March Madness: TSF Style

Posted in Blogroll on March 19th, 2009 by Jerold Wells Jr.

Each week Jerold Wells Jr. will chronicle the NCAA Tournament happenings. He’s the first round just to give you a taste. As the tournament progresses, the analysis will get deeper.

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Thursday Morning Starting Five: March 19, 2009

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

Ahh the madness of March is upon us. These first couple rounds are the most raw basketball we’ll see as teams scratch and claw to tell the world they belong. You’ll see coaches go crazy on the sidelines knowing they might not ever get back, and students from colleges across the land cry from both joy and disappointment. Congratulations Todd Bozeman for that NCAA get back.

Temple…Harvey Dent linked to that track just as I was adding it to today’s links yesterday. I feel you brothas, but Jack the Ripper was raw shit and in my opinion helped to transition Hip Hop into a new era. Mo Dee was that dude….Chuck tells me this all the time that Mo Dee is the Dr. J of the rap game because he brought the highlight…but James Todd Smith and crew kicked it legendary in timeless, lyrical and hardcore beat fashion. Speaking of Chuck, a Professor Griff interview will be posted tomorrow.

Todd Bozeman is back! (Baltimore Sun)

Paul Pierce takes charge in win (Boston Globe)

Coach K throws on the pink socks and flip flops regarding President Obama’s picks (Fox)

Studies show prostate screening may cause more harm than good (L.A. Times)

The aftermath of the Bashir indictment (

Are we all more prejudiced than we think? (Timesonline)

Gulluh culture survives (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Census data in error regarding Caribbean nationals (

You got it Two Face!

Wednesday Morning Starting Five: March 18, 2009

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

Andre Iguodala’s 3 at the buzzer beats the Lakers. AG was there. Wow. (

John Salmons 38 propels Bulls against C’s (Hartford Courant)

Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried is a bad man (

ARod, what are you thinking? This shoot was the same day he was ducking Selena Roberts? What? (Details)

Actress Natasha Richardson may be brain dead after skiing accident. Sad. (Newsday)

Something has to be done in DC regarding AIDS awareness. (WaPo)

Get out and exercise. It can save your life. (USA Today)

Is it racist for a White hero to shoot Black zombies? (WSJ)

Tuesday Morning Starting Five: The Green Beer Jawn

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

Whoever is drinking on a Tuesday night raise your hand? Sorry I’m late on this, but Rip Van Winkle and I were in a snoring contest (he kicked my ass) after a rough night at the job last night. At least I feel funky fresh right? Fill out your brackets yet? I haven’t looked at mine. Better do that huh? 7 links and a blast from the past. Be eazzzy tonight if you do head out.

Dude the AIG bonuses!?! (NY Times)

Bill Rhoden writes about the Memphis Tigers (NY Times)

Bryce Brown picks Tennessee and Lane Kiffin (Sporting News)

Black athlete graduation rates and the tournament (Boston Globe)

I hope Donte did all the right things and this was just an unfortunate accident. A true family man is dead.

Black women coaches breaking through in Pac-10

Political prisoners struggle for justice (Final Call)

The Day Before the Spectrum Became a Dream

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

March 13th, 2009. The Sixers close the Spectrum down with a 104-101 win against the young Bulls.

Memorable evening.

Doc, Moses, Bobby Jones, Franklin Edwards, Clemon Johnson, Earl Cureton, Wally Jones, Mark Ivaroni–they all were there. I wrote it. I wrote it long. I wanted to thoroughly document the moment like no one could. Rock the piece on SLAM by clicking on the Spectrum pic.

Paralyzed For 21 Years, Man Walks After Brown Recluse Spider Bite

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

Embedded video from CNN Video

Monday Morning Starting Five: March 16, 2009

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

On the day after the NCAA Tournament field was announced, there are many articles to link to. I give you nine. I’ll have a piece on the Spectrum closing on SLAMonline in a bit. Until then, let’s get it.

Who are the beasts in this NCAA Tournament? (

Jay Cutler wants out of Denver. Philly don’t do it (USA Today)

DeMaurice F. Smith to head NFLPA. Damn, I wanted Reggie. Wishful thinking. (WaPo)

Tiger weighs in on the NBA MVP race. I’ll have a Flash piece tomorrow. (

Matt Jones released from Jags after getting out of jail early (

NIT field .pdf (

Discovery nears Space Station and so does debris (AP)

President Obama braces for an inevitable backlash (International Herald Tribune)

Drive by pundrity? (WaPo)

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, March 12, 2009 Barkley: “The MVP is LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.”

Posted in Blogroll on March 13th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

TNT NBA Thursdays continue on Thursday, March 19 at 8 p.m. ET featuring the Portland Trail Blazers @ Cleveland Cavaliers followed by the Golden State Warriors @ Los Angeles Lakers.

