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All 22, Baltimore Ravens, Commentary, Lamar Jackson, Michael Vick, NFL -

When Lamar Jackson was electrifying college football through the air and on the ground, the comparisons to Michael Vick came almost immediately. The comparison was both apt and awkward. But with the Baltimore Ravens heading to Atlanta to take on the team that used the No. 1 overall pick to draft Vick in 2001, let’s […]

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Commentary, NFL, Washington Redskins -

Another luckless Sunday for Washington’s NFL team — but not without a glimmer of hope. On Nov. 18, with D.C. down 20-14 to the Houston Texans and just over 12 minutes left, second-string quarterback Colt McCoy — filling in for Alex Smith, who suffered a gruesome, season-ending compound fracture in the third quarter — cocked […]

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Commentary, Florida State Seminoles, Football, Lynching, racism, Willie Taggart -

The vile Facebook post targeting first-year Florida State football coach Willie Taggart was not just “racially charged,” “racially insensitive” or “hateful.” It was straight-up racist, and, for once, it seems you didn’t have to be black to understand that. The image, posted Nov. 24 after Florida State’s 41-14 drubbing at the hands of archrival Florida, […]

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Baker Mayfield, Commentary, Hue Jackson, Locker Room Talk -

There were two significant headlines coming out of Week 12 in the NFL: Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is saving the Baltimore Ravens’ season and Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield is giving hope to Cleveland. In Baltimore, Jackson, stepping in for the injured Joe Flacco, led the Ravens to a 34-17 victory over Oakland. In Cleveland, […]

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Commentary, Jonathan Stewart, Le'Veon Bell, Locker Room Talk, New York Giants, Saquon Barkley -

Last week, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur challenged rookie running back Saquon Barkley to stick his nose in the scrum a bit more. The shifty Barkley has proven to be great at bouncing to the outside, making home run-type runs, but the Giants want Barkley to make more of those tough, 4- to […]

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Commentary, Pots And Pans, Thanksgiving -

The last time I went to church with my adult daughter Lauren, I sat and watched as the Word touched her spirit and she began to sway in her seat. She is a true believer. Nevertheless, my daughter, who lives and works in nearby North Jersey cities, looks to me, the prodigal, to bless the […]

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Carmelo Anthony, Commentary, Houston Rockets, NBA -

HOUSTON – Two former Houston Rockets hung out near the locker rooms after their old team routed the Golden State Warriors 107-86 on Thursday night. One was Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, the other was former defensive player of the year Marcus Camby. Both have differing opinion on the future of Carmelo Anthony, the 10-time […]

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Commentary, Football, Northern Illinois University, Police Misconduct -

Jyran Mitchell fits nobody’s description of a thug, hoodlum, corner boy, hustler, stickup kid or any other pejorative deployed to justify rough treatment of young black men by police. He posted a 4.0 GPA at Rich Central High School in Chicago’s South Side suburbs. He is an outstanding athlete who starred in track and field, […]

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Commentary, Le'Veon Bell, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers -

PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell is a superstar because he is patient. Rather than cannonball through the line of scrimmage, the best running back in football hangs back, waits for the right opportunity, then rolls through the opening. This is what Bell is doing with his unprecedented contract holdout. By skipping an entire season to pursue […]

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Commentary, Dallas Cowboys, NFL -

After 10 weeks of the NFL season, Dallas Cowboys fans are definitely disappointed to see America’s Team start with a 4-5 record. The Undefeated’s senior writer Domonique Foxworth, however, is not ready to see the Jason Garrett era end in Dallas. Here he explains why Coach Garrett’s run over the last few seasons has been […]

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Commentary, Idris Elba, Movies, Pots And Pans -

People magazine choosing Idris Elba as its latest “Sexiest Man Alive” came right on time. After all, last year, the magazine selected country singer Blake Shelton (I call him B.S.) as its SMA. That signaled to me that the folks at People had run out of white guys to name its annual Sexiest Man Alive, […]

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Commentary, Kevin Ollie, NCAA, UConn Huskies -

Seven years ago, a major college basketball coach whose program was the target of an NCAA investigation signed a five-year, $13 million contract. That investigation led to a three-game suspension for the coach, who was cited for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance, and three years of probation for the program. When the coach […]

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Commentary, Jordan McNair, Locker Room Talk, Marty McNair, Maryland Terrapins -

For the last six months, Marty McNair and Tonya Wilson have been dealing with the unthinkable tragedy of losing a child. A tragedy complicated by the fact that the death of their son, University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair, has become a national story. There has been little breathing room, little time to exhale, […]

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Boston Celtics, Commentary, Denver Nuggets, Jamal Murray, Kyrie Irving, NBA -

Man up, Kyrie. If you don’t like Jamal Murray going for 50 points after the outcome of the game is decided, play some defense. Kyrie Irving’s decision to fling the ball into the stands after his Boston Celtics lost to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night is the latest example of a hilarious NBA trend. […]

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Baltimore Ravens, Commentary, NFL -

A string of ugly losses has Baltimore Ravens fans reeling, and many wonder if head coach John Harbaugh can survive a fourth straight season in which the team misses the playoffs. Despite a Super Bowl title in 2013, patience is running out after the Ravens dropped four of their last five games. The Undefeated’s senior […]

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Commentary, Pots And Pans, Vote -

“I have only one good quality — overwhelming belief in the brains and hearts of our nation, our state, our town.” — Sinclair Lewis, in his novel Main Street It was 1988: Election Day. I lived and worked in Northern California. It was well after 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 8 on the East Coast, […]

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Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox, Commentary, MLB, Puerto Rico -

Joel Pichardo grew up a New York Mets fan, but he was watching Sunday night when Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox clinched the World Series title in a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. For Pichardo, who is Puerto Rican, the win was extra special for lots of reasons. “Not only is […]

