Michael Tillery and Wendy Parker talk Diana Taurasi, Geno Auriemma, NFL, Braves and Hawks

Posted in Blogroll on February 5th, 2015 by Michael Tillery

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Sitting out the ’15 WNBA season…

On this edition of TSF Live here on The Starting Five, I talk with Atlanta based sports writer Wendy Parker about Diana Taurasi sitting out the WNBA season to rest up for her season overseas in Russia. I guess the WNBA has to pay susperstars their worth or this will be the norm. We also talk Geno Auriemma winning his 900th game at UConn faster than any other college basketball coach, Super Bowl 49, a passing reference to Deflate Gate, the white hot Atlanta Hawks, and Jason Heyward leaving Atlanta for St. Louis via trade. Thanks for tuning in and we hope you enjoy the show!

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Michael Tillery recaps Super Bowl 49 with Alex Flum, David Steele and Ron Glover on TSF Live

Posted in Blogroll on February 3rd, 2015 by Michael Tillery

The GOAT? We talk about it…

Super Bowl 49 was definitely an entertaining affair. Tom Brady cemented his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, as the Patriots defeated Russell Wilson and the defending champion Seahawks, 28-24. The deciding play in the closing minute was rather dubious, and I wonder how this convo will develop in a year the NFL was slammed in the worse way regarding off the field scrutiny. Nevertheless, New England wins its 4th Super Bowl in 6 tries and all the leadup — whether it be the ridiculous Deflate Gate or the moronic convo surrounding Marshawn Lynch and to a lesser extent, Richard Sherman — only serves the casual fan.

Such a shame, but since the league is truly about the dough, how can it be seen as a bastion of morality?

Think about that…and understand nothing is impossible when a multi-billion dollar league is all about protecting the shield…

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Marshawn Lynch Gives the Media His Version of the Quiet Storm

Posted in Blogroll on February 1st, 2015 by Ron Glover

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Marshawn Lynch gave the media an earful by saying almost nothing.

In three plus seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Marshawn Lynch learned the hard lessons that come with celebrity status. Not only are your mistakes magnified, but they will haunt you if you aren’t careful. As a young man dealing with unlimited finances and free time, Lynch put himself in some unfavorable situations. Ironically, the people who had the most to say knew Lynch the least.

The Buffalo and national media took their perception of Lynch and ran with the same disregard the five-time Pro Bowl running back has for would be tacklers.

Lynch has found peace in Seattle since his arrival in 2010 and while the media has been willing to forgive and forget one man’s past transgressions, he’s not as open to the idea.

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@TSFSports Super Bowl XLIX Pick: The Patriots Are Out to Defeat the Seahawks, Critics and Father Time

Posted in Blogroll on January 30th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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New England’s self-proclaimed “Baller” faces Seattle’s defensive Shot Caller.

We’ve listened to how the New England Patriots are corrupt as an organization and the Seattle Seahawks are annoying narcissists for two weeks. One of the best Super Bowl match-ups in recent memory has become a media-driven carnival, but the tents are now lowered and the lights have dimmed. It’s time to talk X’s and O’s.

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NBA All-Star Game Reserves Announced on TNT: Damian Lillard and DeMarcus Cousins Wuz Wobbed

Posted in Blogroll on January 30th, 2015 by Michael Tillery

2015 NBA All-Star Reserves Exclusively Announced on TNT

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“Neither one of us made it? Bro…this is some bullllllllllllllllllllsheeeeeeeeeit.”

Both cats are playing at the top of the league at their respective positions and deserve starting slots quite honestly. Boogie is as misunderstood as any and much smarter than most think. This is the second straight year Cousins was snubbed. I covered the ’10 draft and in a Marshawn Lynch kinda way, some in the media just won’t support his efforts as a center in the NBA. All the things many have said of Kevin Love (before this season), should have been said of Cousins as he entered the league. I’ll never forget telling Sixers brass, that he should have been the pick over Evan Turner, but that’s just me talking right? Ha.

DeMarcus’ snubbing reminds of Josh Smith missing out a few times while he was in Atlanta.

Cousins averages this year: 23.8 points a game, 12.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals in just 33.8 minutes a game.

Lilliaard: 20.3 points/6 dimes/4 boards.

Same thing with Lillard. Dude is a straight monster and match-up hell for any player in the league every night out. Surely, the 24 year old guard will take it out on the rest of the league in the 2nd half…as will Cousins.

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The Pace and Space is the Evolutionary Model of NBA Success by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on January 27th, 2015 by Nigel Broadnax

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NBA Finals preview?

For 10 full seasons, I’ve watched the NBA with a close eye. I’ve loved every minute of them all, and I’ve spent much of my life consuming them through watching games and coverage, as well as reading relative articles and forums.

We’re midway through my 11th, and this one is perhaps the best I’ve seen. This season seems to have a different aura to it. The parity level is up, the story lines are more abundant and the competitive-game frequency has risen.

