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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 4/23/14: 2013-14 UEFA Champions League Semifinals, Leg 1 - Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich (First Version)

Halftime Thread, Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich 

It was total Bayern domination at the beginning, but the minute Rafinha was caught on a counter, it was the fear that Pep Guardiola sent himself up for by putting him there. Now Philip Lahm can also find himself strayed too froward, but in this instance, it was all the Brazilian right back as Boateng and Dante couldn't recover for the gap that needed to be filled. 

Benzema just couldn't miss from there and set up Ronaldo on a platter for the second, only for the Portuguese to waste his chance. 

Benzema, for a player who doesn't track back, had the key track back moment of the half that lead to his goal and was firmly rewarded. Wonderful indeed it was from him to show his all around world class when he is at his top level. 

Alaba was exposed defensively again as well, as Benzema made the run and he lost him there while he would have been at fault had Di Maria either scored or passed back to a wide open Benzema. 

Either way, despite two timely blocks (Pepe, Alonso) and one headed clearance (Coentrao) that Madrid had to deal with, Carlo Ancelotti's side had the better chances. More has to come from both Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben in the second half.    

Pregame Thread

Will be back for halftime and full time analysis. Think this one ends not like yesterday as everyone assumes, and I say 2-1 Bayern with Mandzukic in the lineup. They are risking it with Rafinha at RB though. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 4/22/14: The 2013-14 UEFA Champions League - Semifinals Leg 1 (Atletico Madrid-Chelsea)

Pre-Game Kickaround: Fernando's Last Chance 

In a normal buildup to Champions League semifinals, the return of Fernando Torres to his former two clubs would be a story garnering frontline attention, examining in detail whether the former world class striker turned global mystery would recapture his once impeccable form.

But the events of recent days has made that intriguing tale almost as irrelevant as Pep Guardiola renewing his rivalry with Real Madrid. The David Moyes saga and Torres' own current manager, Jose Mourinho negative tales, have occupied the attention well before the Spanish striker's return to his old domiciles. In fact, Atletico manager Diego Simeone is third in line for most headlines in both the English and Espana's presses, with him now being linked to the United job despite being comfortable with his position.

Torres' anecdote though will return to the forefront this time around, as he is destined to get playing time in Chelsea's biggest week of the season against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, where results are paramount for Roman Abramovich's club. Moreover, the stakes are higher for Torres than even Mourinho or the rest of Chelsea, as both his club and country career are hanging in the balance.

It seemed midweek through this season that Torres had recaptured some of his glorious Liverpool form finally, or at least on a consistent basis, when he scored the winner at Stamford Bridge against Manchester City in October. It was a man of the match performance that saw the cutting edge the World Cup winner display in his days at Anfield.

But ever since that contest, Torres has gone back into a pedestrian role of just working hard but never striking fear in opposing centerbacks. Outside of a sterling performance on New Year's Day against Southampton, in which he recorded a goal, Torres has only scored three other times since that first Chelsea-City match. It hasn't helped that the likes of Oscar (and on occasions, both Eden Hazard and Willian) have failed to provide playmaking to the level of the departed Juan Mata to Torres, Samuel Eto'o, and Demba Ba, constant chances. Still, Torres is currently devoid of making the spectacular happen by himself, leading to his critics to vociferate to Pluto's ears how he is inadequate now for a super club.

Joining those critics has been Mourinho himself, who has not been the encouraging manager publicly that Torres requires most now. The Portuguese charismatic character, in dismissing his forward options all season, seems sometimes in glee to take hard pop shots at Torres despite the striker still having to be a choice for him. It's why a swamp deal between he and Atletico Madrid's David Costa really seems likely this summer, especially when you see the comments made by Simeone praising the former Atletico golden boy.

"With the greatest of respect to a manager who feels that about his players, Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres are great strikers and have shown that hundreds of times, in the Champions League, in the World Cup, and in many games," Simeone said.

