Tip-Off for 7/31/12 (featuring Digable Planets): Why do you fall for the BS every time?

Posted in Blogroll on July 31st, 2012 by Michael Tillery

And we’re still gonna do it funky enough…

I’m not perfect but let me talk to y’all for a minute…

I was thinking of Ron’s excellent Your Villains, Our Black Superheroes piece, and thinking about what we’ve done here at TSF over the years. Why are Black people hated for something others pat their own on the back for? Why must Blacks bow down to insecurity so it’s not offended? Blacks want to live just like others. Emotion comes into play. It’s natural. Don’t be afraid of it. There is another way of doing things and because it may be indifferent because Blacks are doing it successfully, does that make it less authentic? The images of Blacks on television are not accurate. The people you clown on the 6 o’clock news? Blacks are clowning them too. Don’t fall for it. It’s a lie. I gotta say this too and trust I definitely don’t agree with everything President Obama does (I understand though) but if Americans are dumb enough to vote for Mitt Romney you deserve all the hell coming down the pike. Think people. Use your heads. This is a great time for all of us to move forward and it really has nothing to do with Barack. It’s just common sense.

But I’m a sports writer right?

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Your Villains, Our Black Superheroes

Posted in Blogroll on July 30th, 2012 by Ron Glover


From Superman to Bizarro? Dwight Howard has become the sports media’s newest “villain”

Villain /vilen/ n. 1. a person capable or guilty of great wickedness. 2. any African-American athlete that is not weak-minded or reliant upon the establishment. Syn. wretch, evildoer, malefactor, scoundrel, cur.

Who was allowed to set the narrative for the African-American athlete? Was it set by those that sought to find the uneven parallels when looking at how certain athletes are viewed? Or is it manipulated by those who think with an outdated mindset.

I’m sure you know what the answer is.

The term “villain” seems to be the sexy term among sports enthusiasts. As white athletes are given the benefit of the doubt by media,    (both black and white) and a good portion of white fans, Black athletes are given less wiggle room and are levied with a swift and harsh sentence. In the end, our Brothers and Sisters can only hope that their forgiveness package doesn’t contain the black ball of ostracization.

The struggle of African American athletes is a correlation to the African-American struggle in the United States. Understand that the unwarranted vilification of some African-American athletes is nothing new. It did not begin with LeBron James nor will it end with Dwight Howard. Throughout the history of competitive play, African-American men and women have sought a level playing field while either advancing their sport or dominating it altogether. What they found was racism and sexism endorsed by the hypocrisy of “liberty and justice for all.”

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John Carlos: The Starting Five Interview

Posted in 1968 Mexico City Olympics on July 28th, 2012 by Christian Avard

John Carlos (Photo provided)

How can you ask someone to live in the world and not have something to say about injustice?” – John Carlos

No one should pay the price for standing up for their dignity. Yet that is what happened to American track and field star John Carlos when he raised his fist in the air with his teammate Tommie Smith at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

On October 16, 1968, Smith won the 200 meters in a world-record time of 19.83 seconds. Australia’s Peter Norman came in second with a time of 20.06 and Carlos placed third place with a time of 20.10.

The three athletes went to the medal stand. Smith and Carlos were there to receive their medals, show their dignity, and raise awareness of the oppression that exists in America.

Smith and Carlos received their medals shoeless. They wore black socks which symbolized black poverty Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride. Carlos had his tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with American blue collar workers and wore beads for “the individuals that were lynched or killed, that no-one said a prayer for, and those that were hung and tarred.” (More Than a Game, Jan Stradling)

Smith, Carlos, and Norman wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges. OPHR founder Harry Edwards urged black athletes to boycott the games and the actions of Smith and Carlos were inspired by Edwards’ arguments.

Smith and Carlos delivered the salute with heads bowed during the national anthem as Norman looked on. The gesture became front page news around the world. They should have been celebrated for their actions. Instead, they were booed and shunned and were asked to leave Mexico City. All of them arrived home as outcasts.

