Archive for October, 2007

Battier Dagger Makes Me Look Like a Prophet; Reggie Bush Trouble; Nevada Player Catches a Bad One, Gets Kicked Off Team

Posted in Blogroll on October 31, 2007 by mizzo

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Battier three with 2.5 seconds left lifts Rockets to victory.

Booed a little in intros, Kobe set out to prove he is no slouch and set to take it out on the Rockets. Both teams were tight early culminating in an abundance of missed shots, but when Kobe scored the first bucket of the game on a left handed lay up off glass, you knew he was about to explode. He finished with 19 pts. at half, another 18 in the fourth quarter–almost willing the Lakers back from 12 down with less than two minutes left–and 45 for the game. (If you remember yesterday I said Kobe would get 45 in a loss. Never seems to work when I play the Powerball though.) Kobe was 13-32 from the field and went to the line a ridiculous 27 times, but had nine of the Laker’s 18 misses from the charity stripe. Tracy McGrady hit for 30 and Yao Ming scored 25 and ripped down 12 to aid in a team victory. With all the trade rumors surrounding the team leading up to opening night, Kobe seemed contrite when asked about the fan reaction:

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2007 Western Conference Preview

Posted in Blogroll with tags , , on October 31, 2007 by thebrotherreport

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This season the Western Conference is as wide open as ever. Three teams can be considered for the number one seed in the conference. With as twelve teams fighting for eight playoff spots.

Here is my order of finish:

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Third Eye Opened.

Posted in Blogroll, Public Enemy with tags , , , , , , on October 31, 2007 by thebrotherreport

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Growing up in North Philadelphia, music was essential in the Glover household – during the week, my father would play everything from Stevie Wonder to Gil Scott Heron. Saturday nights and Sunday mornings, my mother saturated the walls with gospel music. I loved all of it, music got us through many tough days. Even with my father’s passing in 1992, songs that he would play over and over seemed to carry more significance–almost a message that we couldn’t understand prior.

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Torre Shocker Leaves Mattingly Dodger Blue; ARod Was Never a Yankee; Favre Amazes Once Again; Barry Files; NBA Season Kicks Off

Posted in Blogroll on October 30, 2007 by mizzo

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Reportedly Joe Torre has left one dream job for another. According to Peter Abraham, the Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to fire Grady Little and hire the shouldn’t have been (emphasis mine) embattled former Yankee skipper. Reportedly Don Mattingly will head west with Torre and ultimately get an opportunity to coach his son Preston, who is a middle infielder in the Dodgers system. The Yankees have offered the job to Joe Giraldi in a move seen as choosing experience over loyalty. These are certainly unique times in the Bronx.

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Buck Honored (finally!); Beckkkkkkkkket; Bonds Upset; Grady Jackson Cut?; Ricky Davis Loves the Heat, The Chargers Do Not

Posted in Antoine Walker, Atlanta Falcons, Barry Bonds, Boston Red Sox, Buck O'Neil, Colorado Rockies, Dustin Pedroia, Grady Jackson, Josh Beckett, Manny Ramirez, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, MLB, Ricky Davis on October 25, 2007 by mizzo

 

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Buck O’Neil was honored by the Hall of Fame for a lifetime achievement award in Boston before Game 1.

It’s about time!

As writers, there’s always some kind of muse that spurs the emotions and drives us to finish any particular piece.

Buck O’Neil, at least for me, was something way more special.

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TNT Sports 2007-2008 Season NBA Teleconference: Reggie Miller, Marv Albert, Doug Collins and Turner Sports Executive Producer, Jeff Behnke

Posted in Antoine Walker, Doug Collins, Jeff Behnke, Marv Albert, Michael Jordan, NBA, Reggie Miller, Richard Hamilton, Ricky Davis, TNT Sports, Washington Wizards on October 25, 2007 by mizzo

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Earlier today I had the honor of taking part in a teleconference with some of  the top NBA beat writers in the country to kick off  2007-2008 NBA seasonal coverage on TNT. Participants of the teleconference panel were as follows: Reggie Miller, retired NBA player and now full time NBA analyst. Doug Collins, former NBA player/coach who has become a fixture as an NBA analyst on TNT. Marv Albert, in my opinion, the best play by play announcer in sports and Jeff Behnke, Turner Sports executive producer. Very interesting conversation and one you’ll find quite intriguing. I found out that Ricky Davis has been traded to the Miami Heat for Antoine Walker.

