Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, February 26, 2009: No Dimes for LeBron James

Posted in Blogroll on February 27th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

TNT NBA Thursdays continue on Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m. ET featuring the Dallas Mavericks @ New Orleans Hornets followed by the Portland Trail Blazers @ Denver Nuggets.

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Albert Haynesworth Signs 7yr. 100 Million Deal With the Washington Redskins

Posted in Blogroll on February 27th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Oh oh Donovan, Eli, Tony, Brandon, Brian and Marion. I hope you got some sleep last night because the ‘Skins just powered up and signed run stopper, quarterback dropper Albert Haynesworth away from the Tennessee Titans. The 2002 first round pick out of the University of Tennessee will earn 32 million the first 13 months of the deal. 41million is guaranteed and with incentives, the deal could reach 115 million. The base makes him the highest paid defensive player in the league. Haynesworth, a two time All-Pro who led the Titans with 8.5 sacks, is tailor made for the NFC East and the division will scramble during the free agency period to counteract this great signing. You gotta give it Dan Snyder, he is a go getter no matter what the past says. The Titans offered 11 million a season. What would you do?

Friday Fire: What Is Your Most Heatbreaking Game Loss?

Posted in Blogroll on February 27th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Webb put on your ear and eye muffs bruh.

April 5, 1993. I worked at the post office and put in to get off the National Final because I could sense my squad…the Michigan Wolverines…were gonna get their second chip in four years.

The Fab Five were in full effect.

My son Gaston was was a little over 4 months old and I held him almost the entire time like any Pop would in a proud sports moment. I was also on the phone with a buddy, Brian Miller, who was a North Carolina fan. So Michigan is taking care of business–with sickdiculous swagger–and all of the sudden Donald Williams goes Glen Rice and seemingly hits every shot.

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Friday Fire: What’s Next For Michael Vick?

Posted in Blogroll on February 26th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

I’m gonna send you off to what hopefully will be a nice weekend with Part II of Skip Friday morning. The interview was just too long to slam you with another 8 thousand words just that quick.

With news that Michael Vick could be released as early as May 21st to serve house arrest because of prison overcrowding, it’s time to discuss his future.

He’s paid his debt to society and deserves a second chance whether he’s talented or not just like anyone else on the face of the earth.

You hear all this bull crap about placing him in a wild cat offense or running the rock, returning kicks and punts or lining up at receiver, but squash that.

Michael Vick is a quarterback and if given the proper weapons, will show the world just how much of a bad mf’er he is if he’s given the opportunity. Tim Tebow couldn’t hold his Virginia Tech jock.

I’ll say this now, most Blacks are gonna throw support behind Vick and that’s something the main stream is gonna have to deal with simply because there are much more important issues to deal with. When Blacks aren’t safe sitting on their own stoop in various neighborhoods across the land, why the hell should they care about dog fighting? Seriously. Crime is crime and I’m definitely not absolving crime, but isn’t one human life more important than every single animal on the planet? This might be an unpopular belief to be critical in this instance (like I care), but there are some folk out there who don’t think so. What’s that about? Kinda crazy right? Let me put it this way, if I had a family dog in my household for years and I had to make a decision whether to save it or a total stranger, I guess I’ll be making a trip to the pet store. Of course I would be sad, but isn’t there a difference? Is this illogical?

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The Skip Bayless Interview Part I: Colorful, Conscious and Of Course, Controversial

Posted in Blogroll on February 24th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Hmmm…how can I freak this? Let me see…

This is not a typical TSF interview. I know many of our readers don’t like Skip in the least. They think he is loud, off point and some actually think he is racist. Nevertheless, it is our job to bring you the best interviews the web has to offer regardless of subject. We all know these conversations are unedited transcripts and while they usually run long, the content speaks for itself. I happen to have a profound respect for Skip, because he speaks the truth regarding Barry Bonds. Skip is one of the few mainstream journalists who openly proclaim Barry as the best ever–regardless of the specter of steroids. I also respect Skip because while doing the necessary research, I realized how talented he is in his approach to journalism. His purpose is to strike a chord, thus drawing the reader in emotionally when your senses are at a frenzy. I was a little surprised Skip was as reserved as he was eloquent during our talk–which gave me a key to his persona on and off the set of 1st Take. Simply put, he’s very intelligent and knows his stuff whether you like him or not. The show is the show and you all know the premise is all about the debate. Debates as you know, have the potential of boiling over the surface and no matter how tempered points are made within the constraints of production, there is always a chance voices will carry across the set and ultimately make your TV speakers pop. Skip touches on a myriad of topics, so please read without prejudice, for some of this will surely get your attention.

This is Part I of II.

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The Monday Morning Starting Five: 2*23*09

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

Have a good weekend? That’s whassup. Skip Bayless’ interview will be posted tomorrow. It’s been one of the more challenging convos to transcribe, but the content is peace.

Dirty cop put away your g’damn nightstick (

It ain’t just about hold ’em. Blackjack addiction on the rise (Miami Herald)

Flash goes for 50, still gets blown out (Orlando Sentinel)

Where are the revolutionaries? Right here (In These Times) Thanks Josh

The Concerned Minds of Feminine Minority Consciousness + a Brotha (The Sable Verity)

One More: The discovery of the mythical island of Atlantis off the coast of Africa? Word? (After Dawn)

I lied: Could Marvin Harrison run routes for his college quarterback back home in Philly? (

The Death of History: 43 Years Without Malcolm X

Posted in Blogroll, Ernie Johnson, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali on February 21st, 2009 by Michael Tillery

The following was originally posted on February 22, 2008–43 years, one day after Malcolm’s death.

