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The Flashback Fridays (Christmas Edition) For 12/23/11: Run DMC- Christmas in Hollis

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Definitely a song that has only one version, and isn't performed every year by different artists on Christmas album after Christmas album. Flashback special this week, it's once again Run DMC's Holiday legendary song "Christmas in Hollis."

Run dmc Christmas in hollisby avajra

The Friday Flashback For 12/9/11: MC Lyte feat Missy Elliott- Cold Rock The Party (1996)

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15 years ago, long before some two random guys were claiming they were "party rockin" nowadays, these two, the proud vet MC Lyte and then up and coming Missy Elliott, dropped this '96 quality track with Diddy's help......It's "Cold Rock The Party," a Flashback choice for this Friday.

The Fun Thread For 12/5/11 (1st Edition): Best Rapper In The World

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Have to say, sometimes worldstarhiphop.com can get some gems:

I can't wait until I do a collaboration with him in the future (and no, I certainly wasn't referring to his father or elder figure in the vid with him who almost ruined the video.)

More to come after this (Hopefully.)

Sunday Soulful For 12/4/11: Jill Scott feat Paul Wall- So Gone (What My Mind Says) (2011)

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Second single from that latest solid album from her, Sunday Soulful choice this week, it's Philly's pride once again (And yes, amazingly, Paul Wall still somehow exists.)

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 12/2/11: Dead Prez- Hip Hop (2000)

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Since the airwaves virtually banned them a few years back, you won't be hearing this even randomly on the stations anymore. So that fact makes this 2000 conscious classic from Dead Prez all the more deserving of "Flashback Friday" recognition.

And remember, "it's bigger than...."

The Fun Thread For 11/30/11 (1st Edition): Mike Tyson Sings "Girl from Ipanema" In Brazil

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This man just continues to make all of our smile, no matter what the weird fashion he is able to do it in:

Music Wakeup Call For 11/29/11: Sean Paul- She Doesn't Mind (2011)

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With a weird haircut resembling a cross between Pitbull and Miguel, Mr. "Gimme The Light" has returned out of oblivion.

Happy Black Violent Friday 2011

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Sharing that U.S. holiday spirit of good will for another year.












And these various reportstell of a nation that sure does loves its Wal-Mart, a company who treats its employees by enduring nutcase people like this without being unionized.

It sure does seem like same human behavior, doesn't it?
Happy National "Shop While Getting Stomped Day Everyone."

The Fun Thread For 11/18/11 (1st Edition): Nintendo Builds Life Size Mario Karts

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This is just too superb:

No word on whether they built life sized question marks to go along with the other items.

More in This version of The Fun Thread later on.

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 11/18/11: Yung Joc- It's Goin Down (2006)

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This dude has sat on all the money he made from this song, including all of those insane parents paying him to be at their intolerable kids' Sweet 16 birthdays on that recent MTV crappy hit show they dumped. I wonder if someone besides me (and your regular club DJ) will ever care about him.

Your first flashback this week, it's Yung Joc with the motorcycle recent dance hit "It's Goin Down..."

Yung Joc - It's Goin' Down VFby SoSouth And as you can see, you can gladly learn your French at the same time.

The Fun Thread For 11/16/11 (1st Edition): Stan Verrett Didn't Say What You Think He Said Guy

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At first glance, I seriously chuckled. But on second hearing (and that was before I saw how Verrett was steady enough to encounter almost every tweet thinking that he said the "N" word), it is instead the most talked about usage of "neither one" in human history.

More on The Fun Thread in its final edition, soon....

Music Midday Energy Boost For 11/16/11: Ludacris Slams Big Sean and Drake In Needed Diss

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It was always just humorous that both of them thought they invented a story that has been years long before they were in diapers (in terms of music relevance, not literally).

To be real, this was more of a warning shot than an actual damaging diss (the lines weren't one knockout line after knockout line). But even without him saying their name, Luda definitely directed it big time at Big Sean and Drake wrong statements.

Sports Thread For 11/15/11: The Euro 2012 Finals Have Been Set

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Photo from UEFA.comThe strongest European Championships in recent editions will take place next summer in Poland/Ukraine, as playoff favorites Croatia, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Portugal join the other 12 countries into the finals.

In the tie that certainly was most in the balance, Portugal finally showed their offensive might with a 6-2 emphatic victory over Bosnia & Herzegovina side.

