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  1. It's a very big deal because the NFL isn't very LGBT-friendly historically, and it should hopefully force sport society here to move forward. Only one active player in the four major sports came out, but because Collins is in his mid-30s and was a free agent when he announced he's gay, he'll likely never play in the NBA again. Sam hasn't been drafted yet and is on the cusp to being the first openly gay player on not just an NFL roster, but the four major sports, period.
  2. Some I'm very familiar with are as follows: 1. Jamaica Center, particularly Sutphin Avenue. Jamaica Center is the home of several bus routes to various other neighborhoods, including the n4 to Freeport. Sutphin Avenue E/J/Z is home to one of the busiest sections in the neighborhood because you have a rush of people getting on and off there as well as people heading to specific sections of JFK, either by the Q6 (local all day, limited during the rush) or AirTrain. Jamaica, Queens is also the home of CUNY's York College, so you will see people commute to there. 2. Flushing. The very end of the is the home of the neighborhood's hub. It's very busy, but also has very fantastic Asian dining if you wish to try. Simultaneously, there are many buses (as well as the LIRR) nearby in case you wish to commute (including the Q48 to LaGuardia and Q50 to Pelham Bay Park and Co-Op City), whether it's required or for fun. One stop before is Citi Field, and you'll see a lot of Met fans travel there during the baseball season. 3. Downtown Brooklyn is one of the biggest working districts in the outer boroughs. Before the green cabs hit the streets, minus the airports, it was one of the few outer-borough neighborhoods where yellow taxis traveled to. Just a short trip away is DUMBO, where you can take the B25 to Furman or the B67 to Vinegar Hill, the Navy Yard, or South Williamsburg. It's also the home of two well-known colleges: CUNY's NYC College of Technology and NYU's Polytechnic Institute. 4. Come summertime, Coney Island is a major attraction to residents and tourists alike. Exit the Stillwell Avenue subway station to explore the beach, a Brooklyn Cyclones game, some of the CI mainstays like the Cyclone, Ferris Wheel, Luna Park, the food along the boardwalk, NY Aquarium, and a picture before the defunct Parachute Jump. 5. Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst. While not the last stop of a train, it's a Q60 ride away from Manhattan. You have a lot of people shopping there. To commute to other parts of the borough, the Q88 takes you to east Queens, while Hoffman Drive just south of there is a major bus hub. On the other hand, a quick Q53 ride northwest takes you to the Roosevelt Avenue hub, where you can take the Q70 Limited or Q47 to LaGuardia's Central or Marine Air Terminals, respectively.
  3. Link. Just last year, longtime NBA center Jason Collins came out, making him the first active athlete in the four major sports to be openly gay. It sent shockwaves of support throughout the NBA and the other leagues, crossing into conversations with the media. Unfortunately, he hasn't landed another team, presumably due to age. Michael Sam's announcement may be even bigger for two reasons: 1. He is a football player, and despite close affiliation with LGBT groups, the sport hasn't been that LGBT-friendly despite vocal support from Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo. Over the past few years, we've seen a lot of attention to homophobic comments from various NFL players as well as a race-related bullying scandal in the Dolphins' locker room. This sport has one of the tightest clubhouse cultures in the country and takes the scouts' most favorite word, "distraction," seriously. 2. He isn't protected by a team, nor has he been drafted yet. Sam just completed his senior season at Mizzou, won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, helped win the Cotton Bowl, and helped his team finish fifth in the country. He can play some great, aggressive football and was a leader in the clubhouse. According to an ESPN story about him, he was a great singer. After coming out to them in August, he began to sing louder and was a better player because the weight was off his shoulders. There has been speculation if his projected draft stock will drop as a result of his announcement. Sam's announcement also exposed what is a rather huge gap between culture in sports (and society) today and several years ago. Even as much as ten to fifteen years ago, clubhouses were notorious for sometimes being extremely homophobic. To make it worse, it was often endorsed. Being openly gay equated to being unwelcomed. American society has progressed into being much more inclusive of LGBT(QI) people today, and there have been huge steps to granting civil rights to the LGBT. In the four major sports, there has been humungous support for LGBT athletes, and many of them are sure to have played with gay players in the past. Today's generation has embraced the LGBT much more today, and one example is Sam himself: After coming out to his teammates last summer, they all took it in stride. They became a fantastic team and protected him. If Sam was going to come out to the media, he'd do it when ready. And he was ready, and the sports world and media (for the most part) applauded him. What Sam did on Sunday should be commended. It takes tremendous courage to announce that he's gay, especially since lots of gay youth committed suicide from homophobic bullying. Gay football fans, and sports fans at large, are going to look up to him as a role model, because no one else in that sport has come out in their prime. As huge as NBA free-agent Jason Collins's announcement was last year, he was a free agent past his prime and on the verge of retirement. This one will be much bigger because Sam is a very young man who's coming into the NFL. Like I said before, the NFL's past of homophobia isn't pretty. Him coming out will change that, and he's on the verge of becoming the first openly gay NFL player. I tip my hat to you, Sam. It took a hell of a lot of guts to reveal his sexual orientation and stare at the face of potential consequences of losing money and draft status.
  4. The Seattle defense kicking some major Bronco plot tonight! :D

  5. What is your favorite sports moment from last year? Mine is David Ortiz's "This is our f**kin' city!" speech followed by Andy Murray winning Wimbledon.

