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ESPN Highlights: Drake Hosts The 2014 ESPYs (Video)

Hey, Stuart Scott’s award acceptance was definitely the most beautiful moment of the night of the ESPYs. But like it or love it, Drake, as host, hit all the marks (and “Side Pieces” … hilarious) and kept the show lively and moving.

That ‘Lance blow’ though… (a W-T-F moment to be certain)! Enjoy the clip above, with lots after the jump. If you have half as much fun as Drake seemed to be having, you’ll be doing good.

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ESPYs Special Moment: Sports Anchor Stuart Scott Accepts The 2014 Jimmy V Award And A Hug From His Baby Girl (Video)

I’m not special. I just listened to what the man said.
Stuart Scott

The man, to whom ESPN anchor Stuart Scott refers in his statement above, was the late coach and ESPN commentator Jimmy Valvano. But if you witnessed Stuart’s acceptance of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs… through your tears… you witnessed what the man stood for – a demonstration of character, strength in the face of adversity, humility, honesty, and love. What you witnessed was heart; and it was beautiful.

Stuart is also battling cancer. And in his acceptance speech, he revealed how hard he is fighting – having undergone four surgeries in the days before due to complications with the disease. Such courage, wisdom and grace. Worthy of praise and so hard to put into words; but more than worthy of our attempt here.

Stuart is living V’s words: He will not give up…ever! Neither will his extended family (ESPN coworkers and execs, mom and dad siblings, girlfriend, daughters, other loved ones and friends); because, as he said, he cannot fight alone.

Watch the ultimate ESPN highlight; capped by the most beautiful moment of the night – when his youngest daughter, Sydni, walked on stage and gave Daddy the hug he needed.

(Crying again…dammit.)

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VICE: Teenage Bullfighters (Video)

Okay, let’s address the elephant bull in the room right from the start… that outfit… Those are some really pink stockings, tight pants, and a lot of bling. Huge attendance when this young man performs live in arenas. Hmmm…Maybe some label should sign this kid to rap in the States.

Kidding, kidding (MESSAGE!)

But this kid not just talking tough, he’s walking the talk. Been about that life, as was his father. That life, in this case, is the exhibition of glorified violence known worldwide as bullfighting. By age 14 this kid, Michelito Lagravere, was officially recognized as the youngest bullfighter ever.

For this episode of Profiles by VICE, we went to Merida, on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, to meet this young bullfighter, his parents, and his younger brother André “El Galo,” who is poised to follow in his brother’s footsteps. The Lagravere brothers are destined for greatness in an old (and questionable) Mexican tradition.

VICE comes at this story from a few angles to give us insight. Par for the course when it comes to their documentaries. Always interesting to watch and learn.

MORE: TEENAGE BULLFIGHTERS (VICE)

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‘Change The Mascot Movement’ Scores A Major Win: U.S. Patent Office Cancels Washington’s NFL Team Trademarks (Video)

Aha! So we’re seeing some real movement on the ‘Change The Mascot’ movement since we posted about it here.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the football team on Wednesday, saying they are offensive to Native Americans…If the decision is upheld, it will be hard for the team to claim ownership of its brand, a crucial step in going after the makers of unlicensed merchandise…The decision came in response to a suit brought by five Native Americans.

It’s been time Washington; and the U.S. Patent Office obviously agrees. Change The Mascot. JayForce suggested ‘Washington Warriors’ as an alternative. See? Still bad ass, yet not offensive.

- @ojones1

MORE: PATENT OFFICE CANCELS REDSKINS TRADEMARKS

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The National Congress of American Indians Says It’s Past Time To ‘Change The Mascot’ For Washington D.C.’s NFL Team (Video)

“Native Americans call themselves many things. The one thing they don’t…”

Powerful point made with lots of eyes watching. Above is the commercial the NFL would not let air. The National Congress of American Indians went for another ‘big game’ viewing audience though.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation bought airtime in seven major cities during halftime of the NBA Finals Game 3 for a one-minute spot criticizing the Redskins team name, and calling for it to be changed. Here’s the extended two-minute version of the “Proud to Be” video, produced by the National Congress of American Indians back in January, leading up to the Super Bowl.

