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The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 9.20.14

Copped the iPhone 6, did you?  Well, the first thing you MUST do is go to iTunes and download the latest edition of The Preseason Podcast of the Year! Special guest Andy Roberts joins the show to discuss baseball’s pennant race and the college football landscape. Who wins the World Series? Should Clayton Kershaw win NL MVP? Was Florida St.

Roger Goodell, Adrian Peterson And The Worst Sports Week In Recent History

Never seen anything like this. Ever. Have you? The last week has been as unsavory of a week for sports fans as I can remember. Not since the OJ trial has SportsCenter felt this much like Court TV— and nobody seems to be immune to it. Fans were just starting to get the nauseating taste of the Donald Sterling story

The Winners And Losers From 2014′s Summer In Hip-Hop

Officially, there’s still 19 days of summer left. But Labor Day weekend just passed, so for all intents and purposes, this summer…she’s over. Where does hip-hop stand with the season having now concluded? Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers from the last three months in the rap world: THE WINNERS: Jay Z Why Jay Z

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 8.30.14: NFC Preview & Super Bowl Pick

What better place to get all the info you need this preseason to prepare yourself for the 2014 NFL season than The Preseason Podcast of the Year? You’ve heard the AFC breakdown, now check our preview & predictions for the NFC, as Anthony Hueston joins the show. Also, who do we have going to and winning Super Bowl XLIX? And

With Love Trade, Cavs Management Cements Possibly The Greatest NBA Offseason By A Team Ever

Deep breath everybody. It’s done. It’s over. Finally. With Kevin Love now officially a Cleveland Cavalier, the collective NBA community can return to some sense of transactional normalcy. The last of the major chess pieces in the league has fallen into place and there’s an exceptional amount of clarity within the landscape that was much hazier six weeks ago. And

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 9.20.14

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Copped the iPhone 6, did you?  Well, the first thing you MUST do is go to iTunes and download the latest edition of The Preseason Podcast of the Year! Special guest Andy Roberts joins the show to discuss baseball’s pennant race and the college football landscape. Who wins the World Series? Should Clayton Kershaw win NL MVP? Was Florida St. justified in suspending Jameis Winston a full game? Plus, who’s the one emcee to watch in 2014′s BET Hip-Hop Awards cyphers? Music from A$AP Rocky & Jay Hova!

HHSR Podcast September 20 2014

Tupac & Biggie Linked Once Again By September 13th

Many rap fans hold the date of March 9th in high regard, and rightfully so. Though few seem to remember September 13th as the anniversary of the day we lost a musical and cultural icon. Maybe it’s because Tupac Shakur was gunned down on September 7th and died six days later. It could be because to this day, some people still believe Pac is alive. Regardless, September 13th is the day— 18 years ago today to be exact.

Hard to believe that there are college freshman who weren’t even born when Pac was ruling the rap scene, flipping off cameras, shaking up the establishment…you know, being Pac. Though much of his behavior was sophomoric in those days, he was always a man of great substance and gave a host of poignant interviews during his brief period of fame. And though he lost his life at the extremely young age of 25, Tupac is still remembered as one of the top 5 rappers in the eyes of most all these years later. Read more

Roger Goodell, Adrian Peterson And The Worst Sports Week In Recent History

What the hell happened to sports this week?

Never seen anything like this. Ever. Have you?

The last week has been as unsavory of a week for sports fans as I can remember. Not since the OJ trial has SportsCenter felt this much like Court TV— and nobody seems to be immune to it.

Fans were just starting to get the nauseating taste of the Donald Sterling story out of their mouths before Ray Rice came back to dominate the news cycle. The incredibly disturbing video of him swinging on his then fiancée (twice), dropping her to the floor of an elevator and causing her to hit her head on the railing sent all media — social and traditional — reeling.

As horrific of an event as this was for the NFL (and of course Janay Palmer and the Rice family, but we’ll stick to sports for the purposes of this piece, as much as we can anyway) the fallout was even more crippling. Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s management of the Rice incident has revealed a startling and sobering truth: either Goodell has lied repeatedly about his (mis)handling of Ray Rice and his knowledge of the story prior to leveling his haphazard punishment, or there’s an appalling epidemic of incompetence going on in the NFL offices.

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HHSR’s Official 2014-15 NFL Playoff And Super Bowl Picks

If you’ve heard The Preseason Podcast of the Year recently, then you’ve already heard our AFC playoff predictions two weeks ago and our NFC picks last week. But in case you didn’t, allow us to extend an olive branch. We’ll give you a mulligan (just this once) and present to you, in written form, our preseason AFC & NFC picks!

AFC Playoffs

AFC East Champion

New England Patriots- They win at least 10 every year. Who in this division could  possibly be better?

AFC North Champion

Pittsburgh Steelers- Tough one to call, but Cincy’s playoff failures catches up to them mentally and Pittsburgh stays healthy for a change. Read more

The Hot 16: The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards will take place September 20th, but will not air until October 14th. The nominees were unveiled early this week— here’s a few quick thoughts on the noms, and the award show in general:

1) Location, Location, Location

For the 9 millionth time in a row, the show is in Atlanta. What does it say about the rest of the country’s status within hip-hop — specifically New York — when arguably the most noteworthy award show within the genre is only held in Atlanta? No other city on the east coast could host this show? BET is headquartered in Washington D.C., and Chocolate City gets no love? What that mean?

2) Years In The Game

This is actually the ninth edition of the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Clearly, this is a good look for hip-hop and for BET that the show has remained this successful for this many years, without any major incidents.

