Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Is this the time for transition, NFL to NBA?

by Ray

THE TIME HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!! Another blog post by the Urban Sports Scene. So much has happened since the last blog, I mean Halloween and Thanksgiving came and went, the Giants won the World Series, the Redskins were topping the NFC east, and each and every fantasy football owner had a shot at the playoffs lol (it's over now). For those of you who follow the show, my man Will T was 30 pounds heavier (just scroll above, he's the big one in the middle). Congrats by the way my dude on losing them pounds. I guess we need a new picture now lol.

Anyway it's time to get down to business. Currently most folks know the fate of the NFL team they root for, the Cowboys, Redskins, Vikings amongst others have no shot at the playoffs. And again most of us have been eliminated from our fantasy football leagues (although I do have a championship game this weekend :-). So my question is do we now turn the majority of our attention to the NBA? Me personally I'm a Falcons fan so I have a lot to look forward to (hopefully), but it's close to Christmas and it's a time where the NBA starts to shine a bit. A question for debate could be isn't the Heat vs Lakers more intriguing than watching the Lions get blitzed? I know I'm comparing holiday games or whatever, but it is my belief that this is truly the time where attention or momentum switches to the NBA. Maybe story lines can be compared: Amare reviving a historic franchise, the new "big 3" streaking, the elderly spurs re surging versus Favre, Favre, Favre, Favre. Don't get me wrong I know Vick may be a good story along with Arian Foster I guess, but to be real Favre along with Brady and Belichick dominate the NFL headlines as usual.

In closing I've always been a bigger fan of the NFL. However I've always felt that if your 70 % into football, 30% NBA prior to Christmas, after Christmas your at least 50/50. Like I said before pictures are getting clearer in the NFL playoff race so it's not bad timing at all. Additionally, although I'm a bigger fan of the NFL (like a lot of folks) I will go out on a limb and say the "Big 3" in Miami is a much bigger story or carries a bigger story line than anything going on in football. Yes, even more than Vick's comeback or my beloved Falcons. Only thing in my mind that could trump the Lebron, Wade, and Bosh thing is Vick returning to ATL for the NFC championship. If that were to happen it's evident who's side I would be on, but like 99 % of Falcons fans I would be nervous. Lastly none of us adults get gifts anyway so the Lakers vs Heat will serve that purpose (Christmas Sucks!).

PS: Most of us can play basketball indoor or outdoor, 55 yrs of age or 10 years of age, but if your playing football at 55 big ups to ya! However I've never seen middle age guys at the Y playing football. On the other hand every time I step on the court there's old man wit goggles or wearing an inappropriate sweat suit trying to hoop, it' hilarious. Any of us can watch the NBA and next minute be in the gym trying to emulate what we just saw, outside of dunks lol. Maybe basketball is just more relateable.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

The Most Disrespected Soon to be NBA Hall of Famer Ever



By Waleo

Allen Iverson has put out his heart, passion, and emotion every time he stepped on a NBA court! And how did the NBA treat him? Dirty! Ever since A.I. was drafted out of Georgetown by the Philadelphia 76ers he was criticized by all. He’s too small, too selfish, and he’s not a leader. All of the questions and criticisms that were put out there were dismissed by the “Answer.” The league did not want him to be their face but kids, and adults in the hood or suburbs were still buying A.I. jerseys. Iverson, in his prime, made the NBA a lot of money by selling out arenas and hyping up ratings for the NBA. And how does the NBA reward him? I’ll tell you, with absolutely nothing. And I’ll tell you why.

Before I tell you why let me show you A.I. resume. Iverson is an 11 time NBA All-Star, two-time All-Star MVP, Rookie of the Year, MVP, and 4-time scoring champion. He was the first dude to make cornrows, tattoos, and the leg and arm sleeve cool in the NBA. Who do you think Melo, Lebron, and even Kobe got the tattoo image from? Allen Iverson has done a lot for the NBA. And look how the NBA repays him? They didn’t even give him a shot to be on the rebuilding Olympic Team.

How does one of the best players to ever play this game not get an invite to play on the “Redeem Team”? Doesn’t that seem a little disrespectful? Jerry Colangelo gave an excuse that the Olympic Basketball team was planning for the future but they put Jason Kidd and Kobe Bryant on the team—two players, who were NBA veterans. A.I at the time wanted to be on the team and couldn’t even get an invite to tryouts. It’s like Bird or Barkley not being on the Dream Team. It really makes no sense. The NBA used A.I. like a dirty prostitute. Sure he didn’t have the clean upty image but he made them money and they loved him for it. But when A.I.’s jersey sales and image diminished the NBA felt like it was time to whore him out of the league.

As if the Olympics weren’t bad enough, the Detroit Pistons had him backing up Richard Hamilton in the 08-09 season (which was temporary, A.I. eventually started). Michael Curry misused A.I. and helped produce the image that A.I. was washed up. Then in the summer of 2009, the question was: Who was going to sign the Answer? Finally the Memphis Grizzlies stepped up and said they would give the Answer a shot. A.I. thought he would get a chance to start over Mike Conley Jr. Really? You think Conley Jr. is better than A.I. now at his current state? Anyway Conley Jr. started over the Answer and A.I. was duped. The Grizzles only wanted him to help sale Grizzlies’ merchandise and help put folks in the seats at FedExForum. The league used that prostitute/pimp personality. When A.I. was pissed with this blatant form of disrespect, he asked to be released by the Grizzlies and they did so. Thank you Memphis! MLK, Eight Ball and MJG, and Three Six Mafia were the only people/elements that Memphis had to offer. After that situation, A.I. played the waiting game. No team at the time had any interest in signing Iverson. My theory was because the media kept putting out negativity. A.I. can’t play team ball or A.I. has to be the man. Finally the 76ers came out and said they would sign the Answer to a one year deal. All seemed good. A.I. had an emotional and real press conference and was ready to rebuild his image. But in my opinion the answer didn’t need to rebuild squat.

