Vendetta

Meet The Racist Capital Fans

Posted by Rob Wright on May 25, 2012
Bloggers To Be Named Later / 3 Comments

Now THIS is a vendetta ride.

After reading about the (second round of) racist Tweets directed at Washington Capitals’ winger Joel Ward recently, I started digging up information on a few of those folks. It didn’t take me very long to discover that someone else had already exposed many of these so-called Caps fans, as well as several Bruins fans before that.

“Ohhaithur,” a distinguished member of online sports forum The Mainboard, or TMB, has been on quite a crusade since April 26th (the day after Ward scored the game-winning goal in OT against the Bruins, which set off the first round of racist Tweets).

Ohhaithur posted on TMB a number of emails to parents, bosses, principals and other school administrators. And amazingly, some of his emails actually got replies and led to some interesting reactions and consequences (the blog Real Life Sports has a nice summary of Ohhaithur’s forum posts).

I don’t know who this person is, but god bless them for doing what he did. And I’m kind of envious, since I haven’t received any responses from the schools I’ve emailed (Ohhaithur hilariously posed as a “concerned parent” or “concerned alumni” in his emails, when in fact it seems he is a 20-something sports fan who has no kids and no affiliation with any of these schools – not sure why I didn’t think of that).

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Here We Go Again – More Racist Tweets Targeting Joel Ward

Posted by Rob Wright on May 11, 2012
Bloggers To Be Named Later / 2 Comments

Washington Capitals' winger Joel Ward

First, the bad news: Capitals winger Joel Ward has been hit with another flurry of racist Tweets.

The good news: I get to do more racist profiling, and this time it seems the Tweeters aren’t Bruins fans or Bostonians.

More bad news: it appears many of the racist Tweeters in this case are actually Caps fans.

 

Yikes.

 

To recap, Ward committed a bad penalty – his first penalty, reportedly, since February – at the end of regulation during Game 5 against the Rangers Tuesday night. The ensuing Rangers power play produced the winning goal and a 3-2 loss for the Capitals.

To be sure, it was a BAD penalty; Ward basically wacked a Rangers player in the face while jockeying for position after a faceoff, and he cut the guy’s mouth open. So I can understand people getting upset, and he certainly deserves some criticism for a boneheaded play.

But good lord, it’s got nothing to do with race, so don’t use the “N” word like these turds did.

 

Game 5 Racists

 

On one hand, it’s good to see that racist hockey fans aren’t concentrated in the Boston or New England area. On the other hand, I feel compelled to point out the volume of racist Tweets following Game 5 is significantly smaller than what occurred after Game 7 against the Bruins (see Meet The Racist Bruins Fans Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 for more). So there you have it.

This poor guy….I mean, he’s been the epitome of class and dignity given what’s happened over the last few weeks.  And this is the treatment he gets?

I’m not going to take this opportunity to gloat and turn this against all the Capitals’ fans who bashed Boston and Bruins Nation for those awful Game 7 Tweets. Because quite frankly, we deserved it, and the true Caps fans out there don’t need me to give them grief.

No, I’m taking this opportunity to gear up for another Vendetta Ride.

Because i can’t stand fucking racists. And because Joel Ward deserves my support.

Saddle up.

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Meet The Racist Bruins Fans, Part 2

Posted by Rob Wright on May 02, 2012
Boston, Hockey / 6 Comments

It occurred to me after posting part 1 of our ongoing series “Meet The Racist Bruins Fans” that I failed to lay out the ground rules for the Vendetta Ride. The rules are simple: if you Tweeted something racist regarding Joel Ward following Game 7 last week, you have two choices.

The first is to own up to your actions. Apologize. Face the music. Repent. Show remorse. Make amends. Be a better Bruins fan, and more importantly a better human being. Do all that, and you will be taken off the list. Like Mike Spiewak, a.k.a. @Spee_Durr.

Mike, a diehard Bruins fan, Tweeted something pretty awful – “You know the games over when the nigger scores. Goodbye bandwagon fans, see you all next April. #Bruins losing in #Game7 #breaksmyheart” – but to his credit he quickly apologized, deleted his remark, and then spent the next several days apologizing. And kept apologizing. And then for good measure, apologized some more. He took the heat. He owned his actions without making excuses or rationalizing them. We at BTBNL appreciate that. Mike is off the list.

Your second option is to ignore the fallout, hide in anonymity, and hunker down at the Winchester until this all blows over.

I’m here to tell you it won’t.

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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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