sport problems

Over the sound of Red Mountain fans chanting “Mountain fight,” a screeching noise pierced the air. Gueye kept his focus on the court as cackles of “Hoo-hoo-ah-ah,” mimicking the sound of a monkey, came from the throats of some in the Red Mountain crowd standing in the bleachers.

Some of the students began pounding fists against chests and scratching their armpits.

Gueye was the only black player on the floor at the time.

Gueye, who scored 17 points in the game, did not respond.

I noticed it but I had no choice but to ignore it. It kills me that racism still exists, but I’ve been dealing with stuff like this my whole life. I know the kid wanted me to react, but I wasn’t going to give him what he wanted. ~ Gueye

Red Mountain Principal Jared Ryan walked over and escorted one of the students out of the stands, making him leave the premises.

Unblur their faces. they’re old enough to know right from wrong!

We’re often told that the younger generation is less racist, and then when kids show the same investments in white supremacy, we’re told that they’re “just kids” and “made a mistake.” This incident and others show that the problem has little to do with age and more to do with the social and psychological investments in white supremacy.

Me: oh, my exams are starting next week
Me: time to watch 12 tv series and read 4 books at the same time

anonymous asked:

Is Kuroo kinda sad that Terushima likes Bokuto?

Nahw why would he be, it’s the two people he’s in love with loving each other! Nothing could make him happier~

When looking at a new barn for my horse:
“How often are the stalls cleaned?”
“Do you have automatic fly sprayers?”
“How many bags of shavings do you use?”
“What do you feed? And how often?”
“Do you offer blanketing?”
“What type of footing does your arena have?”
“How often do you drag it?”
“How big is your turnout?”

When looking at a new apartment for myself:
“Is there hot water?”
“Was anyone murdered here?”

The conversation ranged from the people they knew, matches and teams for sports I’d never heard of (apparently, Amren was a vicious, obsessive supporter of one), new shops, music they’d heard, clubs they favored…

-ACOMAF Page 281

I don’t talk much about my love of sports on this site. But I love sports. A lot. For personal reasons and just because it’s fun. I’ve often wondered about what it would be like to find myself in Velaris as me and not as Feyre or one of the other characters, and wondered how I would fit in there. It’s a gorgeous city with so many elements weaved in that remind me of some of my favorite places in the world. But I always felt like sport was missing and it made me feel like maybe this most magical fantasy world I live in daily wouldn’t be a complete home for me if I ever - you know - *magically* wound up there.

Then I read this the other night while studying up for Rhys. I forgot all about this line! (Remember those many times I said I’m not a detail oriented reader?) And I think the smile on my face could have killed a small army.

THEY HAVE SPORTS IN PRYTHIAN AND I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING. Badly enough that I’d probably waste my 30-60 seconds with SJM at a con to ask her. What do they play? Are they team sports? Do the Illyrians play too? Do they fly in the sky like Quidditch? Do they resemble mortal games or are they 100% unique to fae?


And how do they watch? There’s no TV or radio, so do you have to go to a game live to know what the final scores were? Or is there a bulletin that circulates through Prythian with updates? What do you get for winning? Do athletes have the same celebrity status there as they do in our world? Who are the most famous players? Is there an ESPNFae I can watch?

And what is sports culture like in society? Do High Fae turn their noses up at it as being lesser? Is it something only the lesser fae indulge in? Or is it a rich man’s business, with only the wealthy, High Fae affording the good seats like Jack at a Lakers game? Can you play recreationally for fun, or do you have be upper crust to do it because playing “professionally” is the only way in?

WAIT HOW DOES ONE GET IN? College is the key to pro sports in the US, but in the fae world that probably doesn’t exist? So how do they find you? Do you just try out? Do kids go into leagues and get drafted as they mature? Do you have play for a team within your court or can you get ‘traded’ to other teams from other courts? Do the courts play each other? Do the courts even have the same sports??


Basically the point I’m trying to make is - fae have sports and it makes me happy.

