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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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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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
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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