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Commentary, Hampton University, HBCU Homecoming, The Real HU -

Homecoming at Hampton University is over for this year, but the battle for best HBCU homecoming is an ongoing debate. Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools have been outshining us for years, and 2018 was no exception. No homecoming is perfect. Questionable campus safety, overpriced club fees, long lines and oversold events plague some HU festivities. I’m […]

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Commentary, Halloween, Pots And Pans -

“Sport in my opinion has great value, and, as usual, we only see what is its most superficial aspect.” – Leo Tolstoy from Anna Karenina As we lurch toward Halloween, we are a nation divided by the very different things we fear: a nation where some see a grave threat in American women of all […]

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Commentary, Football, High School Sports, Motherhood, Youth Sports -

The mind of a mother goes to strange places as she looks out over the football field where her son is injured. My fear feels low-level at first. But it strengthens at regular intervals, like labor pain, as the minutes go by and my son, Satchel, 16, varsity quarterback for the Maret School in Washington, […]

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Commentary, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, New York Knicks -

Will the early struggles of LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, now 2-3, influence the offseason’s biggest decision? The NBA season just started, yet much of the league has kept one eye focused on next summer’s biggest free-agent mystery: Will Kevin Durant stay with the Warriors or bolt to the New York Knicks? Much […]

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Chad Kelly, Colin Kaepernick, Commentary, Denver Broncos, John Elway, NFL -

On Tuesday morning, Denver Broncos quarterback Chad Kelly was arrested for criminal trespassing after he entered the home of an Englewood, Colorado, man and woman at 1 a.m. and proceeded to sit down on the couple’s couch next to the woman, who was holding their young child. The man yelled at Kelly, who was “mumbling […]

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Boston Red Sox, Commentary, Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB -

BOSTON — When the first World Series was played 115 years ago, Puerto Rico had been under U.S. control for less than five years. Naha, Okinawa, was still 18 years away from becoming officially listed as a city. And Tom Yawkey was less than a year old, still decades away from becoming a trust fund […]

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Atlanta, Commentary, Music, NFL, Rihanna, Super Bowl, Super Bowl LIII -

Forget the phenomenal Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City, the juggernaut Los Angeles Rams offense and the always potent New England Patriots. One of the most dramatic NFL storylines leading up to the Super Bowl is who will perform at halftime. Rihanna recently turned down an invitation to take the world’s most-watched stage, apparently in support […]

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Commentary, Criminal justice, National Anthem, Social Activism, Social Justice -

Anderson Curtis has nothing but love for Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and the other NFL players who risk their good fortune to push for social change. “I applaud them for their courage to take a stand,” said Curtis, a former high school linebacker and running back who is now a field organizer for the American […]

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An Appreciation, Commentary, Jimi Hendrix, Microsoft, Paul Allen, Rest In Peace -

In his 2011 memoir Idea Man, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recalled a phrase his mother coined to describe risk-takers. “That person is an edge walker,” Allen’s mom would say. Given this familial admiration for adventure seekers, it’s not surprising that Allen seemed attracted to some of the flashier products of black pop culture, namely thrill-chasing […]

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Chris Paul, Commentary, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Rajon Rondo -

LOS ANGELES — On Sunday, the NBA announced the suspensions for Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul for their involvement in the Staples Center scuffle that snatched the spotlight from LeBron James’ home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. The reaction around the league was that the penalties could have been […]

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Commentary, Harry Edwards, Institute for the Study  of Sport and Society, John Carlos, Locker Room Talk, Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, National Museum of African American History and Culture, NMAAHC, Tommy smith, Toni Smith-Thompson -

This week the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in U.S. Olympic history: the demonstration by Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the victory stand at the Mexico City Games. Another significant moment unfolded on Oct. 18, 1968, when the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) ordered Smith and Carlos to […]

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Commentary, Donald Trump, Donda West, Grammy Awards, Hip-Hop, Hurricane Katrina, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Music, Politics, Rap, Taylor Swift -

Imagine one of the biggest rappers in the world standing in front of the president of the United States on live television with free rein to say whatever is on his mind. Imagine that rapper advocating for more mental health institutions to curb black incarceration rates. Imagine he or she arguing for the freeing of […]

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Commentary, NBA, Pots And Pans -

It’s always folly for mere mortals to seek to divine the motives of the gods. But it appears one of the sports gods has been trying to tell the Philadelphia 76ers something. For years, the 76ers showed a marked indifference to both winning and their fans. Some called it tanking. And for years, the 76ers […]

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Cincinnati Bengals, Commentary, Dallas Cowboys, Marvin Lewis, NFL -

After Jason Garrett’s decision to punt on 4th-and-short cost the Dallas Cowboys a chance at a badly needed win last week, his future with the Cowboys has been a hot topic. Stephen A. Smith called for him to be fired. But that’s not all he said: Somebody had to say it, dammit! pic.twitter.com/Lu93GkMiwI — Stephen […]

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Commentary, Laquan McDonald, Nannie Strayhorn, Police Misconduct, Police Shootings, Social Activism -

In her book White Women, Rape, and the Power of Race in Virginia, 1900-1960, Lisa Lindquist Dorr tells the story of Nannie Strayhorn, a black woman living in Jim Crow Richmond, Virginia. In October 1946, Strayhorn, a 32-year-old mother of two sons, argued with a male companion inside his car one evening after leaving a […]

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Commentary, HBCU Football, MLB Playoffs, NBA, NFL, Pots And Pans -

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” — Novelist L.M. Montgomery I love October. In the Northeast, where I’ve spent most of my life, trees turn into majestic canvases painted red, orange and gold. I love October. Walking through fallen leaves reminds me of ends and beginnings, the hallmarks of […]

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