Michael Sam signs with Montreal Alouettes, plays first game on June 25

michaelsam1Michael Sam has signed a deal to play with the Montreal Alouettes this season, the team announced today (Friday, May 22). His first game with the Canadian Football League team will be on June 25 against the Ottawa Redblacks.

The NFL’s first out gay football player had it rough until now. He was considered a top NFL prospect in his final year at the University of Missouri at Columbia but was only recruited by the St. Louis Rams in the final round. Many commentators and observers, including local sports anchor Dave Hansen, suggested homophobia played a role during the process and when he was later released by Rams.

Sam then briefly had a role on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” said Alouettes’ general manager, Jim Popp. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character and heart to our team.”

Sam said in a statement he was excited to join the team:

“I am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes and want to thank team Owner Robert Wetenhall, General Manager Jim Popp and Head Coach Tom Higgins for this opportunity. I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal.”

Canadian football is just like U.S. football except there are 12 players on a Canadian football team, according to David Taffet, the Voice’s football expert.  But additionally:

1. The 12th player plays a backfield position.
2. And the field is 110 yards long and 10 yards wider than a U.S. field. Each team only gets three downs to gain 10 yards.
3. Then there are rule differences — mostly rules adopted by the NFL during the past 50 or more years and never changed by the CFL.
4. The CFL has nine teams and the regular season begins in June. The playoffs, called the Grey Cup, are in mid-November.
5. The Montreal Alouettes won the Grey Cup in 2009 and 2010. Last year, the Calgary Stampeders took the cup and in 2013 it was the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

His jersey, number 94, is already for sale on the Aoulettes website.

—  James Russell

Beat the Heat softball tournament finale

Hanging out with the jocks
Although we don’t mind sitting through the Beat the Heat softball tourney all weekend long, we can’t help but swoon over the athletes all washed up for the awards finale. Besides, it’s air conditioned inside.

DEETS: Woody’s Sports & Video Bar, 4011 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m. DallasPSSA.org.

—  Rich Lopez

GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions Takes Odd DADT Question About Gay High School Athletes

The interviewer was trying to make a comparison between presumably tough soldiers and high school athletes who may be showering with gay students, but it’s not clear that Sessions really got the point.

(Via – Matt Comer)

Joe. My. God.

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Gay Games Athletes Now Free to Drug Themselves With Abandon

Athletes competing at the Gay Games in Cologne were subject to competition-wide random drug testing, and that got the queers upset! So the Federation of Gay Games just voted 48-4-2 to do away with the practice in 2014, which returns to 2006's rules that only make bodybuilding, powerlifting, and wrestling subject to peeing in a cup; other sports can still drug test, but only if there's a compelling reason to do so. The main controversy? The World Anti-Doping Agency protocols, which the 2010 Games used, "are not sensitive to older recreational athletes [like these guys] or poz athletes [steroids are often prescribed for facial wasting], two historically important groups of Gay Games participants," according to a motion the FGG voted on, which also claimed money devoted to drug testing could be used toward sports scholarships.


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