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Oprah Network's Michael Sam Reality Show Postponed After Rams Meeting
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Posted on 05/17/2014 10:02:38 PM PDT by chessplayer

Michael Sam’s declaration in February that he wanted just to be known as a football player, and not a gay football player, started to unravel with the news that he was working with the Oprah Winfrey Network on a reality show on his "historic" journey. Who was causing the distraction now? Not the “haters.”

Sources told ESPN.com that the network's plan was to follow Sam's personal life as he tried to make the Rams, dividing the content into six to eight segments. The Rams and the NFL said they were unaware of the project prior to its announcement.

“After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, the untitled Michael Sam project has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team,” said Erik Logan, president of OWN. “OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.”

“After today’s meeting with the Rams, we collectively feel it is best to postpone the project,” added Sam’s agent Cameron Weiss. “This will allow for Michael to have a total focus on football and will ensure no distractions to his teammates. EVERYBODY INVOLVED REMAINS COMMITTED TO THIS PROJECT and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message.”


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KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; liberalmedia; michaelsam; nfl; trashtv
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Now everybody remember he just wants to be known as a football player!
1 posted on 05/17/2014 10:02:38 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Oprah wanna make Sammie an “openly gay” rock star!


2 posted on 05/17/2014 10:07:04 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: chessplayer

OWN is about elevating and empowering people? I thought it was for profit.


3 posted on 05/17/2014 10:10:00 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: chessplayer

what ‘historical importance’ ??? Sam is not the first gay man to play sports fcol


4 posted on 05/17/2014 10:11:14 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: chessplayer

Actually Michael Sam is a very clever guy. He may or may not make money as a player in the NFL. However in today’s cultural environment there is a fortune to be made as a gay icon.


5 posted on 05/17/2014 10:12:15 PM PDT by allendale
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To: blueplum

And a 7th round draft pick at that. What’s so historical? If his NFL career fizzles out, as expected, he has an “escape route” by hooking up with a gig on Oprah’s network. So much transparent BS. And to think I when I was kid I was made fun of for beleiving pro wrestling was real? SHEESH!


6 posted on 05/17/2014 10:15:23 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: chessplayer

I hope everybody is Happy now.


7 posted on 05/17/2014 10:15:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: chessplayer; FlingWingFlyer; Salamander
“After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, the untitled Michael Sam project has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team,”

Translation:

If you guys at OWN try to turn our training camp into a media circus we'll cut his sorry ass right now and be done with it.

8 posted on 05/17/2014 10:35:15 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: chessplayer

Yeah, much like Danica Patrick who just wanted to be known as a race car driver. Well, before her pinup calendar shots anyway.


9 posted on 05/17/2014 10:40:10 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Bob

And yes - Ellen Degeneres used to be funny when she was a professional comedian who happened to be a lesbian. I enjoyed much of her stuff. She quickly became a lot less funny when she turned into a professional lesbian who happened to be a comedian. When being a gay activist is your be-all and end-all, everything else takes second place to that.


10 posted on 05/17/2014 10:49:00 PM PDT by Bob
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To: chessplayer

Was it going to be a musical?


11 posted on 05/17/2014 10:50:58 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: bramps

That’s the ticket!

Just imagine Sam in the role here played so well by John Larroquette -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGIRhX1QFe8


12 posted on 05/17/2014 10:56:40 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: chessplayer

Hmmm. Guess this makes Oprah a racist homophobe.


13 posted on 05/17/2014 11:04:57 PM PDT by LaybackLenny (Sarah Palin - Last Man Standing (Ironic, ain't it?))
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To: shibumi

How long were you waiting for a chance to post that?


14 posted on 05/17/2014 11:09:11 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: shibumi

Bingo.

You broke the code.


15 posted on 05/17/2014 11:10:02 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: chessplayer

I’m sorry but I can’t look at Sam’s face without thinking...... ugh.

I’m sure his teammates will feel that way too.


16 posted on 05/17/2014 11:14:36 PM PDT by Reagan‹berAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: bramps
"How long were you waiting for a chance to post that?"

