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Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 1/30/14: Racing Santander Plays Protest Unpaid Wages

They just had to
In an extraordinary scene that is unlike any other in modern soccer, the players of Racing Santander forced their Copa del Rey second leg quarterfinal against Real Sociedad to be abandoned after protesting their four month unpaid wages. 
There were many rumors circulating around as to whether the Racing players would play this match, as the once La Liga club has seen incredible financial hardship befall them after two relegations and former owner Ahsan Ali Syed abandoned the club. Ali Syed went into disappearance after INTERPOL launched an investigation for his arrest charging him with for international bank fraud and non-payments with his company Western Gulf Advisory.
And watch the powerful video down below:

More to come at The Whole Delivery, stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 1/28/14: A Grimm Night Ahead

How lovely, in which Michael Grimm's political career will now be over real soon:

What a wonderful guy, his latest moment of bullying, intimidation, and just thuggish behavior.

Yet, he still is a more peaceful, friendly guy than Richard Sherman.

The Sports Thread #1 For 1/28/14: Super Bowl Media Day 2014 (Updated Version)

Photo from Getty Images

This is quite a wonderful statement being made by the Northwestern football players, and it could leato something so revolutionary with NCAA football and basketball. 
Paperwork signed by what union organizers say represents the majority of the current Wildcats football team was submitted Tuesday to the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board. Cards filled out by individual players declared they wished to be represented by the newly formed College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) against what they deem their employer, Northwestern University. 
CAPA is backed by the United Steelworkers, who had their international president, Leo Gerard, and national political director, Tim Waters, in Chicago to assist in the process. It is running in conjunction with the National College Players Association, a once small advocacy outfit from California operated for years by former UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma.
And unsurprising, the powers that be do not like their decision, as evidence by Northwestern Athletics Vice President Jim Phillips: 
Northwestern believes that our student-athletes are not employees and collective bargaining is therefore not the appropriate method to address these concerns. However, we agree that the health and academic issues being raised by our student-athletes and others are important ones that deserve further consideration."
This is will certainly grow with more and more attention for sure.

More to come in this Thread, here is the first version down below.

First Version 

A picture from Sir Sherman himself.

Media day was it's usual fun and stupidness at times, but it also included the intriguing sights on whether Marshawn Lynch would talk to the media and of course Sir Sherman.

Sherman had another terrific press conference, where he gave no bulletin board material, continued to show how much of a team player he is, and was so candid yet never too much of a forced show boat.

And Lynch, well, the video up above will show how he is truly the embodiment of Oakland.

More on the Broncos' round of Media Day later on in the day.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Music Midday Energy Boost For 1/27/14: The Best Tweets of the 2014 Grammys

The top three:

3) One from Huffington Post news editor Johanna Barr. (Full disclosure, I know her):
2) Charlemagne, with his proper Country Music analysis:
And the #1 tweet of the night from an unlikely source, Arby's Restaurant shares their thoughts on Pharrell's synonymous Fedora hat.

1) The tweet of the month and one of the tweets of 2014
It was so legendary that even Pharrell had to provide a witty reply:
The top three tweets of many great tweets from the clown show that is the Grammys.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

TWD Saturday Sports Thread For 1/25/14: 2014 Australian Open, Women's Final (LI vs Cibulkova)

Although Dominika Cibulkova is in the best form of her career at the moment, she is the clear underdog in this final. Quite simply, Li Na does everything better than her, even on the forehand side where Li can break down and the Slovakian can get into the zone.

Most importantly is the serve, where Cibulkova has fired just only a handshake full of aces and Li has broken her at will to win all four of their previous matches.

It will take a heavy choke from Li Na to lose in her third Australian Open final, and with Carlos Rodriguez continuing to keep her calm after surviving Lucie Safarova, it is the Chinese superstar destined for the title in routine fashion I believe.

A second Grand Slam for Li Na, and I think in routine fashion.

