Knowledge is the only thing that can change the way people think.
The basis I'd make about race vs sexual orientation (and we totally disagree about the born part it seems), is that a couple decades ago the exact, literally EXACT, same arguments that people use against gays in both sports and society were being used against racial minorities.
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if the foundation is poor then there isn't much to be built on, that type of thinking has to be cultivated early
American Football and the NFL are going to be one of last places to "convert" to equality. Football is as Nuclear-Family-50's-America as milkshakes, Elvis and Communist scares. It won't be until an entire generation dies off that we'll see significant movement toward equality in the NFL and football in general.
One day there will be a gay rapper or athlete who will have the same effect. Til then, education.
Ehh I don't want to get political in this sports thread so I'm not touching the story about a player from probably the most liberal and well known pro gay city in the U.S bashing gays /SMH.
So I was going to wait till Sunday to give out my score from the game but ill go ahead now and give it out.
Ravens 31- 49ers 24
Ill just end my thoughts on the topic saying, there have been people who were gay and switched and vice versa. It is something a person can decide on their own to act upon even if desires are heightened for them. For example typically when I see other hot girls I can have a desire to want to have sex with them, whether I do or dont is my own decision, and if I act upon that is what classifies it as cheating/adultery not the thoughts itself. The feelings are there but I havent acted upon it. Being gay is not some genetic mutation, even straight kids arent born straight. Most kids dont even like the opposite sex, it is something we eventually grow into and decide that we like and want to pursue. Regardless of "how" it happens it isnt an excuse for them to be hated/disliked I completely agree there. And I still dont think anything homosexuals went through is even 1/10th of the struggle blacks went through and various other races.
For the game Im going to go with Ravens 27 - 49ers 17. Ray Rice becomes the unsung hero having a huge day and being able to keep the 49ers off the field when they want to get the ball back. Flacco plays ok but they win so now ESPN starts asking us whether hes one of the top QBs in the game and everybody proceeds to change the channel out of disgust. Kaepernick has 2 big turnovers (either fumbles or interceptions) that really take the life out of the team.
Well, I found this amusing http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-sh...0405--nfl.html
Hell, even it wasn't in New Orleans, I'd bet there would be some places where Goddell would be refused service.
I've got Ravens winning. I don't know the score, but I'll agree with Jib that Kaepernick has a costly turnover at the end of the game.
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As far as struggles go, even taking into account closeted homosexuals and the fact you generally can't pick a gay out of a crowd, gay people as a whole are possibly the most universally feared/hated/attacked group in the history of the world. There are at least eight countries still to this day where homosexuality is punishable by death, and various states and regions within other countries that maintain the death penalty for homosexuality. That's not even counting human history before we became "modernized." Then you have the military with its Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the USA as a whole refusing to recognize gay marriage, and you can easily draw parallels between the treatment of homosexuals now and the treatment of blacks not even 60 or 70 years ago. I'm not even going to bring up the amount of hate crimes that still take place in the Western world. And with all that, you're going to tell me it's a choice?
But just to clarify here, I'm not comparing the level of hardships between one group and another. I'm simply stating that being gay isn't all rainbows and sunshine, and that people who have gone through similar struggles should be able to respect what's happening to someone else in that situation and not do to them (gays) what was done to them (blacks, et cetera). Moving on to anecdotal evidence now:
I live in Alberta, which is basically Canada's version of the South. Homosexuality, especially in small areas, isn't looked kindly upon. I'm a very straight male who has no physical, sexual, or otherwise "gay" attraction to other men. I've known since I was six, and possibly even before, that I liked girls. My brother, who was raised with me in the exact same way, is as gay as the day is long. He's fabulous and I love him, but he has to stay closeted. He has to, otherwise he wouldn't be able to find or keep work, and people that act like his friends wouldn't be any longer. He has to hide who he is because of society as a whole, and uninformed people like you (who, while you may not hate gays or mean any malice, believe and spread ignorance to others). He could be killed because people think it's his choice to enjoy a fine penis now and again, and that all he's thinking about when he looks at another man is being inside him.
I'm going to break something to all the straight guys here who think they're gay-man-catnip: most gay guys don't want to do you. Sorry, but it's true. Now, I know it's hard to believe, because most men are pretty conceited, but it's true. Not every girl wants to jump you, despite guys in general thinking they could get any woman they want, and in that same vein not every gay guy wants you. You're safe in the locker room. In fact, you're much less likely to get your ass slapped by a gay guy after a game of football, or towel-whipped in the showers. Why? Because most gay men are either trying to hide who they are to the point of not engaging in anything "gay," or don't want to make someone feel uncomfortable like they're almost constantly forced to.
As far as choice goes, I did once ask my brother if it was possible at all for him to like girls, or even fake it, just so he could be with someone. He asked me if I'd be able to do that with a guy. I couldn't, at least not for any length of time to make it believable, and that's in a hypothetical realm where heterosexuality would be considered abnormal. Even if the roles were reversed, I doubt I could fake being gay. I'd want to, because self-preservation, but I honestly don't think I could do it.
Now, I think you're probably a pretty decent guy with some potentially misguided views. I don't blame you for that. However, those views can be very damaging when used by the wrong people. Anyone who is against homosexuality either claims it's a choice or an illness, and in both versions it's an abomination. They either want to cure or eliminate it, and it's not something that can be cured because it's not something that's wrong. I'm not trying to "enlighten" you or change your mind, only you can do that, but I do hope that some of what I've said makes sense to you.
Aaaaanyway, that was far longer than I'd intended, but I really, really wanted to try and get my point across as best I could. I'm done with it now because I think that's as far as my argument can go without it becoming petty or personal or full of anecdotal evidence. So, football. What are the odds on Flacco looking like balls but still winning? Because they've been pretty high all season. I got saddled with him on my fantasy team this season and just kept laughing because no one expected him to do anything but be Flacco.
I'm guessing it's gonna look like a close game for the first half, maybe 14-14 or 17-14 Baltimore going into the third quarter, and then the Ravens just pull away with it to wind up winning 31-24. Poor SF misses out on another Super Bowl ring.
With that said Im kind've surprised everybody here is on the Ravens. Makes me a little uneasy on picking them.
everything that needed to be said about it as it relates to the NFL was already said, so hopefully folks can take it to private messages or whatever