RANGERS 3 OAKLAND 9
RIDERS 7 @ SAN ANTONIO 9 (10)
MAVS 89 SPURS 93
The Mavs came back from down 20, led mostly by DeJuan Blair. But his ejection late in the fourth took the wind out of their sails, evening the series and forcing Dallas to win at least one more game in SA if they are to pull off the upset.
RANGERS 4 OAKLAND 0
Yu Darvish may have had his poorest outing of the year so far – once again against Oakland – but it really didn’t matter as the Rangers once again refused to score for him. Texas managed only three hits, none of them for extra bases, against Sonny Gray.
RIDERS 2 @ CORPUS 11
This is a first for me – the first time I ever make a “simul-post” on both of my websites. But there is a point, as this is a subject that crosses both of the fandoms I am a part of.
This comes as a result of my seeing this article posted by “Dr. Nerdlove,” an online relationship guru, that goes full throttle in addressing the issue of sexual harassment in the online geek community, calling out not only those who dare threaten women who try to take part in this fandom but also those who do not speak out against said threats. This article more than anything else has forced me look over my own stance on this and similar issues.
In addition to being a sports fan/writer and online entertainer, I admit to being a bit of a social crusader, and violence/oppression against women is something I fight pretty hard against. And I find that this is apparently a big problem in both areas I am a big fan of. And for some reason, I find myself reacting in different ways despite having the same opinion toward the treatment of women on either side.
Let’s start with the sports angle, where I am admittedly the most vocal, particularly toward football players and a certain local radio station, Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket.
Among the issues I have long had with the most popular sports radio station in Dallas has been my belief that the station is rife with sexism. The station has never had a woman among its on-air talent (a rival station once had three; they are now all gone from that station, and sources have told me the new program director wanted to “get rid of the estrogen”; I have stopped listening to it), and they frequently make jokes/comments that can be seen as disparaging to women. The morning show does a segment called “Women Say the Darndest Things About Sports,” meant to make said women look stupid. The midday show, during an online local poll for most popular broadcaster last year, campaigned for a female duo that is little more than a pair of models over actual female broadcast reporters. And the afternoon show has frequently ridiculed national reporters like Erin Andrews and called local women writers bitches.
Much like the “not all men” crowd of the geek community, I am vilified by the hardcore fans of this station, who try to argue that the people at said station are nothing like this. Their lone argument has always been that said afternoon show has, on very small occasion, had on one woman who is a longtime field reporter for the Texas Rangers telecasts. But 1. Said segments always involver making her talk about relationships, pregnancy and other “girlie” things instead of sports, and 2. They admitted on the air that one of the main reasons they have her on is in the hopes that she’ll dump her husband and sleep with them.
But that’s still nothing compared to my criticisms of football and the backlash against said criticism.
Unlike the geek community, where people seem mostly concerned about just threats, the game of football is infested by players that go so far as to actually commit rapes among other hard victim crimes. And the issue here is not just how many are committing such acts but the fact that the overwhelming majority of fans and media accept it happening.
A rape by high school players in Steubenville, OH, was covered up by the town until a hacker brought it to public light, and there was still more sympathy toward the perps than the victims. Another victim in Maryville, MO, was run out of town with her family after reporting her assault by a high school player, with townspeople burning down her home. The police at Florida State University recently failed to properly investigate a rape case because the perp was the school’s star quarterback.
My stance has been loud and clear: Football is loaded with monsters who commit rapes and other violent crimes and nothing is being done to stop it. Once again, cue the intense backlash from football fans, rushing to the claim that it is only a small portion of football players committing such crimes. One such critic went so far as to respond with “get out of your parents’ basement, get a girlfriend and find out what real life is like” to my accusations. Dave Zirin has done a better job explaining why the “it’s only a few” argument is a terrible one.
I stand by my claims and will continue to post information validating until I see at least more people stand up to such monsters and the likes of Ben Roethleisberger, Ray Rice and Jaemis Winston start being driven out of the game.