We’ll also be offering a 2007-2008 NBA Preview in the next couple of days here at TSF.

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White Noise: Whitlock On NFL Colorlines

Posted in Bengals, Bill Belichick, Bill Russell, Brett Favre, Carl Rowan, Chad Johnson, Civil Rights Movement, Colts, Congressional Medal of Freedom, Corey Dillon, Dave Zirin, Denver Broncos, Dwight Freeney, Fox Sports, George Bush, Herm Edwards, Hip-Hop, Jason Whitlock, Jeff George, Jim Brown, John Elway, Junior Seau, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Johnson, Lawrence Maroney, Malcolm X, Marvin Lewis, Matt Gutierrez, Mickey Mantle, Muhammad Ali, New York Times, NFL, Patriots, Peyton Manning, Public Enemy, Randy Moss, Reggie Wayne, Rodney Harrisson, sports and ethics, Ted Williams, Teddy Bruschi, Tom Brady, Tony Dungy, TSF, Ty Cobb on October 24, 2007 by mizzo

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My Public Enemy brother of pen, Dave Zirin, drops by TSF and hits us off with a Marlin Briscoe bomb.

Jason “Big Sexy” Whitlock has told me to “mind [my] own damn business” when it comes to his mission to lead a new Civil Rights movement against “black idiots”. But whether you are talking about Whitlock or someone hanging a noose on a tree, there is a problem when you say, “Just ignore it and it will go away.”

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Johnson’s Family Reunion

Posted in Blogroll, Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, Drew Bledsoe, Keyshawn Johnson with tags , , , , , , , on October 24, 2007 by thebrotherreport


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“You break the mirror that reminds you of your ugliness.” – GZA – Breaker, Breaker

The next time Keyshawn Johnson calls another player’s behavior a “disruption” to the team someone needs to remind him of his days in New York, Tampa, Dallas and Carolina. Apparently, donning an Armani on Sundays instead of a team uniform has affected his memory.

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Mitchell denies leaking Byrd HGH story; Philly’s Uninspired Start Not McNabb’s Fault; O.J. Didn’t Do It; Janet Jackson Still Catching Wreck; Wisconsin Hoop Coach Bo Ryan and Jameer Nelson Are Neighbors

Posted in Bo Ryan, CBS, Chester High School, Donovan McNabb, Jameer Nelson, James Hardy, Janet Jackson, Kevin Jones, O.J. Simpson, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Eagles fans, Scoop Jackson, Soulja Boy, sports and ethics, Super Bowl, Terrell Owens, Tyler Perry, University of Wisconsin on October 23, 2007 by mizzo

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According to the AP, George Mitchell has denied his office leaked information on Cleveland pitcher Paul Byrd using HGH. Mitchell, who is a director in the Boston Red Sox front office, said there have been many inquiries sent to his office about the timing of this story. Paul Bryd admitted to injecting human growth hormone to correct a pituitary tumor in a press conference two hours prior to the ALCS Game 7 loss. Mitchell released the statement from his New York office to “correct that mistaken impression.”

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“Anytime”, Anyplace.

Posted in Blogroll with tags , , , , on October 22, 2007 by thebrotherreport

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In the NFL, the special teams unit can have the same impact in a game as a bullpen or pinch-hitter in baseball, even a sixth man in basketball. At times the punter and coverage teams control the momentum of the game by controlling field position or the strong leg and accuracy of a place-kicker can put a game out of reach in its waning moments. Special teams are measured in three areas: the kicking game, kick coverage and the return game.

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The Influence of the Black Athlete on Our Children.

Posted in Blacks in Baseball, Blogroll with tags , , , , , , on October 21, 2007 by thebrotherreport

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Who is the Black Athlete, and why is he/she such a phenomenon in American society?

From Jack Johnson to Terrell Owens the Black athlete has been a mystery. Unable to be deciphered by his White counterparts – he is often ridiculed, but in more cases than not, he has become the measuring stick for greatness – as in the cases of Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown.

