@TSFSports links for 8/26/13 (featuring Marvin Gaye) What the hell is going on with pop culture?

Posted in Blogroll on August 26th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

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Yeah this image of Will Smith and his fam pretty much summed up what most thought of Miley Cyrus’ performance.

“People people, we gotta get over before we go under.”

The answer to the question the title is asking is obvious, but it should be asked right?

I had to watch a portion the MTV VMA’s for an interview today and wish I hadn’t.  I honestly got up and took a short walk after Miley Cyrus went alien-molly-Mike Jordan-with-the-tongue-thing, so I didn’t see most of the show. Where’s her Pop?

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Friday Fire: What young athlete in any sport will be a first ballot Hall of Famer

Posted in Blogroll on August 23rd, 2013 by Michael Tillery

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Well…not this young, but you get the point.

Friday Fire is back. Every Friday, we’ll ask a question to elicit a discussion on any topic. I once asked LeBron who are the greatest athletes of all time (and also about playing NFL quarterback) after we had a nice discussion on TSF asking if LeBron is the GOAT athlete that previous Friday. Other top discussions was one asking the fellas who is the sexiest and another engaging convo on Vince Young. So have at it and if you have any suggestions of good questions, hit me here.

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@TSFSports links for 8/22/13 (featuring Chuck Brown and Antionette Tuff) Pick your dream NFL skill positions

Posted in Blogroll on August 22nd, 2013 by Michael Tillery

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Hate  him now, but he’s only going to get scary better…

You own the team, so here’s your shot to build a classic winner. Pick one quarterback, two running backs, three receivers and one tight end. Pick from different eras or rock with players from the current NFL. Pick whoever you want. Here’s my squad…do judge me…

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Why the farm system matters: The trouble with the New York Yankees

Posted in Blogroll on August 22nd, 2013 by Okori Wadsworth

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The old immortals wait for the next generation. How long will it take?

The New York Yankees are a lot of things. The Bronx Bombers are a truly dynastic franchise known the world over — with enough championships to fill an extra-large trophy case. Yankee Stadium is the home and resting place of some of baseball’s true immortals, and also more great postseason moments than I could dare to list.  For all of the success and glory, there is one thing that the Yankees have been far too rarely, and it is killing them this year. Since free agency took over professional sports, the Yankees haven’t been terribly skilled at developing players, and this fact is destroying their chances this season.

Actually, the reason for it is quite simple as I will explain. It starts with their current run of success, and the ways and means of continuing that success has created a brutal catch-22 among their fans.

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@TSFSports links for 8/21/13 (featuring Kem) Happy Birthday Wilt Chamberlain (Commentary)

Posted in Blogroll on August 21st, 2013 by Michael Tillery

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Look, up in the sky…

The past. How do we objectively sort history comparative to the present and even the future? Do we merely allow the past to float away like the leaves falling off trees while somehow forgetting the next generation of seeds? Do we over-exaggerate the past by embellishing facts just so history remains relevant and even superior to what is now? Is it wrong to ask and debate whether Wilt or Mike is the GOAT? Is Wilt Chamberlain gone from your sports measure simply because he’s not alive and little footage is available to give him the proper and in many cases a cynical eye test? If Wilt were alive on this day, his birthday, what position would he play? What was his go to move? How would he be perceived by society? What is your perception of him? Would he dominate? Would you be shocked by his chill demeanor? Could you honestly say without question that he couldn’t score 100 points today?

Happy Birthday Mr. Chamberlain.

Let’s have a little chat people…

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The 2013 Carolina Panthers: A fast start could go a long way

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

(USA Today)

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers need to get an early jump on the opposition.

Head coach Ron Rivera is entering his third season with the Carolina Panthers and there is already talk of him being dismissed if the team struggles early. The Panthers have talent, but slow starts and heartbreaking defeats have chipped away at the confidence of quarterback Cam Newton. The solution to the problem is there, and it’s up to Rivera to work to the obvious strengths of his team.

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@TSFSports links for 8/20/13 (featuring Lee Thompson Young): Suicide is the cruelest pain

Posted in Blogroll on August 20th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

leethompsonSad news when anyone dies, but when someone commits suicide, it hits me hardest. Actor Lee Thompson Young, 29, reportedly took his own life Monday morning. He became known as The Famous Jett Jackson and also as football star Chris Comer in the stellar movie, Friday Night Lights. He most recently played detective Barry Frost in TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles. I saw it early this morning when a dear friend posted the news on facebook. We don’t know why Young killed himself and to speculate anything until more is known would be premature. Personally, when my Mom did the same, it changed the lives of my sister and I. We think of her every single day and it’s been 25 years. The pain is cruel because it never goes away and is the emptiest of nothingness. His loved ones are asking many questions of themselves, but they must understand Lee came to this realization on his own and having guilt from such a fatal outcome will only cause more pain as the years go by. Pain that will in turn affect the people around you because of your despondence in times they need you. If you know of someone going through something, please reach out to them.

