This excellent Outsports article details the fact that his orientation was becoming a well-known secret, and suggests, fascinatingly, that the only reason that the media didn't jump all over the rumors in recent weeks was the Dr. V article and the heat that ESPN and Grantland took over it.
It's great to hear so many in the media and so so many athletes express their support and say that this is a non-issue. As I saw numerous places on Twitter, I look forward to the day... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:24 AM on February 10, 2014
Oh, and from a football perspective, I think he'd be a great fit for the Patriots, who have a history of turning tweener DL/LBs with leadership skills and intense motivation into stars (Bruschi, Vrabel, Ninkovich) posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:27 AM on February 10, 2014
something something: I have to believe a struggling NFL team will snap him up regardless of all the rumblings about "locker room culture."
For folks who aren't big football fans, here is a primer on how the NFL draft works. There are seven rounds, and Sam is (or at least was) expected to be a second- or third- round pick, so even if this news causes his stock to drop dramatically, he will be drafted. Whether or not he can make it through... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:46 AM on February 10, 2014
Trochanter: If Sam is just middlin', that's when things will get tough.
Especially since, based on his size, he could be a very good football player, but not be good enough at the specific things a person his size needs to be good at to stick around in the NFL. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:57 AM on February 10, 2014
Yeah, far be it from me to tell some notional closeted NFL veterans how to deal with their own sexuality, but I really really hope a group of 3-4 established current players will take this opportunity to come out and take some of the heat off this brave kid. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:55 AM on February 10, 2014
Also, if a guy named Mike Sam does not end up as a linebacker, that is one sick cosmic joke. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:16 AM on February 10, 2014
MCMikeNamara: I now also realize that the audience who would find this joke amusing may be limited to just me
I recently made a joke that combined a fairly deep LoTR reference with trenchant commentary on the speech patterns of Dan Dierdorf, so I know that feel. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:41 AM on February 10, 2014
lord_wolf: Was it "Guys, I'm not so sure the Balrog won't be able to not pass here. Gandalf has been playing Cover 2 all day and he's clearly tired!"
Rock Steady: "Now watch this right here.. I'm not so sure that isn't a Dead Cornerback of Dunharrow who came out of nowhere to deflect that pass." -- Dan... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:46 PM on February 10, 2014
rikschell: The GOP figures this may be their last hurrah and they are determined to poison every well they can while they hold the reins of power.
I wish I had heard of this ahead of time, but I tend to not follow political news very closely, since it is so depressing. NC MeFites, if there's another one of these, let's meet up and go, OK? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:28 AM on February 10, 2014
Yeah, I do this exact thing with multiple computers and iOS devices using IMAP. It is easy to configure and fool-proof. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:46 AM on February 10, 2014
If you are still having problems with it I can check my Mail settings when I get home, but I think this page is what I used to get it all working together. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 7:52 AM on February 10, 2014
It's amazing how little the hand tools have changed over 1000 years. For a second I thought that hacksaw was the rusty old one I've got in my garage. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:59 AM on February 10, 2014
ursus_comiter: no, I don't want to make replicas of He-Man's sword.
I can't imagine ever being in a place in my life where I say those words in that order. May King Randor have mercy on your soul. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 6:51 AM on February 10, 2014
There are many reasons to have this checked out by your vet at your earliest opportunity. The possible diagnoses range from the trivial to very dangerous indeed, but in almost all of those cases, dealing with it earlier rather than later will be better for your dog and for your wallet. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:43 AM on February 6, 2014
Glad to hear it, Foam Pants.
I think I used to have that hat! posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 4:31 PM on February 6, 2014
Eyebrows McGee: Dude had a powerful voice but man those songs were super-cheesy.
They really need to have a "Songwriter Idol" contest that runs alongside "American Idol" to prevent the completely predictable pile of glurge that inevitably makes up every Idol winner's first album. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 10:50 AM on February 6, 2014
You should go into the interview with a good grasp in your mind of the story you want to tell about yourself. Boil it down to a sentence that includes specific details about why you will benefit this company more than any other applicant. Something like "I am a detail-oriented, thoughtful person who will be able to cut expenditures and increase revenue." or "I am an edgy, modern thinker with a creative flair with a track record of improving social network engagement." or... [more] posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:28 AM on February 6, 2014
Yeah, certainly consult legal counsel, but I think it would be something like "A Motion To Amend The Constitution of MetaFilter by replacing it in its entirety with the text found in Attachment A to this week's Agenda, entitled Constitution of MetaFilter." posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 6:18 AM on February 6, 2014
Also useful, the "Multiple Levels" gesture: The hand is held upright, fingers bent at a right angle to the palm, to indicate a certain level. The hand can then be quickly raised or lowered to a new level to indicate going "up" or "down" a metaphorical level in the discussion. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:19 PM on February 4, 2014
Then there's the "Cup Stub of Chalk Loosely in Hand and Shake It About", but I think that might be deprecated in today's Expo Markers and Smartboard world. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 2:25 PM on February 4, 2014
Let's all make up our own new and improved gestures and hit the TEDx circuit until they start getting appropriated by other lecturers
The Mystic and the Crystal Ball
A Weird Salute
Watch 'Em Fing posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:44 PM on February 4, 2014
That's three schools in Europe, one in east Asia, one in South America, and one in North America, leaving five schools left for the rest of everywhere else.
