Every state in the union is now at least partially open, but many of us are wisely continuing to wear masks, practice social distancing, and avoiding large crowds whenever possible. That’s because thousands of people are still getting sick and dying. If nothing else, I hope my weekly look at the week that was will serve as a distraction from all the disturbing headlines and the clashes between those who want to resume life as normal and those who are taking precautions while the danger of contagion remains.
This week, Outsports joined SB Nation, SwishAppeal and our other sister sports sites in sharing stories about underdogs. So, this week’s list follows this theme.
Outsports joins SB Nation in the latest theme week: Underdogs, beginning with 1969 World Series MVP Donn Clendenon, the “Miracle” Mets and their biggest fan, our managing editor.
A solid but unheralded acquisition that July, underdog Mike Montgomery became the hero Chicago needed, wrote our Ken Schultz.
We love them, root for them, make movies about them, but what qualifies someone to be an “underdog”?
Underdogs? Not in today’s WNBA, wrote SwishAppeal’s Cat Ariail. Refreshingly, WNBA stars do not adopt “underdog” mentalities. Instead, they project self-confidence, unapologetically advertising their well-earned belief in themselves.
The Chicago Sky’s Allie Quigley is one of the WNBA’s most feared shooters, nailing 3-pointers at 40 percent or better in each of her previous three seasons. This was not always the case, however, wrote SwishAppeal’s Eric Nemchock. Quigley fought the odds since draft day and crafted for an incredible career arc and tale of resilience.
SwishAppeal’s JimSavell wrote that everyone loves an upset, but why is that? Is this love conditional? There are several theories as to why we tend to root for underdogs in sports — sometimes over our own favorite teams.
SwishAppeal’s Tamryn Spruill calls Jesse Owens the quintessential underdog and muses about underdog psychology and theories about why underdogs win.
In 2008 one man took on an entire nation and became the gay Jesse Owens, wrote Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler.
Outsports deputy managing editor Alex Reimer wrote that no group of athletes fit the “underdog” definition better than the brave trans men, women, boys and girls who strap on their uniforms in the face of prejudice.
USWNT’s Megan Rapinoe delivered a powerful message in her part of Saturday night’s TV special, then let girlfriend Sue Bird cut her hair, live on Instagram.
She has been an elite player in college and in helping the U.S. to a world title and has done while being openly gay.
The head of the UK’s Sport and Recreation Alliance noted the period of no sports is a ripe time to discuss an inclusive future, in a recent interview with Sky Sports.
The WNBA star says drinking a cup of coffee before game time is one of her most important in-season rituals.
Benjamin Fredell was playing in an elite youth league, but years of homophobia in the sport and self-hatred led him to quit to find happiness.
A chance meeting helped Mark Turnipseed start to turn his life around and embrace who he is.
Caitlyn Jenner and LGBT celebs are sending messages of hope to young LGBT people struggling during lockdown
The British LGBT Awards and It Gets Better UK have launched a campaign featuring Jenner and other celebrities sending uplifting videos to LGBT youth.
Eric Radford talks about that magical week at the Winter Olympics, plus quarantine and his budding music career.
Scott Frantz was publicly out as gay for three years while playing for the Kansas State Wildcats.
The Olympic medalist is used to dazzling figure skating judges. But did you hear how he dazzled the panel on ‘Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!’?
How much do you know about LGBTQ professional athletes and Olympians? Eight contestants accepted our challenge. After two rounds, and a head-to-head lightning round, one champion emerged victorious.
Outsports Pride will be virtual this year, with a variety hour, webinars and community chats with sports heroes. Join us!
That’s all for this week! I’ll bring you a fresh list of winners and losers next Saturday, at the end of our “sporting events that made you cry” theme week. Got a name I missed, or want to challenge my choices? Comment here or on Facebook or Instagram, tweet at us, message me via any social media, or just plain email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!