Episode 30: Native mascotry has to end, the unsurprising but terrible FIFA trial, and MLS playoffs

This week, Amira Rose Davis, Shireen Ahmed, Brenda Elsey, Lindsay Gibbs, and Jessica Luther discuss why using native and/or indigenous people as mascots is bad and should stop, and they talk about the wild things unfolding in the FIFA trial and the need to keep caring even when we are exhausted and unsurprised by institutional corruption. Then Shireen interviews Arielle Castillo to talk about the Major League Soccer (MLS) playoffs.

As always, you’ll hear the Burn Pile, Bad Ass Woman of the Week, and what’s good in our worlds.


Howard Bryant at ESPN: “How have we not progressed past these mascots?” http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21526838

Kaepernick at Alcatraz: https://twitter.com/Kaepernick7/status/933848572499410944

“We’re asking our lawmakers in D.C. to engage with Native peoples on a nation-to-nation basis — to understand our sovereignty, to understand our treaty rights,” she says. “But the only image they see every day of Native peoples is this disembodied head accompanied by a racial slur.” – Dr. Adrienne Keene https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/11/23/565437994/for-many-native-americans-fall-is-the-least-wonderful-time-of-the-year

From 2014, at Vice Sports: “America’s Greatest Athlete Ever, Jim Thorpe, Was Indigenous” https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/z4d74a/a-thanksgiving-reminder-jim-thorpe-is-a-native-american-hero

Mike Wise at the Undefeated: “The awful irony of Washington’s NFL team hosting its first Thanksgiving game” https://theundefeated.com/features/irony-of-washington-nfl-team-hosting-first-thanksgiving-game/

“Top Civil Rights Organizations Urge Media Not to Use Washington NFL Team’s R-word Name on Thanksgiving” http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14943835.htm

“FIFA Trial Witness Says Officials Used Car Names to Disguise Secret Payments” https://www.si.com/soccer/2017/11/20/fifa-trial-bribery-payments-car-names-qatar-world-cup

AP: “World Cup bribes, death threats: Corrupt world of FIFA” https://apnews.com/4c704914a9d244e580cc26192d289d86/World-Cup-bribes,-death-threats:-Corrupt-world-of-FIFA

Human Rights Watch on FIFA World Cup 2018


“Four More Russian Olympians Disqualified by I.O.C.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/24/sports/olympics/russia-doping-sochi-pyeongchang.html

“Latest Doping Penalties Lift U.S. Above Russia in Sochi Games Medals Tally” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/sports/olympics/russia-doping-sochi.html

“Joe Morgan: Keep Steroid Users Out of Baseball Hall of Fame” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/sports/baseball/joe-morgan-hall-of-fame-steroids.html


The Burn Pile:

Discussion and theater around Baker Mayfield grabbing his crotch https://twitter.com/davidubben/status/934528398046695425


England have right morals, says Jo Potter as Eni Aluko fallout continues






Badass Woman of the Week: The MInnesota Lynx’s Maya Moore for furthering the tradition of black women’s athletic activism and working on prosecutorial reform in the US justice system.

Maya Moore, for her work to push for prosecutorial reform in the American justice system: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/first-step-maya-moore-prosecutorial-reform/

Annija Krumina, of Latvia, who first woman to win gold in a race at the Para World Cup Bobsleigh in a mixed gender competition. She was the only woman among 11 men. 



Mexican Women’s Football League setting attendance records with 32k in at their final



Former guest Simone Lee and co-captain Haleigh Washington who combined for 41 of 67 kills on the way to leading Psu to a 17th  Big Ten Championship last night



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