So you want to get into the dog world!

This last week at the borzoi nationals, I realized just how far I’ve come in the last four years, how much I’ve learned and how much I still have to learn!

I have a lot of half-baked ideas. I’m looking for people from all breeds to pitch in and see if we can make / build something awesome.

The Problems: 
Dog sports are aging out. All you have to do is attend any event and see that the ratio of young to older people is *heavily* towards older people.

Us young people have grown up in an era where “Adopt Don’t Shop” is practically a moral imperative. Those of us who actively choose to move towards purebred dogs face a lot of stigma from our peers.

Very few of us have solid connections into the dog world. So we turn to google to find breeders. Unfortunately, the mediocre and worse breeders are the ones who tend to have the best websites with the best SEO. Combine with the fact that even if you do locate a quality breeder, most will not take a chance in any form on a newbie, and you get newbies who get suboptimal specimens who enter the breed or performance ring(s) with NO idea of how to handle their dogs and no resources for improvement and get burned out quickly. 

The Dog World Establishment is pretty damn cliquey. If you get a dog from a disreputable or not well liked breeder, odds are good you’re not going to be welcomed into any fold with very open arms.

Learning dog conformation IS HARD AF. There are A LOT OF PIECES and finding someone who is not kennel blind enough to be able to be less biased and more straight forward about what makes a good / bad dog or not AND who is able to analyze, break down and communicate effectively to someone who has NO foundation or baseline for understanding this stuff is at this point pure luck.

Learning handling skills is HARD AF. And again. Unless you find someone WILLING to help you in the first place who also has the skills to analyze, break down and communicate to you small pieces of what you need to work on at a time, you’re up shit creek.

Learning how to effectively train a WORKING quality dog is a whole new experience from the pets you’ve had before who are fine just laying on the couch and easy enough to teach basic domestics. When you get a dog that’s smart, devious and has a temperament designed for having a job of some kind, everything escalates. And if you don’t know where to go for that kind of serious training (read: not petco level training), puppyhood can be super challenging.


We need a network of people who are available to mentor and help newbies. Regional, or better yet, state lists of GOOD obedience and handling classes perfect for people who are new. Lists of TALENTED mentors by breed who can teach from the ground up what makes a good dog, how to read breed standards and how to identify good breeders.

I think ideally, you should work with someone who ISN’T in the breed you’re shooting for, but has experience in that group. I was lucky enough to find an experienced sighthound owner who has been an incredible, analytical mentor who has helped me to understand, see and feel the mechanics of a functional dog in all breeds, sighthounds specifically and we’ve learned borzoi together. In shadowing her search for a silken breeder, I’ve learned so much about what I should have done and am doing for my next borzoi breeder. We need to identify people like those in any and all breeds that are willing to work with enthusiastic greenies like I was. Or else all this knowledge and expertise dies out. And WHAT A WASTE that would be!

I don’t know how to go about this or where to begin. I’m also terrible at effective tagging.

But I think this is a start. IF YOU ARE A PROSPECTIVE DOG WORLD NOVICE IN THE SEATTLE AREA, please know that I’m available to you. I will hook you up with the school and trainer I assist and teach at and with. Don’t be discouraged. This world is a hard nut to crack. The good news is us younger folks are pretty sick, by and large, of The Establishment in any arena and just want to learn and contribute. I think we can stand to change the culture of the dog world for the better. There’s a lot to learn and it’s SO REWARDING. I would hate to see this world die away and out. 

Let’s get a conversation going on how to make this shit better.

ree-fireparrot  asked:

Is there such thing as a martial arts disciplines or techniques that "suit" someone? Like if someone is physically on the small, weak side but has good reflexes and spatial judgment would they emphasize techniques that rely on accuracy (or hitting people where you can cause lots of pain without lots of strength)? Or is it less what you learn and more how you use it? Am I making sense? (If the answer to the first question is yes, what's a good discipline for the character in my example?)

