To be clear, Michael Sam is not a star. No one thinks he's the second coming of Bruce Smith or Reggie White, and he works in the bizarre world of football defensive linemen, where being 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds means you are small, but there's no doubt the kid can play. The argument goes, however, that having a gay on the team will cause the sky to fall, the team bus to explode, and the cheerleaders to burst into flames, and those are just the good things. So what happened after Sam told his teammates he was gay before this past season? Sam picked up 11 and half sacks and 19 tackles for loss on a Missouri team that went 12-2 and won the Cotton Bowl, was a first-team all-American, and was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Maybe it's fair to assume that he only got all those sacks because right-minded homophobic offensive linemen didn't want to block him lest they get some gay on them, but, more likely, he's just pretty damn good. And I'm pretty sure that the next time Sam blows up a running back forcing a fumble, one of his teammates will overcome any religious qualms to fall on the ball. I mean, he's already gotten over the whole touching-the-skin-of-a-pig thing, being decent to another human being shouldn't be a problem.