Daily Archives: January 20, 2011

The best mascot vs. fan fight, ever. My week crawls toward Sunday. And gay parents prefer the South

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My friends, this is just priceless. I cannot put a price on it.
For reasons I can’t quite fathom, the mascot of the Utah Jazz basketball team is a bear.
And at a recent game, well, this happened. Some have suggested it was staged. I prefer to believe that sometimes, a mascot goes too far and needs a butt-whupping:

**Some weeks just drag. This week is dragging big-time, because I cannot freaking wait for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. to just get here already. Still can’t believe my New York Jets are 60 minutes from a Super Bowl. Again. Three times in my life, they’ve been this close. 1982. 1998. 2009. I can tell you in excruciating detail about all those AFC championship game losses.
This time is going to be different. I’m feeling very confident. After last week, the Jets can beat anybody.
Come on Sunday, hurry up and get here. Please.

**Finally today, a story that totally surprised me. This was in the New York Times, and it’s about new census data that shows child-rearing by same-sex couples is far more prevalent in the South than in any part of the country.
The same South that is home to some remarkably anti-gay religious leaders, and certainly has been seen as hostile toward homosexuals, gay marriage, and certainly gay adoption (Florida finally, in 2010, lifted its ban on gay adoption.)
But yep, it’s true: The South seems to be the most tolerant of same-sex couples raising kids.
Who knew?
Of course, just pointing this out will probably anger a whole lot of people who live down here.