Tip-Off for 11/22/12 (featuring The Peanuts): Ten teams work the overtime shift; Spurs roll Celtics; Kings stun Lakers; Thunder outlast the Clippers

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

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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook ignited a late rally to knock off the Clippers.

There was free basketball a plenty last night as five of the NBA’s 14 scheduled contests went into an extra period. Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan renewed their long-standing rivalry as the Spurs and Celtics came together. 

The Sacramento Kings capitalized on miscues by the Los Angeles Lakers on their way to a stunning victory over their cross-state rivals.

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Tip-off for 11/21/12 (featuring Eddie Murphy): Mike D’Antoni joins the Lakers’ bench for the first time in win over Nets; Hot Carmel(o); Plaxico Burress comes full circle

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

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A slimmed down and focused Carmelo Anthony is the unquestioned leader of the Knicks.

Mike D’Antoni finally made it to the sidelines last night and his new team did not disappoint. Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol were major contributors in the Lakers 95-90 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

If you’re looking for an early candidate for NBA MVP, Carmelo Anthony may be your man. The Knicks forward poured in 29 points as the Knicks blew out the New Orleans Hornets 102-80.

After months of speculation on where he would play and what was taking teams so long to give him a look, Plaxico Burress was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The signing marks the return to the Steel City where Burress began his career.

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Tip-Off for 11/20/12 (featuring Steely Dan) LA Clippers, Chris Paul finish Spurs late; Nuggets snap Grizzlies 8-game win streak

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

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Tim Duncan was on the receiving end of this Blake Griffin finish.

The Los Angeles Clippers remind me of the kid in the neighborhood who everyone picked on until he was able to see his peers eye to eye. The Clippers sized up the San Antonio Spurs as they continued their early march through the Western Conference with a 92-87 victory last night.

In Memphis, the Grizzlies had their 8-game winning streak broken by the Denver Nuggets in an entertaining contest. The Nuggets scored the game’s last 9 points to escape with a 97-92 win.

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Ron Glover’s Week 11 NFL Recap: Robert Griffin III and Peyton Manning have record-setting performances

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

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RG3’s whirlwind rookie season continued with a huge day against the Eagles.

Washington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III was 14 of 15 with four touchdowns. Griffin also ran for 83 yards as the Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 31-6.

Denver’s Peyton Manning surpassed Dan Marino in victories and career touchdown passes in the Broncos 30-23 win over the San Diego Chargers.

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Tip-Off for 11/19/12 (featuring Raphael Saddiq): Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant give Oscar-worthy performances in victory

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

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Kobe Bryant and the Lakers seem to be receptive to their new up-tempo offense.

Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out 11 dimes to notch his 18th career triple-double in the Los Angeles Lakers 119-108 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant posted his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 boards and 10 assists in the Thunder’s 119-109 win against the Golden State Warriors.

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Tip Off for 11/16/12 (featuring Bernie Mack): NY Knicks go on the road to knock off the Spurs and move to 6-0; Bills are special against the Dolphins

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

(SB Nation)

I don’t think we’ll be hearing anymore Raymond Felton fat jokes in the near future.

If you thought the Knicks 5-0 start was a fluke, take a look at last night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Knicks moved to an NBA best 6-0 behind a gutty performance from Raymond Felton.

In Thursday night football action, the Buffalo Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins 19-14.

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Ron Glover’s Week 11 NFL Picks: Teams on the brink are trying to avoid going over the edge

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

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Phillip Rivers and the Chargers are one of the many unpleasant surprises this season.

The 2012 season has not turned out as expected in cities like Dallas, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia and San Diego. Despite the dead-on-arrival appearance of these teams, a faint pulse is still present. The topsy-turvy NFL season will provide hope for fans who are not ready to pull the plug on their team.

Byes: Giants, Seahawks, Titans and Vikings.

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Ron Glover’s Thursday Night NFL Pick: Miami Dolphins (4-5) vs. Buffalo Bills (3-6): Can the Dolphins get back on track against the reeling Bills?

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

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Reggie Bush is looking for another 200+ yard effort against the Bills this season. Minus the snow of course.

