@TSFSports Week 15 NFL Picks: The Seahawks are lowering the boom on NFC foes

Posted in Blogroll on December 11th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Russell Wilson has had to stay very mobile during the 2014 NFL season in order to help the Seattle Seahawks.

Russell Wilson has become more of a dual threat than usual.

It would be great to see NFL players continue their tributes to Mike Brown and Eric Garner, while still spreading awareness. Printed t-shirts, black gloves, black cleats, it doesn’t matter how you get the message out — just get it out.

 Two months ago, the Seattle Seahawks were on the ropes. Wide receiver Percy Harvin was traded, there were whispers about quarterback Russell Wilson’s Blackness as well as his ability to lead a championship-caliber team. The final blow was dealt when the team lost a 28-26 nail-biter to the struggling St. Louis Rams to end a week from hell.

In recent weeks, opponents have caught hell as the world champions have won six of their last seven including victories over the Panthers, Niners, Cardinals and Eagles. The once comfortable lead by the division-leading Cardinals has been shaved to one game as the Seahawks have won three straight.

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How much noise can the Pittsburgh Steelers make in the stretch run?

Posted in Blogroll on December 10th, 2014 by Julian Truitt

(Miami Herald)

When all else fails, the hopes of the Steel City rest on the legs of Le’Veon Bell. 

When the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati last Sunday, it took their faithful fans on another incline in what has been a roller coaster season. The win gives the Black and Gold a true shot at winning the AFC North if they can handle things in the upcoming weeks.

The newest (and youngest) member of The Starting Five Julian Truitt debuts with his opinion on what the Steelers must do.

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Florida State Seminoles: Unconquered in the face of chaos

Posted in Blogroll on December 8th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Getty Images)

Through the roses and the thorns: Jameis Winston and Jimbo Fisher are headed back to the birthplace of their dominance.

When Jimbo Fisher took over for legendary head coach Bobby Bowden at Florida State none of us expected such a quick rise back to prominence. In his first three seasons, Fisher led the Seminoles to a 31-10 record with three consecutive bowl wins.

Since the 2012 season, Fisher’s Seminoles have run off 29 consecutive victories, including a National Championship. The 2014 season hasn’t been a bed of roses for the garnet and gold. Off the field incidents involving quarterback Jameis Winston would’ve upended a weaker program, but the Noles have  won, at times in spite of themselves to earn a trip back to the Rose Bowl for the College Football Playoffs.

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Executive Director Brian Kiszewski, Reinstate 58: James Thomas Deserves to Play in the Catholic League Championship

Posted in Blogroll on December 7th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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That isn’t a bad kid. His parents Tamara and James are proud. Look at their smiles...

Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY) two-way captain James Thomas was ejected during the Monsignor Martin League Championship game against Timon last week for a punch he didn’t throw and subsequently suspended for today’s New York Upstate vs Down State Catholic League Championship Game to be played at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, NY. Despite video evidence showing otherwise, Thomas hasn’t yet been reinstated. His father James Cunningham is an assistant coach on the team and saw the entire situation unfold. Close friend Zaimah Habeeb reached out on twitter this morning  through Drea d’Nur and I was fortunate to link up with his parents.

Executive Director Brian Kiszewski, do the right thing and #reinstate58. You’ll feel better down the line…for sure.

Below is my convo with his parents…

They created the hashtag #reinstate58

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@TSFSports Week 14 NFL Picks: Time for the Eagles to take flight

Posted in Blogroll on December 4th, 2014 by Ron Glover


The Eagles offensive line is healthy and LeSean McCoy is peaking for a postseason run.

The Philadelphia Eagles (9-3) have had gone from surviving a 17-0 deficit to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 to defeating the Indianapolis Colts on the road the following week. Chip Kelly’s bunch has also survived last-minute losses to the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.

Let’s not forget the 53-20 spanking the Green Bay Packers gave them nearly a month ago.

