Don’t Call it a Comeback: Daunte Culpepper Wants Your Quarterback’s Job

Posted in Blogroll on October 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

This is an email I received:

“A number of teams have contacted me since my retirement announcement and have provided some important information that has caused me to reconsider returning to the League. As much as I have enjoyed my brief break from playing, I know that I love the game and I have some unfinished business in the NFL.  It has never been because of a lack of passion for the game but rather, the absence of a fair opportunity to compete and play that caused me to retire.  Now that there are some real opportunities that match my desire to play, I will choose the one that is the best fit for both the team and me so that I can continue my NFL career.  For the second half of this season, I hope to play a role in helping a team win some games.  I want to thank all of those who encouraged me to ‘keep a light on’ for the right NFL opportunity that would eventually come back to me.”

Working on an interview.

Rudy Ray Moore Goes Out Like He Came In–On Stage

Posted in Blogroll on October 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

This was sent to me this morning from Branson Wright.

I went to the Rudy Ray Moore (Dolomite) funeral in Akron last night. I went to support a good friend who was close to Moore. I also met Moore two years ago at a Cleveland Cavaliers event. It was the wildest funeral I’ve ever been to.

Moore was in the casket donning a hat, black suit, white pinstripes and sunglasses that continuously lit up.

Throughout the night, several mourners, and I use that loosely, crowded around the casket for pictures. The wake also included a showing of some of Moore’s movies and stand ups, which included so much cursing that the pastor had to leave the room.

The one celebrity that appeared was “Scorpio,” one of the pimps from “Ho’s up, Pimps down.” He represented. He wore a loud orange suit with all of the bling. But instead of flying or even taking the bus, he arrived in Akron from Chicago in a stretch Limo.

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Friday Fire: Which Athlete Has the Biggest Impact On Their Respective Sport?

Posted in Blogroll on October 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

This cat right here is my pick for the best athlete in sports. LeBron and Kobe are monsters and obviously so is Tiger, but Manuel Aristides Onelcida Ramirez scares the shit out of every single opposing fan and player when he steps into the on deck circle. Pitch to him with the game on the line and you might get fired. His 28 homers in the postseason are 1st all time–ahead of Bernie Williams (22) and Mr. October, Reggie Jackson (18). As a Yankee fan, I’m glad he got the hell out of dodge. His trade was one of the dumbest moves in sports history because it transformed Big Papi (though he is injured) into Robin without Batman’s protection.

Notes from the TNT NBA Season Launch Conference Call

Posted in Blogroll on October 23rd, 2008 by Michael Tillery


Marv Albert, TNT NBA play-by-play announcer

Reggie Miller, TNT NBA analyst

Doug Collins, TNT NBA analyst

Jeff Behnke, Turner Sports executive producer

I took part in the annual TNT NBA Season Launch Conference Call. My quotes are at the bottom.

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The Unplayed Keys By Taylor Tillery and Autumn Hollis

Posted in Blogroll on October 23rd, 2008 by Taybay

My daughter told me last night this is the correct title and also said friend Autumn Hollis collaborated with the play. There have been many new readers on the site lately and I wanted to welcome you all with the reason that I be. I’m very critical of writers who don’t seem to understand how their work affects us all and this is why: I do this for my children,  my closest family and lastly, my friends. Everyone who knows me, knows this to be true. Mizzo Jr., is in love with the arts. I feel he’s the best athlete of all my kids, but sports doesn’t serve his soul and that’s perfectly fine. My love of sports was passed to my youngest children, Gaston and Taylor Jourdan. My soul of sports is embodied in the non-stop protection of their limitless future–whatever that may be. It’s as simple as that. When the dogs inevitably come after my children (like they do with so many seeds of others) with venomous pens, I want them to be ready to burn through their argument with action. What kind of Pop would I be if I was never critical of writers who do us all a disservice? So far, my youngest two have state and district titles in multiple sports. It’s very logical to say they’ll go on to college and continue their athletic careers. I wrote a piece on Gaston and will have one forthcoming on Michael Jr. My daughter Taylor, 12, who is tearing up basketball (triple double threat with blocks), softball (will not get caught on the base paths, hits bombs and will run down everything in the field) and field hockey (scores from everywhere), wrote this play and I wanted to post it just to show others just how much the work we do affects our children. When I initially got into the game, I made sure Taylor was with me whether I was on the field or doing an interview. She seemed to enjoy journalism so I would be remiss not to pass the wisdom and knowledge I’ve collected over the past three years in hopes she’ll find her own path to success. Now, I’m not the greatest Pop by any stretch. I have so much work to do to become the best father I can be, but my soul is happy knowing that I have great children and also a great niece. My niece Aivonna is a freshman at Penn State and is doing big things that hopefully her cousins will emulate.Vonni, as we call her, is a very talented writer in her own right and I will post pieces written by her as well. Taylor’s play has nothing to do with sports. It has more to do with family struggle and how that struggle helps us transition into the successful people we all aspire to become. I must note that my edits were at a bare minimum. This was all my daughter. A poem I wrote for Taylor entitled Daughter Daddy Eyes follows her play. Click the pics for relevant music clips. Thanks for reading.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

