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Jason Collins' historic announcement has been received with happy shrugs and praise, which is a very good thing. But it's not the end of anything, not nearly, and we shouldn't be too satisfied with this admittedly satisfying reception.
It's comforting to see ESPN's Colin Cowherd as a mutant, mainly because he acts like one. But he's also an incarnation of a whole horrible and highly successful way of thinking, talking, and yelling about sports. None of it is good, but the last bit's worse.
Being a sports fan is a passive thing, and can be a frustrating one. But it shouldn't make us smaller, less happy and less generous than we'd otherwise be. So let's stop letting it do that.
Cavaliers fans have, out of necessity, a strange relationship with Anderson Varejao. He plays hard, weirdly and reliably well, which makes him fun to watch. But the better he plays, the more appealing a trade piece he becomes for a team that's still rebuilding. How can fans love a player so much and spend so much time thinking about trading him?