#CardonPalmer and #LarryFitzgerald join #Manning in #SuperBowl of Old Men #AZvsCAR

25 Jan

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Cam Newton has been the best in the NFL this year. But Cardinal vets QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald know this could be their last opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. This may be just enough steam to get Arizona past the Panthers and into SB 50.

If they are able to join Denver Broncos Petyon Manning and Demarcus Ware, Super Bowl 50 will certainly be a place for old men.

#Manning swan song will trump Will #Brady quest for history in #NEvsDEN

24 Jan

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The Patriots and Tom Brady are in familiar place again. The AFC Championship game. It’s the 10th time for New England under Coach Bill Belichick. Brady and Belichick are great in the postseason. But this year may belong to Peyton Manning.

Denver comes into the is game as an underdog at home. Peyton Manning is as loose as we’ve seen him before an AFC title game. The combination of a relaxed Manning and the leagues top defense will help Denver win. Also this could be part of the NFL storytellers crafting another compelling story. Legendary QB wins his final battle against his old foe Tom Brady and the Patriots. He can then ride off into the Sunset of #NFL lore

 

Does color or star power determine how the media covers athletes?

23 Jan

After watching an #ESPN E:60 story on the Patriots Rob Gronkowski the question again came to my mind. Is their a difference in how athletes actions are portrayed in the media and viewed by the public based on their race?

Rob Gronkowski is one of the best TE in the NFL right now. If he continues to produce at this rate for a few more years, he will be considered one of the greatest ever. He also is a bit wild off the field with a penchant for partying.

In the E:60 story his antics were often talked about by family and friends as simply those of big goofy kid. One who likes to push the limits placed on him as his dad said. Even his mom talked about him doing the things that any single 20-23 year old would want to do.

Just a guy from a blue collar family that is celebrating his success and enjoying life with those around him.

When I hear stories like this involving a black athlete the terms seem different. Family members and friends are often described  with terms like ‘posse’, ‘entourage’, etc.  Imagine what would be said about that mom if she made similar comments? Many people would talk about her not raising her son right.

What would be the commentary have been about Marshawn Lynch if he had been spotted in the club throwing back a few shots after Seattle lost to New England in the Super Bowl last year? Or if there was video of him playing around with a porn star? How about dancing naked in a video? Based on the heat he got just for not talking to the media one can only imagine.

Why are players Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane who had repeated problems with drinking and partying in his career, or former Atlanta Brave star Chipper Jones who cheated on his 1st wife, and may have on his 2nd seemingly not chastised with the same vehemence?

It is star power? Is it being the face of the franchise? Is it skin color? Or may a combination of them all. Whatever the answer is the debate remains. Do you think there is color or cultural bias in news reporting?

By Minister Jonathan Simmons (@MinisterJSimm)

#Falcons beat #Panthers 20-13 to end their bid for an undefeated season #CARvsATL

28 Dec

It was another great game by WR Julio Jones, a gutsy performance by QB Matt Ryan and steady play by RB Devonta Freman that fueled Atlanta’s win over the Panthers. Freeman scored the ‘Birds first TD with a nice burst off tackle to tie the score at 7. Jones and Ryan later hooked up on a spectacular 70 yard leaping catch and run to give the Falcons a lead they would never relinquish. The ‘Big 3’played well when it counted, converting key 3rd downs to keep drives alive.

Check out Julio Jones crazy game highlights from NFL.com

The ‘D’ was sharp as well/ They harassed  MVP Cam Newton and kept him from the making the big plays that burned them in the past. They also got  a sack, and forced a fumble to seal the game with about a minute to go.

The Falcons at time of this story still had a mathematical chance to make the playoffs. But even if they don’t make it, their season can be salvaged by beating the Saints next week to finish 9-7. Let’s see if they can finish strong

 

Pastor Cecil Newton talks about son #CamNewton playing in Atlanta vs Falcons #CARvsATL

27 Dec

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While covering The Real AJ Foundation All Star we caught with Pastor Cecil Newton father of Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. Cam is the favorite to win this year’s NFL MVP.

Pastor Newton was there to watch his youngest son Caylin play in the game. The game feature top players and teams from all ages playing in support of the foundation. This is a portion of our interview with him. For more info about founder A.J.Starr and the foundation click HERE Stay tuned for the full interview with Pastor Newton and more on the scene coverage of great events. 

#Hawks win 3rd straight. Home tonight for #TrailBlazers and #Sliento concert

21 Dec

 

The Atlanta Hawks have been a bit of enigma this year so far. They won 7 of their 1st 8 games to soar to the top of Eastern Division. Since then they have been inconsistent and played under .500. They won back to back games, lost 3 straight and now have won 3 in a row.

In this latest win streak Atlanta showed some of the things that got them 60 wins and into the Conference Finals. Good inside play and scoring  by Paul Milsap, bench contribution led by Dennis Schoeder, and 3pt prowess from Kyle Korver.  They are home tonight vs Portland. Atlanta will also have  another Hip Hop concert featuring  Silento’ (Nene song)  Hawks fans hope the fun is part of Hawks victory celebration.

Updated interview with Celebration Bowl Exec Director John Grant

18 Dec

 

Celebration Bowl Interview with Exec. Director John Grant. This is a replacement to ur previous post which was discoverd to have some audio problems. Mr. Grant talks to us about the significance about the upcoming game. He also talks about the partnership with the Air Force Reserve, ESPN, 100 Black Men of Atlanta and The Atlanta Falcons (https://www.realtalksports.net)

CelebrationBowl has #Atlanta area High Schools in ‘Battle of the Bands’

18 Dec

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The Inaugural Celebration Bowl is including local high schools as part of their events around the game.

Here is a quick peek at 2 of the bands taken during halftime of  the Falcons vs Vikings game 11-29-2015. Westlake and Martin Luther King High School Marching bands competed. Both high schools musicians  were selected to perform at the ‘5th Quarter’ Battle of the Bands at the 2015 Celebration Bowl

#CelebrationBowl Exec. Director John Grant talks about being the 1st Bowl Game of 2015

17 Dec

Celebration Bowl Interview with Exec. Director John Grant. Mr. Grant talks to us about the significance about the upcoming game. He also talks about the partnership with the Air Force Reserve, ESPN, 100 Black Men of Atlanta and The Atlanta Falcons (https://www.realtalksports.net) See the video now.

 

#Concussion movie-More from the Red Carpet Interview with Farid Dallal

14 Dec

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More from our coverage from the private screening in Atlanta of Concussion at the Regal Theaters at Atlantic Station. Part 1 of our chat with Farid Dallal of the ReAwakenings Wellness Center in Miramar, FL.

Mr. Dallal has been working with Keith McCants. McCants was star DE/LB for Alabama, and a 1st round draft pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his brief career McCants was given huge amounts of painkillers that far exceeded normal use. This led to addiction and much trouble for him after his career ended. His story, along with increasing revelations from more and more players spells big trouble for the NFL.

Concussion problem may only be the tip of the iceberg for the league

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