Friday Fire: Did the Yankees Pass Over Barry Bonds for Richie Sexson?

Posted in Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Derek Jeter, Friday Fire on July 18th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Check out Costas Now when you get a chance. Great show about the state of baseball is airing the next week or so. The best part of the show was the exchange between Hank, Willie and Bob Gibson. America needs to appreciate talent as it exists instead of giving Willie Mays and Hank Aaron standing ovations 430 years later. Yeah they’ve been afforded a modicum of praise, but it’s a long time coming.

Gibson stayed in his chair. He was not giving those cats a standing o. Both hit close to .200 for their careers against the fearless fireballer. Supreme competitor even though he’s long since retired. He’s a legend that deserves any praise he gets and is a true G.

Had to be difficult for two of the greatest of all time because Barry was the 762 pound gorilla in the room.

Hideo Nomo retired yesterday. I’ll never forget when he and Dave Stewart threw no hitters on the same day and ESPN was lucky enough to air both games in succession.

This would be a common occurrence in Yankee Stadium

Barry Bonds a Yankee? Could it be? Not according to Brian Cashman:

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Friday Fire: What Is Your Independence?

Posted in Friday Fire on July 4th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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My daughter (middle) and my lil cousins share a 1996 July 4th moment at the family gathering spot, my nana’s

What is your independence? Do you celebrate Independence Day with a modicum of patriotism or is it something you can take or leave? Is it all about hearing Fight the Power by the Isley Brothers while those blazin ass marinated ribs are grillin’ or is it something else?

How about this blaring in the summer time heat while your lil cousins ran between the houses chasin’ friends and fam…just happy to be around their people one more time

Friday Fire: After the O.J. Mayo/Kevin Love Blockbuster Went Down, What Are Your Thoughts On The Draft?

Posted in Friday Fire on June 27th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

This night job is kicking my ass, so the NYOIL Interview will be posted on Monday. Taped a segment yesterday with Chuck D to be aired Sunday night 11 pm-1am on Air America. Chuck called me after seeing Scoop and I asking Kobe Bryant questions on NBA TV in the press conference after Game 1 of the Finals. I’ll post some mini interviews with Julius Erving, Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe and a couple of interesting quotes I got from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar over dinner on Tuesday.

You happy O? One thing, ya gotta change ya number kid. 23 is no longer available

OK, enough of shameless self promotion. Usually the NBA draft, for me at least, is something I can’t wait for. I used to tape all of them growing up. Now the draft seems more like a made for TV production more than anything. I think TNT does a much better job of piquing your interest and providing unknown information as the players are selected. ESPN seems to be all about breaking a story. Who gives a damn who announces first where a player is going?

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Friday Fire: Was Jemele Hill’s Hitler Remark Racist?

Posted in Adolph Hitler, Don Imus, Friday Fire, Jemele Hill, Kelly Tilghman on June 20th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Should not be fired

I have a daughter who is interested in journalism so that’s where my support for Jemele is locked. I truly feel she could ascend to the heights of Gwen Ifill (R.I.P Tim Russert) and I hope she gets there. This is about building a connection to the responsible yet foreseeable future. I want Jemele to get there. I will never give up on her…Whitlock either. That’s just how it is and how it will ever be…

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Friday Fire Repost: How Do You Want Your Sports Reporting? Mistaken or Blurrrrred?

Posted in Buzz Bissinger, Friday Fire on May 23rd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I’m sure some athletes feel this is their life

Posted this previously in the context of athletes writing their own blogs to offset inaccurate and overly cynical journalism. All is not lost for I gotta give props to folks who are doing the right thing. With all the outcry going on with blogs lately, I thought the time was relevant to repost the question.

Should athletes take a stand to make sure their legacies are accurately reported? Are they entitled to such? Should we the public hold editors more accountable for the work of their reporters? Is it all about money? Should athletes surround themselves with more conscious folk so their PR is stable? Is sports merely entertainment or athletics packaged professionally? Are you happy with the way sports is reported? What would you change? Is it personal to you or could you care less? Do athletes get too much attention? Should they care about the fans? Why so? Are they entitled to personal time even when in public? Is cynical and snarky reporting necessary? What purpose does it serve? Should bloggers be held accountable for their words? Why or why not?

Trust me, I could go on and on…

Spoke with Buzz Bissinger for around an hour yesterday. The interview will be posted Monday morning. It’s a doooozie, but you know how we do at TSF, so what do you really expect?