When the Iverson came back to Philly he wasn’t that same cutthroat player. I remember watching A.I. in his second game back in Philly against the Detroit Pistons. It was 88-86 Detroit, and Philly had the ball. Iverson had the ball at the top of the key and passed the ball to Andre Iguodala for a three with six seconds left. Of course Iguodala missed but that wasn’t the Iverson that I know. The Iverson I know would have had an isolation play at the top of the key and broke somebody down for a pull up jump shot or take it to the basket for a high arching layup. All of that negative chatter forced Iverson to do the selfless thing instead of being that killer that we loved. I remember turning the TV off and saying to myself that the league has forced A.I. to conform. He has been humbled, and that is not what Allen Iverson is all about.

Now it’s the offseason and nobody is showing real interest for the Answer. He even thought of playing in China. In an Urban Sports Scene(click here for the episode) podcast I said that I wanted A.I. to play in China because the NBA doesn’t deserve to see him play again. And I stand by it. This man has giving the NBA his all and he can get acknowledge for it. Are you telling me that the Charlotte Bobcats couldn’t use Allen Iverson? Or even the Orlando Magic couldn’t use the heart and the determination of the Answer. There are so many teams out there that could use A.I. but they need to stop disrespecting his talents and make that move. A.I. if they don’t want you then it’s there loss. You’ve had a great career and it needs to be acknowledged and not disrespected!

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Life after the NFL lockout

Professional football, specifically the NFL is by FAR the most popular sport in the United States and growing all over the globe. I believe a huge part of why it's so popular is because the dudes wear helmets. Without helmets, a lot of these dudes are scary looking. I mean seriously, after most of them retire, they don't become Herschel Walker, they get fat! (ask Brian Mitchell). Imagine Marshawn Lynch after retirement, people are going to mistake him for T-Pain (Ima take you home with me!) lol. Darnell Dockett will get mistaken for Wocka Flocka lol I could go on all day.

Anyway back to my point, the NFL is most popular but is about to put that in jeopardy by this locking out after this season. Most would agree that lockouts don't help popularity, ask the NHL (who still ain't on ESPN). So what I'm here to tell you is what my plan would be after the lockout. The main thing the NFL will need to do in my opinion is spend less, attract more fans, and obviously increase revenue. So I know your thinking by now get to the point. I AM! Here we go:

(drum roll please)

You restructure the divisions! Yes I know it sounds simple, but hear me out and check out this plan. Let's quickly go division by division. First the NFC east. My

NFC East would look as follows: Pittsburgh, Philly, Washington, and B More.

Next the AFC east: New England, NY Giants, Buffalo, NY Jets.

Can you see what I'm getting at here, less travel equals less money spent and you gain interest by creating new rivalries within states. I know some will argue that this will ruin traditions such as skins/boys, but after a lock out people will want to watch and what a better way to stir the pot. Skins/Ravens will be a rivalry! And for all you locals, ya'll remember skins/steelers in Carlyle,PA on Fox 5 with Buckhantz lol. Okay let's rap this up, here are the remaining divisions including 2 new ones:

AFC Midwest: Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit - This could be a disaster if Stafford and Bradford don't work out.

NFC Midwest: Indianapolis, Cleveland, Cincinatti, and Minnesota


AFC South: New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Jacksonville - Again creating new rivalries, no one would remember skins/cowboys once the texans start whoopin up on them boys.

NFC South: ATL, Carolina, Miami, Tampa Bay

NFC West: Oakland, San Fran, San Diego, Seattle
Now for the final division. If your not already adamantly disagreeing or shaking your head, this may cause you to do both. Now hear me out on the final division.

AFC West: Denver, Arizona, Green Bay, Tennessee
Green Bay has a huge following arguably the best fans in the league, revenue won't be an issue so why not put them in the wackest division. Lastly it still will result in equal or less travel for teams like Denver and AZ.

So there it is, my master plan for after the lockout. Less travel, increased interest by creating in state rivalries, and most importantly increased revenue. I talked to a guy recently who said "I don't like football, but I'm from Baltimore so I had to root for my Ravens over the Redskins, I hate Washington". It's that simple! The NFL will find themselves back on top in no time without losing any money.

Ray Rogers

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Brian McNamee, Is he baseball's "Super Head"?

Karrine Steffans aka "super head" is known for a lot of diverse talents and abilities. So is Brian McNamee. One administered the injections and the other received, lol you figure out which one. In all seriousness though there is obvious similarities and both are considered "snitches". However unlike Steffans, McNamee may have actually done something positive in my opinion for two main reasons.

FIRST REASON: I hate to bring race into this discussion, but it plays a huge role in my opinion because in spite of the many players who have used PED's Barry Bonds a BLACK man was by far the most demonized (YES even more than A Rod). So when McNamee comes out with his story, FINALLY a prominent Caucasian athlete was being attacked and demonized the same way by the media. And don't get it twisted I'm not racist (I can't be I'm half white), but did you see the hearings? Black democrat Elijah Cummings from Maryland and democrats in general are drilling Clemens. Republicans drilled McNamee. We all know that African Americans are largely democrats, so is this not a great indicator of what I'm talking about?? McNamee's story also made sense, I mean Andy Pettitte confirmed some of his testimony without hearing it. Additionally Chuck Knoblauch along with Pettitte admitted to being injected by McNamee, but not Clemens.

