Professional Cali bodybuilder CT Fletcher is known on the web for his profanity laced, yet humorous & deeply inspiring workout videos. In this new video our hero CT Fletcher a.k.a. the ‘Compton Superman’ is joined by Keven Washington a.k.a. ‘Da Hulk’ straight out of Texas for a powerful workout of epic proportions. Videos like these keep me inspired! Check out additional bonus footage after the jump below! COTDAYAAAAM!!!!
Last night the Philadelphia 76ers retired future hall of famer Allen Iverson’s jersey number & it was a special night in the city. It was clear that A.I. embraced Philly just as much as we embraced him. Allen Iverson was a high profile athlete who repped my hometown, but he was the personification of what being from Philadelphia was all about. Tough, hardworking, blue collar, & fearless.
People keep complaining about Lebron James not participating in the NBA Slam Dunk contest year after year, but the league hasn’t exactly offered any attractive incentives for the best players to stay involved in it every year. The winner of the contest only receives around $35,000. If I’m not mistaken, even the prize money is not worth getting involved. At least when Blake Griffin won the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk contest he got a check from the KIA car company too from jumping over one of their vehicles. Spoiled fans still panned Griffin’s efforts on social media despite what I thought was still an entertaining dunk. My impression is that most of the people who are clamoring for Lebron to get in the 2014 NBA Slam Dunk contest are those who wish to see him fail anyway. If you’ve been following King James for a while you know he’s one of the illest dunkers ever in the NBA period. Check out the video above as Lebron drops some ill off-the-wall dunks during the Miami Heat’s recent practice in Phoenix and below I posted a reminder video of the skills of King James during a charity game for Chris Paul’s charity foundation in North Carolina.
Indiana Pacers guard & NBA All-Star Paul George – you know, dude that made the crazy 360-degree dunk against the Clippers – showed up on Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night. PG talks about the first game he had against his basketball idol, Kobe Bryant, about the possibility of going ‘PG 13′, about Larry Bird and more. Part 1 above. Catch more of Paul George in part 2 after the jump.
I didn’t bother to watch the 56th Annual Grammy Awards last night as I was more inclined to give the NFL’s newly revamped Pro Bowl a chance before I eventually fell asleep on it in the 3rd quarter. When I started my day this morning I saw angry people on social media who were upset about Seattle rapper Macklemore’s 4 Grammy wins last night. Although I was rooting for artists like Kendrick Lamar who create music that appeals more to me, I wasn’t mad or surprised Macklemore won a few Grammys. My youngest nieces loved his ‘Thrift Store’ song early on & I noticed that he appealed to more people independently of what was going on in rap music in general. When I watched ESPN First Take this morning, Brooklyn emcee Fabolous shared a similar sentiment when asked his opinion on Macklemore’s Grammy wins. I agree with Macklemore’s post Grammy statements in the media though…..Kendrick SHOULD have won the Grammy for ‘Best Rap Album’, but it is what it is. More video from Fabolous’s appearance on ESPN’s First Take after the jump….
With all the controversy surrounding Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman’s sideline interview with reporter Erin Andrews & the huge playmaking win for the Seattle Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers, we felt it necessary to remind people of Richard Sherman’s journey from Compton to Stanford & onto the NFL. It may not entirely slow all the haters, but it may allow people who don’t know his story to find a new respect for him. More video below….
You know about the wealth of star athletes by the bling you see on them when in the media spotlight. Maybe some TV show will visit them at home, or a commercial will more than hint at it. But how lavish can that life they’re about really get? Watch this clip on the Gansevoort Turks & Caicos – one of the top destinations for sports celebs.
‘Friday Night Tykes’ Docuseries Follows Texas Youth Football & What It Is Doing For & To The Kids (Video)
Thinking baseball is still America’s #1 sport? C’mon man! It’s football. I’m from Ala-damn-bama… ROLL TIDE! So, trust me, I know how much a religious experience football in America can be. And
peewee youth football, forget about it. At that level you have an insane mix of kids who are only beginning to learn what the spirit of competition is… and parents who have been possessed by that spirit. Came across this Esquire Network series ‘Friday Night Tykes’ (airing Tuesdays 9 PM EST) … named with an obvious flip on the movie and TV series title ‘Friday Night Lights’ (and the love of young folk football is related just as crazily in both). Now, Alabama is wild about its football; but Texas…
In America, football is king… and nowhere is football bigger than in Texas. With exclusive access to the 8 to 9 year-old Rookies division of the Texas Youth Football Association, this 10-part docuseries follows five teams on and off the field during the 2013 season. Throughout, coaches and parents offer insight into why they believe they’re teaching valuable lessons about discipline and dedication, but also grapple with serious questions about parenting, safety and at what price we’re pushing our kids to win.
You might be able to tell that this hits a personal chord for me. Got a li’l something after the jump that’ll show you why.
Incredible! Chances are you have seen a ‘dunk competition’ winning slam and went daaaamn! Now, imagine seeing one during an actual game. Now that dunk is 360-degee windmill slam perfection – not during warm-ups – but during a live broadcast game. Stop imagining and click play above. Paul George of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers with a monster dunk with extra funk on the L.A. Clippers! SICK!
“Welcome to the White House. Actually, for these guys, it’s welcome back to the White House.”
- President Barack Obama
Very cool. If anyone knows how to celebrate even in the midst of hate, it’s our U.S. President. Oh, haters… Even you gotta celebrate these guys. The Miami Heat visited the White House for 2nd consecutive year. A two-time winner in his own right, watch President Obama’s full speech welcoming the champion basketballers back above.
