Ron Glover’s NFL Previews and Predictions for Week 4: Will Jeremy Maclin’s return push the Eagles past the Giants?

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

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Jeremy Maclin returns at a time when the Eagles need him most.

Week 4 in the NFL carries the first bye week of the season as the Steelers and Colts take an early breather. Some of the games of note this week feature the Jets hosting the Niners, the Vikings at 2-1 take on the 1-2 Lions. Sunday’s later games include the Redskins against the Buccaneers, the Packers welcome in the Saints to Lambeau Field and the Giants and Eagles renew their rivalry in South Philly.

Monday night the Cowboys meet the Bears.

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Tip-Off for 9/28/12 (featuring Outkast): NBA arenas will no longer be flophouses

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

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Flop Star Paul Pierce will have to play some D this season.

It looks like the days of flopping in the NBA are numbered. The NBA competition committee is in the process of finalizing procedures that will penalize players who are observed trying to fake out NBA officials.

Off in the distance, Bill Laimbeer weeps.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Recap: Ravens D holds off the Browns in the end 23-16

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

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Cary Williams’ pick six put the game away for the Ravens.

The return of NFL officials drew a standing ovation from the crowd of over 70,000 at M&T Stadium last night. Players like Ray Lewis went out of their way to greet the officials prior to the game.

The Ravens broke open a 16-10 contest when cornerback Cary Williams returned a Brandon Weeden pass 63 yards for a score at the end of the third quarter to give the Ravens a 23-10 lead. The Browns cut the lead to seven, but quarterback Brandon Weeden was unable to find anyone in the end zone late sealing the win for the home team.

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Ron Glover’s Preview and Prediction: Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens: Can the Ravens defense hold Trent Richardson in check?

Posted in Blogroll on September 27th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

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Trent Richardson has to go above and beyond for the Browns to have a chance tonight.

The Baltimore Ravens opened up the 2012 season against the Bengals, Patriots and Eagles. Ray Lewis and Co. are a questionable call in Philly from being 3-0. They’re also a reviewable call from possibly being 1-2.

Tonight the Ravens have the Browns coming into M&T Stadium on a night where the regular officials will make their season debut.

Before the Ravens can mark this one as a win they must control Trent Richardson.

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Adam Jones: The Almost MVP

Posted in Blogroll on September 27th, 2012 by Okori Wadsworth

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Power with a great glove hand to match.

This baseball season will be remembered for a lot of things. The Stephen Strasburg imbroglio about when he should be shut down. What damage shutting him down would do to the Zombie Expos’ playoff hopes and if he should have been shut down at all. It will also be remembered for playoff races fraught with drama, Miguel Cabrera snatching the greatest hitter alive title from Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter leading the league in hits at the age of 38, and Josh Hamilton being the most intriguing free-agent pickup in my living memory.

But when I look back on the 2012 MLB season, I think of something else entirely. I think of ascendance. Not just Mike Trout and Bryce Harper already becoming the faces of their respective franchises at scarily young ages. Not even the A’s and Orioles who ascended to heights that no one expected them to.

I also think of the players known as young guys with potential who became franchise cornerstones. Andre Ethier was this way. Robinson Cano has become this, even as he is surrounded by quite a few stars. And Andrew McCutchen is putting his name in the hat as the guy who can restore the old glory to the Pirates. BJ Upton is becoming that for the Rays, and going forward for whatever team he signs with in the off season.

The player I’m thinking of right now has done more to make the proverbial leap from future star to star. The player I’m thinking about has revived a moribund franchise. Reminding his city that people actually still play baseball, and in a normal year would be an AL MVP candidate. The player I’m talking about is Adam Jones.

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Tip-Off for 9/27/12 (featuring Mase): NFL owners and NFL officials reach an agreement

Posted in Blogroll on September 27th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

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It’s all good!

The NFL owners and officials have reached an agreement just in time for tonight’s contest between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns.

Monday night’s debacle proved to be the determining factor in the negotiation process. A little push from the President of the United States didn’t hurt either.

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Donovan McNabb returns to Philadelphia as an analyst on Comcast SportsNet

Posted in Blogroll on September 27th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

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Will McNabb speak favorably of former head coach Andy Reid?

