Gays and sports: A magic combination?

Posted on 03 Jul 2008 at 6:34am

Blogger Hugo Schwyzer recently opined, with help from Andrew Sullivan, that jurisdictions that approve same-sex mariage create a boon… for their sports teams. Consider: Since Massachusetts pulled the trigger in 2003, the Boston Red Sox have finally shed the curse of the Bambino — twice! — and the Celtics broke a 22 year losing streak to win the NBA championship this year.

And that’s just in the U.S. Spain: legalizes same-sex marriage in 2005, nation wins the Euro 2008; Canada: marriage in 2005, in 2006 more Winter Olympic medals go to the Great White North than ever before; South Africa: marriage in 2006, country wins the 2007 World Rugby Cup; Denmark: introduces gay unions in 1989, wins the European World Championship in 1992.

Smart money in 2008 and 2009 is on UCLA, the L.A. Kings, the Lakers, the 49ers, and for the Dodgers to face the Angels in the World Series — assuming the constitutional amendment doesn’t pass in November.

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