Ron Glover’s @TSFSports 2013-14 NBA Season Preview: The Miami Heat stand ready while challengers bum rush the throne

Posted in Blogroll on October 30th, 2013 by Ron Glover

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LeBron James and the Miami Heat will have to go through a hellish Eastern Conference to reach their fourth straight NBA Finals.

The 2013-14 NBA season is sure to go down as one of the greatest in recent memory. Our anticipation for opening night has peaked with the return of Derrick Rose to the Chicago Bulls and the bolstering of the Brooklyn Nets with the additions of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. For good measure, the Nets hired Jason Kidd as head coach to run things from the bench. Has either team done enough in the off-season to prevent the World Champion Miami Heat from a third consecutive title.

Out West, Dwight Howard has a new home in Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers are waiting for the return of Kobe Bryant. Doc Rivers is looking to take the Clippers to the next level. The Golden State Warriors added defensive stalwart Andre Iguodala to an already talented roster. In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant will be asked to shoulder the scoring burden until the electric Russell Westbrook returns.

Teams on the come up, impact rookies and old faces in new places. Lace ’em up tight fam, it’s going to be a great season!

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Dez Bryant: yet another reason why perception is simply a lazy and false view of reality

Posted in Blogroll on October 29th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

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He is who he is and exuberant passion for the game allows Dez Bryant to do this.

I gotta let y’all have it. Y’all crazy. Like really really muy loco mang. Haven’t you learned yet to use your minds outside of how you’ve been conditioned to react? Because of the perception of Dez Bryant, many slammed him as if he committed some sort of heinous act on the Cowboys sideline. His reaction was all about passion and inspiring his team to victory. If you noticed the body language of his teammates, you would have understood his “outburst” was absolutely no cause for concern. That all types of punditry were critical of Dez Bryant when the game of football is as emotional as it gets, shows most know nothing about the sport of…nor do they care for you to know. It’s all about entertainment now and game analysis has little to do with the actual games themselves. So…

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A decent NFL quarterback…I want that, I need that

Posted in Blogroll on October 28th, 2013 by Jerold Wells Jr.

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What gives?

What do you feel when the quarterback of your favorite NFL team takes the field? Do you swell with pride? Do you cringe in horror? What gives you hope? What feeds your sense of hopelessness?

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@TSFSports Week 8 NFL recap and commentary: Calvin Johnson is mythical in Lions win; Broncos drop 31 in fourth quarter against DC

Posted in Blogroll on October 28th, 2013 by Ron Glover

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Megatron made scorched earth of the Cowboys secondary with 14 receptions for 329 yards.

Calvin Johnson had the second greatest statistical day for a wide receiver in the Detroit Lions stunning 31-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys yesterday. Johnson’s 329 yards were second only to Flipper Anderson — who had 335 yards for the former Los Angeles Rams in 1989. Matthew Stafford scored on a 1-yard plunge after a fake spike to five the Lions a thrilling victory.

The Denver Broncos trailed the team from DC 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter before exploding for 38 unanswered points in a 45-21 romp. Peyton Manning overcame throwing three picks and losing a fumble to pass for 354 yards and four touchdowns. Robert Griffin III left the contest early with a left knee injury.

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Ron Glover’s @TSFSports Week 8 NFL Predictions: Chiefs looking to end the first half on a perfect note

Posted in Blogroll on October 26th, 2013 by Ron Glover

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Andy Reid came to Kansas City with one goal in mind. He’s almost halfway there.

I expected a noticeable improvement from the Kansas City Chiefs when Andy Reid was awarded the job, but a 7-0 start is a bit much. The Chiefs have looked impressive on the first two months of the season with an above average offense and a reckless defense — which isn’t afraid to get after the quarterback.

We’re two weeks away from the first meeting between the Chiefs and the one-loss Denver Broncos, but fans are no less excited about the renewal of this AFC West rivalry.

Byes this week: Bears, Chargers, Colts, Ravens, Texans and Titans

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James Harden and the past: What happened to the shooting guard position?

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

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Following basketball in the late 1980’s came with certain rules we all understood. You feared and hated the Bad Boy Pistons. At the same time, you also hated and respected the Showtime Lakers. Finally, the shooting guard position was where most of the game’s best scorers were found. Just in the 80’s alone, there was Michael Jordan announcing himself as the next king of the sport in Chicago, Joe Dumars being the only semi-clean Bad Boy in Detroit, and Clyde Drexler being the Mr. Pibb to Jordan’s Dr. Pepper in Portland.

That was just off the top of my head, but more importantly, what has happened to our shooting guards? Where did they go?

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@TSFSports NFL Week 7 Recap and Commentary: Geno Smith and the Jets stun the Patriots; Colts change the locks on Peyton Manning

Posted in Blogroll on October 21st, 2013 by Ron Glover

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The NY Jets needed the arm and legs of Geno Smith to knock off the Patriots.

Geno Smith’s rookie season has had its highs and lows. In his second meeting against the New England Patriots, the second round pick experienced the high of his young career as he passed for a touchdown and ran for another as the NY Jets defeated the Patriots in overtime 30-27.

The Indianapolis Colts were not about to have Peyton Manning party at their expense, so they opened the roof in Lucas Oil Stadium (something Manning hated) and watched the defense rain on Manning and the undefeated Broncos. The Colts hung on for a 39-33 victory to give the Broncos their first loss of the season.

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@TSFSports NFL Live Blog: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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

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Michael Vick and DeMarcus Ware will not be a part of today’s action in Philly.

