, without good football instincts.

What will really be interesting will be seeing him play in a preseason game or two. Will gay rights folks fill the bleachers, hoping to scream for him the first time he takes the field?

Another question is, if he doesn’t make it as a pro, will he be picked up as a coach?

I feel bad for the guy. If he doesn’t come out, there will be those who say, “What are you ashamed of?” If he does, well, we see the circus. And it’s going to follow him, as long as he stays involved with football.

notropis on May 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM

seriously? is there no where in America where we can be free of the PC crowd’s influence? And ESPN’s coverage was just weird.

Americanman28 on May 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Already saw complaints that he should have gone sooner. Even he whined it should have been in the first few rounds. So brave! Think I’m gonna puke.

faol on May 11, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Happy Mother’s Day.

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Thank you! that was nice of you. Happy Sunday to you.

coolrepublica on May 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

a black gay nfl player? set for life now.

dmacleo on May 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Double victim, perfect. A labor lawyer will have a picnic.

jmtham156 on May 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Oh good, another thread about The Ghey.
So, do the Rams have to change their name?

Galtian on May 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

How about we just have an all-gay football league? Multi-colored uniforms and show tunes at half time. It would be great!

TarheelBen on May 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

As a long suffering Rams season ticket holder, I don’t see him making the team. He may shock us and make it as a special teams player, or situation pass rusher, but he really doesn’t have a starting position or even main backup position on this current team.

Now, what will be the fallout if he does get cut and signed on the practice squad? The media circus around the practice facility for summer camp will be ridiculous.

Mo_mac on May 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I don’t understand the first (insert something here) mentality. You made it, and it isn’t like it was easy to get there. Congrats now move on.

upinak on May 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Oh good, another thread about The Ghey.
So, do the Rams have to change their name?

Galtian on May 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Depends on whether he’s the Rammer or the Rammee

faol on May 11, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I have a 25″ vertical leap too.

forest on May 11, 2014 at 12:48 PM

The cynic might believe that he came out in the first place in order to snag a spot on a team he may not be deserving of, knowing all the attention it would garner and how homophobic the NFL would look if he weren’t drafted.

Good thing I’m not one of those, though.

changer1701 on May 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM

There were 18 guys ranked above Sam that were not drafted. Not sure if any of them are gay and couldn’t care less.

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 12:48 PM

It’s sad to have your entire identity wrapped up in who (or what) you boink.

Mitoch55 on May 11, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Affirmative Action at work.

unclesmrgol on May 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Next up,gay male NFL cheerleaders.The NFL has now bought the entire package.

docflash on May 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM

I watched Sam at the combine and was very unimpressed by him. He was smaller and lacked the strength, agility, and athleticism of most of the other DEs and was too slow and stiff to even be considered as a LB. He is strictly a situational pass rusher in a brutal division where teams like the Seahawks and 49ers prize versatile physical specimens on their defenses and probably would never consider an undersized one-trick pony like Sam.

I have nothing against Sam, I just don’t think he’s good enough to play in the NFL. Very few are.

rsrobinson on May 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM

New idea for the NFL. Everyone gets a Super Bowl trophy. And those teams with the identity-politics playe(s) du jour gets an extra big trophy.

Meritocracy is for olden-times white dead guys.

MistyLane on May 11, 2014 at 12:52 PM

All this is is affirmative action for homosexuals. And Sam trolling for a lawsuit when he fails. I don’t think homosexuality is a basis for a discrimination suit in Missouri though. It also appears that homosexuals control the Rams organization. Why did they waste a draft pick on this looser who will only bring grief to their brand?

federale86 on May 11, 2014 at 12:52 PM

What’s inspiring about him?

And he’s like a Rule V draft player in MLB; he’s got a roster spot no matter what. No way the Rams can afford the political backlash were they to cut him.

BKeyser on May 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Separate showers?

kcewa on May 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Now, what will be the fallout if he does get cut and signed on the practice squad? The media circus around the practice facility for summer camp will be ridiculous.

