In all these thousands of people it is not possible according to the laws of probability that there are not several gay players involved on all sides of sport.
Despite all efforts over the years to change the climate of fear and hatred and homophobia existing in all sorts of sports at all levels, the Australian Football League - AFL - has not yet had any out or outed players in its ranks.
This defies statistics and the hopes and wishes of many players who are still locked in and hidden away in closets because there is too much fear to declare themselves in the public arena for fear of the consequences.
Brave will the first player be who shows he is prepared to weather the storm and show the world what gays in footy look like.
But, as the saying goes with so many aspects of our lives, "DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH!"
.........and enjoy the eye candy these homoerotic photos from our daily papers illustrate!