The Result

Li 6-1, 6-4

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Sports Thread For 1/24/14: Rivaldo Slams Brazil For Its World Cup Spending (First Version)

Photo from Ball72

Legendary Brazilian forward Rivaldo chastised his country Thursday afternoon, vowing that their hosting of the World Cup Finals would be a complete failure.

The famous striker and World Cup winner of 2002 based his attack not on the many unfinished stadiums left around the country, but for how the money used for the global tournament should instead go to many public services that the nation requires at the moment.

"We knew this would happen," Rivaldo said after his team Mogi Mirim lost to Sao Paulo 4-0 in the Sao Paulo State Championship. "Brazil has alot to do like school, health and prison, not soccer fields for the World Cup taking so much money for one month."  

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 1/23/14: A Handshake That Never Was

After all the analysis and conversation from sports and non-sports journalists, black and non-black people, and confrontational and non-confrontational people sharing their thoughts on Richard Sherman, let's just get back to the main reason on why he is a crossover star now.

I waited to talk about this specifically when I saw the final audio from Sherman on "Inside the NFL" last night after his tip ball denied Michael Crabtree the winning touchdown and sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

I wanted to see if he didn't say "Good game" while reaching his hand out to Crabtree before the receiver (who is not a "sorry" receiver by the way) smacked his helmet.

After seeing the video and hearing the audio, I believe more strongly that Sherman was being a proper sportsman and thought Crabtree would give him his due respect after making such a fantastic play.

It was the type of extraordinary moment to decide a great game where the losing man has to say, "Just too good."

Sherman probably thought that Crabtree would just reward him on one of the greatest defensive tip balls of all time and let bygones be bygones with the tension between the two for the moment.
Unfortunately, Crabtree was still too mad and amped up to just reward Sherman on a great play in tipping Colin Kaepernick's throw intended for him.

Crabtree's disrespect there to Sherman when the cornerback reached for his hand in a gesture of sportsmanship is what fueled Sherman to launch his now famous (or infamous) postgame rant.

Sherman would not have called Crabtree "sorry" in that postgame interview with Erin Andrews if Crabtree had given him respect and been mature to congratulate him on that great play.

Of course Crabtree is going to be upset that he was so close to winning the game over Sherman that he wouldn't be ready to congratulate his adversary. But sometimes you have to accept someone making "too good" of a play and say "it wasn't meant for us to win." And Crabtree clearly failed to do that.

And after hearing Sherman's comments, Crabtree definitely wanted to negate any Sherman accolades by saying he made "one play a day" and that he was able to get open throughout the game. Sherman didn't have one-on-one coverage on Crabtree all the time and the talented wide receiver did show how valuable he is to Kaepernick once again with another solid game.

Still, for him to imply that he was getting open on Sherman on a regular basis is just pure sour grapes from a devastated member of the losing team.

Luckily for him, he has escaped getting the label of a bad sport that Sherman has gotten all week, as well as all the racist clowns call him a thug, a monkey and,  well, "nigger" too like the former Stanford receiver turned cornerback has gotten.

A backlash of hate and irrationally that could have never been if Crabtree just accepted a quick handshake after an extraordinary, championship defying play for the ages.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Fun Thread #1 For 1/21/14: Michelle Obama Dunks With LeBron James Assistance (First Version)

This following Vine, the greatest Vine ever.....

Lead me to the full video:

Can't get more PEAK epic then that.

More to come at TWD today in a bit. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

MLK Day 2014 Flashback For 1/20/14

For MLK day, I take you all the way back almost six years ago when I did this poem.......Thanks to Talib, Chuck D, Nikki Giovanni, and Sonia Sanchez always giving me the love on this.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

TWD Sunday Sports Thread/AFC Title Game Runthrough Preview For 1/19/14

Besides the obvious stars (Patriots' offensive line, Broncos O'line and receivers, the Patriots running backs), here are the key men who are going under the radar that will help decide or will decide the biggest game in the AFC this season.  

