Any Google user knows that when you start typing search terms into Google, Google makes “live” recommendations based largely on what terms and phrases people are searching for frequently.
Type “Is Michael Nutter” and Google offers “Is Michael Nutter in Law Abiding Citizen” as its first suggestion. “Is Cecily Tynan” yields “Is Cecily Tynan pregnant.” “Is Tom Corbett” produces “Is Tom Corbett Democrat.” Ha!
Well, earlier today, when I typed “Is Chip Kelly,” referring to new Eagles coach Chip Kelly, here’s what I got in response:
When I searched again a little later, “Is Chip Kelly gay” had moved up to second position:
Now granted, you’ll also get this result for Leonardo DiCaprio (first result) and Axl Rose (second result, after “Is Axl Rose Dead”). But it does mean that a lot of people are searching on those terms. And you don’t see the gay question much at all for NFL coaches. (Don’t bother, I tried. “Is Mike Tomlin Greek.” Really?)
Today in the Inquirer, one former NFL assistant says of Kelly: “The guy’s a very sharp, witty, intelligent person. He’s a football junkie. He’s not married, he has no kids. That allows for a lot of football.”
And there’s this from Wikipedia: “Despite his fairly charismatic personality, Kelly is reluctant to discuss his life outside of football. He has a small, tight group of friends back home in Manchester, New Hampshire who never speak about him to reporters.”
Of course, none of this means that Chip Kelly is gay. And honestly, what would it matter if he is? But clearly fans out there are curious.