But despite this, I find myself torn and feeling just a touch of hypocrisy. Why? Because when it comes to the similar issue in the geek community, I find myself occasionally siding with the “it’s not everyone” crowd.
Admittedly, this is largely because, since I have struggled financially in recent years, I have not attended many conventions and publicly interacted with many in the video game/comic/etc. fandom. I can only claim to interact with a select number of people online, and thus I have not personally seen/heard of many such horrible incidents. That doesn’t mean I deny any exist. But the people I do associate with lead me to believe the other side is not being properly represented.
Basically, the online community and geek culture has long been accused of things like women being poorly represented in the likes of comic books and video games, where female characters are accused of being made to wear clothing that is too revealing and are often victims of brutal assaults/kidnappings for little more than to be plot devices for the male hero’s story. And I won’t deny these problems at all. “Batman The Killing Joke” is one of the most despicable comic books in history in my view because of Barbara Gordon getting shot and permanently (at the time) crippled, a move that was approved by DC Comics because the editors wanted to eliminate her character.
But there are incidents when I think such accusations go too far. One such example is Anita Sarkeesian, an online “feminist gamer” who in the last year or so has criticized the gaming community for its treatment of women. I would NEVER make any sort of violent threat against Sarkeesian or anyone else for that matter, and I don’t deny such threats have happened. But that doesn’t mean I support her claim of “all video games that are about a man recuing a woman must be eliminated; if you play and enjoy such games, you believe in the victimization of women,” because I have never believed in such despite enjoying the likes of Super Mario and Zelda my whole life. Sarkeesian insinuates that no man supports the inclusion of more female protagonists in video games, which I know to not be true, having read plenty of calls from gamers, men and women, for just that before Sarkeesian even became a big name. But by trying to peacefully and logically speak out against her and her hate-mongering, I become thrown in with the group that takes it too far and threatens her, which I do not mean to be a part of.
I admit to watching the Japanese anime Sekirei, which is basically about extremely busty women fighting each other with superpowers. But said characters also have depth and personalities that are engaging, with many falling in love with the show’s main protagonist BECAUSE he’s a nice person who cares about them as humans; the show is more than just showing off T&A. Yet I know many online “feminists” would crucify this show and people like myself for watching it just because of the huge boobies. Sorry if I take offense to that.
Dr. Nerdlove calls out people who do not sexually harass/threaten women in the geek community, saying their simply not being monsters is not enough, that the must speak out against said people because no one is doing it. But that’s the thing; not only have I spoken out against sexual harassment and in favor of accepting more women into this community, just like in sports, pretty much everyone I have gotten to befriend online speaks out as well. Yet, to hear the Nerdloves and Sarkeesians of the world, we do not exist. Every man on the internet is a misogynist according to these people, and those of us who are not are forced to just take being lumped in. So all we can do is trumpet our causes more vocally.
So here I am: Stuck in between two fandoms that have a huge similar problem that I strongly oppose. On one side, I cry out that nothing is being done about said problem, while defending against those who say the same thing on the other side – torn in my attempt to find the balance.
What can be done? Well, I guess it comes down to this. Yes, in both these communities, and probably quite a few more, we still need to speak out against inequality and violence/abuse and in favor of inclusion. But at the same time, those that do speak out should be recognized for what they do. They should be praised for their actions as much as those who threaten to do harm should be vilified. Is this something I myself need to work on? More than likely. But it’s the best way toward a brighter future.
It turns out the sport and geek world have more in common than one might think. Sadly, it’s something that can’t be celebrated. Maybe one day, it can be.
STARS 4 DUCKS 5 (OT)
A two-goal lead vanished in the last three minutes and ended the Stars season. Trevor Daley scored twice, including the first goal, but Nick Bonino countered with two, including the final in overtime.
RANGERS 5 @ SEATTLE 6
Matt Harrison was strong in his first Major League start in a year, but Alexi Ogando could not hold on, allowing a three-run shot to Kyle Seagar in the eighth.
RIDERS 4 @ CORPUS CHRISTI 3
It was Rya Rua to the rescue, leading off the ninth inning with a tie-breaking home run to get the win in south Texas.