AFC Title Game Runthrough 

X-Factors for Denver-

Quentin Jammer

He was torched last week the minute Chris Harris was ruled out by Kenoy Allen, and he will have to not be beat badly today, especially if he covers Shane Vereen. It is mandatory that he does not get beaten by any non-WR today.

Sylvester Williams and Terrance Knigton, along with Wesley Woodyard and Danny Trevathan 

They have to get off the blocks in the Patriots run game and make Brady beat them one dimensionally, especially without Vickerson.

Duke Ihenacho and Mike Adams 

So key are these two in making sure to tackle Blount and Ridley if they get to the next level through the linebackers, as well as many sure not to fall asleep if Brady goes over the top to Amendiola and Aaron Dobson, so is active for today.

Trindon Holliday 

His return ability could give the field position battle to John Fox's side. It will be interesting how Gostkowski and Allen, who is active, will kick to him.

X-Factors for New England

Aaron Dobson

Ruled active for this game, Dobson going under the radar all week could be the surprise of the day. He is the Patriots' fastest receiver available with Thompkins and Boyce out and could make a few big catches today.

Michael Hoomanawauni, Matthew Muligan, and Shane Vereen 

Brady throws to everyone, and on this warm day, his arm will be live to do so. They must make plays not only in the passing game, but in run blocking and pass protection.

Jamie Collins 

He made all the athletic plays last week, in rushing the passer and dropping into coverage. But can he make plays against the run today, with Moreno and Ball definitely looked to be running towards his side. And that's with being the man asked to stop Julius Thomas in coverage today. He must be strong.

Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich

They will be massive but not only in trying to disrupt and handle Manning in the pocket, but for how they will be asked to also drop into coverage and stop the run. They are only strong at rushing the passer.

Ryan Allen 

Even with the great weather, field position will be vital today. Allen is ruled healthy, but will he be effective enough to punt today.

Matthew Slater

The special teams ace has to be great today in tracking Holliday today on kick coverage.


Harris is a vital loss for the Broncos. But I do think, in this warm weather and how they know they should have buried the Patriots in Foxboro, as well as the Patriots having to adjust to the thin air, I think the Broncos take this one 31-27. 

Turnovers will be vital today, important for Manning not be out thought, and for Fox and Del Rio to out think McDaniels today if the Broncos want to go to the Super Bowl. 

Sunday Sunrise For 1/9/14: Mary Mary as Usual

More to come...

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 1/14/13: Lions Hire Jim Caldwell; Milan to Hire Clarence Seedorf (Multiple Versions)

Photo from Getty Images' Rob Carr

Jim Caldwell will be the Lions' new head coach, a good move and hire by the organization. Caldwell becomes the fourth black head coach currently in the NFL, joining Mike Tomlin, the under fire Marvin Lewis (at least for Stephen A.Smith), and Lovie Smith. Both Smith and Caldwell return to the coaching ranks. 

The Lions seemed to have favored Ken Whisenhunt more than Caldwell, but the Chargers' offensive coordinator decided to go to Tennessee instead out of more fears of the division he was facing in the NFC North than AFC South. 

Caldwell may turn out to be the one who fits the Lions' better than Whisenhunt, who has a similar fiery persona to Jim Schwartz despite being on the other side of the thinking philosophy. That will serve Matthew Stafford well, as the uber talent can see how Caldwell brought out the best of Joe Flacco in the postseason last year and will improve from his late season collapse. 

The former Colts' coach just brings placidity and stability to a Lions team that is in badly in need of it. So much potential at Ford Field's indoor facilities to be untapped, but Caldwell does have the temperament to do that untapping. 

Clarence Seedorf's Stunning Return to AC Milan 

The legendary Dutch midfielder has made a glorious return to the Rossoneri, electing to become their new manager after the firing of Mass Allegri 

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Sports Thread #2 For 1/13/14: 2014 Australian Open Day 1 Recap and Day 2 Live Coverage

Day 1 Players of the Day

WTA: Annika Beck 

The young counter puncher from Germany hit a wall last season, where she struggled to break in the Top 40 after a promising latter 2012. But that may soon change after recording the first double bagel of 2014 on the WTA side, embarrassing talented but troubled Croatian Petra Matric by the 12 games to love scoreline.