"Fernando is a lad who loves this club, his club. These are his people. He always remembers us, he always keeps us in mind, he always asks after us. I think he will play and he knows that this is a huge game for us,"

Simeone knows his club, despite their high reputation in Spain, is still both strapped for money and can't compete consistently yet with both their crosstown rivals (Real Madrid) and the other member of La Liga's Big 2 (Barcelona) despite the Catalan clubs current horrors on and off the field. Until the LPF (and BBVA as a global sponsor) use common sense and force Los Blancos and the Catalan giants to share the league TV money from Gol TV and MediaPro, Atletico will be force to sell their top players for the big cash they need or face the financial problems that befall most of Spain's clubs.

So with that, Simeone knows that Torres, his former young teammate of his as the Argentine manager's playing career winded down, could be an ideal replacement for Costa. Ironically, those kind words could propel the man from Fuenlabrada to revive his top form when he require it most and backfire on Simeone's side (Brendan Rogers will take note of that). He is not only playing for where his club future will be next season, whether remaining at Chelsea, going back home to Atletico or elsewhere, but also his national team prospects.

At 30 and seemingly on the full decline, this maybe the last chance for Torres to play in a World Cup. Spain manager Vincent del Bosque is very loyal to the players who gave him historic international success and will give Torres as many chances to show he is worthy of a trip to Brazil, but the time is running out.

The emergence of Costa, the re-emergence of Fernando Llorente at Juventus this season and the semi-emergence of Athletic Bilbao's Adrian Adruiz make those frontman forward places for Spain tightly contested and never guarantee anymore for Torres as it was in years' past (and that's after the likes of Alvaro Negredo and Michu, after great starts in the Premier League, have cooled down, while David Villa has been cast deep in Costa's shadow at the Vincent Calderon this season).

This is Torres' last chance at still displaying that he is a world class talent, and the stages couldn't be bigger for him to do so. To save Chelsea's season for being trophyless, his future at a big club, and his World Cup history, Torres must shine in the places where he was once adored.

Because if he doesn't, we may never see again this once elite #9 be as sublime as is needed. But if he doesn't, those headlines will go right away from managers not having good tidings to a player having a Lazarus like revival.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 4/19/14 (Special Edition 20th Anniversary of Illmatic): Nas - Halftime (1992/1994)

Even before the album was released, at 18 in 1992 sir Nasir created "Halftime" with the drum Christmas snars in full effect from Large Professor's brilliance instrumental. It was the first single of his career and started it all, from the other nine tracks on the album to the career we see today.

"You couldn't catch me in the streets without a ton of reefer/ That's like Malcolm X, catchin the Jungle Fever/"

"Nas, Why did you do it?/ you know you got the mad fat fluid when you rhyme, it's halftime/"

"These are the lyrics of a man, you can't near it, understand/Cause in the streets, I'm well know like the number man."

"Puttin hits on 5-0/ Cause when it's my time to go, I wait for God wit the fo'-fo'/"

So for those who still don't know, this is the first song of the career of Sir Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones. It's "Halftime", and it's needed video.

More to come from The Whole Delivery on this special celebration of Illmatic's 20th anniversary. 

The Saturday Night Thread For 4/19/14 (Special Edition): 20th Anniversary of Illmatic

All night tonight, it is definitely a total celebration of Nas' 20th anniversary for Illmatic.

To acknowledging all five of its singles in chronological order to reviewing everything as in full for just this album, it is going on all night long with this one.

So more of that to come at The Whole Delivery in a bit, stay tuned.

Night's Schedule 

Thread on "Halftime"
Thread on "It AIn't Hard To Tell"
Thread on "Life's a Bitch" 
Thread on "The World Is Yours" 
Thread on "One Love" 

Friday, April 18, 2014

The 1st Thread/TWD Condolences For 4/18/14: The World of Gabo

As condolences are delivered to Colombia (and Mexico's) pride and joy Gabriel Garcia Marquez, there is definitely one standout tidbit that caught the attention of yours' truly.

