Tip-Off for 6/19/12 (featuring The Roots): What has baseball accomplished in the Steroid Era?

Posted in Blogroll on June 19th, 2012 by Ron Glover

Roger Clemens

With the acquittal of Roger Clemens yesterday, Major League Baseball and the U.S. Government struck out looking in their attempt catch players in a rundown who they felt were primary players in what has become known as the Steroid Era in baseball.

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In Game 3, Miami out-vets Oklahoma City 91-85 behind 29 and 14 from LeBron

Posted in Blogroll on June 18th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Put up beast numbers, guarded Durant well in the 4th and is as professional as ever at the podium

LeBron had 29 and 14 and is just too much for OKC. They’re too young.  Sheed reference later in that vital regard. I mention a lot of stuff to be looked at later in the series. TSF is ahead of the game. OKC last lead 77-76. Durant 5 fouls…again. Westbrook had just 19. Kevin Durant is doing everything he can and had 25, but LeBron is the Heat Mizer…he’s too much. Wade had 25, 7 and 7. Miami hit free throws again. Westbrook and Durant were 4-6 from the line. So was Kendrick Perkins. Wait. What? 91-85 Miami win. Lead series 2-1.  Read more »

Tip-Off for 6/18/12 (featuring Ice Cube): Rodney King found dead, raising more questions than answers

Posted in Blogroll on June 18th, 2012 by Ron Glover

FILE - This April 13, 2012 photo shows Rodney King posing for a portrait in Los Angeles. King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, has died, his publicist said Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was 47.

The beating of Rodney King in March of 1991 provided my generation with just a small taste of what our those before us endured decades earlier during Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement. The trial, verdict, and riots that followed forever changed the psyche of a generation that just wanted an equality that was denied in the past – and maybe even get along.

Rodney King is dead and despite the reports, I’m about as comfortable with that as I was with four officers going free for beating him twenty years ago.

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In Game 2, LeBron James professionally leads Heat gun to gun over the Thunder 100-96 (with NBATV notes)

Posted in Blogroll on June 15th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

(Photo:@jose3030)

Tuned out everyone and everything. Good for him.

Jupiter beat Zeus last night. Almost blew a 17 point lead. LeBron went for 32, 8 and 5. His bank late was professional as hell. Iced those two free throws when he had to hit them. Shane Battier hit 5-7 threes (no adjustment on him yet Scottie?). Wade stepped the hell up like we know he would and had 25, 6 boards and 5 assists. Chris Bosh was strong with his. 16 points. 15 rebounds. 100-96 win. OKC got 80 points from Durant (32 but only 3 boards and 5 fouls), Westbrook (probably the most lackluster 27, 8 rips, 7 dimes line ever) and James Harden (7-11 shooting, 21 points) and still lost. Ibaka had 5 blocks. Back to Miami for 3.

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Tip-Off for 6/15/12 (featuring Big Daddy Kane): Why Isiah Thomas really got the Dream Team snub

Posted in Blogroll on June 15th, 2012 by Ron Glover

Put aside any thought of Michael Jordan and/or Magic Johnson  orchestrating Isiah Thomas being left off the Dream Team. Zeke’s fate was sealed five years earlier when the lips that forged his boyish grin spoke some grown man ish.

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Tip-Off for 6/14/12 (featuring Miles Davis): Add Donovan McNabb to the list of blackballed players in the NFL

Posted in Blogroll on June 14th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(Tim Sharp/AP)

He can work out at his home in Arizona all he wants, he can bring in the best training gurus and develop the cardiovascular endurance of a cheetah. In the end, it will all be for nothing.

Because Donovan McNabb is in the process of being blacklisted from the NFL.

