“People thought I was gonna die at 18 years old…”
– Lloyd “Swee’ Pea” Daniels
Lloyd “Swee’ Pea” Daniels is a basketball park legend!
– Pretty much everyone in the clip
Funding for a street baller who made it through hard times, drug charges, getting shot… and eventually into the NBA is storyboard life that screams documentary, right? Well, filmmaker Benjamin May is trying, but without an income stream the movie’s scream will fade away unanswered. The bright side is that the Kickstarter campaign is 60% funded; well over halfway, though not in the home stretch. You can help push it to completion with as little as a dollar and a web share.
Watch the clip above, and see what you are getting for your money. The film promises a look behind the legend label to expose the humanity of the man in telling the story of the basketball prodigy. Contribute at the Kickstarter link below. You can watch a message from May there, too.
LEARN MORE AND SUPPORT: THE LEGEND OF SWEE’ PEA (KICKSTARTER)
Chad Johnson On NiteCap: Opening Up About The NFL, His Past With Evelyn, ‘Possibility’ For A Monogamous Relationship And More With Peter Bailey (Video)
“This upcoming episode is probably one of my most entertaining and most provocative.”
– Peter Bailey
Was Chad at fault for playing the game the way he wanted to play it? Or was the NFL at fault for trying to rein him in? Hmmm. This purposeful juxtaposition of point-of-view by Peter Bailey is the type of stuff that wins him critical acclaim. His conversational series has him sharing a NiteCap on South Beach with former NFL star and reality TV personality Ocho Cinco / Chad Johnson. Chad opens up to Peter about his past including (of course) his ‘hard road taken’ NFL career, his ‘road’… with Evelyn Lozada, growing up in Liberty City and more.
“I been a weirdo, long time ago… Nothing about what I’m doing is a ‘role’…”
– Chad Johnson
Saw this gem at Bleacher Report and had to share. How far back does your gaming go? Remember Super Nintendo? You remember Street Fighter then? If so… pop quiz: Who’d that dude, Balrog, look like? Damn right, he looked like Iron Mike Tyson! Now, you want to hear something crazy (good)? Press play above, and watch Tyson’s clips video game’d up with Street Fighter sound effects!
Michael Jordan is considered to be the greatest NBA player of all-time, but he also has the dubious reputation for not having the best sense of style. There are a dozens of news pieces, websites, facebook, instagram, & twitter pages with names like… “What The F*k is Michael Jordan Wearing.com?” poking fun at his fashion choices. Even GQ magazine took shots at his style & taste after he was kicked out of a country club for his allegedly horrible choice of golf gear. Some of the clothes he’s worn out in public have been so unintentionally ridiculous that I wouldn’t be surprised if his former Chicago dream home wasn’t any different. Michael Jordan has been desperately trying to sell this luxury home for years and had lowered his price in 2012 from $29 Million only to subsequently fail getting it sold at auction for a minimum of $16 million last December. If the interior of the home was anything like his personal fashion sense PRIOR to putting this home on the market & hiring some professional interior decorators, that could have been a huge reason why he hadn’t found a new owner sooner coupled with that still hefty asking price.
I’m kinda sad to see Mike Vick no longer playing for my hometown Philadelphia Eagles, but I’m excited he’s still being given the opportunity to play in the NFL for head coach Rex Ryan & the New York Jets. I’m not a fan of the NY Jets, but I’m definitely a fan of Mike Vick & Rex Ryan. I believe they’ll make a good combination up there in New York City & I hope they do well this upcoming season except, if and when, they play my Oakland Raiders. Check out this new video from Mike Vick’s first interview as a NY Jet above. The reporter asks the standard run of the mill questions, but he missed a key opportunity to ask what number does Mike expect to wear this season considering both he & Geno Smith both like the number “7″. I’m sure there won’t be any beefs between Geno & Mike based on their mutual interests in helping to push each other, but just who will get that number “7″ should be interesting.
You should know by now that I’m an Oakland Raiders fan to the fullest. Of course I still support & will always support my hometown Philadelphia Eagles & other Philadelphia sports teams because I’m a proud Philly native, but the Raiders have always personally resonated with me since I was a young kid. The last 10 years haven’t been great ones for my Oakland Raiders squad, but some of the good moves taking place during the current 2014 Free agency period has me feeling good & optimistic. I have a feeling it won’t be long until my Raiders return to greatness which inspired me to post this mini-documentary of arguably the greatest Raiders squad in the history of the organization. I’ll never forget cheering loudly as a kid watching the Raiders win the Super Bowl in my mother’s living room back in the day. It’s been 31 years since the last Super Bowl win back then, but you can relive those moments with me in the perspective based video above. Back in 1983, NFL Hall Of Fame running back Marcus Allen & the Los Angeles Raiders truly had a ‘Run To Remember’.
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.