NFL Questions and Answers: Can the Baltimore Ravens equal last season’s success?

Posted in Blogroll on July 22nd, 2013 by Ron Glover

(UPI)

Can the 2013 Baltimore Ravens thrive in the shadow of the great Ray Lewis?

With the completion of my first Fantasy Football draft, it’s safe to say I’m ready to hear the cracking of the pads. We’re seven weeks from kicking off the 2013 season, but  it’s never to get the chatter going.

So let’s get started.

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Denver Broncos star Von Miller faces 4-game suspension for violating NFL policy

Posted in Blogroll on July 22nd, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Denver Post)

The specifics of Von Miller’s pending suspension are unknown.

Von Miller was runner-up to the 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans. If his appeal with the NFL falls through the two-time Pro Bowler will get off to a late start in 2013.

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Tip-Off for 7/22/13 (featuring George Clinton): Black male in mistaken vehicle killed by police in Little Rock, Arkansas

Posted in Blogroll on July 22nd, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Arkansas Online)

Residents of Little Rock, Arkansas are protesting the shooting death of Deon Williams.

One year after the mysterious death of Chavis Carter, the Little Rock Police Department in coming under fire for the shooting death of a black male, who did not fire at pursuing officers.

A police officer shot and killed Deon Williams after stopping him in what was alleged to be a stolen vehicle.

By the time the vehicle was ruled not stolen, Williams was already dead.

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President Barack Obama addresses The Zimmerman Verdict and racism

Posted in Blogroll on July 20th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(People)

President Obama addressed the Zimmerman verdict, racism and the plight of the young Black male — to the chagrin of many whites in America.

President Barack Obama spoke out at length about the recent George Zimmerman verdict six days after he was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The President had been criticized for only speaking briefly on the verdict by some African-Americans. In his impromptu, but lengthy speech he’s accused by whites as race-baiting.

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Three things I think I know about Major League Baseball’s second half

Posted in Blogroll on July 19th, 2013 by Okori Wadsworth

MLB's Headed For A Great Second Half

With the Midsummer Classic in our rear view mirror as well as the resulting few days of break, now is as good a time to stop and take stock of where we are. As an excellent philosopher once said, “If you don’t stop every once in a while and look around, you might miss something.”

Where do we begin? There are so many stories happening during the baseball season. Mike Trout proving his Rookie of the Year season was not a fluke by having another “Quiet as it’s kept, I’m the best player on a team with Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton” season.” The Pirates are over .500, way over .500 with Pedro Cerrano’s spiritual heir Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen leading the way. But when I think about the really cool and important things that have happened and are going to happen, This is what has drawn my attention.

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Tip-Off for 7/19/13 (featuring Odd Future): I know you’re wounded, but what are you going to do about it?

Posted in Blogroll on July 19th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

 

Whassup people? Mizzo here. Y’all alright? Almost a week has passed since the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict and I just wanted to check on you. How are you feeling? What are you feeling? You know we’re on the clock right? It’s time to tighten up…

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Cam Newton: Forgotten Man

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

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Cam Newton will find a way to keep moving the chains, regardless of the obstacle.

Amid all the well-deserved hoopla surrounding the quarterback class of 2012 along with San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl signal caller Colin Kaepernick, Carolina Panthers second year quarterback Cam Newton was going through his own private hell.

While the media took their shots at the 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year, Newton kept it moving — throwing for fewer interceptions and increasing his passer rating — while leading the Panthers to five wins in their last six games.

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Tip-Off for 7/18/13 (featuring Chubb Rock): Nelson Mandela: The ultimate fighter

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

(Rolling Out)

Happy 95th Birthday Sir!

He is the rarest of jewels. A symbol of our struggle and the hope of what we strive to become. If you don’t know who Nelson Mandela is or what he represents, do yourself a favor and find out. He’s more than what you could ever expect.

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Remember Derrick Rose?

Posted in Blogroll on July 17th, 2013 by Jerold Wells Jr.

(Getty Images)

The look on LeBron James’ face says it all.

Did we forget? What makes us remember? Are we prisoners of the moment more than captives of pleasant memories?

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One final cry falls on twelve deaf ears

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

(Associated Press)

As the world watched the seconds and minutes accumulate to agonizing hours during the deliberation period in the George Zimmerman trial, many rested on the morals of six female jurors (5 white, 1 minority). Five mothers who we thought knew the value of a child’s life, sans color or association. We valued motherly intuition over what was their instinctive thinking. The disbelief of the final verdict was feeble in comparison to what took place during the deliberation and after the stunning verdict.

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Tip-Off for 7/17/13 (featuring Diahann Carroll): Mariano Rivera helps shut down NL in final All-Star appearance

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

(Mike Segar/Reuters)

Called in during the eighth to make sure he would pitch in his final All-Star Game, Mariano Rivera soaks up an ovation. He tossed a perfect inning and was named MVP in the AL’s win.

Exit Sandman.

As the opening chords of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” ripped through CitiField, Mariano Rivera trotted from the bullpen to an empty field. Players from both teams left their dugouts to join the 45,186 in attendance in a lengthy salute to one of the all-time greats.

The American League shut out the National League 3-0 in the 84th edition of the Midsummer Classic.

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Miguel Cabrera: Man on fire

Posted in Blogroll on July 16th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Toledo Blade)

Miguel Cabrera has a great chance of winning consecutive Triple Crowns.

All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera is the undeniable force behind the first place Detroit Tigers. The 2012 Triple Crown winner is tearing the cover off the ball once again, and don’t look now, but this baby-faced assassin is two-thirds of the way home in completing an unprecedented run.

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Tip-Off for 7/16/13 (featuring Barry Sanders): Derrick Rose confirms return to the Bulls

Posted in Blogroll on July 16th, 2013 by Ron Glover

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Derrick Rose’s return gives the Chicago Bulls a legitimate shot at the NBA crown. 

Nearly 18 months after tearing the ACL in his left knee, Derrick Rose has announced all systems are go for his return to the Chicago Bulls to open the 2013-14 season.

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Stevie Wonder takes Higher Ground against Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

Posted in Blogroll on July 16th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Jewish Journal)

How many others will follow the precedent Stevie Wonder has set?

Musical icon Stevie Wonder has decided he will never perform in the state of Florida or any other state which has a Stand Your Ground Law.

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Tip-Off 7/15/13 (featuring Forest Whitaker): What are your top five movie soundtracks?

Posted in Blogroll on July 15th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Movie Web)

Jamie Foxx was masterful in his portrayal of Ray Charles.

I’m still in a mental daze following Saturday’s verdict. My thoughts and words come in angry spurts. After commenting early Sunday morning, I found myself in a spectator seat to more division among us. We’re just as divided today about how to react to the situation as we were on Friday when one’s Blackness was gauged on what your Facebook profile picture featured. I’ll give my views on everything shortly.

We’re all witnesses to the power of music. Today, I’m asking for your top five movie soundtracks.

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