Anyway my second reason is I think McNamee along with the Mitchell report will help the game of baseball going forward. Now guys like Stephen Strasburg and David Price will have clean successful careers. Hopefully today's players have learned and are learning from the mistakes of guys such as Clemens, Bonds, and Palmeiro.
Also the word "snitch" is such a dumb term, but so common amongst all cultures and starts from childhood for most (tattle tell). However McNamee appears to be simply speaking truth/facts and not doing any of this for personal gain unlike "super head". I just feel like it can't be for personal gain because let's be real who wants a "snitch" for a trainer. I'm not condoning the term, but it is what it is.

The whole comparison is actually hilarious, Steffans does tip drills, McNamee does batting drills lol. Look out for Brian McNamee on TV one, "Life After Roger Clemens" lol. It's crazy, but again McNamee does not appear to be a rat. He looks like someone who was honest when asked questions, which is something we all want to teach our children, to be people of honesty and integrity. So if you have a negative opinion of Brian McNamee, hopefully this made you reconsider. Ray Rogers

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Should Randall Cunningham be in the Hall of Fame?

By Waleo aka Wally



Well since we did a show on it, I’m going to continue the movement. How come Randall Cunningham hasn’t been included in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? It’s a freaking mystery to me. Cunningham was a trendsetter. He was an innovator in terms of the quarterback position. Off that alone, he should get some consideration. Let’s be real, if there wasn’t a Randall Cunningham there will be no Michael Vick, Daunte Culpepper, Tim Tebow, Vince Young, Donavan McNabb, Steve Young, and the late Steve McNair. Cunningham has influenced a lot of past, current and future players and yet he gets no consideration. If you look at Cunningham’s resume, you would think he was a Hall of Famer in my opinion.

While playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cunningham never played with all-pro talent on the offensive side of the ball. He played with a young Cris Carter for three seasons who, at the time, was going through some things back then. So it was fair to say back then Cunningham’s weapons of choice were fullback Keith Byars and tight end Keith Jackson. I just mentioned a fullback and TE to describe Cunningham’s weapons. Too Funny! Now be patient with me I’m just creating a scene or scenario. Now can you compare that cast of characters to Steve Young’s crew of Ricky Waters, Jerry Rice, Brent Jones, and John Taylor, or Aikman’s cast of Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, and Jay Novacek. Don’t forget before Steve Young became a 49er, he was a bum in Tampa Bay. Darn being around talented folks sure hides a lot of flaws. While Cunningham was given receivers like Calvin Williams, and Fred Barnett. Yeah, I know household names. Cunningham has won 3 MVPs in his career two with the Eagles and one with the Minnesota Vikings (in 1988 Bert Bell MVP Award, 1990 Bert Bell MVP Award, and Pro Football Writers Association NFL MVP Award and 1998 Newspaper Enterprise Association NFL MVP). Now compare that to some of the Hall of Famers out there at the QB position like Troy Aikman.

Aikman won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys. And in my opinion he is a Hall of Famer but what makes him better than Cunningham. Let’s check out the stats. Here are Aikman’s stats: 32,942 passing yards, 61.5 completion percentage, TD-INT 165-141, and a 81.6 passer rating. Now let’s list Cunningham’s stats: 29,979 passing yards, 56.6 completion percentage, TD-INT 207-134, 81.5 passer rating, and just to throw this in 4,928 rushing yards (all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks). The difference between the two is that Cunningham was the sole threat on offense for the Philadelphia Eagles and Aikman was one of four. Cunningham was comparable to a Lebron James back then. Even with a great defense, if Cunningham wasn’t magical then the Eagles couldn’t win. Aikman could have thrown multiple interceptions but Smith could hold it down or Irvin could take a 10 yard pass and take it to the house. Cunningham wasn’t afforded with that luxury. And then the one time he is surrounded by talented players in Minnesota, with Robert Smith, Jake Reed, Randy Moss, and Cris Carter, he shattered records. At the time, Cunningham and company scored 556 points and broke the record for most points scored in the regular season. If it wasn’t for Gary Anderson that year I may not be writing this blog. You football fans know what I’m talking about. Now should Cunningham be punished for being forced to be flawless every Sunday (Philly)? I think not. Aikman didn’t have to carry a whole offense or team on his shoulders. Cunningham did. The messed up thing is a lot of analyst are saying that Kurt Warner deserves it. This dude played with Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, and Marshall Faulk, and put up big numbers. Then went to The Giants who didn’t have supreme talent and he failed! Finally he ended up in Arizona and teamed up with Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. That is ridiculous! Like I said earlier, playing with talented players can be misleading. But that is what happens when you have sportswriters determine the Hall of Fame. Maybe with this blog thing I can help Cunningham get in.

I’m going to start a let’s get Randall Cunningham into the Hall of Fame Movement. If you are down leave a comment or just email us at Change.da.game6@gmail.com, or tweet Peter King www.twitter.com/SI_PeterKing (SI_PeterKing) on Twitter. You can also tweet us www.twitter.com/UrbanSportScene (UrbanSportscene). Check out the Urban Sports Scene


Friday, July 30, 2010

What makes Brett Favre so Different?




By Waleo

Is it me or does Brett Favre receive special treatment when it comes to perception professionalism? Honestly what makes him different from players like Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco Johnson? Is it because he has one Superbowl ring? You know the one Desmond Howard got for him when with Howard’s Superbowl MVP performance against the New England Patriots scoring on a 99 yard kickoff return touchdown. Hmmm maybe, but when I see Brett Favre I see a guy who is no different than the so called “me guys.”

Why do you say? Well I’m glad to answer that question. To me, not a damn thing! The man is an attention hungry whore, just like Ochocinco and T.O. The difference is that during the offseason Ochocinco and T.O. are working hard. Please don’t let VH1 fool you they get their workouts in during the offseason. Favre acts like he’s going to retire every year just to miss training camp which is so juvenile. And now this year, he pushed back his surgery just so he could miss training camp. It’s ridiculous. Yeah I said it. He did it on purpose! Of course, if I was Adrian Peterson I would be pissed. AP is the real superstar of the team. He made Favre look good last year because AP was seeing eight or nine in the box. Favre saw man to man coverage all day. Instead of skipping training camp he should be working along side of AP trying to make his rapport with offense even better than it was last season.

