Keep Their Heads Ringin’

Posted in Blogroll on April 30th, 2009 by Jerold Wells Jr.

The Atlanta Hawks are transforming before our eyes. They are becoming aware of themselves. With that knowledge of self performances like the Thursday’s 106-91 thrashing of the Miami Heat will become more commonplace. The words of Nelson Mandela ring true here, “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, it that we are powerful beyond measure.” These young Hawks are realizing just how powerful they are.

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Ed Berliner of Conversation With Michael Tillery: Barry Bonds and Michael Vick

Posted in Blogroll on April 30th, 2009 by Michael Tillery’s Ed Berliner and I have had many discussions…both on and off the record…on all kinds of subjects ranging from Donovan McNabb to President Obama. I’ve been doing a lot of radio lately (NBA playoffs), but I get up for conversations with Ed because the topics are always TSF relevant. In these series of clips, we discuss Barry Bonds and Michael Vick. I know, I know, we’ve all commented on Barry and Mike many many times, but we cannot let the legend become fact. Simply put, Barry Bonds will not become the face of the steroids era and Michael Vick did not commit the worse crime ever. Keep it in perspective. Click the logo to hear the conversation.

Thursday Morning Starting Five: April 30th, 2009

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

There’s all this buzz about the A Rod book, but I’m not totally convinced there’s anything credible to speak of that has not already been said. I’m a Yankee fan…not an A Rod fan and definitely not a fan of gotcha journalism. It’s not news. Jerold Wells will have an Atlanta/Miami report later and an interview with Spencer Haywood will be posted later as well.

Carmelo finally gets out of the first round. (Denver Post)

All Fort Worth Schools closed amid swine flu concerns until May 8. I was just there. (Star Telegram)

Brandon Roy is the best player Ron Artest has played against. (YOUBEENBLINDED)

Part 1 of a 3 Part Series on the Pacquiao/Hatton Championship Bout. (Ebony/Jet)

Davey D Interviews Somali-Born Rapper Knaan, Pt 1 — The Real Story Behind Somalia’s So-Called “Pirates” (Black Agenda Report)

Inside the 2009 NFL Draft: Everett Hood vs. B.J. Raji. (Temple3)

Justin Walsh gets down with the Professor, Grayson Boucher…twice. (Ball Is Life and SLAM)

Philly baby…

Wednesday Morning Starting Five: The 100 Day Presidential Edition

Posted in Blogroll on April 29th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Whether or not you ascribe to President Obama’s politics is immaterial, for no one can deny how proactive he’s been over the first 100 days of his term. He is shaking up the infrastructure in ways never before seen and that’s a good thing.

He’s also brought out the worse in some of those on the right…who have blamed him for everything from the current financial climate and “sleeping with the enemy” to the recent outbreak of the very serious swine flu and being “soft”.

The $787 billion stimulus plan is the early mark of his presidency, but Barack has also signed 18 other executive orders and 12 laws.

We won’t know how long before a true impact can be felt regarding the stimulus package. There’s less public pessimism than when the issue was headline news, so we’ll see. How about the child health insurance expansion, shutting down Gitmo, bringing the troops home (initiating a pullout) and pay equity? He’s tried to persuade Republicans to help right the ship…whether he’s successful depends on how long the Republicans pout after getting their asses kicked on November 4th. Other positives: The reversal of a string of anti-union executive orders issued by the Bush Administration. The establishment of the Middle Class Working Families Task Force. His tour of Europe with First Lady Michelle Obama, which raised good will for America abroad during the G-20 economic conference. His trip to Mexico with hopes of stopping violent drug cartels and preventing them from entering the U. S. His reaching out to Cuba for the renewed relationship, supported by the Congressional Black Caucus. A new commitment to pour millions of dollars into the prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS in America.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Tuesday, April 28, 2009: The San Antonio Spurs Are Fishermen

Posted in Blogroll on April 29th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

TNT’s “40 Games in 40 Nights” NBA Playoffs coverage continues on Wednesday, April 29th with the Miami Heat @ Atlanta Hawks (Game #5) at 8 p.m. ET followed by the New Orleans Hornets @ Denver Nuggets (Game #5).


“They should just quit playing and start the game in overtime.”

–Barkley on the NBA Playoffs record of three overtimes in the Bulls/Celtics series.

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Sixers/Magic Game 6 Recap: Two Elbows From a Man

Posted in Blogroll on April 29th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Magic 91, Sixers 78. Yeah, Dwight Howard went off on the Sixers last night. For the first time this series, they were the tougher team. Instead of crying about an elbow that Sammy doesn’t feel anymore, man up and represent at home in Game 6. Losing Game 2 might have doomed the Sixers. We’ll see. Click on the pic to check the piece out on SLAM.

Sixers/Magic Game 5 Preview

Posted in Blogroll on April 28th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

This series has been as exciting as any other match up this post season. There have been all kinds of runs leading to almost insurmountable comebacks. You have three buzzer beaters out of four games. Despite the seeding, these teams look about as evenly matched as your local cross town rivalry. Dwight Howard has caught heat for not dominating–as has Andre Iguodala. the key players, IMO, have been Hedo Turkoglu and Andre Miller. Both vets have given their respective teams a sure spark by not letting their teams die on the floor. Game 5’s are pivotal. Teams winning this all important game have gone on to win 83% of the time. Dig the piece on SLAM by clicking the pic. Who ya rockin’ with?