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Report: Paul Byrd buys 25K of HGH, 6 Referees Implicated in Gambling Scandal

Posted in ALCS, Cleveland Indians, HGH, NBA, Paul Byrd, referee scandal, sports and ethics, Tim Donaghy on October 21, 2007 by mizzo

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Cleveland Indians Game 4 hero Paul Byrd reportedly purchased twenty five thousand dollars worth of human growth hormone.

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Interview with ESPN.com Editor In Chief Rob King

Posted in Barry Bonds, Bill Simmons, Bob Schiefer, ESPN, ESPN Digital Media, ESPN.com, Gannett, interview, Jeff Chadiha, Jemele Hill, Jimmy Clausen, John Kosner Sr., Knight Ridder, Kobe Bryant, Maurice Clarett, Meg Greenfield, Michael Tillery, Michael Vick, Mizzo, NBA, Penn State, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pulitzer Prize, Rob King, Scoop Jackson, sports and ethics, Terrell Owens, The Starting Five, TSF, Washing Week In Review, Washington Post on October 19, 2007 by mizzo

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Simply put, the reason why there is a TSF is because of ESPN.com. There’s no denying such a significant fact. In saying that, we also want an alternative to what has become almost a singular voice in sports. ESPN has a stranglehold on the way sports is packaged and the only way that grip changes is for sites like TSF and others to consistently speak out and offer a substantive check and balance. ESPN has hired numerous minorities as of late and Rob King is most likely ESPN’s most significant addition in quite some time. Just as some of you have questioned ESPN.com’s writers I’m sure some of you will question the hire mainly because of King’s graphic artist background. I had the same question and when contacting ESPN, John Kosner Sr., Vice President and General Manager, ESPN Digital Media responded with this statement via email: “Rob is a true leader. He is uniquely qualified to take ESPN.com to the next level bringing together a talented team to serve sports fans with the best in sports writing and reporting, audio, video and photography. It’s a dream assignment and he was born to do it.” Judge for yourselves what type of impact Rob King will have on MSM. He holds the keys to an organization that shapes the way we visualize and read sports. I must say that Rob King is one of the most intelligent people I have ever come across. The way we view sports is morphing just as fast as the technology that’s readily available. What’s your opinion and where do you see sports heading?

Read very carefully.

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Beckett to Cleveland: Not Yet!

Posted in Blogroll, C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, David Ortiz, Fausto Carmona, Grady Sizemore, Josh Beckett, Kevin Youkilis, Manny Ramirez, Terry Francona, Travis Hafner on October 19, 2007 by mizzo

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Twice the 2007 ALCS has produced a dream pitching match up between Josh Beckett and C.C. Sabathia and twice, Beckett has out pitched the Cleveland ace. Sabathia didn’t pitch bad, but Cleveland’s inability to consistently get out Boston’s potent 3-4-5 hitters is beginning to add major drama to a series that seemed all but finished. Conceivably, the game was over when Kevin Youkilis powered a first inning Sabathia fastball deep over the left field fence. Beckett pitched a masterpiece and kept the Indians baffled all night with a mixture of high velocity heaters and hitter wrist twisting breaking balls. Beckett allowed one run–Grady Sizemore scored when Travis Hafner hit into a double play–gave up five hits, walked one and struck out 11 in running his 2007 post season record to 3-0. Though he’s only 27, Beckett is fast climbing the list as one of best post season pitchers in recent memory. In a game Boston had to win, Beckett proved once again he can put up a fight when the time is right.

Manager Terry Francona is looking like a seasoned coaching genius for making sure his ace had the proper rest necessary to come through with such a dominant performance.

Will Francona’s decision come back to haunt his team if they can somehow rally their way to a Game 7 appearance?

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To Live and Die In L.A., The Miracle That is Kevin Everett

Posted in Blogroll, Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers on October 18, 2007 by thebrotherreport

kobe_bryant_biography.jpg The Kobe Bryant/Los Angeles Lakers feud is at the point of no return, it is now possible to believe that Bryant will not begin the season in the Purple and Gold.

