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Lip service: Selection, celebratory kiss get tongues wagging

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"You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss..."

Unless, of course, it's televised on a national sports network ( and between two men after one of them was chosen to play pro football.

And replayed thousands of times on virtually every network.

For those of you who had been living in Biosphere II, Michael Sam, (Missouri) the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, was taken in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.

The Twitterverse exploded.

As always, the 140 character missives ran the gamut from very positive to highly negative and sparked several firestorms of their own.

The YouTube clip went viral.

Just wondering out loud...why all the hue and cry?

Continuing with the Casablanca theme, was anyone really shocked to see that gambling was going on in this establishment?

What precisely about 'openly gay' don't people get?

Wouldn't openly gay men, by definition, not shy away from showing their love for one another and elation at such a big moment.

Is anything really shocking anymore?

Madonna? Lady Gaga?

Have you seen an episode of Californication on Showtime?

Or Days Of Our Lives on NBC?

You should be more shocked that people are still watching soap operas.

Football took a back seat to this huge sea change when Sam was tabbed as the final round wound down with just 10 picks to go.

There were questions about his numbers at the combine as well as his size and speed.

There were similar questions about Wisconsin's Chris Borland, who was grabbed up by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round at No. 77.

His coming out as gay in March started the conversation.

Would any of the 32 teams draft an openly gay player?

And, if no one does, what does that say about our society and the testosterone fest that is the NFL?

Is this a 'Jackie Robinson' moment for Commissioner Roger Goodell and his league?

That's hard to predict, just like the future of any of the men chosen during the three-day extravaganza.

Did we mention that Sam is black and his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, is white?

That may be for another talk show.

Let's take one controversy at a time.

Perhaps we can get back to the X's and O's and whether Sam and the rest of the draftees can play at the next level.