@TSFSports Thanksgiving Day Predictions: The Ravens and Steelers fight for second place after dessert

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


Pickings will be slim for grub and playoff spots when the Ravens and Steelers meet tonight.

The NFL Thanksgiving nightcap has the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in a battle for second place in the AFC North. Earlier games include: The Detroit Lions hosting the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys welcome the Oakland Raiders to Jerry Jones’ digs.

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Kobe Bryant signs a 2-year $48 million extension to remain with the Lakers

Posted in Blogroll on November 25th, 2013 by Ron Glover


Laker for life…

Breathe easy Laker fans, Kobe Bean Bryant will most assuredly retire in your beloved purple and gold. The Los Angeles Lakers have announced the signing of the 35-year old Bryant to a deal which will pay him $23.5 million in 2014-15 and $25 million in 2015-16.

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@TSFSports Week 12 recap and commentary: Comeback kids

Posted in Blogroll on November 25th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(NY Daily News)

Tom Brady led the Patriots to an astounding comeback against the Broncos.

The most stunning of the five come from behind wins yesterday was the improbable comeback by the New England Patriots who trailed the Denver Broncos 24-0 at halftime only to pull out a 34-31 victory in overtime.

The Carolina Panthers won their 7th game in a row with a late rally against the Miami Dolphins. The Titans, Cowboys and Chargers also won late.

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@TSFSports Week 12 NFL Predictions: The G-Men Cometh

Posted in Blogroll on November 23rd, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Brad Penner/USA Today)

Nov 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) runs back an interception against the Green Bay Packers for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

November means the New York Giants are preparing to make their late season bum rush to the NFL postseason. Tom Coughlin was all but gone after an 0-6 start, but after four straight wins, they’re talking playoffs again. A win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday will only complicate matters in the schizophrenic NFC East.

Byes this week: Bengals, Bills, Eagles and Seahawks

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Derrick Rose will weather the storm

Posted in Blogroll on November 23rd, 2013 by Ron Glover

(USA Today)

Derrick Rose leaves the locker room after Friday night’s game against Portland.

It wasn’t the worst case scenario for Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose, but the news was no less devastating. An MRI performed on Rose’s right knee revealed a medial meniscus tear which will need surgery. No timetable has been set for Rose’s return to action.

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@TSFSports Week 11 NFL recap and commentary: Nobody’s perfect

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

(Isaiah Downing/USA Today)

2013-11-17 Demaryius Thomas

The Broncos hit the Chiefs in the mouth early and didn’t look back.

The Denver Broncos weren’t in the best physical shape heading into their heavyweight bout against the Kansas City Chiefs, but they had just enough to put their undefeated foes on the mat to earn a 27-17 victory. Peyton Manning was given ample time by his offensive line to pick apart the Chiefs defense — which has harassed opposing quarterbacks all season.

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@TSFSports Week 11 NFL Predictions: There’s gonna be some furniture movin’ this weekend

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


After five straight wins, things are finally looking up in Carolina.

Sunday night’s meeting between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos is enveloped by a number of games which could alter the direction of the NFL postseason. In Philadelphia, the Eagles are looking to move into first place in the NFC East if they can complete the season sweep of DC. The Carolina Panthers are on the prowl, and a victory over the New England Patriots coupled with a San Francisco 49ers win over the New Orleans Saints moves them into a first place tie in the NFC South.

Elsewhere, the Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals cannot afford any slippage in their divisional leads against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings or Cleveland Browns, respectively.

Byes this week: Cowboys and Rams

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@TSFSports Thursday Night NFL Preview: Indianapolis Colts (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5)

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

(Commercial Appeal)

Chris Johnson’s play in the final 7 games could determine a new deal or out him running out of Tennessee altogether.

The Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans will meet for the first time this season in an important AFC South battle. Both teams are looking to rebound from embarrassing losses in Week 10. The Colts we taken apart by the St. Louis Rams 38-8 and the Titans were defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars 29-27. The win was the Jaguars first of the season.

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The Houston Texans cut safety Ed Reed

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


Ed Reed chose not to bite his tongue after Sunday’s loss and it cost him his job.

The dismantling of the Houston Texans continued when the team announced they will part ways with safety Ed Reed. Reed left the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in March and signed a three-year $15 million contract with the Texans.

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@TSFSports Week 10 NFL recap and commentary: Drew Brees goes off as the Saints pound the Cowboys 49-17

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

(USA Today)

The Saints defense knew the importance of  yesterday’s game to their coordinator Rob Ryan.

When the Dallas Cowboys fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan last winter, he assured them he would have a new job in five minutes. The timing was off, but, the New Orleans Saints eventually brought Ryan in to cure their defensive struggles. Last night, Ryan’s defensive unit shut down a struggling Cowboys offense, allowing quarterback Drew Brees to blister a porous Cowboys pass defense as New Orleans dumped Dallas 49-17.

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@TSFSports Week 10 NFL Predictions: They’ll be ballin’ in The Bay come Sunday

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


Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton are preparing to make a seismic boom at Candlestick Park on Sunday.