Honestly could you see, Warren Moon, John Elway, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Randall Cunningham, Tom Brady, Donavan McNabb or even Peyton Manning pull this stunt consistently? Elway, Montana, and Marino, arguably the three best quarterbacks to ever play the game, played into their late 30’s and never pulled this crap. What makes Favre different from them? Is it because he’s a gunslinger or him patting teammates on the butt? Peyton Manning thrives for perfection and is everything you want in quarterback. He is always in training camp early, and he’s always prepared for anything. He is the best QB in the game. If the best QB in the game can attend training camp then I think Favre could try it. He uses to do it. I don’t want to hear age playing a role. Warren Moon took part in training camp and he played while he was 40. Joe Montana played for a while and he took a beating for years, but he would attend training camp. Let’s be real, Favre is a QB it’s not like he’s a running back where he is getting hit every play (especially playing for the Minnesota Vikings good O-Line). I’ve always learned in life that nobody is better than the next man or person. God created everyone equally. So what makes Favre better than most folks and why does it seem that he is untouchable to the media?

I know players like T.O and Ochocinco are thinking to themselves “man this dude skips camp and hijacks the media, and he gets so much love doing it but when we talk trash or dance in the endzone we are looked as me guys.” Come on now, T.O was loved by many of his teammates but he is depicted as a divider in the locker room. I find that kind of funny if you think about it. A guy who is liked in the locker room is a divider. LOL! It’s funny just writing it. Sure he doesn’t get along with quarterbacks, but Brett Favre has his list of detractors as well. Let me list a few, former teammate Thomas Jones, who couldn’t stand Favre’s interception ways, Green Bay General Manager Ted Thompson, who finally decided to take a stand and not buy into the Favre retirement hype, and Aaron Rodgers whom Favre said that he wouldn’t even groom to replace him while in Green Bay. He’s such a great guy that ESPN supports him.

I mean when he has ESPN on his side, man he can’t lose. But let T.O, Ochocino, or even a Randy Moss make a Favre move, I’m telling you the media outlets like ESPN would vilify them. Could you imagine if Randy Moss used retirement just to skip training camp? ESPN’s analyst would try to burry Moss. We are talking about one of the best WR to ever play the game. I have a message for ESPN, “I and many other people do not care if Favre is throwing footballs to kids in Mississippi or care if he is riding his tractor or whatever. You are better off re-airing the “Decision”. At least when Lebron made his “Decision” it was a mystery. With Favre, everybody knows the outcome already. He loves the attention. He is the ultimate me guy!

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Kevin Garnett made Lebron's decision


I disagree with the strong sediment that Lebron made his decision following the 2008 Olympics. I really believe that at the time he felt he would win a championship in Cleveland. Anyway after the Cavs were eliminated by Boston this past season Lebron and KG had a conversation. It was right after game 6 and KG elaborated on that conversation during his press conference. When asked KG said "I told him I've been there before" Garnett said later that looking back on his career he would have done a lot of things differently.

And one of those things was to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves a lot sooner than he did. KG also talked loyalty in addition to saying that Lebron could stay in Cleveland and deal with the limitations of a smaller market and somewhat inferior franchise, or make a move now while he is still young enough to establish a tradition with a new team. One quick question I have is: How do you interpret KG's comments? My interpretation of that would have landed me in NY with Amare. You get another superstar in a major market (if not the biggest) along with rich tradition. Lebron appeared to take KG's advice, but in my opinion in the wrong context. Lebron basically did what KG did and joined two other superstars, but at the younger age KG wished he would've done it at.

The difference between KG and Lebron is one appears to be concerned about legacy and the other doesn't. KG took sir Charles's advice and stuck it out in "sota" trying to cement his own legacy while Lebron is saying the heck with my legacy I want to win. I personally don't have a problem with Lebron doing this and feel like Barkley is "hatin" to a degree. How will this impact Lebron's legacy has yet to be determined and may not be determined for years to come. However the fact is that an asterisk will always be on his legacy no matter what. Because if he wins 8 titles it will always be noted that he did it with Wade and Bosh. If he wins 1 title the whole thing could be considered a "failure".

Now let me say I do think that KG's advice was the most valuable over anyone else's including MJ or Barkley. While MJ did have to wait for the situation in Chicago to build such as what Lebron was trying to do in Cleveland, I feel like this is a new day and age plus Lebron had much higher expectations than even MJ. MJ wasn't on the cover of SI in high school and wasn't the genetic freak that Lebron is. Lebron also had the puppet promotions that were aimed to build up a championship matchup with Kobe that would never happen. On the other hand if he went to NY he may have ended up like Barkley in Phoenix, different city, still the man, but NO TITLE. KG went to Boston and achieved what Karl Malone and Sir Charles tried but didn't. Please let's end the speculation that this was a long term plan and recognize that Lebron took some worthy advice. Now he may achieve multiple titles at a young age, which is what KG wishes he would've done. Ray Rogers

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

One Player benefits from the Three Kings signing

By Waleo




Now a lot of people are excited because of the signing of Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade to the Heat, but there is one player that isn't on the roster anymore that I'm really excited for and that is Michael Beasley. The former second pick in the 2008 NBA Draft was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. In my opinion Beasley was never given a chance to succeed with the Miami Heat. Playing with Wade was hard for the Washinton DC Metropolian native. Wade never gave Beasley a chance to shine in Miami. If Wade wanted Beasley to truly succeed I think Beasley would have did his thing in Miami. Wade is a great player but who has he made better? I'm waiting! And it is not Beasley. But Wade doesn't deserve all of the credit for this, some of that goes to Coach Erik Spoelstra.

