A week ago the world watched as history was made, no matter the immature attempts at humor that have followed and the closed minded comments trying to minimalize the moment, Michael Sam became the first openly gay man drafted into the ultra-masculine National Football League. (deadspin) The moment was touching, a man who was seeing his hopes of living a dream dwindle before his eyes, almost to the point where he would have to hope a team would take a chance on him as an undrafted free agent finally got the call from the local NFL franchise, they were going to select him with the 249th pick. (espn) Seeing the man breakdown in the emotional way that he did was actually a wonderful sight, this hulking man was reduced to tears, the first part of his dream had come true, he had actually been selected in the draft, we’ve all experienced a moment along those lines and it’s always a beautiful thing. (discovery) Some people were upset about the kiss between Michael and his partner, I felt it was no different than when Jan Vessely kissed his girlfriend after being selected in the NBA Draft, but it appears we’re not quite as evolved a society as we originally thought. (huffingtonpost)
At the beginning of this week news broke that the Oprah Winfrey Network had signed a deal to document Michael Sam’s journey to the Rams roster, a new reality show for the first openly gay player in NFL history. (espn) I’ll admit that this news did make me a bit apprehensive, while I am hopeful that this incredibly talented player will make a roster and go on to a solid, if not stellar, career in the NFL, this seemed like a distraction that was not only going to impede his progress but also rub fans, players, coaches, and management the wrong way. (yahoo) Yesterday word came out that the Oprah Network has decided to postpone the Michael Sam docu-series, as they’re calling it, as they didn’t want to take his focus off the field and possibly keep him from achieving the ultimate goal of earning a spot on the opening day roster in St. Louis. (nfl) While the network won’t be going nearly as deep as they originally planned, they’ll still be documenting things as they move forward, just not as closely as first expected. (washingtontimes) This is great news as it will allow Sam to focus on the field, my first fears have now been put slightly to rest, hopefully this works out and the man with the second highest selling rookie jersey this year will be able to earn his rightful spot as an anchor of the St. Louis Rams already potent defensive front.