Notes from TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com- Thursday, January 22, 2009: NBA All Star Game Starters Announced

Posted in Blogroll on January 23rd, 2009 by Michael Tillery

TNT exclusively announced the NBA All-Star Starters.  TNT will air the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February15. Final Fan voting follows.

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Mizzo’s NBA Top Five: This Week Kev Dog is Right! The Lakers Are Tops

Posted in Blogroll on January 21st, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Yeah..uh…since my squad is landscaping their Arizona lawn in January, it’s time for a total NBA focus. Ryan Howard asking 18 million in arbitration? So what. Baseball smaseball….football forget all ya’ll. I’m ready for the rock!

(yeah I’m hatin’)

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January 20th, 2009: The Day Barack Obama Becomes the 44th President of the United States

Posted in Blogroll on January 20th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Video of Barack being sworn in, inauguration speech and text added after piece.

Today is a big day. In fact, one could argue January 20th, 2009 is one of the most important days in our nation’s history. People are ascending on Washington, D.C. because they want to be a part of something unique. There is no doubt the crowds will surpass the numbers of October 16, 1995–the Million Man March. I’ll never forget the feeling I felt that great day and I hope people in attendance understand just how significant this is. I’m envious I won’t be there to feel the overwhelming emotion as Barack steps to the podium, but I implore anyone who is there to take pictures and also video for this is a day to be documented forevermore. Your grand kids will love you for it.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Monday, January 19, 2008

Posted in Blogroll on January 20th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

TNT’s NBA coverage continues Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. ET with the exclusive announcement of the NBA All-Star starters, followed at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Boston Celtics @ Orlando Magic followed by the Washington Wizards @ Los Angeles Lakers.

(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

TNT’s John Thompson and Washington Wizards’ forward Caron Butler sat down with Thompson’s ten-year-old granddaughter Morgan to talk about Barack Obama becoming the 44th President of the United States.

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When Are The Eagles Gonna Win One For Don?

Posted in Blogroll on January 19th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

I’m writing this as a fan…

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The Starting Five AFC and NFC Championship Picks

Posted in Blogroll on January 18th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Here we go. No more talk. No more nothin’. It’s time to put up or shut the hell up. These are the games where John Facenda’s voice booms from the heavens forevermore. These are the games where NFL history is made. These are the games where young football fans cement their love for teams as they view football with their Fathers for the first time. These are the games they’ll show long after any of us are around to complain about officiating and for two teams today, get ready to pick out ya coffin.

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Raheem Morris Introduced As Tampa Bay Bucs’ Head Coach

Posted in Blogroll on January 18th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

After being passed over for the same position with the Denver Broncos, Raheem Morris was introduced today as Tampa Bay’s head coach replacing Jon Gruden. Morris, 32, was promoted a month ago to defensive coordinator after Monte Kiffin left to join his son Lane’s staff at the University of Tennessee. His rise through the Tampa Bay organization has been very pronounced.

After beginning his coaching career with Hoftstra as a graduate assistant in 1998 and serving in the Jets defensive minority internship in 2001, he joined a Tampa staff that won the Super Bowl in 2002. He’s served, in succession, as the defensive quality control coach, defensive assistant, defensive backs coach (the Bucs were NFL best against the pass that season) and eventually defensive coordinator. In 2006 he left the Bucs to take defensive coordinator position at Kansas State before returning to Tampa the next season.

It’s ironic Tony Dungy had to wait ten years (28-38) before receiving a shot and his coaching tree has spawned Mike Tomlin, 34, and now Morris. The comparisons to Tomlin are natural because of age and energetic coaching style. Tomlin on Morris: “Raheem is an exceptional coach and, more importantly, he’s a better person,” Tomlin said. “Leadership is something he does not have to work at, it oozes out of him. The Tampa Bay organization and its fans are in great hands.”

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA- Thursday, January 15, 2008

Posted in Blogroll on January 16th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

TNT’s NBA Coverage Continues on Monday, January 19 with a special MLK Day tripleheader beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET featuring the Detroit Pistons @ Memphis Grizzlies followed by the Phoenix Suns @ Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers @ L.A. Lakers

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Webber on whether or not the Cleveland Cavaliers are the best team in the NBA: “(The Cavaliers) are the most disrespected team in the NBA.  I think it comes down to Cleveland and the Lakers (as the best team in the NBA) and I still give the edge to the Lakers.  (Cleveland) is a good team and we don’t respect them like we should.”

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Friday Fire: Who Starts in Your All Time Baseball Lineup?