I watched a lot of Miami Heat games and Coach Spoelstra made Michael Beasley look one dimensional. He made him only a jump shooter. He had him at the free throw line for the majority of plays. We are talking about a guy in college, who led the nation in scoring in his first and only season at Kansas State University (KSU). The man averaged a double-double at KSU. Michael Beasley did his thing inside and out. So you are telling me that Coach Spoelstra could only utilize Beasley as a jumpshooter only? Give me a break. How do you have a power forward on the outside of the perimeter during the duration of a basketball game? Beasley is not Dirk Nowitzki. He doesn't just shoot jumpshots. He is good post player, he can face up and drive, and he can shoot from the outside. Spoelstra never featured Beasley at all. He didn't even feature Beasley when Wade sat on the bench for a breather. Now to prove my point I have a couple of numbers to add to my point. High scorers typically put up about 20 shot attempts per game. Beasley only averaged about 13 shot attempts and still average 14.8 points a game last year. So with his average 29minutes, Beasley would score 15 points on 13 shots and people are coming out of their mouths calling Beasley a bust. I beg to differ. It was Beasley not getting a fair shake in Miami. I'm just happy that now this guy will have the opportunity to do some special things in Minnesota along side a young and up and coming team.

Now Beasley will have the same opportunity that Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Brook Lopez, and many more rookies who came out in 2008 have had and that is being on a young team with the chance to grow. Beasley will have a coach and team that believes in his ability and not a coach who likes being one of "Wade's friends." The young nucleus of this team consist of Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer, Martell Webster, Wesley Johnson, Kevin Love, and now Michael Beasley. I would have included Al Jefferson but rumor has it that with the signing of Beasley Minnesota will try to trade him. The organization has already shown Beasley more respect than Miami, just with the trade rumors with Jefferson alone. Beasley will get to showcase his game. The same game many people saw here in the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia), and KSU. Even President of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley and team owner Mickey Arison know that they may regret this move. "Whatever happens, I would hate, two or three years from now -- and Micky and I talked about this -- I know I'm going to probably regret it when he gets 29 (points) and 19 (rebounds) on us one night," Riley said. He added by saying "he's really a gifted kid." When Beasley gets multiple double-doubles I want to thank the three kings for making it happen because without this madness we may have labeled the soon to be Allstar Power foward a bust. Thanks again Three Kings especially you Wade!

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Are you surprised?

Lebron as you all know is a member of the Heat. Surprised? Not me, I mean didn't the Rick Ross impersonation give it away? Lol, I will say this though, Lebron is not Kobe or MJ. Because that man said a championship team is built with players, management, and the JANITOR! HA HA the only sweep that matters is when you put a team out the playoffs 4-0. Maybe Quicken Loans arena's janitor will leave with him lol. The janitor will probably say "I mean it's less steps in Miami and I may not get a lead janitor role anywhere else". Now all custodians in Cleveland are "mopping mad" lol. But seriously are we surprised, again NO it's Lebron were talking about. Everything with him is so dramatic. He gets "dunked on" at a camp and it's a headline AFTER he's already been eliminated from the playoffs. I do want to ask this question though: Will this be a trend now? Will the Cluck U chicken worker announce their plan to leave and go to KFC or Popeye's on national TV lol. To be real I hope this is the last spectacle of this magnitude. I did watch, but I'm saying what if Lebron tears his ACL (God forbid) in practice? It would make this whole event appear to be a waste of time. On the flipside they could win the championship or several championships. Again no matter what the outcome I won't be surprised. However the NBA is back and could now challenge the NFL for the # 1 spot in terms of popularity. Now that does surprise me. Ray Rogers

PS: (There is always a PS with me) Everywhere the heat goes will be a sellout, an event, and/or a Hollywood social gathering. This will make Strasburg look like that local rap artist who opens up for Jay Z when fans have not yet arrived. Lastly there are so many angles to this story: where does Cleveland go from here, how do the Knicks feel, etc. However I choose not to take it that far because believe me this is just one of 10 million blogs, articles, tweets, and comments regarding the "KING". I wish Lebron the best. DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THAT URBAN SPORTS SCENE EACH AND EVERY WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Loyalty for What?

By Fish

Now that we know Lebron James is going to be playing in Miami next season, the city of Cleveland and the owner of the cavaliers are already in line taking major shots at Lebron over loyalty. Are you serious? What loyalty does Lebron owe this city? The last I checked Lebron is from Akron. He owes Cleveland nothing! Me personal, I’m from District Heights and I currently reside in Bowie. I don’t owe Forestville and Capitol Heights S*%#! This is a business move. The best way for one's feelings not to get hurt is to not develop them when it comes to sports. Guess what Cleveland? Lebron James is not the first superstar to leave his team for another team, and he won’t be the last. I know Cleveland is a broke city, so if they didn’t know that money and winning makes the world go round then Cleveland has been at a stand still for a long time!

Lebron get your championship and money, because the city and owner showed their true feelings when you made the decision to leave!

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

''Potential''

By Fish

Why have we lowered our standards for players being drafted into the NBA? Every year we hear of players with this so-called ''Potential''. It's wild how players who struggle to produce in College or in Over seas leagues are looked at as NBA prospects .We use age and experience as a crutch for us to believe that they can really play. The old saying in basketball has always been ''You can't teach height''. You may not be able to teach height,that still doesn't stop a player from producing on a court.Talent will always show over potential, from shooting a ball to rebounding. You don't need potential to do these, you either can or cannot! In the end when your favorite team is drafting a guy with a ''Potential'' label, chances are he will never produce anything for your squad!

Does Talent Outweigh Character?

