He Is Expected to Play Against the Lakers Tonight
Last year we learned the historic news that NBA player Jason Collins came out publicly as a gay man, becoming the first professional basketball player here in the US to be openly gay. Since that time, Collins has been waiting for a NBA team to sign him to play for their team but there has been no real movement … until today. The Brooklyn Nets have just signed Collins to a contract making him the first openly gay basketball player to play in the NBA. The Nets have a game against the LA Lakers tonight in LA … and Collins is expected to play. If he plays, basketball history will be made in Los Angeles tonight. More »
All of the medals have been handed out for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games as the final events came to a close today meaning that the final medal count tally has been revealed. The host country of Russia managed to come out on top with the most Olympic Medals won this year as well as the most Gold Medals won. The US, which normally does very well in the Olympic Medal standings year after year, did well at these Winter Games but not as well as many expected. Click below to see the final medal count for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games and see where YOUR country ranks in the list of most Olympic Medals won and most Gold Medals won. More »
Missouri’s Most Valuable Player
Michael Sam, a college football player who was voted Most Valuable by his teammates at Missouri University, is expected to be drafted into the NFL early when the draft picks take place in May. This weekend, ahead of the upcoming NFL Draft, Sam has come out publicly as an openly gay man in The New York Times. Last year, ahead of Missouri‘s college football season, Sam came out to his teammates and coaches about his sexuality and by all accounts, the matter had no impact on how his teammates viewed him nor did it affect in any way his ability to play football. When Michael Sam is drafted into the NFL as expected in May, he will be come the first openly gay player in the National Football League. More »
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She's the First Woman to Win Slopestyle Snowboarding Gold
Yesterday we learned that US athlete Sage Kotsenburg became the first American to win a Gold Medal at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, taking the top spot in men’s slopestyle snowboarding. Today we learn that fellow US athlete Jamie Anderson became the second American (and first female US athlete) to win gold at the Winter Games. Like Kotsenburg, Anderson took the top spot in women’s slopestyle snowboarding — an event making its debut at the Olympic Games this year. That means that Sage and Jamie not only swept the Gold Medals for this event but they are the first two athletes ever to win Gold Medals for this inaugural Olympic event. Yay! More »
The slopestyle snowboarder does America proud
Snowboarder Sage Kotsenberg became the first US athlete to win a Gold Medal at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games by busting out a move he had never done before in the slopestyle snowboarding competition. With Kotzenburg‘s gold, the US is off and running toward a hopeful domination of the Olympic medal count and, more specifically, the Gold Medal count. As you are likely well aware, the Olympic Winter Games got started Thursday ahead of the Opening Ceremonies that took place inside Fisht Olympic Stadium last night. Except for one fairly noticeable techinical glitch, the rest of the ceremonies seemed to go off without a hitch. Click below to learn about Sage winning the first US Gold Medal of these Sochi Games and see a few photos from the Opening Ceremonies spectacle that took place in Sochi last night. More »
The TV Guide
As a lifelong fan of the Olympic Games, I have been struggling with my feelings over the 2014 Winter Games which has just opened in Sochi, Russia. I remember being SO excited back in 2010 when the Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia passed the Olympic Flame to Russia for the 2014 Games. Since that time, tho, Russia has instituted the legalized mistreatment of gays and lesbians in their country … which has soured me considerably on being excited for the Olympic Games in Sochi. Even last night, I mentioned my struggles at being excited for the Games in Russia. But, after spending more time thinking about it and after hearing the opinion of others (including PITNB reader Bee), I’ve come to realize that I can still be excited about the Olympic Games and I can still support the athletes who are living their dreams by competing in the Sochi Games without endorsing in anyway Russia’s horrible mistreatment of its own people. After all, my dear friend Nicole has a brother who is competing in the Sochi Games and he *just* marched into the Olympic Stadium with the Team USA delegation. That is something I can be more than excited about … and excited I will be. More »
"The practice of sport is a human right"
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games got started in Sochi, Russia today (even tho the Opening Ceremonies won’t take place until Friday) and as you may be well aware, many protests are taking place all around the world, in various ways, to stand against the horrible state-sanctioned anti-gay laws in Russia. Many people are disgusted by the fact that Russia is hosting the Olympic Games, which celebrates fair play among all peoples, and have no problem enforcing laws that treat gays and lesbians as criminals. Google unveiled their latest Google Doodle today to mark the start of the Olympic Games. As you can see below, this new Doodle is meant to offer support to the gays in Russia, as well as the gays traveling to Russia to compete in the games. More »
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Becks is Back
It has been almost a year since David Beckham formally retired from playing professional soccer but today we learn that he is set to make a return to the world of professional soccer tomorrow … as an owner of a new soccer team in Miami, FL. Altho the new as-yet unnamed team doesn’t yet have a stadium to play in and likely won’t actually join Major League Soccer until 2016, the announcement tomorrow that Becks is an owner of the franchise should help pave the way for all of the pieces to fall into place so that this new team can become the 22nd team in the MLS league. Even tho David Beckham retired from professional play last year, I knew it wouldn’t be long until he make a return in some way to the sport that he loves so much. More »
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Kobe Bryant wants in on the fun
While you and your friends were spending your weekend hanging out together, in the city or at home … maybe at a movie or concert event, 50 Cent spent part of his weekend chillin’ with a dear friend of his own. You see, Fitty decided to take in a New York Mets basketball game this weekend and ended up becoming super BFFs with Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep. I’m assuming the two were brought together by the happenstance that they were seated next to one another court-side at the Mets game … but all it took was close proximity for these two unlikely friends to become the best of buds :) Click below to see their adorable friendship as it bloomed on Fitty‘s official Instagram profile. More »
See? This is how they get people like me to watch the Super Bowl. I didn’t even realize how much I missed all of the fathers and father figures from Full House until I saw this teaser for an upcoming Super Bowl Dannon commercial, featuring John Stamos, Bob Saget, and Dave Coulier. But yeah, I missed them, lol. Peep the video for more!
The full ad will air on February 2 during Super Bowl XLVIII.