One in China, one in India, one in Africa, one in the Middle East or Central Asia, and one in Eastern Europe. Sounds about right. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:19 PM on January 30, 2014
You can't imagine the kind of hijinx that the International Quidditch Anti-Doping Association has to put up with. Anabolic Potions, Blood Transfiguration, injections of Giant Growth Hormone, it's awful. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 5:40 PM on January 30, 2014
Wouldn't it be great if it came out that JKR had been writing Harmony fanfic all this time under a pseudonym, a la The Cuckoo's Calling? posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:28 PM on February 2, 2014
I was trying to think of a color that typifies the Potterverse to complete the 50 Shades of... joke you made, and I couldn't, but it did make me think of 50 Shades of Octarine, and now I really want to write an erotic romp through Ankh-Morpork. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 9:22 AM on February 3, 2014
Starting a fire was my first thought as well. Since she lives so close, she doesn't have to worry about letting it get out of hand, as she can "rush over" to put it out once she "smells smoke." posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 5:04 PM on January 31, 2014
invitapriore: I've watched and enjoyed football before, but if I'm being honest, the cultural machinery around it creeps me the fuck out. It's natural to want to talk about that at times like this, when it's highly visible.
Then I'm sure you can understand how frustrating it is to have to hear about the unpleasant aspects of the sport -- which many of us are really struggling with and still figuring out -- at the very peak of the season, the... [more] posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 11:11 AM on January 31, 2014
Luckily Basketball and Volleyball are there to save us from complete misrepresentation in ball sports.
They haven't used peach baskets for like 100 years. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 12:24 PM on January 31, 2014
My understanding is that the first baskets literally were peach baskets that James Naismith nailed to a balcony railing. I can't find a great cite to link to, but that info appears to come from his detailed diary entries of the time. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 4:00 PM on January 31, 2014
Yeah, I thought it was pretty accurate for Raleigh, with Boylan as the current Williamsburg and Mordecai as Bushwick. Saying Carrboro is Raleigh's Williamsburg is kind of weird, as it's a whole different place. Like saying Northampton is Boston's Williamsburg or something. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 7:43 AM on January 31, 2014
Pater Aletheias: I live in Laredo, Texas. Our hip area is approximately two blocks long, consisting primarily of an ice cream parlor, the only deli sandwich shop in town, a Vietnamese restaurant, and a boutique clothing store. That's it.
I made a fun little game of predicting the population of Laredo based on that fact. I was an order of magnitude too low. Sorry, Pater. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:11 AM on January 31, 2014
olinerd: Agreed. Unclear how the answer to this for Boston is not Somerville. And specifically Union Square in Somerville.
My guess is that most of the Boston votes were from people who went to school in the Boston area 10-15 years ago and then moved away. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 8:20 AM on January 31, 2014
I'm still not comfortable counting out Touchdown Tom. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:38 PM on January 30, 2014
Jon Bois: it's like this half-Bronco, half-Seahawk fetus
the game has told me in the only language it has left that it has been broken Spencer Hall: you made that Jon
you took science
and made an abomination
you did that Jon Bois: i'm a dad
hand me a cigar Spencer Hall: [puts it out in that thing's eye]
whatever it has posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:50 PM on January 30, 2014
Also, it's worth watching the trailer he made for this episode as a work of art on its own. posted to MetaFilter by Rock Steadyat 1:58 PM on January 30, 2014
Doesn't look like there are any in your area (if your profile is correct), but I work at the NC State University Veterinary Health Complex in Raleigh, and we have an amazing Behavioral Medicine department here. I'll buy you a coffee if you come down here for a consult. posted to Ask Metafilter by Rock Steadyat 1:24 PM on January 30, 2014