You train your body to your style. In terms of physicality, there’s no barrier for entry. You adapt the techniques to your body as you train. It’s a common misconception that you need a certain body type to be able to fight, or to be good at it. Training takes care of the issue. The kind of physical training you engage in will mold your body. Practice, dedication, attention to detail, correction of errors, and time are all it takes.

There are martial disciplines that will “suit” someone, but those are psychological and philosophical in nature. Learning is faster when you desire to learn, and when the fighting style doesn’t counter your own goals. If you are mentally rejecting your training, then training will be almost impossible and produce poor results. A fast, brutal fighting style that focuses heavily on joint breaks will not suit a character with a gentle nature, who wishes to do as little damage as possible. Someone who wants a more inward focused and philosophical martial art will do better with Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan than they will with the sport focused Taekwondo.

The problem with your example is that it’s incredibly general and focuses on the character’s body rather than the character themselves. There is no good answer to it because the answer is, “all of them”.

Using physical strength as a metric for what kind of fighting your character can participate in or what martial arts they can learn is for stat based games like Dungeons & Dragons. You can take the abilities listed and apply it to any martial art you want. As I’ve said before many times, it’s better to work the other way around by finding your martial art then figuring out what you’re characters physical skills are going to look like as a result of their training. Trying to apply the combat style the other way around ultimately results in window dressing. Especially since, “all of them”.

All martial arts will hone and develop your character’s reflexes. So, the question is ultimately not that your character has good reflexes but rather, how were they developed?

You learn to judge distance through training exercises with your partner. All martial artists need spatial awareness.

You will learn accuracy by practicing your strikes on targets and then against live human partners.

Martial arts don’t rely on physical strength alone for damage, it’s cumulative and a balance of multiple factors that are all developed by training. Speed, accuracy, flexibility, momentum, endurance, learning where to hit and how to hit to achieve your desired results, your ability to move your body together, timing, these are what most people mistakenly refer to as, “physical strength”. Often, genuine effort and hard work are mistaken for natural gifts.

”Who is my character?”

“What do they do?”

“What do they want to be doing when fighting? Their philosophical outlook on the nature of combat? Their morals? What do they believe in?”

“What kind of fighting will they be involved in?”

“What kind of fight scenes do I feel comfortable writing?”

“What is my genre?”

What interests you and your character, who they are as a person, what you’re going to ask them to fight in your narrative, and, of course, how closely you want to hew to reality are what you should use to narrow down your search. After that, it’s gravy.


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NHL players, and hockey fans in general, are overwhelmingly complicit in regards to hockey’s relationship with white supremacy.

Last night at the ESPYs, four of the NBA’s most prominent players (including LeBron James, an arguable candidate for the best NBA player of all time) gave a stirring, well-composed speech on police brutality in America and the specific manner in which, to quote directly, “black and brown bodies” are targeted by police. 

This shows a deep understanding of the issue, one that understands the manner in which white supremacy brutalizes bodies deemed to be outside of whiteness, and the way in which police power relies upon this very brutalization at a basic level. From their inception, police have been specifically used not to protect, but to maintain an order of law with the threat of violence or incarceration. 

The NHL, the whitest of the Big Four sports, has not seen any appreciable discussion of police brutality, or even of any issues with racism beyond incredibly shallow gestures towards a supposed progress. When a talented player like Joshua Ho-Sang is sent home from camp for oversleeping and the response loudly condemns him, when a player like PK Subban is traded in a lopsided deal for a player of the same caliber but older and on a worse contract, when Wayne Simmonds is loudly condemned but other players are excused for far more dangerous conduct, when the hockey media runs articles attempting to describe Auston Matthews in a manner that will allow the mostly white fans of the Maple Leafs to see him as not only Canadian but more specifically a white Canadian, it should be easy to tell the sport has a problem with race. 

Both specific examples like these, and far more nebulous examples such as the manner in which many NHL fans discuss the NBA with dogwhistles and coded language, contribute to an image of the sport as unwelcoming and moreover unwelcoming by design. While programs such as the You Can Play Project have made admirable strides, this progress is not an excuse for the racism of the league.

