Tip-Off for 8/14/12 (featuring Stevie Wonder): When reality bites, rush to judgement and add spin cycle

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

(Centre Daily)

Reggie Bush knows the backlash from reality T.V.

This weekend’s domestic incident resulting in the arrest of Chad Johnson for allegedly head-butting his wife makes him the latest casualty of reality television gone bad.

And another reason for African-Americans to shudder at how the world views us.

Johnson’s alleged actions were met with the angst with an overzealous rookie head coach looking to impress the owner. Placing his borderline Hall of Fame career in dire straits.

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Tip-Off for 8/13/12 (featuring Whitney Houston): United States women dominate the London Olympics

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

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New world-record holders of the 4 x 100 relay event

The Games of the XXX Olympiad began with the anticipation of Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympic athlete ever and concluding with Usain Bolt appropriately anointing himself as a legend for all time and LeBron James cementing himself as the best player in the world.

In between those watershed moments, the women athletes of the United States were the story of the 2012 London Olympics.

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Three Things I Think I Know About The London Olympics

Posted in Blogroll on August 11th, 2012 by Okori Wadsworth

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With the Olympics in their last week now is a good time to sit down and reflect on the things that we’ve seen already and a few of the things that are yet to come. (Author’s note: This will not include USA Basketball, because if I remember this right the tournament ends on Saturday and I’m not about to predict the tournament again after doing it once before). But despite that, I think there are still a few things that we’ve all have learned from these Olympics.

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TNT Analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller and Chris Webber Comment on Dwight Howard Joining the Los Angeles Lakers

Posted in Blogroll on August 11th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

Dwight is smiling again and the NBA just got a lot more interesting…

I’m sure everyone has an opinion on the trade. Yeah…I guess Steve Nash in the pick and roll with Dwight is a sickdiculous thought, and trust the rest of the league will not bow down but there is no denying the Lakers and cotdamn loaded. This is a shock wave trade. One that doesn’t happen often in sports and the effects will be illuminated long after the particulars are old and gray sippin’ on Taylor’s Port on some street corner in Brooklyn talking trash about whatever new whippersnapper has just been traded himself. Andre Iguodala, another player involved in the blockbuster on his way to Denver, gets to move mountainsI thought the whole thing with Dwight Howard was terribly and masterfully overblown by my peers given that rarely they criticize anyone but the players generally, but none of that matters now. Dwight Howard is a Laker and Kobe can have realistic dreams of sixth ring sugarplums as soon as the USA gets that gold Sunday. I tell you what…I bet Orlando never drafts a center again.

D12’s presser after the jump…

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Tip-Off for 8/10/12 (featuring Anthony Hamilton): Blockbuster four team multi-player deal sends Dwight Howard to the LA Lakers; Andrew Bynum to Philly

Posted in Blogroll on August 10th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(Rob Gauthier/LA Times.com)

Will Bynum flourish in Philly?  Can Howard thrive in LA?

Upon approval from NBA commissioner David Stern sometime today, Dwight Howard will get his wish and his trade from the Orlando Magic will be finalized. Whether it was his wish to be traded to the Lakers depends on who you ask. The Lakers are hoping that a championship experience will sway Howard from becoming a free agent next season.

As for Andrew Bynum, he is now the star on one of the NBA’s youngest teams in one of the toughest cities in American sports. Say a prayer for the young man.

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Tip-Off for 8/9/12 (featuring Kurtis Blow): Summer of Slam continues: LeBron James posts Olympic triple-double in win over Australia

Posted in Blogroll on August 9th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

LeBron James said at the start of the 2011-12 NBA season that he wanted to get back to playing basketball. After securing his third NBA MVP and his first NBA Championship. James’ foot hasn’t eased off the gas since last summer.

It’s only gotten tighter on the throat of his critics.