ATP: Damir Dzumhur 

So many candidates were worthy of this award, from five set warriors Tommy Robredo, Adrian Mannarino, and Jerzy Janowicz, who took everything from another prodigious Aussie teen in Jordan Thompson. Ernests Gulbis and Alexandr Dolgopolov showed how talented they always are with impressive wins that could see their 2014 make them be legit darkhouses.

But the honor goes to Dzumhir, who backed up his impressive qualifying run by becoming the first player from Bosnia to win a Grand Slam match. What an accomplishment.

Day 2 coverage is located at @ByTheMinTennis. 

The Sports Thread #1 For 1/13/14: Crying Cristiano Gets His Second Ballon D'Or

Cristiano Ronaldo Wins His Second Ballon D'or 

Here's the video of him accepting his award: 

And his emotion was major: 

Nadine Angerer was the deserving women's winner, with Wambach the holder as the runner up and Marta third. 

And here below is the first and second versions, with the coaches information down below. 

First and Second Versions

Great to see Jupp Heynckes be the obvious coach for men's Coach of the year, while Silva Neid deserving of the women's award. The Player of the Year coming soon. 

Sigh at Sergio Ramos and Dani Alves on the best XI list.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

TWD Saturday Night Thread/Saturday Sports Thread #3 For 1/11/14: 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs- Colts vs

"I was shooting for stars, on a Saturday night."

TWD Saturday Sports Thread #2 For 1/11/14: Valiant Saints Can't March Pass Seattle and Its 12 Man

Final: Seahawks advance to the NFC Title Game. The key catch 

Halftime Thread 

Jimmy Graham, where are you? And Drew Brees might as well take off those gloves since they aren't helping. 

I guess those noise simulations in practice have not helped whatsoever. 

And with Seattle getting the ball first in the second half, it may get even uglier after such a promising tough start by the Saints. 

TWD Saturday Sports Thread #1 For 1/11/14: Atletico & Barca Cancel Each Other Out In a Tight Tie

Full Time: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Barcelona 
Stalemate official. Great tactical duel even if the game didn't have the quality to match the intensity. Still, much to be decided in La Liga BBVA, where Real Madrid fans will be happy that the two teams they hate the most have to settle for a draw. 

Halftime Version 

Stalemate as expected at the half as Martino and his team looked tentative in the beginning portions of that first half, as Atletico dominated. Busquets was ineffective as Tiago was having the better half in that key holding midfield battle, as well as JuanFran doing well on the flanks. Atletico had the best chance of the half but Costa put the set piece wide.

But Barcelona will go into the break with the momentum as they got into their rhythm in the first half as both Costa and especially Arda Turan became non existent. Pedro is active in the right spots and Iniesta is Iniesta as usual. 

With the control of the game for now, who will Martino sacrifice for Messi (and Iniesta)? 

(Full review of the 2nd half afterwards, stay tuned). 

First Version 

10 minutes and still even, with Atletico having the better of the play. When will Messi and Neymar come in for Martino? 

Constantly updated, and it is live here on TV and on match tracker

TWD Saturday First Thread For 1/11/14: First of The Year

Bring in Luda and De La Soul for the first Saturday First Thread of 2014.

Friday, January 10, 2014

TWD Friday's Fun Thread For 1/10/14: When Charles Barkley Plays Beer Pong For The First Time (First Version)

Come on in Rebecca......

Time for the Friday fun thread everyone.

That will be great times for sure.

Jay-Z and Beyonce rented a jungle for their daughter, because they can.

One Charles Barkley's day in playing beer pong for the first time.

More Fun

Much is being made about now about Bill De Blasio eating pizza with a fork:

More to come.

TWD Friday's The Flashback Fridays #1 (Best Song of 2013) For 1/10/14: Lupe Fiasco ft Ed Sheeran - Old School Love

Because it simply was that special and that great. Truly deserving.

