Dignity of Self: My Reflection on “Rumble in the Jungle”

Posted in Blogroll on October 31st, 2014 by Christian Avard


On Oct. 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali defeated World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. 

The Starting Five looks back 40 years later.

Hey, you hear some rumbling? That’s the “The Rumble in the Jungle” from 40 years ago. You know, that prolific sporting event when challenger Muhammad Ali defeated the World’s Heavyweight Champion George Foreman? That’s what you hearing.

Make no mistake. This heavyweight bout transcended the sport of boxing. We’d be remiss if we didn’t look back 40 years later.

I’m always learning something new about this unforgettable bout. But deep down, the thing that resonated with me was that, despite regaining his title, winning back his belt was secondary. It wasn’t about getting back at his critics, nor was it about redeeming himself. For Ali, it was beyond that, way beyond that.

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@TSFSports NFL Week 9 previews and predictions: Big Ben is clocking huge numbers for the new look Steelers

Posted in Blogroll on October 30th, 2014 by Ronald Glover

(NY Daily News)

Last week’s offensive jail break against the Colts left Ben Roethlisberger 33 yards shy of the single-game passing mark.

These aren’t the same ‘ol Pittsburgh Steelers. The days of power smash-mouth football have been replaced with an aerial assault led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Last week against the Indianapolis Colts, Big Ben was 40 of 49 for 522 yards and six touchdowns in the Steelers 51-34 victory. The Steel Curtain defense resembles more of a wet paper bag now, but with this kind of firepower, the Steelers may have just enough to end their post-season drought.

Byes: Bears, Bills, Falcons, Lions, Packers and Titans.

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Three Things I Think I Know About The NBA Season

Posted in Blogroll on October 28th, 2014 by Okori Wadsworth


After an NBA Postseason that saw the San Antonio Spurs put together the single most brilliant offensive postseason in my living memory, culminating in a live disemboweling of a 4-time MVP and his superstar-laden team in one of the most shocking finals in recent history, and then an NBA offseason that saw LeBron James return home with Kevin Love in tow, Derrick Rose seemingly back at full strength, and Paul George lose his entire season due to a basket stanchion, there’s a lot to keep track of. But that’s what I’m here for in the micro, and TSF Sports is here for in the Macro. Our job is to help you understand what’s going on. Here are a few things I think I know for the NBA season.

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@TSFSports NFL Week 7 previews and predictions: Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers headline a Mile High Showdown

Posted in Blogroll on October 25th, 2014 by Ronald Glover


Through the first half of the 2014 season few have stood taller than Phillip Rivers.

Two seasons ago, everyone was ready to send Phillip Rivers out to pasture. Blown leads and catastrophic miscues all but sealed the San Diego Chargers quarterback’s fate. Rivers rebounded in 2013 and advanced to the AFC Divisional Round before bowing out to the Denver Broncos.

This week, the Chargers (5-2) look to continue their uncharacteristically fast start against the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning — the NFL’s new all-time touchdown king.

Bye: 49ers and Giants

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Why We Should All Tune into the Bulls by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on October 24th, 2014 by Nigel Broadnax


Barring injury, this will be the year of redemption for the Bull Wonder, Derrick Rose. 

I don’t think there is another team that I am more excited to see this season than the Chicago Bulls. They’re back to try to avenge their disappointing five-game, first-round exit at the hands of the Washington Wizards.

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Anthony Gilbert TSF Live interview Part 2; Ron Glover and I pick NFL Week 7

Posted in Blogroll on October 19th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

Anthony and I in 2008 in DC after covering LeBron’s Cavs vs. Gilbert Arenas’ Wizards

Two of my brothers on this week. The first part of Anthony Gilbert’s interview aired on RAPstation; the second part  that finishes up with Ron Glover and Michael Tillery airs here.

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@TSFSports Week 7 NFL previews and predictions: Cam Newton and the Panthers look to cool off a hot Aaron Rodgers and the Packers

Posted in Blogroll on October 16th, 2014 by Ronald Glover


Cam Newton stepped back into 2011 form in last week’s tie against the Bengals.

The last time the Carolina Panthers (3-2-1) faced the Green Bay Packers (4-2), quarterback Cam Newton was embarking on what became a record-setting rookie season. Newton was 28 for 46 for 432 yards and a touchdown and three picks, he also had 10 rushes for 53 yards and a score. Newton’s performance prompted Packers signal caller Aaron Rodgers — fresh off a Super Bowl — to speak about how “impressed” he was with with the rookie in only his second game.

With the Panthers backfield once again on the mend, the Panthers need a vintage performance from Newton to upend the Packers, winners of three straight.

Bye: Buccaneers and Eagles

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@TSFSports NFL Week 6 previews and predictions: Dez Bryant, Richard Sherman battle is the key within the Cowboys, Seahawks war

Posted in Blogroll on October 11th, 2014 by Ronald Glover


The Dez Bryant and Richard Sherman showdown trumps any individual or team matchup in Week 6.

