Ron Glover’s 2012 NBA Eastern Conference Preview

Posted in Blogroll on October 31st, 2012 by Ron Glover

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An NBA crown makes the Miami Heat the hunted — with everyone coming for their heads.

The 2012-13 NBA season is here. Thanks to a feverish off-season full of trades and free agent signings, the Easten Conference was shaken up just a little.

The Miami Heat are looking to repeat as NBA Champions. LeBron James has cemented himself as the NBA’s best player hands down. The Boston Celtics have gotten younger and deeper and believe they have enough to overthrow the champs. The three-way deal that landed Andrew Bynum in Philadelphia puts the 76ers in the mix.

The future of Derrick Rose is the primary concern for the Chicago Bulls now, but they will challenge for one of the top four seeds. The Brooklyn Nets will make waves as Joe Johnson and Deron Williams will form one of the NBA’s best backcourts. The Knicks are hoping many of the seasoned veterans they’ve acquired can stay healthy long enough to make a playoff run.

Here’s my preview of the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

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Tip-Off for 10/31/12 (featuring Michael Jackson): Heat get rings, crown Celtics 120-107; new look Mavs ruin Dwight Howard’s debut, stun Lakers 99-91

Posted in Blogroll on October 31st, 2012 by Ron Glover

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APTOPIX Celtics Heat Basketball

The NBA kings get their rings.

The Miami Heat raised their second championship banner and LeBron James received his first championship ring. After the pomp and circumstance, it was time to get down to business. The Boston Celtics did their best to crash the Heat’s party and the debut of former teammate turned rival Ray Allen.

Dwyane Wade scored 29 points, LeBron James added 26 to go with 10 rebounds and Allen pumped in 19 as the Heat cruised to a 120-107 opening night victory.

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Okori Wadsworth: Three Things I Think I Know About The NBA Season

Posted in Blogroll on October 30th, 2012 by Okori Wadsworth

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After one of the coolest seasons in NBA history, made that way by a 66-game sprint that felt like every game mattered, we look at this year with new eyes. Everything we thought we knew last year has either gone one step closer to crystallizing into fact, or changed entirely. No facts remain the same as they did at the start of last season, but a few things remain, and the best of them is HATE.

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Tip-Off for 10/30/12 (featuring Pharrell and Snoop Dogg): Why I’m in favor of benching Michael Vick

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

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Reid’s next move could be his last as head coach of the Eagles.

Even without turning the ball over in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is still facing the reality of being benched. Head coach Andy Reid is also under pressure to turn the season around after being put on notice that finishing the season at .500 is unacceptable.

When Reid fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, he hinted that more changes were coming. Benching Michael Vick is not the answer, but I’m in favor of it.

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Ron Glover’s Week 8 NFL Recap: Falcons remain undefeated; Andy Reid has lost his team

Posted in Blogroll on October 29th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Former Eagle Asante Samuel was victorious in his return to Philly.

The Atlanta Falcons won in Philadelphia for the first time in 24 years yesterday and it could not have come at a worse time for the Philadelphia Eagles. Andy Reid’s streak of 13 consecutive victories after a bye week came to a screeching halt as the Falcons dominated the Eagles 30-17.

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Tip-Off for 10/29/12 (featuring Dave Chappelle): San Francisco Giants defeat Detroit Tigers 4-3 to sweep World Series

Posted in Blogroll on October 29th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Reliever Sergio Romo begins his celebration after striking out Miguel Cabrera.

The San Francisco Giants needed extra innings to fend off a Detroit Tigers team who fought to the bitter end. The Giants used timely hitting and the most unlikely of bullpen scenarios to stifle the tandem of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. The Giants closed out the Tigers 4-3 last night to win their second World Series Championship in three years.

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Oklahoma City Thunder trade James Harden to the Houston Rockets for Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin and draft picks.

Posted in Blogroll on October 28th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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James Harden

James Harden played a huge role in the rise of the OKC Thunder.

The Oklahoma City Thunder were unable to sign Sixth Man of the Year James Harden to an extension. So the Western Conference Champions traded the third-year swingman along with Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward to the Houston Rockets for guard Kevin Martin, rookie Jeremy Lamb and three draft picks.

Are the Thunder bowing down to the Lakers?

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Ron Glover’s Week 8 NFL Previews and Predictions: No more excuses for Andy Reid and the Eagles

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

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Two Birds on a wire.