The scoreline may appear as a match of one way traffic, but it was far from the case. Bosnia replied after two great strikes from a Cristiano Ronaldo free kick and a Nani rainbow gem to score through Zvjezdan Misimovic from the penalty spot right before half time. And just when the Iberian power thought it was assured of a smooth evening after Ronaldo's second and Senad Lulic's sending off, the Bosnians showed continued resilience down 10 men with Emir Spahic's poaching finish to make it 3-2.

But the host eased their nervous fans' fears with another class goal, a left footed bl…

The Occupy Wall Stree Thread For 11/15/11: The Restraining Order To Restrain King Mike

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This a real key in that restraining order:

Respondents/defendants (Bloomberg and the city) are enforcing "rules" published after the occupation began or therewise preventing protesters from re-entering the park with tents and other properly utilized.

It's not only allowing the protests back in (which the city had no problem with), but also allowing protests to bring back, or get, new tents and sleeping bags.

King Mike and his buddies were completely thrown off by news of the restraining order at that "Tough Guy" press conference. And expect them to fight like hell so they won't get embarrassed from their and Bloomfield Properties shady wishes.

The Fun Thread For 11/14/11: The Baby Relaxed By Biggie's "Hypnotized"

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The Fun Thread is here once again, for all your fun-ness to be filled:

In case you missed it, here's the famous baby being settled down by Notorious's "Hyponotize."


Your next lab mouse might just be Mighty Mouse.

The comments section basically let's the writer of this crappy piece know that there is nothing terrible about Alanis Morisette's "Ionic."

Six happy endings that absolutely screwed the movie's ending.

I def remember doing that six line "S" sign in these so called pre-Internet memes.

I'm sure this is the day you dreamed that you hoped would happen for your kid......being read to by a porn star.

The live action Lego movie is acoming!..................in 2014 though.

And throwback Stephen Colbert before we was Stephen Colbert:

Sunday Soulful For 11/13/11: 112- Cupid (1997)

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Music Wakeup Call For 11/10/11: Common- Blue Sky (2011)

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Because a re-do was warranted:

The Evening Cool Breeze: Common- Blue Sky (2011)

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Somehow, this has less than 500K views...........Music's math definitely stays screwed up nowadays (though we all know the reasons why of course).

Music Evening Chill For 11/8/11 (Special TWD Edition): Heavy D and The Boyz- Overweight Lovers in the House (1987)

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The first track on the first album that turned out to be the first single:


Rest in heaven Dwight Arrington Myers.

TWD Saturday Sports Thread For 11/5/11: SEC Game of the Year- LSU/Alabama

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Photo from Getty Images' Streeter LeckaIt's not the "Game of the Century." And it really shouldn't be the game of the year if Oklahoma hadn't goofed badly against Texas Tech at home.

Nevertheless, it is always special when #1 and #2 play each other during the season and are from the same conference. And with CBS/ESPN hype to go along with it, even the biggest cantankerous critic of the SEC being annoyingly thrown into our faces will have to acknowledge its massiveness.

The game really comes down to whether Jarett Lee (and/or Jordan Jefferson) will outplay A.J. McCarron, or viceversa. McCarron has enjoyed tremendous protection this year from that terrific line of Alabama, and it will be telling if he will enjoy that same time in the pocket this year to keep his 67% completion number high.

Both teams will look to find some way to establish the run against these formidable defenses. But I just think the growth of Lee, a quarterback who not only resists making…

The Flashback Friday #2 For 11/4/11: Mannie Fresh- Real Big (2006)

Before Birdman and Slim gave him the shady shaft from Cash Money, this was his last hit record for their label. And this humorous song produced his funniest video to date. From a half decade ago, it's Mannie Fresh with "Real Big."

The Flashback Friday For 11/4/11: Just A Whole Bunch of People- Lady Marmalade

But seriously, it's Christina Aguliera, Mya, Lil Kim, and Pink with their almost decade old now re-do of "Lady Marmalade."

The Return of The Fun Thread For 11/3/11: Pigeon Tricks Are Superb

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The long overdue return of the Fun Thread:


Today's joint edition of "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong" and "It Really Really Isn't That Serious." (And maybe stretching it on putting this as "Fun".....Just Maybe, although I know some of you chuckled when seeing this.)

For those mourning over leaving their 20's, here's five reasons why you shouldn't feel downtrodden.

No matter what color you are, covering any hip hop song that's almost a decade old and putting your own spin on it like it's groundbreaking is just not a good idea at all.

Barrel Roll has taken over your day.

And finally, from the sound genius that is "Okay Peter", the song about a mean girlfriend titled "Itch with a B":

Your long awaited return of the thread that is fun, otherwise known as "The Fun Thread."