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Hello!

Posted in Blogroll on October 18, 2007 by thebrotherreport

I would like to begin by saying that I’m humbled and appreciative of the opportunity that I’m being given today. My journey as a sports columnist was a road less traveled, my passion for sports and writing have brought me to this place, one where I hope to grow into the complete writer that I aspire to be and one that you can be proud of.

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The Bears Are Who We Thought They Were!

Posted in Arizona Cardinals, Blogroll, Chicago Bears, Dennis Green on October 18, 2007 by mizzo

I had to post this. It’s hard to believe this was a whole year ago.

Denny was hot! While talking, he must have had a flashback of one of Devin Hester’s run backs and just snapped. With all these wack coaches being recycled, why can’t he get a job?

Ron Springs In Coma, HGH 7.2 Million Dollar Raid, Clausen Benched, Jim Boeheim retiring? Who Is the Little Emperor?

Posted in Charlie Weis, Dallas Cowboys, Everson Walls, HGH, Jimmy Clausen, Joe Gibbs, kidney donation, Le Bron James, Lowen's Pharmacy, Ron Springs, Shawn Springs, Steroids, Tony Dorsett, Tony Hill, Washington Redskins, Yao Ming on October 17, 2007 by mizzo

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Former Dallas Cowboy standout Ron Springs, who played on the great Dallas teams of the early eighties has lapsed into a coma. Springs suffers from diabetes and received a kidney seven months ago from former teammate Everson Walls.

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Cleveland Sends Message to Red Sox Nation: Indians 7, Boston 3

Posted in ALCS, American League Pennant, Boston Red Sox, C.C. Sabathia, Casey Blake, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Cy Young Award, David Ortiz, Eric Wedge, Jacob Field, Jensen Lewis, Jhonny Peralta, Josh Beckett, Kevin Youklis, Manny Ramirez, Paul Byrd, Rafael Betancourt, Terry Francona, Tim Wakefield, World Series on October 17, 2007 by mizzo

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All year long MLB has forced fed the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox down baseball fan’s collective throats. This practice has masked just how good the rest of the league has become. The Colorado Rockies have won 21 out of 22 games to make their first World Series appearance. The Cleveland Indians, seemingly another team of destiny, have shown the world they are for real and trust that Red Sox nation doesn’t know what hit ‘em.

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Buggin Out: Stephen A. Done at the Philadelphia Inquirer. OJ Who, What? Imus is Back, so are Dusty and Tom Osborne. What about Minnesota 1998? Etan get well soon. Jaws just shut up!

Posted in Byron Leftwich, Chicago Cubs, Chuck D, Dick Vermeil, Don Imus, Donovan McNabb, Dusty Baker, Imus In the Morning, Jeremy Shockey, Joey Harrington, Lambeau Field, Michael Vick, Mike Lupica, Minnesota Vikings, Mitch Albom, Nebraska, O.J. Simpson, Philadelphia Inquirer, Public Enemy, Randall Cunningham, Randy Moss, Rod Martin, Ron Jaworski, San Francisco Giants, Stephen A. Smith, Tom Brady, Tom Osborne, Willie E. Gary on October 16, 2007 by mizzo

do_the_right_thing_051.jpg I just spoke with the publicist of Etan Thomas and he relayed to me that during a routine physical doctors discovered what led to his recent surgery in Minneapolis. Etan is currently resting well. Obviously, no statements will be made regarding his playing status for the upcoming season. I’ll keep everyone posted if anything changes. Etan, get well bruh! You are too important.

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The Lofton Get Back: Cleveland 4, Boston 2

Posted in Albert Belle, ALCS, American League, Asdrubal Cabrera, Blogroll, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Dustin Pedroia, Jake Westbrook, Jason Varitek, Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramirez, Terry Francona, Travis Hafner on October 16, 2007 by mizzo

bill-snyder-reuters.jpgIn the top of the second inning of last night’s Game 3 between Boston and Cleveland, left fielder Kenny Lofton caught a mid-range routine fly ball and noticed Mannny Ramirez mimicking a tag at third. Lofton seemed very annoyed Manny would entertain such a ridiculous idea. Maybe Manny was just being Manny but Kenny simply wagged his finger and let his emotions chill until he could come through in the clutch. Manny showing Lofton up seemed to awaken the fire that Kenny wanted and needed.

