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SECOND SEVEN GAMES OF THE HISTORIC NBA CUP

By |2020-03-27T12:27:14-07:00March 27th, 2020|

From KJR producer to head coach of the Jamaican National team. Rick Turner. Congratulations! You've found the final seven games of the first round of the wildly popular NBA Cup. These game results have been created, curated, and castigated by Rick Turner who is the head coach of the Jamaican National Basketball team. Rick is [...]

FIRST SEVEN GAMES OF THE HISTORIC NBA CUP

By |2020-03-26T11:05:32-07:00March 26th, 2020|

Recently, it was hypothesized by a guy who is missing basketball (me) that when we get the all-clear to resume activity the NBA should consider a one and done style bracket tournament to reignite basketball passion in this weird year. You can get details on this idea right here or here. To figure out what might [...]

THE NBA CUP IS THE PERFECT WAY FOR THE LEAGUE TO COME BACK

By |2020-03-24T11:47:20-07:00March 24th, 2020|

Thursday, March 19th, was supposed to be the big day. That’s the day the NCAA tournament kicked into high gear. If you’re a basketball junkie, it’s the best weekend of the year. On Thursday morning, 64 teams begin the tournament with high hopes. Then, with brutal efficiency, the field is whittled down to 16 in four [...]

EXCERPT THREE FROM MR. TOWNSEND & THE POLISH PRINCE

By |2019-02-19T15:48:45-08:00February 19th, 2019|

In excerpt three, Purzycki finds out that life on the road for the first-ever white head football coach at a Historically Black College and Univeristy is going to present challenges. (ICYMI, excerpt one is right here, and excerpt two is here.   Rookie college head football coach Joe Purzycki walked onto the field at State College [...]

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EXCERPT TWO FROM MR. TOWNSEND & THE POLISH PRINCE

By |2019-02-12T09:28:50-08:00February 12th, 2019|

Excerpt two recounts Purzycki's nightmarish first day on the job as Delaware State's head football coach. (Excerpt one, ICYMI, is right here.) The previous evening he had his final interview and while he knew he had done well, he also thought the school was going to hire another candidate. He was stunned when Townsend called and offered [...]

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EXCERPT ONE FROM MR. TOWNSEND & THE POLISH PRINCE

By |2019-02-12T09:17:29-08:00February 4th, 2019|

  On November 8th, 1980, Delaware State College lost a football game to Portland State University by the astonishing score of 105 to 0. The loss (the largest of several lopsided defeats the Hornets suffered that year) led to school president Dr. Luna Mishoe ordering his athletic director Nelson Townsend to completely revamp the school's football [...]

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FREE POOL, CHEAP BEER, AND A GOOD JUKEBOX LEAD TO A LIFELONG LOVE

By |2020-03-24T10:42:08-07:00April 7th, 2017|

I moved to Seattle in June of 1991 and Renee followed in August. She arrived three days after a local band named Pearl Jam released their first record, Ten. That was merely a coincidence. Neither of us knew anything about the band and we were both focused on trying to get a foothold in a city [...]

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HASSELBECK LEAVES NFL WITH NO ESCORT NECESSARY

By |2016-03-09T11:30:38-08:00March 9th, 2016|

On an afternoon in Detroit in 2006 my producer Matt Muller and I were walking around the media center at Super Bowl XL when a security guard suddenly jumped in front of us and ordered us to halt. We could see and hear a great commotion as some star was making his way into the area. [...]

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LOOKING FOR PERFECTION? DON’T START HERE

By |2016-02-08T18:46:34-08:00February 8th, 2016|

In the late 90s, a writer friend of mine was involved with the presentation of the Davey O’Brien award, a trophy given yearly to the top college football quarterback by an athletic club in Fort Worth, Texas. My friend had helped coordinate the voting by other writers and as a thank you he and his wife [...]

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HENDU: LIFE OF A BALL PLAYER

By |2015-12-28T11:28:35-08:00December 28th, 2015|

Dave Henderson loved being Hendu. Loved it. Basked in it. Enjoyed filling up every room he ever walked into with Hendu goodness. He’d smile his big smile, say hello to old friends and introduce himself to new ones and then he’d be off to the races. The 1986 home run in Game 5 vs the Angels [...]

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