The Flashback Friday #2 For 10/28/11: The Roots - What They Do (1996)

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Classic, timeless, and underrated video from the incomparable The Roots, the 1996's treasure that is "What The Do", parodying perfectly the O.D. music videos of that time that still persists to this day.

The Roots - What They Doby Ofca

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 10/28/11: Lil Romeo, Nick Cannon and 3LW- Parents Don't Just Understand (2001)

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‎10 years ago when "Jimmy Neutron" was the damn cartoon (actually it was always Nickeledeon's semi-ripoff of Dexter's Laboratory). Nevertheless, it's fittingly wack lead single for its soundtrack is the first Flashback Friday this week.

It's three "long-n-gone from the music scene" artists Romeo, Mariah's husband, and what eventually was 2/3's of the Cheetah Girls with the re-do of "Just Don't Understand."

Sports Thread #1 For 10/27/11: 2011 BNP Paribas WTA Championships, Day 3 (Azarenka d. Li)

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The minute Caroline Wozniacki got off to a third straight poor start, she was going to be in trouble, especially when she allowed her latest slip outside the gate to the indoor ace that is Petra Kvitova.

No one is playing better under a roof in 2011 than the Czech sensation, as Kvitova scored another class victory.

Photo from Getty ImagesStability is everything for a baseline tennis player. And it is a key aspect that Victoria Azarenka has at the moment while Na Li certainly is in a desperate search for.

That was evident from the first point today as the Belorussian confirmed herself as clearly the best player in the White Group, with a 6-2, 6-2 comfortable victory over her Chinese counterpart.

It wasn't a thrashing or a beatdown at all, as Li showed at times why she has a 4-1 record over Azarenka by having more power in her strokes and not getting overwhelmed by Azarenka's aggressive persistence. The only major problem Li can have against Azarenka i…

Sports Thread #1 For 10/26/11: BNP Paribas WTA Championships, Day 2 (Li d. Sharapova, Azarenka d. Stosur)

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Match Review: Na Li defeats Sharapova for a 4th straight time in a 74 error horror.

It sure wasn't pretty for Na Li. But for Maria Sharapova, it was utterly hideous.

For the first time in two months, the Chinese #1 was on the winning end of a result, out steadying Sharapova 7-6 (4), 6-4 in a, quite honestly, poor display of tennis in the 3rd match of the White Group.

It was Na Li's 4th consecutive victory over Sharapova, all ending in straight set results. And if you witnessed this non-aesthetic contest, you will see why that is the case, even at a level where both players made 37 unforced errors (and most of them were cringe worthy for their fans and neutrals to witness.)

Sharapova had clear advantages to control the match against a still unconfident Li, with a 4-2 lead and a few chances for a commanding double break advantage. She blew that.

Sharapova then had a chance to serve out the set at 5-4. She blew that, getting routinely broken at `15.

Sharapov…

Sports Thread/The Live Thread #1 For 10/25/11: The BNP Paribas WTA Championships, Day 1

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Updated after match #1: Petra Kvitova reversed her up and down performance with a solid display all the way through to defeat Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4. Kvitova's level of play was way more higher and stable than the Russian, who still seemed to be in a rout after losing to Dominika Cibulkova on Friday.

But Kvitova showed her credentials of why she could easily be a dominant #1 in the future with a tremendous return day and great hitting from the back of court on both wings.

1st version:

First, the three scenarios for Caroline Wozniacki to finish #1 in the world again.

First match preview: Petra Kvitova vs Vera Zvonareva

The last time these two played, it was once again Zvonareva's movement and ability to turn around the point that was too much for an up and down Kvitova.

Although this is indoors, and Kvitova is brilliant indoors on any surface, I just feel Zvonareva has the matchup edge against her.

Kvitova's movement continues to improve, but in order for her to win this…

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 10/21/11: Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff- Girls Ain't Nothin But Trouble (1991)

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Their first single ever, 24 long years ago.........Whoa, the year I was born, this was dropped.

Chills:

About All That Fawning....

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It was bizarre seeing how much praise the liberal blogosphere heaped on Steve Jobs amidst his sudden death last week. Seeing this from the Huffington Post shows further more how his personality was something I never warmed too.
"You're headed for a one-term presidency," he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where "regulations and unnecessary costs" make it difficult for them.What "business" was Jobs talking about?

This administration has time in and time again (even with its persistence to take original Republican ideas of tax credits/cuts to show rational people that, hey, they seem to put in original Republican holidays) show how business friendly it actually has been (small business and not coming close to fully holding Wall Street accountable despite …

The Flashback Friday #1 For 10/21/11: Bad Boy- Been Around The World (1997)

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Officially this is Combs' song (and his debut album). But realistically, this and many others were the entire label's songs of course. Your first Flashback this week is "Been Around The World" from 14 years ago.