It was from CNN Tood Leopold's great obit on Marquez, where the United States' paranoia with renowned outsiders who contrast with its "ethos" was once again apparent.
The book didn't ease all of García Márquez's problems, however. As a vocal leftist and defender of Castro's Cuba, he was regularly limited or denied visas by the United States until President Bill Clinton, a fan of "Solitude," revoked the ban.
Clinton went on to express his condolences right after in that fine write up from Leopold and showed how Marquez remained steadfast to his rational, "all for one, one for all" perspective that fueled his writing. It also displayed the utter pettiness that came with so many US presidents from Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush with an accomplished author in full support of another nation.

Marquez also knew that being a novelist gave him the financial freedom that befalls so many journalists throughout the world, and how vital it is to have a truly independent voice.

An independent voice that was only dependent on being an original, consistent, and principled soul.

(Rest in Heaven Señor Marquez). 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The 1st Thread/The Sports Thread #1 For 4/15/14: 25 Years, 0 Resolution

Photo from Liverpool Twitter's Feed

25 years later and the answers still escape those scarred by the Hillsborough crushing tragedy.

Beyond the must watch peice from Daniel Gordon on ESPN's 30 for 30 in America tonight, in order to give people on this side of the world even more perspective on the long term torment the disaster has brought, is the on going search for full accountability against powerful institutions that will go beyond today's poignant tributes.

The laissez-faire affair of Margaret Thatcher, the royal family and other prime ministers after her of not giving needed punishment to the Football Association, Sheffield Wednesday, and the local authorities is a prime examples of the many coverups the elites will proudly do in order to save hides.

And apart of those elites sadly are big news publications, as Rupert Murdoch's The Sun played a massive role in contributing to the smearing of "The 96" from the start with the infamous "The Truth" article from the slime that is Kelvin MacKenzie. The shameful piece of harmful "hack" journalism still bares in the soul of Liverpool, as boycotts still go on today of that Murdoch rag publication.

That paper bares as much responsibility in my mind as the police who covered up their despicable actions. They facilitated in creating the wave of not finding the real truth that eluded, and still eludes, so many people for so many years.

In a day of sporting related tragic anniversaries, with the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing as well, the oldest of those anniversaries still searches for answers even when the problem has long been known.

(More to come at The Whole Delivery, stay tuned).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Soulful For 4/13/14: Raphael Saadiq - 100 Yard Dash (2008)

This underrated gem from six years ago never ages, and neither does Raphael Saadiq's underrated brilliance.

The happy return of the Sunday Soulful series, here is "100 Yard Dash" from Raphael Saadiq.

This is The Whole Delivery. 

Sports Sunday Thread #1 For 4/13/14: Vincent With The Wrong Kompany As Coutinho Winner Gives Reds Dramatic One (Closing Versions)

Fulltime: Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City - The Winner from Coutinho 
A man desperate for a Premier League title, Steven Gerrard displayed great emotions to the global audience after the match. He told his team to start focusing on Norwich, knowing that today's massive result is just one result. 

He also had a great word to Jeff Shreeves after the match: 

More to come at The Whole Delivery today, stay tuned. 

Halftime Version - Liverpool 2-0 Manchester City 

First Edit: Aguero will start the match on the bench. 

Pre-Game Version

Biggest game of the season, and somehow, I think that with Aguero supposedly coming back, I see a rare draw for Liverpool as of late. 

(Halftime and fulltime versions to come) 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Saturday Night Thread/The Live Thread For 4/12/14: Pacquiao/Bradley 2 (First Version)

Photo from USATSI

"I was shooting for stars, on a Saturday night...." As always, it's B.O.B leading in the Saturday night:

Full coverage of Pacquiao/Bradley 2 later on in the night. Stay tuned at TWD. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

The 1st Thread/The Flashback Fridays #1 For 4/11/14: Jadakiss feat Anthony Hamilton - Why? (2004)

Truly one of the great songs ever, and clearly among the most underrated.

From telling the full truth about Denzel and Harry's Oscars to him even being a 9/11 half-truther, this Jadakiss' effort from a decade ago on the Havoc produced "Why" for his "Kiss Of Death" album is an all-time classic.

