ESPN Double Standard? Why Wasn’t Bonnie Bernstein Suspended? Will Leitch Gets Ethered the “Respectable” Way

Posted in Arab American Association of Journalists, Blogroll, Bonnie Bernstein, Don Imus, ESPN, Jemele Hill, race and ethics, Racism, Will Leitch on June 28th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Apology seems suspect. Listen to the audio and hear for yourself below

ESPN’s Bonnie Bernstein recently made some comments on Mike and Mike’s radio show that all should find offensive. The question to me is, why hasn’t she been suspended like Jemele Hill?

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Smooth Saturday: Rooftop Like It’s Bringing ’88 Back

Posted in Blogroll on June 28th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Girlfriend? Why did ya let him treat ya so bad?

I wanted to take it back to 1988 with some classic tracks. What did I leave out?

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Friday Fire: After the O.J. Mayo/Kevin Love Blockbuster Went Down, What Are Your Thoughts On The Draft?

Posted in Friday Fire on June 27th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

This night job is kicking my ass, so the NYOIL Interview will be posted on Monday. Taped a segment yesterday with Chuck D to be aired Sunday night 11 pm-1am on Air America. Chuck called me after seeing Scoop and I asking Kobe Bryant questions on NBA TV in the press conference after Game 1 of the Finals. I’ll post some mini interviews with Julius Erving, Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe and a couple of interesting quotes I got from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar over dinner on Tuesday.

You happy O? One thing, ya gotta change ya number kid. 23 is no longer available

OK, enough of shameless self promotion. Usually the NBA draft, for me at least, is something I can’t wait for. I used to tape all of them growing up. Now the draft seems more like a made for TV production more than anything. I think TNT does a much better job of piquing your interest and providing unknown information as the players are selected. ESPN seems to be all about breaking a story. Who gives a damn who announces first where a player is going?

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2008 NBA Draft Live Blog

Posted in Blogroll on June 26th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Whose dream is gonna come true?

Here we go folks. Once again it’s on. ESPN is reporting that Derrick Rose will be the first pick. Good choice?

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Allow Me To Introduce Myself…

Posted in Blogroll on June 26th, 2008 by T-Time

Welcome to the cipher fam. Let’s Get It!

I am T-Time, the newest member of The Starting Five.

I am a role player. I am the George Lynch on the Sixers’ ’00-’01 squad.

I am Showtime. I am Magic on the Lake Show.

I am all these things in one.

I am the Revolution.

A senior journalism major at Temple University and Philadelphia Tribune employee who has never seen a parade in his city.

A Philly native who learned history for 13 years in the elementary, middle, and high school. And then unlearned it all in my first year in college.

A Black man who loves sports and sees it as a vehicle to make change in society.

A Black man who spells Black with a capital B when referring to his people.

A Black man who learned this year that sports can be perceived as a minstrel show of sorts (ponder that).

I am the Revolution.

I am the guy who loves the Dennis Rodmans, Ho Grants, George Lynchs, and the James Poseys in basketball. The ‘Elmers’ of the team.

I am the guy who digs Kobe’s blatant swag, but also peeps CP3’s ‘silent assassin’ swag.

I am the guy who, like SLAM, is sick of players not having thorough nicknames.

So, I will change that.

The Revolution is here.

I am he.

I got now…

Richard Jefferson Traded To Milwaukee for Yi Jianlian

Posted in Blogroll on June 26th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Did you get your wish bruh?

Should be an interesting night…

The wunderkind from China, Yi Jianlian gets his wish and is shipped to the Nets for Richard Jefferson. Bobby Simmons is also is sent to Jigga land. The pundits are saying this deal was done to clear space when LeBron, Bosh and Wade’s salaries clear.

LeBron in Jerz seems to be what everyone wants so we shall see.

No draft picks in the deal makes that just a little more of a possibility.

Jefferson, who has been injury plagued the last couple of seasons, was a key player on the Nets Finals teams in 2002-2003. Ironically, he played in all 82 games last season and averaged a career high 22 points.

He’ll have a shot to become a star…stay tuned

There was major noise that Yi wanted to play close to a major metro because of his Chinese heritage so he definitely gets that chance. I’ve seen him play a couple of times last season and he does have considerable skills.

Live Blog of the 2008 NBA Draft Tonight

Posted in Blogroll on June 26th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

NYOIL’s interview will be posted later tonight or early tomorrow. It will be a great read.

Unforgettable moment. When Jalen walked out I thought….damn…just damn

I’ll be live blogging the draft tonight ’til around ten. Come check us out as we do it up TSF style.

J.O. has already been traded…whose next?

Tune in around 7:30 for the real thought out TSF vantage point.

Jermaine O’Neal Traded To Raptors

Posted in Jermaine O'Neal on June 26th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Traded to Raps

Once again it’s on. Expect a lot of trades tomorrow. Big names are going places.

