The Starting Five Live #129 with celebrity boxing trainer, Eric Kelly

Posted in Blogroll on March 26th, 2016 by Michael Tillery

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Chuck D and crew are revamping the RAPstation site. Check it out when you can. Tonight’s show will air here on TSF. We’ll be back on RAPstation next week.

On tonight’s #TSFLive 129, Eric Kelly and I have an uncensored talk on training, boxing where he calls out Ukrainian boxers for alleged steroid use. Eric also takes down DJ Khaled for something unrelated to music, and today’s Hip Hop in general as well.

It’s a candid convo.

Explicit language indeed.

Thanks for tuning in, and we hope you enjoy the show!

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Philadelphia Eagles Continue the Chip Kelly Purge As Free Agency Looms

Posted in Blogroll on March 8th, 2016 by Ron Glover

(AP/Michael Perez)

DeMarco Murray’s lone season in Philly was nothing short of an uphill fight.

On a day when Peyton Manning said goodbye to the NFL, Philadelphia Eagles continued to jettison anyone remaining from the Chip Kelly regime.

De Facto GM Howie Roseman, who was demoted during Kelly’s tenure is back in control as Vice President of Football Operations and is wasting no time removing the stench Kelly has left in Philly over the last calendar year.

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@TSFSports Week 13 NFL Picks: The NFL’s M*A*S*H Unit Runneth Over

Posted in Blogroll on December 4th, 2015 by Ron Glover


Just as the Seattle Seahawks were getting it together, they lose Jimmy Graham for the season with a torn right patella.

The injury list in the most important month of the NFL season reads like a Pro Bowl roster: Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Chris Johnson, Ben Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning (and that’s just in the last two weeks). Playoffs contenders like the Kansas City Chiefs have won five of their last six games without leading rusher Jamaal Charles who went down On October 11th.

With five weeks left in the regular season one thing you can look forward to is all contenders and those playing spoiler going all out until the final gun.

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Why Kobe Bryant’s Retirement Announcement Came at the Right Time by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on December 2nd, 2015 by Nigel Broadnax

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Be PEace Beans. 

For the first month and change of the season, Kobe Bryant has looked the part of a player on the ropes against Father Time. Nearly 70 percent of of his shots have been off target, his mobility has been languid, and his lift has been met with plenty of gravity.

It’s very much felt like the near-end for Kobe as he grinds through the early stages of his 20th season in the league— all as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Jahlil Okafor: Learning Life’s Lessons In The Paint

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


Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (8) drives to the basket while Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) defends during the first half at TD Garden.

In one month, Sixers top pick Jahlil Okafor has found rookie life in the NBA to be an experience on and off the court.

Philadelphia 76ers center and standout rookie Jahlil Okafor was involved in a scuffle with a heckler outside of a Boston nightclub on November 25th — hours after his team had dropped their 16th consecutive game to open the 2015-16 season. In the days to follow, the man who heckled Okafor began the process which could lead to a civil suit. It also became public knowledge that Okafor had a gun drawn on him early in November, attempted to use a fake I.D. and was stopped for driving 108 MPH on the Ben Franklin Bridge back in October.

All three incidents call for the utmost attention of an organization which has chosen to load their roster with young men devoid of any true leadership on or off the court.


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@TSFSports Week 12 NFL Picks: Stakes Is High!

Posted in Blogroll on November 29th, 2015 by Ron Glover


We’re nearly at the 3/4 mark of the NFL season. While the playoff picture looks somewhat muddled, the class teams of the league seem to be firmly in place.

The bye weeks are over, the homestretch is in sight.

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@TSFSports Thanksgiving Day Picks: Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers Are Coming to Eat

Posted in Blogroll on November 26th, 2015 by Ron Glover


This week Cam Newton provided a Thanksgiving meal for 900 children. Today Newton and the Carolina Panthers look to feast on the Dallas Cowboys.

NFL fans will leave the table stuffed and ready to take in a heavy dose of football. The day kicks off with the Philadelphia Eagles on the road to face the Detroit Lions — who are hosting their 95th game on Turkey Day.

Next the Carolina Panthers take their 10-0 record to AT&T Stadium to face the suddenly healthy Dallas Cowboys, inspired by the return of quarterback Tony Romo.

Finally, the Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears. The highlight of this game comes at halftime when the team honors Brett Favre by retiring his number.

Family, food and football, in that order.

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The Silenced Legacy of Tom Flores Must Be Awakened in Canton

Posted in Blogroll on November 24th, 2015 by Ron Glover


Tom Flores airs one out in the wide open Raiders attack, a hallmark in the former AFL.

Tom Flores is a groundbreaking NFL figure. In 1960, Flores became the first Hispanic quarterback to start as a member of the Oakland Raiders. Two decades later, Flores led the Raiders to a pair of Super Bowl victories (XV, XVIII) as a head coach, becoming the first Latino coach to do so. He was an assistant under John Madden when the Raiders won Super Bowl XI.

As of today, Tom Flores remains only Hall of Fame eligible.

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Cam Newton and Jameis Winston: Dark Horses Riding Into the Future

Posted in Blogroll on November 24th, 2015 by Ron Glover


In case you missed it this past Sunday, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston each passed for 246 yards and five touchdowns as they routed Washington and Philadelphia, respectfully.