Honest! It just popped out of the memory hole.

(I have a lot of odd stuff packed away in there. I'm old enough to have been in musucal theater way back when it was a great way for straight guys to meet cool chicks.)

17 posted on 05/17/2014 11:37:53 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: allendale

If Sam is okay with being permanently typecast as ‘That Black Gay Football Rookie” he will do well financially. This little episode here with Sam keeping a reality show secret from his Team Managers should be a teaching moment for them.

Look at how selfcentered and downright sneaky this fellow can be, and he has’nt even got started or met his team mates yet, plus; look at what happened to a player who dared to express himself in a nonsupportive manner; he was fined out of pocket and sent to a socialist styled ‘re-education camp, something we used to joke about as being uniquely Red Chinese. Hell, I wouldn’t say one single word to him until he calls off his Gay Mafia. These things and more will not endear him to the team. Maybe his skill will override all of that, one never knows.


18 posted on 05/17/2014 11:45:17 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: shibumi

That looks like a Jolly Grey Giant dancing onstage with an twinkle toed Elf. Well, it is supposed to be comedy.


19 posted on 05/17/2014 11:50:33 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Have you ever seen “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying?”

It’s one of the best written and funniest musicals ever.

Many years ago I performed that number on stage. (Hint - I wasn’t the Elf.) I still laugh every time I see it.


20 posted on 05/18/2014 12:11:49 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: chessplayer

“OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best”

Another Jeremiah Wright disciple from the “church” of what’s happening now.


21 posted on 05/18/2014 12:13:46 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: shibumi

I didn’t see the play, but during the 1967 I heard a great deal about it being connected to the actor Robert Morse. I think he made the movie, which was a fun musical. Believe it or not Rudy Valee was in it as Jasper Biggley and Maureen Arthur was Hedy LaRue. The Wiki says that Robert Morse is still alive at 83 y/o. His height was only 5ft 5inches. Only Tom Cruise comes close to that these days. I always have admired actors and doctors because they make their living by using their memory. My memory is adequate, but less so as time moves on. A good actor actually becomes that person while in the role.


22 posted on 05/18/2014 12:30:53 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell
"A good actor actually becomes that person while in the role."

That is exactly why I stopped acting.

I was in college at the time. I had a long string of both comedic and dramatic roles including some good quality summer stock productions under my belt.

I was wondering out loud why my girlfriend broke up with me and my roommate said "For the same reason your going to have to find a new roommate next year. No one knows who you might be from day to day."

I made Stanislavski proud.

23 posted on 05/18/2014 12:40:56 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: chessplayer
Jeff Fisher is a no-nonsense coach. All he cares about is whether Sam can play or not. Now that this is out in the open and his team didn't know about it, he's got probable cause to cut Sam.

Goodell is completely destroying the NFL. He is alienating die-hard fans and turning the sport into a leftist laboratory. Watch as the homosexual lobby will put pressure on the NFL to "reach out" to more homosexual players, hire homosexual coaches, and even wear rainbow flag emblems on their jerseys like they have the U.S. flag. Fans are going to get disgusted and leave; players will quit or retire early.

The homosexual agenda has nothing to do with "equality." It is all about destroying traditional institutions and leaving them hollowed out and then they move on to the next institution.

24 posted on 05/18/2014 1:41:00 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: chessplayer

This boy better concentrate on his ability to play because if he doesn’t he is going to have his a#se handed to him (so to speak}.


25 posted on 05/18/2014 1:46:01 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: chessplayer

Sam I Am is the homosexual Ryan Leaf and locker room poison. The sooner the Rams cut him, the better. The organization already has jeopardized its off season and training camp activities.


26 posted on 05/18/2014 1:58:46 AM PDT by twister881
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To: chessplayer

Anyone interested in this nonsense can log on to a gay porn site. Sam is a fraud and Oprah promotes frauds.


27 posted on 05/18/2014 2:11:02 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: shibumi

Your point supports what I have been explaining why I feel that so much of the Hollyweird crowd is so impressionable, or should I say gullible.

