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.


“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

“For Many Native Americans, Fall Is The Least Wonderful Time Of The Year” (with quote from 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

“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

“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

“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

“FIFA finds 2018 World Cup workers suffered human rights abuses – reports” http://www.espnfc.com/fifa-world-cup/story/3134275/fifa-finds-2018-world-cup-workers-suffered-human-rights-abuses-reports

“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

David Ubben on Twitter, “OU at the coin toss. He didn’t die, guys. He grabbed his crotch.”https://twitter.com/davidubben/status/934528398046695425

“Barry Switzer blames Madonna and Michael Jackson for inspiring Baker Mayfield’s crotch grab” https://sports.yahoo.com/barry-switzer-blames-madonna-michael-jackson-inspiring-baker-mayfields-crotch-grab-193420371.html

“England have right morals, says Jo Potter as Eni Aluko fallout continues” https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/23/england-women-jo-potter-eni-aluko

Lianne Sanderson interview about the FA and Aluko: https://twitter.com/StanCollymore/status/931540984055332864

“First Step” (Maya Moore) 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: https://twitter.com/IBSFsliding/status/934163329400139777?s=09

Mexican Women’s Football League setting attendance records with 32k in at their final: https://twitter.com/LIGAMXFemenil/status/934265307820187648

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: http://onwardstate.com/2017/11/25/penn-state-womens-volleyball-crowned-big-ten-champs-in-3-1-win-over-minnesota/

Shelby Weldon