Billy Packer Out, Clark Kellogg In As CBS Final Four Analyst: Kellogg Interview Shortly After National Final Included

Posted in Billy Packer, Blogroll, CBS, Clark Kellogg, Final Four, Gus Johnson, Indiana Pacers, Julius Erving, Lew Alcindor, National Final, Ohio State University on July 15th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

One of the best the biz has to offer. Can’t wait to see him do the Final Four

After 27 years with the network, CBS and Billy Packer have decided to part ways. Packer and CBS mutually agreed to this last year. Packer did a total of 34 Final Fours. Can you imagine seeing that many great games?

In steps a very capable Clark Kellogg…

“With his unquestioned popularity and performance over the years, Clark Kellogg earned all rights to this top spot,” Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports, said in a statement Monday. “Like Billy Packer, Al McGuire or any of the most highly regarded broadcasters, Clark is an original voice with his own style and perspective.”

I’ve always admired Kellogg’s work. He sees the game from a player’s vantage point and has a very intellectual and professional approach to his analysis. Since this was announced yesterday (7/15), I have an interview I conducted with Clark shortly after the National Final over the phone after the jump.

Here’s a statement Clark just sent: “I’m extremely grateful for and excited about this wonderful professional opportunity. I’m very much looking forward to it. The NCAA Final Four is one of the premiere sporting events in the world and I feel privileged to be part of the CBS announcing team.”

Thanks Clark. Best of luck to you.

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Charles Barkley and Moses Malone Are Great Teammates

Posted in Charles Barkley, Jameer Nelson, Julius Erving, Kevin Jones, Larry Bird, Tyreke Evans on April 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I remember watching this game at my grandparent’s house in my hometown of Chester–home of Tyreke Evans, Kevin Jones and Jameer Nelson. My family moved to Delaware and I remember being so mad I had to miss some the game (a pre-season game) because of the ride up top. This was a true rivalry, so anytime they played was a big game.

I grew to respect his talent, but I couldn’t stand Larry Bird. He was too good and would embarrass you with his court savvy. Whenever he took a shot, I would look away–hoping the hated Boston Garden crowd didn’t cheer as it dropped. Bird was killing the Sixers–he had 42 before the ejection–while Doc had only hit for his legendary number up to that point. Bird used to talk so much shit on the court and this game was no exception. Doc just couldn’t take it anymore and started something Chuck and Moses finished. Teams did not play back in the day and stood up for one another at any cost–not like this little sissy, pick socks with flip flops stuff they do today and get suspended games for.

West Side Story

Posted in AXG, Bill Russell, Charles Barkley, D.C., Derek Fisher, Jim Crow, Julius Erving, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, NBA, Pau Gasol, Shaquille O’Neal, Washington Wizards, West Philly, Wilt Chamberlain on April 30th, 2008 by AXG

Not the greatest

Michael Jordan is not the greatest basketball player of all-time. That statement could never be true, because of the rich history the game offers. If the argument was based on the number of NBA Championships, then the greatest would be Bill Russell. Not only did he win 11 titles, he endured Jim Crow laws and racism, making the game of basketball and life for that matter a lot more difficult. If you rather talk about dominance, then you need to look no further than Wilton Norman Chamberlain.

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Iverson Returns To Philly Tonight

Posted in Alex English, Allen Iverson, Andre Miller, Billy King, Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Comcast, Dan Issel, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Ed Snider, Julius Erving, Kiki Vandeweghe, Philadelphia 76ers, SLAMonline, Wilt Chamberlain on March 19th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

C’mon, I had to post this right? 😉

Allen Iverson is making his return to Philly this evening at 7 pm. The Nuggets were smacked in the face last night by Detroit 136-120 and should be a little heated. Is it me or are NBA teams putting up points like it’s the 80’s this season? Does Denver plan to throw Alex English, Dan Issel and Ernest Maurice Vandeweghe III at the Sixers tonight to make up for the smashin’?

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A Diamond is Forever

Posted in Blogroll, Buck O'Neil, Derek Jeter, Henry Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Julius Erving, Pittsburgh Steelers, Willie Mays, on March 3rd, 2008 by AXG

AG and Derek Jeter
AG and DJ share a brotherly moment

I was introduced to sports at an early age. I can vividly recall the dexterity of Julius Erving, and the flair of Pele’, however my first memory would be of my older brother watching the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIV. I didn’t understand what was going on, but I knew in my tender age, that whatever he was watching was important.

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Throwback Thursday: Andrew Toney – The Boston Strangler

Posted in blog roll, Blogroll, Boston Celtics, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, LA Lakers, Larry Bird, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers on February 7th, 2008 by Ron Glover

Picture a player in the presence of The Doctor (Julius Erving), a Leader (Moses Malone), the Secretary of Defense (Bobby Jones), and the Floor General (Maurice Cheeks).

But among these legends is one who doesn’t have the notoriety, the big school background or the big-time salary. He does however possess big game ability and the heart of a killer. He is The Boston Strangler… he is Andrew Toney.

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