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This week saw quite the social upheaval in professional sports as a pair of athletes from opposite ends of the “values spectrum” found themselves in the news … On the one hand, the New York Jets released quarterback Tim Tebow – an overt “Jesus Freak” – after failing to give him…

This week saw quite the social upheaval in professional sports as a pair of athletes from opposite ends of the “values spectrum” found themselves in the news …

On the one hand, the New York Jets released quarterback Tim Tebow – an overt “Jesus Freak” – after failing to give him anything resembling a chance in the Big Apple.

On the other hand – in much “bigger news” – a reserve center for a bottom-feeding franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA) is being feted like a conquering hero after coming out of the closet in his twelfth season.

Jason Collins – a 7-foot-0, 255-pound center with the Washington Wizards – became the first active athlete in one of North America’s four major professional sports to openly declare his love for other men. Not surprisingly, Collins’ declaration was greeted with a veritable cacophony of support – including a congratulatory phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama.

Really?

This website has consistently supported equal rights for homosexuals, but Collins’ “coming out party” strikes us as self-serving, contrived and something far short of courageous.

“Courageous” was when tennis star Martina Navratilova revealed her homosexuality at the peak of her career as the best female tennis player of all-time – thirty-two years ago. Or when Bronze Star/ Purple Heart recipient Leonard P. Matlovich revealed his homosexuality as an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force – thirty-eight years ago.

Collins? He’s several decades late to this party … he’s also averaging a measly 1.1 points in less than ten minutes per game for a squad “boasting” a 29-53 record.

So forgive us for being a bit underwhelmed at both his announcement and his so-called “courage.”

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55 comments

9" April 30, 2013 at 11:22 am

You’re right,and there are many others.He’s 34,and not exactly ‘active’,except maybe,writing a book.

My ‘fantasy coming-out’ is,Kirkman Finlay.Politics is a sport.

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9" April 30, 2013 at 11:22 am

You’re right,and there are many others.He’s 34,and not exactly ‘active’,except maybe,writing a book.

My ‘fantasy coming-out’ is,Kirkman Finlay.Politics is a sport.

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Bonner April 30, 2013 at 11:30 am

So if Tebow is a ‘Jesus Freak’, that would make Collins a ‘Fudge Packer’?

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GrandTango April 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Well, not really: You see, it’s OK for FITS to Bash a Christian w/ all sorts of bigoted hate speech. That’s what he and the left are…but, according to FITS and the leftwing Gestapo, it’s criminal to use language the left does not approve….

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Bonner April 30, 2013 at 11:30 am

So if Tebow is a ‘Jesus Freak’, that would make Collins a ‘Fudge Packer’?

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lowcorider April 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

WTF does little Timmy Tebow have to do with gay black athletes unless…..ohhhh shit.

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GrandTango April 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Since you asked:
The Bigotry you F^&*in Idiots whine about and claim against blacks or homosexuals, is ACTUALLY perpetuated upon a Christian, like Tebow.
It’s just an example of the Corruption and Dishonesty that is the whole basis for the Leftwing Extremist Movement…
You’re not only immoral punks…you’re Big Liars, too…

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Smirks April 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Big(o)T only hates victimhood when he isn’t the victim. Geeze, why can’t society care MORE about straight white Christians and less about everyone else!

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Lowcorider April 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

WTF does little Timmy Tebow have to do with gay black athletes unless…..ohhhh shit.

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NOBODY April 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I think he mostly just figured, “someone’s gotta do it. I’ll do it, because it won’t hurt me in my career.” I think that paving the way for others truly does make it easier for them. I don’t think it’s quite as self-serving as you make it out to be.

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NOBODY April 30, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I think he mostly just figured, “someone’s gotta do it. I’ll do it, because it won’t hurt me in my career.” I think that paving the way for others truly does make it easier for them. I don’t think it’s quite as self-serving as you make it out to be.

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Larry April 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Jason might inspire Glenn McConnell and Lindsay Graham to come out?

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GrandTango April 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm

It’s none of your GD business A$$-hole. Stay out of people’s personal lives. I don’t care if you stick chickens up your @$$…just STFU about it…

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Col. Sanders April 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm

You don’t care if I stick chickens up my ass? Glad to know you’re open-mnded there boy…

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CorruptionInColumbia May 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

So that’s what replaced the “11 different herbs and spices” as a flavor enhancer. Now we know.

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DSM April 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Glenn, take courage. We know it’s hard.

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Doris April 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Whew! At least you didn’t mention Andre Bauer and Jean Toal.

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Larry April 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Jason might inspire Glenn McConnell and Lindsay Graham to come out?