Today would have been his 83rd birthday.

Reminisce with bliss of what a day this could have been…


I’ve never seen this before. Notice how proud Ali was taking this pic

Slept on the anniversary of the death of Malcolm X yesterday. My bad. Here’s a compilation of speeches during those fiery times. Goodness I wish I was there. Would be honored to meet Malcolm and bring back a well needed sense of urgency. His was the spirit of unapologetic passionate knowledge and wisdom cultivated through hellish personal experience and an unabated hunger to see his people through.

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Amar’e Stoudemire Likely Done For the Season

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

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

This just in. The Arizona Republic is reporting that Amar’e Stoudemire is likely out for the rest of the regular season after suffering a serious eye injury in the first quarter against the Clips on February 18th.  He underwent surgery just this morning to repair a partially torn retina in the same eye he’s had problems with in the past.

Stoudemire could return to physical activity in eight weeks but a team press release said that would “depend upon his healing process” and that his surgeon, Dr. Pravin Dugel of Spectra Eye Institute in Sun City, stressed that recoveries are on a case-by-case basis. The eight-week mark is two days after the Suns’ regular-season finale.

Stoudemire appeared to injure the eye in the first quarter of Wednesday’s Suns win at the Los Angeles Clippers. He was bothered by the eye during an inbound play and then continued motioning toward it after trying to block an Al Thornton slam. He came out of the game briefly but re-entered and finished with 42 points, his second best scoring game of the season.

The Suns already tumultuous season just went from bad to worse. The Suns are in the ninth spot in the West (1game out). They stood pat as the trade deadline passed after firing Terry Porter and with Alvin Gentry reimplementing Mike D’Antoni’s offense, Phoenix has scored over 140 points in each of the last two games.

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, February 19, 2009: Barkley Is Back! Happy Birthday Chuck!

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

TNT NBA Thursdays continue on Thursday, 26 at 8 p.m. ET featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers @ Houston Rockets followed by the Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers

TNT NBA Tip-off presented by

Announcers: Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley

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Friday Fire: If You Could Change One Rule In Any Sport, What Would It Be?

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

This question is not posed because of anything presently going on that may give you pause, for despite its many many flaws, there will always be a passion sparked whenever I hear the word sports.

I got this idea after speaking with Kobe Bryant and asking him how he would like to see the NBA changed. He spoke of the current physical culture of the game. Was it something Knicks/Bulls reminiscent he longed for? Yeah, the thought of seeing Mike go fly slow motion baseline powerful on Gotham City just one more time would take me back as well.

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Yet Another Bad Example of Satire President Obama Will Have to Deal With

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

By now, you’ve probably heard of the chimpanzee shot yesterday while attacking a visitor at its owner’s home. Well today, this cartoon was sent to my box by my sister.

I’m not gonna get all hot like I did here (I meant every word of it) after the New Yorker went mainstream mob crazy, because this imagery is expected considering the numerous examples highlighted in that particular post. Check the cop’s What have I done? eyes. This ain’t no coincidence obviously…especially after President Obama signed the landmark stimulus package bill into law just yesterday as well. This shit needs to stop. It’s wrong on so many levels for it insinuates all kinds of ignorance. I mean c’mon get over yourselves. Post-racial America my ass. Stop grasping…

I AM SEAN BELL, Black Boys Speak by Stacey Muhammad

Posted in Blogroll on February 17th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Stacey Muhammad is an award winning independent filmmaker and activist committed to using the power of media to educate, enlighten and empower humanity.

Her first film, “A Glimpse of Heaven, The Legacy of the Million Man March”, screened at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, MD in 2005 and received rave reviews.

Since that time, the New Orleans, LA native has relocated to Brooklyn, NY and begun the work of documenting and preserving Hip Hop culture through film and digital media. Her projects include several short form documentaries including, “I AM SEAN BELL, black boys speak” as well as “Self Construction: Recording session in honor of a movement”.

Stacey is currently working with other artist, filmmakers and activist whose mission it is to document our history, preserve our culture and tell our own stories.

Her latest film, “Out of Our Right Minds, The Rise of Mental Illness amongst Black Women”,
is slated to be released in April 2009. Thanks Dream.

Another tragic story written by a friend over at The Sable Verity

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the 2009 NBA All-Star Game from Phoenix – Sunday, February 15, 2009: “Those guys (Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant) could go down as one of the greatest duos ever.”

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

TNT’s regular season returns on February 19 with its exclusive Thursday night doubleheader. In Game 1, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs visit Allen Iverson and the Detroit Pistons (8 p.m. ET), followed by Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz hosting Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics (10:30 p.m.).TNT NBA Tip-off presented by Read more »

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of NBA All-Star Weekend Saturday, February 14, 2009: LeBron James to Go Slam Dunk in Dallas

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

Coverage continues on Sunday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET with the 2009 NBA All-Star Game. Below are notes from Saturday’s events.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Friday, February 13, 2009: Kevin Durant Drops 46 On the Rookies

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

(Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

TNT’s coverage of the NBA All-Star 2009 continues on Saturday, February 14 at 5 p.m. ET with Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai featuring H-O-R-S-E presented by GEICO. All-Star Slam Dunk Theater follows at 7 p.m. ET. NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, which includes the Haier Shooting Stars competition, the Playstation Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, and the Sprite Slam Dunk. TNT’s coverage of the 2009 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 15 begins at 8 p.m. ET.

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