Re: Is Calgary trying to get the first pick?
posted at 9/6/2013 9:44 AM EDT
In response to red75's comment:
In response to Fletcher1's comment:
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
As for the You Can't Play Project, I hate it.
I don't think it has any place in organized sports.
I think all beliefs (be they popular or unpopular) should be discussed elsewhere. What's next?
Do you know what it's about, seriously?
I don't know what's to be against really. It doesn't aim to change anything political or or societal as far as I can tell -- it's about sports. It has a pretty narrow focus on tolerance in locker rooms and eliminating what appears to be a pretty hellish experience for a segment of the population in youth/high school/collegiate sports.
It would be nice if personal beliefs weren't aired in the locker room like you say, but they are. All the time. Most notably, from my memory, terms like f*gg*t and the like. I mean, if there's no place for personal opinions in the locker room, why have terms of personal hate and sexuality against one particular group tossed around.
I think 'You Can Play' is actually on the side of taking the personal beliefs elsewhere...out of the locker room. Just the old concept of treating everyone the same, really.
*decides to take the bait afterall*
It is worse for guys from what I know, but if I had ten bucks for each time I'd heard the terms d*k*, carpet muncher, chapstick, lipstick, faker, or sl** f***er, in a lockerroom I would have bought the Washington Post last month.
You say the personal and the political has no place in sports? I agree completely, and that's the whole point of You Can Play. If you can play, then you can play - everything else should just be noise. The point is if an NHL quality player comes along, for example, it shouldn't matter if, to paraphrase Leo Durocher, "They're gay, straight, yellow, black or have stripes like a f****ng zebra." If they can play, and to Durocher's point, if they can make owners money, it should be a non-starter.
Unfortunately, it's not. Not yet.
Totally agree Red. If you can play, thats it.
I also think that if your gay, you don't need to broadcast it. If the motto is, "If you can play, you can play" and it doesnt matter if your gay, then theres no reason for one to be going out of their way to inform people of their sexual preference. I personally, don't care to know.
There was an incident at the high school in the town I live in last spring. Some stuff was said, kids got in trouble but one thing a coach said that stuck with me was, " His sexual preference was never an issue, until he made it one."