Notes from NBA On TNT Opening Night on @TSFSports: Stephen Curry Keeps MVPing

Posted in Blogroll on October 28th, 2015 by Michael Tillery

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On the night the World Champion Golden State Warriors get their rings, Steph Curry puts up 40.

Before we get into the notes with Inside the NBA quotes, I want you all to really pay attention to Andre Drummond in Detroit this season. His 18 points and 19 rebounds last night were just ferocious. The Detroit Pistons out-rebounded the Atlanta Hawks 59-40, and seeing that total, that plus 19 was what Drummond pulled down himself. Just think of a bigger Ben Wallace with a lot more offensive potential. The 3-year pro will make a lot of writers across the land use ferocious in many of their Pistons game recaps simply because what other word fits the NBA juggernaut? Raw is overused, and do not be surprised if Drummond doesn’t crash All Star Weekend in February. As far as the Pistons themselves, I think they will surprise as well if last night’s stellar play is any indicator.

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@TSFSports Week 7 NFL Picks: Cam Newton Hasn’t Arrived Only Because He’s Always Been Here

Posted in Blogroll on October 25th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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Cam Newton solved his bugaboo against the Seattle Seahawks last week on their way to a 5-0 start.

No player has done more with less and looked good doing it than the Carolina Panthers Cameron Jerrell Newton. In his first three seasons, the offense consisted of Newton, the great Steve Smith and a less than average rushing attack. Last season it was Newton, rookie Kelvin Benjamin and a less than average rushing attack. With Benjamin nursing a torn ACL the next man up has been tight end Greg Olsen. Olsen has been the one constant in the Panthers aerial attack — hauling in 24 passes for 374 yards and three touchdowns. Newton and Olsen connected on a 26-yard scoring play late in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks last week to give the Panthers the lead and eventually the victory.

Funnier still was the admiration thrown Newton’s way after the victory. Seems kinda late for a player who’s been one of the game’s great leaders from day one.

Hate to say I told you so but…

Byes: Bears, Bengals, Broncos, Packers

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The Thunder May Have Solved their Biggest Issue by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on October 22nd, 2015 by Nigel Broadnax

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Savior? 

The Oklahoma City Thunder are days away from starting a season that will likely be vacuum-packed with storylines. Many narratives will probably be developed from these facts: Kevin Durant is in the last year of his contract, he’s returning from foot problems that kept him out of 55 games last season, a new head coach in Billy Donovan is taking over and the team has championship-expectations yet again.

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@TSFSports Week 6 NFL Picks: Marvin Lewis is One Cool Cat

Posted in Blogroll on October 18th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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Marvin Lewis is the exception to the rule when it comes to NFL head coaches. Name a coach who can last thirteen seasons in the same city without a playoff victory and stay in the good graces of team ownership? I’ve seen coaches of a lesser caliber than Lewis be recycled repeatedly, keeping the NFL’s ol’ boy network alive.

With the Cincinnati Bengals off to one of their best starts in team history, this may finally be the year where Lewis ends his playoff drought and with a little luck a Lombardi Trophy for good measure.

Byes: Buccaneers, Cowboys, Raiders and Rams

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We Were There: Justice Or Else Interview with Daronn Wright, Dr. George Ferguson, James Coleman, Juan Ferguson and Pat Evans

Posted in Blogroll on October 14th, 2015 by Michael Tillery

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This phone interview will be also posted in a Justice Or Else piece I’m posting on the 20th year anniversary of the first Million Man March. Interviewed: Darron Wright, Dr. George Ferguson, James Coleman, Juan Ferguson and Pat Evans. The fellas spoke of the march, racial incidents occurring in their lives, the effect of the march, solutions, etc. It was a great experience, and because of all the recent killings of unarmed Black folk, and the consistent lack of justice since Black folk hit American soil in 1619, the march was much needed therapy to uplift the spirit. The EIC of TSF, Ron Glover, and I rode down because as writers, we needed to be present so history is accurately served. The soul of the march could only be felt if you were in attendance yourselves, and it’s a feeling I wish everyone could have experienced. Media outlets will show uneducated Black folks speaking on camera to head local news daily, in perp walks, looting, and committing other crime around the clock to maintain an inaccurate violent perception of Black people, but why not 3 peaceful events over the span of 20 years attended by millions combined sans any altercations? Ha, don’t answer that because I know the answer.

Just know, perception is not reality.

Darron went to all three, including the Millions More Movement on 10-15-05, a few of us went to the first on 10-16-95, and of course, Justice Or Else, on 10-10-15. All were headed by Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan. Long live the spirit of the Million Man March. Thanks for tuning in, and we hope you enjoy the show. Please comment. – Michael Tillery

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@TSFSports Week 5 NFL Picks: Larry’s Still Givin’ Secondaries Fitz

Posted in Blogroll on October 8th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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The ageless Larry Fitzgerald leads all NFL receivers in touchdown receptions.

For a dozen seasons, Larry Fitzgerald has set the standard for today’s NFL receivers. While Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones lead a youth movement of talented wide outs, Fitzgerald remains the grizzled veteran whose work ethic and preparation are unrivaled.

Rebounding from a season which saw him post a career low in touchdown receptions (2) and his lowest receptions and yards since his rookie season, Fitzgerald is the NFL leader in touchdown receptions (5), averaging 104 yards per game. The Arizona Cardinals are 3-1 and the NFL’s version of Tony Gwynn is once again a huge reason.

Byes: Dolphins, Jets, Panthers and Vikings

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