Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, September 22, 2020. It’s Tuesday.
Your need to read time today is 90-seconds, as usual.
This Morning’s Sports Headlines:
OUTSPORTS EXCLUSIVE: HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’ pulls planned report on trans student athletes. My question this morning is... why?
Karleigh Webb reports that Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont told Betsy DeVos: ‘Butt out... Leave our kids alone’
At 10 a.m. EDT: Our Ken Schultz writes that Before demanding Olympic ban for Iran, America needs to clean up its own house
At 11 a.m. EDT: Outsports co-founder Jim Buzinski reports that LGBTQ baseball fans on Facebook are sharing their love of the game, from homers to hotties
In other LGBT Sports news...
Yale News: Confronted with federal funding threats over trans athletes policy, New Haven BOE discusses legal recourse
CT Post columnist: Withholding federal funds over transgender-athlete policy is cruel ploy
Also new this morning...
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll fined $100,000 for violating NFL face mask policy and team fined $250,000
Giants don’t see any problems with MetLife Stadium turf
Paul George’s speech after Clippers’ Game 7 loss to Nuggets was met with eye rolls, per report
Meet Equality Coaching Alliance member Nile Clark:
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:
WEAR YOUR DAMN MASK!
I think I finally saw Jon Gruden wear his mask correctly at 1:01 left in the 4th quarter of the game. ♂️ At that point, why bother?! #Raiders— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) September 22, 2020
A legitimate question from ESPN’s Rachel Nichols:
Why wasn't Ruth Bader Ginsburg honored by the NBA this weekend? In a league that absolutely holds equality as a core value, the icons of that equality can’t only include those who helped the men we see on TV, but those who paved the way for the women who work right alongside them pic.twitter.com/UiTktdFr5w— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) September 21, 2020
Billie Jean King is elated at the class of 2021!
Congratulations to all who were named to the 2021 @TennisHalloFame Ballot:— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 22, 2020
The Original 9, @lleytonhewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Sergi Bruguera, Jonas Bjorkman, Lisa Raymond, and Dennis Van der Meer. https://t.co/FoqwnWwT3P
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Podcast Du Jour
Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, Outsports bids farewell to Randy Boose, host of Level Playing Field. Here’s his message about today’s final episode, in which I appear as his guest:
“Thank you so much everybody for listening to my podcast. I had a lot of fun doing this, I learned a lot about the LGBTQ community and also myself. My guest this week is the managing editor of Outsports, Dawn Ennis. We chat about a few different topics and she asks me why I am ending the podcast. I hope you enjoy, I will still be active on twitter under @LPFPod. You can also follow my personal account at @randyb_SC.” Listen here:
This and all Outsports podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and on every platform where you find Outsports!
Today’s Sports Calendar
Connecticut Sun vs. Las Vegas Aces at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPN2
Minnesota Lynx vs. Seattle Storm at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN2
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets at 9 p.m. EDT on TNT
NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL: NO GAME SCHEDULED
MLB NATIONALLY-TELEVISED GAMES:
New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 6:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Mets at 7:10 p.m. EDT on ESPN+
Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at 9:10 p.m. EDT on FS1
Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Dodgers at 9:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN
Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.
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