Mark Sanchez stepped in for an injured Nick Foles in the Houston Texans game and led the team to a 3-1 record as a starter including last Thursday’s 33-10 pounding of the Dallas Cowboys. This week’s showdown against the Seattle Seahawks (8-4) will tell us all we need to know about the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles.

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The Interview: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Columnist Bryan Burwell

Posted in Blogroll on December 4th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

Reposting this from ’07 because Burwell died early today of cancer at 59. RIP Bryan. 

Bryan Burwell is another one of the many journalism legends that have been gracious enough to give TSF a few words about the state of sports as well as encouragement for what we are trying to accomplish here. He is grounded in hisburwell criticism of Barry Bonds and Michael Vick while enjoying the time he spends covering the amazing athletic exploits of one Albert Pujols. I may not agree with everything he says, but I most definitely respect his opinion because he does have the experience I’m trying to attain with every fiber of my soul. Crazy that Bryan and I aren’t that far off in age and I have to be honest that the brotha sounds exactly like my Pop. I had to look over my shoulder because of lasting images of orange Hot Wheel tracks and The Belt. Seriously though, Bryan is an inspiration to anyone looking to get into the field because of his thirty plus years experience. He’s seen it all and has vivid memories of Ralph Wiley that I know I would cherish. In an age of alcohol abuse in MLB club houses, I admire his stance on the social hypocrisy regarding alcohol…It’s something he definitely should get more props for because most writers could give a damn. In that regard, he’s sui generis.

Happy Belated Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. I hope you had a good one. I know I did.


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Note to Roger Goodell: Do not ask the St. Louis Rams to apologize

Posted in Blogroll on December 1st, 2014 by Ron Glover

(L.G. Patterson/AP)

St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens make a powerful statement during pregame introductions yesterday. 

Prior to the St. Louis Rams destruction of the Oakland Raiders in the Edward Jones Dome, five members of the Rams receiving corps emerged from the tunnel with their hands raised in silent protest to the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri after the murder of Mike Brown and the non-indictment of former police officer Darren Wilson.

The Rams went on to crush the Raiders 52-0.

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@TSFSports NFL Week 13 Previews and predictions: In the NFC East, the season begins now

Posted in Blogroll on November 27th, 2014 by Ron Glover


LeSean McCoy is warming up as the Birds look to repeat as NFC East champs.

Once the table has been blessed and the food consumed, pull up in your favorite easy chair and prepare for a good ‘ol fashioned NFC East feud. the Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) and the Dallas Cowboys (8-3) meet for the first time this season with first place on the line.

The holiday schedule kicks off with the Chicago Bears (5-6) visiting the Detroit Lions (7-4) and closes out with the Seattle Seahawks (7-4) visiting the San Francisco 49ers (7-4) in a rematch of the NFC Championship.

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TSF Live No Indictment for Darren Wilson Podcast with Michael Tillery, John Gorman and Ron Glover

Posted in Blogroll on November 25th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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If you can’t understand their pain, you are just not human…

On November 24, 2014, after the decision to not indict Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown was handed down in Ferguson, Missouri, John Gorman, Ron Glover and I spoke our immediate reaction. Here it is…

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Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman: Louder than a Bomb

Posted in Blogroll on November 25th, 2014 by Ron Glover


Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin address the Seattle press about some of the NFL’s double standards.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was fined$100,000 by the NFL for violating the league’s media policy after the team’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on November 17th. Lynch was warned by league offices prior to the fine. Unfazed, Lynch left the locker room, but spoke with Mike Silver and former teammate Marcus Robinson (both NFL employees) by phone. Apparently, this wasn’t good enough for Roger Goodell and a fine was levied.

What followed after Sunday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals was a session which may have been awkward for reporters, yet entertaining to the public.

Not to be outdone, teammates Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman — who will now be known as Dougie Fresh and Slick Rich — took umbrage to the league’s actions and unleashed a freestyle presser, pointing out some of the obvious hypocrisies in the establishment. Both addressed everything from Lynch’s fining to the Seahawks playing two games in five days.