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Doris April 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Whew! At least you didn’t mention Andre Bauer and Jean Toal.

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GrandTango April 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm

You people can corn-hole a tree. Nobody really cares what you….but you BEG us to look at the freak show that you are…
Like most things liberal, you really just want to FORCE your political (religious) tenants on the rest of us, regardless of our personal feeling’s….
Leave me alone. I don’t care what you do…

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9" April 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm

If you don’t care what we do,can I cornhole you(again)? And you were the one begging for it.’FORCE’? You kept screaming,’harder.harder’

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CorruptionInColumbia May 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Big T, gays are subjected to our interest in jinas and the like. Why should they have to hide who they are? How many guys have pics of their girlfriends, wives, or both, on their desks? A lesbian friend lamented years ago about being afraid to put a picture of her girlfriend (who was smokin’ hot) on her desk, for fear of the reaction from the haters in her office.

Speaking of gay athletes and the like, I’m waiting on some pics of Dawn doing some serious diving or being on the receiving end.

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Dunno April 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

A different twist. You’re 34, never been very good anyway, your contract with the Wizards is up. Surely some team will want to prove how politically correct they are and extend my career for another year or two. Could he possibly be that smart?

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GrandTango April 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm

It’s not smart. it’s just typical of the pop culture, fame-for-immorality world we live in.
It’s really kind of stupid to be totally worthless, and disgusting, execpt for the popularity you can engender from stupid and core-less lemmings…

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Frank Pytel May 1, 2013 at 6:29 am

Damn T. You had a great start with the first sentence. You actually were moving towards thinking prior to typing.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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Dunno April 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

A different twist. You’re 34, never been very good anyway, your contract with the Wizards is up. Surely some team will want to prove how politically correct they are and extend my career for another year or two. Could he possibly be that smart?

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9" April 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm

‘This website has consistently supported equal rights for homosexuals’.

That’s not true.You have always copped out on gay marriage,and pretended it’s a religious issue.Same with gay clergy.Discrimination of gays in the workplace is still legal in most states.’Still a long way to go..

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Frank Pytel May 1, 2013 at 6:32 am

BS. There’s no where to go. Gubmint shouldn’t be in the business of marriage in any way shape or form.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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9" April 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm

‘This website has consistently supported equal rights for homosexuals’.

That’s not true.You have always copped out on gay marriage,and pretended it’s a religious issue.Same with gay clergy.Discrimination of gays in the workplace is still legal in most states.’Still a long way to go..

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Frank Pytel May 1, 2013 at 6:32 am

BS. There’s no where to go. Gubmint shouldn’t be in the business of marriage in any way shape or form.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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9" April 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

End discrimination against gays in the workplace

By Ruth Marcus,March 19, 2013

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) took a terrific, brave step in announcing his support for same-sex marriage, citing the example of his gay son. But here’s the missing piece in the current gay-rights debate: When Portman’s son graduates from Yale, no federal law will prevent an employer from denying him a job because of his sexual orientation. If Will Portman or a classmate came out of the closet after being hired, they could be fired for being gay.

Really? you may ask. If so, you’re not alone in your incredulity. Polls show that nine in 10 Americans believe that such basic anti-discrimination protections are already in place.

They’re not. The federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on race, gender or religion does not extend to sexual orientation. So a company that doesn’t want gay employees can refuse to hire them, decline to promote them, pay them less, ignore their being harassed or fire them for being gay — without fear, in more than half the states, of legal consequences.

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9" my ass April 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm

9″, I fail to see what’s wrong with your argument. Sexual choice is not, nor in my opinion should be, one of the 7 protected classes. So, as an employer, I should have
the right to hire and fire any employee that chooses to go against societal norms and then chooses flagrantly display their choice. If the homosexuals would simply keep their sexual activities private, as they should be, there would be a lot less problems for them and those of us who don’t agree with their lifestyle choice.

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9" April 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

9″ your ass? OK.Bend over.

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Frank Pytel May 1, 2013 at 6:38 am

I agree with your opinion about employers having the right to hire and fire as they see fit. If you don’t like it, start a business!! :) I totally disagree that there should be any protected classes.

Sexual, racial and economic protection under the law is in place for the sole purpose of creating division. In and of themselves these laws are discriminatory. All discrimination laws should be revoked.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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9" April 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

End discrimination against gays in the workplace

By Ruth Marcus,March 19, 2013

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) took a terrific, brave step in announcing his support for same-sex marriage, citing the example of his gay son. But here’s the missing piece in the current gay-rights debate: When Portman’s son graduates from Yale, no federal law will prevent an employer from denying him a job because of his sexual orientation. If Will Portman or a classmate came out of the closet after being hired, they could be fired for being gay.