The Dallas Cowboys (4-1) face their most critical test of the 2014 season when they travel to the Pacific Northwest to meet the Seattle Seahawks (3-1).  The major battle within this NFC intra-conference war is the duel between Cowboys All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant and Seahawks all-world cornerback Richard Sherman.

Other meaningful games this week include: The Giants (3-2) and Eagles (4-1) renew their blood feud, the Bills and Patriots fight for first place in the AFC East, the Bengals tangle with the Panthers and the Steelers close out their season series against the Browns.

Bye: Chiefs and Saints

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@TSFSports NFL Week 5 previews and predictions: Bengals and Cardinals take undefeated records into hostile territories

Posted in Blogroll on October 2nd, 2014 by Ronald Glover


Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap leads a physical Bengals attack.

One month into the season and the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals are the lone two undefeated teams still standing. Both teams have done it minus big numbers from wide receivers Larry Fitgerald and A.J. Green — who have one touchdown between them this season. It’s been the defensive units ranked first (Cardinals) and second (Bengals) in scoring which has been the difference.

This week, the Cardinals travel to Sports Authority Field at Mile High to take on the Denver Broncos while the Bengals head to Foxboro to take on the discumbobulated New England Patriots.

Bye: Dolphins and Raiders

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Is Derek Jeter the last iconic African-American baseball player of our lifetime?

Posted in Blogroll on September 29th, 2014 by Ronald Glover

(Greg M. Cooper/Reuters)

Derek Jeter singled in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox in his last major league at-bat.

When New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter removed his pinstriped uniform for the last time, Major League Baseball was left with several holes to fill. One of those voids is who will assume the role of inspiring young African-American baseball players.

Is Derek Jeter the last African-American baseball player of significance?

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@TSFSports NFL Week 4 previews and predictions: Wounded Eagles face the struggling 49ers

Posted in Blogroll on September 25th, 2014 by Ronald Glover


Rookie wideout Jordan Matthews faces a stiff test against the 49ers secondary this week.

The Eagles 3-0 record has not come without a price, guard Evan Mathis (MCL sprain) and center Jason Kelce (sports hernia) will be lost for several weeks and second year tackle Lane Johnson will be eligible to return to the team next week after serving a four game suspension. The makeshift line could be the reason last season’s leading rusher LeSean McCoy is averaging 2.9 yards per carry despite the offense putting up 33 points per contest.

Nevertheless, the Birds are undefeated and face a struggling 49ers squad (1-2) dealing with holes in their vaunted defense. Linebacker Navarro Bowman (knee) and defensive end Aldon Smith (suspension) will both miss action.

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@TSFSports NFL Week 3 previews and predictions: Are the Broncos better prepared to face the Seahawks this time around?

Posted in Blogroll on September 20th, 2014 by Ronald Glover

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Despite a tough week against the Chargers, Richard Sherman continues to welcome all comers.

In-season Super Bowl rematches are rare, more rare is the rematch between two teams viewed as a pre-cursor to a rematch for the game’s ultimate prize. The Denver Broncos did some retooling in the off-season and look like the team to beat in the AFC. The Seattle Seahawks stumbled after a dominant performance in Week 1. The Seahawks offensive punch isn’t on the level of the Broncos, but their defense and special teams are capable of landing a hay maker at any time.

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Breaking: Jameis Winston to sit out entire game against Clemson

Posted in Blogroll on September 20th, 2014 by Ronald Glover


Jameis Winston will be a spectator for the Florida State Seminoles meeting against the Clemson Tigers.

In a not so surprising development, the Florida State Seminoles have decided to sit Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston for today’s game against the Clemson Tigers.

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@TSFSports NFL Thursday Night Football preview and prediction: Bucs need more than a good showing against the Falcons

Posted in Blogroll on September 18th, 2014 by Ronald Glover


The Buccaneers pass rush may have to get to Matt Ryan minus the disruptive Gerald McCoy.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) head to Georgia to take on the Atlanta Falcons (1-0). The Bucs are looking to post their first win of the season after losing their first two contests by a total of eight points. The Falcons are looking to rebound after taking a physical pounding from the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday.

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When will Jameis Winston get it?

Posted in Blogroll on September 18th, 2014 by Ronald Glover

(Melina Vastola/USA Today)

Since winning the National Championship, Florida State’s Jameis Winston can’t get out of his own way.

In 2013, Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston pulled off an improbable trifecta by becoming one of 14 players to win the Heisman Trophy and follow it up with a National Championship. Most shocking was the 20-year old beating a sexual assault rap in the midst of the Seminoles BCS championship run.

While no defense in the country has found an answer for the multi-faceted quarterback, Winston has become his own worst enemy and needs to take a good hard look at himself before it’s too late.

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