The Neighborhood is a weekly column brought to you by #TheManagingEditor. We can’t always cover every interesting story that comes up in sports, and there’s not always a place for the non-sports-related things we come across and want to share. Kick back with your favorite beverage and check out the many, many things #TME came across while wandering her internet neighborhood this week. (Photo credit: Sasha Davis)
The cool thing about having kids in the neighborhood school is that you get to know a lot of the other parents in the immediate area and you wind up passing your kids around for playdates. My oldest is off with his buddies today (Thursday, I’m being proactive this week) and I got to have a few hours alone with my youngest. So we had a lunch date and he picked Applebee’s.
We got settled at our table and he lit up like a Christmas tree, “Mommy! There’s hockey on!”
It was noon on a Thursday so I knew it had to be a replay, and I was hoping it was any other game from last night except… “Mommy! It’s the PENGUINS! Wait. They only have one point.”
That one. Of course it was that one. “Buddy. This is a replay of last night’s game against the Flyers.” (Crosby got his 300th NHL career goal and then the Flyers SLAUGHTERED them for it; by the time the Flyers scored the third goal the boys were both asking to go to bed, for real.)
Our food arrived and the Flyers scored again and he stopped eating and said, “I want to go home. I don’t like hockey when the Penguins play the Flyers. I don’t LIKE the Flyers.”
And that’s the story of how I had to bring my half-finished lunch home because my five year old got too depressed by hockey to eat.
It looks like it’s going to be a thing, to start out The Neighborhood with #TME local sports news. Colorado local Missy Franklin – an exceptional NCAA swimmer and Olympic gold medalist – has announced her intention to go pro.
“Winning really doesn’t mean anything if you have no one to share it with,” Franklin said. “It’s not going to mean anything unless you have those people who will be so excited for you, who’ve supported you and you know they’ve had a piece in that. When I’m on a national championship team, a high school state championship team, a gold medal-winning relay, I get to do it with people I love, with people I care about. Sharing in that joy and that success and that love, that is incredibly fulfilling to me.
“Obviously I get a huge sense of fulfillment and happiness when it’s individual as well, but for me, it’s even more special and it’s really amplified when I get to share it with other people.”
Kick some ass, kid. We’ll be keeping our eye on you.
Denver Post also gave us a look at Becky Hammon – the NBA’s first female coach.
“As far as Becky Hammon redefining gender roles in sports, I think it’s great. But, as far as a woman coaching men, I think it’s also kind of like, ‘Why not?’ Basketball is basketball. And as a coach, you are trying to get between the ears of players,” said Ceal Barry, who won 427 games as the coach for the University of Colorado women’s program from 1983 to 2005. “Coaching is a lot like parenting. It’s good cop, bad cop. In men’s basketball, maybe sometimes we’ve got a little too much testosterone in the game. So why would you not want a different coaching perspective on your staff?”
Although, I’ll be honest, I’m still wondering if she ever got the door open. Actual Editor #TME is rolling her eyes at the lost thread.
Not-local but broadly applicable to women who want to be more active in their lives and athletes alike: Kaila Prins at Everyday Feminist talks about the #fitspo trend and the ableism it perpetuates.
I am writing this article as someone who straddles the line between able and disabled. I can walk, run, and jump – but not without pain. I suffer from chronic nerve pain and limited ankle mobility after an exercise-induced injury, and I don’t intend to speak for an entire group and spectrum of abilities or lack thereof; this is rather meant to be seen from the perspective of someone who fully believed that ability was the “only way” for a “valuable” body to exist in the world, who now understands what fitspiration looks like from the perspective of disability. I look forward to those of you on both sides of the spectrum (and everywhere in between) to help me continue this conversation in a healthy and productive manner.
There’s a lot that this article doesn’t get into as far as what’s wrong with #fitspo – because believe me, there’s a LOT. But it does an excellent job looking at the straight-up disregard and dismissal of people who are physically incapable of having six-pack abs.
Moving into the nerdville portion of our weekly wrap-up we’ve got John Scalzi being awesome. He’s a pretty good dude in general, coming down on the side “stop being a misogynistic jackass” regularly. This post is from 2012, but it came across my dash again this week and I love this part especially:
Many people believe geekdom is defined by a love of a thing, but I think — and my experience of geekdom bears on this thinking — that the true sign of a geek is a delight in sharing a thing. It’s the major difference between a geek and a hipster, you know: When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.”
I’ve got an article floating around in my brain that I’ve titled “Get Your Bandwagon Off My Lawn” that addresses this ridiculous issue. People with a new interest in something are often maligned by certain members of “the old guard” – but as women we face it more often in particular, and we don’t just get shut out of superheroes and first person shooters. We aren’t the right kind of sports fan, either.
This paragraph really spoke to me as one of the owners and founders of The Other Half. At our very heart we want this little piece of the net to be a place where we proudly exclaim COME LOVE THIS THING WE LOVE TOGETHER. It is, after all, the entire point of this little column I do every Friday. Look at all these neat things I found! I want to share them with you!
The Scalzi article also highlights one of my favorite parts of being a fan (of anything at all) on the internet. And that is our shared language. Linguistics are fun, whether you’re a dedicated scholar or just appreciative of the quirks and evolution of languages as you come across interesting tidbits. And the internet, especially fandom spaces, has developed its own dialect.
Tia Baheri on The Toast has written a pretty comprehensive look at this shared language – not just how effectively it’s used but the backlash against it. I’ll be keeping it for reference, and I am particularly in love with this bit:
There is just something about “I have lost the ability to can” that can’t be captured by “this is so great, it’s driving me crazy” or any variation thereof. Internet language does this all the time. Sometimes “AODEHwhddhwdwebw” is far more eloquent than saying “I’m so overtaken with emotion, I can barely type so I smashed the keyboard with my forehead.” The phrase “right in the feels” may, in fact, express more than “wow, [insert name of most popular BBC show of the day] made me so sad that I felt the pain as one would a physical blow.”
Yes. This. :D
Well. That might be the shortest Neighborhood that’s ever going to exist. So how about I leave you with this: the video that’s been open in a tab all week so that I can hit ‘play’ whenever I feel the need to dance. (It’s not embeddable, apparently, but I promise, go click the link.)
I’m going to be spending my weekend getting my kids haircuts and dying eggs with my best friends and their kids. I hope that whatever plans you have, work or rest or adventure, that you are content and well loved.
Happy Friday, folks!