Even today, Smith and Carlos (and Peter Norman) do not get the respect they deserve. They still fight the myths surrounding their actions and it’s time we unlearn them. Carlos sets the record straight with sportswriter Dave Zirin in his book, “The John Carlos Story.”

I caught up with Mr. Carlos and we discussed all sorts of things: the Olympic Project for Human Rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, track and field, swimming, and the positive impact of their actions.

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The TSF Olympic basketball preview: How many favorites are there?

Posted in Blogroll on July 28th, 2012 by Okori Wadsworth

(Photo: Manu Fernandez/Associated Press)

Will it come down to Spain and USA?

Friday, in London, England, the Olympics began. And shortly after the opening ceremonies, where all the pomp and circumstance happened and our national team ended up looking like Boyz 2 Men, the basketball tournament begins. And for my money, that’s one of the more exciting parts of the whole games. Is it more exciting than Track and Field? Your mileage may vary. But the reason I am so thrilled by this year’s Olympic Basketball Tournament is the fact that it’s one of the deepest I can remember. There are a trio of teams that could win the whole shooting match, a couple more live underdogs, and a few teams that frankly don’t have a shot minus a huge outbreak of Bird Flu. Let’s take a look shall we?

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Tip-Off for 7/27/12 (featuring The Jacksons): All Peyton, all the time

Posted in Blogroll on July 27th, 2012 by Ron Glover

The NFL’s preseason isn’t even underway and already I’m already weary of the Peyton Manning coverage. Everywhere I look I see either Eli or Peyton Manning. I can understand why Eli is everywhere, he’s coming off his second Super Bowl victory and this comes with the territory. And I know Peyton Manning was a highly sought after free agent during the offseason.

 But dual coverage by ESPN and the NFL Network?

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Full 2012-2013 NBA television schedule for NBA TV and TNT announced

Posted in Blogroll on July 27th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

Oh and in case you forgot or didn’t see my piece on LeBron…it’s something that had to be said…

TNT’s 2012-13 NBA regular season schedule to feature multiple Appearances by NBA champion Heat, Thunder, Knicks, Lakers, Clippers, Celtics and Mavericks.

NBA TV pens with Oct. 31 doubleheader including Hornets in Anthony Davis’ rookie debut vs. Spurs at 8 p.m. ET and Trail Blazers vs. Lakers at 10:30 p.m. Schedule includes Rockets’ Jeremy Lin returning to New York vs. Knicks Dec. 17.

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Tip-Off for 7/26/12 (featuring Ice Cube): Who is Ice Cube?

Posted in Blogroll on July 26th, 2012 by Ron Glover

I took in Ice Cube’s sports segment on ‘First Take’ yesterday. Cube talked about his love for the Lakers and Raiders among other things. Cube has done a complete 180-degree turn from the mac-10 toting, 40 guzzling image he portrayed with N.W.A. to PG-13 movies and Coors Light commercials.

And while O’Shea Jackson is one of my favorite solo rappers ever, where is the bandana-rockin, Chuck Taylor sportin’ politically conscious Ice Cube?

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Nancy Hogshead-Makar: Women’s sports, Title IX, Penn State and beyond

Posted in Blogroll on July 25th, 2012 by Christian Avard


Nancy Hogshead-Makar at the 1984 Olympic Trials (Photo provided)


Twenty-eight years ago my sister and I got our first glimpse of the Summer Olympics. We saw ABC’s coverage of the women’s 100 meter freestyle final, an event the United States was expected to win gold.  Carrie Steinseifer of Redwood City, California had a clear lead with meters to go and touched the wall first … or at least it looked like it.

Just seconds later, a woman appeared out of nowhere on the television screen. She screamed, “We tied! We tied!” That woman was Steinseifer’s teammate, Nancy Hogshead-Makar of Jacksonville, Florida.  The two swimmers had identical times and were both awarded gold medals. Couldn’t get any better than that. It was that event that inspired my sister and I to try swimming as a sport. I’m still at it years later.