That is the best song of 2013, and there will be more to come at The Whole Delivery today. Stay tuned. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

TWD Condolences For 1/9/14: A New Jersian Poet Goes "Home"

Major rest in heaven for the wonderful poet and underrated activist that is Amiri Baraka, who has passed today at age 79.

Here is some of his best work and notable TV appearances down below. It is a real shame that he went so quite to the general popular for so many years.

And look at the interview he did with Connie Chung where he was on to talk about his controversial poem on 9/11:

And how he wished the US "was a Communist country."

More to come at TWD, with blessings to the Baraka family for sure and thensome. 

The 1st Thread/The Sports Thread #1 For 1/9/14: Jay Gruden Becomes The New Coach of The Snyders

Photo from the AP's Phelan M. Ebenhack

Jay Gruden, the younger brother of Jon Gruden, will be named the new coach of the Washington Snyders (Redskins) today, as reported by ESPN and many sources.

Gruden the younger did not do well on Sunday, as he was badly outcoached by San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano and struggled to get A.J. Green touches on Sunday. He didn't place Andy Dalton in good spots and contributed to the young quarterback having a forgettable afternoon.

Still, Gruden is a decent enough coordinator who can be inventive. But I question if he is the right guy for the job.

(More in a bit in this sports thread). 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Fun Thread For 1/8/14: You Had To See it By Now (First Version)

It will never get old: 

Still, instead of us making fun of him, we should look at our relations with North Korea and the hypocrisy and problems in regards to the history of both Korean states.

(More to come in a bit).

The Sports Thread #1 For 1/8/14: Mazniel, The Baseball Hall of Fame, and More (Multiple Versions)

Co-Lead Story: Manziel Declares  

Photo from USA Today

It's official, Johnny Manziel will have more times to party with Drake and work with LeBron, and not have to worry about suspension from the corrupt NCAA. He has declared for the NFL, to the surprise of not a single soul.

Co-Lead Story: The Baseball Hall of Fame Story 

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas have been elected into Cooperstown this year, the only three to get elected into the Hall of Fame.

Craig Biggio missed entering the Hall of Fame (like he should have) by just two votes:

Agonizing for him and made more pathetic by who somehow got votes by the non-transparent baseball writers, who are so gutless that they won't have the courage and reveal who they voted for (more on that later). Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens went down while Piazza went up. Bagwell also went down, while McGwire looks like he will never come close to.

And who in the hell voted for J.T Snow, Jacque Jones, and Armando Benitez? 

If their names were made public on who they voted for, then these gutless baseball writers wouldn't make the stupid votes they do. The power of anonymity, where some cowards can easily hide.  

Jack Morris, in his final turn on the ballot, will not make it sadly and will have to rely on the veteran's committee.

Lee Smith and Curt Schilling's numbers show how it does not look good for them, and especially for Mike Mussina.

Sammy Sosa was almost off the ballot for good (maybe next year), while Rafael Palmeiro is now gone for good.

The Miscellaneous 

Good effort from Donald Young to take a set over the pugnacious David Ferrer, showing how he maybe back to his summer 2011 that showed that he still can be at least a solid player in the ATP. But the Top 10 ace showed once again how he is the true definition of mental stability and toughness, something that Young still has to get:

After a dreadful 2013 where it seemed he just wasn't motivated to fulfill his potential, Alexandr Dolgopolov seems determined to be a dangerous factor in ATP Tennis this season, thrashing Jerzy Janowicz 6-2, 6-2 at the Apia International.

On the WTA front, Marion Bartoli has vowed again that she will not return to tennis. We'll see, but Marion is a person who when she says something, she differently does do.

Add two more early season injuries to the WTA tour in just its first two weeks of the new year. After Sara Errani's back injuries hampered her against Tsvetana Pironkova, later in the day in Sydney saw Bethanie Mattek-Stands seem to suffer another injury (right hamstring) just when it seemed she was back being a serious threat.

