The Execution of Alton Sterling: Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting for Justice

Posted in Blogroll on July 6th, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Alton Sterling is the 558th person killed by police in 2016.

The hushed cries of two Black women echo inside the car where a witness recorded the execution of 37-year old Alton Sterling in the early morning hours of July 5th. Smith was selling music CD’s outside of a convenience store in Baton Rouge, LA. before being confronted by police after an anonymous caller notified authorities that Sterling had a gun. After being physically detained by two officers, Sterling was shot and killed.

Sound familiar?

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2016 NBA Draft Live Blog: Will the Celtics, Nuggets or 76ers Rule the Night?

Posted in 1983 Philadelphia 76ers on June 23rd, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Ben Simmons is dressed to the nines as he waits to be selected by the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 2016 NBA Draft tips off at 7:30 pm and while the only certainty is Ben Simmons donning a Philadelphia 76ers cap, there is so much more anticipation looming on this night. The 76ers along with the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets each hold three first-round picks. The Celtics hold a commanding eight picks overall. Will Philly be able to move Nerlens Noel and/or Jahlil Okafor to gain another top ten pick? What will the Nuggets do to get back into contention in the West? Can Boston take another step toward the Eastern Conference Finals?

Who will own the night?

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Will the Philadelphia 76ers Continue to be Prisoners of Draft Day History?

Posted in Blogroll on June 23rd, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Not even the great Moses Malone could explain the events of June 17, 1986.

Thirty years ago, the Philadelphia 76ers won the NBA Draft lottery with the opportunity to select North Carolina big man Brad Daugherty. The Sixers were coming off a 54-28 season with solid veterans Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney and a budding star in rookie Charles Barkley. In what was undoubtedly the most confusing thirty minutes in NBA Draft history, the Sixers traded Brad Daugherty to the Cleveland Cavaliers for forward Roy Hinson and in a shocker dealt two-time NBA MVP Moses Malone to the Washington Bullets for center Jeff Ruhland — who played a whopping five games for Philly.

The potential frontcourt of Barkley, Daugherty and Malone will always be a painful footnote in Sixers history.

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Michael Tillery, Ron Glover, Matt Mauer, Montez Roberts and Karl Morris Talk LeBron James and Cleveland Winning the NBA Championship

Posted in Blogroll on June 20th, 2016 by Michael Tillery

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I said it all when LeBron James won his first title, but since ya’ll just don’t get it…

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Muhammad Ali: Forever Undisputed

Posted in Blogroll on June 8th, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

Muhammad Ali, the greatest and most beloved athlete in human history now rests with the ages. As a Black man in the turbulent 1960’s, he was so much more. It’s never easy to write about your heroes in the past tense. I’ll give it my all, even as I navigate through red, watery eyes.

I owe my Undisputed Life Champion that much.

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Is Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons the Key Piece to the Sixers Puzzle?

Posted in Blogroll on May 24th, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Owning the No.1 pick, the 76ers have the burden of choosing between Duke’s Brandon Ingram or LSU’s Ben Simmons.

In 2014, former Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie set out to change the fortunes of the one of the NBA’s great franchises through an unconventional method. The “Tanking” process was adopted to put the 76ers in the best position to draft Kansas freshman standout Andrew Wiggins. After failing to land the top pick needed to acquire the talented swingman, the 76ers ended up drafting his teammate, center Joel Embiid with the third overall pick. Embiid has yet to play in an NBA game due to a nagging injury to his right foot. Last season, the team once again landed the third overall pick and selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor. Okafor was selected largely in part because of the uncertainty of Embiid’s basketball future.

The third time was a charm as the 76ers won the NBA Draft Lottery for the first time in 20 seasons (Allen Iverson). Mysterously, Hinkie, the mastermind behind “The Plan” resigned in April. The team’s new GM Brian Colangelo now has the task of finishing what Hinkie started. It begins with the selection of scoring swing man Brandon Ingram, the multi-faceted Ben Simmons or (GULP) trading the pick.

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Barry Bonds: The Prize Catch of the Miami Marlins

Posted in Blogroll on May 17th, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Barry Bonds’ return to baseball has produced a smile we haven’t seen in years.

Nine seasons ago, Barry Bonds walked away from baseball with more questions attached to his name than answers. Allegations of using Performance Enhancing Drugs, the threat of jail time stemming from perjury and obstruction of justice charges clung to him like a five-game hitting slump. Bonds ultimately drew a walk on both, but when it comes to his Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, the greatest player of the last four decades may strike out looking.

Just when many had become used to not seeing Barry Bonds around, he appears reincarnate as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. Ushered in by new skipper Don Mattingly, Bonds is looking to pass along invaluable knowledge to a young roster, most importantly to a talented star rightfielder named Giancarlo Stanton.