After the jump, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation leaders speak on why they got involved with the Change The Mascot movement.

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The Beatz & Lyrics Show with Jayforce UNCUT: Samuel Gardner (NFL Network) + Hip Hop veteran ‘Prince Po’ of Organized Konfusion

IT’S THE RAW & UNCENSORED EDITION OF WORLD’S LIVEST HIP HOP SHOW!

THE BEATZ & LYRICS SHOW WITH JAYFORCE!!

This is a rebroadcast episode of THE UNCUT, UNCENSORED, RAW edition of Atlanta’s premier hip hop radio show that aired on ABLradio.com. In addition to the quality bangers played on the show this week, we also had a few special guests.

Samuel Gardner III aka ‘Trey G’ of the NFL Network speaks on the upcoming NFL season, his role with the network, & growing up an Oakland Raiders fan in Inglewood California.

1/2 of the legendary hip hop duo Organized Konfusion, the legendary lyricist from Queens Prince Po spoke on his career & provided insight about his new solo projects on the way!

LISTEN AND/OR DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE: BEATZ & LYRICS SHOW UNCUT with Guests ‘SAMUEL GARDNER (NFL NETWORK)’ + ‘PRINCE PO’ of Organized Konfusion

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‘The Mountain’ Of HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” Deadlifts 994 Pounds (Video)

Hot daaamn! We need to add another ‘superpower’ to our list on last week’s post: super-human strength. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (who has had two guest appearances on HBO series Game of Thrones as Gregor Clegane aka “The Mountain”), stands 6-foot-9-inches, tips the scales at 419 pounds, and is strong enough to have placed second in this year’s World’s Strongest Man Competition. In the above video, he deadlifts a whopping 994 pounds at the 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic.

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A Discussion On The NFL’s “N-Word” Rule On ‘Larry King Now’ (Video)

Some say it’s a gray issue. Some say it’s black and white. In a way, they’re both right. To come at the discussion of use of the ‘N-word’ … in all its likely contexts (including on the field of battle in the National Football League) … Larry King sits down with panel of folks with varied points of view on the subject – Ryan Ford, Nipsey Hu$$le, Jimmie Lee Solomon and Chester Pitts.

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Lebron James Has “Bandwagon Haters” (Video)

For all you Lebron haters, it’s okay, we got you too! But seriously, how long have you hated King James…since the leg cramp? last championship? Don’t jump on the ‘hate wagon’ now. Y’all hater-come-latelys got this dude bitter!

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Eye Candy: Serena Williams Surprises a Wedding Party In A Leopard Print Swimsuit (Video)

So damn hot she is on fiyaaah! The world’s sexiest tennis player, Serena Williams, went to the beach with her buds and…

… Oh look, girl … a wedding! Wanna go?

Maaaan… Serena can go anywhere she wants; dressed like Wonder Woman wants to dress when she grows up. Serena’s athletic Amazonian physique has always featured an azz heard [talked fondly about] around the world. But wowwwww.

So, imagine. You and [insert her name here] are having this amazing wedding, and Serena falls through. And she brought a gift. That aaaazzzz! And… the groom… BETTER… NOT… LOOK! Bwaaaahahahaaa. Poor brother. You KNOW he wants to look down. You KNOW he wants a pic of him looking down (to swap chuckles and elbow nudges with his boys; maybe later, with his son when he’s old enough)…but he cannot. His boo will walk out on him. Best to let her enjoy the celebrity surprise, so he can get some ‘enjoyment’ on the honeymoon.

Fortunately, TMZ has us covered with in-depth booty analysis. Watch and learn (above).

(Side note: Fox Sports says Williams’ buddy Caroline Wozniacki was there. She’s cute, too. Plus you know The Woz got jokes, too. Remember her Serena imitation? Wonder what she will come up with to ‘commemorate’ this happening?)

- @ojones1

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Meet Tacko: The Tallest Basketball Player In The U.S. (Video)

Amazing. Seems like a great kid! Watch this…and remember young Elhadji Tacko Fall is still in prep school (with a 4.0 grade point average)… and he is still growing (already 4 inches taller than the NBA’s Shaquille O’Neal ever was)… and he just likes b-ball… he actually wants to be a bio-chemist!

