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Pat McMahon

Sam the Ram

"Ooh! Michael Sam kissed a boy on TV and there were kids watching!"

Yes, it's true.

University of Missouri All-American defensive end Michael Sam was told by the St. Louis Rams that they were drafting him and there, while being congratulated by family and college teammates, he expressed his emotions by kissing his boyfriend, just as other earlier draft choices had kissed girlfriends.

An NFL player actually did respond with the reminder that kids were watching and you know what kids were probably saying? "Who cares?"

Why is everyone making such a big deal out of Michael Sam being the first openly gay football player drafted in the NFL? Notice I said "openly gay." He didn't wait to get home to kiss his boyfriend; he did it on ESPN. He's no doubt not even the first gay football player to sign with the Rams. He's just the first honest one. The social barriers are falling right and left.

Soon, I expect to hear that Maurisio Abdul Escobar, a gay, Muslim, Latino punter, is playing in the NFL Pro Bowl.

Isn't it fun being a sports fan?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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