5 Years Later, Vermont and Bucknell Rejoice Over Upsets

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley on March 18th, 2010 by Sean Mitchell

As the the 2010 NCAA Tournament begins today, it’s a chance for a new star or team that most people around the nation have never heard of to forever etch their name into the lore what has become known as March Madness and have their chance to create their “one shining moment.” For some, it’s also a chance to reflect on the mark they left on the celebrated sporting event. Looking back, all anyone involved with the 2005 Bucknell Bison and Vermont Catamounts could do is smile.

“It is really difficult to point to one part of the whole experience of that game and say that was my favorite part, said Kevin Bettoncourt,” the former guard of Bucknell who is currently an assistant coach to the men’s basketball team at Bentley University in suburban Boston.

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Tuesday Morning Starting Five: The R.I.P. Baatin Edition

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, LeBron James on August 4th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Chris Webber Part IV later today or early tomorrow. This happened over the weekend. Posting it now because of no Monday links.

News on Twitter spreads fast and I think it was Dwele who broke the passing of Baatin on the social network. There was great tribute and respect given after the news struck. I immediately was upset because Slum Village was one of my favorite Hip Hop acts. Grown folk smooth, hardcore rough I used to say about the group because nothing was off limits lyrically and the beats were always Dilla tight. Yeah, anything else just won’t do. I dig that smooth stuff because life is tough enough. When it’s time to chill, I want it easy. Music is peace to me in this particular form. Slum Village speaks to my mind. I could bang Dilla every minute of the day and not listen to anything else.

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Wednesday Morning Starting Five: The Ya Column Is Garbage Edition

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley on July 8th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Still the death continues in a couple of links below. We’ll obviously never shake it. Interviewing Howard SID Ed Hill today regarding Air McNair. Any football or questions relevant to Air’s life, shoot me an email. Finishing up a piece on Michael Jackson after this is posted.

I’m sure most of you read Whitlock’s he ain’t learn nothing from that wack Sean Taylor death column hit piece on McNair. Can a brotha have a funeral before you kick his casket down the steps? Anybody can write that trash. Seriously. He’s trying to stay relevant. Dude just waits for someone to get into some BS and then slams them for it. Even in death. Nothing is off limits. That’s his hustle. Crap ain’t objective, is not informative, serves no purpose, definitely doesn’t help, exacerbates stereotypical thoughts of Black men by others, is lazy, lacks substance and it straight up sucked.

Fox trot, spam bot, words rot, corporate got, writer not, mouth slot, lip stick shot?

Go ahead, keep getting ya Becky on.

Ya column is garbage.

Have a great hump day. The year is flying by isn’t it?

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NBA Playoffs Last Night: One Shot From Ray Allen Offsets Ben Gordon’s 42

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley on April 21st, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Damn Damn Damn! What a game. The way Ben Gordon was shooting, I thought he was gonna pat Larry down like Mike did on the left baseline. Ben was en fuego (Temple 3) and hit for 42 on a myriad of difficult positions and angles. So Andrew Toney like he was. But then…

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, March 5, 2009: Chris Paul Goes 27 and 15!

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley on March 6th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Bill Haber)

TNT NBA Thursdays continue on Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. ET featuring the Los Angeles Lakers @ San Antonio Spurs followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers @ Phoenix Suns.

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Repeat After Me: Why Haven’t the Philadelphia Eagles Front Office Given Donovan McNabb Talented Receivers?

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley on December 23rd, 2008 by Michael Tillery


Donovan McNabb’s 2008 stats: 333 completions, 550 attempts, 3741 yards, 60.5 %, 21 tds, 11 interceptions for an 85.3 rating.

I bet you think these numbers are low huh?

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Welcome to the Terrordome

Posted in Boston Celtics, Charles Barkley, Eastern Conference, Kobe Bryant, Leon Powe, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Paul Pierce, Western Conference on June 9th, 2008 by AXG


The Lake Show continues in LA

In the aftermath of Game 2, most of the blame went towards the officials…however the time is now for Los Angeles to regroup and play like the Western Conference champions that they are. Either that, or prepare for a bitter summer vacation. Read more »

Lakers versus Celtics: The love I lost

Posted in Blogroll, Boston Celtics, Charles Barkley, Comcast, Johnny Dawkins, Lakers, Michael Jordan, NBA Finals, Reggie Miller, Western Conference on June 6th, 2008 by AXG

Best basketball video game ever

The NBA Finals have a nostalgic flavor to it, with Los Angeles playing against Boston for all the marbles. If I didn’t know better, I would think I fell into a time portal and landed somewhere in front of a floor model color TV, circa June ’87. That last sentence alone is enough to perplex anyone younger than I, because I’m guessing, the thinking by the younger reader would be…since when did television broadcast in anything but color, and why would anyone place a TV on the floor? Nevertheless, let’s stay on memory lane, but I’d like to talk about a time near and dear to my heart…1990. Read more »

NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: “It was a foul, but (Brent Barry) didn’t sell it.”

