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Keeping Your Eyes On The Ball (@Lavarbigballer) – Egomaniac or good parenting?

29 May

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Is Lavar Ball following in the footsteps of Earl Woods and Richard Williams? Or is he an over the top version of a parent’s ego gone wild trying to grab glory through their child?

The Williams and Woods kids were good, really good. Child prodigies.  Each man had no problem letting you know it.  What we really didn’t understand is how these men were grooming their children to dominate their sports of tennis and golf. Places were African Americans had few champions

Richard Williams was ridiculed when he told the world that his two daughters who he raised in Compton playing on rough public courts nearby, would become the best female tennis players in the world. He was one of the few not surprised when BOTH of his daughters took the tough lessons they learned on those rough city courts and used them to help them become queens of the tennis world. Each taking turns being the dominate player I the sport before Serena’s physical and mental strength would launch her assault on the record books and conversation of being the GOAT.

Earl Woods introduced to his son Tiger to the world at just 3 years old on the Merv Griffin show. Even at that age we saw his ability to take command of the moment with the help of his dad.

Later while he was still an amateur there were bold prediction of PGA Tour greatness was there before he had won a PGA tournament. The marketing hype was there too. Remember the ‘Hello World” press conference?  He already had multiple endorsement deals in his pocket at time of arrival on the Tour much to the irritation of those who had labored for years already. We forget the bold statements of pride by Earl Woods because of his well-spoken demeanor and military background. Plus Tiger’s giant smile, and a confidence that grabbed you and made you a believer.

So is Lavar Ball really that much different than Williams and Woods? Maybe this whole way of acting is part of the plan. Ball knows like Richard Williams and Earl Woods that being great requires more mental toughness than physical talent. The ability to excel while under enormous pressure on the field/court, extreme scrutiny off it.  The huge amount of money and power giving to those that excel in sports is mind boggling. Maybe Lavar Ball is showing his son how to deal with some of these things.  In some ways he lso is acting as a shield for him. Much of the attention has been shifted to his father. No matter what happens now he wins in the public discourse. He doesn’t live up to hype? It’s because of his overbearing father. If he meets or exceeds expectations? Then he is applauded for being able to achieve this in spite of his crazy dad.

Lavar Ball may turn out to be crazy…like a fox

There must be something about Cali that produces these strong African American fathers who are brimming with confidence, and the ability teach their progeny to have it as well.  All this while helping them to understand the additional challenges of doing this while being Black in America.

By Minister Jonathan Simmons

 

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GT Mens Basketball starts Pastner era in ACC with upset of No.5 #UNC

1 Jan

@GTMBB stuns 9th ranked #UNC 75-63 to start the @GTJoshPastner era with huge #ACC win.

Josh Pastner arrived on the Ga Tech campus in Atlanta to mixed reviews. Some who followed his career at Memphis felt his teams under performed while he was there. Many here in Atlanta however felt the young former Arizona star would bring the energy and youth needed to help revitalize the once storied basketball program.

If the first half of the season is an indicator, the Yellow Jackets may have found their man.  The GT men are 9-4, 1-0 in the ACC after their New Year’s Eve victory over the Tar Heels.  Josh Okogie lead the way with 26 points, and bruising big man Ben Lammers posted a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.  Josh Heath and Quentin Jackson also were in double figures with 15 and 11 points respectively.

Click here for Josh Pastner press conference highlight on the Ga Tech page on our website

 

#Hawks win squeaker over #Hornets . Sytonnia Moore joins REAL TALK SPORTS to discuss the pros and cons

1 Nov

Sytonnia Moore of Sports Wire Magazine and Sytonnia LIVE TV joins host Min. Jonathan Simmons for a post game wrap up of the Hawwks 97-94 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Moses Malone former @NBA great passes away at age 60 #realtalksports #malone

14 Sep
Former Philadelphia 76ers star Moses Malone talks to reporters before the start of the 76ers' game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Friday, March 14, 2003, in Philadelphia. The 76ers' 1982-83 NBA championship team was to be honored at halftime. (AP Photo/George Widman)

Former Philadelphia 76ers star Moses Malone talks to reporters before the start of the 76ers’ game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Friday, March 14, 2003, in Philadelphia. The 76ers’ 1982-83 NBA championship team was to be honored at halftime. (AP Photo/George Widman) From WSB TV 

He helped Julius Erving win his only NBA title. He boldly predicted the Sixers championship run with the slogan ” Fo, Fo, and Fo” indicated Sixers would sweep all the series. The Sixers came close losing only one playoff game en route to the ’82-83 title.  He helped Charles Barkley grow from the ‘Round Mound of Rebound’ to one of the greatest NBA players ever. Malone played with and impacted some of the greatest front court men in NBA history including Ralph Sampson in Houston, Dr, J and Barkley while on the 76ers, Terry Cummings in Milwaukee, David Robinson in San Antonio, and Dominique Wilkins here in Atlanta. A 3 time NBA MVP, one of the greatest rebounders ever. The Chairman Of the Boards will be missed by all he played with and against.

