The Public Shaming of Lionel Hollins

Posted in Blogroll on June 11th, 2013 by Ron Glover

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The Memphis Grizzlies organization didn’t gain any fans with the public charade and eventual firing of head coach Lionel Hollins.

Head Coach Lionel Hollins led the Memphis Grizzlies to 56 wins, despite losing leading scorer Rudy Gay on January 31st. Since the trade, the Grizzlies went 27-11 (5th in the West). In the postseason, Memphis took care of the Clippers and Thunder in six and five games, respectively. After bowing out to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals in four games, the Grizzlies brass has given Hollins his walking papers — two weeks after permitting him to speak to other teams.

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The Diva Debate: LaWanda Page (Aunt Esther) vs. Marla Gibbs (Florence)

Posted in Blogroll on June 11th, 2013 by Ron Glover

 

The subjects of this week’s Diva Debate are considered anything but Divas by today’s standards. If you’re expecting low cut blouses and skin tight dresses, put your peepers on pause. Today it’s about aprons, hair nets and pill box hats with an occasional quote from the Good Book. What these two women lack in stop-you-in-your-tracks good looks, their wit and sassiness more than make up for it.

The characters of Esther Anderson  and Florence Johnston were two of the best remembered Black sitcom characters of the 1970’s. They were strong Black women, outspoken and steadfast in their convictions as Fred Sanford and George Jefferson found out.

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Tip-Off for 6/11/13 (featuring Vince Lombardi): Serena Williams: Holding Serve

Posted in Blogroll on June 11th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Tennis Forum)

With 16 Grand Slam titles in tow, Serena Williams is preparing to be named among sports’ immortals.

Muhammad Ali, Babe Ruth, Wilt Chamberlain, Jim Brown, Michael Jordan and Jack Nicklaus are in the pantheon of great American athletes. Men who have dominated their contemporaries with a timely blend of power, precision and skill. It’s time we prepare to add Serena Williams to this impressive bunch.

It’s time the fellas make room.

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