UPDATE: MICHELLE OBAMA DUNKS ON THE MIAMI HEAT (VIDEO)
Snoop Loves The Kids… Enough To Keep Them Safe From Concussions While Playing Youth Football (Video)
Hey, the NFL has all kinds of media focus on the concussion problem in its sport. But by the time they get them in the pros, those athletes have been bouncing their brains around inside their helmets (inside their skulls) for around 20 years; since youth football days. Who’s attacking the problem at that end? Who’ll get some spotlight shone at that stage. No stranger to the stage, Snoop Dogg has picked up the flag.
There is, of course, a secondary problem that should quickly move to the top of the chart; caused by parents’ fear of injury to their kids. Fewer and fewer children are participating in organized leagues that have positive impact on the lives of youth, like the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL). Snoop wants the word out that his league is working the problem, and getting somewhere. If only he could get some NFL “oomph” behind the push.
“In my league, we’ve had less injuries over the last two years because of what we’re teaching. “I feel like if we go down to the levels and the NFL comes to the hoods and teaches us what they want us to do, by the time they get to the NFL, they’ve been practicing this their whole life.”
- Snoop Dogg
Hopefully, what has been a hood-doing-good success story will not fade away. Just peep the video above highlighting good gridiron stuff from Flo-Rida’s and Snoop’s youth leagues. Shout to HipHopDx for this.
Eff All-Star Weekend and that Slam Dunk Contest… We got your NBA Jams right here. You know that old ad, “Don’t fake the funk on a nasty dunk.” Well, the above clip maaannnn… all dunk. NASTY funk… and nothing fake about it! Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan treat the crowd to a pre-game dunkfest; almost worth the ticket price alone. Watch.
NBA Hall Of Famer & former Philadelphia 76er Julius Erving stopped by ESPN2′s program ‘SPORTSNATION’ to talk basketball. When the topic of Carmelo Anthony & the NY Knicks came up, Dr. J didn’t pull any punches as to what’s wrong with the franchise. I’ve said it many times before that “Dr. J” was Michael Jordan BEFORE ‘Air Jordan’ but ‘Dr. J’ didn’t always have the help he needed to win multiple championships. Michael Jordan is viewed by many people as the greatest to ever play the game, but it took Phil Jackson to convince him to slow down from being an aggressive scorer early in MJ’s career so that the Bulls could properly build around him. When asked if Carmelo Anthony is the right guy to build around in order for the Knicks to win one or more championships, Dr. J kept it honest that he didn’t have faith in Melo being the right guy. I believe Lebron James is the greatest to ever play the game & he’s not even done yet, but the kid from Akron recognized early that he needed the proper pieces around him to solidify multiple championships in efforts to silence the critics & cement himself in the G.O.A.T. argument.
Hahaa! This is a creative flip of the Christmas classic “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by maestro de funk Bootsy.
Funk legend Bootsy Collins performs a new holiday classic from the December issue of Sports Illustrated Kids.
- SI Kids
Nobody does it like ‘The Greatest of All Time’ … then, now, in the ring, on the radio, on Earth, on Mars… Great PBS ‘Blank on Blank’ episode, with less animation but still an animated ‘guest’ in Muhammad Ali. And that whole ‘Mars match’ in this lost interview… was off the top of his head, with a girl in his lap! Talk about freestyling!
The Army & Navy Used Kanye West & Justin Timberlake As Inspiration For Their Annual Football Rivalry (Video)
Artist Tosa Brooks snapping over an instrumental reproduction (by Crsxh) of Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves” to amp the West Point footballers (aka Army) for one game and one goal…
Too bad hype videos don’t win games, as the Navy Midshipmen (of the United States Naval Academy) rolled 34-7 over the Army Black Knights for the 12th year in the row. Nice job though, Tosa. Maybe next year, Army.
So, how many of y’all wonder if Navy did a video. Heh heh, check after the jump. It’s al-riiighht. Hahahaaa!
2nd place for the Heisman Trophy; 1st place in our hearts. Thank you, AJ McCarron, for showing us how a star shines. The University of Alabama quarterback became fast friends with a fellow student, AJ Starr, who he first noticed hanging around the practice field – rain or shine.
Great story. Makes me proud to be an Alabama alum. Roll Tide, AJ. Both of y’all!
If you want to claim ‘baddest man on the planet’ (e.g. what they called Iron Mike Tyson in his prime)… and you are in the knuckle-up game in Bangkok, Thailand… then Klong Prem high-security prison is as good as Madison Square Garden. Sorta. Well, the inmates there box outsiders; and they fight hard for what’s really on the line – money, shorter sentences, glory, to settle arguments. Watch the VICE mini-documentary on it above. Let’s get it on!
PBS: ‘Blank on Blank’ Presents Wilt Chamberlain Sharing Some Tall Tales And Little Known Truths (Video)
“Today when you see someone close to my size… you think ‘dollar signs’…And they don’t think ‘circus freak’…”
- Wilt Chamberlain
Y’all know the stories about basketball legend and ladies’ man Wilt Chamberlain (yup, ladies love Wilt’s “stilt”)… obviously that ‘freak’ thing worked for him off-court, too (nah… it’s his sensitivity). Another great episode ‘Blank on Blank’ by PBS Digital Studios. Insightful while staying light and entertaining.
The Auburn Tigers sucked last year… you know that if you know anything about college football. If you have been checking our posts since a while ago, you know we profiled Tre Mason, Auburn’s starting tailback; declaring that the kid had something special. Well, Tre was key in the school’s amazing turnaround season this year & he’s even a Heisman Trophy candidate this year. Boom! New College Football Show host James Bates talks up the #2 team in the nation… using lyrics from Tre’s dad’s (DJ Maseo) Hip-Hop group, De La Soul. Oh yeah. That happened… on Fox Sports South. Watch!