Hello, and welcome to The Huddle for today, Feb. 5, 2021. It’s the Friday before Super Bowl Sunday. I encourage you to celebrate safely this weekend!

Your need to read time today is 90-seconds, as usual.

Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Tales from a gay football fan

Rand Paul and Mitt Romney embarrass themselves lashing out at trans athletes

The three gayest logos in NFL history

How gay is your favorite NFL franchise?

Former WWE wrestler Gabbi Tuft comes out as transgender

Today’s LGBTQ sports story for Black History Month: The story of how Michael Sam came out as gay

In other LGBT Sports news…

‘Pushing children into transgenderism.’ Biden’s pro-LGBT orders decried by MS governor

Fact-check: Did Biden allow ‘males to compete in girls’ sports’?

Activities director says transgender athletes in high school sports a ‘non-issue’ as lawmakers ponder bills to limit participation

Also new today…

How the Buccaneers went from 7-9 to the Super Bowl in one year

Patrick Mahomes is ‘throwing crazy dots’ at practice leading into Super Bowl LV

Super Bowl LV cheat sheet: Chiefs-Bucs picks, bold predictions, key matchups, more

LeBron James doesn’t want an NBA All-Star game in 2021, and neither does anyone else

Paywalled story: ‘I lost it all’: Former Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman addresses whether he’ll ever call another Major League Baseball, NFL game


Today GO! SPACE welcomes Cai Resler, Josh Leafer, Justin Sankey and Matt Kaplon!

Cai Resler Josh LeaferJustin Sankey and Matt Kaplon

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:

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Podcast Du Jour

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today is 10 days until pitchers and catchers report. And yes, our Ken Schultz is aware that there is a “Big Game” this weekend (we believe it’s on Sunday). Today’s 3 Strikes You’re Out podcast is the 2nd annual Super Bowl Cliff’s Notes episode with Brian McGuinness of Playable Characters podcast. 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


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro hockey action today.


Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro basketball action today.


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.

Wondering what time is the Super Bowl on Sunday? SB Nation has the answer here!

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