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@TSFSports Week 12 NFL Previews and predictions: Aaron Rodgers: Part Butcher, Part Surgeon, All World

Posted in Blogroll on November 21st, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Mike Roener/AP)

Aaron Rodgers has the same number of rings as Peyton Manning, but is rarely mentioned among the NFL’s best.

Two weeks ago, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hacked up a depleted Chicago Bears secondary to the tune of six first half touchdowns in a 55-14 stomping of their division rivals.

Last week, the 2011 NFL MVP systematically broke down an improved Philadelphia Eagles pass rush, passing for three more scores in a 53-20 romp. I think it’s about time we start mentioning Rodgers among the NFL’s best signal callers.

Byes: Panthers and Steelers

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Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014: Gay, Cousins lead Kings rout of Rose-less Bulls

Posted in Blogroll on November 21st, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(Sacramento Bee)

Behind Cousins and Gay, Sacramento is looking like a playoff team early…

I’m so glad DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay are shutting up the critics. Word to them…

TNT’s NBA coverage will continue Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks followed by the New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.

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As rape allegations swirl, a lost Bill Cosby interview from 2007

Posted in Blogroll on November 20th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

These allegations are troubling…

In the early days of The Starting Five, we all got into incredible discussions. These were the days pre-social media boom and folks actually commented on sites like this. The comments went into the hundreds. One day, Bill Cosby was…

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The Starting Five Ron Artest Interview

Posted in Blogroll on November 19th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

There is no denying Ron’s positive effect on Queensbridge

*Reposting this today because it’s the 10th anniversary of the Malace in the Palace. 

This interview was conducted this summer in Long Island as Ron was getting ready for the season–just days after the referee gambling scandal hit the press.

Ron Artest has been through a lot since coming out of St. Johns eight years ago and it’s been well documented. I wanted to do this interview to give fans a more well rounded opinion because of how Ron’s been vilified before and after The Brawl. I’m thankful Ron agreed to do this because most athletes would remain reticent and never speak again to the press. I would see tidbits of him giving back to the community and wondered if this cat is so much of a monster, then why do children all over the nation seem to love him? He’ll tell you he’s responsible for the public perception of him because of his rebellious relationship with authority early on in his career. He’s made a fair share of mistakes, but it’s not the whole story and we all know how the media runs with negativity.

Yes, athletes make millions of dollars to play a game–we all understand that. It also would be ridiculous to think and publicly say sports fans have a right to act like fools at a sporting event just because they’ve shelled out hard earned money. To some of us, athletics is more than entertainment. Fans and media heap undeserving amounts of blame on athletes while the world loudly crumbles around them.

America dropped the ball after what happened in Detroit that night by not properly scrutinizing fan behavior. The athletes involved lost millions of dollars, but what about John Green or the foolish fans that came on the court only to be clocked by Jermaine O’Neal?

It must be noted Ron does an amazing amount of charity work in communities all over the nation. He doesn’t want it all publicized, but it’s criminal that almost none of it gets any media shine.

Ron this season is averaging a very respectable 19 points, 6 rebounds and four assists as the Kings come off their second road win in New Jersey last night 106-101.

This is a very compelling interview. Ron is honest about his professional career, is very contrite about his transgressions and acutely aware of his place in society. Read this very carefully and speak your mind candidly afterwards.


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Stephen A. Smith vs. Michael Carter-Williams: Fallout from the Call Out

Posted in Blogroll on November 18th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(NY Post)

Veteran journalist Stephen A. Smith’s latest media beef is with second year player Michael Carter-Williams.

Last week, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams posted an essay on The Players Tribune – a website started by former New York Yankee Derek Jeter which provides an unfiltered platform for athletes to enlighten their fan base on whatever is on their mind at the time.

For Carter-Williams his mind was on being 0-7 to start the 2014-15 season and the moment last year when his team was on the cusp of losing an NBA-record 27th game in a row. Carter-Williams recalls how members of the press, most notably ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith seemed all to eager to see his team set a new mark in futility. Upon hearing Carter-Williams comments, Smith went on a rant that should make every athlete shudder.

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