The song was so incredible that it made even Bill O'Reilly respond in anger to his attacks on The Shrub (George W. Bush), calling The Lox man a "smear merchant" and going as far as to call out, as usual, the highest of powers associated with one of his targets with the Vivendi corporation (who had Ruff Ryders/Interscope at the time) drawing his ire this time.

It amazingly reached #11 on the Billboard charts despite Kiss never being glamorous enough for crossover mainstream pop music and it being a heavy modern "black (and black hood) power" song.

Instead of the thug/street tracks that made him a staple in the game with Styles P and Sheek Louch, this was a refreshing change of pace from Kiss, where he never lost his hard edge while developing a rare, sensational conscience, national effort.

For me, it is by far his best song to date, and a masterpiece for everyone, even those who hate rap or the hard rap from him that is too tough for their ears and soul to bear. Anthony Hamilton, as always, brings the full R&B soul required for an effort like this to contrast with the intense verses.

It firmly gives me tremendous pleasure to highlight this timeless track as the first song of several today as Flashback Friday choices.

So without further ado, it's Jadakiss and Anthony Hamilton with the forever epic that is "Why?"

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Sports Thread #1/The Live Thread For 4/9/14: 2013-14 UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals Matchday 4 (First Version)

Patrice Evra sent everyone on shock notice and Bayern in worry with his tremendous strike. 

But 70 secs later, he feel asleep real quick and Mandzukic scored. And the rest was history. 

Meanwhile, as I thought below, Atletico have advanced despite hitting the woodwork three times and leaving other chances to the ground. 

It just wasn't Messi's night, as he had a snap header go wide as his only true chance that was a must score from him. 

Courtois amazing and Xavi couldn't finish that wild scramble in the second half to put Barcelona out and Tata Martino under major pressure. 

The Team of the Week: 

What a remarkable week of Champions League quarterfinals' finales for another season. The two big Madrid clubs, Jose Mourinho, and Pep Guardiola's side the last standing. We'll see what the semifinal draw provides on Friday. Take care until then. 

Pre-Game Version 

If last night served as a proper precursor for tonight, we are in store for another Champions League quarterfinal evening of the ages.

La Liga's Top two will see if they finally will break their eternal stalmate all season, in the fifth match that will settle all (until of course their season finale duel in La Liga play).

Meanwhile in the nights other game, the pressure is on Manchester United, but it is nothing like the pressure Bayern Munich face. This could be United's last game in the Champions League for at least 16 months if they go out of the competition as expected tonight.

However, it is nothing compared to the lambasting that Pep Guardiola will take if his Bundesliga champions fail to repeat their treble exploits of last season because of a David Moyes' side.

I slightly favor Bayern and Atletico, despite no Costa, to go through in what should be classics I think.

As always, hopefully a halftime highlights and full post game recap is in store. It has the makings of quite the evening, with full tension on all of these four big sides.

The 1st Thread For 4/9/14: Jonathan Fleming Celebrates After Wrongly Being in Prison For 25 Years

The first words from Jonathan Fleming after wrongly being in jail for 25 years, becoming the latest wrongly convicted and imprisoned black man in America.

"It's been a long time coming," Fleming said. "I waited for this day to come, 24 and a half years for this nightmare to be over and this day is finally here. I've dreamt about this many nights, and I'm finally a free man."

And yet, some weird lady asked the question, "Did you get bitter at any point during these 24 years?"


On a more poignant note, the emotion his mother, Patricia Fleming, displayed for his son being free is obviously a must see.

"Free man, free man, free man, it's over, it's over now, it's all over."

And the words of Fleming's significant speak to how tremendous her heart is.

And the real factual thing that will continue to persist is that there are thousands of more Jonathan Flemings, including those who are on death row despite either being innocent or not having enough evidence for justified incarceration.

More from The Whole Delivery today, later on.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Sports Thread #2 For 4/8/14: 9TH Heaven For Geno As UConn Sweep Both Genders For Second Time

The rebound stats was just the major difference on the evening, as expected. 

