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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sports Commentator Dale Hansen of Texas on Michael Sam and the NFL

Posted by on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 7:06 AM

So this video lit the internet on fire yesterday afternoon/last night. (At least by my clock.) The monologue comes from Dale Hansen of ABC's Dallas affiliate WFAA. It's perhaps surprising that one of the most salient pieces of commentary on Sam and the NFL comes from the heart of Texas, but that just makes it all the more excellent.


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NotSean 1
The stars at night are big and bright...
Posted by NotSean on February 13, 2014 at 7:15 AM · Report this
Posted by MemeGene on February 13, 2014 at 7:21 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 3
I'm guessing Mr. Hansen has a relative who happens to be gay that he cares about very much. Of course, that's not much of a stretch: most of us do.
Side note: many props for his excellent delivery. If only all local TV talking heads were this polished.
Posted by Sir Vic on February 13, 2014 at 7:23 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 4
Haters are going to burst a blood vessel.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 13, 2014 at 7:36 AM · Report this
He left out football players who participate in illegal dog fighting. When they're released from prison, they're welcome in the NFL, too.
Posted by Clayton on February 13, 2014 at 7:40 AM · Report this
California Kid 6
Very well put. In his honor I take away 10% of the bad things I've ever said about Texas
Posted by California Kid on February 13, 2014 at 7:43 AM · Report this
That was pretty much spot on. I wonder how it went over, in Dallas.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on February 13, 2014 at 7:44 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 8
I wouldn't be all that surprised to see something like this from a Seattle station, but hearing this from a station in Texas is fucking awesome. Maybe there's hope for the south yet.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on February 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM · Report this
@1 clap clap clap clap!
Posted by peskypoop on February 13, 2014 at 8:18 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 10
@7 someone shot a gun.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on February 13, 2014 at 8:18 AM · Report this
The cities of Dallas, Houston and Austin are actually quite liberal. Houston has a lesbian mayor. We nestled up here in the the northwest look askance at other regions of the countey and paint them with a fairly broad brush. Remember Washington State is pretty democrat, but you'd never know that if you never travelled west of the Cascades.

Regarding the football player, like all pioneers, be it color, gender, or sexual orientation, he's going to have to be exemplary on and off the field. I hope there'll be a time when a gay NFL player can just be good enough, not extra special. cAnd the fact that his draft prospects have dropped, I'm hoping a team like the Seahawks would consider him. Afterall, they said that they play with a chip on their shoulder, lets give them some more ammo to annihilate their opponents.
Posted by ProstSeattle on February 13, 2014 at 9:02 AM · Report this
My brother in Texas emailed me that link, describing Hansen as his favorite sportscaster. As far as the city of Dallas goes, yes, it's become much more liberal over the years. The mayor is an African-American Democrat and the openly lesbian sheriff just won reelection handily. It's the suburbs where you find most of the conservatism.

But this piece by Hansen really helps move the ball even further.
Posted by NotYourStrawMan on February 13, 2014 at 9:11 AM · Report this

Dallas Cowboys
Washington Redskins
Pittsburgh Steelers

They need one for the policeman.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on February 13, 2014 at 9:13 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 14
@7 Not exactly the same thing, but thumbs ups on YouTube are beating out thumbs downs by a factor of about 22. TWENTY-FUCKING-TWO. That is a big can of whoop-ass.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on February 13, 2014 at 9:17 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 15
@9 - Deep in the heart of Texas!
Posted by MacCrocodile on February 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM · Report this

what a bunch of cowards
Posted by LuisitaPhD on February 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM · Report this
and of course, liars
Posted by LuisitaPhD on February 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM · Report this
Liberals celebrate the strangest circumstances to flaunt their imagined moral supremacy... and often use non sequiturs to create these circumstances.

Let's keep politics out of sports and enjoy Michael Sam for his exceptional abilities and not his sexual preferences.

Posted by skoorbekim on February 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM · Report this
@18, you go first.
Posted by ohthetrees on February 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM · Report this
Dale Hansen rules, any other sports nerds out there have to stream "The Ticket" Sports Radio in Dallas via IHEART Radio. Dale is a regular contributor. Best station in the US, 2nd most streamed radio station in the world to the BBC. Every one of there host is honest and candid about real topics in America (not just sports). Makes 950/710 look like the JV sportscenter reruns they are.
Posted by g2000 on February 13, 2014 at 10:48 AM · Report this
come on in, the water's fine.
Posted by skoorbekim on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 22
@18: It isn't the "liberals" who are having difficulty separating Michael Sam's sporting abilities from his sexual preferences:

“I don’t think football is ready... at this point in time it’s still a man’s-man game. To call somebody a [gay slur] is still so commonplace.”

