LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant: Jupiter Heat in the land of Zeus Thunder

Posted in Blogroll on June 12th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

The NBA’s heir apparent look to join the legends hanging in the rafters…an almost mythical result after the lockout…

Walk into the homecoming dance. Greet the smiling teachers happy to see you and as they slowly attempt to shed the outward appearance of chaperones. This night is simplified. Festive. Exciting. The sights are official. Bright lights…small city. Spotted is the homecoming king. The misunderstood All-State athlete tired of the throne his crown never once considered to create. His date is as bored as she is beautiful. Cliche drunk…hiccups and all. Everything swirls without a hitch around them, simply because they are present. Straw dog prerequisites. She’s been here before. The trophy he finds repulsive. He’s loved her and wanted to love her more but she now cheers for him exclusively after the score. She is no longer his muse guiding him through Sternwood Forest. You, the fabulous freshman are now the growing root amongst the jealous trees and walk in with the cutest girl who grew up next door. She’s talented and precocious. Sexy and hell yes you know it. This is your moment. The moment homecoming court current sought three years before. A metaphor. In what is deemed most popular, you see your future…she has the most beautiful eyes in disguise. You grab her ever willing hand oh so electric and jump with eyes wide shut on the never turning back dance floor.

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Fathers & Sons

Posted in Blogroll on June 12th, 2012 by Martin Sumners

I cry silently every time I see a young black man hugging family and friends after donning a baseball cap representing the college he has chosen to attend when scanning the room reveals no one who looks as if they could be his father.

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Tip-Off for 6/12/12 (featuring Mos Def): What is your Game 1 moment of the NBA Finals?

Posted in Blogroll on June 12th, 2012 by Ron Glover

Game 1 of the NBA Finals (Michael Tillery has a preview forthcoming) has given us some memorable moments. “The Memorial Day Massacre” in Game 1 of the 1985 NBA Finals where the Boston Celtics crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 148-114. The Lakers would bounce back and win the series in six games, but on that day the C’s had one for the books.

Then, there’s Game 1 between the Portland Trailblazers and the Chicago Bulls in what is now known the “Shrug Game” . Michael Jordan finds Miller Time in the first half, draining six three-pointers on his way to 39 points in the Bulls 122-89 victory. Somewhere in the midst of his barrage on Clifford Robinson and anyone else the Blazers sent his way Jordan shrugged as if to say, I don’t know what’s happening either.

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