(More on the WTA injury woes in a bit).

The class former German international, Thomas Hitzlsperger, announced that he was gay today. He was a fine player whose career was cut short because of injuries after announcing his retirement last May with Everton.

You can see why Hitzlsperger was reluctant to come out during his career, when you see a response from fading PSG and Brazilian centerback Alex.

(More to come). 

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Special Sports Thread For 1/6/14: Jameis The Famous Prevent Another Malzahn Miracle as FSU are Champs Again

Final Version 

Halfime Thread: The signs that are sweeping the nation

As long as Freeman and Williams are being used, FSU will be fine after that needed touchdown before the half. Their linebackers though need to get lined up since Fulse and Uzomah will be used by Malzahn for sure. 

Auburn must be careful with Whitfield on the return. He is a major threat. 

First Version 

When Auburn has the ball 

OL's Akex Kozan and Reese Dismukes vs DL's Timmy Jernigan and Christian Jones

WR's Sammie Coates, Ricardo Louis, and Quay Bray with TE Brandon Fulse vs CB's LaMarcus Joyney, Nick Waisome & safety Karlos Williams and Terrence Brooks

When Florida State has the ball

OL Josue Matias, Bobby Hart, and Tre Jackson vs DL's Dee Ford, Nosa Eguae, and Gabe Wright

WR's Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw, and Kelvin Benjamin vs CB;s Chris Davis, Jonathon Mincy, and Jermaine Whitehead.


Florida State will end the SEC curse, 38-34 

The 2nd Thread For 12/6/14: Our Latest Post Racial, Non-Black People Youth Listicle

Once again, for another powerful corporate media listical, black people barely exist in the "post-racial world."

Forbes' Jeff Bercovici had its 2014 version of "30 under 30 in media", and only one black person made the list out of the 34 (since co-founders added meant more than 30 people). Uzoamaka Maduka gets that nod but, outside of one article on Salon, is not well known like many others on that list, as well as her American Reader website barely making a major blip in online and (definitely) black online news circles.

The judges for this list were Arianna Huffington, Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith and ABC News president Ben Sherwood.

I have never even heard of Maduka before, and it seemed that Bercovici or those judges just looked in his (or their) elite rolodex list and found the only black person he (or they) knew and picked Maduka.

It really is alarming but typical again of how barely diverse the list is with similar lists in the past, with the usual dominance of white (and Asian) upstarts occupying all the other spots on the list outside of Fusion's Fernando Vila.

(And all three judges were white, another fail moment).

I guess the likes of Janelle Bouie, Rembert Browne, Mychal Smith, and all of those talented young black women who work at BuzzFeed (from Shani Hilton to Heben Nigatu) to name a few were just hard to find for Bercovici and Forbes.

Then again, even in 2014, prominent young black people not in sports or music (entertainment) are always somehow hard to find for powerful, prominent media publications.  

The 1st Thread/Music Wakeup Call For 12/6/13: Mary J. Blige ft Ja Rule - Rainy Dayz (2002)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

TWD Saturday Night Thread For 1/4/14: NFC Wild Card Saturday- Saints vs Eagles

Back at halftime for Saints/Eagles

B.O.B, proceed...."I was shooting for stars, on a Saturday night."

Friday, January 3, 2014

TWD's Best of Music 2013: 3) Eminem feat Rihanna- The Monster

 More to come from TWD on this Friday night.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

TWD's Best of Music Thread #2 For 2013 For 1/2/14: Miguel ft Kendrick Lamar - How Many Drinks (2013)

Superb from Miguel, who if he goes on the right steps and doesn't try and jump over people at awards shows will be a top artist.

Midday Music Energy Boost For 1/2/14: The Best of 2013 (#5) - Nicki Minaj ft Lil Wayne- High School (2013)

What made this song is the production by Boi-1da and T-Minus, and how, as I said before about this song, how Wayne and Wayne's girl version can give quality if they just have to do one verse and not have to carry a whole song.

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