Another crazy week in my world of sports [commentary]

Well, it has been another crazy week in the world of sports, at least from where I sit and the view I take.

First, let's get right to it. The issue that has sparked the fire, again.


Sometime last week, ESPN held its annual Espy's awards show. I didn't watch much of it, but there were a few parts I saw.

One was "The Rock," also known as Dwayne Johnson, that caught our attention, as he was the presenter for the show's Arthur Ashe award. The award is given to an individual, most notably for courage.

It seemed to be an easy pick this year. As Johnson started to talk about the honoree, it was quickly evident that Michael Sam was that person. For those who sleep under another kind of rock, Sam is the man who professed himself to be gay prior to the NFL Draft.

It took a lot of picks, but Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams. It was well documented on television then and again last week.

But since that show last week, there have been a few things said and most notably that of former NFL head coach Tony Dungy, a Christian man now known just as well for his accomplishments away from the field.

Dungy created a lot of buzz by saying "I wouldn't have taken him. Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it. [...] It's not going to be totally smooth … things will happen."

I'll be honest, before I knew exactly what was said, I had a feeling Dungy was poking a hornet's nest.

I believe the reality is what he said is right. While I believe many associated with the NFL game have welcomed the drafting of Sam, I also believe that there's a fair number of those who have not. I think the group are both in uniform and in the offices.

No one knows for sure whether Sam will be part of the Rams' official 53-man roster. If he's not, how many will say it's because he's gay?

Onto another subject. Did you watch any of The Open Championship, you know as the British Open? When the PGA plays over there it makes it hard to view, because of the time difference.

I watched as much as I could and it was really a pretty good tournament. Some may think that Rory McIlroy winning or Tiger Woods finishing almost last as the two biggest surprises of the event.

While I think they were both special, I was more impressed by the weather. Weather, you ask? Yes, because of the lack of it.

I've seen plenty of Open Championships when the wind was blowing and rain was coming down as much horizontally as vertically. I think we all know that weather like that is not fun to be in, but that's typically the weather over there this time each year.

Not this year, though. Actually, there was some rain that hit the area, but it came when play was over for the day or even overnight. How accommodating.


OK, IronBirds check. Uh, not good. The 'Birds were to return home Tuesday, losers of seven straight. Maybe Ripken Stadium will change their luck.