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HAPPY JACKIE ROBINSON DAY 2018

HAPPY JACKIE ROBINSON DAY 2018

Gary Norris Gray-BASN Newsroom Staff Reporter

The United States of America is going through another episode of traumatic race relations, with this country’s leader turning a blind eye to the current crises and even aiding and abetting the enemy with his comments.

This on the 71st anniversary of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson breaking the baseball color line, and the 50th anniversary of 1968, the death of The Reverend Doctor Marin Luther King Jr. American racism is alive and well making money.

The power of the Civil Rights Movement is receiving its second legs with the assistance of this White House setting into motion the current events in the United States.

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We live in a nation where Black people can be arrested just for standing still. Whether in a Starbucks, a Wal-Mart or waiting for a bus.

Black people still cannot get a cab late night in many cities, cannot get a second interview, just because of his/her African name and dark skin tone.

Black people can be shot for playing with a toy gun in their own neighborhood, their own back yard and the police, the ones that are supposed to protect us are scared of Black people. Question, why did they join the police force in the first place if they are not going to protect and serve all of the people?

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When a Black disabled person returning a shopping cart to the local store gets stopped by the local police force and asked questions just because that officer can. African-American disabled males getting thrown out of their wheelchairs for not complying with the police, again, because they can.

Modern day lynchings have taken on a new form and now it is a uniform with a badge. The gun has replaced the rope and mob gatherings are no longer needed.

If a black man is shot and killed and nobody pays the price in jail time… African-Americans do not buy anything in that city for an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year. Justice will then be served because it is costing money to that town, city, or county.

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Major League Baseball-America’s former past-time had all of its players and coaches wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson but what does it mean when African-American participation has dropped the past 10 years to eight percent. If you don’t teach children the game they will not play. Baseball has yet to learn this lesson because they keep promoting good players like Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Bruce Harper of the Washington Nationals who happen to be white….

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Baseball was racially tone-deaf AGAIN on Jackie Robinson Day as the Cleveland Indians wore Chief Wahoo on their jersey and their caps with a Jackie Robinson patch on the side. Still cannot wrap my head around this visual picture, money is more important than moral values as these Cleveland caps sold out in hours. There should have been a boycott of those caps and made the Cleveland Baseball organization (eat them) pay for them. If you do not set demands you will not be heard, this is just the example.

This is the racial economic disconnect the Reverend Doctor King was bringing forth 50 years ago.

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Dr. King said it clearly White America must see that no other ethnic group has been a slave on American soil. That is one thing that other immigrant groups haven’t had to face. The other thing is that the color became a stigma. American society made the negroes’ color a stigma.

 America freed the slaves in 1863 through the Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln but gave the slaves NO LAND or nothing in reality to get started on.

 At the same time, America was giving away millions of acres of land in the West and Mid-West. Which meant there was an willingness to give the white peasants of Europe an economic base. And yet it refused to give it’s black peasants from Africa who came here involuntarily, IN CHAINS, and had worked FREE for 244 years any kind of economic base.

 And so emancipation for the negro was really freedom to hunger. It was freedom to the winds and rains of heaven. It was freedom without food to eat or land to cultivate and therefore it was freedom and famine at the same time.

 And when white America tells the negro to lift himself by his own bootstraps they don’t look over the legacy of slavery and segregation. Now I believe we ought to do all we can and seek to lift ourselves by our own bootstraps, but it’s a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps. And many negroes, by the thousands and millions have been left bootless as a result of all of these years of oppression and as a result of a society that deliberately made his color a stigma and something worthless and degrading.”

  Stop telling me that there are more people who hate racism than there are racists and bigots. Where are the majority of Americans that hate racism and standing up to it? I don’t see you because you’re silence on this issue is deafening. You defend everything but BLACKNESS.

Your silence is killing thousands of Black males in America. The Lord our God gave you instructions so you know better, yet you stay silent because it is safe.

How can you change the big issue of race relations and equality when you won’t even address or put effort into the small issues letting your children do it for you.

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1.) They are currently eight states with the confederate flag within its own state flag. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas.

The State of Georgia changed its flag because it wanted the Summer Games of 1996. The Olympic committee told the legislators of Georgia they could not play the games under that flag. The Atlanta City council banded the flag from being flown during the games. Four years later Georgia changed its flag to the current one with confederate ties.

The University of Mississippi had an issue with rebel flags at their football games on Saturday afternoons until African-American players complained in the early 1990’s. It was formally banded in 1996.

2.) The Confederate statues from Virginia to Texas and Confederate Battle Flag should be place in museums for American historical reference. But this is a reminder for African-Americans and people of color who have to pass by these battle flags and monuments everyday.

3.) Strike the 1787 three-fifths cause Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. This is a legal document and should be corrected so a president like the current resident will not get any ideas to re-instate this law.

4.) Give them the economic base (LAND) for African-Americans so they can improve their lives. This is the opportunity Dr. King was discussing before his untimely death. This is something the United States refuses to do.

5.) And last changing the name of the Washington Football Club and the logo of the Cleveland Indian Baseball Club.