Mo_mac on May 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Heh. GLAD will be down there every day with protesters and signs. Giving interviews. Perhaps get Obama to make a statement. Maybe handcuff themselves to the practice facility, whilst filming it for the 6 O’ clock news. It’ll be great! And Goodell will pull some strings behind the curtain to make it all go away. Yeah, I’d say Sam is sitting pretty. :)

butch on May 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

OK, congratulations America and the NFL. We got past this. Now let’s really get past this. I have read that several AD’s have said that Sam is a mediocre athlete. If he gets cut, it will be because he doesn’t measure up to the NFL. Right?

allstonian on May 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

I wish him the best and hope he excels.

DisneyFan on May 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Already busy talking trash and providing other teams with bulletin board material.

“I knew I was going to get picked somewhere,” he said. “Every team that passed me, I was thinking how I’m going to sack their quarterback.”

He added, “If we were playing the Vikings right now, I’d probably have three sacks.”

kcewa on May 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

And he’s like a Rule V draft player in MLB; he’s got a roster spot no matter what. No way the Rams can afford the political backlash were they to cut him.

BKeyser on May 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM

He was drafted. That was the point. He does not have the talent to stick on the Ram’s roster (few do, as rsrobinson pointed out) and he will get cut with little fanfare. The point was to get a gay guy drafted, step one.

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Also, Vince Lombardi had a gay brother. Lombardi knew he had gay players and made sure they were not harmed in any way. Where is the LGBTQRST community in congratulating a foresightful Lombardi?

allstonian on May 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM

This guy already has had more Press than the top ten picks combined.

jpmn on May 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM

The media circus that will ensue at training camp will ultimately doom the Rams. So much distraction and hype about the gay guy, nothing else will be accomplished and another mediocre season. Sam’s a bust and his coming out was a stunt to get recognition.

TulsAmerican on May 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

He added, “If we were playing the Vikings right now, I’d probably have three sacks.

kcewa on May 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I’m willing to bet that based on past history, Sam will get a lot more sacks in his life. Hey Now! He said it!

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

They certainly are more interested in getting press than they are in winning a SuperBowl.

Homosexuals are typically nothing but a publicity stunt for those who claim to support them.

Bigbullets on May 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Given the demographics of football fans, I doubt the Rams will be in deep doo doo if they cut him for performance reasons.

But this is still potentially kind of ironic.

On an only slightly O/T note: I know a sixtysomethingish woman who is active in the local “kinky” community. Right now she is being raked over the coals, called all sorts of names and boycotted because along with some of her female friends she considers transgender aspiring dominatrices to be mostly men in drag.

Seth Halpern on May 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

He added, “If we were playing the Vikings right now, I’d probably have three sacks.”

kcewa on May 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Heh. I love it. Clueless!

butch on May 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM

He was weak against the run. His claim to fame is pass rushing. Rarely mentioned is that Missouri was 14th of 14 in the SEC vs. the pass. Granted, Sam isn’t solely responsible for the team’s abominable statistics, but if he were a true game changer, wouldn’t it have carried the team just a little bit? Another issue is size. In the NFL tackling the quarterback isn’t the only thing. He is probably not going to run down a guy like Russell Wilson. So what else does he offer? Does he block the quarterback’s vision of the passing lanes with his massive size. Absolutely not. Does he have good jumping skills or arm span so that he is batting down balls at the line of scrimmage? Absolutely not. His sacks statistic was impressive, but let’s be clear 0.82 sacks/game vs. college competition (in one particularly good season) is not a game changer at the pro level.

munseym on May 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

I’m waiting for Bob Costas’s take on this (assuming he’s healed from his pink-eye.)

will77jeff on May 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Jazz… evidently if you have to ask all these questions about his ability to play football, you must be a homophobe.//

Walter L. Newton on May 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

As a long suffering Rams season ticket holder,
Mo_mac on May 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

LONG SUFFERING?!?!?! you guys won a Super Bowl and were the terror of the league for a few years. Try being a Lions fan.

