1. Wrestler Says He’s Gay– There are few things considered more masculine than wresting. Whether it be Olympic wrestling, or the “fake” entertainment wresting, it is considered one of the toughest and most physical sports you can do. So it was a surprise when wrestling star Darren Young came out in a recent impromptu interview with TMZ. Given the trend of athletes coming out in recent months, the interviewer asked Young if a gay wrestler could make it in the WWE. He ended up scoring a huge scope, as Darren Young casually and calmly, came out. What I loved so much about this interview was that it was not a big deal for Young. He even asked the interviewer why it was a big deal, and if it changed his opinion on the wrestler, to which the interviewer said “if anything I admire you even more now.” I hope that the way Young handled it is a sign of things to come. While an athlete coming out is still a big deal, it really shouldn’t be. His sexual preference has nothing to do with his job performance, and I admire Young for stepping up and leading the way in what will hopefully be a sign of things to come.
2. Jozy Altidore’s Gem- I was fairly outspoken about how disappointed I was with Jozy Altidore’s performance at the 2010 World Cup. I was also quick to point out how young he was at the time, and how with a few years of development, he could be a deadly weapon in Brazil in 2014. Well after the USA’s friendly with Bosnia-Herzegovina yesterday, it looks like I may have been right. Altidore, who didn’t find the back of the net in four games in 2010, score not once, not twice, but three times yesterday in a thrilling 4-3 win for the US. Those who were keeping an eye on the football scores might have written the US off at 2-0 down, but they would have been wrong to.” The most impressive goal was Altidore’s second, which came on a free kick, something that Altidore is not known for. Well he could have fooled a first time viewer into thinking he was Cristiano Rolando with this absolute gem of a free kick, aiming perfectly for the top corner, giving the keeper no chance.