After the Summer Olympics, Hogshead-Makar went on to become a staunch advocate for women’s equality in sports. Today, she is one of the foremost exponents of gender equity in education, including sports participation, sexual harassment, employment, pregnancy, and legal enforcement under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Hogshead-Makar has worked for the Women’s Sports Foundation for 27 years, starting as a college intern, becoming the third President from 1992-94, its legal advisor from 2003-10, and is currently Senior Director of Advocacy.  She is also a tenured Professor of Law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, where she currently teaches Sports Law courses. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is an honors graduate of Duke University.

Let’s also not forget her storied swimming career. Hogshead-Makar  capped eight years as a world class swimmer at the 1984 Olympics, where she won three Gold medals and one Silver medal. Through high school and college dual meets she was undefeated.  She has received numerous awards including the Nathan Mallison Award, given to Florida’s outstanding athlete, and the prestigious Kiphuth Award, given to the best all-around national swimmer.

I caught up with Hogshead-Makar recently to discuss the 40th anniversary of Title IX, women’s equality in sports, and the sex abuse scandal involving the Penn State Football program.

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Tip-Off for 7/25/12 (featuring Kool and the Gang): Who will you be watching in the 2012 Summer Olympics

Posted in Blogroll on July 25th, 2012 by Ron Glover

Opening ceremonies to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London are only a few days away. Of course the main attraction of the Games will be the United States Men’s Basketball Team, led by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

Other than Team U.S.A., who will you be watching for the next two weeks?

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Tip-Off for 7/24/12 (featuring Sade): Message to the Paterno family: It’s time to move on

Posted in Blogroll on July 24th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(Getty Images)

For the most part I hold my family members to a certain standard largely because of how we were raised. But I’ve learned in life and family that you can’t place anything past anyone.

This is the slow, painful lesson that the Paterno family is learning about their patriarch.

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Penn State football is sanctioned for four years; Paterno’s record from 1998 to 2011 erased

Posted in Blogroll on July 23rd, 2012 by Ron Glover


The wrath of the NCAA swept down upon Happy Valley with vengeance and furious anger for the sins of Jerry Sandusky. It will be quite some time before the Penn State football program is heard from again.

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Tip-Off for 7/23/12 (featuring Frank Ocean): NCAA to announce “unprecedented” sanctions against Penn State Football this morning

Posted in Blogroll on July 23rd, 2012 by Ron Glover



The Four Horsemen of the Penn State Apocolypse

The removal of the Joe Paterno statue from Beaver Stadium yesterday meant nothing as the NCAA had already decided the fate of the Penn State  football program. The announcement of  “corrective and punitive measures”  will be held at 9am EST from NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

NCAA president Mark Emmert and chairman Ed Ray who is also the president at Oregon State will head the proceedings.

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Breaking News: Statue of Joe Paterno has been removed

Posted in Blogroll on July 22nd, 2012 by Ron Glover

A symbol that was once a tribute to a man’s legacy has in recent weeks become a reminder of betrayal. The statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is being removed this morning.

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You’re blowing it son: Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks

Posted in Blogroll on July 20th, 2012 by Okori Wadsworth


Linsanity is nothing more than a Gotham City memory…

When news spread that Jeremy Lin’s offer sheet from the Houston Rockets was not matched, NY Knicks fans only had one question: Why? Why would the organization be willing to allow the most captivating star, who gave the NBA a burst of excitement it did not have in a while, to leave?  Without even a fight?

I thought about this for a while too. I couldn’t come up with an answer. But as I looked back through the history of the Knicks franchise, that answer suddenly became clear.

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Tip-Off for 7/20/12 (featuring Master P): Stephen Strasburg should be a no limit soldier

Posted in Blogroll on July 20th, 2012 by Ron Glover


(Getty Images)

Nothing is more disturbing as a fan than team front office officials meddling in on-the-field issues.

At some point Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is going to turn the lights on the dream season in the nation’s capital. Rizzo has confirmed at some point he will pull the plug on Nat’s ace Stephen Strasburg season to save his arm for the future.

Mike, the future is now!

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