8 weight on May 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

If he is not named NFL rookie of the year then America is irredeemably homophobic.

Mark1971 on May 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM

… and racist. It may be a “two-fer” in his case.

majorzot on May 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Why is he inspiring? Because he’s gay and wants to yak about it? I think people who aren’t having sex, for whatever reason, need to revolt, since sex is some kind of new civil right.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Why is he inspiring? Because he’s gay and wants to yak about it? I think people who aren’t having sex, for whatever reason, need to revolt, since sex is some kind of new civil right.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 1:03 PM

For the same reason the left considers Clarence Thomas, Allen West and Ben Carson non-inspiring I guess. In fact, I believe the left would arrest them if they could.

darwin on May 11, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Why draft him in the first place? What to be gained? Just adds distractons for a team that had an otherwise very good draft.

Techster64 on May 11, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Drudge has got one of the many kisses up. I didn’t see this one happening when Sams got the news. What’s that all over their faces..is that cake?

gracie on May 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Like the NBA and its teams were accused of collusion and homophobia when Jason Collins couldn’t join a team until last winter, so it will be with the NFL when Sam gets cut and nobody else picks him up.

22044 on May 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

True. The media doesn’t care about football, even if it is the most popular sport in America (by far.) The media only cares about race/gender/sexuality now. It’s like an English Department.

will77jeff on May 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM

What’s that all over their faces..is that cake?

gracie on May 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Maybe not.

butch on May 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM

darwin on May 11, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Well this gentleman can get back to me when he meets Jerry Smith’s standards.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Drudge has got one of the many kisses up. I didn’t see this one happening when Sams got the news. What’s that all over their faces..is that cake?

gracie on May 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Wow, they are really pushing this thing…………….

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

If anything they’ll keep him around, even on the practice squad just to sell 10,000 (or however many) Jerseys.

trubble on May 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM

This. Many times over.

Obviously NFL teams need players who can perform, but they also desire and require constant media attention in order to market their product (both on the field and, in merchandised goods, off the field). His selection is, from the reviews of his combine and athletic abilities, more likely based upon what he can do for the team off the field rather than on it.

Tim Tebow had a similar effect in the sale of merchandise.

xNavigator on May 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

If he turns out to be a winning asset, he deserves his spot on the team. If he fails, no special favors and he’s out.

Conservchik on May 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

a black gay nfl player? set for life now.

dmacleo on May 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Got a full deck of victim cards to play.

whatcat on May 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Tim Tebow had a similar effect in the sale of merchandise.

xNavigator on May 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

How Tebow never wound up with the Jacksonville Jaguars stuns me.

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Drudge has got one of the many kisses up. I didn’t see this one happening when Sams got the news. What’s that all over their faces..is that cake?

gracie on May 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Wow, they are really pushing this thing…………….

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I assume that the networks have edited it for taste. The original long cut on ESPN showed him bawling like a little girl for a while and then a session of long hugs and open mouthed kissing.

slickwillie2001 on May 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

He added, “If we were playing the Vikings right now, I’d probably have three sacks.”

kcewa on May 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

He said “sacks”, aheh-aheh.

whatcat on May 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

That’s just super.

It’s fabulous.

John the Libertarian on May 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I assume that the networks have edited it for taste. The original long cut on ESPN showed him bawling like a little girl for a while and then a session of long hugs and open mouthed kissing.

slickwillie2001 on May 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

That is just gross.

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I felt kind of happy for him until I watched him make out with his boyfriend, which made me gag and turn the channel.

Oh well, the NFL has been going downhill anyway since they started flagging guys for hitting too hard. Anyway, here’s hoping science eventually finds a cure for people like Sam, if the left will ever allow it.

crrr6 on May 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Sad that, in today’s America, that he’s “gay” is all that matters.

