POPSspot is playing some catch-up, but before we get to five recent articles, there is some tremendous play to acknowledge. Congratulations on an incredible triple overtime win by the Rangers last night, a ridiculous 27-point comeback by The Clippers this week, and a great Yankee win last week after being nine runs down to the Sox. These are the some of the reasons to love sports for sports sake before it ever gets infected by those that (mis)cover it. Let’s get to ti:


Sexism for Major League Soccer’s Official Rears Its Ugly Head: Alicia Ratterree, The Goat Parade

 “This {sexism] is an alarming pattern, and MLS needs to stop immediately. The cascade of representations of women as good supporters of the real deal, the “true” and legitimate male MLS fan, was retrograde when the league was founded in the 1990s… This pattern needs to stop – get rid of the comments and images that make women feel like intruders, and support them like male fans. Otherwise, the league risks alienating some of its most passionate and loyal fans, and everybody loses.”


A’s Brandon McCarthy Calls Out Kiss-Cam’s ‘Homophobia’, Brandon, With Leather

“They put two guys on the ‘Kiss Cam’ tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend.”

“There’s that stupid, little comedic value of it if you don’t really think about what it implies, it kind of got old on that level. Then I actually started thinking about why we were supposed to be laughing, and it bugged me.”

“The whole thing bugs me on a non-homophobic level, because it’s awkward,… I just hate it.”

“If there are gay people who are coming to a game and seeing something like that, you can’t assume they’re comfortable with it,” he said. “If you’re even making a small group of people … feel like outcasts, then you’re going against what makes your model successful.”


Dwight Howard and The Magical Land of Unreasonable Doubt, Michael Tillery, The Starting Five

“How many stories have you read where the Orlando Magic organization is also at fault for their handling of this drama? Keep in mind, the Orlando Magic is a business. Season ticket holders will be coddled and stroked to believe the team will still be relevant even in a state of turmoil. How many pros can you name that left town (or thought of leaving) on their own accord and not been somehow ripped in the press? We tend to not question the team as if teams truly represent the people. Maybe it’s because the players are the focus but that myopic thought distorts reality.”


The Elbow Heard Round The Nation, David J. Leonard, New Black Man

“The continued references to his mental state; the constant links to the Palace Brawl, the efforts to overstate and dramatize the elbow, and the efforts to pathologize and demonize Metta as person as opposed to the foul are telling.  It was yet another “aha” moment, where the NBA’s efforts to quell fan anxieties about black bodies has been put to the test.  Artest plus elbow to head causes anxiety and anger, which in part is wrapped in the racial scripts of black masculinity.  Kevin Love’s “stomp” or Jason Smith’s decking of Blake Griffin certainly did not evoke panics and calls for lifetime bans, lynchings, or incarceration.  The sight of Love stepping on his opponent’s face or Jason Smith leveling Griffin didn’t elicit panics because their actions and bodies don’t stroke the fear, panics, and stereotype.  This isn’t a justification of the flagrant foul or a call for Metta to get a pass, but rather an effort to help explain the panics and national outrage that extends beyond the basketball court.”

Capitals Joel Ward Scores Game 7 OT Winner — Bruins Fans Unleash N-Word Barrage on Twitter, Patrick Sicher, Black Sports Online

 “Whether its racist crap like this or death threats against athletes (like Kyle Williams of the San Francisco 49ers) we see that sometimes sports fanaticism and assumed anonymity can be a very dangerous combination. Although I wonder, what percentage of the people above would sing a different tune if asked to their face.”

Past or Present: Washington Caps Victory Over Bruins Spurs Spasm of Racism, Dave Zirin, Edge of Sports

“Howard Bryant, senior ESPN writer commented to me this morning, ‘The goal itself wasn’t particularly important. [Barbadian-Canadian] Anson Carter was a Boston playoff hero during the 1999 playoffs. The significance of Ward’s goal is that the man he beat, Tim Thomas, has through his thinly veiled racism undermined what should be a glorious revival of hockey in Boston.  In turn, he encouraged the revival of an attitude that people wanted to think was out of fashion. I don’t care if it was a lunatic fringe or a larger portion of the Bruins’ fan base, but Thomas by himself turned new Boston into old Boston, and the embarrassing fan response to Ward’s goal proved it.’”