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Month: August 2019

Ep. 103: Arguing in Bad Faith

Okay, let’s just stop pretending like we’re recording anything that isn’t a serious topic ever again. But dammit, we need to talk about this stuff. First, Dave and Carol talk about the ACTUAL FRIGGIN’ WHITE SUPREMACISTS who showed up at the Sounders match a couple weeks ago. And then we take a close look at the USWNT’s lawsuit against US Soccer, and discuss why US Soccer is hiring lobbying firms to argue against their own players. Look. We’re mad. It’s just how it is.

First, here’s the blog post Dave wrote for MLS Aces: https://www.mlsaces.com/blog/2019/8/7/white-supremacists-at-a-sounders-match-and-why-the-league-and-the-team-front-office-is-responsible

Here’s a breakdown of the lawsuit by CBS Sports: https://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/uswnt-equal-pay-lawsuit-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-womens-world-cup-champions-legal-fight/

This is a piece from Big Think looking at the numbers of the pay gap: https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/womens-soccer-pay?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

And finally, an article from ESPN about the lobbyists US Soccer hired: https://www.espn.com/soccer/united-states/story/3915613/us-soccer-hires-lobbyists-in-equal-pay-dispute

Ep 102: Is This Political?

We’re back! Despite a long – and unexpected – hiatus, we’re here again with another episode! This week, Carol and Dave talk about why they were gone for so long, and their thoughts on the future of the show. Then, the take a look at a dispute between the Sounders front office and supporters groups over an anti-fascist symbol. And finally, some Women’s World Cup talk! Sorry again for the delay, and enjoy!

First of all, here’s some pictures of the Three Lions Pub in Charleston:

Secondly, here’s a bit on the history of the Iron Front logo: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/03/28/the-iron-front-was-a-german-anti-nazi-paramilitary-organization-whose-logo-was-designed-to-be-painted-over-swastikas/

This is the ECS press release including the full letter from the Sounders Front office: https://www.weareecs.com/multimedia/category-news/430-anti-fascism-in-the-brougham-end

Here’s a letter from the Editor published at Sounder at Heart about the situation: https://www.sounderatheart.com/2019/8/1/20746701/letter-from-the-editor-the-fight-over-the-iron-front-flag

Update: This is the Sounder’s response which came after we recorded: https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/sounders/sounders-apologize-to-fan-groups-for-banning-iron-front-flag-but-tension-persists/

And finally, here’s the full version of the Nike ad that gets to us so much:

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