Floyd Mayweather and His Place in History

Posted in Blogroll on April 25th, 2015 by Okori Wadsworth


Floyd Mayweather Jr., the presumptive #1 ranked pound-for-pound boxer in the world interviewed with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith wherein he stated he believed he was better than Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali. Fine. That’s confidence and no one has a problem with that. Then Floyd took things a step past reasonable by explaining he wasn’t going to be “brainwashed”. He denigrated Ali’s loss to Leon Spinks at 36 by stating that Leon only had seven professional fights and the Rope-a-Dope strategy Ali employed George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle” saying, “So you gonna tell me that it’s cool and take punishment and let a man tire himself out from beating you? And then he’s basically fatigued, you hit him with a few punches and he go down and quit and you want to be glorified for that? Absolutely not”.

Of course as is his wont, Floyd leaves out important facts in the story. Facts like Leon Spinks was a 24-year-old Olympic Gold Medalist when he fought Ali. Facts like George Foreman was regarded in the same way Gennady Golovkin is regarded now, as an eater of worlds who had just come off disassembling Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica.

If this had been just the first time Floyd had said something like this, I would have let it go. Might have raised an eyebrow, but that’s all that it would have been. Then I remembered: He’s done this before. His bragging about supremacy and being “The Best Ever” is as tired as it is simple. If you ask him why, he just tells you it’s because he’s made the most money and because he’s undefeated.

He might get away with this when people who don’t know boxing are around, or talking to web sites who are so besotted over getting an interview with him that they don’t pressure him. He will not get away with this here.

Mayweather fans, have a seat and enjoy a cream soda. It’s time for a history lesson.

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Tim Tebow Is Resurrected, Set To Sign With the Philadelphia Eagles

Posted in Blogroll on April 20th, 2015 by Ron Glover

(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Just when you thought Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was through tugging on the brittle psyche of his team’s fan base, he does the unthinkable and brings Tim Tebow back to the NFL after nearly three seasons on the shelf.

The team is ready to sign Tebow to a one-year deal on Monday according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer who broke the story.

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#1 Warriors vs. #8 Pelicans 1st Round NBA Playoff Preview: Will this be Anthony Davis’ Mike vs. Boston Moment?

Posted in Blogroll on April 17th, 2015 by Michael Tillery



The first of our NBA playoff previews here on The Starting Five.  

This is the most wide open playoffs we’ve seen in years and given there is no true juggernaut, the NBA playoffs of 2014-2015 should be also most exciting. The #1 seeds are the 67-15 Golden State Warriors and the surprising 60-22 Atlanta Hawks. After that, who knows. What goes down? Do you know? I call Anthony Davis the evolution of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Will he shock the world and sit the probable MVP Steph Curry’s golden eye down and crisply fishing? Will LeBron bring Cleveland its first World Championship since Jim Brown trucked cats in 1964? Will Kawhi Leonard take his clandestine excellence to the next level? Is this the year Chris Paul shuts up the hacks? Will James Harden come out the box with a 40 spot and put the league on true notice…which is a helluva lot more than regular season notice? Will the old man games of Zebo and Gasol enable Memphis to be that true contender? DeMar, whatcha gonna do brotha? Go DeRozan and Toronto stakes a true claim. The sentimental favorite is Derrick Rose; James Harden the wildcard. Don’t sleep on the San Antonio Spurs.

Getcha pop cawn ready…

Let’s start out West…

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The Murders of Walter Scott and Eric Courtney Harris: No Peace In Death’s Valley

Posted in Blogroll on April 14th, 2015 by Ron Glover

(Randall Hill/Reuters)

Eddie Bryan gathers his thoughts during funeral services for Walter Scott.

When 50-year old Walter Scott was stopped for a non-functioning brake light on April 4th, I’m sure he didn’t expect to become another symbol of extreme use of force from police among African-Americans. Scott’s primary concern was his child support dilemma turning up when his information was pulled, explaining why he fled his vehicle.

Scott’s 33-year old assassin gave no thought to run down an unarmed man — who was just tasered and slow afoot. He found it easier to fire eight rounds, striking his target five times. The assassin in his call to dispatch states Scott took his taser which led to him to feel threatened and mortally wounding his fleeing assailant.

The Devil is a lie.

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Nigel Broadnax: Is Kawhi Leonard an NBA Superstar?

Posted in Blogroll on April 10th, 2015 by Nigel Broadnax


On the most recent Bill Don’t Lie podcast, Grantland’s Zach Lowe told Bill Simmons that Kawhi Leonard is without a doubt a top-10 player in the NBA. Lowe is an NBA savant so his judgement on this is certainly one to be taken seriously, but that statement sounds strong upon first hitting the ears.

Despite Kawhi being the reigning Finals MVP for his San Antonio Spurs, the image of a soft-spoken youngster invades your mind when you hear his name. The mere thought of Kawhi Leonard doesn’t give off a top-10 player vibe; It doesn’t feel a like a natural match at this point.

Kawhi was drafted 15th overall in 2011, and it was known then that he could be solid on defense in the pros at the least. So far, he’s more than maxed out his potential as a defender as he is probably the best one among perimeter players.

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Jerold Wells Jr., Okori Wadsworth and Michael Tillery recap the Final Four and pick the National Final

Posted in Blogroll on April 6th, 2015 by Michael Tillery


Kinda says it all huh?

When the tournament began, most thought not one team had a shot to knock off the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats. Well, since Wisconsin has done just that, anything can happen tonight in the National Final as the #1 Badgers face another Coach K led #1 seed in the Duke Blue Devils. Jerold, Okori and I speak on it after the jump. Enjoy the game.

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Jerold Wells Jr., Okori Wadsworth and Michael Tillery Pick the Final Four

Posted in Blogroll on April 4th, 2015 by Michael Tillery


The weekend is Kentucky’s to lose… 

What is up everybody? The Final Four is here and with all that’s going on in Indiana socially, that the pinnacle of NCAA College Basketball is going down in Indy gives the games an extra charge. Jerold, Okori and I recap the Elite 8 and pick the Final Four. Audio is below. We recorded immediately after the last Elite 8 game went final. Listen in that context.

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Okori Wadsworth: How to Solve College Basketball’s Offensive Dilemma

Posted in Blogroll on April 1st, 2015 by Okori Wadsworth


As the Final Four approaches, there are several questions people want to ask. Who will win the National Championship is one. Another is who will come out with the highest draft stock between Jahlil Okafor of Duke and the two-headed big man combination of Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky. That’s not the question that keeps me up at night.

The question that keeps me up at night, and causes me to worry about the future of this sport is: Why is college basketball such a defense-first game?

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