Quite the accomplishment regardless of Auriemma's sometimes silly comments. But he gets the 40-0 record and 9th title. 

The other versions of the thread, down below 

Halftime: Notre Dame  38, Connecticut 47

32 points to 10 is the paint differential right now for the UConn women. Still, thanks to Notre Dame 3-point shooting, they stayed in the game. 

Simply put, McGraw has to keep the zone and let the guards beat them instead of roughest inside combo in the nation to have a chance, while keeping up their 3-production.

Even if Achonwa was available, UConn would be the slight favorite in this one. However, without her, it will take a total off night from the Big 4 for Geno's girls to give up perfection to McGraw's tenacious side.

Notre Dame must somehow make the rebounding edge to the Huskies not be too wide, along with containing the second chance opportunities of Dolson and Stewart. They must also dominated the backcourt battle, something that no team has come close to doing against the likes of Hartley and Jefferson.

I don't think they will be able to do that, but if they do, they will win.

Halftime and post game updates, stay tune.

The Sports Thread #1 For 4/8/14: Ba in Wolf's Clothing as Chelsea Dash PSG Hearts; Real Survive Real Dortmund Scare

Final Version

The quarterfinals' second legs can always produce dramatic moments, and that was the case once again on the evening, as Chelsea completed a dramatic comeback while Borussia Dortmund fell just shy of an even bigger, more historic one. 

Real Madrid nation breathes a heavy sigh of relief while PSG fanatics have the pain of a late winner see their egress in the same round for a second straight season. 

If the games were this tense and tight despite the deficits they both had, image how the pressure will be on tomorrow evening at the Calderon and the Allianz, as both legs are tied at 1-1. We as neutrals can only hope that the drama will be just as amazing. 

Other neither of the four managers tomorrow will be able to match what Jose Mourinho did today. 

That's Champions League coverage for the day. See you tomorrow. You can look at the pregame stuff and what I thought. 

The Pre Game Setup Version 

On a raining night at the Westfalenstadion, Dortmund will believe that they can pull off an all time comeback, a comeback that Madrid just fell short of last year.

Meanwhile comeback is also required for Chelsea, as PSG will be even more dangerous in my mind tonight with Ibrahimovic, as all three South Americans up front are fast and are perfect for the counterattack.

Hard for me to say how this unfolds, but I slight say Chelsea somehow get the result, while Madrid hold strong despite a great effort from Klopp's men.

I will return for halftime goals,  other highlights, and more. Here are the lineups below:

The 1st Thread/Music Wakeup Call For 4/8/14: Mack WIlds - Own It (2013)

From his days as a firm star of The Wire in the 4th and 5th seasons as Michael Lee, to now an R&B riser, Mack Wilds really is making that transition required for future success. In fact, he has already done that.

"Own It" was the first main single from him last year for his under the radar solid effort "New York: A Love Story," and has propelled him into one to watch in the music game too.

So here it is, "Own It", your Music Wakeup Call for today.

More to come from The Whole Delivery in a bit, stay tuned.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Sports Thread #2/The Final Two Title Game Preview Thread #2 For 4/7/14: The Teams of Perseverance - Clutching On Maturity

Photo from USA Today 

It would have been boring if they did go 39-0 and gone a whole season without any drama, any questions of inexperience, or severe tests of character before the title game. But John Calipari's 2013-14 Kentucky team wouldn't have given us the thrills of seeing their roller coaster development and create a masterpiece in maturation.

It's ironic and fitting that this Kentucky team, heaped with the label of possibly being the first side since Bob Knight's 1976 Indiana team to go perfect, were the ones to end Wichita State's undefeated season. It's like they replaced the Shockers as the unblemished side trying to create history instead of the team who massively disappointed up until that first weekend of the tournament.

Now two more weekends later, they are getting the results that most of us thought they would, but in a way that displays how the golden brick road isn't automatically given to high prized recruits, but so richly earned.

