Beyond The Glory

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Submitted by Ashley on Wed, 2006-02-08 03:41

I was watching FoxSports' "Beyond The Glory" tonight and saw one of their 5 part series on sex in sports. They were talking about homosexuality in sports, and then specifically the NFL. I didn't really watch it all, and I can't get the video to work on my computer, but here's a link:

It was interesting because they mentioned an NFL player who came out as gay in a magazine article in the mid-70's, and I think he came out after he retired although I am not positive. He said he thought he was opening a door for others, but apparently not because I don't think it has happened since. In the next segment NFL players were interviewed and gave many reasons that there won't be any openly gay active players in the NFL, including various sorts of peer discomfort and discord which would affect the "teamness" of the team.

I wish I could be more descriptive about the show, but Meghan flips around so much that I can never see more than 3 minutes at a time of any program, and this was on at the same time as the Villanova and Sixers games. But my thought was related to the Brokeback Mountain thread and "rising above your surroundings".

How does "rise above your surroundings" work in this context? And I am being serious. How do you make decisions about which parts of your life are more important? I suppose it is up to every gay football player to weigh his priorities--football or gay? gay or football?--but I see that I make these choices on a less-than-grand level all the time.

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"I suppose it is up to every

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"I suppose it is up to every gay football player to weigh his priorities--football or gay? gay or football?"

You know, I don't see it as a mutually exclusive thing. Your private life is your private life and that's it. And if you happen to be good enough to be a star football player - then it couldn't be simpler: Become the most effective and reliable player on the team.

The great thing about pro-sport is that it embraces capitalism: winning = money. Coaches & players & managers that do things that go against this basic fact loose real big.

That's how the Negro Baseball League came to be amalgamated with the Major League Baseball. Negro players in the NBL were light-years ahead of many white players in segregated MLB. Those Red-necks who stood in the way of the intergration got pushed aside by fans flocking to see their winning team.

Other than the fact that it is harder to hide the fact that you are black; I really don't see how it being gay-sportsman would be any different.

So how about in non-pro-sport life? Job or sexual orientation? Well IMHO the answer is still the same. What I do on my own time is my business. And any boss how doesn't like that can stick it. The boss can only fire you once.

Having this attitude may mean that you have work at a number of jobs before you find the right one. Staying in that profession may require you to start your own business or move to another state/country or both. But if you love your profession and the apple of your eye - there is always an answer that allows you to enjoy both. The Western world has limitless potential.

But just in-case someone comes up with a hypothetical that paints me & my answer into a corner. My own personal opinion is that I'd clean sewers with my tongue before I let any employer of mine tell me who I should and shouldn't fall in love with. And if you are worried about getting a bad reference - be honest with your future employer.

The last time I had a problem with the reference from a previous employer - I said straight out at the interview "This guy is going to tell you a lot of bad things about me. You see we had words once when he called a female-coworker a cunt to her face." I don't think that being honest with the lady who was interviewing me did me any harm at all.

By telling the truth and putting my profession before my job and my life before my profession, I try to keep my life as simple as possible - you could probably call me a simpleton.

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