Really? you may ask. If so, you’re not alone in your incredulity. Polls show that nine in 10 Americans believe that such basic anti-discrimination protections are already in place.

They’re not. The federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on race, gender or religion does not extend to sexual orientation. So a company that doesn’t want gay employees can refuse to hire them, decline to promote them, pay them less, ignore their being harassed or fire them for being gay — without fear, in more than half the states, of legal consequences.

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9" my ass April 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm

9″, I fail to see what’s wrong with your argument. Sexual choice is not, nor in my opinion should be, one of the 7 protected classes. So, as an employer, I should have
the right to hire and fire any employee that chooses to go against societal norms and then chooses flagrantly display their choice. If the homosexuals would simply keep their sexual activities private, as they should be, there would be a lot less problems for them and those of us who don’t agree with their lifestyle choice.

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9" April 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

9″ your ass? OK.Bend over.

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Frank Pytel May 1, 2013 at 6:38 am

I agree with your opinion about employers having the right to hire and fire as they see fit. If you don’t like it, start a business!! :) I totally disagree that there should be any protected classes.

Sexual, racial and economic protection under the law is in place for the sole purpose of creating division. In and of themselves these laws are discriminatory. All discrimination laws should be revoked.

Have a Great Day!! :) There won’t be many left with the Demlicans and Republicrats in charge.

Frank Pytel

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On Jenny's Side April 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Shut up – Ego inflated athletes. I don’t want to know about your sexual preferences or sexual practices! Do you care about my sexual practices? Of course not. Keep it to yourself.

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On Jenny's Side April 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Shut up – Ego inflated athletes. I don’t want to know about your sexual preferences or sexual practices! Do you care about my sexual practices? Of course not. Keep it to yourself.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein April 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm

7′ tall….

BIG T, you could suck him off without bending over!

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TontoBubbaGoldstein April 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm

7′ tall….

BIG T, you could suck him off without bending over!

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jim May 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

right on. we have become a nation of silly, silly people.

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jim May 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm

right on. we have become a nation of silly, silly people.

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9" May 16, 2013 at 7:16 am

The final SEC series of the regular season finds the South Carolina baseball team matched up with an opponent that appears to be a mirror image.

The No. 14 Gamecocks sport a 38-14 record, while No. 24 Mississippi State has compiled a 38-15 mark. In the official RPI rankings that help determine NCAA seeding, USC is No. 11 and the Bulldogs are No. 10.

The teams feature two of the SEC’s top sluggers in USC first baseman LB Dantzler, who’s batting .337 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs, and MSU outfielder Hunter Renfroe, who’s hitting .381 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs.

They also showcase two of the conference’s best closers in USC left-hander Tyler Webb, who’s 2-1 with a 0.54 ERA and 15 saves, and MSU right-hander Jonathan Holder, who’s 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA and 14 saves.

Both teams have posted 28-6 records on their home fields.

“It’s not easy to win on the road when you’re playing a really good team like Mississippi State,” USC coach Chad Holbrook said. “All of their position players are back from last year’s team, and last year’s team won the SEC (tournament) championship.”

Both teams are hoping to host an NCAA regional with an outside shot of pushing into the top eight national seeds. Both also want to finish in the top four of the SEC, which guarantees a bye in the first round of the conference tournament next week in Hoover, Ala. The Bulldogs (14-13 SEC) must sweep the Gamecocks (16-10) to pass them for the fourth spot.

“It’s not going to make or break our season,” Holbrook said. “(But) it does put you in a better situation from a seeding standpoint, both in the SEC tournament and the NCAA tournament.”

Shouldering the load

Dantzler is expected to play against Mississippi State this weekend.

Dantzler, who dislocated his left shoulder while running the bases in last week’s win against Wofford, sat out the past two games against Georgia and Presbyterian to rest his sore shoulder.

Holbrook said Dantzler could have played against the Blue Hose, but he decided to sit him one more game to ensure that he’s ready to play against the Bulldogs.

Holbrook was not certain if Dantzler’s shoulder will be healthy enough to play at first base or as the designated hitter.

Right-fielder Connor Bright, who missed the PC game with pink eye, also is likely to return to the lineup in Starkville.

USC VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE

WHEN: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Dudy Noble Field, Starkville, Miss.