The Evening Acoustics: Kelly Rowland- Down For Whatever (2011)

Yeah, she's a dominatrix in my mind now. Another video that leaves me to opine that .

The Fun Thread/Music Thread For 10/19/11 (1st Version): Your Tweet of 2011

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And here's exactly why if you still haven't seen:

BEAU-TI-FUL. May Maroon 5 forever go platinum for that one.

Music Wakeup Call For 10/19/11: Musiq Soulchild- Yes (2011)

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Though it doesn't hit the emotional element that "Love" and "Who Knows" hit, it is still superb enough:

Sunday Soulful For 10/16/11: Goapele- Play (2011)

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The Fun Thread For 10/14/11: Protesters 1, Bloomberg/Brookfield 0

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The Friday Flashback #1 For 10/14/11: Bone Thugs n Harmony- Days Of Our Lives (1996)

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15 years since the "Set it Off" movie, and the best track from that soundtrack is one of the many classics from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony not named "Tha Crossroads." Your first Flashback this week, it's the brilliant "Days of Our Livez."

Bone Thugs-N-Harmonyby crapulacs

Music Wakeup Call For 10/10/11: T-Pain ft. Lily Allen and Wiz Khalifa- 5 O'Clock (2011)

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A very solid return for the Teddy Penderass man, as well as the Music Wakeup Call too.

Midday Music Energy Boost For 10/5/11: Elle Varner (feat. J. Cole) – Only Wanna Give It To You

This song is making some moves at the moment, and it's your Midday Energy Boost for the day:

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 10/4/11: Just Tevin....

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Later.....

Midday Music Energy Boost #1 For 10/4/11: Chingy-Paperman (2011)

The only significance in watching this sad effort is the fact that Chingy still exists!

Music Midday Energy Boost #1 For 10/3/11: Drake- Headlines (2011)

Meh.....(And your eyes my hurt after seeing it with all the graphic switches, which are way too many).

Drake ~ Headlines (Official Video) from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.

(H/T to the homie D.Scott).

Sunday Soulful For 10/2/11: Xscape- Just Kickin' It (1993)

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This group's impact on 90's R&B will never be forgotten. Your Sunday Soulful for the night, it's Xscape's 1993 hit "Just Kickin' It."

Xscape - Just Kickin' Itby lachula

And let that ride you into the week ahead. Goodnight.

The Friday Flashback #1 For 9/30/11: Janet Jackson feat Jermaine Dupri- - Someone To Call My Love

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Maybe because they split is why this song never gets a much replay as you think it may have for how it was "on point" a decade ago. 2nd Flashback for this week, it's Janet and J.D. with their hit "Someone To Call My Love.

The Friday Flashback #2 For 9/23/11: The Calling- Wherever You Will Go (2001)

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Another rare rock song choice for The Friday Flashback that is just too good to deny its brilliance. From 10 years ago, it's The Calling with their hit "Wherever You Will Go." And the girl in the video just went crazy as hell.

The Flashback Fridays For 9/23/11: Missy Elliott- I Can't Stand The Rain (1997)

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Because you maybe getting hit with precipitation in your area once again, your first Flashback Friday song of the day is Missy Elliott's first single that put her on the map, it's the 97' classic "The Rain."

Missy Elliott - The Rain [Supa Dupa Fly]by Warner-Music

Midday Music Energy Boost For 9/20/11: Miguel-Quickie (2011)

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The Friday Flashback #2 For 9/16/11: Redman- I'll Bee That (1998)

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From the funny hook to the funnier moment between 2:18-2:40, with quality lines in between from this New Jersey legend. Your 2nd Flashback Friday choice for the day, it's the Reggie Noble man, with his '98 hilarious hit "I'll Bee Dat."

The Friday Flashback #1 For 9/16/11: Blackstreet feat Dr. Dre and Queen Pen - No Diggity (1996)

What seriously ever happen to this group is beyond me (besides David Hollister). Still, this will always be a classic (and you know they are doing some behind the scenes producing and writing for sure).

Your first Flashback Friday choice of the week, it's Blackstreet featuring Dre and the also much forgotten about Queen Pen with "No Diggity."

Blackstreet - No Diggity ft. Dr. Dre, Queen Penby VEVO

Midday Music Energy Boost For 9/13/11: Lloyd feat Andre 3000, Wayne Brady & Lil Wayne (?)- Dedicated To My Ex (2011)

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Andre 3000 is back in a music video, even if he is a cat!

