Jordan Spieth misses chance for history, so Danny Willett grabs it at #Masters

11 Apr

At the turn the 2016 Masters had the makings of a new course legend. Jordan Spieth who won the event last year in record fashion, seemed poised to wrap up another win today. Confidently handling the course challenge he surged to -7 for the tournament and a 5 stroke lead over Danny Willett. Suddenly in less than an hour the previously unflappable young champion lost 6 shots in 3 holes. It culminated with a stunning Quadruple Bogey on the 12th hole, twice hitting the ball into the water. He fell to -1, 2 strokes behind new leader Willett.

After the gap climbed to 4 shots , Spieth made a run with birdies at 14 and 15, but could get no closer.His chance to join only 3 others who won the Masters back to back was over…for now.  It was Danny Willett instead who made history becoming only the 2nd Englishman to win the tourney. He joins Sir Nick Faldo who won 3 times. Fittingly Sir Nick was in booth doing the broadcast commentary as his countryman won the day.

As for Jordan Spieth this was a monumental meltdown that came as a complete shock to golf fans everywhere, and to the young man himself. It was clear he fought back his emotion afterwards as he told cameramen filming “not in the face”  as he went to sing his scorecard.  In the post tourney interview he painfully talked about his loss of discipline, and not sticking to plan as things begun to unravel on the course.

This can make him a better champion as his golf continues on. Last he had setbacks in the last 2 Majors also. He also was surpassed by Jason Day as world #1 golfer. By the end of the year however he was the FedEx cup champion and won a record 20+ million in prize money.

Once again the Masters tournament provided compelling Sports drama. It also reminded golf fans everywhere why the PGA Tour slogan from a couple of years ago is still true…”These guys are good”

 

#StephCurry-A Basketball Genius stops by #Atlanta

23 Feb Steph Curry 2-22 Postgame

It was a virtuoso performance. Like a skilled violinist in a great orchestra, Steph Curry dazzled the Hawks and sold out Phillips Arena to help lead the Golden State Warriors to a 102-92 victory over the Atlanta here in Atlanta. His stat line of 36 pts, 8 assists and 6 rebounds still doesn’t fully tell of the artistry witnessed toda

Even before the Warriors played Curry hit shots in practice as far away as the half-court line. Once the game began he then unleashed an array of 3pt bombs, break you down crossovers, and a slick set of inside shots that often looked impossible.

His handle can be like Alan Iverson and he has an unlimited range jumper. He scores like MJ and Kobe,and he can deftly dish assist to teammates like Steve Nash.

And he can even be clutch like the man on the NBA logo Jerry West who is now a board member of the Golden State Warriors. When West was asked on #Hawks radio station 92.9 the game ‘Dukes and Bell’ show he said that Curry was the best shooter he had seen. I guess it’s true ‘Game recognizes Game’

@ATLHawks can win the #NBA Eastern Division-If

20 Feb Nov 24, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0, center) greets guard Thabo Sefolosha (25) and center Al Horford (15) during a timeout in the fourth quarter of their game against the Boston Celtics at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 121-97. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks came up short in another game they should won. They 115-111 to a Miami Heat team that was missing their 2 All Stars Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Also rising star center Hassan Whiteside did not play either. Still the Hawks found away to let another victory slip away from them on their home court.

The inability to win games they should is one of the big differences between this years team and last. In 2014-15 the Hawks played like an elite team. Winning almost ALL of the games you should and a fair share of those you should not. What is missing? Watch this MIA vs ATL post-game recap by host Minister Jonathan Simmons as he shares the reasons  this year is different, and how they can still make noise in this 2015-16 season

#JeffTeague and #AlHorford -To Trade or Not To Trade?

14 Feb

The 2016 All Star game weekend is here. Last year the high flying Hawks had 4 selected for the East squad including Jeff Teague and Al Horford. Teague is not playing in this year’s game, and Al Horford was a late add to join Paul Milsap who was selected for the 2nd year in a row..

Teague and teammate Al Horford according to reports by NBA sources as being mentioned in trade talks with Knicks, Celtics, Rockets, Kings, Nets and Pacers. In the last week since the trade rumors started, both men have seemed to play with a bit more intensity.

Horford poured in 27 points, had 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in a loss tho Orlando. Jeff Teague had one of his best games ever last week  vs the Mavericks. He hit a remarkable 12 of 15 from the floor including 5 for 6 on his 3 point range. He also had 5 rebounds and 8 assists, dominating whoever Dallas chose to guard him.

Whether the past week of great play is a statement to team management, or a swan song for fans will be seen soon.

Click below for more talk about the trade rumors for both men from NBA.com

NBA.com-Should Jeff Teague Be Traded?

Horford takes trade talks day by day

 

#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

REAL AJ FOUNDATION GAME 123

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.

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