Tip-Off for 9/21/12 (featuring Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers): Playoff baseball returns to D.C.

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

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Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper are looking for more than just a payoff berth… 
 

The DC beltway is going to be a little more crowded this fall. The Washington Nationals have made it to baseball’s postseason for the first time since 1933 with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Nationals have yet to clinch the NL East — the magic number for the division crown is eight games.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Recap: New York Giants remind us why they’re champions — crush Carolina Panthers 36-7

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

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Justin Tuck and the Giants defense keep Cam Newton and the Panthers offense in check.  (US Presswire)

Justin Tuck and the swarming Giants defense smothered Cam Newton all night

A shortened roster and an even shorter work week meant nothing to Tom Coughlin and his New York Giants. The reigning Super Bowl champions were hobbled and written off heading into last night’s contest against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers were coming off a huge win over the Saints and were looking to take a major step forward with a victory over the Giants.

Backups Andre Brown and Ramses Barden had other ideas as the running back and receiver posted career nights in the Giants 36-7 victory. The Giants defense corralled the free-wheeling Panther offense forcing five turnovers.

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Ron Glover’s Preview and Prediction: New York Giants vs. Carolina Panthers — Can the undermanned Giants rally against the Panthers?

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

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The loss of Hakeem Nicks is a huge blow to the Giants offense…

The Giants 41-34 comeback win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday came with a huge price. The Giants will be without running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), wide receivers Hakeem Nicks (ankle) and Dominick Hixon (foot) and offensive lineman David Diehl (knee) tonight as the team travels to Carolina to take on the Panthers.

The Panthers are coming off an inspiring 35-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints. A victory tonight against the Giants would add two quality wins in the conference and an enormous boost of confidence for these young cats. Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is being listed as a game-time decision.

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White Quarterback II: Why Rex and Caleb are More Employable Than Donovan McNabb by Charles Modiano

Posted in Blogroll on September 20th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

 

Donovan McNabb is still seeking an NFL job, and never before in NFL history has a quarterback so accomplished found himself so suddenly unemployed. In quieter news, 31-year old quarterback John Beck made the Houston Texans team despite an 0-7 career record with a 67.6 passer rating. In the NFL, there are no white versions of McNabb’s free-fall or African-American versions of Beck’s remarkable life preserver. There are also no Black Tim Tebows or White Vince Youngs (out of league despite 31-19 starter record). After five years of failure, Alex Smith’s redemption is positively heartwarming — until you realize he can only be white. Hasn’t McNabb earned Smith’s respect?

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Tip-Off for 9/20/12 (featuring Eminem and Royce Da 5’9): Miggie, Miggie, Miggie can’t you see why he’s my AL MVP!

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

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Miguel Cabrera has the playoffs and the triple crown in his sights.

When he entered the majors barely a twenty-year old with the Florida Marlins, Miguel Cabrera has always been mentioned as a potential MVP candidate. After five seasons with the Marlins Cabrera was traded to the Detroit Tigers where he has become the cornerstone of a Tigers franchise that is looking to be more than just a player in this year’s postseason.

As for Cabrera and the AL MVP? You can remove the potential tag.

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Steve Sabol: Innovative titan of the NFL passes away at age 69

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

(Eileen Blass/USA Today)

To measure Steve Sabol’s impact on the NFL — look no further than the NFL Films vault.

When I heard yesterday afternoon that NFL Films co-founder Steve Sabol passed away from brain cancer my first thought was a huge piece of my childhood has died. Steve Sabol along with his father Ed founded NFL Films and brought a sport that trailed baseball, college football and boxing to the forefront of American culture.

I don’t know where the NFL would be without Steve Sabol, but I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be what we have today.

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Ron Glover’s Week 3 NFL Power Rankings: Where do the 2-0 Arizona Cardinals sit?

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

(Reuters)

The Niners defense has chased down Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford in their first two victories.

This week’s power rankings finds some teams in weird space. The Arizona Cardinals are 2-0 and the New Orleans Saints are 0-2 — something none of us saw coming.

Twenty teams have 1-1 records — the most during any time in recent memory. There are six undefeated teams and six  without a win. Unlike the replacement officials — I have control of the situation.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Questions and (maybe some) Answers for Week 2

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

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The Falcons pass rush kept Peyton Manning frustrated all night.

The Atlanta Falcons were fueled by three first quarter interceptions in last night’s 27-21 win over the Denver Broncos. The Dirty Birds were able to fight off a late rally by Peyton Manning and the Broncos late in the game.

