Ronda Rousey Says Don't Be A DNB campaign

Ronda Rousey Says Don't Be A DNB campaign

Charity work gets controversial
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Ultimate Fighting Champion Ronda Rousey recently started a campaign to help women with body issues through selling "Don't Be a DNB" t-shirts and donating the proceeds to Didi Hirsch 501c3. The slogan DNB, or Do-Nothing Bitch, has offended a lot of women instead of empowering them to be independent and strong. To those that have a problem with this, I want to know why.

The biggest issue people have is including "bitch" in the slogan, interpreting it as offensive and misogynistic. Yes, I agree, that's generally what this word means in pop culture. But let's please clear that up; that's not what's happening here. Rousey is telling us NOT to be a "bitch." Yes, she is using the term in a derogatory context but she is not calling or describing any woman or their actions as "bitchy." Then there's the other interpretation, that if you are not doing something, you're not just lazy, not just a plain old B, you're a DNB. Some may construe this as harsh, but being harsh can be just the motivation some people need. It certainly works for Rousey.

Others have asked how Rousey can claim she's not a DNB when all she really does is fight others for money and fame. The way I see it, Rousey's career is based on doing something she loves and working hard at it. That's all most people want out of a career and she went and got it. There may not be so much nobility associated with winning fights nowadays, but there is nobility in doing good things with your fame. Rousey is using her fame to help women find self-confidence and security in being themselves. She, and all other professional athletes that go out of their way to do these things, definitely deserve a congratulations, whether or not you think it's just for the PR.

In an interview, Rousey related how her mother used to tell her not to be a DNB and how it inspires her to work hard at all she does. In my opinion, we should all live by this mantra (if it makes you more comfortable, substitute another word for the B). Maybe some women aspire to be, as Rousey puts it, "the kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else," or the trophy wife that lives off of the hope of an inheritance from her father or inappropriately older husband. But that is not me and I certainly know that does not describe my role-models.

I believe that you should work hard for things you want. And I also believe that you should work towards something that betters the people around you, or the people that aren't around you. That is what not being a DNB actually embraces: finding something you're passionate about, finding something you can do to help others, and doing something about it. Whether or not you like her DNB slogan, you can't deny she lives up to what she stands for. As a UFC champion and now starting a campaign for women struggling with their body images, Ronda Rousey is definitely not a DNB.

Cover Image Credit: http://www.mikethetruth.com/2015/08/ronda-rouseys-d-n-b-shirt-is-selling-like-hot-cakes/

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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Arizona: Graveyard For The Legion Of Boom​

What is it about Glendale?

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There was a time when playing in Arizona was a welcome thing. It was a place for the Seahawks to flex their muscles and exert their dominance over the Cardinals, the little brother of the division. A place where an almost home field-like atmosphere could be created due to relative proximity to Seattle. How appealing it is to fly only two-or-so hours from Seattle down south to the nice weather of Arizona. I would know because my family and I did that in 2014 for a 35-6 victory over the Cardinals.

Now playing in Arizona has become a graveyard for Seattle, where slowly but surely the greatest era in Seahawks history has eroded piece by piece in the Valley of the Sun. I am convinced the field is littered with landmines at this point.

The beginning of the end happened when the Seahawks infamously lost Super Bowl XLIX on the goal line when Patriots cornerback intercepted Russell Wilson. Seattle was denied a second championship, and from there the walls started to crumble away.

In 2016 the Seahawks embarrassingly tied the Cardinals in an ugly 6-6 game of field goals. Not only was this the first tie in franchise history, but it also had lasting impacts for the rest of the season. As a result of the tie, Seattle finished 10-5-1, instead of 11-5. Had they managed to secure that 11th victory, they would have edged out the Atlanta Falcons for the second seed and a first-round bye. Instead, they dropped to the 3rd seed and had to travel to Atlanta in the playoffs... where they were shellacked 36-20.

Had the Seahawks earned the first round bye, Atlanta would have traveled to Seattle where they had lost earlier that season. The 2016 Seahawks were a good team, and that season was likely their last legitimate shot at a Super Bowl appearance for the time being.

The following year, the Seahawks lost two critical members of the Legion of Boom. Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles tendon, and Kam Chancellor injured his neck. It was the last game the two Seattle icons set foot on a field as Seahawks, as Sherman was later released in the offseason and Chancellor was forced into retirement.

And now, the misfortune continues even in 2018. The Seahawks may have defeated the win-less Cardinals 20-17, but it came at a great cost. Earl Thomas became the latest casualty when he broke his leg defending a routine pass. Given the contract disputes, it will likely be the last time Thomas suits up as a Seahawk as well.

Arizona is both a graveyard and a monument to "what could have been" for the Seahawks. When asked about what it is about this venue that produces such unfortunate outcomes for Seattle, wide receiver Doug Baldwin said it best:

"I don't know, man. It's sad as f***"

Couldn't agree more, Doug.

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