Todd Reynolds and the Gay Marriage “Debate,” and A Terminology Fix?ShareThis
If you missed Elliotte Friedman’s constantly praise-worthy “30 Thoughts” column this week, you can find it here. Dude knows what he’s talking about.
Anytime you make 30 separate points, people aren’t going to agree with everything, and I’m no different – I quibbled with two things he mentioned this week (a higher total than usually, impressively).
My first minor beef that gives me an excuse to rant:
I’m sure most of you are up on the story about the sports agent (Todd Reynolds) who tweeted from the company account (@UptownHockey) that he was saddened to learn that Sean Avery had spoken out on a PSA for “Equality for Everyone,” which is a sentence I can’t believe I just had to type. Avery was supporting gay marriage (which will always be wrong, Reynolds explained), cause, y’know, EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE.
Anyway (and yes, I realize the sensitivity meter is jacked up a little high from me on this one, but it’s really just a good jumping off point for me) Elliotte wrote a fairly harmless sentence in his post worth chatting about:
It’s a passionate debate with a lack of intelligent reaction on both sides.
While I’m not sure there’s a “lack on intelligent reaction” from the side that’s for equality – try pulling up the thoughts of Bruce Arthur (radio), Greg Wyshynski (linked above), and Joe Yerdon to get started - I’m almost certain that the word “debate” in there is giving one side of whatever-you-want-to-call-this-madness too much credit.
Not to get too strong in my tone here, but it’s kind of like “debating” with your toddler at the grocery store about whether you should save your money or buy 50,000 boxes of Sugar Bombs cereal. Logic prevails pretty handily (as much as I love sugary cereals).
The only points I’ve heard against gay marriage in the past day or two involved something about it being a slippery slope before a man can marry a horse (no seriously, someone said that, I’ll try to find the link), and then Todd Reynolds implying on TSN Radio (which I’m on tomorrow at 11amEST to discuss this) that he’d be okay if gay couples ”found a way around it, maybe call it something different or something.”
Gayrriage? Shmarriage, maybe?
That’s not a debate. That’s nonsense.
I understand the religious aspect that needs to be mentioned – I grew up with religion as a part of my life so I get it, but frankly, I don’t feel the need to get into my beliefs to defend the stance that as long as we’re here on this earth, and nobody knows anything for damn sure, we need to treat one another like equals. That’s what everything boils down to. Do unto others and all that good stuff.
And that argument doesn’t lack intelligent reaction. That’s flat-out logical.
As George Takei frequently tweets, gay rights are human rights.
My second, and far more minor quibble is on a comment that I’m seeing damn near everywhere, especially on twitter (follow me here, or I’ll kick my kitten) – something to the effect of “can we please stop using the term “mild” concussion,” or as he put it,
“Can we please stop using the term ‘minor’ concussion. No such thing.”
Now, those of you who read my stuff fairly regularly know I’m sensitive to the serious nature of concussions. No two are alike, and the same hit affects different players in different ways.
That said, medical staffs are often able to project, based on a player’s symptoms and how they do on the baseline concussion test, a very rough guidline for their return. If Marc Savard gets Matt Cooked again, and is periodically blacking out and on the verge of puking while repeating himself, he’s in a worse pickle than a guy who’s a little foggy and feels okay on the treadmill two days after the big hit.
When the media wants to know the severity of the concussion, they need to be told somehow, don’t they? There has to be some way to say “not as bad as many of them,” without people assuming they’re trivializing a concussion. I don’t think we need to get too sensitive over the terminology.
We know none of them are fun to have, but anything - ”low-grade” or any other term is going to sound the same way. They all suck, but some will clearly take longer than others to recover from.
Sorry for the serious tone today friends, but those are the current topics, it appears. Until Sharks/Wings tonight that is! Will we see a game seven?