@TSFSports Week 17 NFL Picks: A surreal regular season comes to a close

Posted in Blogroll on December 28th, 2014 by Ron Glover

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The blame we have to take for NFL’s personality crisis

Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald dominated the headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2014.

The 2014 NFL season will be remembered more for what happened off the field than on it. Incidents involving some of the game’s marquee players raised awareness to child abuse and domestic violence. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave fans another reason to demand his resignation as his handling of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases revealed its share of mishandled information.

On the field, exceptional seasons from, the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers have landed them in the NFL’s second season. There will even be a representative from the NFC South with a sub-.500 record. Late season collapses from the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and possibly the San Diego Chargers is a reminder that there are no guarantees in today’s NFL.

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Gritty Temple Owls pound No. 10 Kansas Jayhawks 77-52

Posted in Blogroll on December 23rd, 2014 by Ron Glover

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Temple stuns No. 10 Kansas with 77-52 blowout

Temple’s Quenton DeCosey fighting for a loose ball with Kansas’ Kelly Oubre Jr. was symbolic of the Owls performance against the 10th ranked Jayhawks.

It’s safe to say the month of December has been anything but cheerful for Philadelphia sports fans. Longtime Phillie Jimmy Rollins was traded, the Flyers are ranked 12th in the NHL’s Eastern Conference, the Eagles have been bumped from playoff contention and the 76ers are in year two of Operation Tank.

So it would be somewhat understandable if the unranked Temple Owls weren’t given much of a shot against No. 10 ranked Kansas right?

The Owls took good shots, played great defense and limited the Jayhawks’ second chance opportunities in a 77-52 stunner.

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Jeremy Maclin: The Gambler

Posted in Blogroll on December 19th, 2014 by Ron Glover

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The play of Jeremy Maclin has left secondaries baffled in what is becoming a Pro Bowl season.

In five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has played with his share of Pro Bowl talent. Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Brian Westbrook,  Jason Peters and DeSean Jackson are just a few who come to mind. Maclin’s numbers have been decent, but injuries and the looming shadow of Jackson prevented fans from seeing the full complement of his talents.

With Jackson now catching passes in DC and a clean bill of health, Maclin has exploded out of his shell and into the national spotlight. The former Missouri wide receiver/return man is a front-runner for NFL comeback Player of the Year, his first Pro Bowl appearance and a top target heading into free agency this off-season.

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@TSFSports Week 16 NFL Picks: The Dallas Cowboys new triplets could be a problem in the post-season

Posted in Blogroll on December 19th, 2014 by Ron Glover

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Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Tony Romo

Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Tony Romo are headed to the post-season.

Don’t look now but the Dallas Cowboys are streaking towards the NFL Playoffs with a full head of steam. The Cowboys have yet to clinch the NFC East, but with nearly every tie-breaker over the Philadelphia Eagles in their favor, it’s safe to say the division is theirs to lose.

The last time Jerry Jones fielded a Cowboys squad with a trio like Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Tony Romo and a dominant offensive line, he was winning Lombardi Trophies.

Heaven forbid.

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Overreaching For the Crown: The Kings Show Lack of Understanding With Mike Malone Firing by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on December 15th, 2014 by Nigel Broadnax

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DeMarcus Cousins and his Sacramento Kings teammates found out the firing of head coach Mike Malone via Twitter. 

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported in the early hours of the morning, that the Sacramento Kings fired head coach Mike Malone 24 games into his second season. The first coaching termination of the season is a baffling one to say the least, as the Kings are only two games under .500 (11-13) in the brutal Western Conference. Sacramento is also only a half-game behind the eighth-seeded Phoenix Suns at the moment.

One would think that an incident or altercation between Malone and management sparked the decision. However, Woj also reported that the team playing below ownership’s “expectations” was the motivation behind the personnel change.

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@TSFSports Week 15 NFL Picks: The Seahawks are lowering the boom on NFC foes

Posted in Blogroll on December 11th, 2014 by Ron Glover

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Russell Wilson has had to stay very mobile during the 2014 NFL season in order to help the Seattle Seahawks.

Russell Wilson has become more of a dual threat than usual.

It would be great to see NFL players continue their tributes to Mike Brown and Eric Garner, while still spreading awareness. Printed t-shirts, black gloves, black cleats, it doesn’t matter how you get the message out — just get it out.

 Two months ago, the Seattle Seahawks were on the ropes. Wide receiver Percy Harvin was traded, there were whispers about quarterback Russell Wilson’s Blackness as well as his ability to lead a championship-caliber team. The final blow was dealt when the team lost a 28-26 nail-biter to the struggling St. Louis Rams to end a week from hell.

In recent weeks, opponents have caught hell as the world champions have won six of their last seven including victories over the Panthers, Niners, Cardinals and Eagles. The once comfortable lead by the division-leading Cardinals has been shaved to one game as the Seahawks have won three straight.

