Tip Off for 8/31/12 (featuring Cameo): These zebras have to earn their stripes

Posted in Blogroll on August 31st, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(NYTimes Online)

Coaches and replacement officials will be very familiar with one another once the season begins…

NFL officials are in the midst of a head scratching labor dispute which will carry into the regular season. As a result, fans will have to settle for replacement officials fresh out of the college ranks and even the pro lingerie league.

There’s an obvious difference in the quality of officiating.  But nothing that has really altered the course of any games.

Thank the Lord for instant replay.

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Tip-Off for 8/30/12 (featuring Barry Bonds): Barry Bonds doesn’t have the skin to be forgiven?

Posted in Blogroll on August 30th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(Getty Images)

Baseball and America will never forgive Barry Bonds.

America has a way of forgiving who it wants, when it wants. This has crossed over into the sports realm with the rise in use of performance enhancing drugs.

Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Andy Petitte, Roger Clemens and Lance Armstrong have been linked to PEDs over the years. McGwire, Petitte and Clemens are all back in baseball without fuss or muss. Hell, Pete Rose’s chances of making the hall have improved.

Will that change if Bonds decides to re-enter the game?

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Tip-Off for 7/29/12 (featuring: Michael Jackson): Dez Bryant: Man in the mirror

Posted in Blogroll on August 29th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(Star-Telegram)

Focused on creating a legacy in the NFL..

From the day Dez Bryant was in the sights of NFL scouts, he’s been viewed as a ticking time bomb. The All-America receiver at Oklahoma State was suspended for his junior season in 2009 for refusing to fully disclose his relationship with Deion Sanders.

Bryant is still struggling with issues from his well-documented past. Fortunately, only nagging injuries have kept Bryant off the field.

And he’s looking to keep it that way.

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Tip-Off for 8/28/12 (featuring Teddy Pendergrass): Chad Johnson, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens and the death of the NFL Diva

Posted in Blogroll on August 28th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(Getty Images)

Hard Times…

In two weeks, Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens have been given their walking papers from the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks, respectively. While their better days are behind them both were capable of helping a team in need of a veteran receiver.

With both players falling on hard times, it looks like the NFL is creating its own separation from Johnson and Owens.

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Cam Newton: Act II

Posted in Blogroll on August 26th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(Getty Images)

Newton is no mere mortal on Sundays…

At last year’s NFL Combine Cam Newton told the world of his desire to have an iconic NFL career. His proclamationwas met with a swift roll of the eyes and passed off as nothing more than some blood pumping rhetoric he’d heard on a Jay-Z track. After the Carolina Panthers made Newton the first overall pick, pundits chirped about Newton’s NFL learning curve and how his athleticism and accuracy would be nullified against bigger and quicker defenders. Lines and phrases that have now become cliche’ when analyzing African-American quarterbacks.

Newton’s rookie campaign was kaleidoscopic. With an impressive arm and an uncanny ability to improvise, Newton pimped his share of NFL defenses while setting a new rookie standard in the process.

The so-called experts have picked up their jaws just in time to witness Act II.

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Tip-Off for 8/27/12 (Featuring Redd Foxx): The Emergence of Terrelle Pryor

Posted in Blogroll on August 26th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(Jose Carlos/Oakland Tribune)

Terrelle Pryor was the last move Al Davis made…
 
No one expected to hear from him again.

He was labeled as the scapegoat that brought The Ohio State football program to its knees. Terrelle Pryor’s senior season at OSU was supposed to be built around Heisman Trophy and National Championship hype. Not in a scandal that nearly ruined his NFL career before it started.

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Tip-Off for 8/24/12 (featuring Ultramagnetic MCs): Lance Armstrong: Champion or Chump?

Posted in Blogroll on August 24th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(lancearmstrong.com)

Lance quitting on his legacy makes him anything but a hero.

When Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he was given up for dead. Armstrong eventually would overcome the disease. Winning our admiration on his way to becoming the greatest cyclist in history, winning seven Tour De France titles. In the wake of those victories allegations of doping began to surface, charges that Armstrong has denied from day one.

