Bumpy road | Michael Sam spoke about his experience as the first openly gay NFL player in a lecture at Statler auditorium on Monday.

Michael Sam Addresses LGBT Inclusion in NFL Community

“[Being gay] may affect your ability of playing,” Sam said. “I was the top prospect and should have probably been in the first round of draft, but now I’m not even in the league. [Football] is a dirty business and there are a lot of backroom deals.”

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First Openly Gay NFL Player to Speak at Cornell

Michael Sam, the first National Football League player to come out as gay, will deliver a free lecture in Statler Auditorium on Nov. 14, the Cornell University Programming Board announced Thursday. Sam made headlines when he told his teammates that he was gay in 2013, after finishing his career as a college athlete. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014, and is currently a free agent.

SHATZMAN | Roger Goodell’s Inconsistency in the Punishing of NFL Players

Is Roger Goodell just arbitrarily choosing numbers and using them for suspensions? Where are the standards? Where is the consistency? Goodell is a cavalier commissioner whose ineptness in handling discipline is embarrassing to professional sports. “Kill a man while intoxicated and then come catch passes for us!” “Beat your girlfriend and sign a cushy one-year, $11.3 million contract.” “A 22-year-old smoking weed, drinking, not hurting anyone and taking full responsibility for childish mistakes? Hell no. One year ban”.

SCAZZERO | A Battle of Two Eras

This article is going to run after the Super Bowl has already been played and won, but it would seem wrong to write about anything that was not Super Bowl-related on Super Bowl weekend. And no matter the outcome this past Sunday — as it will prove historic for whichever team and quarterback wins — the impressiveness of the matchup between the two quarterbacks remains. One of the big things that everyone keeps bringing up regarding Sunday’s Super Bowl is how it is a shame to see two great quarterbacks finally play against each other but at almost opposite points of the spectrum in their careers. Cam Newton is on the rise, while Peyton Manning is probably playing in the last Super Bowl of his career. Though the two will not actually have a face-to-face showdown — because that’s how football works — it will still be a cross-generational battle of sorts.

LEWIS | The Fate Theory

What are you guys more excited for? The release of Kanye’s Waves in the upcoming weeks, or Sunday’s Super Bowl 50? The correct answer is Waves, but I’ll forgive you for saying the Super Bowl. That should be pretty awesome too. In light of the biggest sport event of the year, I think it’s the appropriate time to unveil the biggest sport’s theory of all time, philosophized by yours truly.

DENSON | Domestic Violence: The Ugliest Problem in Sports

I’m of the mindset that at our core we use sports as a catharsis of sorts, but this idea becomes harder to support when heroic athletes become anti-heroes. The period of complacency towards athletes who abuse women has gone on far too long. It is time for these violent offenders to join the Hall of Infamy with all those we choose to erase from our memory.