Notes from NBA TV’s Fan Night – Tuesday, December 29, 2009 Cleveland Cavaliers (95) @ Atlanta Hawks (84)

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

The same two teams go at it tonight. This time in Cleveland. Voting is open on for next week’s Fan Night match-up that will air on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Fans can select between the following games:

Orlando Magic @ Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards @ Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls @ Charlotte Bobcats, Milwaukee Bucks @ New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons @ Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors @ Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies @ Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns @ Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Starting Five NFL Week 16 Recap and Power Rankings: Right Now It’s San Diego and Philly

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

Decided to do something different this week despite the Monday game still yet to be played. Obviously things change a bit if the outcome is different. Philly is making a push, but there is one team that is leaving everyone in its wake. The results first, then the rankings. It’s all subjective. Leave yours in the comments. Prove me wrong Minnesota.

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Westbrook and Weston: The Aftermath of a Concussion

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

I returned from work this morning and had the great pleasure of having both my sons in the same house at the same time. The things we take for granted. You send these stories and I will write them. This is what it’s all about.

I check my email boxes around the clock to see if there is anything business related and I come across an email sent by a good friend of mine, Cynthia Marshall. We go waaaaay back to William Penn High School in New Castle, DE. If you are a parent you can surely relate to what she goes through here. This is for the athletes who do not know the full impact of their influence. As you all know, I let Westbrook know recently how much the fans appreciate what he has done for them during his tenure with the Eagles even if he never plays another down in the NFL. His health is much more important than the game of football. Brian will suit up today (limited action) for the first time in weeks in what is going to be a monster game for Philadelphia fans because of the return of Brian Dawkins…who is no stranger to concussions himself. Concussions have become a major sticking point for the NFL…and rightfully so. This obviously goes one step further. The following are Cyndi’s words:

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The Starting Five NFL Week 16 Predictions: Brian Dawkins Returns to His Eagles Nest

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

This still hurts. I should be there but stuff happens. More on that at a later date.

The first time I walked into the Eagles locker room, my eyes had to find one player. It just so happened there was a media throng around the man I wanted to meet and more specifically, shake his hand. In this field, there is no awe when you meet an athlete, celebrity or politician. There are two people over the course of my career that I was in awe of when I shook their hand: One was Chuck D and the other Brian Dawkins. When I told him how much I personally dug his time in Philly, his words were simply “I appreciate you.”

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Friday Fire: Of Course He’s Comeback Player of the Year, But…Could a Case Be Made That Vince Young Is 2009 NFL MVP?

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

We’ve all thought of this possibility for a while, but after seeing something similar on Roy Johnson’s facebook page, (link to yahoo piece) I had to at least begin a discussion. What’s VY won a zillion out of zillion and one? He’s a winner because he just wins…to channel my inner Yogi Berra. He brought Tennessee back from the dead and though the Titans are still a long shot to make the playoffs, Vince Young’s return under center propelled this team to what should be labeled as very successful year no matter what happens. Peyton Manning conceivably is the NFL MVP (Donovan should be in the running as well with Brees, Rivers, Johnson and Favre) because the Colts are 14-0. He will win the award if the Colts go undefeated but if they don’t and the Titans win out and somehow sneak into the playoffs, can a case be made that 10 is the MVP?

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The Announcement…

Posted in Blogroll, Hall of Fame on December 23rd, 2009 by Okori Wadsworth

Tanji Johnson. Will she place on my list?

That’s right brothas (and sistas) it’s back. The 2nd Annual TSF Finest Women in the World selection special.

All submissions should be sent to BOTH and We will review these.

The Starting Five NFL Week 15 Picks: ARI, BAL, NYG, PITT, NE, PHI, TENN? Put Up or Shut Up!

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

I picked DAL 33-31 and INDY 30-10. Just thought the Cowboys had to win and shut up all that December BS. Gotta give it to Romo. He’s ballin’ right now and so will 81. Randy Moss ain’t no punk chumps. He will not be faded. Expect three touchdowns from the bad man.

The teams mentioned in the title have something to prove every single week until it’s all said and done. There’s no turning back or making excuses for miscues, slip ups or injuries. Yeah, there are others who have to win to get into the playoffs but the pressure is on these teams to perform or their collective seasons will take a terrible turn. Philly has to win after the Cowboys big win if they want to make their Jan. 3 showdown for all the NFC East marbles. Don’t give up on Pittsburgh just yet because the Steelers have as much pride as any franchise in any sport combined. 43 missing is obviously something to cry home about, but win here and something different end of the year happens.

