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Sports: Cam Newton Injured in Car Crash (News)

Wow. Let’s send some prayers and positive vibes on to North Carolina. In some breaking news, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was involved in a two-car crash in North Carolina today. Details are scarce at this point, but Newton’s truck and another sedan collided this afternoon around 12:30 EST outside of an office for the Charlotte Observer. This caused Newton’s truck to flip over onto its roof. He, however, according to Charlotte Observer reporter Jonathan Jones, was able to communicate with police and others. The extent of his injuries, if any, are unknown at the moment. Newton, 25, has been in a down year for the Panthers, but was finding his footing in recent games. In a bit of twisted irony, hoaxes have been going on for years that Newton broke both legs in a car crash.

I don’t like to post negative news and try to keep it more happy and opinionated, but we need to send some positive energy and prayers Cam’s way.

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Taking a Look Back at Shaquille ONeal, The Rapper (Opinion)

In a bit of a sequel to my rapper/athlete posts, I’ve gone back and listened to the albums of one of the most dominating centers of all-time (and one of the most prominent rapper/athletes), Shaquille O’Neal. Now, two things must be noted here. One, these albums are old (with the most-recent being released in 1998), so there are a lot of dated references, production styles, etc. Two, since these albums are older, it’s harder to find (legal or non-YouTube) streams of them in their entirety. I am, in no way, advocating pirating music, since I’m an artist myself. However, I was unable to find a non-Youtube stream. So, without further ado, let’s get into these mini-reviews. (more…)

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Should The Lakers Trade Kobe Bryant? (Opinion)

Late last week, I posted my thoughts on the NBA season thus far. And then, the Lakers played San Antonio and Golden State. Kobe Bryant scored a total of 53 points–and 44 of them came at the hands of the Warriors. The other nine came during a “historically bad” day for Bryant against the Spurs, where he shot 1-for-14. All in all, the Lakers now own a record of three wins versus nine losses. No one knows when the other shoe will fall, but it’s going to be soon. And it’s going to be ugly.
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Cleveland Refund, Aging Lakers & Winning Raptors   Quick Look at The NBA Season So Far (Opinion)

Speed on the Beat here with a few thoughts on the NBA season thus far. I know, we’re only a few weeks into the season, but so far, it’s been pretty topsy-turvy. For starters, it looks like my predictions of the Wizards, Raptors, and Warriors surprising people are coming to fruition. I won’t take the price home just yet, since we’ve got a long season ahead of us. But, let’s bring up a few talking points to take home for the past few weeks.

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Speed on the Beats NBA Preview for 2014 2015 (Opinion)

Sorry for the wait (thank you Tunechi), but your (hopefully) favorite sports/video game nerd has returned with his thoughts on the upcoming NBA season. If you remember back to the beginning of the year, my first post highlighted some of the most surprising teams of the 13-14 NBA season (including my home-region Wizards, who did pretty well for themselves), and I predicted the Spurs to win last season. So, I’m not just talking for the sake of padding my post stats.

But, enough of that foolishness, let’s get into some predictions!

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A Prediction for Johnny Manziels NFL Career (Opinion)

Stick with me here, since I know this is a bit off-the-wall. For those unaware, Johnny Manziel is a rookie quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL. He started his career with Texas A&M, amassing a slew of records and awards. He is also affiliated with OVO and TOPSZN. Drake’s even immortalized the guy in the cover art for “Draft Day” (along with his custom-made sweatshirt). But, is greatness destined for the man they call “Johnny Football?” I’ve gone back and reevaluated his play and have come up with the following:

Manziel is a smaller-than-average quarterback (about six-feet-tall and about 210 pounds) who’s quick on his feet. He’s playing on a team that has a set starter in Brian Hoyer at the moment. However, as we saw last week against Baltimore, Cleveland’s not afraid to showcase Manziel in other ways. Yes, the play was illegal, but it was still awesome–even for a Ravens fan like myself. (more…)

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Sports: What Does Floyd Mayweathers Latest Win Mean? (Opinion)

After my last post on the Jon Jones/Daniel Cormier fight’s postponement, I’ve been asked by a couple of people (artists, friends, and so on) my thoughts on Floyd Mayweather. And now that he’s defeated Marcos Maidana for a second time and is now undefeated in 47 fights, I’ve got to ask “what now?” This is strictly from a sports-centric standpoint with a bit of hip-hop interspersed, so views on Mr. Mayweather’s personal life aren’t going to be discussed here (that’s for my personal blog and such forth).

People are starting to lose interest in him, bettors more so because it’s almost a foregone conclusion he’s going to win. Fans are still plentiful and powerful, with Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Justin Bieber standing with Floyd. (more…)

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 Sports: Jon Jones/Daniel Cormier Fight Delayed to 2015 (News)

In what may be the biggest news out of the UFC since Chael Sonnen’s, the fight between Jon “Bones” Jones and Daniel Cormier has been moved from the upcoming UFC 178 PPV due to a leg injury Jones sustained recently. This move has shaken up the MMA world as Jones vs. Cormier was slated to be one of the biggest fights in recent memory. Between their SportsCenter arguments and their skirmish at a media day event, Jones vs. Cormier has all but dominated the MMA headlines.

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