The Atlanta Falcons travel to Philadelphia this week to face the Eagles in what may be the most important game of Michael Vick’s career. The scrutiny of Vick and head coach Andy Reid has reached a fever pitch. Lack of production on Sunday could mean Vick losing his job to rookie backup Nick Foles. With ten games remaining in the regular season, Reid knows a record of 5-5 will not cut it.

Other notable games: Miami at NY Jets, Washington at Pittsburgh, NY Giants at Dallas and New Orleans at Denver.

Byes: Bengals, Bills, Ravens and Texans

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Ron Glover’s Thursday Night NFL Preview and Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings: Will Adrian Peterson’s knee hold up on a short week?

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

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The return of Adrian Peterson has defied medical science and blown the mind of this writer.

This week’s Thursday Night matchup has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) matched up against the Minnesota Vikings (5-2). I don’t know if the Vikings record or the performance of running back Adrian Peterson is the biggest surprise of the season’s first half. The Buccaneers have been on the short end of some close contests. The addition of free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson has helped quarterback Josh Freeman rebound from a subpar 2011.

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Tip-Off for 10/25/12 (featuring Maroon 5): PANDA-monium: Pablo Sandoval goes Reggie Jax; Giants rout Tigers 8-3 to take Game 1 of World Series

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

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Pablo Sandoval launches his first of three home runs in the first inning of Game 1.

Pablo Sandoval and his San Francisco Giants teammates have been told by everyone how the pitching of Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander would be the story of these World Series.

Apparently, they were tired of hearing it.

Sandoval introduced himself to Verlander and the record books as he crushed three home runs (two off Verlander) in the Giants stunning 8-3 victory to take Game 1 of the World Series last night.

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Ron Glover’s Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: The Bears and Giants are closing in on the Falcons

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

The Atlanta Falcons reign at the top of my NFL power rankings may soon be coming to an end. Beginning Sunday in Philadelphia against the Eagles, the Falcons face the Giants, Cowboys Lions and five remaining division games.

In the hunt: Bears, Texans, Giants and 49ers.

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Tip-Off for 10/24/12 (featuring Nicki Minaj): San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers prepare to meet in World Series

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

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The Tigers and Giants meet for the first time in the 108th World Series.

The San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers meet tonight in Game 1 of the World Series. With 30 appearances between them (19 for the Giants and 11 for the Tigers), this is the first time the teams have met in the Fall Classic. The Giants have fought off elimination six times in their quest to win a second world championship in three years. The Detroit Tigers return to the World Series for the first time since 2006.

The Giants cast is made up of gritty players while the Tigers have had the best starting pitching in the postseason.

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Ron Glover’s Week 7 NFL Recap: RG3 goes toe-to-toe with Eli Manning on a day full of fantastic finishes

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

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Eli Manning - Robert Griffin III

RG3 and the Redskins sent a message to the rest of the NFL despite losing to the Giants

Week 7 was undoubtedly the most entertaining in the NFL this season. Two overtime contests were mixed in with several games decided in the final minute of action.

Robert Griffin III nearly led the Redskins to an upset of the NY Giants. Thanks to a turnover by Mark Sanchez the Patriots would overcome the NY Jets in overtime.

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Tip-Off for 10/22/12 (featuring Elle Varner): The silenced legacy of Tom Flores

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

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Tom Flores airs one out in the wide open Raiders attack, a hallmark in the former AFL.

Tom Flores is a groundbreaking NFL figure. In 1960, Flores became the first Hispanic quarterback to start as a member of the Oakland Raiders. Two decades later, Flores led the Raiders to a pair of Super Bowl victories (XV, XVIII) as a head coach, becoming the first minority coach to do so.

Surprisingly, Flores remains only Hall of Fame eligible.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights explode to score 35 unanswered points in second half to stun Temple Owls 35-10

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

The Temple Owls went into the meat of their Big East schedule today against the #15 ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights. This marks the first meeting between the two schools who are rather close in proximity. The Scarlet Knights are 6-0 with their biggest win coming against then-#8  ranked Arkansas on September 22nd.

The Owls entered today’s contest with a record of 3-2, 2-0 in the Big East. The Owls came in with the Big East’s #2 ranked rushing attack against the conference’s #1 run defense.

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