Two weeks ago the Miami Dolphins were being mentioned as a possible wild card entry in the crazy AFC playoff picture. After two tough losses, the ‘Phins are below .500 and in search of some answers to their recent woes.

Enter the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills have lost three in a row in what has been a disappointing season. At 3-6, the Bills can pull themselves even with the Dolphins in the AFC East battle for second place.

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Tip-Off for 11/15/12 (featuring Janelle Monae): Chris Paul’s third quarter outburst pushes Clippers past Heat 107-100

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

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Caron Butler and the Clippers seemed to have all the answers against the Heat.

A hot third quarter for Chris Paul proved to be huge for the Los Angeles Clippers against the Miami Heat. Paul scored 13 points in the pivotal period as the Clippers would hold on for a 107-100 victory. LeBron James led the Heat with 30 points.

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Tip-Off for 11/14/12 (featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard): Hot Knicks remain unbeaten; Deron Williams is good for 26 points and 10 dimes as Nets hold off Cavs

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

(Washington Post)

Deron Williams looks to convert one of his 10 assists.

The Brooklyn Nets backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson combined for 51 points as they ran past the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-101. Cavs center Anderson Varejao led the Cavs with a career-high 35 points.

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Tip-Off for 11/13/12 (featuring Otis): LeBron James goes off for 32 second-half points in Heat victory over Rockets

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

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LeBron James

Breathe easy young fella.

LeBron James shook off a pedestrian first half to give an all-world second half performance. James scored 32 of his game high 38 points in the second half as the Miami Heat defeated the Houston Rockets 113-110.

Here’s a recap of last night’s action.

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Tip-Off for 11/12/12 (featuring Digital Underground): Lakers hire Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson, NBA Sunday recap

Posted in Blogroll on November 12th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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A pick and roll offense, lack of defense and aging players makes this a bad hire. 

Did reservations felt by owners Jim and Jerry Buss about bringing back Phil Jackson lead to the Los Angeles Lakers management hiring former Suns and Knicks coach Mike D’ Antoni?

Or is this simply a better fit for the team at this time.

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Ron Glover’s Week 10 NFL Recap: Saints D stands tall against Falcons, Decisions, decisions in Philly

Posted in Blogroll on November 12th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints are looking to complete a historic run into the postseason.

The defense of the New Orleans Saints has been anointed as the worst of any NFL era. Yesterday the home team relied heavily on their feeble unit to deny the potent Atlanta Falcons offense on consecutive fourth downs. The Saints held off the previously undefeated Falcons 31-27 keeping their improved playoff hopes alive.

In Philadelphia, Michael Vick was knocked out late in the second quarter and never returned. Rookie backup Nick Foles replaced Vick and gave the Eagles a brief 14-10 lead in the third quarter. Two turnovers by Foles resulted in Dallas touchdowns and a special teams gaffe leading to a score became the Eagles undoing in a 38-23 defeat to the Cowboys. The loss drops the Eagles to 3-6 and swings the door wide open for speculation about the immediate futures of Andy Reid and Michael Vick.

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Ron Glover’s Week 10 NFL Picks: Houston Texans and Chicago Bears prepare for a defensive struggle

Posted in Blogroll on November 11th, 2012 by Ron Glover

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Charles Tillman’s play this season has grabbed the attention of President Obama.

Sunday’s marquee game has the 7-1 Houston Texans traveling to Soldier Field to take on the 7-1 Chicago Bears. This highly anticipated matchup has two of the NFL’s top defenses going head up.

Byes: Browns, Cardinals, Packers and Redskins

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A Soldier and His Son, A memoir

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

 

Before he became a family man, Ronald E. Glover I was a soldier.

Twenty years ago I lost my father when I needed him more than ever. I wasn’t really sure how the rest of my life was going to play out. Dad wasn’t the preachy type on life’s lessons. The life that he lived serves as my compass as I navigate through my life as father, son, brother and companion.  As an African-American male raising his family in the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement and Viet Nam War, Dad’s work was cut out for him.

Looking back on the moments with my father that I’ve chosen to share, I was unquestionably one of the fortunate ones.

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