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

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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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@TSFSports Thanksgiving Day Picks: Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers Are Coming to Eat

Posted in Blogroll on November 26th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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This week Cam Newton provided a Thanksgiving meal for 900 children. Today Newton and the Carolina Panthers look to feast on the Dallas Cowboys.

NFL fans will leave the table stuffed and ready to take in a heavy dose of football. The day kicks off with the Philadelphia Eagles on the road to face the Detroit Lions — who are hosting their 95th game on Turkey Day.

Next the Carolina Panthers take their 10-0 record to AT&T Stadium to face the suddenly healthy Dallas Cowboys, inspired by the return of quarterback Tony Romo.

Finally, the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears. The highlight of this game comes at halftime when the team honors Brett Favre by retiring his number.

Family, food and football, in that order.

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The Silenced Legacy of Tom Flores Must Be Awakened in Canton

Posted in Blogroll on November 24th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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Tom Flores airs one out in the wide open Raiders attack, a hallmark in the former AFL.

Tom Flores is a groundbreaking NFL figure. In 1960, Flores became the first Hispanic quarterback to start as a member of the Oakland Raiders. Two decades later, Flores led the Raiders to a pair of Super Bowl victories (XV, XVIII) as a head coach, becoming the first Latino coach to do so. He was an assistant under John Madden when the Raiders won Super Bowl XI.

As of today, Tom Flores remains only Hall of Fame eligible.

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Cam Newton and Jameis Winston: Dark Horses Riding Into the Future

Posted in Blogroll on November 24th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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In case you missed it this past Sunday, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston each passed for 246 yards and five touchdowns as they routed Washington and Philadelphia, respectfully.

Once you open the book on two of the NFL’s most polarizing figures, you may be surprised at how both have taken a very similar path to stardom.

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@TSFSports Week 11 NFL Picks: The Jacksonville Jaguars Are Hunting For Respect

Posted in Blogroll on November 20th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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The young receiving tandem of Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have provided Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Blake Bortles reliable targets in a wide open AFC South.

There wasn’t talk long ago of the once futile Jacksonville Jaguars franchise leaving Florida and possibly heading West. The Jaguars passed on Tim Tebow, survived the Blaine Gabbert disaster and have found a keeper in second year quarterback Blake Bortles.

Bortles has been blessed with a pair of second-year receiving studs in Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson (14 total touchdowns this season) throw in rookie running back T.J. Yeldon and top free agent acquisition tight end Julius Thomas. Head coach Gus Bradley has put together an aggressive young defense with the blue print of what he coordinated in Seattle in mind.

Byes: Browns, Giants, Saints and Steelers

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Jameis Winston’s Last Laugh Is Getting Louder

Posted in Blogroll on November 19th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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Jameis Winston has come out of the darkness of a forgettable Week 1 performance to put the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the muddled NFC playoff race.

Much like his final season at Florida State, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston has gathered his bearings after a shaky start and is looking to finish strong. The Bucs are 4-5 after winning three of their last five contests, good enough to be in the NFC Wild Card conversation.

The insurmountable gap critics created between Winston and fellow rookie, Tennessee Titans signal caller Marcus Mariota after their meeting in Week 1 has all but closed.

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