The closet is getting smaller and smaller. Gareth Thomas, the fearsome rugby back who led the Welsh national team to a Six Nations Grand Slam victory in 2005 (their first since 1978) and captained the British Lions touring side, has announced he is gay. In an extensive interview in today’s Daily Mail, Thomas, who is 6-foot 3, 224 pounds, and nicknamed “Alfie,” supposedly because of his resemblance to ALF, speaks of his struggle to accept his sexuality, and his fears about coming out. Things didn’t go so well with his wife, but his team-mates shrugged and moved on. How long will it be before we see a similar story about an NHL player?