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb will make his debut as a media personality on Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia today. McNabb will serve as a football analyst every Thursday for the remainder of the NFL season.

Joining a local sports program didn’t seem like an ideal fit for McNabb since he’s doing part-time work with the NFL Network. How ironic is it that some of McNabb’s new colleagues were the same people calling for his job his last handful of years in Philly.

An even greater irony is McNabb’s presence in the Philadelphia media could be a decisive element in the future of Andy Reid.

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Breaking News: NFL owners and officials are close to reaching a deal

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

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With a new deal in the works these replacement officials have dropped the ball for the last time.

According to ESPN insider Chris Mortensen, the NFL owners and officials have a deal in principle that would have the locked out referees possibly returning to work as early as this weekend.

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Tip-Off for 9/26/12 (featuring Mos Def): Are NFL coaches are putting multi-dimensional quarterbacks in harms way?

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

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                                   Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is knocked out of boards shy of the goal line during the second half of an NFL football game against Cincinnati Bengals in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

If the recent playcalling for RG3 continues, you can count on his career being shortened.

Robert Griffin III has taken a beating three weeks into his highly anticipated rookie season.

Two weeks ago against the St. Louis Rams Griffin claimed that the Rams took shots at him after the play. Last week against the Cincinnati Bengals the pounding continued. Griffin was sacked six times and by his own recollection cannot remember the number of times he was hit. 

The question that needs to be asked is why are multi-talented quarterbacks like Griffin are being asked to run when his arm is just as effective?

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Tip-Off for 9/25/12 (featuring Shanell Renee): The Inaccurate Reception

Posted in Blogroll on September 25th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

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The signals of the officials at the end of the play tell the story.

It was going to happen at some point if things didn’t change.

A great game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks was marred by replacement officials once again stealing the headlines in the worst of scenarios.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Questions and (maybe some) Answers for Week 3: Where is Chris Johnson?

Posted in Blogroll on September 25th, 2012 by Ronald Glover

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This is a talent looking to regain greatness…

I’ll take the Mike McCarthy approach and not discuss the replacement officials or last night’s game. A great defensive effort by both teams was eclipsed by one of the great blown calls in recent memory. More on that in the Tip-Off.

Instead we’ll check in on Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals and more.

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Breaking News: New York Jets Cornerback Darrelle Revis is out for the season with a torn ACL

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

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The loss of Darrelle Revis leaves a gaping hole in the Jets defense.

The worst fears of the New York Jets were confirmed today when All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis was declared out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

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Tip-Off for 9/24/12 (featuring The Doobie Bros.): Time for Roger Goodell to fall on his sword to protect the shield

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

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What has Roger Goodell done to protect the integrity of the NFL?

He has ongoing issues with player safety, survived a recent lockout, and is trying to close the book on the Saints bounty scandal. Now with an official’s work stoppage on his watch NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fumbled the snap. He may oversee the most popular professional sport in the United States but he’s far from the best commissioner.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Recap for Week 3: Ravens’ wide receiver Torrey Smith summons strength in the face of tragedy

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

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The game was probably just a blur for Torrey Smith who played in the wake of his brother’s passing

Early Sunday morning Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith learned that his younger brother Tevin Jones, 19 lost his life in a motorcycle accident. After talking things over with his mother and other siblings Smith decided to play.

We’re all glad he did.

With little sleep and the weight of the world on his mind, Smith had six receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns as the Baltimore Ravens edged the New England Patriots 31-30.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Previews and Predictions for Week 3: Patriots vs. Ravens — Who gets off the mat first?

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

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A stunned Stan Koch is still waiting for Billy Cundiff’s kick to split the uprights…

Gone are Lee Evans and Billy Cundiff — the culprits responsible for the Ravens loss in last year’s AFC Championship Game. This week’s rematch catches both teams coming of tough losses.  Both teams were in physical contests last week –I’m curious to see which team is able to take control of the game.

Other games of note: the undefeated Eagles and Cardinals meet in the desert, the Chargers host the Falcons and the Texans take on the Broncos.

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