Today’s meeting between the Dallas Cowboys (3-3) and the Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) means first place in the NFC East for the victor. More importantly, are the early season bragging rights between two fan bases — who only exchange insults and an occasional right hook or two.

The Eagles have lost their last eight home games and are in the midst of a quarterback dilemma as the injured Michael Vick (hamstring) has to watch as backup Nick Foles runs the offense. Foles is thankful Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware has been declared inactive for today. Ware has more sacks against the Eagles than any player, including Lawrence Taylor. An impressive day by Foles coupled with an Eagles victory could mean the end of the Michael Vick Experiment in Philly.

Tony Romo — who is two weeks removed from a 500-yard passing day is looking forward to doing damage to the NFL’s worst secondary. With running back DeMarco Murray sidelined, Romo may have no choice but to drop back 50 times.

Tune in for today’s live bog as another chapter in this heated rivalry unfolds.

NFL NFC Quarter Season Review

Posted in Blogroll on October 20th, 2013 by Jerold Wells Jr.

A quarter of the way through the season let’s consider The Good, The Bad, The Ugly in the NFC.

 

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Ron Glover’s @TSFSports Week 7 NFL Predictions: Lucas Oil Stadium will forever be known as Peyton’s Place

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

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Peyton Manning will make the Colts pay for owner Jim Irsay’s comments come Sunday.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay took all the warm and fuzzy out of Peyton Manning’s return to Indy when he placed the Colts shortcomings with Manning at the forefront of his conversations. Irsay mentioned the Patriots, Ravens, Steelers and even the Giants — who have one multiple Lombardi Trophies.

Manning has opted to withhold his response to Irsay’s comments until Sunday evening.

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John Carlos: The Starting Five Interview

Posted in Blogroll on October 16th, 2013 by Christian Avard

Never forget what happened 45 years ago today. Republished with permission from the TSF crew. – CA

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How can you ask someone to live in the world and not have something to say about injustice?” – John Carlos

No one should pay the price for standing up for their dignity. Yet that is what happened to American track and field star John Carlos when he raised his fist in the air with his teammate Tommie Smith at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

On October 16, 1968, Smith won the 200 meters in a world-record time of 19.83 seconds. Australia’s Peter Norman came in second with a time of 20.06 and Carlos placed third place with a time of 20.10.

The three athletes went to the medal stand. Smith and Carlos were there to receive their medals, show their dignity, and raise awareness of the oppression that exists in America.

Smith and Carlos received their medals shoeless. They wore black socks which symbolized black poverty Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride. Carlos had his tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with American blue collar workers and wore beads for “the individuals that were lynched or killed, that no-one said a prayer for, and those that were hung and tarred.” (More Than a Game, Jan Stradling)

Smith, Carlos, and Norman wore Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges. OPHR founder Harry Edwards urged black athletes to boycott the games and the actions of Smith and Carlos were inspired by Edwards’ arguments.

Smith and Carlos delivered the salute with heads bowed during the national anthem as Norman looked on. The gesture became front page news around the world. They should have been celebrated for their actions. Instead, they were booed and shunned and were asked to leave Mexico City. All of them arrived home as outcasts.

Even today, Smith and Carlos (and Peter Norman) do not get the respect they deserve. They still fight the myths surrounding their actions and it’s time we unlearn them. Carlos sets the record straight with sportswriter Dave Zirin in his book, “The John Carlos Story.”

I caught up with Mr. Carlos and we discussed all sorts of things: the Olympic Project for Human Rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, track and field, swimming, and the positive impact of their actions.

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NFL Week 6 Recap and Commentary: Adrian Peterson runs with a heavy heart; Tom Brady goes clutch against Saints

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

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Despite the insensitivity of the media, Adrian Peterson knew he could lean on his NFL brotherhood.

The Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson chose to make the football field his sanctuary in the days after the tragic loss of his two-year old son. Peterson and the Vikings were blown out by the Carolina Panthers 35-10. Adding to the sting of defeat was the inappropriate questioning of Peterson by one reporter, but then again are you really surprised?

Tom Brady threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining to give the New England Patriots a 30-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints — plucking Drew Brees & Co. from the ranks of the unbeaten.

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Ron Glover’s @TSFSports Week 6 NFL Predictions: Plenty of teams looking to gain solid footing after murky starts

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

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LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles are staring .500 and sole possession of first place in the face

Make no mistake 3-3 is light years away from being 2-4. That is the dilemma facing seven teams in Week 6. Kudos to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for taking the field against the Philadelphia Eagles despite three players contacting MRSA — a contagious and severe Staph infection.

Today’s marquee match up is the New England Patriots hosting the New Orleans Saints — who are undefeated against the Patriots with Drew Brees under center.

Byes: Dolphins and Falcons.

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The Starting Five AFC Quarter Season Review

Posted in Blogroll on October 13th, 2013 by Jerold Wells Jr.

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Peyton Manning and Wes Welker have been dynamite in a high-powered Broncos offense.

Four games into the 2013 NFL Season we have some surprising stories, some similar storylines and some developments that seemed to appear out of nowhere.

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Three things I think I know about the upcoming NBA season by @OkoriWadsworth

Posted in Blogroll on October 10th, 2013 by Okori Wadsworth

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With the NBA season upcoming, for the first time in a while, it feels like we’re coming to a new bumper crop of talent for the league, and young exciting talent at that. With that in mind, there are a lot of things no one is quite sure about yet. Here are three things I think I know:

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