I saw the guy blow by the guys from my alma mater who were supposed to block him. Which, truth be told, wasn’t saying much last year – - – - they didn’t block anyone all year.

He played well in the toughest conference. To excel at the next level, he’ll have to be just as good going up against guys who are better than anyone he saw on Saturdays. Based on the measurables – that’s what the combine is all about – he’s probably not going to be successful.

That ought to be the whole story – unfortunately, because we now live in Aggrieved America, it isn’t.

BD57 on May 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

“Why draft him in the first place?”
Techster64

Because the NFL front offices told some team they’d better draft him, or else….?

ScottG on May 11, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Tim Tebow had a similar effect in the sale of merchandise.

xNavigator on May 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

I know my family has two.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

i am trolling here for the comments.

coolrepublica on May 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM

fify

Del Dolemonte on May 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I don’t want Sam to fail but he needs to decide if he wants to be a football player or a gay football player. If he wants to be a gay activist for the NFL then I want that agenda to fail. Espn sure is continuing to push that agenda with them showing them kissing. Ugh.

sadsushi on May 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM

How Tebow never wound up with the Jacksonville Jaguars stuns me.

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Many in Jacksonville agree with you. I bet we would have bought season tickets.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Jazz, his size is fine for LB…He is undersized for DE. The issue is his speed at LB and his size at DE. He is a tweener which is his problem. Also, he did 19 reps on bench which would be fine, even at DE, but given his lack of size, he had to be faster to be drafted. It really came down to the 40 time, which wasn’t bad btw, just not what you want in an undersized DE.

I am a Mizzou and Rams fan, and you have to remember that there are a lot of Mizzou fans in STL, less than 2 hours from Columbia. He might put more butts in the seats at Edward Jones dome than any other Ram at this point due not only to the novelty, but also where he went to school. As you said, the Rams are a business so maybe this was a good business decision for them.

iwasbornwithit on May 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

I’m sure the other 89 guys that get invited to training camp will be super excited about his nationally televised kiss (I get to shower with him multiple times a day!) and the huge amount of press coverage he gets because of who he sleeps with.

What happens when the hazing begins? Is he exempt? What happens when somebody utters a ghey slur, which probably happens about 300 times a day in the typical NFL practice? Does he run to the media? What happens if it’s caught on video?

This will not end well for the Rams.

shadowfax on May 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

crrr6 on May 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

I agree, I’m usually excited for all those guys and I hope this young man has great success but I can do without any and all P.D.Q. unless it’s from their moms and dads.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Many in Jacksonville agree with you. I bet we would have bought season tickets.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I’m a lifelong Dolphins and Miami Canes fan so I don’t really ever root for the gators but I rooted for Tebow when he was there. Inspiring person.

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

The original long cut on ESPN showed him bawling like a little girl for a while and then a session of long hugs and open mouthed kissing.

slickwillie2001 on May 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I expect they had this part choreographed for the cameras. I doubt it was spontaneous. How many straight guys have you seen kiss their girl like that after being drafted?

butch on May 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Hmmm.

Don’t you wonder if this was some sort of ghey vaccination for the Rams?

Like somebody in ownership or management may be caught on tape somewhere saying something homophobic like “a kid needs a mom and a dad” and this will prove that the organization is pure, no need to boycott.

Dolce Far Niente on May 11, 2014 at 1:24 PM

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Yep, and he still is. Those ba#@$@ds can’t take that away from him.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

So wonderful watching the draft with their dads how many boys saw him and his butt buddy swap spit.

Akzed on May 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

It’s too bad the Redskins didn’t draft him, but I guess the ST. Louis area could use the boost in revenue from the 3 million reporters that will descend upon the area when training camp opens.

reaganaut on May 11, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Smells like stale pee in here.