God bless his family, friends, fans, and former teammates during their time of grief

NBA Draft Day – Kevin Love to the #Hawks ?

25 Jun

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The NBA Draft is here. For the Atlanta Hawks it’s a new day. They had a 60 win season, won the Southeast division, and reached the Eastern Conference finals. But that was last year. For 2016 the Hawks will play in a division that will be better than 2015. Kyrie Irving will back along with a determined Lebron James. Boston has 2 first round picks, and a team that snuck into the playoffs under brilliant young coach Brad Stevens. The Heat and Toronto have some good pieces. Wizards have the Wall and Beal show. So Atlanta’s ability to even go as far as this year will be tested.

A real answer could be found in free agent Kevin Love. He would address all 3 Hawk needs. Consistent rebounding. He’s a big man who plays at the 4 spot. He adds another excellent outside shooter to the arsenal. Kevin Love to the Hawks.

Just saying .

New law in #Indiana. Is it about #Behavior or #Beliefs ?

2 Apr

There is much ado about Indiana’s new law.

From Yahoo Sports-‘The Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects the rights of individuals and businesses to express strongly held religious beliefs. Critics believe it also provides cover for discrimination against and denial of service to LGBT individuals, among other concerns,.

It has been reported on Yahoo Sports, The Wall Street Journal and news outlets across the US  that UConn coaches will be boycotting game in compliance with CT Gov.Dan Malloy’s order for CT employees not to travel to Indiana. USC’s AD Pat Haden is also not attending.saying on Twitter ‘He is the proud father of a gay son’

I have not read this law in detail yet. But the question that tit raises is how do we balance our beliefs with behavior that is contrary to them? Is GOD right or is man? Click this link to read more http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2015/04/01/final-four-indiana-law/

15“If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.” Joshua 24:15

By Founder/Host Minister Jonathan Simmons @MinisterJSimm

@MSU_Basketball beats #Louisville. Travis Trice Thanks God

29 Mar

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@MSU_Basketball Travis Trice @Trice20 Thanks GOD for His blessings. #MarchMadness

With his parents standing behind him, the MSU basketball star guard spoke of his family having ‘gone through so much’ and giving GOD praise for helping them go through it. #MSUvsLouisville

His father and brother Dimitrik had their own triumph winning the Ohio High School  Basketball State Title last night. Follow us on @TALKSPORTSATL Twitter and IG  for more Sports videos, photos and more. For more on this great story Click HERE 

Hawks win. Answer critics and panic stricken fans with Fierce 4th Qtr vs Magic

26 Mar

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The Hawks unleash a blistering 24-3 run late in the 4th quarter to erase a 7 pt Orlando Magic lead to beat them 95-83.

After a poor start and 2 1/2 uninspired quarters, the Hawks went back to playing their brand of basketball: Active hands & communication on defense, hot shooting from behind the arc, and taking advantage of any lapse by the Magic. The win also exhibited a toughness shown by Paul Milsap’s dominance in the 1st half and Jeff Teague taking over the game in the 4th quarter

Hawks return to take on the Miami Heat. They are partnering with rapper and potential mayoral candidate 2 Chainz to provide fans with a pregame and half time entertainment. Very interesting

MARCH MADNESS-Let the Battle of the Bracket Begin

16 Mar

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The wait is over! 68 teams will now begin the annual rites of Spring 2015. It starts first with the tournament within the tournament . Eight teams will have ‘play in’ games before the teams start dancing officially. Here they are:

First Four DAYTON MARCH 17, 18

16 Manhattan (19-13) 16 Hampton (16-17)

11 BYU (25-9) 11 Mississippi (20-12)

11 Dayton (25-8) 11 Boise State (25-8)

16 North Florida (23-11) 16 Robert Morris (19-14)

Has Atlanta become THE spot for Major Sports Events

5 Mar

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Listen in as we broadcast Live from The Atlanta Sports Awards. It’s one of the many events to be here in the last 60 days. Others include Trumpet Awards, Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction, and the Legendary Awards. With these and more yet to come in 2015, one must consider the ‘A’ as a premiere destination for big Sports events. Click here to tune in on WIGO 1570, or hear on any mobile device via TuneIn Radio app.

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