Is This Really a Story? Really?

Posted in Blogroll on April 28th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Thanks to Rashaun Hall

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Monday, April 27, 2009: Denver Blows Out New Orleans by a Thousand!

Posted in Blogroll on April 28th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Bill Haber)

TNT’s “40 Games in 40 Nights” NBA Playoffs coverage continues on Tuesday, April 28th with the Chicago Bulls @ Boston Celtics (Game #5) at 7 p.m. ET followed by Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs (Game #5).

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Tuesday Morning Starting Five: April 28th, 2009

Posted in Blogroll on April 28th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

The sad saga of Jayson Williams continues. (NY Daily News)

Remember Luis Tiant? I’ll never forget how sick he was. (NY Daily News)

Denver beats the stuffin’ out of New Orleans. Call the cops! (Denver Post)

Lamar Odom stands up. Lakers move one step closer. (LA Times)

Niece of Angela Davis is brains behind ‘Mixtape’. (The Villager)

Is Holy Hip Hop the new religion that will transform youth culture? (Sunday Monitor)

Exclusive interview with “Pirate” lawyer Francis Kadima. (

Is the racial divide in New Orleans overstated? (

That Harlem River quiver…

Monday Morning Starting Five: April 27th, 2009. Michael Crabtree Fell All the Way to #10?

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

Crazy weekend in sports. Actually got to check it all out as a fan on the road. Had a great time, recharged the batteries and ate some great Texas rib eye, but now it’s time to get it. After spending most of the day on a plane, Anthony Gilbert scooped me and we barely made it for the Game 4 tip off at the Wachovia Center. I’ll have a Sixers/Magic recap up on SLAMonline shortly. Hope you all had a great weekend and mos def have a great week.

The squeaky wheel gets the oil. Triple 5 Soul speaks up and the Eagles go offensive in draft. We’ll see how that works out. If they fail next season, he will get called out by the media here. Trust me on that. (

Eagles trade for Ellis Hobbs. I’m impressed. (

Ray Ratto says don’t blame Heyward-Bey and Mike Mitchell for the Raiders crazy draft. (CBS)

Winners and losers in draft. Uh…how the hell did Michael Crabtree fall to #10 and Mark Sanchez rise to #4. Great pick for the 49’ers. Gimme Josh Freeman in a second over all those quarterback cats. Absolutely nothing to do with race. (Mercury News)

Kiss blames NY for the downfall of rap. (SOHH)

BCA gives Colorado State an F for recent hiring. (

The Honorable Minister demands justice for Jon Burge torture victims. (Final Call)

In the era of Obama, is there a need for a Black Agenda? (Final Call)

Gang Starr classic

Games Recaps for 04/24/2009: Is the Philly Series Lead Really a Shock?

Posted in Blogroll on April 25th, 2009 by Jerold Wells Jr.

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


As the series begin to startle, shock and awe, it’s time for the big boys to step up. Who will take charge and move on to the next fight? Here’s some recaps from last night?

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Friday Fire: Of Course It’s All Subjective, But Which League Has the Better Athletes? NBA or NFL?

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

Ever since the LeBron James Friday Fire and LBJ’s subsequent answer to our questions, I’ve received many calls and emails regarding the NBA’s athleticism.

Football players I know have told me there is no comparison and one even gave a funny quote by saying “There’s no flopping in the NFL.” Reg, ya gotta point there sir. Anyway, you know what we do, so please comment.

Discussions like this open up other topics and also reference the all time greats in a time where the 24 hour media cycle is cool with whatever is in front of our faces and that’s it.

Doesn’t history matter? IMO, it’s more important than the present, for it affects the future without all the current media hype.

Please offer some genuine thoughts like only you can.

Sorry the site hasn’t been updated. I’ve been in Texas on assignment. Lubbock is a great college town. It’s like a beach town without a beach.

I’ll get back in Philly just in time to work the Sixers/Orlando Game 4 and then everything will be gravy Monday. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Be Peace.

Atlien Letdown

Posted in Blogroll on April 23rd, 2009 by Jerold Wells Jr.

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The most difficult aspect of success lies in the attempts to replicate it. Once I’ve succeeded, I have to do it again. The mental toughness needed to beat a team twice in 4 days is not innate. It is learned. It is developed. The young Atlanta Hawks stubbed their collective toe on this night and there is a great lesson to be learned from it.

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Orlando Evens Series With Philadelphia at 1-1

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

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

The Sixers blew a chance at taking a commanding 2-0 lead back to Philly by not capitalizing on Dwight Howard fouling out at the 3:11 mark in the 4th. Andre Miller was strato, but so was Courtney Lee on the other side. Anthony Johnson, Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis hit big shots down the stretch to make up for Howard’s loss. Click on the pic to access the recap on SLAM.