Jeantel must have dropped by.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

He performs or he doesn’t, gay or straight it does not matter in the NFL. Evi L. Bloggerlady on May 11, 2014 at 12:34 PM

It matters whose blood splashes in your eye. The Red Cross wouldn’t take him. But what do they know?

Akzed on May 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Yep, and he still is. Those ba#@$@ds can’t take that away from him.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

They can’t. And Tebow drives them crazy. I love it.

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Bmore, caption the Drudge pic. You’ll need it, later.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 1:28 PM

ESPN’s coverage — especially the part where cake was being crammed into other people’s mouths — started to resemble a gay wedding.

He won’t make it. He’ll get cut. And the Rams, their players, and the NFL will all be slammed (unfairly or not) as homophobes. The rest of us will be left to wonder if he still would have been drafted if he had NOT come out — when all the while, the smart thing for him to do would have been to make it a non-issue by keeping his private life private.

clayj on May 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Cuba and the Castro thugs are missing one big idiot.

They exported her to the US.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

OT- the Gosnell Movie has reached 104% of its funding goal!!

Dolce Far Niente on May 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

It’s important to remember that the physical and mental requirements to be an outstanding college player and a pro player and much different, which is why so many Heisman winners aren’t stars in the NFL (Andre Ware, Matt Leinart, Gino Torretta).

bw222 on May 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

If it’s like with women, all the black gay men are going to be hating on the white boyfriend. ;)

By the way, the boyfriend looks a little like Rachel Maddow, at least what I can tell from his face when it’s mashed up against Sam’s.

BushyGreen on May 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

I agree, I’m usually excited for all those guys and I hope this young man has great success but I can do without any and all P.D.Q. unless it’s from their moms and dads.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I’m used to seeing guys kiss their wives/girlfriends, but watching 2 dudes kiss is just plain gross – something even straight guy, gay-marriage superfans would tell you privately.

crrr6 on May 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Cuba and the Castro thugs are missing one big idiot.

They exported her to the US.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Who?

VegasRick on May 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

If anything they’ll keep him around, even on the practice squad just to sell 10,000 (or however many) Jerseys. trubble on May 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM

“Certain people” will be wearing Rams jerseys now all over the country who wouldn’t have otherwise.

Akzed on May 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Neither is obama, a qualified president.

But they are both gay.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Another day I couldn’t care less about anything happening in the NFL. Figures the queers would finish the league off.

Murphy9 on May 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Making things harder for Sam is the fact that the Rams already have a TON of talent on the defensive line. I think he would have had an uphill battle making a roster anyway but that task is going to be even harder in St. Louis.

Shadow on May 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

This is why for the NFL, this is also the best possible option coming out of training camp.

Other than being drafted by a team like the Seahawks or the Patriots, where the current or long-term success makes it tougher to question the teams’ player personnel moves, being drafted by a team whose strong point is acknowledged by everyone as being their front line, it means that is Sam ends up cut or signed to the practice squad, it’s going to be hard for all but the ideologues who don’t give a damn about football anyway that Sam is better than the players in front of him on the Rams’ depth chart. Having an NFL coach with 20-years experience in Jeff Fisher also will help here, if Sam ends up either not part or playing only a minor role in the team’s 2014 plans (Though woe to Bountygate veteran Greg Williams, St. Louis’ defensive coordinator. who’s likely to end up as the main target of any attacks from the victimology crowd).

The interesting part then is going to be to watch the liberal sports writers and commentators try to be true to their own knowledge of the game while trying not to get on the bad side of the PC police within the non-sports areas of their organizations, who’ll be irked if Sam isn’t one of the leading lights of the league and sporting endorsement deals to rival Payton Manning by Labor Day. My guess is if Sam is about the level of player the scouts have been saying he is, the liberal sports people end up having to defend the Rams’ decision not to let Sam see field time, but will chide the team for simply not freeing up the final spot on their roster for him, because tolerance.

jon1979 on May 11, 2014 at 1:33 PM

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