Good morning and welcome to The Huddle for today, August 19, 2020. It’s Wednesday. And as always, today’s Huddle is a 90-second-read.
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This Morning’s Sports Headlines:
The longtime NFL video staffer is being remembered as “passionate,” and “generous.” Brakel came out in 2014 and worked with two NFL teams and the League. “He had a big heart,” says everyone. We invite you to share your memories in the comments by clicking here.
And in other news:
NBC News: Charlotte Hornets suspend broadcaster after he uses N-word in tweet; John Focke said he “mistyped” the racial slur instead of “Nuggets” in what he calls a “horrific error.”
Highlights from Social Media:
Jason Collins summed up the NBA Bubble Playoff situation best:
Anything can happen in the #NBAPlayoffs. NBA bubble means home court advantage isn’t what it used to be. Both #1 seeds lost their Game 1s today!— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins98) August 19, 2020
Tonight is #SneakerheadNight for the L.A. Sparks! Check out these kicks:
.@seimoneaugustus sends a message with her sneaker collection, what’s yours?— Los Angeles Sparks (@LASparks) August 18, 2020
Tomorrow’s game is our #SneakerheadNight presented by @NikeLA, tune in at 7PM PT on @SpectrumSN & @TwitterSports. #GoSparks | #LeadTheCharge pic.twitter.com/rIdjOorZvq
Good luck, Brett!
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Today begins my #chicagoendurancesports triathlon training! From here on out I’ve got 2adays through the summer and fall until #imwisconsin This is me, day 1. I’m not in the worst shape I’ve ever been in, but I want to push and train harder than ever before to get me to my goals. I’m excited to see where and what the end of this season looks like. Hopefully you’ll get to see some pretty meaningful bling around my neck and a badass tattoo! #ironman #imoo #tritraining #gayathletes #ces #2adays #garmin #hokaoneone #nike
Chris Mosier with some helpful advice concerning pronouns:
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Is putting your pronouns in your profile “performative” allyship? I say no - but it depends on one’s intentions. Let me explain: If an ally puts their pronouns in their online meeting box to let other people know their pronouns because they like when people get their pronouns right, great. If they do it to make their colleagues & teammates feel empowered to do it too to help change the culture of their team or organization, awesome. If they do it to make a trans or non-binary teammate, classmate, or coworker feel safer to do the same, excellent. If they do it so they seem woke but then misgender someone else, not cool. If they do it but then say transphobic things at lunch, no good. If they do it but then vote for Trump, nope - that is performative. I think in this case it’s tough to gauge “performative allyship” based on one action - because being an ally isn’t a one-time deal. You aren’t an ally in one situation & then get to wear that badge the rest of your life. Allies keep showing up. Allyship is a practice. It is an ongoing process. And to be clear, allies don’t always get it right - but they keep showing up, keep learning, keep trying. This is about putting your pronouns in your profile, but it is definitely, most certainly, absolutely NOT JUST about putting your pronouns in your profile. It is about creating a space where others can address you appropriately & opening space & empowering others to express themselves. A person is creating a more inclusive & open space by adding your pronouns to their profile, even if (or especially if!) you think it’s obvious that people know their pronouns. AND THEN: that person needs to keep showing up. If you think putting your pronouns in your online meeting profile is just performative, you may want to consider how you behave in the rest of your life outside off those meetings, and how your actions may not be congruent with being an ally. I think we need to normalize saying our pronouns. If putting your pronouns in your profile is performative, then consider this a request to perform. #pronouns #trans #transgender #transathlete #normalizepronouns #enby #nonbinary #theythem
Megan Rapinoe endorses Joe Biden for president, following his nomination at the virtual Democratic National Convention:
Podcast Du Jour
Six days a week, Outsports has a new podcast for your listening pleasure. Today on The Trans Sporter Room, Karleigh Webb and Dawn Ennis discuss what’s next after federal judges issued orders on Monday that show support for transgender Americans, particularly trans student athletes.
Plus they share their love for the classic film, ALIEN!
Today’s Sports Calendar
WNBA in the Wubble:
Phoenix Mercury vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 10 p.m. EDT.
NBA Playoffs in the Bubble:
Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets at 4 p.m. EDT on TNT.
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs:
Nationally-televised MLB games:
5:30 a.m.: Kiwoom Heroes vs. NC Dinos on ESPN2.
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