Hockey absolutely has a problem with whiteness, with white supremacy, and that much should be rather clear from engaging with hockey fans for any appreciable amount of time.

And this is not simply relegated to the fans, but to the players themselves. As Stars players offer condolences to the Dallas PD, their silence on police brutality as well as other events such as the Pulse Nightclub shooting is incredibly apparent. That the most memorable examples of players mentioning police brutality are poorly thought-out tweets from Tom Sestito and Bobby Ryan complaining about protestors and insisting neutrality while implicitly protecting police from critique says quite a bit about how players feel. Considering the incredibly deeply embedded cultures of white supremacy in both America and Canada, it should come as no surprise that the league is so deeply white in every sense, but that it is unsurprising is not an excuse.

Hockey fans must begin to openly, loudly, and relentlessly critique the whiteness of the sport, must talk about the manner in which its whiteness is preserved through structures of racism deeply in North American society, and to challenge the overwhelming silence of NHL players on matters of racial justice in America.

Mart of Walls here again

Tl;dr pettiness made my manager act right.
So after the $1.35 story submitted earlier I thought I’d share another wonder detail of working in automotive. We had our own ASM and Department manager. This place is open inside of Walmart 7a-7p and usual shifts range from 7a-4p and 11a-8p. We had the department manger almost every day, myself and an elderly lady who couldn’t pick up batteries or tires or well, anything. So I come in working two jobs and then I finally got fed up with Bros Dress for Less that I quit and I kid you not the day I quit my ASM signed me on to being full time in auto. So I’m like “sweet more hours for me” and let me fucking tell you the day I signed the full time paper is the day my personal hell began.
So there’s three people inside including myself which means if my Department manager is off I’m the next best thing which meant I had to do price changes, inventory, stock, put over stock back in the back room, load batteries into the shelves above my head, straighten everything, run the counter, as well as helping customers find filters WHEN THERES A MACHINE THAT DOES IT FOR YOU LITERALLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE FILTERS. So I got fairly good at juggling these things with the help of the Department manager from sporting goods. The problem is that I was doing the Department manager’s job better than he ever did and we’ll call him Dan.
Dan was a real prick. We’re supposed to load batteries in from the back so we don’t have months of old batteries, helps us look good helps get customers good batteries good deal. Well Dan is considerably stronger than me, obviously and he never loaded batteries correctly. I had extra hand one day so I tore out all 50+ car batteries and put them in correctly the oldest dating back to March of 15 which is stupid for a car battery so I let my ASM know. Well he never talked to Dan and I saw him loading batteries incorrectly the same week I’d fixed it so when I told him he was doing it wrong he informed me that “if I wanted it done differently I could do it my damn self”. So I took matters into my own hands. I started fucking up inventory in the back, putting shit in the wrong place and even going outside to do the technician job of changing batteries and oil and such. He didn’t understand what was going wrong. So he asked me if I knew where something was a few months into this petty thing I’d done and I looked at him and said “I’m not sure where it is Dan. Maybe if you want shit organized you should do it your damn self.” And he started doing his job correctly after that. #pettyforthebetter

When the Junior riders can’t get their hair up in the helmet before a show...

Give me a hairnet, a hair tie, and a bottle of champagne and I can make Rapunzel’s hair fit into a Size 7 Charles Owen. (The champagne isn’t for the hair, it’s just for me.)


When our amygdala gets fired up our primal brain wants to run or fight or freeze. There is literally no connection to the pre-frontal cortex, as we all know so well! It’s nearly impossible to use your mind to regulate your emotions because hand on your heart - honest to God the connection is simply not lined up that way. So we have two options: to know our triggers ahead of time and find ways to lower our base line anxiety/ resilience and/or to use other healing methods than run via the body like trauma sensitive Yoga, sports, breath work, etc.

What works for you?