Sheryl Swoopes, the 2005 WNBA Most Valuable Player, announced she is lesbian the other day to a general, nationwide yawn.
The first active, prominent NFL, NBA or MLB player to reveal his gayness will create a sensation, while non-reaction to Swoopes' announcement owes to both the minor impact of the WNBA and also to the LPGA-fueled assumption (quite likely a wrong one) that a higher percentage of women athletes than men may be homosexual.
By the way, actor George Takei -- Star Trek's "Sulu" -- said this week he is gay, too.
In an unrelated story, I was packing for my weekend trip last night in a powerless house, picking out shirts using a flashlight, when my 14-year-old son leaped suddenly from under the jackets, scaring the [bleep] out of me as intended. Soon after that, we both came out of the closet.