**The interview will be posted Tuesday because of the holiday. Holidays creep up on us in this business. My bad**

Friday Fire: Why Does Kobe Bryant Catch So Much SHHHHH?

Posted in Friday Fire, Kobe Bryant on May 9th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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One of the most compelling athletes of all time

I wanted to start a discussion on the best player in the game. Why does he catch so much wreck? Is it all about Colorado? Shaq? Phil? Is the criticism warranted?

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Friday Fire: Do You Watch Major League Baseball?

Posted in Barry Bonds, Friday Fire, MLB on May 2nd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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In my opinion, the game has lost its appeal since Barry Bonds has been grounded

Are you interested in Major League Baseball? Why or why not?

Friday Fire: Who Wins The 2007-2008 NBA Championship?

Posted in Blogroll, Boston Celtics, Friday Fire, Hoops Addict, Ryan McNeil on April 18th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Are you looking at the legs or the block? KG validates his MVP past and leads Boston to the title over the Lakers

Damn it seems like the regular season just started. This has been one of the most competitive seasons in quite some time and it all comes down to this:

Who gets the June confetti shine and raises the Larry O’Brien Trophy as 2007-2008 NBA Champion?

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Friday Fire: Will Candace Parker Singlehandedly Elevate WNBA Popularity?

Posted in Blogroll, Friday Fire on April 10th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(Photo: JOE RANZE / AP)
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Check out the cheese on WNBA President Donna Orender’s face

This was sent to me by Nate Jones after he checked out this article by Percy Allen of the Seattle Times:

“Basically, is Candace Parker more marketable than any of the guys coming out of the NCAA this year? And can she prop up the WNBA to a level it’s never been before?”

Can the top 5 all time NCAA talent do the trick?

Please discuss.

Friday Fire: Who Is 2008 NBA MVP?

Posted in Blogroll, Friday Fire on March 28th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I know, I know the season isn’t over and a lot lay in the balance, but hey man hey somebody gotta be first right? This discussion is devoid of stats because they really don’t matter here. It’s all about who is the most valuable to their respective team this season.

Here’s my picks along with some more Lil Stevie Fingertips bashin’.

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Will this be the year?

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Friday Fire: Who Wins It All? Who Is Player Of The Year?

Posted in Blogroll, Friday Fire on March 14th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Look no further. Jessie, Pat and Co. have everything it takes

OK, so you have my pick even though I gotta tell you I would probably pick GTown every year…but hey man hey right?

Who wins it all?

Psycho-T who? Man, Michael Beasley is the best basketball player to come out of school in years. Tyler Hansbrough has all kinds of talent on his squad. Seriously, but what’s the difference between he and Mark Madsen? Does he really deserve POY even though he would be shut down by any team with a physical interior defense?

Michael Beasley would get his regardless of who KState plays against.

Who wins Player of the Year?

Friday Fire: What Happened To Music?

Posted in Blogroll, Friday Fire on February 29th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Old School Friday at The Commission: The D is in Seventh grade edition (All bangers).

Yo you look like a straight rockhead in the pic bruh! Sure my fam of those of me I’m sure.

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Miss you Miles

Daaaaaaaamn we actually get another day to celebrate our existence? You mean one more day to get down get down with what we’ve given to this society in terms of power, education, athleticism, journalism, music (Stevie killed this drum solo with ridiculous passion, but so did this 12 year old), entertainment, inventions, swagger, fashion, politics, innovation, hard work, comedy, consciousness, intelligence, history, love, etc.,? Thank God for the leap year or you would never know Plymouth Rock landed on us huh?

Do something different today signifying some sort of deep down consciousness as a result. Maybe the chuldrun might hear ya.

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Friday Fire: What Sparked Your Love For Sports?

Posted in blog roll, Friday Fire on February 22nd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Did it start here, or through your own experience? 

What did it for you? Was it a game on TV or an event you witnessed in person? 

Friday Fire 2: Is NBA European Expansion a Good Idea?

Posted in Blogroll, Friday Fire on February 15th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Run by Diallo’s spot for some old school giddy up

(Wall Street Journal)

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Of all the major sport commissioners, Stern is clearly the best businessman

The NBA plans to have 5 European teams competing for the NBA championship by the end of the decade. David Stern will introduce these plans this weekend in New Orleans. Is this a good idea?