Ron Glover’s Week 16 NFL Picks: Down the stretch they come!

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


The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to turn the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season upside down.

We’re closing in on Week 16 of a wacky NFL season where nothing has been guaranteed. Some teams have crashed and burned, while others have started off hot, tailed off and picked up the pace again. There are two weeks left in the season with a few divisions still up for grabs. Rule nothing out at this point.

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Jovan Belcher, Adam Lanza and the “Manhood Crisis” at the Heart of Recent Tragedies: The Jackson Katz interview, part II

Posted in Blogroll, Bob Costas, Kansas City Chiefs, KC Chiefs, NFL, Race and Sports, Race and Sports Culture, Racial Issues, rage, Roger Goodell on December 21st, 2012 by Christian Avard

Part II of my interview with activist/scholar Jackson Katz. Part I can be read here. – CA


Kassandra Perkins with their three-month-old daughter Zoey (left) and Jovon Belcher (right)

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I wanted to ask you about the tragic deaths of Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins earlier this month. What was your reaction when you heard about the murder-suicide?

Of course I was sad to hear about yet another domestic violence tragedy. They happen all the time, though most of the time it’s just a local story, people hear about it, shrug their shoulders, and move on to the next news event. But I thought there was something about this one that made it stand out, even beyond the obvious fact that it involved a high-profile professional athlete. No one could pretend it was just a “private matter,” since Belcher killed himself in front of his coach and general manager, which means it spilled over directly into the workplace. It must have been — still must be — very traumatic for the individuals involved, not to mention for a whole lot of other people who knew the couple, his teammates, Chiefs fans, etc. Because it was just so tragic, including the orphaning of a three-month old, I thought it might spark an increased commitment from the League to address the issue of men’s violence against women more proactively than in the past.

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Tip-Off for 12/21/12 (featuring Nat King Cole): Wolves snap Thunder’s win streak at 12 games

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

(USA Today)

A nicked up J.J. Barea was able to see his way to 18 points against the Thunder.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had their 12-game winning streak snapped by the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 66 points. J.J. Barea’s big fourth quarter allowed Minnesota to put the Thunder away 99-93.

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