RADIO: WNKT-FM 107.5

TELEVISION: None

SERIES: USC leads 35-26

LAST MEETING: The Gamecocks swept the three-game series in 2012

RECORDS: USC 38-14, 16-10 SEC; Mississippi State 38-15, 14-13 SEC

RANKINGS: USC is No. 14 and Mississippi State is No. 24 in the Baseball America Top 25

PITCHING MATCHUPS: Thursday, USC LHP Nolan Belcher, Sr., 7-5, 2.23 vs. MSU LHP Luis Pollorena, Sr., 6-3, 3.86; Friday, USC LHP Jordan Montgomery, Soph., 4-1, 1.86 vs. MSU RHP Kendall Graveman, Sr., 5-5, 3.00; Saturday, USC LHP Jack Wynkoop, Fr., 7-2, 2.75 vs. MSU TBA

NOTES: These two teams first met in the 1981 College World Series, with USC winning 6-5. … MSU has a 28-6 record at home, while USC is 10-8 in games away from Carolina Stadium this season. … The Gamecocks currently own a five-game winning streak. … USC has won six of nine SEC series this season, while the Bulldogs have won four of nine.

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9" May 16, 2013 at 7:19 am

I didn’t pay for this;copy/paste.Fuck,The State!

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9" May 16, 2013 at 7:16 am

The final SEC series of the regular season finds the South Carolina baseball team matched up with an opponent that appears to be a mirror image.

The No. 14 Gamecocks sport a 38-14 record, while No. 24 Mississippi State has compiled a 38-15 mark. In the official RPI rankings that help determine NCAA seeding, USC is No. 11 and the Bulldogs are No. 10.

The teams feature two of the SEC’s top sluggers in USC first baseman LB Dantzler, who’s batting .337 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs, and MSU outfielder Hunter Renfroe, who’s hitting .381 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs.

They also showcase two of the conference’s best closers in USC left-hander Tyler Webb, who’s 2-1 with a 0.54 ERA and 15 saves, and MSU right-hander Jonathan Holder, who’s 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA and 14 saves.

Both teams have posted 28-6 records on their home fields.

“It’s not easy to win on the road when you’re playing a really good team like Mississippi State,” USC coach Chad Holbrook said. “All of their position players are back from last year’s team, and last year’s team won the SEC (tournament) championship.”

Both teams are hoping to host an NCAA regional with an outside shot of pushing into the top eight national seeds. Both also want to finish in the top four of the SEC, which guarantees a bye in the first round of the conference tournament next week in Hoover, Ala. The Bulldogs (14-13 SEC) must sweep the Gamecocks (16-10) to pass them for the fourth spot.

“It’s not going to make or break our season,” Holbrook said. “(But) it does put you in a better situation from a seeding standpoint, both in the SEC tournament and the NCAA tournament.”

Shouldering the load

Dantzler is expected to play against Mississippi State this weekend.

Dantzler, who dislocated his left shoulder while running the bases in last week’s win against Wofford, sat out the past two games against Georgia and Presbyterian to rest his sore shoulder.

Holbrook said Dantzler could have played against the Blue Hose, but he decided to sit him one more game to ensure that he’s ready to play against the Bulldogs.

Holbrook was not certain if Dantzler’s shoulder will be healthy enough to play at first base or as the designated hitter.

Right-fielder Connor Bright, who missed the PC game with pink eye, also is likely to return to the lineup in Starkville.

USC VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE

WHEN: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Dudy Noble Field, Starkville, Miss.

RADIO: WNKT-FM 107.5

TELEVISION: None

SERIES: USC leads 35-26

LAST MEETING: The Gamecocks swept the three-game series in 2012

RECORDS: USC 38-14, 16-10 SEC; Mississippi State 38-15, 14-13 SEC

RANKINGS: USC is No. 14 and Mississippi State is No. 24 in the Baseball America Top 25

PITCHING MATCHUPS: Thursday, USC LHP Nolan Belcher, Sr., 7-5, 2.23 vs. MSU LHP Luis Pollorena, Sr., 6-3, 3.86; Friday, USC LHP Jordan Montgomery, Soph., 4-1, 1.86 vs. MSU RHP Kendall Graveman, Sr., 5-5, 3.00; Saturday, USC LHP Jack Wynkoop, Fr., 7-2, 2.75 vs. MSU TBA

NOTES: These two teams first met in the 1981 College World Series, with USC winning 6-5. … MSU has a 28-6 record at home, while USC is 10-8 in games away from Carolina Stadium this season. … The Gamecocks currently own a five-game winning streak. … USC has won six of nine SEC series this season, while the Bulldogs have won four of nine.

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9" May 16, 2013 at 7:19 am

I didn’t pay for this;copy/paste.Fuck,The State!

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