Once you open the book on two of the NFL’s most polarizing figures, you may be surprised at how both have taken a very similar path to stardom.

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@TSFSports Week 11 NFL Picks: The Jacksonville Jaguars Are Hunting For Respect

Posted in Blogroll on November 20th, 2015 by Ron Glover


The young receiving tandem of Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have provided Jacksonville Jaguars Quarterback Blake Bortles reliable targets in a wide open AFC South.

There wasn’t talk long ago of the once futile Jacksonville Jaguars franchise leaving Florida and possibly heading West. The Jaguars passed on Tim Tebow, survived the Blaine Gabbert disaster and have found a keeper in second year quarterback Blake Bortles.

Bortles has been blessed with a pair of second-year receiving studs in Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson (14 total touchdowns this season) throw in rookie running back T.J. Yeldon and top free agent acquisition tight end Julius Thomas. Head coach Gus Bradley has put together an aggressive young defense with the blue print of what he coordinated in Seattle in mind.

Byes: Browns, Giants, Saints and Steelers

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Jameis Winston’s Last Laugh Is Getting Louder

Posted in Blogroll on November 19th, 2015 by Ron Glover


Jameis Winston has come out of the darkness of a forgettable Week 1 performance to put the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the muddled NFC playoff race.

Much like his final season at Florida State, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston has gathered his bearings after a shaky start and is looking to finish strong. The Bucs are 4-5 after winning three of their last five contests, good enough to be in the NFC Wild Card conversation.

The insurmountable gap critics created between Winston and fellow rookie, Tennessee Titans signal caller Marcus Mariota after their meeting in Week 1 has all but closed.

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The Chronological Collapse of Robert Griffin III

Posted in Blogroll on November 16th, 2015 by Ron Glover

(Credit: Kevin Jairaj/USA Today)

The mental and physical pounding absorbed by Robert Griffin III has taken it’s toll in only five seasons.

The cavalcade of calamity in the brief professional career of Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III has been five seasons in the making. The 2011 Heisman Trophy award winner was paired with Mike Shanahan, a former two-time Super Bowl winning head coach with the Denver Broncos — led by Hall of Famer John Elway. In Griffin, Shanahan had a player with similar arm strength and superior improvisational skills. Despite an eye-popping rookie campaign, the tension between coach and quarterback was undeniable. From the controversy surrounding Griffin’s extensive knee injury in the 2012 NFC Wild Card game to the quarterback’s relationship with team owner Daniel Snyder.

Shanahan stooped to a new level of pettiness when he benched Griffin for the last three weeks of the 2013 season after learning he would be fired. The benching of Griffin was an unofficial audition for backup Kirk Cousins, who was drafted three rounds after him. Under current head coach Jay Gruden, the verbal jousting has intensified as did Griffin’s injuries.

Ironically, Griffin’s season and immediate future in the NFL has been put on ice as the team is handcuffed with a $16 million insurance payout if he is injured.

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@TSFSports Week 10 NFL Picks: Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Looking To Scale New Heights

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

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No one had a more forgettable rookie debut than Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. The number one overall pick’s first pass in the NFL was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Even worse was watching Heisman Trophy winner and second overall pick Marcus Mariota toss four touchdowns and yet again defeat a team led by himself.

Since the opener, Winston has made huge strides, leading the Buccaneers to a 2-2 record (3-5 overall) over the last month — which included a 23-20 thriller over the division leading Atlanta Falcons. As for the turnovers, Winston hasn’t tossed a pick in over a month. In that span, Winston is 69 for 113 (61%) good for 930 yards, four touchdowns (two rushing) and a QB Rating of 99.1. The streak is the third longest in team history. Winston looks to improve on the streak, but more importantly lead the Bucs to a victory this Sunday over the visiting Dallas Cowboys.

Byes: Colts, Chargers, Falcons and Niners.

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The Starting Five Ron Artest Interview: “I Keep it 100%”

Posted in Blogroll on November 13th, 2015 by Michael Tillery

*repost because original link was broken. Just so happens to be Ron and his brother Daniel’s birthday. 

There is no denying Ron’s positive effect on Queensbridge

This interview was conducted this summer (December 2007) 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.

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Mizzou Football Team Leads An All Out Blitz As School President Tim Wolfe Resigns

Posted in Blogroll on November 9th, 2015 by Ron Glover

(Columbia Missourian)

University of Missouri student Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike brought the school’s racial tension to the forefront.

Fueled by the shooting death of Mike Brown, the University of Missouri Black Student body grew weary of their complaints of racism falling on reluctant responses and deaf ears. Graduate student and member of the Concerned Student 150 (named for the first year Black students were permitted on campus) Jonathan Butler grew so tired of the empty promises and emails that he began a hunger strike on November 2nd which was backed by students and professors.

Despite meeting with Butler and the Concerned Student 150, Wolfe remained firm in his stance to stay on as university president.

This past Saturday, the University of Missouri football team — which has about 32 Black players vowed to suspend all team activities until Wolfe resigned.

Wolfe resigned his position a few hours ago.

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