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In NBA Finals Game 1, Thunder run past Heat 105-94 behind 36 from Kevin Durant

Posted in Blogroll on June 13th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

If he keeps playing like he did last night, confetti will rain…

Nice debut for Kevin Durant. Came out hot, kept the Thunder close, never pumped the brakes and waited until Russell Westbrook caught fire. 36 points (17 in the 4th), 8 rebounds and 4 assists is a pretty dope line. 105-94 is better. Russell Westbrook scored 27, dished out 11 and got to 8 rebounds. James Harden had just 5 in a little over 22 minutes. LeBron James was 11-24 for his 30. He also had 9 boards, 4 dimes and 4 steals. Dwyane Wade doesn’t look healthy at all. He shot 7-19, scored 19, had 8 helpers and 4 boards. Chris Bosh had just 10.

Westbrook and Durant outscored the entire Heat team 41-40 in the second half.

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Tip-Off for 6/13/12 (featuring Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five): A-Rod ties Lou Gehrig with 23rd career grand slam, Dodgers re-up Ethier for 5 years at $85 million, Maurice Jones-Drew holding out on Jags

Posted in Blogroll on June 13th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(David Goldman/AP)

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam in the eighth inning to rally the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves last night. The slam moved A-Rod into a tie with Yankees great Lou Gehrig for the all-time leader in that category. Rodriguez had been batting 10 for 67 (.149) this season before the slam. The Yankees won their season-high fifth consecutive game and moved into sole possession of first place in the AL East.

 

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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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Tip-Off for 6/11/12 (featuring Common): Is a dynasty franchise still possible in today’s NBA?

Posted in Blogroll on June 11th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(Photo Credit: Acieszyn)

Throughout the NBA playoffs the brass of the Oklahoma City Thunder has been commended for the exceptional job they have done in building a quality franchise that could contend for a championship each season. With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook locked up contractually and the same will eventually be done for super-sub James Harden, the future looks good for the Thunder.

Boston’s Big Three of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were together for five seasons, winning one title in season one. In Miami, the unit of Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh are getting their second crack at the title in as many seasons together.

Is today’s NBA built to house a dynasty?

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Judging controversy looms in Las Vegas as Timothy Bradley defeats Manny Pacquiao via split decision

Posted in Blogroll on June 10th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

(Chris Carlson/Associated Press)

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley

What happened in Vegas last night, was seen worldwide…

Timothy Bradley, mastered the slight the hand just enough to convince two of three judges to score in his favor – awarding him a split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao. Bradley was crowned the new WBO Welterweight Champion and his victory snaps Pacquiao’s seven-year win streak. The majority of those in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena including HBO commentators Jim Lampley and Emmanuel Steward saw the outcome of a fight clearly dominated by the champion as pure BS.

I’m dumbfounded. said Steward, who would later comment, After being here for the second Hearns/Leonard fight and seeing that decision, nothing really surprises me.

You can’t slap the smile off Bob Arum’s face today.

 

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The Boston era of Allen, Garnett and Pierce comes to a close: Bosh, LeBron and Wade take the East,101-88

Posted in Blogroll on June 10th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

(Photo: @jose3030)

“LeBron has emerged as our leader and we follow him” –Dwyane Wade postgame to ESPN’s Doris Burke

101-88 demolition of the Boston Celtics, but no sigh of relief for the Miami Heat yet. This is simply another experience level earned and Miami is learning how to become a champion before our eyes. LeBron and Wade performed but Bosh was the jolt. The Fab Five gets another shot at that elusive ring. Congrats Juwan. Was this the last we’ll see of Boston’s Big Three? The NBA Finals begin Tuesday on ABC.

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Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley: It’s not what we want but it’s better than nothing

Posted in Blogroll on June 10th, 2012 by Okori Wadsworth

(Photo Credit: AP)

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Today’s boxing fan resembles a person on a diet being tempted by someone waving a delicious chocolate cake in front of your face with seven glorious layers. It looks like this, but you have to say no and enjoy the food that you know you can eat.

The Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight we all want and would love is that cake. It’s not healthy to dwell on it wondering what that cake would taste like, so let’s enjoy what we have now instead. We have Carl Froch, Andre Ward and Sergio Martinez all staking their own claim as the greatest middleweight of our era. We have Canelo Alvarez trying to become the next big Mexican fighter after Barrera, Morales and Marquez.

And we have the fight this Saturday night.

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