Although I have sworn off professional football for a multitude of reasons, I was glad to see that Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, even if it was in the very last round and just seven players shy of not being selected at all. Professional football is seen as an outpost of a weird idea of masculinity and to have an openly gay player become part of that world is progress on a broad social level, though in narrow terms of Sam’s personal health it would have been better for him if he were not drafted and left football and became an accountant or something and not suffer traumatic brain injury for the next decade.
But the intense focus on the draft reminded me that I have always found rather disturbing the way that professional sports in the US are run, with the whole business of drafting and trading players without them having a say in where they get to play.
Deranged millionaire John Hodgman takes the similarities even further on The Daily Show.
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