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Flight of the Phoenix: Interview with Grant Hill

Posted in Alex McKechnie, Amare Stoudemire, Bill Walton, Blogroll, Chris Webber, Chuck Daley, David Stern, Detroit Pistons, Dream Team, Duke University, Etan Thomas, Grant Hill, Jerry Colangelo, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ken Griffey Jr., Kevin Garnett, Lakers, Leonard Tose, Michael Jordan, Michael Tillery, Mike D'Antoni, Mizzo, NBA, New York Knicks, O.J. Mayo, Pan Am Games, Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Suns, referee scandal, Sacramento Kings, Sean Livingston, Slam Magazine, Steve Kerr, Steve Nash, Tamia, Tim Donaghy, UCLA, USA Basketball, Washington Wizard, Zach Randolph with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2007 by mizzo

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Many athletes are not afforded a second chance and ultimately languish among the has beens and what ifs. Grant Hill has become the soul model for athletes that haven’t the courage to fight and find their true sense of career satisfaction in the midst of adversity. He’s overcome injuries that normally cause freakishly talented pros to run from the sights, sounds and once in a lifetime heights of glory associated with super stardom. Legends primitive who become hood stars that saunter apprehensively and settle diminished into a lost world of sitting on stoops and embellishing past stories to any admirer who used to love them.

A new day has dawned. The signing of Hill by Phoenix proves how serious the Suns are in their quest of obtaining the title forever elusive. Playing at Duke, where his Blue Devils were the first team to go back to back since Walton dreams and Kareem teams energized the UCLA dynasty, Grant was able to perform in a comfort zone that most athletes only dream of.

Initially when Grant entered the NBA, he was one of the most gifted ballers to grace the scene. His unique combination of athleticism, intelligence and modesty was instrumental in Grant becoming the first rookie to lead any American sport in fan all-star total balloting. It wasn’t anything unusual for Grant to rack up multiple triple doubles per week as he positioned himself to become a true basketball icon. He was one of the first to be proclaimed the next Jordan and had the classiness and ambassador like presence of one Julius Erving.

GHill was the truth before this generation’s definition of truth ever existed. His African American art has been on tour to give those not accustomed an inspiring renaissance of cultural thought. Grant and his R&B songstress wife Tamia are fam first, and committed to giving back to raise up those who live by means less amid socially distorting life distress.

Simply put, Grant is a winner. This cannot ever be questioned.

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The Goodbyes

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2007 by dwil

As we head back to our respective sites, I just want to say that I have learned  tremendously from you all over the past few months. Things I thought I understood in an intellectual sense – particularly the way race shapes our respective perspectives on reality – I now understand in a more visceral way. And, however much my view of reality is, of course, shaped by my background and all that, my experience writing here and
being in conversation with you all has changed, humbled and deepened the way I see the issues we’ve been writing about since April.

So, thanks for that and for your collective intelligence and interest. I’ll be taking a break until the end of the year to finish a book manuscript (I’m on deadline), but plan to re-start Sports Media Review come January.

-J. Weiler

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Star Rising: Interview with ESPN NFL Analyst Michael Smith

