Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA- Thursday, December 18, 2008: “Brandon Roy is one of the premier shooting guards in the league.”

Posted in Blogroll, Kobe Bryant on December 19th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

TNT’s NBA Coverage Continues Thursday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET featuring the Washington Wizards @ Cleveland Cavaliers followed by the Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers

(AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Chris Webber

Barkley on playing against basketball legends for the first time: “Anytime you play against a legend of the game, it’s exciting.  The first time I played against Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale it was exciting…The first time I played against Magic Johnson and Larry Bird I was like ‘wow.'”

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Playa Cardz Right…Ya Heard Brothas?

Posted in Blogroll on December 19th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Damn Keyshia damn…

Friday Fire: Do You Still Love Sports?

Posted in Blogroll on December 19th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Writing sports you precluded from loving games with fan eyes. You have to be objective no matter what and I don’t know it that’s a good thing. Some writers use stats to corroborate their “expert” opinions and others–including myself–want to know why, where, what and how. I speak from the fan’s mind because there’s information I want to know. What was the moment that sparkled grand in a young athlete’s mind and spurred her onto the path of game highs and lows ultimately leading to greatness? Why did you lose this game tonight? How did that old scruffy dude on the street influence you to becoming the amazing player you have become? That thing with your bat…who taught you that? When did you fall in love with basketball? Do you think we should know everything about you regardless of what’s going on in our (writers and fans) personal lives? Are you damned if you do, damned if you don’t? Do you really need a coach at the pro level? As the media climate gets crazy and more jaded by another violation of the shot clock, I have to ask the question: Do you still love sports?

Friday Fire: Who is Hollywood’s Greatest Villian?

Posted in Blogroll on December 19th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Caught this question out of the San Diego pelican briefed air from my peoples Delinda Lombardo. If you haven’t seen the Dark Knight then don’t even comment because Heath Ledger (R.I.P.) changed the game to 2008 insane. From Queen Akasha in Queen of the Damned, Dr. Christian Szell in the Marathon Man and  Blackula to Candyman, Palo in the Believers and Darth Vader in the Empire Strikes Back, cats are getting creepier and more evil by the minute. Could you imagine if the Dark Knight was rated R? My goodness. Yo Arnold! I used to like you, but that was way back when you were beating up bikers in bars and making 4 year old kids sound like their grits were imported from Austria.

Bet…

If anyone carries a sledge hammer and says “I’m your number one fan”, ya better run while ya still can bruh.

Is Eddie Murphy really going to play the Riddler?

Could Manny Ramirez Actually Play for the New York Yankees?

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

The Yankees are up to their usual tricks and have signed both CC Sabathia and A. J. Burnett–putting the league on notice that ya can’t keep a fat pocketed team down.

But guess what? Yankees fans can hear it now…

“Batting third and playing left field….Maaaannnny Ramirrrrrezzz.”

Ooh damn! Damn, damn damn damn.

Crack! “See ya!”

Yo, if this happens Boston is gonna hate everyone. This would be akin to Terrell Owens going to the Dallas Cowboys for Philly fans but bigger. Dude would be perfect for the Yankees because all they really need is a clutch bat in the middle of the lineup with all the pitching they are signing and will sign. Mark Teixeira is gonna make some big dough, but Manny might get to go back home to the Boogie Down.

Could you imagine Manny Ramirez hitting in front of ARod? How many homers would Alex hit? Keep this in mind: If the Angels sign Teixeira, the only team that could outbid the Yankees are the Dodgers because Boston sure as hell isn’t going after him. I put the chances of Manny wearing pinstripes and getting booed in Boston unmercifully at 85%.

Mizzo’s NFL Top Five: Carolina Pulls Into the Lead

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

Two weeks left in the season and so much to figure out. Two games in each conference with the number one seed on the line this weekend…wow. Some questions…Will the Eagles tie help or hurt? What has the lack o’ Plaxico done to the psyche of the New York football Giants? What will Tavaris Jackson do for an encore? Is Dallas benefiting from an cynically omnipresent media? How will Tennessee respond after hearing Haynesworth is done for the last two games at least? Has Pittsburgh been the most consistent team this year? Is the NFC South overrated? Discuss these questions and more as we rank the NFL elite heading into Week 16…

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Mizzo’s NBA Top 5: Can’t Nobody Mess With Boston

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

The first post of its kind. Every Wednesday we will do this.

Now for the L…

These are the strongest teams in the NBA–right now.

I haven’t seen every NBA team up close, but I’ve covered enough games to get a gauge of who is for real and who is real fake. There’s obviously still a lot we don’t know as teams search for their respective identities, but it ain’t my fault. There’s a definitive top 3 and a bunch of parity–but it’s mad early so judge for yourself. Since this is the first, I’ll give my thoughts on the teams as they are ranked.

Let’s Get It!

