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Hockey is America's Sport

Mickey Kowaleski
02/15/2014 8:09pm

I think hockey has such intense fans because it's such a niche sport. It's like NASCAR: not a lot of mainstream popularity, but those who are fans are REALLY fans. There are very few casual fans in America, so the majority of the fanbase is intense with more than a little Napoleon complex because of the lack of respect in the mainstream.

(Another easy comparison would be to fans of TV shows like Community or Firefly...cultish fans that are borderline angry that the majority of people don't appreciate the object of their obsessive affections)

As for the attention that the Olympic hockey seems to get, I'd argue that it's more than matched by World Cup soccer. I remember my entire neighborhood getting together to watch both the men and women of the U.S. play in 2010 and 2011 (highlights of course being the women vs. Brazil and the men vs. Slovenia). 

"America's sport" should be the most inclusive sport for the entirety of the country--the sport that any average Joe off the street can talk about at least a little bit. While 75% of Americans probably don't know Alexander Ovechkin or Jonathan Quick, most of the country knows who Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are. By that standard, American football is still America's sport.

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Michael Sam redefines masculinity

02/12/2014 7:54pm
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Last Sunday, Michael Sam usurped Johnny Manziel's position as the most over-analyzed prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft. It's for the best of reasons, of course, and while the talking heads debate for hours about gay athletes in the NFL, I'd like to talk about where his lasting impact will be.

Masculinity has a p

Connor Ross
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02/13/2014 10:18am
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Great article mick. This is a touchy subject and I understand both sides. This topic is more than football. Its pretty close to the Jackie robinson type situation. I'm not going to sit here and say that this going to turn out to be good because chances are it won't be. It's going to be a long emotional struggle for Sam almost the same way Jackie Robinson had to go through. The thing you have to understand is in the world we live in people are brought up in different environments and have different beliefs. It's going to take 53 men and plus more to accept this guy on their team. That's a lot to ask for anyone specially people who never been around gay people no doubt about it. It will hurt Sams draft stock I can tell you that. Now I do have hope for this man only if he can face the backlash he is going to get. When your on the field your gonna have to accept everything that is going to be said to you. If he can translate words and the threats that he will receive into anger on  to the football field then this guy is going to be something special. He's has to understand he's not just doing this for him self he's doing this for every other homosexual person out there who is struggling to enjoy there life as a equal human being.  Basically it comes down to this can he take the punches if he can then god bless him if he can't he might want to find a new hobby. What ever it comes down to I respect the man it took a lot of courage to do what he did and I wish him the best of luck. But this will be a tough battle Its already starting-->  @TMZ: Earlier: NFL Star Raheem Brock -- 'Guys Won't Go In the Shower If They Know a Gay Guy's In There' [VIDEO] http://t.co/rg3R3vWAB4

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02/12/2014 8:35pm
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First of all, great piece!

If you a think about it, Michael Sam is just a young man who decided to pursue a more difficult path because he is honest and it is the right thing to do. Isn't willingly facing adversity for the greater good supposed to be the definition of being a man? I'm rooting for him and hopefully he'll have major impact both on-and-off the field at the next level. 

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Michael Sam

Mickey Kowaleski
02/11/2014 10:36pm

I can very well see a team like San Francisco and Seattle waiting until the fourth or fifth round and picking him up. It would be a typically savvy move by two model franchises, with fanbases that would be the most likely to embrace diversity (besides New England's). He also makes sense in their respective defensive schemes. Sam has a lot to prove even without the added pressure of being the first openly gay player, but I think he'll find a spot with one of these teams and be a contributor. 

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Damian Lillard and the great quest

Mickey Kowaleski
02/11/2014 10:21pm

Jordan vs. Wilkins is worth a whole other take. Not only that, but Larry Bird's three-point contests. I've watched more YouTube clips of Bird than any other basketball player.

Just floating this out there for everyone's innermost fantasies: LeBron vs. Blake Griffin in the dunk contest. If that doesn't get your heart pumping and mouth salivating, you don't know who they are.

I think the best part about the participants this year is that they matter in a big way. I pine for the days when Larry Bird and Michael Jordan would participate in the All-Star events.

Lillard is going for what I hope will be considered the Triple Crown of basketball (a strained metaphor, but still). If he wins all three events (he's talented enough to do just that), and continues his growth into one of the best point guards in the game, it will lend a sense of credibility and aura that will inspire bona fide superstars to participate, lest they risk a blow to their reputations. 
Basically I want to see LeBron in the Dunk Contest, okay? You got me.


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