Episode 29: The historic plight of the Black QB, and cool sports you should know and love

This week on Burn It All Down, Amira Rose Davis, Brenda Elsey, and Lindsay Gibbs talk about the coolest sports deserving of a bigger spotlight – like bobsled, short track speed skating, and softball. Amira interviews Simone Lee, volleyball extraordinaire from top-ranked Penn State University. And before heading to the burn pile, the team ponders the historic plight of the Black quarterback.

Phaidra Knight, African American, lesbian, and lawyer, is our Badass Woman of the Week as she becomes only the second US rugby player inducted into the Hall of Fame.


“Nigeria: History is Made as Nigeria’s Women Bobsled Team Qualifies for 2018 Winter Olympics” http://allafrica.com/stories/201711200095.html

National Pro Fast Pitch: http://www.profastpitch.com/

Short-track speed skating: http://www.isu.org/short-track

“Great White Hope QB Awards: Tyrod Taylor and how white privilege works in the NFL” http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/white-hope-qb-awards-fitz-mccown-watershed-moment-article-1.3633542

“Then and now: Cam Newton and the ongoing plight of the black quarterback” https://thinkprogress.org/then-and-now-cam-newton-and-the-ongoing-plight-of-the-black-quarterback-c04802c34c1b/

“Clemson’s Deshaun Watson says the phrase ‘dual-threat quarterback’ has become a black stereotype” http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/deshaun-watson-dual-threat-qb-black-stereotype-article-1.2756071

“Jim Dolan parting ways with New York Liberty was only a matter of time” http://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/21417596/jim-dolan-parting-ways-new-york-liberty-was-only-matter

“Crazy two-week chase lands Utah a women’s pro soccer franchise” http://www.sltrib.com/sports/rsl/2017/11/16/new-era-begins-for-womens-sports-in-utah-as-nwsl-plants-its-flag-in-salt-lake-valley/

“Upheaval a reminder that grassroots soccer grows on shifting sands in the U.S.” https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/upheaval-a-reminder-grassroots-soccer-grows-shifting-sands-us#zrHbk4jFCpEvrfcC.99

“Gabby Douglas victim blames Aly Raisman, says it’s women’s ‘responsibility’ to ‘dress modestly’” http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/gabby-douglas-victim-blames-aly-raisman-article-1.3640665

“Forget all the noise. Danica’s legacy is clear: She changed NASCAR forever.” http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/11/danica-patrick-nascar-retire-last-race-indycar-respect-trolls-fans-career-daytona-indy-500

“Phaidra Knight is second American athlete inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame” https://www.outsports.com/2017/11/14/16653736/phaidra-knight-rugby-hall-of-fame-gay

Shelby Weldon