Serena Williams serves a cold dish of reality

Posted in Blogroll on June 19th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Vias at 1.com)

Serena Williams’ comments on the Steubenville Rape Case have caused controversy.

Fresh off a French Open title and on her way to Wimbledon, Serena Williams has stirred the pot with what some are calling insensitive comments in relation to the Steubenville, Ohio rape case.

Williams comments in a recent Rolling Stone interview were received like one of her signature serves landing right between the eyes.

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Tip-Off for 6/19/13 (featuring Talib Kweli): We want more: Heat top Spurs 103-100 in overtime to force Game 7

Posted in Blogroll on June 19th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(New Observer)

After ditching the headband, LeBron James proceeded to do away with the Spurs in Game 6.

The Larry O’Brien Trophy was making its way to the floor of the American Airlines Arena when Ray Allen nailed a three-pointer with 5.2. seconds left in regulation to force overtime. In the extra period,  Allen closed out the weary San Antonio Spurs with two free throws to ice an epic Game 6 — giving the Miami Heat a 103-100 victory. Miami’s opportunity trumped San Antonio’s preparation.

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Dwyane Wade takes a shot to the knee in the opening minutes of Game 6

Posted in Blogroll on June 19th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Courtesy of Jose 3030)

Dwyane Wade reacts after bumping knees with Manu Ginobili.

Will this come back to haunt the Heat?

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The Diva Debate: Jill Scott vs. Phyllis Hyman

Posted in Blogroll on June 18th, 2013 by Ron Glover

The Diva Debate returns this week with more musical flair. Our two divas this week are beloved by fans around the world but their biggest fan base may come from their hometown of Philadelphia.

Jill Scott and Phyllis Hyman are right up there with some of the greatest female vocalists ever. This week we allow TSF readers to debate and even reminisce on the talents of these two extraordinary women.

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Tip-Off for 6/18/13 (featuring Pete Rock): Did Chad Johnson really catch a break?

Posted in Blogroll on June 18th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Cristobal Herrera/AP)

Judge Kathleen McHugh got her wish when Chad Johnson placed himself at her mercy.

One week ago Chad Johnson was jailed for thirty day for patting his attorney on the backside during a probation hearing in relation to his domestic abuse case with his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada. Judge Kathleen McHugh hit Johnson with the sentence after revoking his appeal — which immediately sent Johnson to jail.

McHugh has accepted Johnson’s apology and reduced his sentence to seven days or time served.

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Tip-Off for 6/17/13 (featuring Venus Williams): Green Light: Danny Green’s hot hand pushes the Heat to the brink in Spurs 114-104 victory

Posted in Blogroll on June 17th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(John G. Mabanglo/European Press Photo Agency)

Manu Ginobili didn’t let his first start of the season fall by the wayside.

San Antonio Spurs swingman Danny Green has made a record 25 of 38 three-point attempts in these NBA Finals. Green made six of his ten attempts from beyond the arc in Game 5 — placing the Spurs on the doorstep of their fifth NBA Championship. The Spurs never trailed and led by as many as 20 points in their 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat.

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Tip-Off for 6/14/13 (featuring The Geto Boyz): Miami Pound Machine: Heat bounce back to defeat Spurs 109-93 to even series 2-2

Posted in Blogroll on June 14th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

Game 4: Dwyane Wade, Manu Ginobili

Dwyane Wade’s contribution in Game 4 silenced his critics and evened the series.

The last time Dwyane Wade scored at least 30 points in a game was back on March 4th against the Minnesota Timberwolves. For the remainder of the season and a good part of the playoffs, Wade has not resembled the man we’ve come to know as “Flash”. With the Miami Heat facing a potential 3-1 deficit, Wade reminded everyone he was anything but done. Miami’s Big Three of Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Wade combined for 85 points in the Heat’s 109-93 victory in Game 4. The best of seven series is now tied at two games each.

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Tip-Off for 6/13/13 (featuring J Cole): Did the Nets score big or foul out in hiring Jason Kidd?

Posted in Blogroll on June 13th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(NY Daily News)

Getting Deron Williams refocused is near the top of Jason Kidd’s to-do-list as head coach of the Nets.

In a stunning development, recently retired New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd was named the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Kidd will sign a three-year deal — which will be announced at 2 p.m. EST. at Barclay’s Center.

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Tip-Off for 6/12/13 (featuring Medgar Evers) Ambush at The Alamo: Spurs embarrass Heat 113-77 to take 2-1 lead

Posted in Blogroll on June 12th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Kens 5)

Danny Green and Gary Neal tag-teamed the Heat to give the Spurs a 2-1 lead.

The San Antonio Spurs outscored the Miami Heat 63-33 in an explosive second half. Guards Danny Green and Gary Neal combined for 51 points as the Spurs set an NBA Finals record with 16 three-pointers in their 113-77 shocker over the Heat in Game 3.  The Spurs hold a 2-1 lead in the series.

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The Public Shaming of Lionel Hollins

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

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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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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Tip-Off for 6/10/13 (featuring Bill Cosby): Heat erupt during 103-84 victory over Spurs to even series

Posted in Blogroll on June 10th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(TampaBay.com)

LeBron James sends Tiago Splitter to Rejection Row.

In Game 2 of the NBA Finals, it was LeBron James who needed to be picked up by his teammates. Miami Heat point guard saw the urgency of the moment and responded with 19 points on 6 for 12 shooting including two three-point plays during a decisive third quarter. The Miami Heat rebounded nicely from Game 1 to blow out the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 to even the best of seven series at one game each.

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Tip-Off for 6/7/13 (featuring Allen Iverson): Spurs outlast Heat 92-88 to take Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Posted in Blogroll on June 7th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(USA Today)

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Tony Parker’s bank shot sealed a Game 1 victory for the Spurs.

Tony Parker scored 10 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter, including a miraculous bank shot with 5.2 seconds remaining as the San Antonio Spurs held of the Miami Heat to take Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Parker’s performance overshadowed an outstanding effort by Miami’s LeBron James — who posted a triple-double.

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Ron Glover’s NBA Finals Preview and Prediction: San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat

Posted in Blogroll on June 6th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Newsday)

The battle between Tim Duncan and Chris Bosh could decide who is crowned NBA Champion.

Tim Duncan and LeBron James meet in the NBA Finals for the second time. In their 2007 meeting, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs swept young James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games.

In that time San Antonio’s trio of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Duncan have maintained relevant and aged gracefully. As for James, his signing with the Miami Heat has given the NBA its most publicized trio of stars – who are in defense of their first world championship as a unit.

Let’s call it Dynasty vs. Destiny.

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