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2013 Buffalo Bills: A talented core lacks elite talent

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

(NFL.com)

A healthy C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson will point the Bills dull offense in the right direction.

The Buffalo Bills have been the AFC East’s doormat for nearly two decades. Once dominant, the Bills have been reduced to a laughingstock. They are a prime candidate to be shipped north to Canada as a part of NFL expansion. While heading north may still be in the works, the current look of the Bills has changed. A new head coach, quarterback and attitude may be all this team needs to rise out of the AFC’s gutter.

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@TSFSports links for 8/19/13 (feat. Talib Kweli): No one could have warned Pam Oliver?

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

Pam-Oliver-Packers-Cardinals-Wildcard2So…before I crashed last night, I checked twitter for links to the post before you and happened across this video of Pam Oliver hit in the face by a Chandler Harnish pass. While there is a receiver directly behind her, the dude in front of Oliver fails to warn her that a football is about to hit the FOX sideline reporter despite looking directly into the field of play. I’m surprised he didn’t skip out of the way, scream, say ew or straight up faint with his punk ass. Besides him, the pass looked way out of bounds, Chandler Harnish wasn’t under any pressure (looked to be pregame) and people are everywhere on the sideline, so how in the hell did no one warn her what was about to go down? Like little league out fielders having the ability to throw a baseball into a bucket placed at home plate, quarterbacks just don’t miss targets when not under pressure. Come on Chandler Harnish. I guess this is why you are a back up…

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@TSFSports links for 8/15/13 (featuring Kindred The Family Soul): Has there ever been a more bleak time for Philly sports?

Posted in Blogroll on August 15th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

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Can’t remember it ever being this bad in Philly.

Philadelphia Eagles: 4-12, 4th in NFC East Division

Philadelphia 76’ers: 34-48, 4th in Atlantic Division

Philadelphia Flyers: 23-22, 4th in Eastern Conference

Philadelphia Phillies: 53-67, 4th in NL Eastern Division

 

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@TSFSports links for 8/14/13 Big Sean breaks down Control

Posted in Blogroll on August 14th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

big-sean-poseWrote about Kendrick Lamar’s bars on Control yesterday and what I thought it meant for Kendrick and Hip Hop as well. Today in an interview with Vibe, Big Sean breaks down what went into the making of the most talked about track of 2013…and maybe in some time. He explains how the track was put together, why his verse was harder than KDot’s, how he got the inexplicably dormant Jay Electronica on the track, why he was excited for fans and also Hip Hop to drop Control before a sample was cleared and why it doesn’t appear on his upcoming project, Hall of Fame, among other things.  Take a listen and please comment. Joell Ortiz is the first to respond publicly. His track is in the links as well.

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Tip-Off 8/13/13 (featuring Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica): K Dot’s verse on Control is just a Hip Hop wake up call

Posted in Blogroll on August 13th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

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Y’all better not shut up…

When Big Sean’s Control featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica leaked last night on twitter, chaos ensued. First the criticism was directed toward Jay Electronica because folks thought (they were right) Kendrick Lamar bodied everyone like 357 times on the track. Then it rightfully became about the genius of Kendrick Lamar…

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Tip-Off 8/12/13 (featuring @ScHoolBoyQ and @kendricklamar) @KingJames does it for the kids

Posted in Blogroll on August 12th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

(Photo: Akron Beacon Journal, Phil Masturzo)

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What began as a bike giveaway two years ago is now a full education initiative…

After The Decision drew so much hatred, what wasn’t reported as thoroughly was how much the ESPN broadcast positively affected schools and education in Akron, Ohio (we touched on it after LeBron won his first NBA ring). Building renovations, computer rooms, bike drives and an overall morale boost amongst the city’s youth have become Akron fixtures since LeBron James and his foundation have consistently been a presence in the Miami Heat star’s hometown. This is why I never had a problem with The Decision because many of those kids will be inspired just by interaction with James, and Saturday during the I Promise Family Reunion event was just another opportunity for LeBron to give back and more importantly, keep a promise.

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2013 Baltimore Ravens: Is Joe Flacco ready to assume the reigns?

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

(USA Today)

The Baltimore Ravens return to glory will rest once again on the play of Joe Flacco.

It’s fitting the first AFC team we look at is the reigning Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens rode an emotional wave generated by their inspirational leader Ray Lewis all the way to the Lombardi Trophy. The Ravens have lost seven players from their championship team, but have retooled with youth and speed.

Don’t look now, but the Ravens are poised to make a legitimate run back to the big game.

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Tip-Off 8/9/13 (featuring @HouseShoes) Jackie Robinson West All Star team gives Chicago a reason to smile

Posted in Blogroll on August 9th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

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Plays Michigan Saturday at 1 pm for a berth in the Little League World Series

With all the violence in Chicago giving the nation a reason to be thoroughly concerned about the welfare of children living on the south side, there finally comes a glimpse of happiness by way of Little League baseball. This is a time to smile Chicago, because the talented kids from your own Jackie Robinson West Little League All Star team are on the verge of making it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Read more »