Posted in Blogroll on October 22nd, 2008 by Ron Glover

Steven Jackson and the St. Louis Rams won their second game in as many weeks over an NFC East foe. Last Sunday the victim was the Dallas Cowboys in a 34-14 rout. Jackson had 25 carries for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

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The Brett Favre Detroit Story and ESPN Starring As the Grave Digger (ESPN Press Release Added Below 10/22)

Posted in Blogroll on October 21st, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Did Brett Favre call the Lions earlier this season and give Detroit a 60-90 minute run down of the Packers offense? According to Fox Sports Jay Glazer this definitely went down. Favre has denied the report but Glazer stood by his words during an appearance on Jim Rome’s show yesterday. Favre’s alleged information didn’t amount to much because the Lions were blown out 48-25. No wonder Millen got fired.

You think this would be major news to ESPN? Uh…no. Check the site for a buried mention. What’s up with that? ESPN has a shot to report on something that actually affects play on the field and neglects to do so? Hmmm makes you wonder doesn’t it? What’s the real deal going on over there? Will the real editor please speak up?

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The Latest Example of How White Athletes Are Being Protected by ESPN

Posted in Blogroll on October 21st, 2008 by Michael Tillery

The gloves are off. This is not about apologizing for Black athletes who run afoul of the law. This is about the truth. I have a more detailed race piece coming soon, so this is relatively short. Give me one reason why this type of nonsense doesn’t ultimately lead to death.

These are today’s headlines on ESPN. Notice anything?

Please tell me how these stories have anything to do with sports? Make me understand editors BLACK, White and sick wit conflicted. This is a joke right? I don’t care if you have to keep a job. So what. You don’t give a damn about other people, so why should we give a damn about your welfare?

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What Impact Will Colin Powell’s Endorsement of Barack Obama Have On The Presidential Election?

Posted in Blogroll on October 20th, 2008 by Ron Glover

Been making the donuts NY style all day. Thanks Ron for getting this up. Here’s the video in case you haven’t checked it out.

David Price and The Tampa Rays Defeat the Boston Red Sox and Advance to World Series

Posted in Blogroll on October 20th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Major League Baseball hitters are in trouble for the next 10 years

The Tampa Rays drop the Devil from their names and become the angels of the American league by defeating the defending champion Boston Red Sox, 3-1.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Recap: Week 7

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on October 20th, 2008 by Ron Glover

Ron Glover’s NFL Player of the Week

St Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson rushed for 160 yards on 25 carries as the Rams shocked the visiting Dallas Cowboys 34-14 yesterday.

The win was interim coach Jim Haslett’s second consecutive win over an NFC East opponent in as many weeks.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Predictions: Week 7

Posted in Blogroll on October 18th, 2008 by Ron Glover

Ray Lewis is one of my all-time favorite players and the unquestioned leader of the Baltimore Ravens. This week Ray-Ray returns home to Miami to take on the Dolphins featuring Ronnie Brown and the Wildcat Offense.

Other games of note: San Diego at Buffalo, New Orleans at Carolina, Minnesota at Chicago and Indianapolis at Green Bay.

Byes this week: Philadelphia, Atlanta, Arizona and Jacksonville.

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John McCain, ACORN and Black Conservatism

Posted in Blogroll on October 18th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

What’s up with the Black–but the Republicans aren’t saying Black–connotation regarding ACORN (again, the media imagery as it relates to society)?

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Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops Passes Away At Age 72

Posted in Blogroll on October 18th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

From left, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir and Lawrence Payton

Levi was a cool brotha. Known to some as the Black Sinatra, Mr. Stubbs passed away in his sleep yesterday at age 72 in his Detroit home. He’d been ill from cancer and a stroke.

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Friday Fire: Who Are Your Top Ten Hip Hop Artists?

Posted in Blogroll on October 17th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Continuing the chill Friday Fire vibe of the past few weeks, I wanted to document TSF Hip Hop rankings. Hip Hop was in full effect in my mind growing up G. It gave me a sense of pride to the tenth power as if those who Middle Passage died suddenly came alive and forced us all to strive.

It’s changed a lot over the years. I can remember the days when we screamed “Ho!” to get the party started (not to denigrate the babe dancing with you). Man, those were the days…

I’m pretty sure most of your lists will be different, but this is how I rank ’em.

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