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    Guess who tops Forbes’ list of the top-paid athletes?

June 11, 2014   No Comments

Furman Bisher: 1918-2012

    The longtime columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution passed Sunday after a heart attack. He was 93.

March 19, 2012   No Comments

Vegas: Sights & Seen

    Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas rocked it at Rain Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort in Vegas on Friday night. Also in the house: NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick and Cole Whitt for an autograph signing for about 250 fans at the resort.
    Images courtesy of Joe Fury (Taboo) and Ed Graff (Patrick)

March 10, 2012   No Comments

Hoops Ain’t The Only Game In Town

    NASCAR fans are splurging with the best of them in Vegas, which is a good thing for the city.
    Las Vegas Sun

March 8, 2012   No Comments

Vegas: Sights & Seen

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. and friends had dinner at Nove Italiano at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Earhardt poses with Executive Chef Geno Bernardo.
    Image courtesy of Ed Graff

March 7, 2012   No Comments

Signature Affair

    JR Motorsports drivers Danica Patrick and Cole Whitt, both of whom drive for JR Motorsports, will sign autographs during NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas the Palms Casino Resort. The signing session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, near the north entrance of the resort.
    The event will be 1 of many in Vegas on March 9-11, where NASCAR drivers will hit the city for racing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Info: 702.942.7777 or

February 27, 2012   No Comments

Vegas: Sights And Seen

    NASCAR driver Jimmy Johnson and friends dined at N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

December 1, 2011   No Comments

Tough Crowd

    The 1st Lady gets an earful from NASCAR fans, who show their stupidity again.
    The Grio

November 21, 2011   No Comments

Play That Funky Music White Boy

      This ain’t for my old ass. It’s for the kids who pursue the business. Sometimes though, I worry 1 of those kids might be mine. I’ve tried to warn them, but…Oh, and if you’re scoring at home, I’m in Day 10 of boycotting CNN because its top dog said he couldn’t find any “qualified” black correspondents, despite the talented ones at his network, to host any shows.
      As much as we applaud Michael Anastasi’s efforts to seriously diversify the sports departments across the country, we’ll believe it when we see.
      His words will go on deaf ears with many of his peers. I, along with too many others to count, particularly African American and Latino writers and editors in sports, have heard this bullshit for years now, but the times ain’t changing and many of us are doubtful they will soon. Further proof that they don’t want your black and brown asses is the online community, where major sports websites and outlets (here’s just 1 example) are invisible when it comes to men and women of color.
      And we’re just scratching the surface here. Don’t get me started on the vanilla-ass atmosphere working the sports information industry, particularly in college athletics.

July 21, 2011   No Comments

Running Circles Around The Competition

    Hey NASCAR, you have a problem.
    It has nothing to do with the track bar of a car, or any green, white, checkered finish you might have in the future. It has to do with one of your drivers.
    Jimmie Johnson is the problem. Simply put, he is just too good.
    The four-time series champion is at it again. In three races this year, Johnson already has two victories. It is as if he can’t be beat.
    Johnson has lapped the field and then some.
    Same held true Sunday, when the stock car boys raced around Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
    Jeff Gordon led the most laps. Gordon appeared to be the best driver in the best car. Then, he lost to his teammate Johnson.
    Once again, nothing mattered until the end and it was Johnson who was the winner.
    Why is this fact no good for NASCAR? All sports are about rivalries and right now Johnson doesn’t have one. He is too good for the field.
    Johnson doesn’t win every race, but he is the favorite each weekend and he is already the leader to win another season championship. While dynasties are good for most sports, in NASCAR, a young gun from California does not sit well with the good-old boys from the South who are the base of this fan group. They think everything from California is wrong.
    More importantly, this is a sport that loves when drivers are battling either in their cars, on the track or in their pits. Now we have everybody fighting to catch Johnson.
    Even when he seems out of it, the race either comes back to him or more often he tracks down the competition. Like he did Sunday.
    Gordon doesn’t usually get caught from behind. Not a great diver like him. Before Johnson, Gordon was the next great driver. He took the reins from the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr. Gordon was loved by some fans; hated by more. Now Johnson is the man. Though not as much as Gordon, he too is loved by some; hated by others.
    The fans wanted Dale Jr. to be the next great “it,” but that isn’t happening. This is the era of Johnson, who dominates the race circuit like no one else.
    But someone needs to challenge him, to make sure he doesn’t run away and hide from the rest of the pack this year. With crowds already down thanks to a slow economy, and TV viewers wanting a little more flavor, it is up to some driver, any driver, to raise his game and make a race out of this thing. If not, Jimmie is going to plant a No. 5 flag in his yard.

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February 28, 2010   No Comments