Dwyane Wade: The Silence That Goes Boom

Posted in Blogroll on March 30th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

In the post game locker room after a recent Heat loss, one could almost touch the silence. This game wasn’t Dwyane Wade typical. There was no boom. There was no excitement. There was no media throng. There was simply…silence. The man they call Flash was battle worn and slouched in the corner of his locker as if someone had snatched off his mask to reveal the secret identity that is human like the rest of us…you know the one that no longer wore NBA everyone thinks he’s a superhero clothing. Fans don’t see this side because it would be bad for NBA publicity. Who would want to see someone with a superstar mantra resembling a washed up comic book…ink melting and oozing slow but succinct down a fan dream gutter like sad you didn’t win the showcase showdown music?

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This Still Hurts: Brian Dawkins says “I’m an Eagle at heart”

Posted in Blogroll on March 30th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Seriously…as an Eagles fan? How can I not be more pissed after seeing this? Thanks Tarik.

Reverse the Curse

Posted in 76ers, Carlos Boozer, Christian Laettner, College Basketball, College Basketball's Greatest Teams, Corey Maggette, Elton Brand, Final Four, Grant Hill on March 27th, 2009 by AXG

“The Blueprint 2 homie, follow the moves…you put on two tube socks you couldn’t walk in my shoes…”

Jay – Z – Diamond Is Forever

William Michael Krzyzewski took over a struggling Duke University Men’s Basketball program 29-years ago, and while he has had the success of 3 National Championships, and 10 Final Fours…there is a stigma that goes along with being a Duke Blue Devil.

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Friday Morning Starting Five: March 27, 2009

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

Levance Fields and DeJuan Blair talk about win against Xavier. Fields couldn’t hit jack, but those last five points decided the game. Clutch. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Missouri runs through Memphis. IMO Mike Anderson is Coach of the Year (Kansas City Star)

Villanova wanted it more. (Philly.com)

UConn looks really strong. (Hartford Courant)

Tampa surgery linked to investigation of UConn recruit (TBO.com)

Two years of failed expectations may get Billy Gillispie fired. (KY Post)

After Winky, Williams wants Calzaghe or Hopkins. (The Sweet Science)

Support for racial equality may be victim of Obama’s election. (Science Daily)

Youth trapped in gangs. (The Skanner)

Strike Black potential jurors, get disciplined and docked (Houston Chronicle)

High court blunts Black voting power. (Final Call)

The Starting Five Sweet Sixteen Preview

Posted in Blogroll on March 26th, 2009 by Jerold Wells Jr.

Jerold Wells Jr. gives us a TSF Sweet Sixteen look.

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament bestowed on us all of the drama that we’ve come to expect this time of year. Upset after upset showed us why we tune in to enjoy March Madness. In staying with the theme of the first week, here are some Sweet Sixteen matches that you do not want to miss.

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Thursday Morning Starting Five: March 26, 2009

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

“In discussing the history of a people one must distinguish between what has actually happened and what those who have written the history have said has happened. So far as the actual history of the American Negro is concerned, there is nothing particularly new about it. It is an exciting story, a remarkable story. It is the story of slavery and freedom, humanity and inhumanity, democracy and its denial. It is tragedy and triumph, suffering and compassion, sadness and joy.” John Hope Franklin “The New Negro History,” Crisis
February 1977

John Hope Franklin dies. Big loss. Huge. Did you know him? I love this man. (Duke)

UConn could be in a bit of trouble and James Beale tells you why. (The Sports Complex)

This is just sad. Don’t cops have something better to do? (Dallas News)

The Steelers are the shit. Congratulations John Stallworth. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

A bill against saggin’? I can’t stand it more than most, but a bill is just too much for the obvious reasons. (Commercial Appeal)

These clowns are getting outta hand. Take off the pink socks and flip flops and realize why you were trounced this past election and modify your party ideals. We are in the worse of economic times because YOUR party decided to invade the wrong country for your own personal gain. Tito get them some tissues. (NY Daily News)

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Tuesday, March 24, 2009: Why Isn’t Allen Iverson Playing?

Posted in Blogroll on March 25th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Remember I said Allen Iverson would play with the Sixers again? Do any of you still think that possibility doesn’t exist?

–Mizzo

TNT NBA Thursday continue on Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. ET featuring the Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls followed by the Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trail Blazers

(AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I’ve played a lot of games against Allen Iverson when he was with the Philadelphia 76ers, and he is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever gone against.  But having said that and knowing the information we know, what (Pistons strength and conditioning coach) Arnie Kander is saying, it’s almost like (Iverson) is holding this team hostage because he cannot accept the responsibility of coming off the bench and that’s sad because he is one of the truly great little men we’ve ever had in the game.”

– Miller on the possibility that Pistons guard Allen Iverson is sitting out of resentment for coming off the bench

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Wednesday Morning Starting Five: March 25, 2009

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith, NBA on March 25th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

The Professor Griff interview will be posted a little later on tonight after I get back from my daughters softball game. Whassup people? What’s goin’ on? Everyone having a good week so far? Hopefully that’s a guuud.

Hall of Fame player and broadcaster George Kell is remembered. (Detroit News)

NBA News. (S.I.com)

Julian Bond and Benjamin Todd Jealous write about the NAACP and it’s relevance. (The New Republic)

The son of a mayor arrested and folks wonder if he’ll get off lightly. (The Advocate)

Professionals, middle class losing out on income and opportunity. (Final Call)

Rekindling Pan-Africanism’s message of Black greatness (The Gleaner)

You know who you are…

Hawks Defeat the Timberwolves: One More Win In a Season of Hope

Posted in Blogroll on March 24th, 2009 by Jerold Wells Jr.