And it is a journey that is firmly the best one that John Calipari has undergone.

In a year that was starting to resemble last season's disappointment instead of the Anthony Davis' takeover season, Calipari could have lost another group of prized freshmen. He could have simply not have gotten the most out of his talent, as the John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Eric Bledsoe 2009-10 team end up being.

That roster's terrible free throw shooting was its major demise in not even making the Final Four, and it seemed the same thing would befall this team heading into the postseason. The Harrison twins were getting maligned all year, James Young showed usual small forward inconsistency, and Julius Randle had cooled off from every season #1 NBA Draft pick potential status.

Suddenly, in the SEC tournament, the chemistry started to finally click. Both Harrison twins started making better decisions, the defensive intensity was a little better, and the free throws (despite still being a really poor team) started to not kill them. The team's composure in the final moments of games after the final possession debacle in the SEC title game against Florida has been simply phenomenal.

Aaron Harrison, along with his brother Andrew, would have been foolish at the beginning of this tournament to think he would be a first round pick in the NBA Draft in June. Despite being a big point guard, he doesn't have a post game, isn't a tremendous passer, and won't ever be as quick as Shabazz Napier (the same can be said of his brother in comparison to Ryan Boatright too). He wasn't even that great of a shooter at only 36% from the college three-line this season.

But all of that has been forgotten over these magical last four games, where he has become as clutch as any postseason/big game performer in sports history. Forget any other nickname he has ever received, because "Clutch" is his new moniker. He has earned main last second protagonist billing that would make Robert "Big Shot Bob" Horry even want to take notes.

The perception of him as an elite guard, from me to many others, has changed all the way. And for him, along with the rest of his Kentucky teammates, it is something that is far more rewarding than what a 39-0 record could ever have given them. 

The Sports Thread #1/The Final Two Title Game Preview Thread #1 For 4/7/14: Teams of Perseverance - Olliedays Are Here To Say

There have been few in the college basketball coaching ranks who have handled adversity better than Kevin Ollie.

Coaches with longer resumes and years at the helm could take lessons from the 41-year-old, and that also includes those in the college football ranks who love to use their powers of leaving the kids they recruited behind as soon as the next big money, big job opportunity opens.

When Ollie took over the reigns of the UConn program after Jim Calhoun retired and left him with sanctions two years ago, it could have lead to a slow but steady demise of one of NCAA basketball's prime institutions. The legacy of Geno Auriesma on the women's side of the program wasn't going to be of any significant aid to Ollie, who needed to find a way of stabling a program who had lost a legendary coach and seemed destined for the downward slope (the "demise" of the original Big East also was of no facilitation to Ollie's difficult challenge).  

Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boutright, and DeAndre Daniels could have easily bolted to another school, particularly one Napier. The Boston product was entering a key junior season after seeing his original backcourt mate Jeremy Lamb go straight to the NBA after the Huskies were manhandled by Iowa State in the 2012 NCAA Round of 64. He may have been tempted to see his NBA development be handled by another coach, but the Roxbury legend trusted Ollie. In fact, he truly became the patriarch Napier never had in his roughest time, just one year rumored from the then freshman being Kemba Walker's title winning backup.

“I was crying in his arms because I was upset the way I was playing, he was always there for me,” Napier said of his sophomore season, in which UConn ended up with a pedestrian 20-14 record and under .500 in conference play. “I never had a father in my life, and like I always said, I feel like he was always a father figure to me.”

It's the type of strength that Ollie brings that made Napier, along with Boutright, Daniels and others, deal without a year of postseason play for the ultimate goal of this season. And it is Ollie's strength in perseverance that has them in the ultimate game of the collegiate season tonight.

When UConn lost to SMU to begin their AAC lifespan with an 0-2 record, Ollie took his team across town in Dallas to the AT&T Center and told his team that they would play in "JerryWorld" in March.

It was the same sentiment that was felt for the former NBA guard when his team were crushed 81-48 against Louisville last month and then lost to Rick Pitino's side again in the AAC title game a week later. And it was the same belief, when they could have easily went out to an inform St. Joe's team, that propelled them through that overtime Round of 64 thriller and into being true, all-time bracket breakers.