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NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced: Stephen Curry and LeBron James Head to Gotham

Posted in Blogroll on January 23rd, 2015 by Michael Tillery
Stephen Curry and the Warriors have dominated the competition…

2015 NBA All-Star Starters Exclusively Announced on TNT.

We Live in Brooklyn Baby…

Oh, that was shameless plug? My bad, the game is in MSG, but events will also be held at the Barclays Center, so yeah, it’s Roy Ayers all day.

Ah, a reason to push aside the foolishness of #DeflateGate. On that, I have but one comment:

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Michael Tillery and Ron Glover recap NFL Championship Sunday and pick Super Bowl 49

Posted in Blogroll on January 19th, 2015 by Michael Tillery

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In the first 3 years of their spectacular careers, Brady and Wilson’s numbers are almost identical…

The New England Patriots smacked the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 to claim the AFC Championship and the Seattle Seahawks did the same on the NFC side — as the defending Super Bowl Champions rocked dramatically past the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in overtime.

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@TSFSports NFL Conference Championship Picks: Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks will not be denied

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

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When the Seattle Seahawks traded wide receiver Percy Harvin on October 18th, there were whispers about the imminent implosion of the Super Bowl champions — who fell to 3-3 after a loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 7.

Culpability was aimed at quarterback Russell Wilson. Critics pointed at everything from Wilson’s volatile relationship with Harvin to the Super Bowl quarterback being “Black enough” for the Seahawks locker room. Wilson answered everyone with a resounding run of his own, leading the Seahawks to a 10-1 record since the Rams loss, including last week’s destruction of the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional round.

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@TSFSports Repost: Russell Wilson: Mastering the Game

Posted in Blogroll on January 15th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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It isn’t a stretch to think Russell Wilson is capable of leading the Seattle Seahawks to Super Bowl glory.

In his first two seasons, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hasn’t posted the glamour numbers or highlights of his NFL contemporaries. All the 75th pick in the 2012 draft has done is put up win after convincing win, while remaining cool under fire.

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@TSFSports NFL Divisional Playoff Picks: Is Andrew Luck Primed To Take The Torch?

Posted in Blogroll on January 10th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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Andrew Luck is looking to finally shake free of Peyton Manning’s shadow come Sunday.

The Indianapolis Colts have no regrets when it comes to their current quarterback situation. In his third season, Andrew Luck has more than h held his own. As a starter in all 48 games, Luck is 33-15 with 86 touchdowns and 43 interceptions.

Luck is 2-2 in the postseason, but faces his toughest test to date against the Denver Broncos, led by Peyton Manning. Despite splitting two regular season meetings with Manning and the Broncos, the playoffs are a different breed. Is Luck ready to wrestle the torch away from a reluctant Manning and take the Colts to the brink of the Super Bowl?

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No Sure-Fire Winners in the Latest NBA Trade by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on January 9th, 2015 by Nigel Broadnax
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Is Cleveland truly ready for J. R. Smith? We’ll see…

On Monday, the second major trade of the season occurred in the NBA. The three-team deal included Dion Waiters heading to the Oklahoma City Thunder, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert (as well as a first round pick from OKC) heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers for essentially Lance Thomas and cap space to heading to the New York Knicks.

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Aaron McKie: Philly’s Basketball Jewel Comes Full Circle

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

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Make no mistake, former Temple star Aaron McKie is one of John Chaney’s most beloved players.

Aaron McKie is a Philadelphia basketball legend at the high school, collegiate and professional level. A bona-fide student of the game, McKie learned at the knees of Bill Ellerbee, former head coach of national powerhouse Simon Gratz high school and one of the NCAA greats in head coach John Chaney. As a professional, McKie was bounced around until landing back home in Philadelphia where he blossomed into one of the NBA’s best sixth men. Under head coach Larry Brown McKie won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in a magical 2001 season for the 76ers.

After a stint with the 76ers as an assistant, McKie has returned to his Temple roots as an assistant under Fran Dunphy, another Philly coaching legend. Here is our brief conversation after the Owls upset the then 10th ranked Kansas Jayhawks on December 22nd.

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A Bear Hug and Fist Pound for Stuart Scott

Posted in Blogroll on January 5th, 2015 by Ron Glover

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The innovative Stuart Scott sparked the minds of many aspiring media heads — including yours truly.

For two decades, Stuart Scott kick started my mornings with enough “Boo-Yows” to get me through the day. His style and charisma changed an industry unable and in some cases unwilling to change with the times.

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@TSFSports NFL Wildcard Picks: The Carolina Panthers have landed on their feet and are ready to pounce

Posted in Blogroll on January 3rd, 2015 by Ron Glover

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Just a month ago, we weren’t sure if Cam Newton would be in the playoffs — let alone running.

Twenty-six days ago, Cam Newton’s SUV flipped and in the process threw the Carolina Panthers franchise player and their playoffs hopes into a tizzy.

Triumph emerged from potential tragedy as the Panthers won four in a row — with Newton starting in the last two to win the NFC South. Today the Panthers host the Arizona Cardinals in the first of four NFL Wildcard games this weekend.

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