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Mizzou Links, 2-11-14: Reactions to Michael Sam's announcement and a big birthday

Mizzou celebrates a birthday by owning the Michael Sam story, and Michael Sam gets support from some pretty high places.

Bill Carter

Mizzou is embroiled in controversy this morning, so let's just suck it up and talk about a truth that many people don't want to hear. I know this could get spidery, but we have to deal with it:

Mizzou is #TeamCake. I know this is going to be tough for some in this community. I know that this goes against the core beliefs of many portions of the Mizzou fanbase. But with an open dialogue and some generally open-minded thinking, we can all get through this.

With that out of the way, we can move on to less sensitive topics.

1. The local press reacts to Michael Sam

The Missourian is owning this story. Well, so is Mizzou, for that matter.

The Missourian: Celebrities, athletes react to Michael Sam coming out
The Missourian: BEHIND THE STORY: The Michael Sam story began brewing in August
The Missourian: Missouri, Michael Sam were prepared for the day Sam would come out
The Missourian: Howard Bragman: Helping Michael Sam make a statement
The Missourian (AP): Missouri senator cites Sam in call for anti-bias bill
The Missourian: A collection of supportive messages for Michael Sam
The Missourian: James Franklin, teammates weigh in on Michael Sam
The Missourian: MU students rally around Michael Sam
The Missourian: National media descend on Columbia in light of Michael Sam announcement
The Missourian: Michael Sam's new fame could lead to financial gain
The Missourian: Missouri men's basketball team voices support for Michael Sam
The Missourian: TIMELINE: Michael Sam in good company: gay athletes in history
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Pinkel to ESPN Radio: 'I’m really proud of Mike and really proud of our football team'
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Pinkel, Alden share views on Michael Sam coming out
KC Star: LBGT community lauds Michael Sam’s coming-out
KC Star: Michael Sam’s struggle in coming out only validates his success
KC Star: VIDEO: Gregorian: The Michael Sam "Distraction"
Post-Dispatch: Is NFL ready for Michael Sam?
PowerMizzou: Powered Up: A Proud Day
PowerMizzou: Mizzou reaction to Sam's story
Fox Sports MW: Mizzou rooting for Sam to break NFL's glass ceiling
Mizzou Network: Mizzou Football Reaction to Michael Sam's Annoucement

Oh, and this was just delightful.

2. The national press reacts to Michael Sam

NBC News: Michael Sam's Dad After 'I'm Gay' Text: Shocked and Proud (Holly Anderson): Michael Sam’s Necessary Moment Michael Sam announces he is gay, and Columbia's SoCo Club cheers Missouri's campus celebrates Michael Sam's announcement
NPR: Out Of The Closet And Into The Draft: Michael Sam's NFL Prospects
Sports on Earth: NFL Advice Column: Michael Sam
Shutdown Corner: Michael Sam is supposedly going to be a ‘distraction,’ which doesn’t make any sense
The Atlantic: The NFL Will Never Be 'Ready' for an Openly Gay Player
Fox Sports: In terms of pure football, here's what two draft gurus say about Michael Sam
Dallas Cowboys: Scout’s Eye: Grading Tape On Mizzou LB Michael Sam
Esquire: The Future of Michael Sam’s Wikipedia Page, and Us Gary Pinkel proud of Missouri Tigers for accepting Michael Sam Generational change ushers in acceptance

Shutdown Corner: CBS dropped Michael Sam 70 spots in its draft rankings, the day after his announcement

And from the SBN Network...
SB Nation (Matt Ufford): The Daily Win: Michael Sam versus the NFL's status quo
SB Nation (Spencer Hall): Total strangers talking about Michael Sam
The Falcoholic. Could Michael Sam Be An Option For The Falcons In The 2014 NFL Draft?
Niners Nation: Brent Baalke, 49ers release statement regarding Michael Sam

3. The Executive Branch reacts to Michael Sam

The Missourian (AP): White House praises Michael Sam, Missouri
Fox Sports: Michael Sam gets support from Michelle Obama after announcing he is gay

4. Frank Haith reacts to Michael Sam (and losing some games)

KC Star: MU’s Haith addresses Sam, team’s slide during news conference
The Trib (Courtside View): Haith talks about Arkansas and the need for greater frontcourt production
Fox Sports MW: SEC power rankings: Three-game losing streak drops Tigers to eighth

5. "Don't be stupid," basically Open Letter: on Fan Behavior

6. Season starts on Valentine's Day Mizzou Baseball Opens Season at UNF Best Bet Classic
The Missourian: Missouri pitching ace Anderson to work in as position player

7. MIZ-OLY(mpic okay that didn't really work)

The Missourian: Missouri's Emily Scott advances to quarterfinals in 500m short track speedskating

8. Michael Sam was a late offer, btw

PowerMizzou: Late offer, big returns?

9. Scheduling

College Football Talk: ACC’s "8+1″ scheduling model has potential, but needs outside support

10. Okay, I'm in

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