They have spent all of their time being someone else that they have totally forgotten who they are. So in desperation, they are gullible enough to latch onto anything the crowd around them tells them they are just to be accepted. It is an overriding deep desire they have to be liked.

I was watching the History of the Eagles yesterday and something struck me about how they went for total abusers of drink and drugs to a total ban on them while they were doing anything Eagles. It hit me when they were talking about how accepting the crowds were when they got back together that I put this one to my sense of logic.

The euphoria they feel while on stage is the thing they were trying to put into their lives off stage and tried everything they could to keep that on stage feeling when not performing. It was only in their retrospect that their love of the music combined with their families was good enough and the performance was just icing on the cake.


28 posted on 05/18/2014 3:40:05 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: mazda77

I think you are dead on in your personality analysis.

Your point about the Eagles and their ban on drugs is further borne out in the lives of many other stars both in the music and acting world. Aerosmith, Robert Duvall, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins ... the list goes on and on.

Then there are those who don’t get that message and their names are those lamented as passing too early - Joplin, Hendricks, Winehouse and many, many others whose lives end at midpoint because of immersion in ersatz euphoria.


29 posted on 05/18/2014 4:01:47 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: chessplayer

1. I bet these idiots thought that because he’s drafted he’s on the team.

2. I bet he was molested as a child and there were already plans to edit that out of this “reality” show.


30 posted on 05/18/2014 4:03:10 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: goodwithagun

Yep!


31 posted on 05/18/2014 4:08:28 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: goodwithagun

I am 100% certain you’re correct on your point #1.

I am 95% sure you are correct on point #2. The question on #2 would be, was the perp someone like The Usurper’s “Pop?” Or perhaps some other school’s version of Jerry Sandusky?


32 posted on 05/18/2014 4:12:00 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: chessplayer

In his first days, he might make a good tight end. After that, he may not be tight enough for the title.


33 posted on 05/18/2014 4:46:55 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: chessplayer

How to get rich and famous in this country.
Not by hard work and intelligence, but by membership in a government-favored victim group.


34 posted on 05/18/2014 4:49:03 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: trebb
NFL now has a new position. Along with halfback, fullback, running back, quarterback, cornerback and defensive back, it now has blowback.

Wonder how many Rams fans are putting there season tickets on eBay?

35 posted on 05/18/2014 5:01:37 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: I want the USA back
"Not by hard work and intelligence, but by membership in a government-favored victim group."

Living around Black people makes the kids sick.

This is the new 'racket' in town:

Hood Disease: Inner City Oakland Youth Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Start sending the (life long?) disability checks.

36 posted on 05/18/2014 5:04:35 AM PDT by blam
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To: chessplayer
“OWN is about elevating and empowering people Oprah to achieve their best the most money...
37 posted on 05/18/2014 5:25:25 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: allendale

Bingo.
If he flops in the NFL, he’ll join Jesse and Rev Al with a weekly TV show.


38 posted on 05/18/2014 5:33:36 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: shibumi

It was Joe Walsh’s retrospect on his issues when he asked the question as to whether Hemmingway without the alcohol or Hendrix without the LSD could have reached their levels of creativity. He justified his use of alcohol and cocaine to that mind set, until after he went through rehab and in thinking about that, he said it never crossed his mind that those you also mentioned were all dead.

It was quite illuminating to see the retrospect interviews with all the band members over the years.


39 posted on 05/18/2014 6:16:04 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: chessplayer

Sadly, while the NFL continues to push this kind of cultural decay, many conservative Americans will continue to support the NFL and, by extension, the cultural decay.


40 posted on 05/18/2014 6:22:40 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: chessplayer

I heard Oprah wanted to call this gay football show,”The Beauty And The Beasts”. But that was taken...
So I wondered what they would call it..
Rainbow Jockstrap
Free Willie.... Might be taken..
Hide the pickle...
Lipstick football....
Don’t hurt me I’ll cry.....


41 posted on 05/18/2014 6:25:32 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Bob

I feel pretty much the same way, both professionally and personally.