Sports Thread #1 For 7/12/11: 2011 US Open, Men's Final- Djokovic vs Nadal

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Only two men have defeated Novak Djokovic this year. But both of them egressed on Saturday, as the Top four turned into the Final two of today. Can Rafael Nadal be the third to defend his US Open title? Or will it be the officially the year of the Serbian young king.

The tactics and the prediction, right below.

The Tactics:

For Nadal
1) When you have an opening, go down the line, not cross court. End the point when you are in control instead of letting Djokovic back into the point.
2) Establish the lefty serve with authority.
3) Mix in the serve and volley to make Djokovic not comfortable.
4) Galvanize the crowd to firmly be on your side.

For Djokovic
1) Continue being "the better man" at the turnaround points.
2) Aggressive like the last 3 sets against Federer, not passive like the first 2 sets
3) Only come in and mix it up when you aren't in full control of the baseline momentum in this match
4) You own the rivalry now. You survived match points. Nothing ca…

Sunday Soulful #1 For 9/11/11: Jill Scott feat Eve- Shame (2011)

Philadelphia just has tremendous artists. And when they get together, great things happen, like this wonderful effort from Jill Scott and Eve. (In addition, the Roots was also apart of the extended version of this video):

Jill Scott feat. Eve - Shameby foxysoul

TWD's Sports Sunday Thread #2 For 9/11/11: 2011 US Open- Sammin Sam Shocks Serena For First Slam Title

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Full review to come on a scoreline everyone expected to go the other way.




PRE-MATCH STUFF.......

An American plays on September 11 for a Grand Slam singles title, while an Aussie that has been disrespected this tournament looks for a career defining first one. Here's "The tactics", and the predictions

For Stosur:
1. Adjust to the Ashe conditions as fast as you can.
2. Don't just use the kick serve, hit the hard flat one as well.
3. Come to the net with quality approach shots to the backhand.
4. Keep your nerves on the big point, stay calm.

For S. Williams:
1. Again, stay relaxed, fight the nerves
2. Keep Stosur off the net, target the backhand.
3. This is your moment, this is your time. This is your final hurdle.

TWD's Sports Sunday Thread #1 For 9/11/11: NFL Season Predictions

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Photo from the Associated PressThe toughest divisions in football are certainly the NFC North, the NFC East, and the NFC South (minus the Panthers, which could be very ugly for them in that division). The Packers showed why they are the favorites to repeat in the NFC, while the AFC is definitely wide open with no clear cut favorite.

For sure, the AFC South and the NFC West are truly a hell of a mess.

Predictions:

AFC East
1. Patriots
2. Jets
3. Dolphins
4. Bills

AFC North
1. Steelers
2. Ravens
3. Browns
4. Bengals

AFC South
1. Texans
2. Titans
3. Colts
4. Jaguars

AFC West
1. Chargers
2. Chiefs
3. Broncos
4. Raiders

Wild Card: Jets, Ravens

NFC East
1. Cowboys
2. Eagles
3. Redskins
4. Giants

NFC North
1. Packers
2. Bears
3. Lions
4. vikings

NFC South
1. Falcons
2. Saints
3. Bucs
4. Panthers

NFC West
1. Rams
2. Seahawks
3. 49ers
4. Cardinals

Wild Card: Eagles, Saints

AFC Title Game: Jets over Chargers
NFC Title Game: Packers over Cowboys

Super Bowl: Packers…

TWD's Sports Saturday Thread #2 For 9/10/11: 2011 US Open- Women's Semifinal (S.Williams/Wozniacki)

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The best two female players in the world currently, here are the tactics for this blockbuster semifinal. And though with no disrespect to Samantha Stosur, this is the de-facto final in spirit (and in placement).

The Tactics:

For Wozniacki
1) Serve, serve, serve
2) Forehand, forehand, forehand
3) Stay relaxed, this is a friend, and this is your moment

For S.Williams
1) Stay relaxed, especially that you are playing a friend, not a true adversary
2) Use the net, use the dropshots, get Wozniacki off the balance
3) Scoreboard pressure, stay ahead.

This is the classic match between counterpuncher and puncher. Can the counterpuncher punch the puncher enough.

Prediction: I think this will be a classic encounter, and I hope there are warm feelings after the match. I do think that narrowly, Serena will win in an epic 3 set match, just because of her legendary quality to pull her through. But if she is a little off, Wozniacki will win this match.

