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Zirin's column on Ward and Thomas and Boston racism.

Old Boston is also part of this story, as much as many from New England don’t want to hear it. No city in the United States has a more tortured intersection of race and sports than our supposed cradle of liberalism and democracy. It’s the city whose Boston Red Sox were the last team to integrate, waiting until 1959 twelve years after Jackie Robinson broke through with the Brooklyn Dodgers. It’s the city that for decades rejected the greatest team basketball player in history, Bill Russell, because of his proud, unblinking opposition to racial intolerance. After dealing with years of everything from verbal abuse to the vandalizing of his home, Russell called the city “a flea market of racism.” Boston then embraced Larry Bird, to such a passionate degree his very jersey became a symbol of white arrogance, exemplified in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing. It’s also paradoxically, (and fitting in a city this paradoxical) the first hockey town to integrate, when Willie O’Ree took the ice for the Bruins in 1958 (he would be the NHL’s last Black player for 16 years). Now, when Joel Ward plays the hero, the reflex is the “N” bomb. As Faulkner said, “The past is not dead. It isn’t even past.”

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 26 April 2012 19:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Its awesome that the guy scored on Tim Thomas. Poetic justice.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Thursday, 26 April 2012 19:30 (five years ago) Permalink

The dude on the right looks like Johnny Greenwood.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Thursday, 26 April 2012 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Ugly stuff indeed, but it isn't just Boston - witness Wayne Simmonds and the banana incident last year in London Ontario (a town I'm otherwise quite fond of)

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Thursday, 26 April 2012 20:19 (five years ago) Permalink

going to game 4 in LA ^_^


bnw, Thursday, 26 April 2012 22:21 (five years ago) Permalink


mookieproof, Thursday, 26 April 2012 23:59 (five years ago) Permalink

rip alfie

i dunno; he's had a splendid career but i pretty much lost respect for him when he fired a slapshot at niedermeyer after the horn in the '07 finals

good game tho; now we've got rangers-caps. kinda wanted to see rangers-flyers, but i've a feeling we might ultimately get that anyway

mookieproof, Friday, 27 April 2012 01:59 (five years ago) Permalink

also bnw where do you live?

mookieproof, Friday, 27 April 2012 01:59 (five years ago) Permalink


bnw, Friday, 27 April 2012 02:07 (five years ago) Permalink

ok that's what i thought!

mookieproof, Friday, 27 April 2012 02:12 (five years ago) Permalink

daniel 'danny' brière and claude giroux both have seven goals in seven playoff games

all these series look great except maybe rangers-caps, in which first goal wins

mookieproof, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:14 (five years ago) Permalink


mookieproof, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 15:49 (five years ago) Permalink



moullet, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink


btw raise your game, madison square garden -- chanting 'ovi sucks' = smdh

mookieproof, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 16:35 (five years ago) Permalink

i've got a hockey question. i'm a total hockey newb (i watch a playoff game every year or so - generally when flyers are in them) but this year i've really been enjoying it - i think partially bc exciting flyer team and that hbo hockey show and the playoffs have been kinda riveting to me. so apologies for barging in. i was just wondering about shots on goal and saves. obv a team that takes a lot of shots is going to actually score more often than a team that takes less. when a team has a lot of shots on goal, but fewer points than you would expect, what would that generally indicate? a team that has a hard time closing? or that they were playing a particularly better goalie?

Mordy, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 00:18 (five years ago) Permalink

fewer points goals

could be a really good goalie, but there are shots and shots. flipping a puck on goal from center ice is not as dangerous as a point-blank shot from the slot. that sort of stuff evens out over the long term -- the fact that quick and lundqvist have awesome save percentages isn't an illusion -- but in a single game might not mean much.

you can see the difference in the shot percentages of forwards and defensemen -- a top forward will score on maybe 15% of his shots while a top defenseman is maybe half that.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 00:27 (five years ago) Permalink

thx, that makes sense. btw, i love in this NJ/PHI game that when flyers have had power plays they've been executing these really tight passing formations. kinda reminds me of a pass-heavy basketball team.

Mordy, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 00:37 (five years ago) Permalink

flyers are playing really well and are an appealing team, which is hard for me as a pittsburgh fan. but yeah if you want to get into hockey this is a v. good time to do it.

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 00:42 (five years ago) Permalink

fuck jagr tho

mookieproof, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 00:43 (five years ago) Permalink

go caps!

moullet, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 00:46 (five years ago) Permalink

fuck jagr tho


Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Wednesday, 2 May 2012 01:25 (five years ago) Permalink

caps-rangers might need to be played 4-on-4

mookieproof, Thursday, 3 May 2012 03:18 (five years ago) Permalink

can the kings be stopped y/n

mookieproof, Friday, 4 May 2012 03:29 (five years ago) Permalink

if doug gilmour couldn't do it . . .

mookieproof, Friday, 4 May 2012 03:42 (five years ago) Permalink

it took running headlong into a french-canadian wall and marty mcsorley being a retard

Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 4 May 2012 03:58 (five years ago) Permalink

kings are mad dominating

bnw, Friday, 4 May 2012 04:02 (five years ago) Permalink

the blues are a flawed team

Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 4 May 2012 04:03 (five years ago) Permalink


Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 4 May 2012 04:03 (five years ago) Permalink

no way man, kings are total favorites now

i heard jeremy roenick say so

mookieproof, Friday, 4 May 2012 04:06 (five years ago) Permalink

omg drew

Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 4 May 2012 04:17 (five years ago) Permalink

one of those flaw is elliott's 5 hole i take it.

bnw, Friday, 4 May 2012 04:22 (five years ago) Permalink

so bnw

how was it watching your team be swept in a hostile arena

at least it wasn't the blackhawks i guess

mookieproof, Sunday, 6 May 2012 22:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Devils looked awesome last night.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Monday, 7 May 2012 13:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Serious lol

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Monday, 7 May 2012 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink

it sucks to be away from North America during the playoffs

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 7 May 2012 20:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Hockey has been painful to watch this season so I'd glad switch places right now.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Monday, 7 May 2012 21:05 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah it's so painful when your team sets a record* for consecutive home wins and makes the playoffs for the 21st straight year

i rmde at u

mookieproof, Monday, 7 May 2012 23:49 (five years ago) Permalink

It's hard to explain, but it hasn't been a fun or enjoyable season for me. There's been seasons I've had a lot more fun with where the wings have done much worse.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 00:52 (five years ago) Permalink

imo it's the big home winning streak and looking pretty damn good throughout the first like 2/3 of the season before injuries etc brought it all down and the loss to nashville was a bit of an inevitability

Steve Youngblood (dan m), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 02:50 (five years ago) Permalink

i was not expecting these results

and while bless said teams for doing what needed to be done, i'd like a *little* bit of offense at least

mookieproof, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 03:59 (five years ago) Permalink

the WCF makes me nauseous just thinking about it. Phoenix? Really? Can't even be up against, like, the red wings or some BS? It's bad enough the ducks have a cup

Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 07:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Hoping now for a Tortorella vs Sutter final rematch.

sofatruck, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 12:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Definitely not hoping for that on my end. Goddam I love eliminating the Flyers ESPECIALLY IN PHILLY. If we eliminate the Rangers too, I dont even care if we win the Cup. This would be the perfect season.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 13:06 (five years ago) Permalink

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