Marshawn “BeastMode” Lynch does it ON field, but what about off field in the field where’s it’s real… We’re talking like around his old ‘hood. Oaktown, the stomping ground. Considering he’s the star power when he comes home now, it’s still kind of dope to see him fall back and let his fav rapper aka cousin aka Mistah Fab get some shine. And Mr. Yay Areaaaah – E-40 Fonzarelli – fell through? Cool. Watch.
Fighting mixed martial arts in Cuba is not easy. Not just because MMA is demanding, or that life in Cuba is hard in many ways in general. It’s also hard because the fight is not just with the in-ring opponent; it’s with the government.
The Cuban government hasn’t legalized MMA for fear of losing its best boxers, so the fighters on coach Evelio Padron Ferrier’s team wrestle on concrete floors, use the ocean for endurance training, and practice techniques pulled from memory and bootlegged DVDs.
Nothing goes in or out of Cuba without facing obstacles. Freestyle fighting is no exception. Want to know more though? Follow VICE Fightland in to the den then.
“We went to Jordan’s capital city of Amman where Palestinian refugee and Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Samy Al-Jamal teaches Jordanians and Muslim seekers from around the world the secrets of mixed martial arts. Then we met Rana Qubbaj, the first female Arab woman to win an International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation tournament. With a smile perpetually on her face, Qubbaj works to overcome both her opponents and any number of familial, social, and cultural issues raised by a woman doing combat sports in the Middle East.”
The Phife Sports Network (PSN): Phife Dawg Narrates & Provides Game Analysis of Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers in Mini-Documentary (Video)
In case some of you may not be aware, Phife Dawg of the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest has been very active & vocal in sports for quite a number of years. In recent years he has appeared on ESPN, ESPN2, & various sportstalk radio programs around the country giving his opinion on everything from the NBA, NFL, NCAA College Basketball & more. There were rumors that Phife had some bigger plans in the works to further expand his sportscaster resume, but nothing stopping him from at least making inroads independently online with his own “PSN” or ‘Phife Sports Network.’ Check out one of the first video clips of Phife Dawg providing pre-game NBA analysis in great game that took place between the Toronto Raptors & the Los Angeles Clippers about a month ago on February 6th of this year. Phife Dawg & his manager DJ Rasta Root also performed at halftime while they were in Toronto that evening as well. In case you missed the footage from that, we have it below….
Kevin Garnett started his NBA career as 19-year-old kid with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately after 12 years he left the Timberwolves, eventually winning a championship with the Boston Celtics, but that didn’t stop fans T-wolves fans from welcoming back KG to the team he spent the majority of his career with. The energy was so high that even a shirt-less KG fan with ‘KG’ written on his chest was in full show out mode. Over the years KG has been one of my favorite players in the NBA & it’s going to be sad to see him leave the game. KG maybe near the end of his NBA career, but his leadership with Andre Wiggins & that young Timberwolves squad could surely leave an impact.
Phife Dawg, of ‘A Tribe Called Quest’, Rocks with DJ Rasta Root For The Toronto Raptors 20th Anniversary Celebration (Video)
Phife Dawg, of the legendary ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ performed a solo set during halftime last Friday night as a part of the Toronto Raptors’ 20th Anniversary celebrations inside Air Canada Centre. Backed by DJ Rasta Root on the 1s & 2s & as hype man, the five-foot assassin launched into a medley of classic ATCQ hits such as ‘Buggin Out’, ‘Oh My God’, ‘Can I Kick It?’, ‘Check The Rhime’, & ‘Award Tour’.
Snoop Dogg’s Son ‘Cordell Broadus’ Will Begin His College Career As A Wide Receiver For UCLA (Video)
Snoop Dog’s son Cordell Broadus was one of the top high school prospects in the country before he made his decision to play for UCLA as a wide receiver. Cordell won’t be the only son of a hip hop industry veteran playing under head coach Jim Mora as P Diddy’s son Justin Combs is also playing over at UCLA as a defensive back. Snoop Dogg appeared on ESPN’s First Take & also added his opinion that rap artists should speak to the young guys coming into the NFL & NBA to help keep them out of trouble.
Sure this weekend is leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. But how about we stop off at Record Breaking Saturday for just a bit, shall we? Odell Beckham, Jr. Guinness Book world record holder. Most one-handed catches. OFFICIAL (even after the whistle)!
Sunday, it’s the Patriots vs. the Seahawks. But who wants to wait all the way to the end of the weekend to see ‘em square off? Right! Conan O’Brien doesn’t either. So he got Gronk and Beast Mode together to get it on right then and there. MORTAL KOMBAAAT!!
Hahaaa! Their nicknames sound like video game fighters already. Click play and watch ‘em play.
Marshawn Lynch gives an exclusive Skittles press conference to discuss the most pressing issues in football.
