The Starting Five Jalen Rose Interview: The Fab Five Were Five Times The American Dream Part 1

Posted in Blogroll on March 30th, 2011 by Michael Tillery


“They are who the world accepts and we are who the world hated.” –Jalen Rose

When clicking on a link to this site and navigating the pages making up TSF, one page in particular defines the site’s origin…The Starting Five is.

The picture that heads this interview was and still is the pic posted on that particular page. The image in my mind speaks unity without saying a word. When the 5X’s rocked the college basketball scene they were everything me that represented my passion for sports. My Muhammad Ali, my Reggie Jackson, my Albert Belle and definitely my Randall Cunningham. Look at those names. What do they have in common? None were universally loved initially. They were seen as misunderstood malcontents unwilling to fall in lockstep with traditional American values. Values that embody paying homage to the team. The mainstream. The dream. The American dream. An American dream set on rising and living and coexisting with one another through hard work, dedication and humility but moving slow as Los Angeles traffic. Insert Vincent Price’s laugh here because ever so often a lightening bolt is shot out of a galvanized black cannon.

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Sixers Run Out Of Chances Against Kings 114-111

Posted in Blogroll on March 28th, 2011 by Ron Glover

For the past couple of weeks, the Sixers managed to get by with timely defense and strong play from their bench.

Today they got neither.

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Sixers Break “Fragile” Hawks 105-100

Posted in Blogroll on March 24th, 2011 by Ron Glover

Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith (5) goes up for a shot as Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes (00) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Philadelphia.

The Sixers opened the 4th quarter with a 15-2 run and stifling defense to finish off the Atlanta Hawks 105-100.

Once again Thaddeus Young led the charge behind the NBA’s best reserve unit scoring 16 points and channeling a defensive surge that put the game away.

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Overdue Lesson

Posted in Blogroll on March 23rd, 2011 by Ron Glover

For decades sports aficionados have raved about how Bill Russell’s skills and dominance have cemented him as one of the greatest players in NBA history. Great timing, a generous owner and hall of fame teammates helped make him the greatest winner in American team sports.

Amidst all of that championship gleam, Russell and his family met a dark side of those days and times which is rarely discussed.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Tuesday, March 22, 2011: Kobe And Nash Go Off In Triple Overtime Classic

Posted in Blogroll on March 23rd, 2011 by Michael Tillery

Conducted an hour interview with Jalen Rose in response to the controversy surrounding the epic Fab Five documentary earlier. Will post ASAP.

I was texting a friend with hopes she kept me awake to check out this classic…to no avail. I woke up at the end of regulation and obviously had trouble falling back asleep later because the game was epic. Kobe Bryant, who in my mind catapulted himself to the front of the MVP race, scored 42 points, had 12 rips and dished 9 assists. He, as usual, made some huge shots and despite his game winner coming early in the shot clock, it was truly a dagger amongst men. Steve Nash did his thing as well with a 19 point, 20 assist effort. There were many other great performances. The box score is below following a video recap of the game as well as the notes.

TNT’s NBA Thursday coverage continues Thursday, March 31 at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Boston Celtics @ San Antonio Spurs followed by the Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers.

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Three Things I Think I Know About UFC 128

Posted in Blogroll on March 21st, 2011 by Okori Wadsworth


On Saturday night, UFC 128 happened at the Prudential Center (nicknamed The Rock) in Newark, New Jersey. Lots of things happened. And if you were watching, as I was, you might have thought you learned something. But what do I think I learned? Easy. I’ll tell you three things, after the jump.

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Dan Gable, Iowa Wrestling And The Greatest Dynasty You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted in Blogroll on March 18th, 2011 by Okori Wadsworth


People love winners. In fact, there’s a wildly hilarious piece of sound from San Francisco 49’er’s head coach Mike Singletary declaring his particular fondness for exactly that.

But what is a winner exactly? What do you have to be to become one? What do you have to be willing to sacrifice? The one man who can answer that question better than most is Dan Gable.

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The 2nd TSF MMA Amateur Wrestling And Boxing Open Thread

Posted in Blogroll on March 17th, 2011 by Okori Wadsworth

The champ…Anderson Silva

Anyone have any questions about the UFC this weekend or the NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships? How about the UFC buying Strikeforce? Or even a comment on last weekend’s festivities involving the Sweet Science? Ask and I will answer.

