Perhaps, as time goes by, as more pioneers break racial, sexual, gender, religious, ethnic, language, and other barriers, athletes' very being may one day have diminished political implications, but sport has always been and will forever have political consequences and possibilities.
Cops have really hard jobs. That doesn't mean it's off limits ever to question the manner in which some of them fulfill their responsibilities or to raise serious concerns about the institutional racism that undeniably pervades our culture and inevitably affects how policing is carried out.
To highlight the Live ScoreCaster, we will take our in-game technology, Live ScoreCaster, to the next level to review the game-changing plays from the NFL and what the game would have looked like if the plays had turned out differently.
The Kansas City defense stopped Seattle on fourth and short on back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter as the Chiefs beat the Seahawks 24-20. Kansas City is now tied with Denver with the best record atop the AFC West.
The New York Jets avoided setting a franchise record for consecutive losses by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 Sunday afternoon. Michael Vick threw two touchdowns and the Jets forced four turnovers in the win.
I've seen a little too much insistence this week, online and on social media, that Michael Sam's being cut from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad had nothing to do with his being gay. It's a bit overwrought and defensive. A lot of fans seem to want to believe the NFL is not a homophobic institution.
St. Louis used a fake punt to hold off Seattle 28-26. The Seahawks had rallied from a 21-6 deficit at the half to pull within one score of the Rams with 3:18 to play.
In an era when cities are giving huge amounts of money to already wealthy owners (Cobb County is spending $368 million on a new stadium for the Braves), it's extremely refreshing to see a city like L.A. realize they are the ones with leverage.
The Jets had a chance and appeared to tie the game late with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley on fourth down. The play was negated because a timeout was called from the Jets' sideline before the snap occurred.
Just maybe Sam has found the right place where he can possibly play right away and that's the Dallas Cowboys. On Wednesday, the Cowboys signed Michael Sam to the practice squad and he can help them immediately as their defense was horrid and still is this season.
This weekend Sam was cut by the Rams after a strong preseason. St. Louis was the wrong fit. The Rams handled the entire process with class. Yet the disturbing part is that no other team felt he was good enough to make a roster.
The NFL is a league that tolerates homophobia, the lofty words of its officials notwithstanding. And until LGBT groups and politicians stand up and take it on rather than cowering, homophobia will continue to get a pass.
Making an NFL team's 53-man roster starts in training camp. According to NFL rules, each team can only have 90 players when training camp starts. The process that all teams undergo to get from 90 to 53 can be difficult to understand. For players who are vying to make a team, it can be more stressful and challenging than playing the game itself.
At what point will drafting an openly gay player no longer be described as risky because of the alleged distraction?
A confident athlete simply stopped hiding. He enjoyed his man's support in his big moment. More important than cake, he smashed stereotypes.
Sam reminds those individuals that hold on to that nasty tradition of homophobia and racism that their time is almost up. The actions that Sam and people like him take gives hope to those oppressed individuals that are willing and ready to make their mark.