0

Crosby said Friday. (ATC-SIM)

submitted by jinshuiqian0713 to /forum/atc-sim

NEW YORK -- Michael Sam was picked by the St. [url=http://www.cheapairmaxplusaustralia.com/]Air Max Plus Australia For Sale Cheap[/url] . Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft Saturday, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team. Sam played at Missouri, and came out as gay in media interviews earlier this year. His team and coaches knew his secret and kept it for his final college season. He went on to have the best season of his career: He was the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year. "Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. Im using every once of this to achieve greatness!!" Sam tweeted with a frenzied typo moments after he was picked, including a picture of himself wearing a Rams cap and a pink polo shirt. The pick came after several rounds of suspense. The first round of the day came and went, no Sam. Then the second, and the third, and finally, the day was down to just a handful of picks. When Mike Kensil, the NFLs vice-president of game operations, walked to the podium at Radio City Music Hall in the drafts final minutes to announce the Rams second-to-last pick, the crowd got a sense something was up. Very few of the last day picks were announced at the podium. Twitter lit up with suggestions the Rams were about to make news. When Kensil said: "The St. Louis Rams select ... Michael Sam..." the fans gave a hearty cheer, chanting "Yes! Yes! Yes!" and "Michael Sam!" Sam was in San Diego watching with friends and family at the home of his agent, Joe Barkett of Empire Athletes. ESPN and the NFL Network had cameras there and showed Sams reaction. Sam was on the phone bending over, with his boyfriend hugging him and rubbing his left bicep. When Sam got off the phone, the tears started. He gave his boyfriend a big kiss and a long hug as he cried and his eyes reddened. After, they shared cake -- and another kiss. Sam will start his professional career not far from the place where he played his college ball, with three former Missouri teammates. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam was considered a mid-to-late round pick, far from a sure thing to be drafted. He played defensive end in college, but hes short for that position in the NFL and slower than most outside linebackers, the position hell need to transition to at the professional level. He was taken with the 249th overall pick out of 256. Players from Marist, Maine and McGill University in Canada were selected before Sam. "In the world of diversity we live in now, Im honoured to be a part of this," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said during an interview on ESPN. The impact of Sams selection goes far beyond football. At a time when gay marriage is gaining acceptance among Americans, Sams entry into the NFL is a huge step toward the integration of gay men into professional team sports. Pro sports have in many ways lagged behind the rest of society in acceptance. Publicly, most people in and related to the NFL have been supportive of Sam. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said Sam would be welcome in the league and judged solely on his ability to play. A few wondered whether teams would be reluctant to draft Sam because of all the media attention that would come with it. Fair or not, the NFL -- coming off a season in which a bullying scandal involving players on the Miami Dolphins was one of the biggest stories in sports -- was looking at a possible public relations hit if Sam was not drafted. He would likely have been signed as a free agent and given a chance to make a team in training camp, but to many it would have looked as if he was being rejected. Now that hes there, it could be seen as an opportunity for the NFL to show that crass locker room culture is not as prevalent as it might have looked to those who followed the embarrassing Dolphins scandal. [url=http://www.cheapairmaxplusaustralia.com/]Air Max Plus Australia Wholesale[/url] . Left-handed reliever Boone Logan agreed to a $16.5 million, three-year contract on Friday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. [url=http://www.cheapairmaxplusaustralia.com/]Cheap Air Max Plus Online[/url] . Smiths former Atlanta teammates were glad to hang on for an ugly win. [url=http://www.cheapairmaxplusaustralia.com/]http://www.cheapairmaxplusaustralia.com/[/url] . "I only want to go through this one more time," Crosby said Friday. The 24-year-old captain hasnt played since the symptoms resurfaced following a loss to Boston on Dec. 5. Doctors allowed him to return to full practice on Tuesday and while Crosby is pleased with the way his body is responding he refuses to put on his return.OEIRAS, Portugal -- Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., is through to the quarter-finals of the Portugal Open after posting a 6-3, 6-2 win over Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay on Thursday. It will be the fourth consecutive quarter-final appearance of the season for Raonic, who is looking for his first ATP Tour win on clay. Raonic, the world No. 9 and second seed at the tournament, will face Argentine Carlos Berlocq on Friday. Raonic lost just 11 points on serve in his 67 minute victory over Cuevas, five of which came on double faults. In womens action, Montreals Eugenie Bouchard was ddefeated 6-4, 6-1 in the quarter-finals by two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia. [url=http://www.cheapairmaxplusaustralia.com/]Buy Air Max Plus Australia[/url]. Bouchard, ranked 18th in the world, took a 4-1 lead in the opening set, but went on to lose 11 of the final 12 games. In other matches, mens top seed Tomas Berdych strolled to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Somdev Devvarman of India. Other mens winners included Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, Gastao Elias of Portugal and Victor Hanescu of Romania. Top-seeded woman Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain beat Polona Hercog of Slovenia 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semifinals. [url=http://www.chinajerseys.info/]China NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.cheapjerseysfreeshipping.info/]Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.cheapnfljerseysauthentic.info/]NFL Jerseys Cheap[/url] [url=http://www.cheapnfljerseyssale.info/]Wholesale NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.cheapbasketballjerseys.info/]Cheap Basketball Jerseys Online[/url] [url=http://www.cheaphockeyjerseys.info/]Stitched Hockey Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.cheapbaseballjerseys.info/]Wholesale Baseball Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.cheapfootballjerseys.info/]Football Jerseys Outlet[/url] [url=http://www.cheapcollegejerseys.info/]College Jerseys For Sale[/url] [url=http://www.mlbcheapjerseys.us/]Cheap MLB Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.soccercheapjerseys.us/]Wholesale Soccer Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.cheap1jerseys.com/]Wholesale Jerseys For Sale[/url] [url=http://www.cheapjjerseys.com/]Wholesale NFL Jerseys[/url] ' ' '

all comments