I have some questions. Is Michael Vick in the same class or category as Clarrett, Lawrence Phillips, and Rae Carruth in terms of off the field life ruining a career? Does off the field issues really matter at the end of the day? Who would you take right now, Tim Tebow or Michael Vick? I'm gonna go out on a limb and say 70% of people will take Vick (The other 30% are pro life republicans who are in strip clubs ala Vince Young and Adam Jones). While I'm joking these are serious questions to ask ourselves. Let's start by tackling the first question. Most would say Rae Carruth is in a category all by himself because he killed a pregnant woman and Vick ONLY killed dogs. However "thou shall not kill" does not just apply to humans killing humans. With that being said though maybe he's not in the same class as Carruth. However he is in the same class as Clarrett and Phillips being repeat offenders of poor judgement, but the BIGGEST difference is talent. Vick is and was a rarity and in my opinion this is why he's still employed, screw this as being a "second chance". Watch Plaxico come out of prison with no opportunity in the NFL. Don't get me wrong he is talented, but not that rare Randy Moss, Lebron James talent. So is the NFL hypocrites or should they be commended for giving second chances? In my opinion the NFL and sports media fall in the hypocrite category. Denver has been bashed for waisting a draft pick on Tebow a "good guy" with average talent, but slobber over questionable character guys who excel on the field. I know you need to have talent to play in the league and it's understood that all people can change, but playing in the NFL is a privilege. To be honest, the league didn't miss a beat without Vick and hasn't missed a beat without Burress. So why the second chance? You tell me!!! Ray Rogers

PS: Mike Vick rubberband man was in 2003, that life is over. If you really found God you got to make better choices because God gave you that RARE talent. I'm aware Stallworth has been given a second chance, but Stallworth had no issues prior to that unfortunate incident unlike Burress and Vick. Santonio Holmes, Cedric Benson and many other privileged athletes need to take note.
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The Wait Is Over!!!!

By Will T

It is finally here the most anticapted day since Y2K!!! This is the day that we have all been waiting for! Myself more than other, Thursday 12:01 am has come and gone and what do we know? NOTHING to our knowledge, I don't know why we as fans continue to speculate and come up with dream scenarios where the best players in the game (ie LeBron, Wade, and Bosh) would possibly leave millions on the table to play together. Oh, I know why because talking heads like us (The Urban Sports Scene) continue to fuel the fire by blogging and talking about this issue on sports talk radio. The truth is to me the biggest day for NBA free agency is July 8th when a player is actually able to put pen to paper. As we have seen in the past a player can vow to sign with a team but quickly change his mind (does Carlos Boozer to Utah help jog your memeory). So us as fans need to bring down some of our enthusaiam until your favorite player ACTUALLY SIGNS THE CONTRACT! I understand everyones excitement about July 1st this is the day that we have all been waiting for, I am particular excited about July 1st for a different reason. I woke up at 12:01 for a totally different reason July 1st is the date of my sons birthday. Happy Birthday Jonathan daddy loves you!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Big for Nothing Haynesworth

By Wally aka Waleo



If you have been a regular on our podcast Urban Sports Scene you would know that I have been an Albert Haynesworth supporter. I’ve been touting the Allen Iverson line, “we talking about voluntary camp minicamp, not the game or mandatory events but “voluntary camps.” He missed voluntary minicamp but he stated that he would come for the mandatory sessions. Mandatory minicamp has rolled around and now “Big for Nothing” Haynesworth is nowhere to be found. Man as a Washington Redskins fan, I’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled, and made a fool, we landed the “Big for Nothing” which the Redskins signed a year ago and he’s now trying to screw us like one of his stripper friends (but at least he paid her back). I just can’t believe that he’s flaking over playing nose tackle. Matter of fact I’ve heard that he would be playing a lot of defensive end. “Big for Nothing” you owe us Redskins fans more than this. Last year we saw the “Big for Nothing” get hurt on every play rocking an oxygen mask. It just seems like the “Big for Nothing” complains about everything. Last season it was Greg Blache not using him correctly and now this. “Big For Nothing”, I know a hustler when I see one and you are the biggest soft spoken fraud that I’ve ever seen.

Let’s be real this dude doesn’t want to win. He just wants to satisfy his ego. In his “Big for Nothing” statement he said, “After many years in the NFL, I know what it takes for me to perform at my highest level. My number one goal has always been to help my team win -period.” Really?? Didn’t he leave a Tennessee Titan team that was 13-3 and competed for a Superbowl bid to join the Redskins? He isn’t about winning, he’s all about himself. London Fletch was right; “Big for Nothing” is selfish. Haynesworth go ask to be traded, you ain’t going nowhere. If I was Daniel Synder, I’d let him sit out the whole season if Haynesworth played that card. Or if he decided to comeback and half-ass it I would let him sit all year. And I wouldn’t just do it for one year; I would do it for multiple years till the “Big for Nothing” is washed up and useless then I would cut his butt.

The Redskins are trying to build a championship team under Coach Shanahan. They are not trying to be in a 4-12 environment anymore. So if the “Big for Nothing isn’t on board then it’s time for him to get that DNP and waste his paycheck at Ervings (D.C. Metropolitan area strip club).



