These Mizzou Tigers, I tell you. Taking names.
One of the University of Missouri‘s finest athletes, a young man named Michael Sam, has been pegged as an early-round draft for the NFL. Though I have not managed to watch a single Mizzou game this year, I trust this assessment. The Mizzou football team is notoriously talented (even if Mizzou athletics have a history of draining funds which should otherwise be funneled toward academic improvement; that’s another story).
There’s just one catch: Michael Sam is openly gay.
Never mind the fact that the full Mizzou team already knew and didn’t care.
In fact, it is such a non-story that the absurd backlash from news outlets and commenters was met with an outpouring of public support.
— Mizzou (@Mizzou) February 10, 2014
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) February 10, 2014
You’re an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn’t be prouder of your courage both on and off the field. -mo
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 10, 2014
Even from the very top:
Michael Sam. He’s here. He’s queer. Get used to him sacking your quarterback. #whoohoo
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) February 10, 2014
And with that, I wish my alma mater a very happy 175th birthday. I still don’t know a single word to any of the school songs/cheers. Mazel tov.