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Maafa 21 and Eugenics: An Exercise to Keep the Man [sic] Down

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

From Maafa 21:

They were stolen from their homes, locked in chains and taken across an ocean. And for more than 200 years, their blood and sweat would help to build the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known.

But when slavery ended, their welcome was over. America’s wealthy elite had decided it was time for them to disappear and they were not particular about how it might be done.

What you are about to see is that the plan these people set in motion 150 years ago is still being carried out today. So don’t think that this is history. It is not. It is happening right here, and it’s happening right now.

I don’t know how many of you have checked this out previously, but this is mos def a must see. Judge for yourself. Documentary after the jump.

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Friday Fire: In Regards to the Deaths of Sean Taylor and Chris Henry, Should the NFL Require Injured Players to Travel With Teams?

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

This is rarely mentioned when normal happens and despite knowing these two unfortunate deaths could have happened anyway, there is no better time to speak on this issue. Players not playing, particularily in the NFL, are almost estranged from their teams. Most are not in weekly team meetings, obviously aren’t on the practice field and most likely watching the game from their own couches. There are many personalities around the league who are not good locker room fits when not playing but I think this is something that should be looked into now sooner than later.

Rest In Peace Chris Henry (May 17, 1983 – December 17, 2009)

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


Does it get any more sobering than this? Chris passed at 6:36 this morning. We don’t know the extent of what happened yesterday so anyone commenting without any true knowledge is being irresponsible. It’s unfortunate that it’s gonna take someone dying to take a little edge off the Tiger story. Respect must go out to Mike Brown for deciding to bring Chris back after the move was met with subtle and not so subtle resistance. Life is so unpredictable.

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Notes from NBA TV’s Fan Night – Tuesday, December 15, 2009 New Jersey Nets (89) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (99)

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

Voting is open on for next week’s Fan Night match-up that will air on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Fans can select between the following games:

Detroit Pistons @ Charlotte Bobcats, Indiana Pacers @ Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzles, Portland Trail Blazers @ Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks @ Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers @ Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks, Los Angles Clippers @ Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Starting Five NFL Week 14 Recap: The Philadelphia Creme Is Juke Boxin’ to the Top

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

Nah, I ain’t French, but SavoirFaire is everywhere! Better stop kicking to this dude. Better stop letting him run crossing routes and exploiting ya coverage. Better stop letting him ball out on national television. Better stop doubting the Eagles. They’re out to getcha. Leonard Weaver is Tom Rathman. Vick is comfortable and confident. 5 is 5. The Eagles offensive woes inside the five are over. Despite their very glaring defensive shortcomings, the Eagles look as strong offensively as any team in the Lig. Earlier, we spoke about the Eagles having all their weapons on the field at the same time. Last night it went down and Westbrook and Maclin were out. What the hell is any defense going to do when they are all on the field? All of them. oh OH. DeSean Jackson is becoming a legendary NFL player right in front of the world (Did you see him Jerkin’ before he scored and then again in the end zone?). He sets NFL record with 8th TD over 50 yards. In defeating the Giants 45-38, the Eagles are in 1st place in the NFC East. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, this game is one of many the Eagles have to win on the road to their SB goal. This was one game. Don’t get too hype Philly. You’ve seen this before.

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The Starting Five Week 14 NFL Picks: What the Hell Happened to Pittsburgh?

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

Did Pittsburgh really lose to the Browns? Seriously? I don’t understand. This team is waaaaay better than that. They will finish 9-7. They have to right? Crazy how the season is playing out, but I really felt this might be the year it was all PA in the Super Bowl. I didn’t watch the game last night so I really can’t comment, but honestly, this is a shocker.

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Friday Fire: What is the Responsibility of the Media?

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

Those of you who are doing the right thing in journalism don’t read any more because this piece is not for you. Those of you on the other hand who could care less what happens to a family after you break a story, this is for you.

You sure did miss a lot of good stories over the years.

This is not a rant…this is not a whine. Make the distinction.

I can care less about what Tiger does, so why should you?

Does the media have a job? Have you ever heard someone in the media criticizing the field? Sup with that? Why are journalists allowed to crack jokes on athletes but not the other way around in ways that will affect history?

Media is generalized because the field is easy to place in a box. Is tabloid journalism replacing truth? Does this have every single outlet in mind? Of course not…just the ones who say the public has the right to know despite the bones flying out of their mouths at every instance.

The hypocrites. The ones who seem to drive the base.

Does the media have a responsibility to anyone but themselves? Is their sole aim to make money for the outlet they represent?

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, December 10, 2009: Congratulations Ray Allen

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

TNT’s NBA Thursday coverage continues Thursday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Orlando Magic @ Miami Heat followed by the Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trail Blazers.

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