Bikini Basketball: Stolen Logos, Poor Spelling, and One Other Thing that We Can’t Quite Put Our Finger On

Posted by Paul Caputo on October 22, 2012
Basketball, Logos / 4 Comments

Late last month, the world of Bikini Basketball, which is a thing, was rocked by scandal when one of its seven franchises, the Miami Spice, was revealed to have basically lifted its logo from the defunct NBA Seattle Supersonics. A stunning piece of journalism by CBS Sports blogger Royce Young, who pointed out that he noticed this obvious thing, revealed that the logos were basically exactly the same.

With the revelation, the sports world gasped as one and exclaimed, “There was an NBA team in Seattle? And that was just four years ago? No way.”

To their credit, the Miami Spice pretended like nothing had ever happened, whistled innocently, and unveiled this different logo pictured here on their Facebook page. The sports world, not one to be easily fooled, responded, “Seriously, they played professional basketball in Seattle? Do you mean the American Seattle or the Canadian Seattle?”

By changing their official logo a full month before their league even existed, the Miami Spice have the second-most logo changes per games played in sports history, behind only the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have changed their logo and team colors three times since you started reading this blog post.

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Five Kinds of Sports Fans on the Social Networks

Posted by Paul Caputo on September 06, 2012
Fandom / 3 Comments

About a week and a half ago, I texted fellow Blogger and noted Red Sox fan Jeremy Soule, asking how definite the impending trade of basically all of the Red Sox to the Dodgers was. Jeremy didn’t respond for at least 30 seconds, so I got impatient and went to my second-fastest source for baseball news, Twitter. Sure enough, there was Steve Berthiaume of ESPN reporting that the deal was official, as well as Nick Punto tweeting a photo of him and the rest of the Red Sox on their way to Los Angeles to play for their new team.

I reported this to Jeremy, who responded, “Pretty amazing that you follow Nick Punto on Twitter,” to which I responded, “Where have you been? I’ve been worried sick about you.”

Anyway, I realized that while I generally prefer Facebook for my social media purposes, I have come to rely on Twitter for breaking sports news—everything from scores and trades to what Andrew McCutchen had for breakfast. It also made me realize that there are distinct types of sports fans who can generally be categorized by their choice of social media. To wit:

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Meet The Racist Bruins Fans, Part 3

Posted by Rob Wright on May 08, 2012
Boston, Hockey / 2 Comments

One of the questions I’ve attempted to answer here is whether or not the people who Tweeted racist statements regarding the Capitals’ Joel Ward were in fact true Bruins fans and proper Bostonians. So far, after looking at 10 of the authors of those racist Tweets, it appears that most of them are what a sane and rational person would consider a Bruins fan (Editor’s Note: Part 2 of this series has been updated with new information).

The second question – where are these people from? — has produced more distressing but not entirely unexpected results. The collection so far includes Massachusetts towns like Plymouth, Attleboro, Danvers, Bolton and other regions well outside of Boston. In fact, we have Tweeters from New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. So it seems that this is not just a Boston or even a Massachusetts problem but one that spans New England.

To be sure, not all of these Tweeters are from the area. As you’ll see below with Ryan Clifford, some folks had no affiliation whatsoever with the Bruins and just happened to be watching the game and suddenly felt compelled to blurt out racist comments regarding the outcome of a hockey game that really had no bearing on their lives. Which is just sad.

In any event, before we get to the next couple racist Tweets (due to time constraints, I was only able to get two for this installment), let’s turn our attention to one of the few Tweeters who issued an apology on their own.

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Meet The Racist Bruins Fans, Part 1

Posted by Rob Wright on April 30, 2012
Boston, Hockey / 6 Comments

It’s been a few days now since dozens of people posted racist Twitter comments about the Washington Capitals’ Joel Ward, and while most of these cowardly bigots predictably deleted their Twitter accounts in full retreat, a few folks have decided to keep their accounts active – and simply deleted said offensive Tweets hoping no one would notice.

Well, we did notice. And so did a lot of other people on Twitter.

Here are five of the racist Bruins fans. In an effort to determine if these people were “true Bruins fans” and actual Boston residents, I posed the question – are you a racist Bruins fan from Boston? And since these folks haven’t responded, I’ll have to make my best guesses. Here’s what I came up with.


Ethan Marshall, aka @GrizzlyMarshall

Ethan Marshall

Meet Ethan. He issued the following Tweet after Game 7: “Fucking stupid arrogant, smelly, useless, waste of life, sad excuse for a NHL hockey playing N—–!!!!”

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B For Vendetta

Posted by Rob Wright on April 27, 2012
Boston, Hockey / 10 Comments

Boston, we have a problem…

Our city has been pegged as a notoriously racist metropolitan, full of bigots who use racial epithets and negative stereotypes far too casually.

I’m here to acknowledge that reputation as being painfully true, to a degree. And I want to do something about it.

In the aftermath of the Bruins’ game 7 loss to the Washington Capitals, a number of Bruins fans took to Twitter to vent. Unfortunately, they did so in the worst way possible – by targeting Joel Ward with racist Tweets. Take a look:


Racist Bruins/hockey fans

Don't look away. And don't shrug it off.


Now, the immediate urge from many Bostonians is to say, “They’re not real Bruins fans” and “They don’t represent Boston.”

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