Michael Sam came out publicly as a gay man last week. The responses-- as well as the stories of the initial reaction at Missouri-- have been hearteningly supportive. But there will be obstacles, both from the old-school itchiness that still inhabits some of the NFL, and from plainly hateful people. The latter is the issue this weekend, as the unabashed hate-spewing misanthropes of the Westboro Baptist Church announced plans to demonstrate on the Missouri campus Saturday afternoon.
Mizzou students wouldn't have it. Taking their cue from Texas A&M's response to a similar encroachment by the WBC years back, students Alix Carruth and Kelaney Lakers organized a human wall to "Stand With Sam" and prevent the WBC from entering. It's impressive:
Wonderful stuff, Tigers