MAVS 109 SPURS 108
Vince Carter’s triple at the horn lifts Dallas to a 2-1 series lead over top-seeded San Antonio.
RANGERS 6 @ SEATTLE 3
A three-run fifth allowed the Rangers to get to King Felix once again, and then they finished it off against Seattle’s bullpen.
FC DALLAS 1 @ DC UNITED 4
STARS 2 @ DUCKS 6
RANGERS 5 @ SEATTLE 6
RIDERS 4 @ CORPUS 6
UTA 11 @ TROY 6
DALLAS BAPTIST 5 @ INDIANA STATE 6
This was supposed to be the ultimate humiliation. An easy four game sweep for the San Antonio Spurs to prove what a worthless endeavor it was to get back in the playoffs and that tanking worse than the Sixers to fight for the right to draft an untested college freshman was the better way to go.
The dream of so many to see the Mavs swept away in the first round came to a crashing halt Wednesday night, thanks to the Mavs’ 113-92 win in Game Two. The team that had lost 10 straight overall to San Antonio simply schooled them on their home floor, picking off balls everywhere and getting so many contributions that they easily won despite another subpar game from Dirk Nowitzki.
While some can grumble that they could have gotten two wins in the Alamo City had they not fallen apart late in Game One like so many times before, the truth remains that the Mavs got the split in San Antonio that they had to hope for. And now this series heads to the AAC with Dallas being the team that, except for six minutes, has been the better squad overall.
That doesn’t mean we still can’t be concerned about Game One slipping away. History has shown it almost always comes back to bite teams that lose a game in a series that they seem to have had won. The Lakers and Heat never recovered from early blown losses to the Mavs during the 2011 playoffs.
But maybe, just maybe this is one time that such a blown game could be a benefit more than a negative.
The Mavs have a bad trait of blowing big leads late – that everyone pretty much knows about. But unlike the regular season, the Mavs get to face that same team immediately again with evidence as to what they did wrong – and what to correct against this same team.
And while the Mavs can look back at the video and think that they could be up 2-0 in this series, the Spurs can look at it and see something worse. Just like the Ducks have against the Stars, they have not played well at all this series. And they’re in worse shape on the scoreboard that the Ducks were after two games.
And now they have to find a way to completely turn things around with the next two games in hostile territory. If the Mavs win Game Three on Saturday, this Spurs team could be in a lot of trouble.
This may be just overreacting. After all, every Western Conference series is currently tied or has the underdog with the lead in games. Does that mean all the top seeds are going to fall? Not likely. With how spread open the league is getting, we still may see the top seeds advance in the end; we just shouldn’t expect easy sweeps by the highest seeds in the first round anymore.
Like it or not, the Spurs historically are still among the best at adjusting. Even Dirk admits the Mavs have not been great at defending the home court this season. And expecting them to force more than 20 turnovers again may be asking too much.
Still, when you take into account that four number one seeds have gone down in the first round since the league expanded the round to best-of-seven (including both the Mavs and Spurs) and that the lower seed advanced the last three times these two met in the playoffs, saying this is still a gimme for the Spurs is way too premature.
We know this series ain’t ending in four now. And one way or another, it’s likely gonna last a lot longer than that.
Goodnight, it’s great to have the playoffs back in Dallas.
RANGERS 3 @ OAKLAND 0
Martin Perez threw his second straight shutout as the Rangers completed the sweep to move into first place in the AL West. Donnie Murphy had a home run while Michael Choice scored and drove in a run.
MAVS 113 @ SPURS 92
With Monta Ellis scoring 21 and 20 from Shawn Marion, there was no late collapse this time as the Mavs ended their 10-game losing streak to the Spurs. Dallas forced 22 turnovers in finishing off San Antonio 57-44 in the second half and evening the series.
STARS 4 DUCKS 2
The Stars fell behind 2-0 in the first period, but Jaime Benn’s goal 27 seconds into the second started the rally that led to Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen getting pulled after Alex Goligoski scored the final goal.
RIDERS 3 SAN ANTONIO 5