NFL Teamless once again
Sigh. In early September, we learned that the Dallas Cowboys officially signed Michael Sam to join their practice squad after he was let go from the St. Louis Rams football team. Today we learn that the Cowboys have decided to cut Sam from their team as well. Michael, as you might be well aware, became the first openly gay player in the NFL earlier this year but now … he’s teamless again :( More »
'Page Six' reports
Back in August there were rumors that Carrie Underwood was being considered to perform the halftime show of Super Bowl XLIX next February but just a few days later, it was revealed that she was pregnant … and likely out of the running for the Super Bowl gig. Today we are hearing that pop star Katy Perry has been tapped as the halftime performer for Super Bowl XLIX. The news hasn’t been officially confirmed but I can absolutely believe that Katy will perform the Super Bowl halftime show next year. More »
PITNBr DJ FTW! And Other Awesomeness In Comments This Week!
It’s Sunday night and I may be losing my mind a bit. Somewhere between the start of First grade for one son, the start of Pre-K for another, and a third getting way more teeth than necessary, I think I’ve officially become one of those crazy mothers whoo just wants to put the kids to bed so she can catch up on The Strain, and make 10 sandwiches for the week. All of that to say, THANK YOU PITNBrs for another week of hilarious, awesome commentary to take my mind off the fact that I am probably losing my mind. Click inside for moooore!
Now, he needs to be imprisoned
Earlier today we saw horribly disturbing and, IMHO, terribly criminal video evidence of Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice physically assaulting his then-fiancée/now wife Janay Palmer in an elevator. Just a short time ago, the Ravens football team has FINALLY decided to release the scumbag from his NFL contract. At last, he has been fired. At this point, it remains to be seen if criminal charges will be brought against Rice for assaulting his wife but his firing from the Ravens football team is an EXCELLENT start. More »
A whole universe of WTF
*Deep breath* Okay. I almost want to take back every single thing I wrote in that piece that was sort of in defense of Stephen A. Smith‘s comments about domestic violence. I almost want to say—nevermind, I was kidding. Or, more to the point, I was wrong. But it’s hard to admit when you’re wrong, so I’ll just say that seeing this footage makes me want to have an entirely different conversation. People. WHAT are we doing? Why am I looking at a video of a man knocking out his wife and dragging (and kicking—because at the 0:57 mark, he actually KICKS HER UNCONSCIOUS BODY) his wife out of an elevator. Before we even get to the incredible, effed up-ness of it all, I also have to say that there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to post this. If it was me, and I was in an abusive relationship, I would not want video evidence of my abuse on the internet. People are making GIFs in an attempt to show the severity of the attack, but I really feel for Janay Palmer. She’s married to him now, and I feel like I just don’t know what to say… other than that, we all need to do better as parents? Like, somewhere, somebody’s parents f—ed up, and now we have this video as a result. I also want to stress that what we are looking at may feel shocking, but IT IS NOT UNCOMMON. It is, instead, quite common. So, like I said, we need to do better. Click inside for more.
Posted under: Janay Palmer, Ray Rice
"As a kid growing up in Texas I always loved the Dallas Cowboys"
After Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, was released from his contract with the St. Louis Rams, it was reported that the Dallas Cowboys were interested in signing Sam to their team. Today we learn that it’s official! Michael Sam has officially signed to the practice team of the Dallas Cowboys, making him an official member of the team. Click the embed above to watch Michael‘s first interview as a Dallas Cowboy and then click below to read what he had to say about joining the team on his official Facebook profile. More »
Let's get Physical
Last weekend we learned that Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, was released from his contract with the St. Louis Rams after the decision was made that he was not right for the team. On Monday, we learned that no other NFL teams had yet made the decision to pick up Sam and add him to their team. Today, the news is much better … the Dallas Cowboys have decided that they want to add Michael Sam to his team and have flown him to Texas so that they can begin the process of formally adding him to their team. More »
Back in June we learned that Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, signed a 4-year contract to play for the St. Louis Rams … conditional on how he performed in the pre-season training with the team. Today we learn the sad news that Sam has been released from his Rams contract — which is a nice way of saying that he got cut. After all of his pre-season training with the team, the Rams decided that he wasn’t good enough to play professional football for them. More »
"How is he fitting in with his Rams teammates?"
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, is currently hard at work training with his team the St. Louis Rams as they prepare for the forthcoming new football season and was the subject of a “news report” on ESPN‘s SportsCenter yesterday. For some reason, the folks at ESPN thought it would make a good “news report” to focus on Michael Sam‘s locker room showering habits. You see, as an openly gay man, it is important — ESPN believed — to let the world know if/how/when/etc. Michael Sam (a gay man) showers or doesn’t shower with his fellow teammates (presumably straight men). Click the embed above to watch the “news report” in full.
After the segment aired, ESPN was inundated with complaints over the “news report” to the point where ESPN decided to apologize today for airing the segment. You can read their apology below. More »
Sorry, Weird Al fans
Last week we learned that a petition had been created to try and get the National Football League to get Weird Al Yankovic, buoyed by his newfound success on the music charts, to perform the halftime show at the Super Bowl next year. Today we are hearing that it’s not Weird Al but American Idol winner Carrie Underwood has reportedly been selected to play the Super Bowl halftime show. As fun as it would be to get Weird Al to play the Super Bowl, I just don’t think he would ever be a serious contender for the gig. Country music star Carrie Underwood does sound like the way the NFL will go. More »