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May 10, 2014

How could a bottom-ranked NFL team not camp this twofer?

Dont Freak Out If Michael Sam Isn’t Drafted | TIME.com: Worst case, some team will invite Sam to camp as an undrafted free agent.
Here, I’ll trust those five scouts in McGinn’s poll who said they would sign him. It would be crazy for no team to at least give the SEC player of the year a look in camp. From a pure football perspective, it’s a low-risk, potential high-reward move.... If no NFL team extends Sam an invite to camp, that’s when things get fishy. That would reek of weakness and bigotry.

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Posted by: ghostsniper at May 10, 2014 7:34 AM

I love college ball, particularly the SEC but I could care less about the pros so I say: draft him. Odds are that he will cause no problems at least in the showers.

And besides, doesn't he also deserve the right to pursue his dream of a sport that provides violence as well as traumatic and life shortening injuries, just like is non-gay peers?

Posted by: Jack at May 10, 2014 9:06 AM

"If no NFL team drafts the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, that would be evidence of outright bigotry throughout the NFL."

Well, here's a crazy thought -- it could also mean this Player of the Year vote done completely by liberal writers, none of whom ever played a down of football at the high school varsity level, is cpmlete PC-inspired nonsense.

How do we settle this issue. Oh, I don't know ... how about we look at Michael Sam's bench press, which places him as the second weakest defensive lineman in the draft. That would be a start.

Posted by: Callmelennie at May 10, 2014 9:47 AM

He may have a better chance of making money in endorsements than an NFL career. Queerly enough, that may have been the plan all along.

There has been some notable athletic talent playing for the other side, Carl Lewis and Alexander the Great coming to mind. With 32 NFL franchises, they ought to be able to fill out one team (including switch hitters) if the scientists are right, and four if the propaganda is right. LA needs a team. Stop complaining and man up!

Posted by: james wilson at May 10, 2014 10:09 AM

If he shows he can play ball in the NFL, including handling the trash talk and dirty play down in the trenches, he'll make it. If he doesn't, he won't. The Rams had an average defense last year, so Sam likely isn't going to make them or break them. It's up to him now.

Posted by: waltj at May 11, 2014 4:01 AM

Rob: Articles like this are just to keep the pages open. When something important happens he'll get 86d. Like, um, the story about all those feet that are missing bodies, or what the Crab Nebula looks like after dark, or man takes sliced bread to the next level, or most clever and articulate commenter leaves yet another incisive comment on the hottest blog since The Marduk Express.

Never before have so many people with so little to say said so much to so few. And I'm sticking to it.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 11, 2014 6:13 AM

He'll get drafted eventually but the analysts are hilarious on TV: he's just not that great, so he's being passed over for later rounds. And besides, who needs the circus and drama on their team? Not a successful franchise, and not a struggling one.

Ultimately someone took him but his gambit failed: he didn't get a high round pick by blackmailing teams with the help of non-football talking heads. They were using words like bigotry and homophobia and black eye on the NFL, and he was gambling on that getting him a bigger contract. He failed.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 11, 2014 8:37 AM

If nothing else he's gonna fail where it counts — on the field.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 11, 2014 9:46 AM

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