Speaking of fights — what is it going to take to end the NFL officials strike? What is wrong with the Kansas City Chiefs? Where is Wes Welker?

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Ron Glover’s NFL Recap for Week 2: Michael Vick survives another beating to drive the Eagles to 2-0

Posted in Blogroll on September 17th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(The Express Times/Matt Smith)

In consecutive weeks Michael Vick has engineered game-winning drives for the Birds.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick took another pounding against the Baltimore Ravens defense. The Eagles suffered key injuries on the offensive line but still managed to score late and pull out a thrilling 24-23 victory in their home opener.

Washington Redskins receiver Josh Morgan’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty killed a potential game-winning drive as the Rams held on for a 31-28 win. Big wins for the Colts, Steelers and don’t look now but here come the Arizona Cardinals.

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Ron Glover’s NFL Previews and Predictions for Week 2

Posted in Blogroll on September 16th, 2012 by Ron Glover

(NY Daily News)

Cam Newton and the Panthers hope to hold on to the ball against the Saints.

Going 6-10 in my Week 1 picks was an all time worst. Some of the educated choices I made seemed like anything but looking at some of the final scores.

Despite winning in the final minutes last week one would think the Philadelphia Eagles were coming off a loss heading into their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens. The Dallas Cowboys and NY Giants are well rested as they prepare to meet the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Bucs, respectively.

Other games of note: Kansas City at Buffalo, NY Jets at Pittsburgh, Detroit at San Francisco and Denver at Atlanta

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September 15, 1963: Four Little Girls

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

When they tell you to “Get over it and move on!” here are four reasons why you better not.

Addie Mae Collins (aged 14), Denise McNair (aged 11), Carole Robertson (aged 14), and Cynthia Wesley (aged 14) were studying a sermon entitled “The Love That Forgives” when the devil’s hatred took them from us.

I couldn’t allow this day to pass without acknowledging your sacrifices.

Four picks and seven sacks silence Jay Cutler as the Green Bay Packers rout the Chicago Bears 23-10

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

(Mike Roemer/AP)

 

Clay Matthews (a.k.a. Thor) brandished his hammer on Jay Cutler at will

The Green Bay Packers secondary didn’t need Jay Cutler’s (11-27 for 126 yards, 4 int.) well wishes after all. The Packers defense stayed on Cutler all night forcing him to throw four interceptions and sacking him seven times. The Bears were unable to move the ball or gain any rhythm as poor timing, penalties and miscues resulted in a 23-10 Packers victory.

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Ron Glover’s Preview and Prediction for 9/13/12: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

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

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Cutler does his share of talking while Rodgers walks the walk.

Tonight marks the 185th meeting between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. It’s one of the most bitter rivalries in sports with names that echo in the annals of  NFL history. Butkus, Nitschke, Starr, Taylor, Sayers, Payton, McMahon and Favre.

The rivalry is now in the hands of Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler who have already met in the NFC Championship in 2010. The Packers swept the series last season outscoring the Bears 62-38. The Bears are looking to win at Lambeau Field for the first time in five years.

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Speeches from the locker room

Posted in Blogroll on September 13th, 2012 by Martin Sumners

Last night as I was flipping through the hundreds of television channels at my disposal via the whim of a fingertip tap, I was thanking God for the dexterity of opposable thumbs.  Then, I almost began to somehow curse him as my options seemed unusually limited.  Even my new best favorite show, seen on the Spike cable channel, Bar Rescue,  was an episode I had seen before.

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Tip-Off for 9/13/12 (featuring Grover Washington Jr./Pieces of a Dream): Philly’s real-life Rocky: Smokin’ Joe Frazier to receive an overdue honor

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

Philly’s Champion!

Sometimes in life those most deserving of recognition never receive it until they’re gone. For boxing great Joe Frazier the story is no different. Despite running on a parallel with Muhammad Ali early in his career, Frazier will be remembered as a sometimes disgraced accessory to the success of Ali. As America’s view of Ali began to shift, Frazier always seemed to be trailing on the scorecards of public opinion. The bitter rivalry with Ali left the otherwise passive Frazier in role of antagonist for the duration.

Since his passing ten months ago there has been a public movement in the city of Philadelphia to honor one of its sons. Yesterday it was announced that a statue will be erected to honor Frazier.

Better late than never.

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