Rough 24 Hours for Hot Takes

It's been a rough 24 hours for social media hot takes from members of the MSM who oughta know better. Two incidents sparked this barrage of tweets:

  1. Cheers in Scotiabank Arena when Kevin Durant went down with his injury during Monday night's Raptors game
  2. The USA women's soccer team celebrating with much flair en route to a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand

The most common take on the KD injury was that Toronto is classless. What a bunch of idiots Raptors fans are that they would openly cheer a player going down with an injury! Often tinged with a "holier than thou" tone, we've been told we should feel shame and karma (something I don't believe in) is coming for us.

I don't have all the answers, but I know in my living room I experienced a moment of joy when the camera showed Durant on the court. I certainly wasn't happy the man was injured, but I was glad one of the best players was coming out of the game, increasing the chances of my Raptors winning the NBA championship. In a moment of heated competition, it was very instinctual. Here's my thoughts as tweeted yesterday.

Again, I'm not condoning the boorish behaviour from some ignorant fans, but don't pretend this is a uniquely Toronto thing (those people exist within all fanbases) and don't paint an entire city with such broad strokes. Within seconds the cheers stopped and there was audible support for Durant.

As for the US women's soccer team, I watched every one of the celebrations, and it was the ninth goal celly that really bothered me. My first thoughts were of our Canadian junior men and the very public criticism levied against them when they beat Denmark 14-0 in December 2018. I went to bat for our juniors for two very good reasons:

  1. The celebration Don Cherry kept showing was Morgan Frost celebrating the third goal of the game. At 3-0 in best-on-best competition, I'm A-OK with over-the-top celebrations. Had that been the 9-0 goal, I'd have agreed with Cherry. By 9-0, Canada had toned it all the way down to a subtle glove tap sans smile.
  2. Goals scored was a tie-breaker, so Canada couldn't / shouldn't let up. You have to keep scoring.

With the US Women, I feel the same way about running up the score. It's a tie-breaker, so they should keep scoring. What irked me was the celebrations when they were annihilating Thailand. It was pretty gross, and I'd feel the exact same way if that were our Canadian men. This isn't about gender or nationality. This is about good sportsmanship.

The bizarre thing I witnessed on social media was the number of MSM members who defended the US Women by defending their right to run up the score. Again, that wasn't the main criticism. Anyone who understands the rules is okay with the Americans continuing to score. It's almost as if members of the media moved the goalposts because the celebrations were far more difficult to defend. Check out these tweets.

Those analogies simply don't work. Here's the celebration after the USA made it 9-0.

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I definitely reacted when KD fell - simply because I was excited too, not for injury's sake but perhaps validation that like we all said, he never should have played?? And I knew from when I saw them icing his leg during the game it was no bueno. I think the over reaction to the cheering/clapping is over rated - and Barstool Sports tweeted out a doctored video of fans supposedly reacting to him being injured - let's not act like many other fans haven't done the same.

As for the goal scoring - spot on. After a certain number, the celebration is a bit much.

June 12, 2019 @ 9:58 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Also... Barstool put out a video that was very obviously fake. It was actually pretty funny, so long as people knew it was fake. It purported to be a Toronto crowd wildly cheering KD's injury.

I was shocked at how many people (including MSM scribes) thought it was real.

June 12, 2019 @ 10:30 AM


You're bang on. Agree 100%.

June 12, 2019 @ 10:32 AM


TM - I was going to mention the Barstool video! Also, a Miami newspaper put up video of people seemingly cheering KD's injury - which someone pointed out was super out of context, and that the cheering shots were most likely taken from other points in the game.

June 12, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

James Edgar

My first reaction was "Oh Shit did he just re-injure himself"? But i was also happy to see him leave the game.

I was pretty critical of the cheering yesterday morning and I'm still not happy it happened at all but i do understand that it wasn't as big as I first thought and i can see why it made people happy in the moment.

Time to move on from that one.

The celebration thing ? Well after a point like 3-0 it certainly should have ben toned down , I'm going to give them a bit of the benefit of the doubt and say it was just exciting for the players to be scoring at the world cup BUT the coaches should have told them to tone it down . Yes keep tour foot on the gas just stay a classy.

June 12, 2019 @ 11:07 AM


After initial cheers (which were understandable given that the championship was on the line), the Toronto fans cheered KD off the court and chanted his name. Why isn't the media focusing on that?

When a star player gets hurt like that, the home crowd will cheer him off the court. When it happens on the road, the reaction is usually stunned silence. Toronto fans chanted his name. In the finals. That's what's more indicative of this city.

June 12, 2019 @ 2:55 PM

Joey Wasaga

Really.....A few hundred paying customers cheering a star player going down...OR less than a week ago a part owner of an NBA team shoving an opposing team player during a game ?? Really ?
Also,before the good dooers start with "He got fined and suspended for 1 year " Nice ,so far I have seen NO report the fine has been paid and 1 year suspension works out to 42 actual games !!

June 12, 2019 @ 4:23 PM


Joey Wasaga - I wish I could link to an awesome thread I saw today about it all. But I agree with you!

June 12, 2019 @ 4:52 PM


I agree with the US soccer team piling up goals as that makes a difference in round robin. However, 9-0 & team captain celebrates like the team just won the world cup is unsportsmanlike & disgraceful to Thailand & sports overall.
My initial reaction to KD's injury was the Warriors blew it playing him in that game & said & done the Raptors fans gave him an ovation when he left the court.
Go Raps Go.

June 12, 2019 @ 5:16 PM

Rob J

TM is right.

June 12, 2019 @ 10:16 PM

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