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What Happens When We Give Writers Two Weeks Before a Superbowl? HOMOPHOBIA!

being-gay-in-the-nfl-the-secrets-the-culture-the-pressure-the-fear-of-coming-out-and-the-changing-attitudes-feature1Oh for God’s sake. “We can’t have gay’s running around in our locker rooms?” Well, you have female journalists in them.

What in the hell are you talking about? You really think an NFL player is going to fear for his genitals because another professional in the next locker happens to have another sexual proclivity? You think he’s going to be so turned on by your steroid infused bulk that he cant control himself and is going to violate you while your on the bench press?

The rest of humanity seems to get along pretty well with communal weight rooms, and showers. Are you so daft as to think that in SF bay area we don’t run into (some openly) gay people at the gym every day?

Frankly, the gay men I know have far too much taste to embarrass themselves by lowering their standards to meet the common football player. Certainly not in a locker room.



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Kyle Williams is my Hero. Harbaugh is the “Coach of the Year” for a Reason You Might Not See.

What a stand up guy.  Two days after Kyle, filling in for Ted Gin who happens to be one of the best in the business, had the ball supposedly brush against his leg, then had the ball stripped out of his arm while trying desperately to get his team to the super bowl.  Two days after his father met him outside the locker room and asked his son “are you man enough, are you tough enough to get through this?”  Two days after a nation (Niner nation) cried itself to sleep, amid death threats, Kyle was indeed man enough to sit through a very tastefully performed interview on the Dan Patrick show.  The man has huge balls, and class.

That said more to me about the character of our team than 13 and 3 ever could have. Asked what he took away from the loss, Kyle only said that it was the way his team and coach never even thought of throwing him under the bus for the loss. I love and respect many former coaches, but there is no way they would ever have gotten that kind of integrity out of a team. It certainly was not on Kyle that we lost that game. We can think of 30 other plays where we just didn’t get it done.

We did far more than was ever expected.  In a way it is great that we didn’t make it all the way to the big dance the first year.  There is so much we can do to improve our team.

Give us a world class wide receiver or two, keep the team healthy, and we will have another shot next year.  It would not really have been reasonable or accurate for us to have gone to the super bowl this year. Not that the way we lost was how anyone had it pictured, but it seemed to me that the Saints game would have been the tougher of the two.

I can’t stress the words “team” and “character” enough.  This comes down from the top.  Jed has done lots of growing up, and we have a coach that (hopefully) won’t be going anywhere for a really long time.  The way these men conduct themselves on and now off the field is an inspiration.  In every way, I feel that we had a “perfect” season.  Something left to shoot for, but all in all an inspiring performance.  Thanks Jed, Jim, Alex, Frank, Alton….  I’m a relative rookie; I only had season tickets for 23 years.  It makes me proud to be a “Niner” again.


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When someone says “Ill pray on that” does it immediately piss you off? How will that effect what you post on the internet? – An egregiously politically incorrect editorial

I was struck with this question as I watched the Jim Harbaugh interview as he accepted the head coaching position for the San Francisco 49ers.  His was a simple statement, in the midst of many others, about how he had reached his decision to be their head coach.  It was surrounded by concerns for family, his professional potential, the love for his kids at Stanford, etc. but he did say “I prayed.”

Far beyond the rational separation of church and state, this statement seems to immediately raise the ire of a great multitude of the Bill MaherReligulous” ilk that balk at any faint mention of spirituality of any kind.  It matters not that this vague reference indicated no particular faith, let alone religion, to which or with which Mr. Harbaugh might have communicated.

I, being brought up a strict Missouri Synod Lutheran, and still able to recite the Apostles Creed, Benediction, and Doxology after not having graced the doorway of a Lutheran Church for some decades, can relate to being somewhat recalcitrant regarding some religious practices.  Having survived a myriad of atrocities committed in the name of various Gods throughout the ages, from The Crusades to the Salem witch hunts, and Rush Limbaugh to suicide bombings, it seems that people are always willing to kill and die in the name of their particular loving God.  At the very least they insist on wearing some outward display of what helps them find inner peace, and more often than not share this belief with anyone willing to hear it, or too slow to run away.

My own personal space can best be expressed as spiritual but not religious; somewhere between the teachings of Jesus (not necessarily the teachers) and the teachings of the Buddha with room for the truths that pepper all other teachings.  Those truths are all there, but far too often clouded by the egoic rantings of those who would seek to turn them into fear for some sort of personal gain.

Isn’t it fears after all that keep us all separate?  Isn’t that what drives us all to compete rather than cooperate?  Isn’t it that which makes us rile when we are afraid that someone might be ready to proselytize by the mere mention of the word pray?  He didn’t, after all, have scriptures written in his eye black like Tim Tebow formerly of the Florida Gators.

Isn’t, after all, religion nothing more than man’s impossibly feeble attempt to explain the unexplainable?

In my opinion, man’s supposed dominion over this planet can only survive to the extent that we can view each other’s commonality as part of the great “all that is” and seek ways that we can help; to “do the next right thing.”  We cannot burn fossil fuels indefinitely without impact.  We cannot blindly consume resources without impacting the rain forests from which they are harvested.  We cannot “become an internet millionaire” without first paying forward some good honest content and hard work without consequences.

Our internet is one of the greatest experiments of man beyond Malthus.  It is largely unchecked, self policed, organic, and fertile.  Take the example of Wikipedia;  Sure there are some inaccuracies in the billions of references it posts, but we now have a free database of information that dwarfs the totality of all encyclopedias written before it.

Be responsible for what you post.  Take care.  It is our cyber-world and your opportunity.  Think before you post, and if necessary, you can pray on it.


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