Leave the brother alone, won’t you? Just trying to ‘not get fined’ – showing up and saying as little as possible – but noooo… they keep inviting (read: forcing) him to go to press conference after press conference. Here’s another… supposedly assembled to discuss football topics… but…
Two things to say after watching this:
2) “This baller has a shoe butler????”
Nothing succeeds like excess. Isn’t that how it goes? Well, this is America. Spend the money you made as you wish, Swaggy P. Shoe game is exquisite in this vid. Got to admit that. Nike should holler… maybe after a few more wins. Ha!
Ohhh man! The one thing you have to agree with us on… we’ve all laughed at some viral post on Chris Bosh. Talented b-baller, no doubt. But funny is funny.
Chris Bosh returns to NBA TV this fall as Chris Justice in Tall Justice.
Chris, your partner’s not dead…He just moved to Cleveland — CLASSIC! And if you lie and say you never laughed at at least a Bosh meme… kill yourself… laughing. Watch this clip (might die laughing anyway). Hahaaaha!
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) January 8, 2015
BONUS: The first ‘Tall Justice’ clip is waiting for you to view after the jump.
The HBO comedy ‘Eastbound and Down’ ushered in of a new type of dark hilarity and became a television cult classic in the process. The protagonist, Kenny Powers, is an obnoxious, crass Southerner who has fallen from grace after his professional baseball career has abruptly ended. But who was the inspiration for the character?
Saw a couple of episodes but really did not follow the HBO show starring Danny McBride. This VICE expo might make me go find a season or two though. Interesting factoids and insights brought out by VICE reporter Gianna Toboni. Here’s a good one to start: McBride and “The Real Kenny Powers” (widely believed to be former Atlanta Braves baseball standout John Rocker) were both born in the same hospital in Statesboro (Georgia, USA). Small town, small world.
You can’t fix ‘sucks’…
– John Rocker
Stuart Scott definitely changed the sports world. He was a voice for our generation. An original. Rest in Peace. Thank you #StuartScott
— Jay Force (@jayforce) January 4, 2015
I was in college when #StuartScott came on ESPN. It's crazy to think he was 1 of the reasons I eventually changed my major in college.
— Jay Force (@jayforce) January 4, 2015
So #StuartScott was one of the reasons I eventually went on to work in television news for 10 years
— Jay Force (@jayforce) January 4, 2015
Produced in 2009 by ESPN for its “30 for 30″ series, “The U” was a look at all that was good and bad about the rise of the University of Miami’s football program in the 1980s. But that wasn’t the end of the story. “The U Part 2″ picks up where the original film left off, with the program trying to recover from the devastation left by NCAA sanctions and scandals that had some calling for the school to drop football. The Hurricanes rose from those ashes to win another national championship, only to face new controversies when a booster used a Ponzi scheme to win favor with the program.
– ESPN 30-For-30
Kurupt Supports Former Clippers Owner Donald Sterling + Thoughts On Marriage & Relationships (Video)
“Kurupt opened up about his relationship with V. Stiviano during an exclusive sit-down with VladTV, and explains why he gave her a home visit soon after the news broke of her leaked messages with Donald Sterling. The rapper says that he was just looking out for a good friend, and Kurupt adds that he would do the same for any of his friends.
During the interview Kurupt also shared his thoughts on Donald Sterling, and believes they “took a good man down.” The West Coast emcee says that it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that Donald is “racist,” considering his age.” – VladTV
Lebron “King” James… the next Michael “Air” Jordan? Hold up. Maybe it’s better we leave him as the first “King” James. Who’ll be the next? How about Lebron, Jr. (aka “Bronny”)? Kid’s got skills. Watch!
LeBron James Jr.’s highlights from Day 1 of the 2014 Ronald Searles Holiday Classic with Houston’s nationally ranked Gulf Coast Blue Chips 4th grade squad.
How about that. “Top Five” is in the top five highest grossing films at the box office. Talk of Tinsel Town to be certain. Here we have Chris Rock talking with the gang at ESPN’s First Take about the movie, some favorite athletes, use of the n-word and more. Made a quick pass at the lovely co-host, too. Ha! Chris ain’t slick…
Looks like the Fight everyone has wanted might happen. Mayweather has challenged Pacquiao to make the fight happen May 2nd 2015. Well since the last time they tried to make this fight happen Pac-Man has lost two fights so some of the luster is gone. Regardless this would be a blockbuster draw for Pay Per View. Check out what our friends over at BeatsBoxingMayhem have to say about it!
While promoting his collaborative album ‘PRhyme’ with Detroit emcee Royce Da 5’9, the legendary DJ Premier stopped by ESPN 2’s ‘Highly Questionable’ with Bomani Jones & Dan Le batard. Preemo gave them a few interesting stories from back in the day including his time at the Playboy Mansion with Hugh Hefner.