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Who is Ben Simmons?

Posted in Blogroll on May 3rd, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Did Ben Simmons place his game on cruise control at LSU only to go full throttle in the NBA? 

Throughout the 2015-16 college basketball season, LSU Tigers freshman forward Ben Simmons served out mouth-watering appetizers from his smorgasbord of talents. Even in the delight of watching the 6’10” phenom’s array of skills, we’re left wondering why the more-than-likely first pick in June’s NBA Draft didn’t force feed more of his showmanship upon us.

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The Starting Five Live 130: Deon Taylor talks his movie Meet the Blacks; Matt McVey talks Villanova Wildcats

Posted in Blogroll on April 10th, 2016 by Michael Tillery

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Check out the all star cast of Meet the Blacks. 

Interviewed movie director Deon Taylor for his now-in-studio film, Meet the Blacks. Deon was on TSF Live previously to talk his incredible movie Supremacy. Check that. For now, listen to the interview posted below. Following Deon Taylor, Delaware County resident Matt McVey talks the Villanova Wildcats winning the National Championship on Kris Jenkins game winning shot. Thanks for tuning in, and we hope you enjoy the show!

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The Starting Five Live #129 with celebrity boxing trainer, Eric Kelly

Posted in Blogroll on March 26th, 2016 by Michael Tillery

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Chuck D and crew are revamping the RAPstation site. Check it out when you can. Tonight’s show will air here on TSF. We’ll be back on RAPstation next week.

On tonight’s #TSFLive 129, Eric Kelly and I have an uncensored talk on training, boxing where he calls out Ukrainian boxers for alleged steroid use. Eric also takes down DJ Khaled for something unrelated to music, and today’s Hip Hop in general as well.

It’s a candid convo.

Explicit language indeed.

Thanks for tuning in, and we hope you enjoy the show!

Check it out below.

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Philadelphia Eagles Continue the Chip Kelly Purge As Free Agency Looms

Posted in Blogroll on March 8th, 2016 by Ron Glover

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DeMarco Murray’s lone season in Philly was nothing short of an uphill fight.

On a day when Peyton Manning said goodbye to the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles continued to jettison anyone remaining from the Chip Kelly regime.

De Facto GM Howie Roseman, who was demoted during Kelly’s tenure is back in control as Vice President of Football Operations and is wasting no time removing the stench Kelly has left in Philly over the last calendar year.

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@TSFSports Week 13 NFL Picks: The NFL’s M*A*S*H Unit Runneth Over

Posted in Blogroll on December 4th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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Just as the Seattle Seahawks were getting it together, they lose Jimmy Graham for the season with a torn right patella.

The injury list in the most important month of the NFL season reads like a Pro Bowl roster: Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Chris Johnson, Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning (and that’s just in the last two weeks). Playoffs contenders like the Kansas City Chiefs have won five of their last six games without leading rusher Jamaal Charles who went down On October 11th.

With five weeks left in the regular season one thing you can look forward to is all contenders and those playing spoiler going all out until the final gun.

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Why Kobe Bryant’s Retirement Announcement Came at the Right Time by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on December 2nd, 2015 by Nigel Broadnax

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Be PEace Beans. 

For the first month and change of the season, Kobe Bryant has looked the part of a player on the ropes against Father Time. Nearly 70 percent of of his shots have been off target, his mobility has been languid, and his lift has been met with plenty of gravity.

It’s very much felt like the near-end for Kobe as he grinds through the early stages of his 20th season in the league— all as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Jahlil Okafor: Learning Life’s Lessons In The Paint

Posted in Blogroll on December 1st, 2015 by Ron Glover

(Philly.com)

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (8) drives to the basket while Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) defends during the first half at TD Garden.

In one month, Sixers top pick Jahlil Okafor has found rookie life in the NBA to be an experience on and off the court.

Philadelphia 76ers center and standout rookie Jahlil Okafor was involved in a scuffle with a heckler outside of a Boston nightclub on November 25th — hours after his team had dropped their 16th consecutive game to open the 2015-16 season. In the days to follow, the man who heckled Okafor began the process which could lead to a civil suit. It also became public knowledge that Okafor had a gun drawn on him early in November, attempted to use a fake I.D. and was stopped for driving 108 MPH on the Ben Franklin Bridge back in October.

All three incidents call for the utmost attention of an organization which has chosen to load their roster with young men devoid of any true leadership on or off the court.

 

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@TSFSports Week 12 NFL Picks: Stakes Is High!

Posted in Blogroll on November 29th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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We’re nearly at the 3/4 mark of the NFL season. While the playoff picture looks somewhat muddled, the class teams of the league seem to be firmly in place.

The bye weeks are over, the homestretch is in sight.

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