- @ojones1

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Mike Tyson Breaks Down The Process Of Successfully Having Sex In Prison (Video)

Oooookay. Iron Mike Tyson goes in (uh oh, word choice) on Sirius XM Radio’s Opie and Anthony show about getting azz in prison. Wow.

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Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater Keeps His ‘Promise To Rose’ (Documentary)

After the jump… couldn’t resist.

I’m buying moms a house. The mantra of every youngster man who makes it to the NFL. Suffice it to say that college football standout Teddy Bridgewater is among those ‘made men’ about to cash out and repay mom. But he promised mom a different gift as a kid: a pink Cadillac. Sure, being momma is enough to warrant a car, if you get to the NFL. Surviving cancer though; Teddy throws a pink caddy Escalade on the pile already…before the NFL draft! Jackpot, Momma Rose. Great story, documented visually by Spike Lee.

When Teddy Bridgewater was in the 3rd grade he promised his mother, Rose, he’d get her a Pink Cadillac Escalade when he became a professional football player. After a lot of tears and hard work, Teddy made good on his promise.

READ: BRIDGEWATER GIVES CANCER-SURVIVING MOM A PINK CADILLAC ESCALADE

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Jeremiah Camara Says ‘Blacks Screwed Up’ In Handling The Controversy Surrounding Former NBA Owner Donald Sterling (Video)

“As usual, Blacks were left with nothing but a moral victory…Donald Sterling was never the problem in the first place.”

After banning Donald Sterling from the NBA for life, there was much celebrating, specifically amongst African Americans, but in reality what was actually accomplished? As usual, Blacks were left with nothing but a moral “victory.” Black leadership, in an outside of the NBA blew perhaps the greatest opportunity to advance the conditions of African Americans since the so-called Civil Rights Movement.

- Jeremiah Camara

JEREMIAHCAMARA.COM

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Sports Analyst Bomani Jones Speaks on How Boxing Brings Out Beastly Instincts In Every Race (Video)

“These things matter so much that, when it came time to root against the Germans, America jumped behind Joe Louis’ Black ass!”

HAHAHAAAAA! It’s funny. People think I make everything about race, but I’ve had NO ONE tell me I was wrong on this one. Dude speaking TRUTH above. Things can get involved, violent even… race vs. race… culture vs. culture… around boxing events. And like he said, don’t get involved in the ‘fight after the fight’ … Your opponent will likely be fighting for the PRIDE OF A NATION! Funny and true. Admit it.

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Iverson (Documentary Trailer)

Allen Iverson was more than a ‘thugged out’ pro basketball player. The impact he had on sports, fashion, commercial advertising, Hip-Hop… Dude was a cultural icon. True ‘The Answer’ was hated on as often as he was lauded; but you had to (at least) respect his game. And you know you remember when he became that dude (hint: search ‘Iverson crosses Jordan‘). Yup, jooked Michael out of his Jordans!

And then… there is the rest… Well, a documentary film about AI debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, giving viewers a more holistic look at [what at least some will say is] a misunderstood sports celeb. Check out the trailer above.

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Opinion: Yeah… About That Donald Sterling Tape (Video)

So, now y’all mad? Donald Sterling (owner of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers) has been racist! The question continues to be what are we going to do about it? The deeper question, asked by Jay Smooth in his rant above, is, when are we going to get mad enough to do something about the racist practices that generate injustice without generating TMZ clips? Hmm…great point. Thanks for the tweet, Jay.

‘The Tupac of Unreleased Racism Tapes’ presents “Here’s What They Think About You?” Now, THAT’S funny! Sterling… well, he’s just ridiculous. Watch the clip.

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Miami Heat Begin Quest To 3-Peat (Video)

Don’t get me started on my team – the Miami Heat. Wanna bet on a Heat 3-peat? The Miami ballers are on the way, man. Playoff time baby! Watch the vid. Focus and intensity now… party time in Miami later.

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Want To Help “The Legend of Swee’ Pea” Documentary Get Published? Here’s How (Video)

“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)

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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

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