Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, December 22, 2020. It’s Tuesday. Next year, today’s date will be a palindrome, 12-22-21. This year, it’s just a bunch of twos with a one and a zero thrown-in. But in keeping with the rock radio tradition of “Two for Tuesday” hit selections, today’s Huddle brings you two of everything.
Your need to read time today is 90-seconds, as usual.
This Morning’s Outsports Headlines:
Out Olympic medalist Yulimar Rojas named World Athletics Female Athlete of the Year
Meghan Duggan and Gillian Apps traded World and Olympic titles before marrying
In other LGBT Sports news...
Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe urge court to overturn Idaho anti-trans sports law
He came out to his team before Stanford cut his sport. Now he mourns a lost family
- (NOTE: this story is behind a paywall)
Also new this morning...
Vonn Bell obliterates JuJu Smith-Schuster, who danced on Bengals logo
NBA Season Preview: All 30 teams answer one big question
- Scroll down to The Calendar for details on where and when to watch tonight’s exciting doubleheader!
GOSPACE welcomes new member Cammy Leigh Pereira!
Equality Coaching Alliance member Zach Draves recently interviewed trans rugger Grace McKenzie on his YouTube talk show, Beyond The Game:
If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! SPACE to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.
Highlights from Social Media:
As mentioned above, married equality advocate and seven-time world champion Meghan Duggan joined Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe and almost 200 other athletes in sending a message to a federal judge in Idaho: Don’t exclude transgender female student athletes from women’s sports.
I am proud to sign on to an amicus brief along with nearly 200 of my peers, @AthleteAlly, @LambdaLegal & @WomensSportsFdn in support of trans athletes' inclusion in sport.— Meghan Duggan (@mduggan10) December 21, 2020
Humanity wins when all girls & women, including trans girls & women, #KeepPlaying. pic.twitter.com/c9JEd9ilkG
Also, check out this wonderful post in the #gayathlete hashtag on Instagram: the guys known as @2MountainMen got engaged! It’s not sharable so click here to view and send your congratulations!
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Podcast Du Jour
Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today on The GAMEDAY TEA, D.Gil sips the tea with MMA fighter Cody Galloway. He talks about being out, battling alcoholism and the need for greater LGBTQ inclusion. Listen here:
ICYMI: Our Cyd Zeigler welcomed the aforementioned Meghan Duggan this week on the Outsports podcast Five Rings To Rule Them All. The hockey athlete talks about her quest for Olympic gold, her push for equal treatment for female athletes in hockey and how being married to a former “rival” on the ice, Gillian Apps who played for Canada, has taught her a lot about love. Listen here:
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Today’s Sports Calendar
NBA OPENING NIGHT:
Golden State Warriors vs. Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. EST on TNT.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers at 10 p.m. EST on TNT.
NCAAF BOWL GAMES:
Tulane vs. Nevada at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
UCF vs. #16 BYU at 7 p.m. on ESPN in the RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.
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