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

XFL or NFL

Honey, Breast, Thighs, Legs! After hearing this are you feeling hungry or horny? If your Albert Haynesworth your probably both LOL. Anyway what I'm getting at is what's the deal with athletes, particularly football players and strip clubs. However allow me to make an admission, I Ray Rogers have been to a strip club in the past. The difference is I do not have guaranteed millions in the bank and am not on television. I no longer go to strip clubs and do not support them, but if these guys are going to engage in that why not bring the party to you whether in your mansion or hotel suite. Now will this fully prevent negative situations from taking place? No, but I believe it could significantly lessen the chances. I know, I know, Albert Buttersworth would still have gotten a chick pregnant at home. However Pacman would not be involved in an incident that paralyzed a bouncer and Vince Young would not have tried to hurt that irritant. I just don't get it! Blessed with so much, but make the dumbest decisions. I think there is a deal in the works to send Ben Roethlisberger to the Titans. I can see it now Remember the Titans XXX "BACK SIDE, STRONG SIDE" LOL. Although this takes on more the role of varsity blues. Exactly VARSITY,this is what boys do, not men. Goodell has tried to make an example out of Pacman, but the strip club pub (publicity) continues to negatively impact the NFL. I'm waiting for Myron Rolle (the rhodes scholar) to get caught up "makin it rain" although he'll probably be smart enough to write it off on taxes. Enough joking though lets state a fact: athletes particularly Titans both current and former have some maturing to do. Add in Steve Mcnair (RIP)and it really sheds negative light on that franchise. Without just beating up on Tennessee, it's even more clear that millionaire athletes feel entitled or invincible and normal rules don't apply to them. While trying to generalize this it appears that the NFL has had the most news of this nature out of all major sports. I mean what's worse steroids or strippers? In my opinion pro athletes need to be treated as close as possible to REAL employees. They need to learn real lessons. Vince Young said he prays he's not suspended. HA, boy you need to pray for forgiveness. He went onto mention how the team wants to focus on making the super bowl in Dallas where the infamous strip club resides. Lol he doesn't sound remorseful to me at all. The XXXFL (formerly NFL) however knows that stadiums and bars will be packed and millions will watch from home in spite of this. That's why in my opinion this behavior will continue and possibly get worse. Ray Rogers
PS: Vince Mcmahon just faxed his application for commissioner. Big Ben vs Triple H for the HARDcore championship lol, that's dirty! Sorry
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Friday, June 11, 2010

More than just coaches

Reecently the question was asked "Why can't people just go and get paid?" This in reference to coaches and players who are offered more money to change venues. However with all the tributes to John Wooden recently and in seeing a tearful Derrick Nix saying he doesn't want Coach Izzo to leave it makes me further ponder how important life is than just money. I personally said I would leave Michigan State if I were Izzo I mean it is a 3 million dollar raise (who wouldn't want that). However a few shows ago I was the person advocating that coaches need to be honest to families and fulfill the commitment they promised unlike Lane Kiffen. So where do we go from here? Should Izzo stay or should he go? I truly do not have the answer. Part of me says SHOW ME THE MONEY! and the other part of me sees that young man's face weeping because he wants his coach to stay. You see a Derrick Nix, Bill Walton, and a Kareem Abdul Jabar crying about their coaches. I never cried about any of my bleeping coaches (I cried about playing time lol), but anyway this shows how much these guys really mean to the players beyond the game. I feel like the well being of young men at times depends on their coach. I remember Keith Van Horn experiencing a tragedy, I believe it was the death of his dad and Coach Rick Majerus broke the news to him because Van Horn's mom felt that he was more appropriate to tell him. Again another example of how these men are not only coaches, but father figures, friends, counselor's, and mentors. I still feel torn, but I think that if Izzo decides to stay I would be more at ease than if he takes the Cavs job. What would you do if you were Izzo? Leave young men who depend on and trust you, leave a community who supports you or go and get paid, achieve higher success, and work with some of the greatest athletes in the world, potentially the most gifted player in NBA history. We all know that change isn't always easy, but with so many who depend on you I think that makes this possible change even tougher. The student's of MSU held a rally for Izzo yesterday, in all that I said I didn't even mention the student body he would leave behind. WOW these men are really more than just coaches. So I ask again if your Tom Izzo what would you do? Ray Rogers
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PS: I know that Izzo would not have the same job security in the NBA, but let's be real he will always have a job somewhere as long as he has the desire to coach.





Could the NHL be coming back?

I know this isn’t the most popular topic out there but did anybody watch the NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers? We’ll somebody did. The NHL struck gold in terms of ratings. They had two big markets fighting for Lord Stanley’s cup. The Blackhawks' game six 4-3 overtime victory earned them their first championship since 1961 and drew a 4.7 rating and 8 share Wednesday night on NBC. Now the big question is—will this put the NHL back in the major sports league market?

Well the answer to that is yes. Now before I continue, let me honestly tell you that I don’t care for hockey anymore. The last time I watched a hockey season thoroughly was when my favorite team the Washington Capitals had players like Peter Bondra, Kelly Miller, Cote, and Dale Hunter leading the charge. I might have distance myself from the game but I and many others can’t deny the recent success of the NHL. Hockey is making a comeback. With the injection of Crosby and Ovechkin, the USA Hockey team almost winning the gold, and now a great rated NHL Stanley Cup Final, the NHL is now poised to make some serious noise again.



From what I do know about hockey this year’s Stanley Cup Champions are young and prime to be perennial champions. The Blackhawks have young good players all around the board such as Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Ducan Keith. Things are bright for the NHL. All they need is an Eastern Conference Final between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins Ovechkin vs. Crosby in a game 7. The winner goes to the Stanley Cup final to play the Blackhawks. Once that goes down the NHL will back on ESPN LOL. Congrats Commissioner Gary Bettman your league is on the come up!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Good Bye Junior

Wally Aka Waleo

I remember growing up watching baseball on WDCA (local TV broadcast station) or HTS (local cable sports stations). Being a Baltimore Orioles fan, my favorite player was Cal Ripken, which I thought was the best player during that time until I saw the Kid. I caught a game with Ken Griffey Jr and the Seattle Mariner played against the O’s on TV and thought to myself that this baseball player had this swagger and grace about him that was unparalleled. For many youngsters, especially kids in the inner cities, Griffey’s image brought coolness to baseball.