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Tip-Off for 8/8/12 (featuring EPMD, K-Solo and Redman): No longer just a number

Posted in Blogroll on August 8th, 2012 by Ron Glover

The 2012 Penn State Nittany Lions football team will be recognized in a way that not even Joe Paterno imagined. For the first time in over half a century the most important people on the sidelines will finally have a name.

As well as a reminder.

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Tip-Off for 8/7/12 (featuring Stevie Wonder): The Reid’s story of sorrow is all too familiar

Posted in Blogroll on August 7th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(ABC News)

I chimed in on spirited debate Sunday afternoon after hearing of the death of Garrett Reid. Garrett is the son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid and was found dead Sunday morning at Eagles training camp. The post focused on a quote that Garrett gave the police when he was arrested for selling drugs in a low-income Philadelphia neighborhood back in 2007. The originator of the thread gave the inclination that the outpouring of sorrow for Reid was excessive and that there would be no remorse on his part because he sold drugs in “his hood”, while others argued that the timing of the thread was poor.

Sadly enough, the nightmare that the Reid family is living is all too familiar story that will continue to be told in spite of race, location or financial status.

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Tip-Off for 8/6/12 (featuring Bob Marley): Usain Bolt: World’s fastest human…ever

Posted in Blogroll on August 6th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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With wide eyes and two winks as he prepared for lift off, Usain Bolt was reassuring someone that the naysayers had no idea of what he was about to do.

It definitely wasn’t himself.

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Breaking News: Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid found dead at Eagles training camp

Posted in Blogroll on August 5th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(USA Today)

Garrett and Pop Reid in happier times

Garrett Reid, the eldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid was found dead this morning at the Eagles training camp facilities in Lehigh, Pa. this morning.

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It’s a Williams Weekend as Venus and Serena capture Olympic gold in the women’s doubles

Posted in Blogroll on August 5th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(Photo: Serena Williams fan club)

They’re back to running things

Collectively written off by almost everyone two years ago, Venus and Serena Williams have returned possibly better than ever making 2012 a year none of us will soon forget.

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Winning gold in his last Olympic race, Michael Phelps goes out on top

Posted in Blogroll on August 4th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history…

Michael Phelps won his 22 Olympic medal…18th gold…when his United States 4X100 medley relay team won Saturday night in London. His teammates were Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian. There were whispers after Phelps failed to medal in the 400 IM and two other silver medals, but Mike subsequently won gold in the remaining events he competed in.

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Serena Williams routs Maria Sharapova in gold medal match and becomes first woman to complete Golden Slam in singles and doubles

Posted in Blogroll on August 4th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

Finished off Sharapova with an ace…

Serena Williams emphatically cemented her tennis legacy with a 6-0, 6-1 domination of 3rd seeded Maria Sharapova to win her first Olympic singles gold medal. She has an 8 game winning streak vs. Sharapova and hasn’t lost to the Russian since ’04. It was a match where she committed just 7 unforced errors to go along with 10 aces and 24 winners. The score represented the most one sided gold medal match in Olympic tennis history. The previous was France’s Suzanne Lenglen routing of Britain’s Dorothy Holman 6-3, 6-0 in 1920. Serena Williams has won 33 of 34 singles matches…her only defeat coming in a first round at the French Open.

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Tip-Off for 8/3/12 (featuring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg): The case of Chavis Carter: C’mon man, we know what happened!

Posted in Blogroll on August 3rd, 2012 by Ron Glover

(Tweetbuzz)

The case of Chavis Carter is no different than the Trayvon Martin case or any other case involving African-American men since (insert date here).

There is no speculation, no puzzle to piece together, no mystery to solve. We know what happened.

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Missing Persons Update: Odessa “Dessi” Blocker, three children found safe

Posted in Blogroll on August 2nd, 2012 by Ron Glover

Safe! Good news!

I’m happy to report the Odessa Blocker, the wife of Chris Blocker and their three children were all found safe earlier today. In so many cases where the outcome isn’t as joyous, this is great news.

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