@TSFSports NFL Week 13 Previews and predictions: In the NFC East, the season begins now

Posted in Blogroll on November 27th, 2014 by Ron Glover


LeSean McCoy is warming up as the Birds look to repeat as NFC East champs.

Once the table has been blessed and the food consumed, pull up in your favorite easy chair and prepare for a good ‘ol fashioned NFC East feud. the Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) and the Dallas Cowboys (8-3) meet for the first time this season with first place on the line.

The holiday schedule kicks off with the Chicago Bears (5-6) visiting the Detroit Lions (7-4) and closes out with the Seattle Seahawks (7-4) visiting the San Francisco 49ers (7-4) in a rematch of the NFC Championship.

Read more »

TSF Live No Indictment for Darren Wilson Podcast with Michael Tillery, John Gorman and Ron Glover

Posted in Blogroll on November 25th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

mike brown's parents

If you can’t understand their pain, you are just not human…

On November 24, 2014, after the decision to not indict Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown was handed down in Ferguson, Missouri, John Gorman, Ron Glover and I spoke our immediate reaction. Here it is…

Read more »

Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman: Louder than a Bomb

Posted in Blogroll on November 25th, 2014 by Ron Glover


Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin address the Seattle press about some of the NFL’s double standards.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was fined$100,000 by the NFL for violating the league’s media policy after the team’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on November 17th. Lynch was warned by league offices prior to the fine. Unfazed, Lynch left the locker room, but spoke with Mike Silver and former teammate Marcus Robinson (both NFL employees) by phone. Apparently, this wasn’t good enough for Roger Goodell and a fine was levied.

What followed after Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals was a session which may have been awkward for reporters, yet entertaining to the public.

Not to be outdone, teammates Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman — who will now be known as Dougie Fresh and Slick Rich — took umbrage to the league’s actions and unleashed a freestyle presser, pointing out some of the obvious hypocrisies in the establishment. Both addressed everything from Lynch’s fining to the Seahawks playing two games in five days.

Read more »

@TSFSports Week 12 NFL Previews and predictions: Aaron Rodgers: Part Butcher, Part Surgeon, All World

Posted in Blogroll on November 21st, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Mike Roener/AP)

Aaron Rodgers has the same number of rings as Peyton Manning, but is rarely mentioned among the NFL’s best.

Two weeks ago, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hacked up a depleted Chicago Bears secondary to the tune of six first half touchdowns in a 55-14 stomping of their division rivals.

Last week, the 2011 NFL MVP systematically broke down an improved Philadelphia Eagles pass rush, passing for three more scores in a 53-20 romp. I think it’s about time we start mentioning Rodgers among the NFL’s best signal callers.

Byes: Panthers and Steelers

Read more »

Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014: Gay, Cousins lead Kings rout of Rose-less Bulls

Posted in Blogroll on November 21st, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(Sacramento Bee)

Behind Cousins and Gay, Sacramento is looking like a playoff team early…

I’m so glad DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay are shutting up the critics. Word to them…

TNT’s NBA coverage will continue Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks followed by the New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.

Read more »

As rape allegations swirl, a lost Bill Cosby interview from 2007

Posted in Blogroll on November 20th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

These allegations are troubling…

In the early days of The Starting Five, we all got into incredible discussions. These were the days pre-social media boom and folks actually commented on sites like this. The comments went into the hundreds. One day, Bill Cosby was…

Read more »

The Starting Five Ron Artest Interview

Posted in Blogroll on November 19th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

There is no denying Ron’s positive effect on Queensbridge

*Reposting this today because it’s the 10th anniversary of the Malace in the Palace. 

This interview was conducted this summer in Long Island as Ron was getting ready for the season–just days after the referee gambling scandal hit the press.

Ron Artest has been through a lot since coming out of St. Johns eight years ago and it’s been well documented. I wanted to do this interview to give fans a more well rounded opinion because of how Ron’s been vilified before and after The Brawl. I’m thankful Ron agreed to do this because most athletes would remain reticent and never speak again to the press. I would see tidbits of him giving back to the community and wondered if this cat is so much of a monster, then why do children all over the nation seem to love him? He’ll tell you he’s responsible for the public perception of him because of his rebellious relationship with authority early on in his career. He’s made a fair share of mistakes, but it’s not the whole story and we all know how the media runs with negativity.

