I used to like basketball, but I find the pro game and men's college basketball essentially unwatchable. Last year, I discovered the Duquesne Duke's women's team, and I really enjoy it. No showboating and actual teamwork. I took the Frothling to Duquesne's home opener Sunday afternoon. You can see us near the top of the screen, sitting behind Lehigh's bench (the Frothling picked the seats). She's wearing a pink sweater, and you can see her enthusiastically waving her pom-pom when the Dukes score!
Its also inexpensive entertainment. Tickets, parking and snacks (you can watch the Frothling eat popcorn at the 1:10 mark) for under $20.00.
NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay. That's a remarkable thing, and its great that a major sports athlete feels confident enough to proclaim his sexuality. But I have a problem with the media describing him as the first major sports athlete to come out while active, because its simply isn't true.
Everyone forgets about Glenn Burke.
Burke played Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A's back in the '70's. When he played, there was no doubt he was gay. He was "out" to his teammates, who largely didn't care, and "out" to his employers, who gave him a hard time.
The fact that the media swept Burke's sexuality under the table by ignoring it isn't Burke's fault. Collins' announcement says more about the changing attitudes of media jock sniffers towards homosexuality than it does about the attitude of athletes.