Why I Won’t Root for the Cleveland Cavaliers

By NAVID FARNIA The NBA Finals begin tonight, as Golden State takes on Cleveland in a seven-game series for the title.  As an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, my season was lost before the playoffs even started.  But I’ve still watched these playoffs closely.  Being an avid NBA follower, I like some teams more than others, … Continue reading

How David Stern Whitewashed the NBA

By NAVID FARNIA After thirty years as the NBA’s commissioner, David Stern retired on February 1st, relinquishing the post to his protégé, Adam Silver.  In recent days, many columnists, television commentators and former players have lauded Stern’s work and christened him the greatest commissioner in sports history.  “David Stern, who in my opinion has been … Continue reading

Mindless Misogyny in Men’s Sports

By NAVID FARNIA This April, a video surfaced showing Rutgers men’s basketball coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing players during practice.  In the video, Rice threw basketballs at players when they made mistakes, and he repeatedly pushed them around.  He also routinely used sexist and homophobic slurs to insult players.  A media firestorm subsequently … Continue reading

The Most Racialized Team in Sports

By NAVID FARNIA As a lifelong basketball fan born and raised in Oklahoma City, it goes without saying that the Oklahoma City Thunder are my favorite NBA team.  I was thrilled when they made the NBA Finals last season and was rooting hard for them to win the championship; but they eventually fell short to … Continue reading