Yes, athletes make millions of dollars to play a game–we all understand that. It also would be ridiculous to think and publicly say sports fans have a right to act like fools at a sporting event just because they’ve shelled out hard earned money. To some of us, athletics is more than entertainment. Fans and media heap undeserving amounts of blame on athletes while the world loudly crumbles around them.

America dropped the ball after what happened in Detroit that night by not properly scrutinizing fan behavior. The athletes involved lost millions of dollars, but what about John Green or the foolish fans that came on the court only to be clocked by Jermaine O’Neal?

It must be noted Ron does an amazing amount of charity work in communities all over the nation. He doesn’t want it all publicized, but it’s criminal that almost none of it gets any media shine.

Ron this season is averaging a very respectable 19 points, 6 rebounds and four assists as the Kings come off their second road win in New Jersey last night 106-101.

This is a very compelling interview. Ron is honest about his professional career, is very contrite about his transgressions and acutely aware of his place in society. Read this very carefully and speak your mind candidly afterwards.


Read more »

Stephen A. Smith vs. Michael Carter-Williams: Fallout from the Call Out

Posted in Blogroll on November 18th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(NY Post)

Veteran journalist Stephen A. Smith’s latest media beef is with second year player Michael Carter-Williams.

Last week, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams posted an essay on The Players Tribune – a website started by former New York Yankee Derek Jeter which provides an unfiltered platform for athletes to enlighten their fan base on whatever is on their mind at the time.

For Carter-Williams his mind was on being 0-7 to start the 2014-15 season and the moment last year when his team was on the cusp of losing an NBA-record 27th game in a row. Carter-Williams recalls how members of the press, most notably ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith seemed all to eager to see his team set a new mark in futility. Upon hearing Carter-Williams comments, Smith went on a rant that should make every athlete shudder.

Read more »

Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014: Regarding Derrick Rose, everybody does need to chill the f— out

Posted in Blogroll on November 14th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


It’s the world we live in brothas…

This is self explanatory. Incredible are those who, while not going through Rose’s injury issues, are the first to criticize a player looking out for his future. Rose is an athlete most once adored…and many still dig Rose. Shut the hell up and watch the game without coming out your face with some envious and most definitely mimicked dumbassery. Ha.

Word to Pooh…

TNT’s NBA coverage will continue Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Clippers @ Miami Heat followed by the Chicago Bulls @ Sacramento Kings at 10:30 p.m.

Read more »

@TSFSports Week 11 NFL previews and predictions: Is Darren Sproles a legitimate MVP candidate?

Posted in Blogroll on November 14th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Independent co.uk)

Darren Sproles’ body of work in Philly this season should garner MVP consideration.

The Philadelphia Eagles have endured a beat up offensive line, a sub par season by running back LeSean McCoy and finally an injury to Pro Bowl quarterback Nick Foles. The one constant has been the timely heroics of free-agent acquisition Darren Sproles — who has in many ways the reason the Birds are 7-3. As far-fetched as it may seem the 5’7″ Sproles has stood tall and deserves to be listed among the NFL’s top MVP candidates.

Byes: Cowboys, Jaguars, Jets and Ravens

Read more »

Roy Ayers and Michael Tillery RAPstation Radio Interview Part 2

Posted in Blogroll on November 10th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


The legendary vibraphone master finishes up our interview here on The Starting Five

Honored to do this interview. Mr. Ayers has influenced so many across every music platform and specifically Hip Hop. Check out the 1st part on RAPstation radio for context. Part 2 is below.

Read more »

@TSFSports Week 10 NFL previews and predictions: These Brownies pack a punch

Posted in Blogroll on November 6th, 2014 by Ron Glover


Rookie Terrance West has become the main man in a crowded Browns backfield. 

The 2014 Cleveland Browns were supposed to take their lumps while veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer kept the seat warm for electric rookie Johnny Manziel. Head coach Mike Pettine has taken a different course with his team, Incorporating a three-headed monster at the running back position with a solid receiving corps. Hoyer has passed for ten touchdowns compared to only four interceptions as the Browns sit one game out of first place in the AFC North heading into tonight’s battle with division rival Cincinnati Bengals.

Bye: Chargers ,Colts, DC, Patriots, Texans, Vikings

Read more »