Posted in 60 minutes, Arizona Cardinals, Around the Horn, Barry Bonds, Ben Gordon, Bill Belichick, Bill Cosby, Bill Cowher, Bill Parcells, Bill Rhoden, Bill Walsh, Billy White Shoes Johnson, Black Thought, Bo Jackson, Bobbito Garcia, Boston, Boston Globe, Brian Urlacher, Brian Westbrook, Buddy Ryan, Calvin Williams, Chad Johnson, Chuck D, Cincinnati Bengals, Common, Cris Carter, Dallas Cowboys, Dan Patrick, Daunte Culpepper, Deion Sanders, Donovan McNabb, Drew Brees, DWil, Eddie Murphy, Eli Manning, Elijah Dukes, ESPN, ESPN News, ESPN.com, Fred Barnett, Gary Anderson, Hall of Fame, Indianapolis Colts, Jake Plummer, Jake Reed, James Baldwin, Jason Campbell, Jason Kidd, Jemele Hill, Jerry Rice, Jim Rhome, John Elway, Keith Olberman, Kevin Mack, Larry Whiteside, Leonard Davis, Loyola University, Lynn Swann, Marty Shottenheimer, Marvin Lewis, Maya Angelou, Michael Smith, Michael Tillery, Michael Vick, Michael Wilbon, Mike and Mike in the Morning, Mike Tomlins, Mizzo, Monday Night Football, Mos Def, New England Patriots, New Orleans, New Orleans Saints, NFC Championship, NFL, NFL Live, Norv Turner, Outside the Lines, Pacman Jones, Pardon the Interruption, Peyton Manning, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, race, Racism, racist, Ralph Wiley, Randall Cunningham, Randy Moss, Ray Nagin, Real Sports, Rex Grossman, Rod Smith, Rome Is Burning, Ron Jaworski, Sade, San Diego Chargers, Scoop Jackson, Shannon Sharpe, Smush Parker, Sportscenter, Stephen A. Smith, Steve McNair, Steve Young, Stuart Scott, Super Bowl, Super Dome, Talib Kweli, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tank Johnson, Tecmo Bowl, Tennessee Titans, Terell Owens, The Roots, The Three Amigos, Tony Romo, Tra Thomas, Videogate, Vince Young, Wade Phillips, Warren Moon with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2007 by mizzo

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is mos def a rising star in today’s media. He brings a very informed and easy style that is refreshing in this age of talking heads screaming and hollering NFL points so irrelevant and utterly ridiculous. Mike’s cool. The following conversation is reminiscent of the one Scoop, Dwil and I had in Vantage Point. It’s not as political, but it definitely lends itself to the constant and ever evolving discussion about the current tenor of sports reporting. Coming out of Loyola University (LA), Mike migrated north to the Boston Globe after interning there two previous summers. This was during the time the New England Patriots franchise initialized stamping the bully presence it now has on the NFL and Michael Smith was there to document it all. His attention then shifted to ESPN to realize a dream. The interview itself is a monster in size because Mike and I touch on a variety of subjects. As Mike calls, I am just finishing Bill Rhoden’s 40 Million Dollar Slaves for the third time (Go get it!). I thought it was apropos to ask Mike what Mr. Rhoden means to him personally. Enjoy.

Michael Tillery: Do you consider Bill Rhoden an inspiration?

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It Drives Me Crazy

Posted in Bud Selig, parity, Revenue Sharing, Yankee payrolls on October 3, 2007 by jweiler

I know I’ve written about this before, and once the post-season games get under way, I will leave this to the side. But, like fingernails on a chalkboard, so too does it drive me to distraction to hear the endlessly repeated trope that parity in baseball today is a consequence of the changes in the economic structure brought about by the 2002 collective bargaining agreement. The commissioner, of course, goes around saying this endlessly, which is bad enough. Bud has been known to have difficulty at times in speaking honestly and forthrightly, and is also inclined to pat himself on the back, even when he doesn’t actually deserve credit. But, that media types have bought, without a second thought, Bud’s explanation for that parity is too much. So, I have to get this out of my system every few months.

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Baseball Stuff

Posted in baseball playoffs, Colorado Rockies, David Wright, Gary Huckabay, Jimmy Rollins, Joba Chamberlain, Matt Holliday, Red Sox Bullpen, stevel phillips on October 2, 2007 by jweiler

Baseball is, as many of you may have gathered, my first love. I’ll be posting a fair bit about it in this, the best of all months on the sports calendar. I know a lot of people regard baseball as slow and boring, and sometimes it is, but that sometimes slow pace turns into unbearable tension come playoff time. There’s nothing like it.

Of course, if the Yankees are eliminated early, depression might put a crimp in my posting, but I’ll do my best.

One other thing – how sports media cover big time athletics is, of course, a primary interest of mine, and that’s the filter through which I typically write about sports. This month, I’ll deviate from that a little more than usual, though I’ll still do my best to watch the professional watchers.

OK, a few notes as we head to the postseason:

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