The Yankees Win! New York Defeats Philadelphia for its 27th World Championship

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on November 5th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsui has no knees left. He’s been relegated to a designated hitter which isn’t easy for a former full time player. Sometimes it’s just your time and Godzilla came through tonight like the champion he now is. For the series he was 8-13 with 3 homers and 8 runs batted in…3-4 with a homer and 6 ribbys in the clincher…and was named 2009 World Series MVP. He tied a 49 year old single game rbi record (Bobby Richardson) and was the anti-Chase Utley silently, but surely. With his style at the plate, it doesn’t matter what side of the mound you are coming from.

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The Starting Five Chris Webber Interview: Media, Rock and Soul Part II

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on July 27th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

I became a writer because of athletes like Chris Webber and the rest of his forever brothers. It seems there isn’t any middle ground regarding the Fab Five. Rock stars to some and thug passion to others. Guess what folks? What were you doing when you were 18 and 19? Think back, what type of responsibility did you have? If you had children by that tender age, then you get my respect and I would never diminish such a responsibility by comparing your life to the exploits of a hybrid next flex generational basketball dream that shot on the scene like a Jupiter blazed comet and bounced off it just as quickly…but did you see the impact it left? The impact so known, you can almost dunk it. Some might not remember the all the Michigan Wolverine names those two seasons, but they know the five: Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson.

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Thursday Morning Starting Five: The Quit Blaming Black Men For Your Crimes Edition

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on May 28th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

It’s alleged that Derrick Rose cheated on his SATs. (Commercial Appeal)

Mother arrested in Florida after she alleged being abducted in Southampton, PA. She said two Black guys did it. Close by us AG huh? (

President Obama and the Harsh Racial Reality. (Institute for Policy Studies)

Xerox Appoints Ursula Burns as CEO. She’s the first Black female to run a Fortune 500 company. (News Factor)

Teachers Leave Schools with Inflow of Black Students. (Softpedia)

Eminem scores 2009’s best debut. (LA Times)

What you think?

Wednesday Morning Starting Five: March 25, 2009

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith, NBA on March 25th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

The Professor Griff interview will be posted a little later on tonight after I get back from my daughters softball game. Whassup people? What’s goin’ on? Everyone having a good week so far? Hopefully that’s a guuud.

Hall of Fame player and broadcaster George Kell is remembered. (Detroit News)

NBA News. (

Julian Bond and Benjamin Todd Jealous write about the NAACP and it’s relevance. (The New Republic)

The son of a mayor arrested and folks wonder if he’ll get off lightly. (The Advocate)

Professionals, middle class losing out on income and opportunity. (Final Call)

Rekindling Pan-Africanism’s message of Black greatness (The Gleaner)

You know who you are…

NBA On TNT Notes: The All Star Break Is Here

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on February 14th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

TNT is in Phoenix for NBA All-Star 2009 February 12-15

(AP Photo/David Banks)

Coverage of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam tips off Friday, February 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 14, TNT will televise coverage of NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, which includes the Haier Shooting Stars competition, the Playstation Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, and the Sprite Slam Dunk. TNT’s coverage of the 2009 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 15 begins at 8 p.m. ET.

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Interview With Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Terrell Suggs

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on January 15th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Posting this again because of the Ravens success.

Terrell Suggs’ main objective is to attack the quarterback…it’s as simple as that. Going into his sixth year in the league, Suggs is becoming a force at his position and already has 45 sacks in six seasons. The two time pro bowler and former AP Defensive Rookie of the Year came into the league already a sack master–garnering a NCAA record 24 sacks his junior year at Arizona State. Could you imagine coming into the league as a linebacker and playing alongside Ray Lewis? Suggs has made the most of his opportunity and has become a consistent force on an already formidable defense. As he alludes to below, he’s not just a pass rusher and has developed a versatility that has proved invaluable to helping the Ravens transition from young to old.

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NBA Last Night: Rajon Rondo is Fat Lever

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on December 22nd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Rajon Rondo is doing things no one thought he would be doing at this stage in his career. Yeah it’s early, but he has just as much to do with the Celtics record start as anyone else in the C’s locker room. Celtics are 26-2. Damn who were the 2? They have Pop Pop stories beating this monster…

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Ron Glover’s NFL Recap: Week 7

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on October 20th, 2008 by Ron Glover

Ron Glover’s NFL Player of the Week

St Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson rushed for 160 yards on 25 carries as the Rams shocked the visiting Dallas Cowboys 34-14 yesterday.