  6. I've followed this off and on for the past day. Regardless of the outcome, this won't dispel Christie's reputation as a bully. In fact, it might only enforce it and (combined with his association with highly disliked people like David Wildstein) hurt his bid for presidency. To make things worse for Christie, if he had anything to do with Bridgegate directly, then kiss his bid for President goodbye.
  7. In anticipation to tomorrow's episode, I'm listening to this FIM song (which IS in the episode!):

  8. Even with Maddux, Glavine, and Thomas getting in, you gotta feel for Craig Biggio. Missing the cut by TWO votes! He'll have plenty of chances, but it won't be easy next year with Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Pedro Martinez enterring the ballot.

    1. GojiMet86


      He'll get in next year. The real positive was that Morris didn't get in.

  9. It was only a matter of time. Those two stops (especially Roosevelt Field) are lifelines on the n22, and skipping them meant much lower ridership than the local. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
  10. I watched the latest FIM episode this morning: Rarity Takes Manehattan. Eight episodes in, and Rarity Takes Manehattan is the first objectively great (not good, like Castle Mane-ia and Flight to the Finish) episode in Season 4.
  11. Happy New Year, NYC Transit Forums!
  12. Thirteen minutes left of 2013!

  13. After the Federal District Court in Utah overturned Utah's unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage (both the law and amendment), the state filed an appeal to stay the marriages. Today, Appeals Court denied the emergency stay without prejudice.
  14. 1. Just because it was voted in overwhelmingly in 2004 doesn't mean the ban of same-sex marriage has as strong a support now. In many states, the support of same-sex marriage has exponentially grown. (Utah's support has grown, but it's still overwhelmingly against SSM, about twenty-eight percent now compared to around ten percent in the 1990s. But the opposition for legal recognition has dropped significantly from fifty-four percent in 2004 to twnety-nine percent nearly two years ago.) 2. The popular decision doesn't mean it's the legal decision. The state amendment violates the Equal Protection Clause, and it shouldn't have been passed to start with. The judge saw this and overturned the ban, even though SSM-support in Utah is very small. If the overturn holds up, Utah will be the most conservative state to legalize same-sex marriage.
  15. I've walked along 49th/50th and 42nd Streets a lot over the past few years. Too often, I walked from the UES/East Midtown to Midtown/Hell's Kitchen (and vice-versa) without seeing one bus pass me. So unsurprising to see the M42 and M50 take the embarrassing prize.
  16. In the span of two days, the LGBT has celebrated two gigantic victories, one of them permanent. The permanent ruling is New Mexico becoming the seventeenth state to legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday. Link. This was a long time coming for the LGBT in New Mexico. Throughout America, New Mexico was the only state to not allow or ban sane-sex marriage, a loophole that was taken advantage of by several counties as they gave out state licenses. And in the state of New Mexico, the state Supreme Court's ruling is final. ——— And the other one happened the next day in Utah. The district court in Salt Lake City ruled Utah's state amendment banning same-sex marriage (a law since 2004) unconstitutional. Link. Of all the states to rule a same-sex-marriage ban unconstitutional and perhaps legalize same-sex marriage, Utah is one of the last I expected. It's one of the most socially conservative states and home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who staunchly campaigned against same-sex marriage in several states, including California. Although the governor plans to appeal, this sends a strong message to all states, especially ones that banned gay marriage (via state amendment) and ones with an extremely religiously conservative background like Utah. With this ruling, if your state has a law or amendment banning same-sex marriage (a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause), you may get your illegal law struck down. IIRC, this is the very first state to have an amendment banning gay marriage overturned, a big first step in the right direction. Personally, I hope the appeal gets rejected.
  17. http://news.yahoo.com/u-judge-strikes-down-utah-39-gay-marriage-003826177.html <--- I must say, of the states to shoot down an amendment banning same-sex marriage, Utah (one of the most conservative states) is one of the last on my mind. (Hopefully, an appeal gets rejected. *fingers crossed*)
    1. peacemak3r


      My Facebook newsfeed exploded on that.

  18. I didn't let my main YT account join the whole Google+ circuit, but I let my backup join it instead.

  19. "Toby: 'Henry's broken down!'" "Gordon: 'Don't tell me he needs special coal again!'" "Toby: 'No, Gordon! That was fixed years ago.'" LOL!

    1. Grand Concourse

      Grand Concourse

      Also they've added too many characters and dumped the older character: duck to oliver as if they never exisited because they wanted female engines. Wtf?

    2. RTS CNG Command

      RTS CNG Command

      Series 17 brought back Duck in Henry's Hero and (as a main character) The Thomas Way.

    3. Grand Concourse

      Grand Concourse

      Oh well, too little too late. I watched some of the reruns but i refuse to watch the show in cgi. It was bad enough they used some cgi in the final season when they used actual train models.

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  20. After reading the reports of his frail condition over the past few months, this was coming. But this doesn't change how sad this is. He battled hard to bring democracy to South Africa, end the oppressive Apartheid regime, and then transcend the country and continent into the twenty-first century through his presidency (his goal to reunite the black majority with a white minority that oppressed the country for so long), support for the national rugby team during the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, and support for the 2010 World Cup of Football. This man helped bring South Africa out of a world that kept them isolated via Apartheid and did so many great things that brought the whole country to the global stage and the modern world. He accomplished so much during his long life, and this great man will forever be missed. May his legacy forever live on in South Africa, all of Africa, and around the world. R.I.P., Nelson Mandela.
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