The Starting Five Grant Hill Interview

Posted in Blogroll on March 16th, 2011 by Michael Tillery

Grant has finished his career strong

*Posting ’07 interview from the old site in light of Grant’s piece in the NY Times. Writing something on Fab Five Doc and Grant’s response now-Mizzo*

Many athletes are not afforded a second chance and ultimately languish among the has beens and what ifs. Grant Hill has become the soul model for athletes that haven’t the courage to fight and find their true sense of career satisfaction in the midst of adversity.

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The Starting Five Chris Webber Interview: Media, Rock and Soul Part I

Posted in Blogroll on March 15th, 2011 by Michael Tillery

*repost from July 24, 2009 (because of Fab Five doc). I’m working on last part as this posts. –Mizzo*

If you are a sports fan, there are players that come along and give you a charge. Sometimes you don’t know why. It could be their athletic ability that is sports exciting. It could be their demeanor or the way they play the game. Maybe there is something familiar in the way they do things on and off the court when interacting with teammates. Chris Webber was that dude for me. I was working at the post office when the Fab Five shocked the scene. I dug them because they would bang on you and your grandmother, help her up in a gentleman type of way, leave you embarrassed on the floor, talk trash to you the whole way up the court and  then pay you the proper respect after the game. Damn they were talented! In my eyes, the face of that dynamic team, Chris Webber, was the perfect combination of student athlete…with swag. I learn about success through the accomplishments of others and then set the bar for myself to see if their way of doing things suits my determination and following Webb’s career gives me a sense of chill even when I wanna show ’em some rage.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, March 10, 2011: Barkley Has A Message For The Heat

Posted in Blogroll on March 11th, 2011 by Michael Tillery

TNT’s NBA coverage continues with a special Tuesday night doubleheader on March 22 at 8 p.m. ET featuring the Chicago Bulls @ Atlanta Hawks followed by the Phoenix Suns @ Los Angeles Lakers.

Coverage for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship begins on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16 with the FIRST FOUR on truTV. For the first time in the tournament’s 73-year history, fans will be able to watch all of the games live in their entirety across four national television networks: CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.

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TSF Friday Fire: What Is Your NFL Lockout Contingency Plan?

Posted in Blogroll on March 11th, 2011 by Ron Glover

The NFL Owners and NFLPA are in the final hours to save the 2011-12 NFL season from a lockout. Things did seem pretty optinistic in  the beginning of the week, but both sides left last night with nothing positive to say – leaving little optimism that the 2011-12 season will begin on time.

So if there is no football for the first 4-6 weeks of the season, how will you occupy those Sunday afternoons? And once play resumes, will you have the same zeal for the season as if there wasn’t a lockout.

Ron Glover’s NBA Power Rankings

Posted in Blogroll on March 10th, 2011 by Ron Glover

The demise of the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers has been greatly exaggerated. The Champs have won eight in a row – including a 99-83 pounding of the San Antonio Spurs, a game which the Lakers held a 30+ point lead.

The Lakers are the top team in my NBA Power Rankings for this week – here are the rest.

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Notes from NBA TV’s Fan Night – Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Portland Trail Blazers (105) @ Miami Heat (96): Chris Webber Tells It Like It Is

Posted in Blogroll on March 9th, 2011 by Michael Tillery

Chris Webber (I’ll drop the last installment of his definitive interview on March 13th, the day the Fab Five documentary airs on ESPN. The last part is mainly quotes from former teammates, competitors and coaches Bernie Bickerstaff and Steve Fisher) is the truth around these parts and fortunately he has the opportunity to speak freely on NBATV’s set. This is why I say Change The Narrative because as the sports world incorrectly focuses on players crying after regular season games, so much gets lost. Spo should have never told the media that players were crying in the locker room and we should all be glad an objective opinion was given on the matter. His video as well as the transcript falls below.

Voting is open on for next week’s Fan Night match-up that will air on Tuesday, March 15. Fans can select between the following games:

Milwaukee Bucks @ Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards @ Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers.

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The “Fight of the Century” – 40 Years Later

Posted in Blogroll on March 8th, 2011 by Ron Glover

Forty years ago, America was clinging to what very little “innocence” remained from the violence and turmoil that dominated the 1960’s – the assassination of a President and his brother some years later, the Civil Rights Movement and the assassinations of three of its leaders – not to mention the threat of a nuclear war and a conflict in Southeast Asia that remained unresolved.

And then there was the unfinished business of Muhammad Ali.

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