The win was interim coach Jim Haslett’s second consecutive win over an NFC East opponent in as many weeks.

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Denver Nuggets Defeat Phoenix Suns 77-72 In Outdoor Game at Indian Wells

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on October 12th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Denver Nuggets (77) vs. Phoenix Suns (72)

Announcers Marv Albert, Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller with Cheryl Miller and David Aldridge reporting

Miller on whether or not the Denver Nuggets have regressed with the departure of center Marcus Camby:

“Obviously, with (the Nuggets) losing (Marcus) Camby (traded to L.A. Clippers) and (Eduardo) Najera to the (New Jersey) Nets there is going to be a big adjustment.  (Nuggets forward) Carmelo Anthony is saying all the right things.  I think he picked up something other than a gold medal in Beijing (at the 2008 Summer Olympics) being around Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade and their championship swagger that starts in the defensive end.  (Nuggets head coach) George Karl and Carmelo Anthony are all saying the right things and it’s a work in progress.”

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Ralph Wiley’s Light Touches the Son: The Interview With Cole Wiley Part II

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on September 25th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

For Part II of Cole’s interview the focus shifts back and forth between writing and film making. There is one issue I wanted to help clear up between Cole and Scoop Jackson. I hope you put both of their words in their proper perspective without prejudice. Cole also speaks about the difficulties of mastering the art of script, and wonders why so many are quick to call themselves writers. As Cole and Scoop ask, where’s the hard work to put yourself in such a category? Cole is very eloquent, talented and also ambitious enough to inspire everyone. There’s no question in my mind Cole Wiley will be a force in film making for years to come. We should all be proud.

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Friday Fire: What’s Your Favorite Movie of All Time?

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on September 19th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I have a post about race that will be up later in the afternoon. The Cole Wiley interview will be posted early next week after I receive a couple of quotes. Things have been getting real serious around here, so I wanted to lighten it up a bit and get your favorite movie choice. I have many favorites. The top three are Spike Lee joints: Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing and Mo’ Better Blues (in that order). Menace II Society, Aliens, Strange Days, Rosewood, Training Day, Goodfellas, Less Than Zero, Love Jones, Juice, Return of the Jedi, Mission to Mars, The Best Man, Dead Presidents, Friday, Friday After Next, Belly, Sugar Hill, Pulp Fiction, Gia, Full Metal Jacket and Predator are some of the others. I also love a Terrance Blanchard score.

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Pioneer Don Haskins Dies at 78

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on September 8th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

The 1966 National Champion Texas Western Miners

There was a time in my life when it just hit me and when it hit me, it hit me hard. That it was sports. I couldn’t wait for the paper to hit my door Saturday morning so I could read every single word of the sports and editorial pages.

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Live Blog of Olympic Quarterfinal Between the USA and Australia!

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on August 20th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

The US team enters the quarterfinals with a unblemished record of 5-0. Dwyane Wade leads the team in scoring with just over 16 in 18 minutes. I had a real fake heated conversation last night with a writer who feels this team–evolution wise–is better than the original Dream Team of 1992. I’m still shocked. It’s difficult discussing eras, but I really don’t think this team collectively has the cojones to beat that once in a lifetime dream. How is this even a question? I don’t personally think this team is better than the 1996 collective.

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Isaac Hayes Found Dead

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on August 10th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Isaac was a baaaaad man. This has been a weekend not so nice

First Bernie and now Isaac Hayes? Looks like the Man upstairs is organizing a party for the ages. I grew up on this man’s music. My Pop used to bang Shaft, Walk On By and Never Can Say Goodbye. People we gotta get in shape because this is getting crazy. I’m sure Chuck, Cube (the segment before me) and I will all be in a little shock on the show tonight with all this bad news goings on. More will be posted here as this unfortunate story develops. My stomach hurts. Here’s a few of his hits. R.I.P brotha.

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Friday Fire 2: What Are Your Thoughts On the Word Nigger? Should Anyone Use It?

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on July 18th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I copped Nas’ Untitled (formerly Nigger) and NYOIL’s Hood Treason. Both are hot and I’m not just saying this for my own interests.

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