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Something has happened in the last year,” says Jim Buzinski, co-founder of OutSports, an advocate for and chronicler of gay sports issues for more than a decade. “It’s almost like homophobia is no longer considered cool in sports.

That’s from Will Leitch's piece in  NYMag piece titled, “The Last Closet: When Will a Gay Professional Athlete Finally Come Out?” He discusses the changing culture in professional sports that is now encouraging tolerance and an open discussion on gay athletes, both in the closet and out. Players have gotten fined for using the “f-word” on court, and even NBA icon Charles Barkley spoke out in favor of gay marriage, saying that “as a black person, I can’t be in for any form of discrimination at all.” Leitch wonders when a gay professional athlete come out — not after he or she retires, but before. That, he says, is the last closet door to walk through.

-KH

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Donnie Walsh is universally beloved as a standup fellow, even by the cynical gents and gals unfortunate enough to be on the Knicks beat; no one would ever accuse him of lying. But that’s what they all thought he was doing. They all thought he was lying.

Will Leitch tackled Donnie Walsh’s retirement today. Leitch calls Walsh a liar because he thinks—and thinks everybody else thinks—that the former Knicks boss was pushed out of his position by Isaiah Thomas, “who wants to ascend again to the throne that Walsh just finished cleaning all the blood off.” Or maybe he wasn’t. But it wont matter, he says, because either scenario ends with Jim Dolan running the Knicks and that is something that should be feared.

-KH

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Fred Wilpon owns the Mets and thinks the team’s biggest stars—David Wright, Carlos Beltran, and Jose Reyes—are maybe not such big stars after all. And as he was chilling in a luxury box, eating hot dogs with a New Yorker writer, he shared his thoughts. New York Magazine’s Will Leitch, who is also a member of the 20, talked with Andrew Siff about the revealing profile and what it means for the beleaguered team from Queens.

Ask your kids about him: They love him too. Reyes has a way of conjuring up Little League innocence, that childlike exuberance, that I-can’t-believe-I-get-to-do-this-for-a-­living giddiness of adults running around in circles and getting paid for it.

That’s Will Leitch of NY Magazine (and of our 20 list) talking about the Mets’ spirited shortstop, Jose Reyes. Although Reyes is healthy again, and the Mets are not even as bad as we all feared, there’s still talk of the team possibly trading him in July. Is Reyes and his charm worth his slot on the payroll? 

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New York magazine’s Will Leitch, a member of NBC New York’s “The 20,” talked with Chuck Scarborough about what to expect from the Mets and Yankees this baseball season. Spoiler alert:  the Mets might be better than you think.  And the Yanks are just stacked.

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Will Leitch from New York Magazine talks to Andrew Siff about his local NCAA tournament predictions.  

This movie appears to have been written by someone who was being chased.

That’s a quote from Will Leitch of Yahoo!’s review of “Battle: Los Angeles,” which looked quite appealing in commercial form but turns out to be an aggressively stupid movie when seen in its entirety. And I feel like 98% of all movies turn out that way these days. This review continues an incredibly dispiriting 2011 for Hollywood, with Johnny Depp’s “Rango” the only mild hit amongst a sea of absolute dreck. And the scary part is, if you look down the calendar, things don’t look like they’re going to get a whole lot better. “Red Riding Hood.” “Thor.” “Pirates 4.” When everything is said and done, this may well turn out to be the very worst year in the history of movies. And I haven’t even mentioned “Drive Angry.”

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[Yahoo, the20s]

Rich Bolts The Times For New York. Frank Rich, the big cheese op-ed guy at The New York Times, is leaving the venerable newspaper to join the staff of New York Magazine, a huge coup for the weekly and a massive blow to the Times.  Who will they get now to write 8,000-word essays that awkwardly join together the latest political news with the latest pop culture issue?  “GOP Gets Its Sheen On”?  Only Frank Rich could write a headline like that. 
 -DM [@williamfleitch, NYMag, the20s]

Rich Bolts The Times For New York. Frank Rich, the big cheese op-ed guy at The New York Times, is leaving the venerable newspaper to join the staff of New York Magazine, a huge coup for the weekly and a massive blow to the Times. Who will they get now to write 8,000-word essays that awkwardly join together the latest political news with the latest pop culture issue? “GOP Gets Its Sheen On”? Only Frank Rich could write a headline like that. 


-DM

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