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How much noise can the Pittsburgh Steelers make in the stretch run?

Posted in Blogroll on December 10th, 2014 by Julian Truitt

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When all else fails, the hopes of the Steel City rest on the legs of Le’Veon Bell. 

When the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati last Sunday, it took their faithful fans on another incline in what has been a roller coaster season. The win gives the Black and Gold a true shot at winning the AFC North if they can handle things in the upcoming weeks.

The newest (and youngest) member of The Starting Five Julian Truitt debuts with his opinion on what the Steelers must do.

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Florida State Seminoles: Unconquered in the face of chaos

Posted in Blogroll on December 8th, 2014 by Ron Glover

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Through the roses and the thorns: Jameis Winston and Jimbo Fisher are headed back to the birthplace of their dominance.

When Jimbo Fisher took over for legendary head coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State none of us expected such a quick rise back to prominence. In his first three seasons, Fisher led the Seminoles to a 31-10 record with three consecutive bowl wins.

Since the 2012 season, Fisher’s Seminoles have run off 29 consecutive victories, including a National Championship. The 2014 season hasn’t been a bed of roses for the garnet and gold. Off the field incidents involving quarterback Jameis Winston would’ve upended a weaker program, but the Noles have  won, at times in spite of themselves to earn a trip back to the Rose Bowl for the College Football Playoffs.

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Executive Director Brian Kiszewski, Reinstate 58: James Thomas Deserves to Play in the Catholic League Championship

Posted in Blogroll on December 7th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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That isn’t a bad kid. His parents Tamara and James are proud. Look at their smiles...

Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY) two-way captain James Thomas was ejected during the Monsignor Martin League Championship game against Timon last week for a punch he didn’t throw and subsequently suspended for today’s New York Upstate vs Down State Catholic League Championship Game to be played at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, NY. Despite video evidence showing otherwise, Thomas hasn’t yet been reinstated. His father James Cunningham is an assistant coach on the team and saw the entire situation unfold. Close friend Zaimah Habeeb reached out on twitter this morning  through Drea d’Nur and I was fortunate to link up with his parents.

Executive Director Brian Kiszewski, do the right thing and #reinstate58. You’ll feel better down the line…for sure.

Below is my convo with his parents…

They created the hashtag #reinstate58

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@TSFSports Week 14 NFL Picks: Time for the Eagles to take flight

Posted in Blogroll on December 4th, 2014 by Ron Glover


The Eagles offensive line is healthy and LeSean McCoy is peaking for a postseason run.

The Philadelphia Eagles (9-3) have had gone from surviving a 17-0 deficit to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 to defeating the Indianapolis Colts on the road the following week. Chip Kelly’s bunch has also survived last-minute losses to the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.

Let’s not forget the 53-20 spanking the Green Bay Packers gave them nearly a month ago.

Mark Sanchez stepped in for an injured Nick Foles in the Houston Texans game and led the team to a 3-1 record as a starter including last Thursday’s 33-10 pounding of the Dallas Cowboys. This week’s showdown against the Seattle Seahawks (8-4) will tell us all we need to know about the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles.

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The Interview: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Columnist Bryan Burwell

Posted in Blogroll on December 4th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

Reposting this from ’07 because Burwell died early today of cancer at 59. RIP Bryan. 

Bryan Burwell is another one of the many journalism legends that have been gracious enough to give TSF a few words about the state of sports as well as encouragement for what we are trying to accomplish here. He is grounded in hisburwell criticism of Barry Bonds and Michael Vick while enjoying the time he spends covering the amazing athletic exploits of one Albert Pujols. I may not agree with everything he says, but I most definitely respect his opinion because he does have the experience I’m trying to attain with every fiber of my soul. Crazy that Bryan and I aren’t that far off in age and I have to be honest that the brotha sounds exactly like my Pop. I had to look over my shoulder because of lasting images of orange Hot Wheel tracks and The Belt. Seriously though, Bryan is an inspiration to anyone looking to get into the field because of his thirty plus years experience. He’s seen it all and has vivid memories of Ralph Wiley that I know I would cherish. In an age of alcohol abuse in MLB club houses, I admire his stance on the social hypocrisy regarding alcohol…It’s something he definitely should get more props for because most writers could give a damn. In that regard, he’s sui generis.

Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. I hope you had a good one. I know I did.


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Note to Roger Goodell: Do not ask the St. Louis Rams to apologize

Posted in Blogroll on December 1st, 2014 by Ron Glover

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St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens make a powerful statement during pregame introductions yesterday. 

Prior to the St. Louis Rams destruction of the Oakland Raiders in the Edward Jones Dome, five members of the Rams receiving corps emerged from the tunnel with their hands raised in silent protest to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after the murder of Mike Brown and the non-indictment of former police officer Darren Wilson.

The Rams went on to crush the Raiders 52-0.

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