Laughing With And At Mario Balotelli

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  What makes a joke a joke?  Or;  What makes something funny? On August 19, Mario Balotelli, Manchester City and Italian national team striker, came off the field after a Manchester City game.  He slapped the hands of some kids […]

Pia Sundhage Leaves the USWNT to Coach Sweden in the 2013 Euro Cup

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  At the end of today’s US women’s national team (USWNT)’s game against Costa Rica, Pia Sundhage, the coach of the team for the last five years, announced that she is leaving her position. After their upcoming games against Australia […]

Racism and Soccer Together Again: Man Arrested for Tweeting Racist Insults at Carlton Cole

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  John Terry‘s trial and the racist chants at the Euro Cup were just before my time at Rant (though I certainly had my say about the other word Terry used in his (in)famous insult of Anton Ferdinand). And these incidents appear to […]

Equality on the Pitch: Liverpool FC Has Pride

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  Last month, I wrote about the many ways that Major League Soccer is reaching out and supporting the LGBT community in the US. Now, for the first time in the UK, a professional football club, Liverpool FC, has marched […]

A(nother) New Professional Women’s Soccer League in the US? Looks Like It

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  There was a whole lot of chatter going into the Olympics about the possibility of a new professional women’s soccer league starting up in the US. The US women’s national soccer team (USWNT) was a two-time defending (now a […]

This Feels Very 1999: Manufactured Controversy Around USWNT’s Gold Medal Celebration

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  I don’t know what this should be a story about. How much attention three tweets about the USWNT‘s celebration following their gold medal soccer win on Thursday actually got or the celebration itself. Because the story so far has […]

#NBCFail: NBC Will NOT Show the Women’s Gold Medal Match on NBC

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  Yesterday I wrote about why I thought NBC should show the US women’s semifinal olympic soccer match on NBC instead of the NBC Sports Network. Now it’s time to address NBC’s decision to air the gold medal match on NBCSN. It […]

#NBCFail: US Women’s Semifinal Game Should Be on NBC, not NBCSN

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  Today the US women’s national soccer team take on Canada in their semifinal game in the 2012 Olympics. And you can watch it…if you have access to the NBC Sports Network. As of now, 80 million do. During the […]

Equality on the Pitch: Major League Soccer’s Support of the LGBT Community

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  A week ago, Major League Soccer announced that it was ending its 6-month-old partnership with the Boy Scouts of America “for a variety of business reasons.” Yet the timing of the announcement followed closely on the heels of the BSA’s decision to continue […]

The Other Word in the John Terry Trial: Part 3

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  PART 3 of 3 (Part 1, Part 2) [References to gendered slurs and misogynistic language ahead. Also, some discussion of domestic violence] Why does this matter if it’s just dudes playing the game? 1) There are sometimes, and increasingly […]

The Other Word in the John Terry Trial: Part 2

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  PART 2 of 3 (Part 1) [References to gendered slurs and misogynistic language ahead.] So, why did both John Terry and Anton Ferdinand choose that word to use as an insult to the other, and why doesn’t anyone care? […]

The Other Word in the John Terry Trial: Part 1

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  PART 1 of 3 This post is about the final word in the three-word phrase Chelsea footballer John Terry called QPR‘s Anton Ferdinand during a game late last year, a phrase now made infamous due to a trial this summer held to determine […]