The most anticipated match up in Week 10 is between the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49’ers. The Panthers have won four of their last five while quarterback Cam Newton has been on his best hot streak as a professional. Lost in the glitter of Newton’s performances is the play of the defense — which is ranked in the Top 10 in points, total yards and rushing yards.

The San Francisco 49ers are the reigning NFC Champions, but seem to be flying under the radar while all eyes are on the Seattle Seahawks. The Niners offense is posting nearly 28 points per contest and an NFL-best 153 rushing yards per game. An already stout defense gets a shot in the arm with the return of linebacker Aldon Smith.

Byes this week: Browns, Chiefs, Jets and Patriots.

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Derrick Coleman and Andrew Wiggins: Why Potential Is a Dangerous Word by @OkoriWadsworth

Posted in Blogroll on November 7th, 2013 by Okori Wadsworth

(KU Facebook page)


Will he be great?

Close your eyes. Reflect back, if you can, on that era of Big East basketball of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Reminisce over Chris Mullin and Walter Berry at St. John’s, Ewing, Zo and Dikembe at Georgetown, and then think about Syracuse basketball. Think about Dwayne Washington, Sherman Douglas, Billy Owens and Rony Seikaly. And realize that the player from that era who everyone, to a man, would have told you would have been the best from that era is Derrick Coleman. And yet, every time I say that name, I can’t help but wonder if he could have done more with the vast gifts that he had. Since this was a guy who called Karl Malone an Uncle Tom, I think I’m safe in assuming that answer is an emphatic yes.

And perhaps because of that, I worry about young hyped basketball players. I worried about Kevin Durant, and was proven wrong. I worried about Anthony Davis, and was proven wrong. But I worried about Marvin Williams, and I was proven right. Same with Felipe Lopez and Greg Oden. So when Andrew Wiggins, who is supposed to be the next (insert great NBA Player here), gets named to an all-American team I worry. Because the story of Derrick Coleman, and all those can’t miss prospects that somehow missed, lives within me. Can Andrew Wiggins be on the Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis tree? Let’s find out.
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The Iconic Soul of Allen Iverson

Posted in Blogroll on November 5th, 2013 by Michael Tillery


Be peace bro. Thanks for doing what you do…

It’s Friday night and the much hated Celtics are in town. This is the 2000-01 season and the Sixers are rolling. You’ve had these tickets for a while, yet somehow got stuck at work causing a short delay driving to the arena, but simply couldn’t miss the introductions and more importantly the tip-off.  You and your friends are rushing to the First Union Center from all points — whether it be the blue route, regional rail line, Broad Street bullying, coming in after being frustrated in traffic off 1-95 or having a few brews on South Street. You park and running up to the building, almost trip through the front door…shivering from the winter cold and just make it into your great seats and crack a smooth smile…excited to finally see Allen Iverson and his Sixers face the arch-rival Boston Celtics squad featuring Antione Walker and Paul Pierce. Because it’s Friday night, the arena is already loud and anticipating Sixers public address announcer Matt Cord to set it off: “A six…foot…guard from Georgetown…number threeee Allllllen Iverrrrrrrrsoooooon!”Yessssssss! These were the great ole days where the stars in The Answer’s eyes and the courage in his style simply made this evening shine that much greater…

The memories…

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Sunday Night Football Live Blog: Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans

Posted in Blogroll on November 4th, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Rant Sports)

With Reggie Wayne out for the season, Andrew Luck has to look to others for production.

The Indianapolis Colts take the field for the first time since their emotional win over the Denver Broncos on October 20th. The Colts will be without wide receiver Reggie Wayne who tore his ACL against the Broncos. Quarterback Andrew Luck will have to rely on T.Y. Hilton, Coby Fleener and Darrius Heyward-Bey to move the sticks. Trent Richardson’s workload should increase significantly in Wayne’s absence. Tonight may be an opportune time against the generous Texans run defense.

The Houston Texans have all but moved on from the embattled and oft-injured quarterback Matt Schaub. Sitting at 2-5, the Texans still have a glimmer of hope for the postseason if they can string together some victories (Arizona, Oakland and Jacksonville in next three weeks). The Colts defense gives up yards in bunches, if quarterback Case Keenum can minimize his miscues, the Texans may be in line for the win.

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@TSFSports Week 9 NFL Predictions: Don’t look now, but there go the Atlanta Falcons

Posted in Blogroll on November 3rd, 2013 by Ron Glover

(Penn Live)

Trading the classy Tony Gonzalez to the Chiefs would have been a slam dunk gesture by the Falcons. 

The Atlanta Falcons top the list of major disappointments of the 2013 NFL season. Topping the list of misfortunes to befall the Dirty Birds is the season-ending injury to wide receiver Julio Jones. Jones’ receiving counterpart Roddy White has also been nicked up through Atlanta’s 2-5 start. Matt Ryan’s play has even taken a hit — passing for only 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. This time last season, Ryan stood at 20 touchdown tosses and 7 picks.

In a head scratching development the Falcons allowed the trade deadline to come and go without moving tight end Tony Gonzalez — who came back after being convinced the team’s Super Bowl window had not closed. A trade to the Kansas City Chiefs would’ve been ideal.

Byes this week: Broncos, Cardinals Giants, Jaguars, Lions and 49ers

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