3) Drake Dominates

Drake is the leader in the clubhouse with eight total nominations, including all the major categories (Lyricist of the Year, Album of the Year, MVP of the Year and the People’s Champ Award). If he can manage to sweep these categories, it will go a long way towards solidifying Drizzy’s claim as the top rapper on the planet right now. Read more

The Winners And Losers From 2014′s Summer In Hip-Hop

Mitch caught a body bout a week ago!

Officially, there’s still 19 days of summer left. But Labor Day weekend just passed, so for all intents and purposes, this summer…she’s over. Where does hip-hop stand with the season having now concluded? Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers from the last three months in the rap world:

THE WINNERS:

Jay Z

Why Jay Z you ask? First off, Jay always wins. Period. If you haven’t learned that by now, there isn’t much hope for you as a rap fan. While rumors of an alleged split between he and his Queen Bey have ruled the internet the last several weeks, Jay still managed to keep his union together long enough to rake in a cool $100 million on the Carter family’s “On The Run Tour”. While its cost of overhead is unknown, the tour, which concludes September 13th in Paris, is set to be second all-time in gross sales per show, according to Forbes.com.

If that weren’t enough, Hov’s appearance with Blue Ivy and Beyoncé on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards last week was a huge public relations win and should help keep the twitter trolls in check and his Q rating in a comfortable place. To take it a step further, a separation between hip-hop’s first couple (regardless of the reasoning) would result in “The Beyhive” turning on Mr. Carter and laying waste in ways never before seen. And if there’s one thing YOU DO NOT DO, it’s piss off “The Beyhive”!

DO NOT PISS OFF THE BEYHIVE! YOU MIGHT LOSE YOUR LIFE! Read more

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 8.30.14: NFC Preview & Super Bowl Pick

What better place to get all the info you need this preseason to prepare yourself for the 2014 NFL season than The Preseason Podcast of the Year? You’ve heard the AFC breakdown, now check our preview & predictions for the NFC, as Anthony Hueston joins the show.

Also, who do we have going to and winning Super Bowl XLIX? And which NFC QB gets ethered? Click below to find out! Musical interlude from The Lox!

HHSR Podcast August 30 2014

With Love Trade, Cavs Management Cements Possibly The Greatest NBA Offseason By A Team Ever

Uncle Drew, Uncle Wes & Wise LeBron. It was destiny.

Deep breath everybody. It’s done. It’s over. Finally.

With Kevin Love now officially a Cleveland Cavalier, the collective NBA community can return to some sense of transactional normalcy. The last of the major chess pieces in the league has fallen into place and there’s an exceptional amount of clarity within the landscape that was much hazier six weeks ago. And that clarity has informed us of the following:

The Cleveland Cavaliers will win the Eastern Conference in 2015.

Well, probably. As it stands, it’s hard to envision any team besides the Cavs or the Chicago Bulls representing the East in the NBA Finals. An already shallow conference, the East has been even further depleted by the devastating injury to 2-time All-Star Paul George, whose leg getting folded up like a dinner napkin has since removed the Pacers from serious contention. And while teams like the Wizards and Hornets are improved, neither appear to be quite as ready for prime time as a team boasting last year’s All-Star Game MVP, a two-time All-NBA Second Team member, AND a four-time league MVP.

Exactly how far have the Cavaliers come in the last three months? Well, they won just 33 of 82 games last season, missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. They fired the most successful head coach in their franchise’s history (Mike Brown) for the second time in four years, and hired a coach (David Blatt) who has never coached in the NBA. They finally committed to their new first-time general manager (David Griffin), who replaced the previous GM (Chris Grant) that was canned in the middle of the season. And their owner’s (Dan Gilbert) reputation remained a walking punchline amongst the league, the media and fans.

A fair amount of the criticism the Cavs have garnered in recent years is warranted, but Cleveland managed to turn around this abject train wreck into a title contender in less than 90 days! And that fact should not be slept on by anyone. Read more

The Hip-Hop Sports Report Podcast 8.21.14: AFC Preview & Predictions

It’s been a minute, but The Preseason Podcast of the Year makes its triumphant return just in time for the start of the NFL season! We had Seattle winning it all before the start of last year— which AFC teams do we, and special guest/award winning football radio show host Adam Clark, have playing for the Lombardi Trophy?

Plus, how much pressure is on Peyton Manning this season? Which highly touted AFC quarterback is described as “trash” and did the Cleveland Browns really mismanage their QB competition? Click below to find out! And a little music from Bobby Shmurda!

HHSR Podcast August 21 2014

Johnny Manziel Is Still The King Of Controversy, But Race Isn’t A Factor

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Like Pac back in ’96, all eyes were on Johnny Manziel tonight as he took the field for the Cleveland Browns against the Washington Redskins in a preseason Monday Night matchup on ESPN. Forget for a moment that this game really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things; this game meant everything to Manziel and incumbent Brian Hoyer as they continued their battle for the team’s starting quarterback job.

If you didn’t see the game, don’t even bother pulling it up on your DVR. Neither played well. In fact, neither player looked better than average at any point during the evening, and that’s putting it nicely (Manziel did “throw a touchdown” to Dion Lewis on a shovel pass in traffic from eight yards out, but Dion did ALL the work).

Head coach Mike Pettine said at the start of camp he wanted to have a Week 1 starter named by the third preseason game, but the most memorable moment from the Browns preseason QB competition was Johnny Football saluting the Washington sideline. Needless to say, it’s hard to imagine Pettine pulling the trigger on a decision in the next few days. Read more