Posted in Charles Barkley, Derek Fisher, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, NBA On TNT on May 29th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talked to TNT prior to Game #4

Jackson on San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s performance in Game #3: “The impact that (Manu) Ginobili had in the last 18 minutes of the first half (of Game 3) was tremendous. Every time we’d come back, he’d hit a three. We matched scores for a while and obviously, at the end of the half, we fell behind and stayed behind the rest of the game.”

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NBA On TNT Western Conference Finals Notes: “It ain’t my fault his back is hurt. If you’ve got a bad back, go sit on the sidelines.”

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobili, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan, Western Conference Finals on May 26th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Barkley on whether or not Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s performance is crucial to the series: “It’s not about Manu (Ginobili), it’s about (the Spurs) bench. Even if (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Ginobili) have great games, it’s still not enough points to beat the Lakers. (The Spurs) have to hope that their role players: Robert Horry, Michael Finley, Bruce Bowen and (Ime) Udoka play well at home. We’ve seen that throughout the playoffs…role players play better at home.”

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: ‘They’re too young, they’re going to fold.’ (Barkley chat with Ernie about gambling video added)

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Chris Paul, Chris Webber, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan on May 20th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Ice Man? Is that you?

TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Spurs guard Manu Ginobili before Game #7

Ginobili on if the Spurs can win without a big game from center Tim Duncan: “Yes, I think we can (win without Duncan). He’s a very smart player and every time he is going to get blitzed defensively, he’s going to kick it (out). I think we’ve got good enough shooters to step up. I think we haven’t been making those shots in (New Orleans). If we add that part of the game (and play) solid, steady defense for four quarters…not just three, we have a chance (to win).”

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: “I think we need to move the name ‘the big three’ from Boston to L.A.”

Posted in Avery Johnson, Blogroll, Boston Celtics, Charles Barkley, Cheryl Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers, David Aldridge, Derron Williams, Dick Stockton, Doc Rivers, Doug Collins, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Jerry Sloan, Kenny Smith, Kevin Harlan, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Matt Harpring, Mike Brown, Mike Fratello, NBA On TNT, Paul Gasol, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Utah Jazz on May 15th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: Cleveland Ties Up Boston

Posted in Ben Wallace, Boston Celtics, Charles Barkley, Cheryl Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers, Delonte West, Doug Collins, Ernie Johnson, Joe Smith, Kenny Smith, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, The Big Three, The Magic Hour, Zydrunas Illgauskas on May 13th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(Photo: John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

Paul Pierce was not getting into that pic

Magic Johnson on the Boston Celtics: “I think Atlanta exposed (the Celtics) that they don’t have great athletes, number one. Number two, where is their leadership? One of those guys has to step forward and say, ‘We’re not playing well and here’s why we’re not playing well and let’s correct it.’ Whatever it is, one of The Big Three has to step forward and get on the other guys and make them say, ‘we’ve got to come with a better effort and be ready for games.'”

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: Do Not Count Out The Spurs!

Posted in Boston Celtics, Byron Scott, Charles Barkley, Cheryl Miller, Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers, Craig Sager, David West, Emmanuel "Manny" Ohonme, Ernie Johnson, Fabricio Oberto, Greg Popovich, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Marv Albert, Mike D\'Antoni, NBA On TNT, NBA playoffs, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Peja Stoyakovic, Rajon Rondo, Reggie Miller, Sam Casell, Samaritan's Feet, San Antonio Spurs, Sports Illustrated, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Wally Szczerbiak on May 12th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(Photo:Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

For the first time in the playoffs, Chris Paul was outplayed by a quicker Tony Parker

Congratulations to Robert Horry for tying Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s NBA playoff games record of 237.

Is he a Hall of Fame Player? Why or why not?

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: Kobe Bryant Finally Gets His Shine

Posted in Andrew Bynum, Boston Celtics, Carlos Boozer, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, David Aldridge, David Stern, Derek Fisher, Deron Williams, Detroit Pistons, Doug Collins, Dwight Howard, Ernie Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets, Inside the NBA, Jason Maxiell, Jerry Sloan, Kenny Smith, Kevin Harlan, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers, Marv Albert, NBA, NBA MVP, NBA On TNT, Orlando Magic, Pam Oliver, Paul Milsap, Rashard Lewis, Rasheed Wallace, Reggie Miller, Stan Van Gundy, Utah Jazz on May 8th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Does this look like a team led by a selfish superstar?

Game 1: Detroit Pistons (86) @ Orlando Magic (111) – The Pistons lead the series 2-1.

Announcers Marv Albert and Reggie Miller with Pam Oliver reporting

Miller on how Pistons center Jason Maxiell has found a successful way to post-up Magic center Dwight Howard: “(Jason Maxiell) has posed a lot of problems for Dwight Howard, who is about four inches taller (than Maxiell). He is using his legs to get underneath Dwight Howard a little bit down low. He’s not worried about the upper body strength of Dwight Howard He’s trying to get into his legs and bring him down to his size.”

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