TWD's Sports Saturday Thread #1 For 9/10/11: 2011 US Open- Men's Semifinals #1 (Federer/Djokovic)

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It's the Top 4, the last 4, once again. It's a reversal of the schedule from the French Open, with Federer/Djokovic first before Murray/Nadal clash for the third straight Grand Slam.

Keys to the first semifinal, for Federer/Djokovic:

For Federer
1. The magic of hitting over your backhand has worked.
2. Keep Novak off balanced with your usual variety, including the dropshot forehand
3. Same formula from the French.

For Djokovic
1. Be aggressive today, none of this passive stuff in the tournament.
2. Don't worry about the crowd.
3. Show that you still are the faster player.

TWD's Saturday 1st Thread For 9/10/11

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Bring in Luda for the return of the Saturday 1st Thread:



And the legends of De La Soul:

De La Soul & Q-Tip - Rollerskating Jamby hushhush112

Music Wakeup Call For 9/7/11: Estrelle feat Rick Ross- Break My Heart (2011)

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Could care less for the Fat Man, but he is what he is. Just glad to see Estrelle back to maybe being relevant:

The Flashback Friday (Labor Day Special) For 9/5/11- Carlos Santana- Maria, Maria (1999)

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Always a timeless urban classic:

The Friday Flashback/The Summer Cool #1 For 9/2/11: Ja Rule Feat. Ashanti-Always On Time (2001)

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Another flashback to a decade ago, when they both actually mattered in comparison to nowadays.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread for 9/1/11: Just Tevin

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Night:

Music Wakeup Call for 8/29/11 (2011 US Open Edition): 30 Seconds to Mars-Kings and Queens (2010)

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The best theme song for tennis in a long while, and ESPN picked a perfect song for it:

The Sleep Time/Rise "n" Shine Thread For 8/29/11: Just Tevin

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As always.......See you on the flip:

The Flashback Friday #2 and #3/The Summer Cool For 8/26/11: TLC/Sporty Thieves- No Scrubbs/No Pigeons (1999)

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12 summers ago....


And the great guy response.....

The Flashback Friday #1 For 8/26/11- Aaliyah- Rock The Boat (2001)

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10 years on, the soul still goes on strong:

Sunday Soulful #2 For 8/21/11: Raphael Saadiq- Movin Down The Line (2011)

Sunday Soulful #1 For 8/21/11: Carl Thomas- Summer Rain (2011)

The Flashback Friday/The Summer Soul #1 For 8/19/11: LL Cool J- Around the Way (1990)

Happy Hour Energy Boost For 8/15/11 (Inaugural Edition): J.Cole- Work Out (2011)

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TSTRNS Thread/Sunday Soulful #2 For 8/14/11: Deemi- Soundtrack Of My Life (2006)

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Still one of the more underrated, deep songs in the last few years. With Miri Ben Ari in the strings, a rare second Sunday Soulful selection is the vastly overlooked Deemi with "Soundtrack of My Life.

Deemi - Soundtrack Of My Lifeby joel18
And with that, it's a Sleep Time thread, so, goodnight.....Tevin!

Sunday Soulful #1 For 8/14/11: Maxwell- This Women's Worth (1999)

The Flashback Fridays/The Summer Cool #1 For 8/12/11: Jay-Z- IZZO (H.O.V.A) (2011)

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And since this is "Watch The Throne" week, the first Flashback Friday throwback this week is for sure the legend from a decade ago at this time, the first single of "The Blueprint" 13 for 13 classic.....It's Izzo.

The Sleep Time and Rise "n" Shine Thread For 7/11-12/11: Just Tevin

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He's back, and so is TWD (for now):

Music Wakeup Call/The Summer Soul #1 For 7/8/11: Frank Ocean-Novacaine (2011)

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This song is just on fire at the moment. The return of "The Wakeup Call" folks:

The Flashback Friday #2 For 7/29/11: Christina Millian- AM To PM (2001

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The Flashback Friday #1/The Summer Soul #1 For 7/29/11: Juvenile & Cash Money- Back That Azz Up (1999)

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When Lil Wayne made his debut.....Enjoy the classic form 12 summers ago:

The Flashback Friday For 7/22/11: Memphis Bleek feat Jay-Z- Do My (2000)

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Sunday Soulful For 7/17/11: Next-Wifey (2000)

Sports Sunday Thread #1 For 7/17/11: FIFA Women's World Cup- Japan/United States Live Thread

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The Lineups:

Japan- Kaihori; Kinga, Iwashimizu, Kumagai, Sameshina; Ando, Sakaguchi, Miyama, Kawasumi, Sawa; Ohno,

United States- Solo; Lepeilbet, Rampone, Buehler, Krieger ;Boxx, Rapinoe, Lloyd, O'Reilly, Cheney; Wambach

The Tactical Questions:

1: If the long ball doesn't work to Wambach, can the US bring down a Japan side that is now organized, determined, and mentally tough?

