Thursday, October 24

Big Gay Nose Tackle - Over at, on their bloggish "Jock Talk" page, they're discussing the next high profile ex-professional athlete to come out of the closet -- 34-year-old NFL defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo. A famous Samoan-in-sports who has also tried his hand at a recording career, Tuaolo has singlehandedly ensured that most of the NFL has played with a gay teammate, serving nine years with such teams as the Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. Meanwhile, a certain sports columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune is furious that Esera gave his story to Ben's idol Bryant Gumbel (and the NY Times) after promising it to his hometown paper. (Don't you just love a bitchy blind gossip item?) Look for Tuaolo (you can't miss all 280 lbs. of him) to lead the GAPA contingent at the next San Fran pride parade.