Wooley’s Weekly Winners: Lions, Yankees, Brittney Griner
By: Ryan Wooley
New York Yankees:
After the tragic events that took place during the Boston Marathon this week, the New York Yankees showed more class than ever by honoring those affected by the tragedy by playing “Sweet Caroline”, a Fenway Park tradition, between the 3rd and 4th inning of their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s no secret that the Red Sox and Yankees are heated rivals and their fan bases hate each other, but Monday’s senseless attack stretches far beyond sports and the Yankees should be applauded for a moment that will always be remembered in the sporting world.
With the release of the 2013 schedule on Thursday night, the league rewarded the Lions once again with an opportunity to show that they belong in prime-time, handing them a Monday Night Football game in December against the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. It’s the first time since 1994-1996 that Detroit has played in three straight MNF games and first since the 81-84 seasons that they have hosted a game. Hopefully this year Detroit not only shows up to play in the game but it’s for something meaningful, like the NFC North title or wild card berth.
There have been reports recently that an NFL player is set to make an announcement that he is gay which would make him the first openly gay athlete in the world of sports, but Baylor standout Brittney Griner made her own announcement this week, paving the way for others saying she doesn’t know why it’s easier for women to come out over men but said that people should be who they are. It no doubt takes a lot of courage for athletes to truly say what they mean when it comes to the games themselves but it takes it to a whole new level for an athlete to come out and admit they’re a gay. Perhaps more will follow now?