Posted in Blogroll, Ernie Johnson on January 16th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

My adviser and I had a conversation after Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were elected into the MLB Hall of Fame. We thought it was ridiculous Rickey wasn’t the first unanimous choice strictly because of his impact on the game. Anyone steal 130 bases lately? Nah. How about 2190 walks? Didn’t think so. You walked him, he scored and he shook up your pitcher and entire defense in the process. Anyway, does Rickey crack your all time lineup? This was my adviser’s lineup: RF Aaron, CF Mays, LF Henderson, 3B Rose, SS Banks, 2B Morgan, 1B Ruth, P  Ryan, C  Bench. I added a manager, right and left handed pitchers and a closer. No position changes in the outfield.

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Friday Fire: Pick a Teammate…Any Teammate. Who Ya Pickin’ First?

Posted in Blogroll on January 16th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

This is about the teammate. Not about skill.

Who do you feel safe helping you get the win? Who makes that cut just as you envision it? Who gets open when the rush gives you a window to pass? Who gets to the quarterback when the defense needs a stop? Who with the crack of the bat helps you all walk off? Who helps you off the floor after your shot is smacked four rows into the seats?

You stand on the field or the court and before the game begins, you have your pick of any player alive or deceased on any level. This could be anyone from your youth or someone you rocked with ‘hood to ‘hood, block to block.

Who ya running with?

I’m running with Reggie White because of what he expected out of his teammates and more importantly, himself.

Flight School

Posted in 76ers, Andre Iguodala, AXG, Brandon Roy, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Donavan McNabb, Greg Oden, Le Bron James, Maurice Cheeks, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Sixers, Super Bowl on January 15th, 2009 by AXG

 

“I holla at AI peoples…”

 

50 Cent – Ski Mask Way

 

Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers have managed to turn things around…recently winning their last 5 games. Iguodala scored a season-high 29 points yesterday. Over the past 21 games, he is averaging 20.4 points and has scored 20+ points in nine of the past 12 games. Read more »

Interview With Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Terrell Suggs

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on January 15th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Posting this again because of the Ravens success.

Terrell Suggs’ main objective is to attack the quarterback…it’s as simple as that. Going into his sixth year in the league, Suggs is becoming a force at his position and already has 45 sacks in six seasons. The two time pro bowler and former AP Defensive Rookie of the Year came into the league already a sack master–garnering a NCAA record 24 sacks his junior year at Arizona State. Could you imagine coming into the league as a linebacker and playing alongside Ray Lewis? Suggs has made the most of his opportunity and has become a consistent force on an already formidable defense. As he alludes to below, he’s not just a pass rusher and has developed a versatility that has proved invaluable to helping the Ravens transition from young to old.

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Short Interview With DJ Jazzy Jeff

Posted in Blogroll on January 14th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

A short interview follows a story of how DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince impacted my teenage years. The group released a total of 8 albums. Wow, it’s crazy how music has changed in the interim. I can safely say my generation grew up in the Golden Age of Hip Hop and Jeff Townes and Will Smith deserve a lot of credit.

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The Buffalo Syndrome

Posted in Andy Reid, Boston Red Sox, Buffalo Bills, Donavan McNabb, NFC, NFC Championship, NFL, NFL Week 11, Philadelphia Eagles on January 13th, 2009 by AXG

 

“The Buffalo Soldiers, dredlock Rasta’s…”

 

Lauren Hill – Ready Or Not

 

The Philadelphia Eagles will enter their 5th NFC Championship game (6th in team history) within the last 8 years, and what’s more surprising than the Eagles opportunity at a Super Bowl berth…is the fact that they will face the Arizona Cardinals.

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Tony Dungy to Step Down as Head Coach of Indianapolis Colts

Posted in Blogroll on January 12th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Tony Dungy to step down at a 5 pm EST press conference. Sad news for football fans, but good news for Mr. Dungy and his family. He is the current standard of Black coaches. Eddie Robinson’s NFL dream. Could play on John Chaney’s team. The epitome of class and it was remarkable how he held on through the death of his son James in 2006. Tony’s record with the Colts was 92-33. His last game was Jan. 3…a 23-17 overtime loss at San Diego. He’s the only coach since the 1970 merger to take a team to the playoffs 10 straight seasons. Overall record is136-75-0. Could have been a head coach in the NFL at age 28 he was so good. Won Super Bowl as a player and a head coach. Jim Caldwell has long ago been named his successor. A true man of faith. Good luck Mr. Dungy.