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laughhard:

Every Sports Interview

laughhard:

Every Sports Interview

vegawriters:

Hey Montiese …

The Sixers are REALLY bad. ;) 

Color me not at all shocked, LOL.

eyan-j:

theinfamouschubbykitten:

leonking23:

red3blog:

Earlier tonight, the Seattle Seahawks earned their way into the Super Bowl with a dramatic victory over the San Francisco 49ers as Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman tipped a San Francisco touchdown pass into a Seattle interception in the last minute of play. Sherman was understandably excited and not a little triumphant towards 49er players that had been trash-talking the Seahalks. In a post-game interview, he trash-talked right back with the obvious benefit of having just proven his point.

So naturally, white people threatened to kill him among other things.

In the midst of the discussion on Twitter than ensued, I wanted to note the racialized way white people tend to use the word “thug”. As in the tweet above, I noted that “thug” is the sort of word white people will say when they really want to say another word but they know they’ll get in trouble if they use that. For all of the unmistakable racists quoted in that Deadspin article, there are going to be a LOT of somber editorials penned by white sports writers that are going to make the same exact point, just substituting “thug” for words they’d never be able to use in print.

This took on a more serious tone when I rewatched a commercial which had debuted earlier during the football game starring Richard Sherman. If you aren’t a football fan, Sherman grew up in Compton, California and attended college at Stanford. Actually, some of you on Tumblr may know Sherman from his "I’m Better At Life Than You" reaction during an interview with white sports pundit and well-known asshole Skip Bayless which has been gif’d a few times. Sherman has a reputation for bragadoccio, to be sure, but he’s also established himself as one of the most intelligent players in the league. In this ad for Beats by Dre titled "Hear What You Want", we see him in a locker room session with the press. His thoughtful answers reveal him not backing down from his confidence a bit, as this is who Richard Sherman is. But we also see an undercurrent of frustration with some questions about his character. The ad makes a point to establish his Compton background specifically so we can see Sherman relating to that. We see him taking the responsibility of a role model seriously as well as the pain of the insinuation that he isn’t a good one. The questions reach a crescendo when one reporter asks a down-right prophetic query given the post-game controversies:

"What do you think of your reputation as a thug?"

At this point, the sound goes out and Sherman slowly searches the room for the reporter who asked that. The camera lingers on his face, an unmistakable expression of frustration and pain from Sherman as he takes in the question. He resents being asked the question and all that the question means while at the same time, it is clear to us he knew it would be coming. It was unavoidable, but the sting is still real. He turns away from the reporter and softly shakes his head insisting, to himself more than the assembled microphones, that he doesn’t have that reputation. He then stops taking questions and puts his headphones on, revealing the double-entendre of the ad’s title: “Hear what you want”. Not just a selling point for high-priced headphones, but also a reality for Richard Sherman and so many black athletes like him who are defined by a media which shoves them into simplistic boxes informed by little more than racist stereotypes.

We’re going to see a lot of people “hearing what they want” about Richard Sherman in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, which makes this ad so chillingly effective. Because this isn’t new for Sherman. This is the cruel price media gatekeepers will extract for him because of his profession. These are the boxes racist white people will force onto young black people all while feeling perfectly entitled for no one to notice their racism because they abstained from using a slur.

My dude! I wish Richard Sherman all the best because he is an intelligent dude with amazing talents. He earned it.

Who doesn’t get overly excited after accomplishing something you’ve been training for all year? The media has turned the masses into sheep… Why is this even going into the depths that it is? This is fucking sad. It’s football and his team won. Who doesn’t trash talk after winning to a team who has been trash talking even before the game started? We should be celebrating not demoralizing. Can’t even enjoy a favorite passtime anymore…

Anyone that calls Richard Sherman a thug has never seen/forgets Rodney Harrison’s unapologetic cheap shots, dirty hits, and plays. Dude was still riding high on adrenaline from that game and that’s it.

There’s a multifaceted conversation that needs to be held about language for people that are both in AND out of sports journalism. But it won’t be.

Apr 8

I miss the Summer Olympics.

Lolo Jones won a silver medal at the bobsled World Cup opener. She’s going to try to make the US Olympic bobsledding team for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Jul 4
Oscar Pistorius will be running for South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics in the 400m and the 4x400 relay.  I usually find no reason to cheer for this country in any way, shape, or form, but I’m on Team Oscar.  Go for the gold.  He’ll also be running the the 2012 Paralympics in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and the 4x100 relay.  GO OSCAR!!!!

Oscar Pistorius will be running for South Africa at the 2012 London Olympics in the 400m and the 4x400 relay. I usually find no reason to cheer for this country in any way, shape, or form, but I’m on Team Oscar. Go for the gold. He’ll also be running the the 2012 Paralympics in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and the 4x100 relay. GO OSCAR!!!!