Five time All Star Jermaine O’Neal has been traded to the Raptors for T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic (contract expiration) and the 17th pick in tomorrows draft. J.O. was injured for most of last year and returned on March 31. I spoke with him when Indiana came to Philly this past season and he seemed introspective about his fate. He is a great interview and seemed focused on making it all the way back this upcoming season. Good luck bruh. School them young boys up there.

Chauncey Davis and Ovie Mughelli From The Atlanta Falcons and Daniel Wilcox of the Baltimore Ravens Are Hosting Free 1 Day Camp In Atlanta

Posted in Blogroll, Ernie Johnson on June 25th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Good opportunity for kids to learn from the pros. Please pass the word

Chauncey Davis and Ovie Mughelli from the Atlanta Falcons and Daniel Wilcox from the Baltimore Ravens are hosting a free one-day football camp in Atlanta on Saturday, July 12. The flyer is below. Just an FYI if you know of any middle school (8th grade) or high school athletes interested in attending the camp.
Registration is at and starts at 8:00 AM at the Hugh C. Conley Recreation Center in College Park.

Don Imus Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot…Again.

Posted in Blogroll on June 24th, 2008 by Ron Glover

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

Six months after being let off the hook by his white bretheren and some Blacks that didn’t care one way or the other for his “Nappy-headed hoe” comments – Don Imus has struck again. This time, the object of his affection; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones.

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Sorry Shaq, But You Are No Kareem OR Biggie

Posted in Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan on June 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Man this shit ain’t news. Baseball must suck right now.

Shaq can’t rap…it’s as simple as that. Michele back me up on this.

What the hell? Shaq waits until the Lakers lose to come out with some bitchassness like this?

Tim Duncan can say the same to you after your team gave up the guts and lost in the first round. Kobe just lost to a better team-in the Finals.

You whined your way out of Miami just to get punched out of the first round and now you want to clap? That’s foul Shaq and you damn well know it.

Never thought I’d say it, but I hope Bean boofs it on your head next year so you can join your point guard in some true Kobe vine tasting.

Yeah was a freestyle with tongue in cheek, but it’s still foul. No matter how you slice and dice it.

This Is Why I’m Down With Bill Cosby

Posted in Awful Announcing, Blogroll, Don Imus, NYOIL on June 23rd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I posted Nas yesterday…here’s NYOIL’s contribution. Go cop his piece

Side note: Imus is at it again. Dumb ass. (Awful Announcing)

Remember this all out conversation we all had? It was serious and I loved every minute of it.

I need to say something. When it comes to racial commentary I’m no longer pulling any punches. I could give a damn if people are offended because that shit is entrenched in fear. When you go through something it gives you a different sense of humanity and my time is now. Straight up…if you don’t like the writing you’ll see the next couple of weeks then Be Peace.

Those of you who are and will continue to support…thanks. Of course they’ll still be sports features posted on the site…this is just my opinion when it comes to race and only race.

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Pele Robbed In Brazil; Carmello Anthony Will Not Be Traded To Detroit; Josh Smith In Philly? Griffey Hits 601 In Last Appearance In Yankee Stadium; Why Is Jevon Kearse’s DUI News?

Posted in Billy Martin, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Cincinnati Reds, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, George Steinbrenner, Jevon Kearse, Josh Smith, Ken Griffey Jr., Ken Griffey Sr., New York Yankees, Pele, Seattle Mariners, Tayshaun Prince, Tenessee Titans, World Cup on June 23rd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Robbed at a makeshift road block

Pele was robbed at gun point on June 13th in Brazil but didn’t file a police report which explains the delayed reporting of the story.

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Sunday Swerve: The You Can Be a Nigger Too Edition

Posted in Blogroll, Nassir Jones, sunday swerve on June 22nd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

See you in July Nassir. Stay strato…

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Forgot About Dre: Interview With Andre Miller

Posted in Andre Miller, Blogroll, Philadelphia 76ers, Rick Majerus on June 20th, 2008 by Michael Tillery


Dre and I sharing a smile at a recent Sixers media day

The player who intrigued me the most throughout the league this past season was Andre Miller. I was so impressed with his approach, work ethic and respect for the game. He willed the Sixers to wins they normally would have lost in the wake of the Iverson trade. I spoke with Andre sometime around Mother’s Day for a feature entitled Forgot About Dre, in the current issue of SLAM. Dude was very difficult to catch up with, but when we finally connected, he let me in a little and gave real rap.

I gained a lot of respect for former Utah coach Rick Majerus after doing this interview. He took a chance on Miller when most college coaches wouldn’t. Andre rewarded him with a great four years there.

I appreciated that Andre did this so close to the Sixers playoff exit at the hands of the Pistons. He and the squad give us Sixers fans something to look forward to for the first time in years.


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