That 16-4 opening deficit to a Florida Gators team desperate for revenge against them did not phase Ollie's side one bit, because they had already mastered the ability to deal with adversity.

An ability that comes from the belief and determination that comes from their head coach and new sideline national star. 

The 1st Thread/Music Wakeup Call For 4/7/14: Kid Ink ft Chris Brown - Show Me (2013)

This track really is rising in these "urban" streets, where this DJ Mustard is becoming a top producer in the game (at 23) with the song for this. Kid Ink doesn't mess it up and provides the standout line of the song in the second verse.

"My bad if my EX wants to fight you."

You even forget sometimes that Chris Brown is on this track whit how smooth the beat is from Mustard, and it's really deserved its shine. Thankfully the video keeps it simple and works with the song.

Your Music Wakeup Call for this day, it's Kid Ink ft Chris Brown for the DJ Mustard produced "Show Me."

More to come at The Whole Delivery later, stay tuned. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 4/4/14: K-Ci & Jojo - Life (1999)

Truly one of my favorite songs of all time from a movie that deserved to be cherished much more. "Life" was one of the most underrated films ever in my mind.

Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy were terrific, and so was their story of black wrong incarceration. Of course, a good bit of white movie critics didn't feel that way, but some others like the late Roger Ebert and the solid James Berardinelli understood the humor mixed with the pain.

It only made it fitting that K-Ci and JoJo fit the movie and wrong, black imprisonment to a tee with this sweet, soulfully emotional effort. So your first Friday flashback for the day, it's K-Ci and Jojo with "Life."

More to come at The Whole Delivery in a bit. 

The 1st Thread/The Sports Thread #1 For 4/4/14: Boozo Esiason

As most know by now, Boomer Esiason makes himself Boomer Esiason with his even more idiotic loudmouth sidekick (Craig Carton) embarrassing the male gender again by not challenging the ridiculous "C-section" comment.

Now look, it's Esiason's chauvinist mentality if he wanted it to be his way for his significant other when he played for the Bengals and the Jets. But anytime period, even in the "old school alpha male" days of yesteryear, still meant this was a nutty thing to do to your spouse or a fellow male.

But for Esiason, this is unsurprising from his conservative, alpha male, tough guy persona. He has been so tough that he definitely hasn't even thought about tweeting today. And the same with that clown next to him in Carton. For those who never even heard of Esiason before yesterday, just trust me on the fact that Carton is even worse.

Hopefully everyone at WFAN and CBS Sports, especially female, expressed to them their thoughts on his neanderthal stupidity.

And I'm sure they did, as well as everyone else outside their offices, let him know how idiotic he was for that statement since he apologized this morning.

Daniel Murphy is given three days by the MLB collective bargaining agreement for paternity/maturity leave. Also under overall federal law, paternity leave given to men is up to two weeks by most professions. You can have a debate over whether Murphy, after seeing the birth and seeing if their child is healthy, should then go right back to playing (he didn't play on Wednesday but played last night in the atrocious start to what will be another painful Mets year, a sweep at home to the Nationals).

There is no debate on Esiason's nutty moment though, which is made even worse considering he has four children and one child in Gunner on his death bed having cystic fibrosis. He got the call about that emergency during his first day of practice with the New York Jets.

Thankfully Gunner is now 22 and doing well despite getting daily treatment for his disease. But you would think Esiason would be definitely sensitive to any athlete wanting to see the birth of his child when he endured a traumatic moment with one of his children.

Instead, most who never heard of Boomer Esiason before two days ago will look at him as a misogynist, childless clown. And he only has him to blame himself for that.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Gravel For 4/2/14: Why Isn't The Supreme Court Televised

After today's latest monarchial, affluent, and elitist ruling by the John Roberts Corporate Court, allowing the Kochs and Adelsons of the world to spread their already toxic influence on American governing, it is once again salient to bring up this question I always ask:

Why isn't the Supreme Court televised?