(AP Photo/John Amis)

Josh Smith and his Hawks teammates could not be stopped on this night

In sports, talent equals hope. So long as you have plenty of the former you will always have the latter. A team that fills its roster with brilliant athletes gives life to its fan base. These teams allow for the possibility of success; they give credence to the ethos “maybe next year.” Monday night at Phillips Arena, the Atlanta Hawks showed exactly how the equation talent equals hope is formulated.

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Tuesday Morning Starting Five: March 24, 2009

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

First, I’ve been linking a lot so I can get this book done. Deadline is August. I have a lot of great interviews to post so if you see three a week it’s because I have to get these up. The first will be Professor Griff tomorrow, beat writers Gary Washburn, James Beale and Mark Spears…Duane Spyder Hughes, Phillip Hot Sauce Champion and sports agent Darren Heitner. There will be three different features upcoming on Dwyane Wade, Vince Carter and Ron Artest after speaking with them recently. Secondly, we would like to thank the Atlanta Hawks organization…namely Arthur Triche…for being the first professional team to credential The Starting Five. I’ve obviously covered hundreds of games but that’s while freelancing for other services…mad different. I must say Jerold Wells Jr.’s Hawk piece represents us well and I’m proud that’s our first work, now go get that star!

Quit playin’ young fella…damn ;)

How’s this for the publicity machine? The Pats and Bills will open the season on MNF. (Buffalo News)

Ray Ratto comments on the what should have been epic match up between Patty Mills and Stephen Curry (San Franciso Chronicle)

Gilbert Arenas says he will play Saturday. AG, wanna go? (WaPo)

Philly basketball legend Eddie Burke dies. Led Drexel to first NCAA appearance in 1986. (Philly.com)

Andre Miller, Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala all score 25 or more to lead Sixers past Portland in OT. (Philly.com)

Suns cut down Nuggets for 5th straight (Arizona Republic)

Winnie Mandela will be allowed to represent ANC in Parliament. (iafrica.com)

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The Starting Five Sweet Sixteen Rankings

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

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Before Jerold Wells Jr. posts his picks later on this week, I wanted to have a little fun and rank the Sweet 16. It’s crazy that despite all the criticism the NCAA has had to deal with, two brackets have the top four seeds intact and the other two have the top three still bangin’. I guess they got it right huh? Could this be the second year in a row the top 4 seeds get to Final Four?

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Monday Morning Starting Five: March 23, 2009

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

Ashley Fox’s nice piece on the toughness of North Philly. 1st in a series. Good work Ashley. (Philly.com)

His Dad never won a state title so it’s good to see that Marcus Jordan led his team to Chicago State Championship. That’s whassup. (Yahoo)

ARod likes the same jawns Eliot Spitzer does? Word? (NY Daily News)

Where’s the outrage when it’s Black on Black murder? (San Francisco Chronicle)

Brother Jesse is out there when others just talk. Here he asks if text messaging impacts our communication skills. (Brother Jesse)

Blacks lag in stock ownership (Chicago Sun Times)

Study shows those who listen to Hip Hop are stupid? I guess we are some dumb *##(@@(@()# (Thisisrealmusic.com)

In Tenaha Texas you won’t be charged with a crime, but they’ll still take your belongings after a traffic stop.

NASA halts tests on urine recycler? Uh… (Reuters)

Africans came to the New World with Columbus. Nah really? (Livescience.com)

For the Mommas needing something unique to bake for their kids, I give you the rootbeer cupcake.

Who used to spin 360, hamma pants, shiny shoes, no socks?

Yeah I did. Proud of it too. No pictures please ;)

Dig the Troop! This entire cd was def. Why you let ‘em do it to you Hammer?

Damn..

Friday Fire: What Was the Baddest College Performance In the NCAA Tournament You’ve Ever Seen?

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

Bo Kimble was a monster in 1990. His Loyola Marymount team came into the tournament averaging 124 points a game. It’s safe to say UNLV might have gone down if only Hank Gathers survived. My oldest, Mizzo Jr. was born in December a preemie at 1 pound, 14 ounces–so his Mother and I were fixtures in the Christiana Hospital NICU (one of the best in the nation) ward to feed him every day and obviously check on his progress. At that size, you could see the food go through him. Scary, but trust he’s a full grown rock head now and truly doesn’t surprise me with anything he does. So I’m feeding Mike and LMU vs. New Mexico State just so happened to be on the tube. I’d actually saw Hank Gathers collapse after a dunk live on (I’ll never forget seeing his aunt scream “Help my baby”) TV, March 4th, 1990 (WCC tournament semi-final against Portland), so despite being a Michigan fan, LMU was the team I most wanted to see cut ‘em down. Bo was a scoring machine in games Hank missed during the year. I think he scored 50 five or six games in a row so his scoring binges weren’t shocking. Bo went off for 45 against state in a 111-92 win. He had four fouls at halftime and didn’t foul out. I’ll never forget that game because I knew I was seeing something special. Dammit if they didn’t blow out my Michigan squad (the defending champs) 149-115 the next game behind Bo’s 37. Goodness.

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, March 19, 2009: LeBron Goes Trip Dub…Again

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

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Personally, when we played the Bulls for the Championship, I really wanted to play the Clippers.  I ain’t going to lie, I wanted a championship and I wanted to see the damn Clippers in a heartbeat!”

–Barkley on preferring to play a weak team for the NBA Championship. NBA on TNT continues on Tuesday, March 24 at 8 p.m. ET featuring the Detroit Pistons @ Chicago Bulls followed by the Houston Rockets @ Utah Jazz

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Branson Wright Talks to Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Mike Brown

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

That’s my dawg! This is how it needs to be done.

Branson Wright talks to Cleveland Cavaliers Mike Brown