2: Can Ohno be clinical if she gets her chances, as well as Kawasumi, Miyama, and of course, the great Sawa?

3: How will the match be called, will light calls be made, as the US will try to be more physical than Japan.

Music Wakeup Call For 7/11/11: Lloyd-Cupid (2011)

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This was suppose to be on "Sunday Soulful" last night, but things didn't work out, so......It's the selection for today for the return of the Music Wakeup Call.

Sports Thread #1 For 7/8/11: Yao Ming To Retire From Basketball

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From Getty ImagesDo to the lockout, things may complicate this. But it appears we have seen the last of the wonderful giant in the Association:
Yao Ming has informed the NBA he intends to retire, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. It's unclear whether Yao can officially file retirement papers during the NBA lockout. Yao's contract with the Houston Rockets expired on June 30, and he would have been an unrestricted free agent if not for the lockout. One of the nicest guys, and developing into one of the most impact centers the game has ever seen.

Really sad to see him go. Rough day for me truly.

The Flashback Friday #2 For 7/8/11: Vanessa Carlton- A Thousand Miles (2000)

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Long before Shawn & Marion put this in "White Chicks", this song was already a top hit before. And the music video perfectly fits it.

Also, Carlton never sold out to the industry, and really gave it a royal middle finger when they tried to make her "sex up" and everything. For that, much respect and praise for her and this classic from a decade ago, your 2nd Flashback Friday choice, "A Thousand Miles."

The Flashback Friday #1 For 7/8/11: DJ Webstar Feat Lil B- Chicken Noodle Soup (2006)

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‎"It's The.....D......J......Webstar.​" From a half-decade ago, it's the dance joint that definitely dominated in 2006. Never mind where the girl is at nowadays, but here it is, your First Flashback choice of today, it's "Chicken Noodle Soup."

The Summer Cool For 7/7/11: Cee-Lo Feat Wiz Khalifa- Bright Lights, Bigger City, REMIX (2011)

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Big shoutouts to the homie D-Scott for this one.

As usual, no much added from Wiz, but just another excuse for me to give Cee-Lo the praise.......That man has made the masses see his genius.....Enjoy!

TWD's The Summer Cool/Independence Day Special For 7/4/11: Kid Rock- American Bad Ass (2000)

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The annual excuse to play Kid Rock, because we all know he doesn't matter anymore........Enjoy the classic, "American BadAss."

Sunday Soulful For 7/3/11: Sisqo- Incomplete (2000)

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This week's Sunday Soulful takes us back to "Thong Song" man, but in this classic ballad of his (& last good song). Besides "playing the other" field and his 2nd album being a massive fail, still I wonder to this day how this guy could just fall off like he did?

He had all the talent and, BAM, Usher and him had a verbal beef and that was Sisqo's career. Anyway, "Incomplete", the tearjereker, from 2000......enjoy.

The Wimbledon 2011 Thread/Sports Thread #1: The Calm During The Storm(s)

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Photo from Getty Images and Wtatennis.com
The renowned phrase before ominous weather hits, "The Calm Before The Storm", is certainly also used frequently in sport.

A massive force that can't be stopped when fully ensconced, the feeling of relaxation, prior to the arrival of extreme conditions, can change rapidly when those conditions come. It could cause a player to lose his or her nerve in a sudden instance, never being able to recover from the acerbic nature of such a powerful, pestilent force.

Sometimes though, there are special instances where special people have an ability to show "The Calm During The Storm." Moreover, some people are just "The Calm", no matter when or where.

Petra Kvitova, in the year of 2011, has shown she is not only level headed and relaxed in the most stressful situations. Instead, she IS that level headed person, blessed with the "Calm gene."

It was evidence today, and proved to be the defining difference at…

The Flashback Fridays #2/The Summer Soul #2 For 8/6/10: Spice Girls- Wannabe (1996)

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The Flashback Fridays #1/The Summer Soul For 7/1/11: Usher- U Remind Me (2001)

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From 10 summers ago at this time:

TWD Friday First Thread/Wimbledon 2011 Thread #1: Men's Semifinals- Tsonga vs Djokovic

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The Tactics

Tsonga
1) Use the serve, be the serve.
2) Don't give anything on your return games.
3) This is your best surface.........This is his worst surface
4) The crowd is behind you. The crowd loves you

Djokovic
1) Remember, this is 2011......You are invincible, not 2010
2) Get everything back, mix up the looks on return
3 Swing hard in the beginning, mix it up from then on with the forehand and always look for your backhand down the line
4) Stay level headed, stay sound

Prediction: I say Tsonga wins this in 5 sets.