If someone is homosexual and isn’t publicizing it to me or anyone else, I don’t care. It is between them and God, and I take them as what they are.

If they want to point it out, highlight and advertise it, that changes things.


42 posted on 05/18/2014 6:25:52 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: shibumi

Postponed... As in take all the video you want, just don’t air it until later postponed?


43 posted on 05/18/2014 6:26:21 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Impala64ssa

yesterday, I spent some time watching videos on YouTube of Michael Sam last year during SEC games. I wanted to find out weather he really should have been the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, because I understand that he had 11 sacks or so, but his number of tackles was very low overall. I wondered how a guy who played on the same team as Kony Ealy could be drafted so much lower than Ealy after Sam was named to such a high honor and Ealy was not. Let me tell you that the game tape does not explain why he was chosen for this honor. Go and look on youtube for the Missouri vs Florida and Missouri vs Vanderbilt videos - the ones that are specific to Michael Sam. You will see a football player who is slow, who is often blocked out of the play, and who occasionally gets lucky by having an offensive tackle simply release him into the quarterback. in that Vanderbilt game, I think he had three sacks,but you will see that other than the three sacks, he was a non factor.Vanderbilt Austin ran right through the whole that he was trying to fill, and no I’m not trying to make a pun when I say that. the Florida tape is much the same way.

watching all of that just made me wonder whether the entire thing has been a charade from the beginning. Was he giving that award so that his supporters would be able to make an argument that the SEC Defensive Player of the Year should be drafted?


44 posted on 05/18/2014 6:30:32 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: shibumi

That was the worst 49 seconds of my life.


45 posted on 05/18/2014 6:31:40 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: RightFighter

Please pardon the spelling and grammatical mistakes in the previous post. This is what I get for posting from my phone.


46 posted on 05/18/2014 6:31:54 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: Flycatcher

One goal met for the day!


47 posted on 05/18/2014 6:40:03 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Reagan√úberAlles
He's going to have a real uphill battle this summer in training camp with his teammates and coaches. He hasn't accomplished a damn thing on an NFL playing field and yet "pretty boy" is going to waltz into training camp and upstage all of them with the fawning media attention. All because he professes a love of playing around with men's genitalia.

Think about that. The average NFL player spends years getting to that level and once there, it's even more difficult to maintain your place because you have the summer training camps under the blazing July sun where you constantly have to re-prove yourself so that you can hopefully stay on the roster another year. Unless you are a big name QB or RB, people are going to forget who you were less than a year after you leave the game.

So you can imagine their annoyance with this Michael Sam, who again, hasn't accomplished a damn thing on an NFL football field, getting all this attention. And get this: Michael Sam is NOT the first homosexual man to play this game. Not by a long shot. But the other homosexuals in the game kept their mouths shut about that part of their lives, played the game they were paid to do, and didn't allow their sexuality to define who they were. Those are the ones that deserve the respect. Not this attention-seeking drama queen.

48 posted on 05/18/2014 6:48:10 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: mazda77; shibumi
It was Joe Walsh’s retrospect on his issues when he asked the question as to whether Hemmingway without the alcohol or Hendrix without the LSD could have reached their levels of creativity. He justified his use of alcohol and cocaine to that mind set, until after he went through rehab and in thinking about that, he said it never crossed his mind that those you also mentioned were all dead.

To many young people today look at these and see the greatness and say I want to be like that. They fail to look at the tragic end due to the consequences of these choices. Several years ago I had a student that played some really good guitar. He had tremendous natural ability. He also, sadly had an affinity for marijuana. Basically he is living in his parents basement doling nothing with his life or God given talent.

49 posted on 05/18/2014 7:46:40 AM PDT by verga (Conservative, leaning libertatrian)
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To: chessplayer

I do no like this TV cam
I do not like it, Sam the Ram
The tale you told us, it would seem,
Did not match up with your dream.
If on this field you wish to play,
Postpone the show for a later day.
But if your kiss shows who you are,
By all means go, be a TV star.


50 posted on 05/18/2014 9:38:06 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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