No one should be shocked that the Champs are Here…

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Somewhere Aunt Bunny is LHAO. My Shoe!!

Posted in Blogroll on December 15th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Gooney Goo Goo…

Mizzo’s NFL Week 15 Picks

Posted in Blogroll on December 14th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Hmmm Week 15. Can Tavaris Jackson shake off the pine needles and take the Vikes to the playoffs? Pittsburgh and Baltimore will be as physical a game as you will ever see. It’s time to shake the men from the punks. Let’s get it!

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Mo Cheeks Fired

Posted in Blogroll on December 13th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

9-14 after lofty expectations gets you fired in the NBA. It’s just how it is. I asked Phil Jackson about the business side of the NBA regarding coaching here. I enjoyed working with Cheeks the last year and a half, but the last few games the writing began to show up very clearly on the wall. The Orlando game highlighted a glaring defensive weakness: The corner three. The shot was always open because of the Sixers defensive scheme. I tried so many times to pose my questions in a way Cheeks would read between the lines, but I’m sure he was fully aware what was at stake. Funny, but Mo would focus on me during the pressers as if we were having a one on one discussion. It challenged me to form questions on the fly–which I appreciated. The last couple of games I didn’t want to be the one to ask the question which put the heat on Cheeks so I was reticent. After games, and as the media throng would walk into the press conference room, I would say, “How you doing coach?” He stop responding the last week or so and from that I took he wasn’t very happy with things. He has a very chill personality. He says what he has to say and that’s it. I’m disappointed in the players more than anything because they could have made it work. I won’t go into individual criticisms because it’s counterproductive, but I’m sure you can assume who was most at fault. It was difficult at first covering the team, because I grew up a fan and the process of learning to be objective on game day was a learning experience. In a perfect would, the champion point guard would lead the respected franchise back to the promised land, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Assistant GM Tony DiLeo takes over in an interim basis for the rest of the season. Take care Mo. Nice working with you.

Branson Wright Addresses Rumors of Wrongdoing

Posted in Blogroll on December 12th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Being in the journalism business has its perks but also its fair share of occupational hazards. Writing a breaking news story or connecting with an athlete or entertainer, one either finds a steady stream of admirers or sometimes way too many haters. It’s what you deal with and not so much different from any occupation anywhere in society. Sometimes the criticism is so far from the truth, there needs to be a quick response to clear the air just for general principal. Buddy and colleague Branson Wright wanted to get a few things off his chest regarding some inaccuracies being spread around the journalism world anonymously in attempts to destroy his credibility which up to this point could be compared to anyone who is doing the damn thing right.

Shake ‘em off Branson, shake ‘em off bruh…

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA- Thursday, December 11, 2008

Posted in Blogroll on December 12th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Barkley on the Suns recent trade for guard Jason Richardson: “(The Suns already have) Steve Nash, Shaquille O’Neal and Amare Stoudemire.  There’s only one ball.  If (Jason Richardson) shoots a certain amount, he’s going to take the ball away from Nash, Amar’e and O’Neal.”

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Friday Fire: Who is On the Damn! She is Actually Fine List?

Posted in Blogroll on December 12th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

One of our readers, who goes by the DREDDED ONE on TSF, wanted to ask the brothas a question. Who when you see her, gets finer by the minute? You might see her on a movie or awards show or even a commercial and you say daaaaaaaaaamn girl, damn. That woman for me is K.D. Aubert. Yeah, she was the love interest Craig snatched away from that little micro pimp Money Mike in Friday After next…”He gotta perm and shit” and is an up and coming supermodel and actress. Who else is on the list? Who fries dem Easter eggs on ya head every time you see her? Brothas…please no straight to DVD lovelies. Figadeal me? Yeah, I’m hatin’. Ladies don’t feel left out. You can do the same with the fellas.

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Friday Fire: Tim Tebow is Not the Best College Football Player Ever!

Posted in Blogroll on December 11th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Not the best, but the best game

Look, lets stop all this bs now. I know it’s not Friday, but I gotta get this conversation started because Tim Tebow is not the best college football player ever. Are you shocked ESPN is leading the charge? Todd McShay…what the hell are you smoking?

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CC Sabathia Signs With the New York Yankees

Posted in Blogroll on December 11th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

CC Sabathia has signed with the Yankees for 6 years and a record contract during the winter meetings in Las Vegas. The Yankees have been down the last couple of years and had to make some kind of splash heading into the new stadium. Last year was the first year in Derek Jeter’s career that the Yankees did not make the playoffs and honestly this couldn’t come at a better time. CC had one of the most electrifying years in memory for Milwaukee last season when he went 11-2 and had a ridiculous 1.65 era after being traded from Cleveland. The Yankees originally CC last summer but resisted giving up a bunch of prospects for the opportunity to sign him now. Look for the Yankees to sign a couple of more pitchers in the upcoming weeks in hopes of offsetting a serious weakness on the mound.