In my neighborhood, we didn’t look at it as showing a pitcher up when a batter hit a homerun and pimped to first. I thought Griffiey’s homerun struck to first was the coolest thing. Hell as a kid I would practice my fake Junior homerun walk. Or even seeing him roam centerfield and rob multiple homeruns with leaping grabs. Then he would look back rocking a smile, basically saying I got you. Junior surpassed my admiration for Cal and was now that player that I related to. Griffey, in my opinion, was the last of a dying breed in baseball. A lot of kids wanted to be like the kid. He had a shoe deal with Nike, which I made sure I copped frequently. At the time he was baseball’s poster child. We are talking about a black player getting endorsed hard by Major League Baseball. I know folks now a days are saying “stop playing”. Yep, seriously! Like many people I feel bad for the Kid because we all know if he didn’t get hurt he would have Hank Aaron’s homerun record of 755, or he would already be a World Series Champion. But Junior as one of your all-time favorite fans I believe you have nothing to be ashamed of. Your career to me is still best career in my era!



The kid has 630 homeruns, he’s a 13-time All-Star, 10-time gold glover, 11-time silver slugger, three-time home run derby winner, and he has a MVP trophy. Wow that’s a lot of accomplishments. But most importantly in an era where African Americans played basketball and football, Junior made it cool to play baseball. So to the Kid, rock that hat backwards and ride off to the sunset because to many people you are still the best baseball player that we have ever seen!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Phil Jackson's Replacement

What would Phil Jackson's motivation be to continue coaching after this year? Jeanie Buss? Yeah right! sometimes I think she is with him just to keep him coaching LA and we wonder why he has severe back pain LOL homegirl wears him out. Anyway tomorrow Phil will begin coaching in his thirteenth nba championship, has plenty of money, and nothing else to prove, I mean let's face it he's the greatest! I'm thinking that Phil should ride off into the sunset win or lose to Boston. Which brings me to the question who will be his replacement. (Drum Roll) And the replacement is Byron Scott! Think about it he's a former laker that has championship experience as both a player and coach and unlike Phil he was actually a decent player. This would more than likely be his easiest job yet because the team is already built for success! When Scott arrived in Jersey the team was coming off a 31-51 season and by his third year they were in the championship. If not for Jason Kidd allegedly running him outta there they may have went on to actually win a ring. In New Orleans he went on to be coach of the year in 2008. In my opinion he wasn't treated fairly in NO as evidenced by there being a fire byron scott website which appeared to influence the decision of management. Scott has proven to be an efficient offensive coach (check the stats) and was a huge part of Chris Paul's development who by the way did not want Scott to be fired. Don't get me wrong though there are some knocks on Scott which include his inability to make in game adjustments along with inconsistency. However let me say again the Lakers are built to win now! If I were the Lakers I would start looking into replacements prior to the end of this postseason. The last thing LA needs is for Phil to retire and they have no plan B. And did I mention the Lakers at one point hired Kurt Rambis for crying out loud!! There are rumors coming outta Cleveland that Scott is a possibility there, so again LA better be thinking. Tune in each and every week to the Urban Sports Scene! Ray Rogers

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Why Greivis Vasquez is just as important as John Wall

We all know that Wall Street will no longer be in New York come June 24th when the Wizards hopefully (THEY BETTER) take John Wall with the #1 overall pick. Wall being a Wizard will definitely create excitement, boost moral, and vastly increase ticket sales. Outside of drafting Wall the Wizards have the 30th and 35th pick and if you want to go from a huge increase in ticket sales to sellouts they have to use one of those two picks on Greivis Vasquez. Not only will you have Maryland's fan base excited (remember Juan Dixon)you will also get a solid player that brings size and shooting which are dimensions John Wall cannot provide. Hopefully Wall develops a good jump shot at some point or else will be watching Rondo Jr. for the next ten years and while I LOVE Rondo that would not be exciting to watch. However my point being is that not only does drafting Greivis help you financially, it's also an almost perfect back up scenerio to Wall street (I love that!)If there is a Wall street to be named in D.C I should be owed some commission! So I'm not filing a grievance here I'm filing a Greivis LOL. PS: Greivis just worked out for the Wiz yesterday so this plan is ready to take action. Although in the DC area it's all about Strasburg right now GO NATS! The people actually care about baseball now! LOL and dont forget to tune into that urban sports scene each and every week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ray Rogers



Thursday, May 27, 2010

Rondo being overrated?

Wally A aka Waleo from the Urban Sports Scene

Yesterday I caught the Magic/Celtics game (game 5) and saw how Jameer Nelson took it to Rondo and the Celtics. Now let me say this off the bat that I am on the side of the Boston Celtics but I am not a Rondo fan. I am in the minority with this one and I accept it. My partners in crime think Rondo is a special point guard. I think he's a good point guard playing with future hall of famers. Do you think Rondo will perform the same way when the Big Three ride into the sunset. To quote Homie the Clown "I don't think so" the NBA won't play that. Now I acknowledge that Rondo has improved but really a point guard with a center/power forward jumpshot???? Come on give me a break. Ray Allen runs off screens and picks hitting threes left and right, Paul Pierce is a great isolation player and can knock down shots, and Garnett still is a very good low post player who can pick and pop with the best of them. With all of that, that I just listed, Rondo should be putting up big numbers. Why do you ask? Well because nobody is worried about Rondo via doubling or whatever. He plays with an open court. You put Jameer Nelson, Raymond Felton and other younger effective point guards on that team and I can pretty much guarantee that they would put up similar and maybe better numbers than Rondo.

You don't think the pick and roll with Jameer and Kg wouldn't be the meanest thing going. Jameer could pass the rock to Ray Allen or get out of Paul Pierce's way when he is doing his iso thing. All I'm saying is when we start putting Rondo on that list of truly special young guards like Derrick Rose, Deron Williams, and Chris Paul, lets just make sure that he can carry a workload like those guards can. Just food for thought.