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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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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 

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)

Love and Basketball: Valentines Day Weekend 2015

15 Feb

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Valentines Day weekend 2015 it’s about Love and Basketball. The All Star Game weekend, College Basketball hurtling again towards March Madness, tributes to 2 of it’s greatest coaches in their passing share the spotlight with a holiday known for love and romance.

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Love-College Basketball. Where athletes at smaller schools play more for ties to teammates, compete for championships, and the quest for glory on the hardwood.

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Romance-The NBA All Star Game “The ASG in NYC”: Seduction from the Mecca of Basketball-Madison Square Garden. Dunk contests filled with gravity defying leaps, spectacular mid air acrobatics. 3pt shot Sharp shooters make it rain beautiful buckets from beyond the arc. And of course the chance to see NBA stars past, present, and future

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Love-The outpouring of kudos and kind words for 2 of College Basketballs greatest coaches Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian who passed away during the week. Both men showed their love of the game and the student athletes that played for them. Smith did by the lifelong followup of all his players, Tarkanian through his relentless battles vs the NCAA to insure players rights in ever growing money machine of College Basketball.

Romance- We are thrilled by the greatness of NBA stars and the pursuit of championship glory by College and High School. As we do again our hearts flutter with the anticipation of what is to unfold on courts everywhere.

Valentines Day weekend in 2015. A story of Love and Basketball

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