“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
Muhammad Ali, the greatest and most beloved athlete in human history now rests with the ages. As a Black man in the turbulent 1960’s, he was so much more. It’s never easy to write about your heroes in the past tense. I’ll give it my all, even as I navigate through red, watery eyes.
I owe my Undisputed Life Champion that much.
Owning the No.1 pick, the 76ers have the burden of choosing between Duke’s Brandon Ingram or LSU’s Ben Simmons.
In 2014, former Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie set out to change the fortunes of the one of the NBA’s great franchises through an unconventional method. The “Tanking” process was adopted to put the 76ers in the best position to draft Kansas freshman standout Andrew Wiggins. After failing to land the top pick needed to acquire the talented swingman, the 76ers ended up drafting his teammate, center Joel Embiid with the third overall pick. Embiid has yet to play in an NBA game due to a nagging injury to his right foot. Last season, the team once again landed the third overall pick and selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor. Okafor was selected largely in part because of the uncertainty of Embiid’s basketball future.
The third time was a charm as the 76ers won the NBA Draft Lottery for the first time in 20 seasons (Allen Iverson). Mysterously, Hinkie, the mastermind behind “The Plan” resigned in April. The team’s new GM Brian Colangelo now has the task of finishing what Hinkie started. It begins with the selection of scoring swing man Brandon Ingram, the multi-faceted Ben Simmons or (GULP) trading the pick.
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Barry Bonds’ return to baseball has produced a smile we haven’t seen in years.
Nine seasons ago, Barry Bonds walked away from baseball with more questions attached to his name than answers. Allegations of using Performance Enhancing Drugs, the threat of jail time stemming from perjury and obstruction of justice charges clung to him like a five-game hitting slump. Bonds ultimately drew a walk on both, but when it comes to his Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, the greatest player of the last four decades may strike out looking.
Just when many had become used to not seeing Barry Bonds around, he appears reincarnate as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. Ushered in by new skipper Don Mattingly, Bonds is looking to pass along invaluable knowledge to a young roster, most importantly to a talented star rightfielder named Giancarlo Stanton.
Did Ben Simmons place his game on cruise control at LSU only to go full throttle in the NBA?
Throughout the 2015-16 college basketball season, LSU Tigers freshman forward Ben Simmons served out mouth-watering appetizers from his smorgasbord of talents. Even in the delight of watching the 6’10” phenom’s array of skills, we’re left wondering why the more-than-likely first pick in June’s NBA Draft didn’t force feed more of his showmanship upon us.
The Starting Five Live 130: Deon Taylor talks his movie Meet the Blacks; Matt McVey talks Villanova WildcatsPosted in Blogroll on April 10th, 2016 by Michael Tillery
Check out the all star cast of Meet the Blacks.
Interviewed movie director Deon Taylor for his now-in-studio film, Meet the Blacks. Deon was on TSF Live previously to talk his incredible movie Supremacy. Check that. For now, listen to the interview posted below. Following Deon Taylor, Delaware County resident Matt McVey talks the Villanova Wildcats winning the National Championship on Kris Jenkins game winning shot. Thanks for tuning in, and we hope you enjoy the show!
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.