Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, October 29, 2009 Carmelo Anthony Goes Alex English

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

TNT’s NBA Thursday coverage continues Thursday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET with an exclusive doubleheader featuring the Chicago Bulls @ Cleveland Cavaliers followed by the San Antonio Spurs @ Utah Jazz.

(AP Photo/Don Ryan)


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TNT NBA studio analyst Charles Barkley guesses which team five current players are on in the latest edition of “Who He Play For” on Inside the NBA

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Pedro Martinez? You Are Not the Father!

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

So yeah…Cliff Lee had like 206 pitches working and thoroughly dominated the Bronx Bombers 6-1. I was talking to my sister and bro-in-law last week and told them both I was worried about Chase Utley more than anyone. The way he was rakin’ I thought for sure he was going to go Reggie Jax in the first World Series game in the new stadium. Nevertheless, both Phillies’ rock the charts performances will be remembered for a very long time. Yankees fans chill. You have to remember Derek Jeter is an immortal Yankee and his NY state of mind willed him on base three out of four times. Alex Rodriquez struck out on three great pitches. Cliff Lee deserves the credit here. CC pitched good but not great and made very few mistakes. Just goes to show you the diamond pill Lee was tossing.

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NBA Opening Night: Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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

(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)


“Most people say that the two things that will stop the Lakers are Lamar Odom’s wedding and Ron Artest running into the stands.  If those are the only two things you have to worry about with winning a championship as a coach, you want that every single year.  Basketball-wise, they don’t have any holes.

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1984: Starring Michael Jordan’s 23

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

Anyone who knows me personally knows I’m a huge University of Michigan fan but before that the Georgetown Hoyas ruled my scene. In 1982 when Michael Jordan hit the game winner against the Hoyas to win the National Final, the world outside of basketball was livened to the electricity of his superstar rock shock ya ability. We all know what happened in the draft but when did you notice how bad he was with the NBA pill? I noticed when I picked up the newspaper and saw the sickdiculous scoring binges. 37 one game and 45 the next. Crazy cock back bangers over the baddest centers and forwards of the time or just helpless guards daring to aspire to his once in a lifetime competitive fire. Trust they took a seat in his poster. What? Is this cat a rookie? Wow. Basketball fans around the world were witnessing the blossoming of one the greatest athletes to ever grace the planet. I met Sean McKinney, President of Mitchell and Ness, when he and Michael Bivins watched the last game in the Spectrum with their eyes as wide as mine. He dropped me an email about the exclusive release of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls rookie jersey this weekend to pub the event. Click the pic above to read our conversation on SLAM.

Notes from the TNT NBA Season Launch Conference Call Thursday, October 22, 2009

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

I’ve done this for the last couple of seasons. My quotes are last. LeBron, as usual, was a major topic of conversation and Lakers/Celtics as well.

TNT will tip off the 2009-10 NBA season on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. (ET) with a special preview show, NBA Tip-Off presented by, followed by an exclusive opening night doubleheader. The first game will feature the Boston Celtics @ Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. (ET), followed by the NBA Championship ring ceremony for the defending World Champion Los Angeles Lakers before they take on the Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 p.m. (ET).

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Ron Glover’s Week 7 NFL Predictions

Posted in Blogroll on October 25th, 2009 by Ron Glover

The marquee matchup for Week 7 in the NFL has Brett Favre and the 6-0 Minnesota Vikings visiting Heinz Field for a showdown with the Big Ben and the Super Bowl Champion Steelers. Other games of note include: Niners/Texans, Cowboys/Falcons and Saints/Dolphins.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

Posted in Blogroll on October 24th, 2009 by Ron Glover

The free agent signing of safety Brian Dawkins breathed life into a Denver Broncos franchise many of us predicted would fall apart with the sudden trade of disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler. All Weapon X has done is lead just as he did in Philly – while all the Broncos as a whole have done is win.

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Friday Fire: When Did You Fall In Love With Your Team?

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

October 19, 1977. I am 9. Dad was a track star but I was quick…not fast. I wasn’t playing any sport as of yet, but Dad’s interest in boxing, college basketball and baseball…to a lesser extent gave the foundation you are reading today.

