Players and teams in the National Hockey League are sponsoring an effort to rid sports of homophobia.
The You Can Play project rolled out the first of several PSAs yesterday:
In the video are: Patrick Burke (Philadelphia), Brian Burke (Toronto), Rick Nash (Columbus), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Brian Boyle (New York), Matt Moulson (New York Islanders), Joffrey Lupul (Toronto), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia), Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa), Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia), Corey Perry (Anaheim), Andy Greene (New Jersey), Dion Phaneuf (Toronto), Henrik Lundqvist (New York).
Last year, a small number of baseball teams produced the "It Gets Better" campaign in the wake of the suicides of gay teenagers, but most teams did not join in. The Twins promised an effort in the project this coming season.
My hat is tipped to the NHL and all who participated in this effort.
You wouldn't want to try to bully a gay NHL player anyway.
Good for all involved.
Hey, this calls for an inappropriate joke based on an only marginally accurate stereotype!:
If this has the desired affect and significant numbers of openly gay men decide to play professional hockey, the NHL will probably have to institute a No Slapping penalty.
We posters may not be able to rally HBO & the NHL to make a PSA, but we can call attention to stuff that just extends the ridicule & exclusion of GLBT individuals. (Any more abbreviations out there that can be shoehorned into that sentence?)
Jim, saying up front that the joke is inappropriate doesn't really excuse the telling. Or the lameness.