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Friday Fire: Who is the Greatest Dunker of All Time?

Posted in Blogroll on March 13th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

The Spectrum closes tonight and so does an era. Regardless of what pundits, fans or basketball “historians” say, Julius Dr. J Erving is the small forward on my all time team. History baby, history.

This thread is not about that.

This is about the dunk, bang, slam, boof or whatever else it’s called.

Doc’s rock the Mike Cooper cradle banger put basketball on another universe visually. Julius was my favorite dunker of all time until I took a trip out west to see the Shaq and the Lakers play KG and the Timberwolves (Shaq’s feet are bigger than Nate Robinson). The Saturday before I left I watched the 2000 dunk contest in a hotel bar and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Vince Carter, Tracey McGrady and Stevie Francis were going at it like I’ve never seen before. Dunk after bombastic, fantastic,  just as dramatic dunk. It was outstanding. The best dunk contest ever and that’s including Mike and Nique. He’s the evolution of every dunker past and present. No one wants to see him. Windmills off the oop? Black Mustard. Cats who didn’t get out of the poster are gonna wonder why their grandkids are looking funny at them the minute they are born.

Coochie, coochie coo my ass.

Why you do me like that Grandpop!

All you can say is…grandson…I wasn’t the only one.

Vince’s dunks are straight mad African!

Friday Morning Starting Five: March 13, 2009

Posted in Blogroll on March 13th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Syracuse outlasts UConn in 6 overtime classic (

Lakers are no joke but will they be tough enough come June? (LA Times)

Japan threatens to shoot down North Korean satellite. (CNN)

Charles Lewis–former cop turned MMA personality (TapOuT) dies in horrific crash (LA Times)

The Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer extended interview. Ooops! (Comedy Central)

The Spectrum closes down tonight with a Sixers contest against Chicago. I’ll be there. So will Doc but no Cheeks or Toney. Philly never gets it right. (

I AM ALI By Dream Hampton

Posted in Blogroll on March 13th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Powerful. I love it when my sistas show and prove. Thanks Dream.

I am ali

Thursday Morning Starting Five: March 12, 2009

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

This night job is making sure I don’t see any NBA games during the week unless I’m working an actual game. Damn I wanted to see Lakers/Rockets. Ron and Kobe go way back. Check the interview. As far as work? Got to make the donuts so it’s chillllll. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

7 links for today.

Ron Ron gets lit up by Beans (L.A. Times)

Texas Tech’s Mike Singletary goes off for 43 in early Big 12 action–including 29 straight. Epic. (Houston Chronicle)

USA loses to Venezuela in Group C finale (

Shoe thrower gets three years? (Al Jazerra)

Why the poor stay poor (NY Times)

Google goes phone (BBC News)

Hip Hop Chess? (NBC Bay Area)

Had to include this as well because I saw it live. Republicans crack me up trying to deflect blame for the economic downturn. How much did we spend a month in the war? Get over yourselves and take the blame so we can all move on. 2012 is a long way way so stop trying to position for the takeover because you blew it when you had the chance. Ari Fleischer snaps back at Chris Matthews below. It was hilarious when Chris paused and said “What?” I laughed real loud.

Happy Birthday!

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

My Mother’s would have been tomorrow. R.I.P Mom. I have a lot of friends, associates, relatives…yeah even ex loves and likes whose birthday is this month. There were a whole lotta lotta people gettin’ down when the sun made it hot I guess. There’s one friend in particular who helped me get through my knucklehead stage when I needed it the most. Happy Birthday Jacquie. Just remember this: Even though I bombed Mr. Yanitis’ Chemistry class after all that tutoring you gave those afternoons in the library, I turned out alright. Thanks for everything. The Prince concert rocking the Dwayne Waynes and paisley shirts, drives all around the PA country side bangin’ Cameo and Miles. You had a serious impact on my life and the total fruit is yet to be determined. God bless you and your beautiful family.

Thanks as well goes to the Abstract for tipping me off to this following classic. Hit me up brothaman. Gotta get you on this mic.

Dig this here…

Rising Star Erica Williams

Posted in Blogroll on March 11th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

This is one of my favorite people right now. She’s as talented as she is articulate and was great on the State of the Black Union a little while ago that I ran on the site. Watch out because she is the future. What a speaker she is. Get that star Erica!

Wednesday Morning Starting Five: March 11, 2009

Posted in Blogroll on March 11th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Happy Birthday Aaron and Jasey!

Triple 5 Soul blogs about BDawk (Yardbarker)

The 33-0 UConn women demolish Louisville 75-36 in Big East ‘chip. Big East POY Maya Moore almost outscores Louisville by herself with 28. Hand them that other trophy now. (Hartford Courant)

How do you kill your family? This is why we all need good people in our corner. (LA Times)

Can we increase our intelligence? (NY Times)

Live broadcast of shuttle Discovery launch (Florida Today)