I also hate it when people assume that because I'm a guy, I'm naturally obsessed with sports. Random people stop me on the street and proclaim "The Vikings are ahead 3-2!"
Vikings? Like in Thor and Odin?
Or ask "How's the game going?"
The game? You mean Tetris, on my computer? It's going ok, I guess.
When I was little and went in for a vaccination, the doctor advised "Be brave! Be like your hero, Mickey Mantle!"
I was so offended by the imputation of hero-worship for a sports star that I forgot to be afraid of the shot.
1. He drew gay rumors, even though he was married for many years, and had many affairs with women. There are homophobic rants online complaining that he doesn't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame "because he was a f***"
2. His nephew Kelly is a famous drag performer, with credits in movies, theater, music, and tv, including RuPaul's Drag Race.
1. On an episode of Bewitched, he shows up at a party for witches. Darren is shocked that Willie Mays might be a ....you know, but Samantha retorts, "The way he hits? What else?" So ever after, I thought that Willie Mays did his sports things with witchcraft.
Witchcraft was code for...you know, so I figured that he was gay.
2. Apparently he's straight but not homophobic. He appeared in a tv commercial for Coors Beer along with gay Olympic medalist Bruce Hayes. When asked if baseball was "ready" for an openly gay player, he responded: "Can he hit?"
See also: Joe DiMaggio's Nude Frolick