LOS ANGELES, February 23, 2014 — Days after college football star Michael Sam publicly admitted to being black, with two first names and no last name, an even bigger bombshell was dropped. Actress Ellen Page confessed to being Canadian.
The goal of society is for everyone to have a fair chance at earned success, but an equal opportunity does not mean an equal outcome. If America is going to remain a meritocracy, then people must retain their freedom to fail.
The feminists may scream and holler like they always do, but somebody needs to stop the madness. Page should not be held to a lower standard than Sam. The same questions of him apply to her.
Sam’s announcement elicited praise from some, condemnation from a marginalized few, the appropriate shoulder shrug from many, and the most important question from leatherheads.
Can the guy play football or not?
Page should be judged on her abilities, not her un-American lifestyle (that being Canadian). There is only one question to ask her.
Can she play football or not?
Nobody should care how groundbreaking or inspiring her personal story is. If she cannot block, she will never make it as an offensive lineman. If she cannot tackle, forget succeeding on defense. If she cannot throw, the quarterback position is out. Even kickers have to do something from time to time. If she cannot play football, then she should not be drafted.
Let the National Organization for Women scream sexism. Let the Canadian lobby of Boys, Ladies, and Non-Descripts (BLAND) speak louder than a whisper in a slightly impolite manner. The National Football League has standards. If Page cannot meet them, she does not belong on the field.
Affirmative action can only go so far. She has the right to an interview but not a guaranteed job. Her refusal to attend the NFL Scouting Combine could mean she is a diva with a sense of entitlement. The NFL was doing just fine before her announcement and will be doing just fine afterward.
Just because we elect presidents without skills does not mean every industry should become corrupted. Football is based on merit. Just because Page has adoring fans all around the world does not mean she can be handed the keys to a franchise. Tim Tebow had throngs of supporters, but that did not guarantee him a roster spot. Tebow’s throwing motion has been criticized, but he throws a much tighter spiral than Page.
Page has never taken any actions to show that she cares about American football one way or the other. People who lack a deep love for the game do not deserve to be a part of it.
On the football field, respect is earned. Page could be the nicest girl in the world, but that means nothing when facing a linebacker blitzing from the blind side. Peyton Manning is a Southerner, and Southerners are almost as polite as Canadians. Seattle’s defense was less polite in belting him during the Super Bowl. The Legion of Boom would not take it easy on Page just because she is a girl. To quote retired coach Dennis Green, we should not just “crown her ass.”
Page is free to win an Emmy, Oscar, Nobel Prize, or any other award that liberal activists give each other for varying degrees of liberal activism. Hoisting the Lombardi Trophy requires being good at the greatest game in the world.
Michael Sam and Ellen Page both have a tough road ahead of them. There will be doubters. Not everybody can handle practicing in triple-degree August heat. So to both of these young people, the time for talk is over. Now it is about getting down to the business of getting the job done.
As the 2014 NFL Draft approaches, the question of Michael Sam and Ellen Page remains the same.
(Oh by the way, they are both gay as well.)
Can they play football or not?