"If you knowingly bring someone in there with that sexual orientation... it’s going to be a big distraction. That’s the reality."

"How will drafting him affect your locker room? And I am sorry to say where we are at this point in time, I think it’s going to affect most locker rooms. A lot of guys will be uncomfortable.”

"That will break a tie against that player... Every time. Unless he’s Superman."

"This is a lot more okay in society than it is in lots of locker rooms. Some locker rooms are still stuck in the ’50s.”…
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on February 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM · Report this
If anyone wants a transcript, it's right here:…
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Who said that and why do you think that person is other than a liberal?
Posted by skoorbekim on February 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 25
@24: Follow the link. Anonymous NFL personnel said those things. Why do I think they are other than a liberal? Well, I can read.

Your complaint @18 was that liberals were "flaunt[ing] their imagined moral supremacy," and not just focusing on sporting ability. My point is that it is those opposed to Sam's coming out that seem to be incapable of focusing on his ability.

And I have no problem declaring myself morally superior to an anonymous bigot who says that an openly gay player would "chemically imbalance" a locker room. "Chemically imbalance." Like Sam is some kind of toxin.
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on February 13, 2014 at 11:10 AM · Report this
Getting upset at anonymous quotes is tantamount to tilting at windmills.
Posted by skoorbekim on February 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM · Report this
blip 27
@18, You're right, Michael Sam should live his personal life in shame and secrecy so he doesn't get his, uh, politics in your manly man sports.

Or? Perhaps as a gay person - no less a public figure in a historically homophobic industry - his personal life is inherently political no matter what choice he makes, so he chose to maintain his dignity, plus a bunch of points for pissing in your cornflakes.
Posted by blip on February 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Michael Sam has been publicly gay for years, and on a SEC team that had a chance to play for the national championship.

Why all the publicity now?

My fear is that he is being used by the Left to distract from their more fundamental philosophical problems.
Posted by skoorbekim on February 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM · Report this
blip 29
@28, lol what. He was out to some people already so why bother to come out publicly? Must be a left-wing conspiracy to create a distraction. Obviously.

Dude, just sit this one out. You're going to hurt yourself.
Posted by blip on February 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this
"no less a public figure in a historically homophobic industry" you say?

NFL players vote 90% Democratic and 60% of NFL owners' $$$ go to Democrats.

Beware, the Left manipulates the people they pretend to care about.

Posted by skoorbekim on February 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM · Report this
blip 31
@30, The fact that it's even an issue that he came out should put your concern to rest. There are many, many reasons people vote Democratic that have nothing to do with gay rights (like, say, being an ethnic minority). How football players vote has little to do with how they feel about a faggot queering up their sport. Try again. Wait, don't. Just stop.
Posted by blip on February 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 32
@30: You are so, so right. The real problem facing Michael Sam is all those lefties who are praising his courage and supporting his decision to come out. If only they were more like those anonymous NFL cowards calling him a "distraction."
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on February 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM · Report this
Knat 33
Wow. Very well said.
Posted by Knat on February 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Report this
@28: Michael Sam has been publicly gay for years? I guess Michael Sam's dad didn't get that memo.…
Posted by One Breath on February 13, 2014 at 5:53 PM · Report this
seatackled 35
Was Mr. Hansen referring to specific players, especially about one who killed someone driving drunk, the one who dragged a woman down the stairs and got picked #4, and the one who tried to cover up a murder?

Some of these sound familiar, and I know there's that Patriot who got arrested for murder, but are his examples of actual cases in which the players went back to playing?
Posted by seatackled on February 13, 2014 at 10:41 PM · Report this
marymc 36
Part Two: Dale Hansen appears on Ellen DeGeneres (In which our hero points out that there's more than one kind of stereotypical thinking going on here...that so many of us were so amazed that a "“an old fat white guy from Dallas, Texas" would speak up for gay rights)…
Posted by marymc on February 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM · Report this
@5 mike vick paid his debt to society and has every right to work in his profession. saying otherwise is unfair and immoral and unamerican.

when you you consider the racial bias in the judicial system and consider that his crime is no different than hunting for sport (a billion dollar legal business) and on a minor scale of animal cruelty when compared with the billions of cows, lambs, chickens, pigs, ducks, and goats slaughtered annually in this country is obvious to me he received such harsh sentencing mostly because he was a hi-profile black man who had to be made an example of. to paraphrase chris rock on the animal cruelty of the hunting and the meat industry..."they're all right, cause they're all white"

note - i believe vick was guilty of a crime and should have been punished, but what the fine paid and the amount of time he served was grossly unfair.
Posted by Cassette tape fan on February 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM · Report this

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