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Tip-Off for 8/23/12 (featuring Talib Kweli): I like Nike, but wait a minute…

Posted in Blogroll on August 23rd, 2012 by Ronald Glover

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You better earn a king’s ransom to pay for the King’s latest shoe

I’ve been an avid supporter of Nike products since I can remember. You name it, I’ve had it at some point. I’ve lived through the Air Jordan phenomenon and as LeBron James begins to enter the prime years of his career his sneaker brand is beginning to take off.

Like Jordans, the LeBron X is a shoe priced out of the league of his most loyal supporters. With a sticker price of $315 (standard version is $180) Nike is sending the wrong message once again.

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Tip-Off for 8/22/12 (featuring Fabulous): Michael Vick, Nick Foles and the “Hope” against hope

Posted in Blogroll on August 22nd, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(Steven Senne/AP)

Is impatience or a hidden dislike for Vick the reason people want to see Nick Foles starting?

For the second consecutive preseason game, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick’s night was cut short due to injury. Against the New England Patriots Monday night, Vick sustained a rib contusion and was replaced by rookie quarterback Nick Foles.

In an extended role, Foles was 18 for 28 for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Foles entered camp as the third string quarterback and with his recent play has almost assuredly moved up to #2 on the depth chart.

For those weary of the Michael Vick Experiment, #2 isn’t enough.

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Tip-Off for 8/21/12 (featuring The Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest and Busta Rhymes): Team Uganda’s time at the Little League World Series is short but meaningful

Posted in Blogroll on August 21st, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(ESPN)

A king’s welcome

A little league baseball team from Lugazi, Uganda became the first team from the African continent to field a team in the 66-year history of the Little League World Series. Despite their quick exit from the elimination tournament, they have left an indelible mark on the game.

Gives a different meaning to the term “Dream Team”.

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Tip-Off for 8/20/12 (featuring Jay-Z): LeBron James returns to Akron a champion

Posted in Blogroll on August 20th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(Karen Schlely/Akron Beacon Journal)

It is…all about the kids…

LeBron James returned home to Akron, Ohio yesterday a conquering hero. James attended a minor league baseball game and was honored for his recent on the court accomplishments. One week removed from putting a cap on one of the great seasons in NBA history as he won his second Olympic gold medal.

And is possibly seeking a third at the Rio Games in 2016.

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Tip-Off for 8/17/12 (featuring Cypress Hill): Note to Bud Selig: Just legalize it man

Posted in Blogroll on August 17th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(AJC.com)

Nevermnind Bud, you never wanted to hear the truth anyway!

I’m at the end of the line when it comes to the subject of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.

Melky Cabrera’s recent positive test for testosterone and BALCO founder Victor Conte’s wild (but possibly accurate) guess that as much as 50 percent of Major League Baseball players may be some form of PED has put the white flag in my hand. I’ve decided that Bud Selig should do what he’s always done and ignore those who have chosen to take extra measures to become “better” ballplayers.

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Tip-Off for 8/16/12 (featuring Run DMC): Felix Hernandez’s perfect game saves an otherwise dark day for baseball

Posted in Blogroll on August 16th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(Joe Nicholson/US Presswire)

Felix Hernandez faced 27 batters and sent 27 back to the dug out. Twelve went courtesy of an off-speed pitch that had Tampa Bay Ray batters shaking their heads. King Felix would treat Mariners fans to the 23rd perfect game in MLB history. The third perfect game in a season that has already seen six no-hitters.

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Hard Knocks vid of Chad Johnson’s release by Miami Dolphins with transcript and commentary

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

We haven’t seen as raw a moment in sports in a long time…

Chad knew what was coming. “This is probably gonna be my death penalty,” is as real as it gets. I understand players maximizing earning potential while they are athletes but when on field production and subsequently team value falls off, organizations simply don’t want the “hassle” even when the player in question is a 6 time Pro Bowler.

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Tip-Off for 8/15/12 (featuring Lil’ John, Ludacris and Usher): Have the NCAA, LSU done their best to help Tyrann Mathieu?

Posted in Blogroll on August 15th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

(Yahoo)

An all-world talent, Mathieu has to deal his personal issues

The LSU Tigers dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu last week due to several failed drug tests. Mathieu does have the option of transferring but he would like to stay in Baton Rouge.

Mathieu’s situation raises a flag about the committment from LSU and the NCAA .

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