The Wimbledon 2011 Thread #2: Women's Semifinal #2- Sharapova-Lisicki

Tactics for Sharapova/Lisicki

Sharapova:
1) Stay steady, stay calm.....
2) ....But this isn't a counterpuncher, and you will need to serve aces today
3) Miami match may mean nothing, but......it may mean something to you upstairs, and to her.
4) Look at Sasha for strength, and don't let the crowd get to you.
5) Breathe

Lisicki:
1) You play with no pressure, you are on a magic journey
2) First serve, and be occasionally bold on the 2nd serve
3) Drop shots, and get her off the baseline. Make her move up and down instead of just side to side
4) Make it more physical than mental
5) The crowd will be behind you, and get into Sharapova's head. Make her nervous and doubt herself.

I say Lisicki in straights I think. She is playing with house money, and the magic. And Sharapova's form has been overrated this tournament, as she looked shaky against Robson before the nerves got to the 17 year old.

The 1st Thread/Wimbledon 2011 For 6/30/11: Ladies Semifinal #1- Azarenka vs Kvitova

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For Kvitova
1. You got through your bout with adversity (2nd set against Pironkova) , and you past it with flying colors.
2. Keep that lefty magic serve going
3. Defend as well as you can
4. You are the more talented player, but she will throw everything at you

For Azarenka
1. No holding back on your first serve.....104 mphs and more, and then change it up
2. Be an all court player.....Be Bold, use everything including coming to net
3. Stay mentally calm as you have been in this tournament
4. Play with no pressure.....You are the clear underdog.

The 1st Thread/Wimbledon 2011 Thread For 6/28/11 (1st Thread): Ladies' Quarterfinal Tactics And Predictions

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From AELTC
Tactics for Lisicki-Bartoli

For Lisicki:
1) You are still playing with house money. Try not to feel nervous
2) Test Bartoli's fitness
3) Don't be scared to come to net
4) You guys are the best two players on grass in the top half right now......Show that you are the best

For Bartoli:
1) Breathe, breathe, breathe
2) Attack Lisicki's 2nd serve, back up a bit on her first serve, take away her down the middle at least.
3) Show this to be a mental tough match.

Tactics for Kvitova-Pironkova

Kvitova:
1) Place Doubt into Pironkova early
2) HIt hard, but especially, to her forehand for short easy volleys
3) Keep your concentration high.

Pironkova:
1) You haven't thought about the rankings at all......Don't do it now
2) Don't get tight, and stay with Kvitova
3) No off speed serve.....Go for it, because the junk won't work in this match.

(The other two quarterfinals will come in a bit.)

The 1st Thread/ Sports Thread #1 For 6/27/11: Wimbledon 2011-Maniac Monday, Women's Preview

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Photo from AELTCMatch of the day:

Serena Williams-Marion Bartoli: Of the many great matches on Maniac Monday, this contest on the women's side stands out the most. This could be either Serena's first win over someone in the Top 10 in the early days of her comeback, or it could be another huge win in the Frenchwoman's mini revival to the sport's pinnacle. Serena will need to be as sharp on serve as she was against Kirilenko on Saturday or face a long two hours with Bartoli, in search of back to back semifinals at the Grand Slam. It's first up on Court 1 and it should be a fine one. Serena-Marion, a fascinating contest awaits.

The Rest of Day 6's contests....

Peng-Sharapova: The 2004 Wimbledon champion still hasn't dropped a set here at The championships, but her form hasn't dramatically improved over the first three rounds. Still, the Russian has won the big points when it matters, giving her the confidence enough in her game to make a deep run here. She…

The Saturday 1st Thread For 6/25/11 (1st Edition): Wimbledon 2011 Day 6

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First, as always......Ludacris:


Full Day 6 runthrough of the English/British Championships, to come. Stay tuned.

And De La Soul:

De La Soul - Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdayby Brownsugar18

The Flashback Friday #1 For 6/24/11: Busta Rhymes Feat Janet Jackson- What's It Gonna Be (1999)

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The Sleep Time Thread And Rise "n" Shine Thread For 6/23-24/11: Day 5 Wimbledon Preview And Tevin