Fall Classic. Autumn. Visual breaths. TV drama. Crazy crowd.

The minute I sit down to watch, this cat with an obvious swag steps to the plate and bangs one out of the park on the first pitch to put his team up 4-3. Then he does it again on the first pitch…and again the same to put his team up 7-4. Counting the last game, 4 pitches, four homers. His team wins. Bedlam on the field. Bronx Zoo. He’s giving cats forearm shivers just to get off the field. I am in love. My eyes still wide visualizing the stadium 2 hours south in Chester, PA.

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Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia Lead the Yankees One Step Closer to the World Series

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

CC Sabathia working on three days rest in the playoffs isn’t something out of the ordinary. Yeah, his September load was lessened  and most likely prohibited the Yankees ace from winning 20 games (and winning the Cy Young award for the second time), but nonetheless, this was as notable a postseason pitching achievement as we have seen in recent memory.

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Tuesday Morning Starting Five: The I See You JRoll Editon

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

Jeff Mathis’ double wins it for the Angels. (LA Times)

Jimmy Rollins wins it for Philly. (

Eddie Royal goes Eric Metcalf. (Denver Post)

Don’t bring your kid late to football practice. The coach will make him run laps and beat you up. (

Karzai agrees to run-off election in Afghanistan. (New York Times)

Michael Dawson W.E.B. Du Bois lecture series. (W.E.B. Du Bois Institute)

The Root 100 emerging African American Leaders. (The Root)

Goldman Sachs is giving away 23 billion in bonuses. (Davey D)

An interview with Lee Daniels and Gabourey Sidibe of “Precious”. (Ebony/Jet)

Week Six NFL Recap: The Phillies Beat the Eagles

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

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

When the Phillies won the World Series last year South Philly was basically shut down. There was no public transportation headed south towards the Wachovia Center–where I was covering a Sixers/Kings game that night. As a result, I had to walk a mile or so after a bus from City Hall let me off at Oregon Ave. The walk had a sense of history because because it was unique as I’ve had in this town during my lifetime. Every bar was packed and folks about seemed as festive as if it were New Years Eve.

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The Starting Five NFL Week Six Picks

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

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Ahhh. Here we go yo, here we go yo…so what’s so what’s the Scenario (I dig the remix more family)? This is the week where the bad ass teams shoot straight strato and the fake jawns dig that Flava In Ya Ear grave. Capsules for the games pivotal. Stafford and Johnson are out, Harvin plays. Who do YOU got? What you got on my wings homie? I haven’t quite figured out what is going on with the side column categories, so bear with us until the current entries are off the page. Have a great Sunday. Be Peace.

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CC Sabathia: The Next Great Pitcher Electric

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

Reposting this because of what I said about the Phillies/Yankees. Not a prophet by any stretch, just stating what should have been obvious.

Dub, keep firing it strato for Amber, CC and Jaeden Arie and the fans of Milwaukee

R.I.P. Skip Caray, you will be remembered. Please tell your Pop we said hello…


Growing up I loved poetic the pitching of Ron “Louisiana Lightening” Guidry of the New York Yankees. Dude was the truth for he had fire, finesse and struck fear in hitters because they couldn’t figure what was coming next.

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Friday Fire: What Was That Whuppin’ That Makes Ya Flashback Go Oooh!?

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

Sup folks? How ya durrin? How ya Momma durrin? Speaking of ya Momma…with all due respect…how would she have reacted knowing you set off a weather balloon and possibly could also be in it floating a mile high for three hours? Yes, we are all glad little bad ass Falcon Heene is safe and sound, but the leather belt smack and the crack from the orange Hot Wheels tracks would definitely have been in my immediate future if this went down in the Tillery household. Or, with “To Infinity and Beyond” aside, what was that whuppin’ you so remember and what did you do that bad to feel the “I brought you in this world, I’ll take you out” wrath of your very much loving parents?

Is “Art” of This Nature Ever a Good Idea?

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

This is in the current issue of French Vogue. I have to ask…should we view this as art or straight trash? Blackface…