I mean, seriously, this is something in 2014 that should long never be a question, but will continue to be for what I fear will be forever.

Television hasn't stopped nutty Republicans (with the help of sellout and willing Democrats capitulating pure democratic principles) from awful ideas and bills passed in Congress, and you can't see lawmakers every steps no matter how much transparency was thrown during the Obama first campaign.

But just imagine if there was no C-SPAN given to at least provide some visual evidence for how our public officials were either screwing us or actually fighting for our causes as general collective?

It's the 35th anniversary of that idea and networks, and despite all the horror shows of watching certain politicians act in camera and the mundanity that comes with watching how your government functions, we are all better off as a society to see how the public officials we pay and send to Congress act. No one of any rational, political substance would disagree.

Now of course it is different with Supreme Court judges. We don't elect John Roberts to be a corporate proud shill, or Tony Scalia to be both a corporate shill and just a lovely troll as well. But we still elect them who chose them, and the Senators who then confirm them. And of course, their vote and post-decision comments, like today, affect us dearly.

It always amazes me how the likes of Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias, O.J. Simpson, and yes, Justin Bieber, can get wonderful television time in court to see their stories in court, yet no Supreme Court television time for us all.

It further amazes me how court shows exploded after the success of the original version of "The People's Court" and "Judge Judy," only to not have any discussion of Supreme Court televised cases.

It annoyingly amazes me that after the creation of the now changed CourtTV (currently forever now TruTV), that there is still not a drive to put the nation's most important and biggest cases on television.

I'm not saying that a televised court would have stopped today's latest debacle from the corporate, centrist sham the court has become and maybe will forever be. And I'm not saying it will stop more awful rulings in the future.

But a television presence adds a major dimension that we don't have, where people can visually see in live time the key characteristics and behaviors of the most powerful judges on Earth. It can give the conservatives, centrist, and even liberals (Kagan and Sotomayor definitely is in the middle near Kennedy than with Ginsburg) on court a pause to whether their ruling in the future will come with the fact that the nation will see their decision making unlike before.

If a Judge Ito and a Judge Joe Brown can get time, then why can't the real judicial forces like Ginsburg and Anita Hill harasser Clarence Thomas as well?

Instead, the likes of Scalia and Roberts can gladly rule in secrecy and have little public scrutiny compared to their buddies John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. But their actions are more harmful to our democracy and our society. 

Music Midday Energy Boost For 4/2/14: Aloe Blacc- Here Today (2013)

The most underrated right now, here is Aloe Blacc with another gem that is getting attention from his slept on 2013 album Lift Your Spirit, it's "Here Today."

More to come from The Whole Delivery, stay tuned. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Sports Thread #1 For 4/1/14: High Action Drama Sees Both of The Night's Ties End at 1-1

Post-Game Version

First, Diego special effort: 

It turned out to be a captivating night, as you would hope with all these eight elite teams left in the competition. 

At Old Trafford, it went from what appeared to be destined as a one-sided pasting until a real 50/50 battle next Wednesday at the Allainz. Bayern will have to rely heavy on Toni Kroos adding to his class as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez will join Thiago as being unavailable. 

It was David Moyes' best managing adjustment this season after the break, and his side has transformed from firm underdogs to having a real shot at remarkably advancing to the semifinals. 

Meanwhile at the Nou Camp, when one Diego comes off, another Diego shines, as Senhor Costa's hamstring injury worsened and Senhor Ribas brilliance shone. 

Another Brazilian would have the final say in this contest (at least in terms of goals), as Neymar got a vital goal not only for his side, but for himself after what was another pedestrian game for him up to this point. 

(More to come in this post game thread)

Pre-Game Version

It's an even tie with La Liga's Top 2, while it's "Lawd have mercy" on David Moyes against Pep Guardiola's World Champions.

Here are all the lineups in case you missed them.
Will be back at halftime. Hopefully Moyes will not have a plane over his head when they are down 2-0 at the half.

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