Michael Dowd, crowned “The Most Corrupt Cop in the History of The NYPD” and main subject of the amazing documentary ‘The Seven Five’ tells his tale of being a cop in the 75th Precinct in the East New York section of Brooklyn in the 1980s. Describing vividly the unexpected phenomena that was the crack epidemic, Dowd’s descent from good cop to drug dealer is literally a movie dog. Put this one in your pipe and smoke it.
The Queen of All Media gave the Combat Jack Show a rare interview covering her rise and reign in radio, her success in television, her challenges with substance abuse, rape, the dangers of being the most feared shock jock on the dial, marriage and more. This is the full Wendy Williams experience. Internets, how you doin?
It’s bad enough being a NBA player playing for any eastern conference team that isn’t Cleveland and reading and hearing that Cleveland will be in the NBA Finals hands down while it’s a major debate when speaking about the western conference teams. To just have your conference basically be so weak that other than Brooklyn and Philly all the other teams have a chance to make the playoffs. It’s definitely not because the competition is that tight over in the east, that’s far from the truth. The eastern conference has gotten worse over the last three to four years and it’s at a point now that that national television scheduling is cool with showing all western conference teams and eastern teams when playing Cleveland or any western conference teams apologetically.
All that mediocrity in the east leaves the door open for someone who has coached only three, count em, THREE games to be the coach of the NBA All Star game, not the games on Friday and Saturday but the big game of the weekend. While people have to make an argument to even bring Luke Walton up in the conversation for coaching the All Star game. Walton never had a shot,maybe because he’s an assistant coach who filling in for Steve Kerr, my only excuse for why he was passed up. The Toronto Raptors coach could have been an obvious choice being that the Raptors are second place. Every coach has to wonder how does this happen and watch in shock as it plays out. Yes coaching an All Star game is pretty easy but it’s an honor, something only a few coaches can say they have done. Great coaches have been overlooked due to their team standings and then the one year they are in a good ranking the more recognizable coach would get the job. Personally I never knew how the coaches were picked for the All Star game, I know team standings don’t count if that coach had coached the game the year before and maybe, just maybe that technically keeps Walton out because Kerr coached last year for the same Golden State team. So how does a guy replace someone who coached a team to the best record in the eastern conference get that guys spot?. Isn’t it safe to say Tyronn Lue is being honored for what Blatt did? How about just get Blatt for the one game because he earned his spot. Giving it to Lue doesn’t make it right by any means., especially when Walton who has coached the Warriors to what could be a historic year for the regular season wasn’t picked to coach.
It’s the All Star game and being honest I personally stopped watching years ago and was going to watch this year for Kobe Bryant because unlike The NBA and ESPN the fans understand what Kobe has brought to the league. Who knows maybe the fans would have wanted anyone from the coaching staff of Cleveland to be the coach of the NBA All Star game. Either way this becomes something other coaches need to examine because one young coach who has led his team to the overall best record in the league and some guy who has coached three games to the point of being named an all star game. That says outright that the eastern conference sucks and no coaches even deserve to be looked because teams are so bad right now.
This week on the Final Level podcast with Ice T and Mick Benzo, Ice and Mick are joined by two living legends; Afrika Bambaataa and Mr. Biggs of Soulsonic Force. Bam and Mr. Biggs break down the origins of the Zulu Nation, the origins of Hip Hop, and what we should know in order to fight against a system which is stacked up against us.
Last week ESPN opened a dialogue with the ranking of NBA players by the positions players play. On the surface it seems genuine, then you quickly realize it’s nothing more than a way to throw Stephen Curry and LeBron James in the mix. Somehow with two great years Curry was ranked as the third greatest point guard ever… Ever, all time 70 years of NBA basketball and two great years qualifies a player a slot as an all time great? Being honest Curry being third is what made me even write this, and the fact that Isaiah Thomas was fifth behind Stockton who was third and Curry who was fourth. Chris Paul was the only other active player on that list.
LeBron James being the number one over all small forward ahead of Larry Bird makes no sense. I know Dr. J NBA career was nothing compared to his ABA days and what we do know of him is solely based on those ABA days. Putting him at third is more respect than anything knowing that the rankings are just a way to throw Stephen Curry and LeBron James in the discussion of all time greats. Of course ESPN doesn’t care, every show will sings the LeBron James theme song and praise him. I’m less shocked about the ranking and more shocked by men and women who know sports and the historical context of sports actually agreeing with the rankings. The rankings come off like some people in their twenties who know the names of legends, but since they never seen them play they were ranked lower not people who know the history of the game.
I’m not even upset with the rankings, I’m upset that the on air talent all found reasons to agree with the rankings. The fact that Curry was on the list is crazy but ahead of so many players including Isaiah Thomas is wrong. ESPN is totally focused on making Curry a legend that disrespecting true legends isn’t a problem. Having Magic Johnson tell you the placement is wrong with Stockton and Curry means nothing. Magic has thrown the words “great” and “hall fame players” around to almost anyone the NBA was behind at certain times that it is an obvious fit to have him at ESPN. I hope Curry becomes that star ESPN is making him out to be and doesn’t get lost in the shuffle for whatever reason like Derrick Rose. Remember how he was on the verge of being the second best player in the league before he become Mr. Glass? Life happens and as of now Curry is on the right track. Jordan was even named all time great until he retired the first time. Hell people this year are comparing Curry to Jordan and ESPN is more than happy to help that comparison become legit. Give Curry time and then make this a topic.
Monday while on Mixcloud I noticed that I didn’t see the past Saturday show of Enjoy and Be Educated. Went to their site just to see the site is down the show is over. Enjoy and Be Educated was one of the shows I looked forward to listening to it Monday while at work. I always admired how they transitioned from genres flawlessly and drop gems about the artist and the music during the talk break. Hevehitta and DJ Unexpected love for music and the fact they established the fact their show wasn’t just a Hip Hop show. The show will be missed. The site will be missed even more for documentaries they found, they put me on to so many dope videos that I never were on Youtube. The level of love for Jazz was unparalleled in my opinion. I hope this just break and i’ll see the site back up. Salute
With this being our last episode of Enjoy and Be Educated, we’re giving you 4 1/2 hours of great music, covering as much as we can while bringing some previously untapped material to the masses. Encapsulating what our show’s goal was for the last 2 1/2 years, we spare no expense as our way of saying “You’re Welcome” to the fans who’ve said thank you for what we’ve done. From us at the Diggers Union, we appreciate your continuing support; the journey is far from over…..
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This week on the Final Level podcast with Ice T and Mick Benzo welcome The Kangol Kid of UTFO. He talks the origin of his name, the formation of UTFO, how the track “Roxanne, Roxanne” started the first hip-hop dis war and his work for breast cancer research.