God Bless America

Thank you Brother Anthony Johnson for the inspiration for this article.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

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PLAY FAIR

Gary Norris Gray-BASN Newsroom-Staff Reporter

As the yearly March Madness tournament comes to a close, cracks are surfacing all over the hardwood floor. In the men’s final four there will not be an African American head coach in the final four, the players are still not being paid for their countless hours of practice, (HBCUs) Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Mid Majors are given the toughest road to the Final Four, and now the (FBI) Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the trail of the (NCAA) National Collegiate Athletic Association administration offices. The question remains can this organization play fair?

The NCAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and the so called Student-Athlete is an employee of the university and the state. The players are given a yearly stipend with said player giving up all monetary rights gain by the university from their likeness and their service. These same players must sign these contracts every year or forfeit playing for that college or university.

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Ed O’Bannon-UCLA and Chris Webber- University of Michigan learned the hard way with the EA-Sports NCAA basketball video game and the $20 dollar Michigan basketball jersey.  These students should also get workman’s compensation when injured. When a student athlete is injured and cannot play his/her sport they lose that scholarship 85% of the time. 90% of injured African American athletes graduate from HBCUs after being transferred from a Division One which dismissed them do to injury, problems, or disagreements. This is rarely talked about on any sports network because Division One schools know this is incorrect and needs to be fixed.

Basically, March Madness is the NCAA’s bread and butter. College athletics’ governing body will earn somewhere around $900 million in revenue from the tournament, representing about 90% of its annual revenue. On the surface that seems like cause for outrage, especially in light of how much the players earn: NOTHING!!!!!-(Source:Investopedia)-Bobbee Bee “The Hater” H.is A.nger T.eaches E.verybody R.eality (bobbeethehater.blogspot.com)

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The NCAA increased the number of teams participating in the spring tournament from 64 to 68 adding wild card teams to each regional final in 2010. The vision was to grant mid-majors and HBCUs opportunities. This year they pitted two Black conferences (SWAC vs. MEAC) against each other in the guise of a Black National Basketball Championship.

This year Texas Southern-(SWAC) Southwest Athletic Conference played against North Carolina Central-(MEAC) Mid Eastern Athletic Conference, eliminating one of them.  That was not a mistake.

The NCAA would never do that with mid majors for example pitting the Missouri Valley Conference vs. the Ohio Valley Conference in the first round, giving both teams of that conference to advance at least one team. They would never do that to a Jesuit school either example St. Joseph’s of Philadelphia against Villanova. It would not happen. This is a clear political, economic, and racial stunt by the NCAA.

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The Chicago Ramblers from “The Valley” have made more money 8,190,000 dollars in two weeks and have funded the whole university’s sports program. The Chicago school could make another $ 2,300,000 dollars if they win the last two games of the year. The Ramblers basketball team’s expencies would only pay for the University of Michigan lacrosse and hockey teams that’s how out of whack monetary payouts of Division One schools have become, it’s a runaway money train and the HBCUs are not on it, they are not invited.

The Five Families this year made over $ 20,000,000 each (ACC) Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, (SEC) South East Conference, Big East, and the Big Ten leaving the HBCU’s,  (MEAC) Mid East Athletic Conference, (SWAC) South West Athletic Conference, (SIAC) Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and (CIAA) Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association to fend for themselves.

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Five years ago The Lady Pirates (Hampton University) did everything the NCAA asked them to do. The NCAA asked the Lady Pirates to play 30 games… they did that winning 28-5.

 The NCAA asked them to play a tough schedule outside of the MEAC. They did that by playing Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State, Louisiana State, South Carolina, DePaul, South Carolina State,
and Florida Gulf Coast.

 The NCAA asked them to beat ranked teams. They did that by defeating The Lady Golden Eagles of Southern Miss., the Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State, and the Lady Tigers of LSU.

 The NCAA asked them to win the MEAC regular season title and the MEAC Tournament, The Lady Pirates did that TOO.

 The reward for the ladies of Hampton University Pirates, a date with the number one ranked Duke Blue Devils on their home floor in North Carolina. The Pirates scared them to death coming within four points in second half. Hampton University moved out of the MEAC this past winter to the Big South Conference. It happened again for the Salukis of Southern Illinois men’s team. The Salukis came in second place in the Missouri Valley Conference and lost the third place Illinois State Red Birds in the Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.  The selection committee just X-ed out the rest of the Missouri Valley Conference and really did not want to see Chicago- Loyola playing.

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The Salukis lost three times to the Ramblers and only lost five more conference games. SIU clearly could be doing what the Ramblers are doing in the tournament but the Salukis stayed home while the Ramblers keep upsetting the apple cart with March Madness victories. This is the dilemma of the Mid-Majors and HCBUs

It is a shame and a disgrace Texas Southern University went 0-13 in non-conference games just to satisfy the NCAA qualification standards. The Tigers unlike the Lady Pirates five years ago were not required to win a non-conference game because they won their conference and league title. If Texas Southern had lost either one of those requirements they would have been sent home like the Southern Illinois Salukis.

The only solution for the HBCUs is to separate themselves from the NCAA and create their own leagues with their own funding sources, since the NCAA cannot treat small schools and HBCUs fairly.

This was done with the old Negro baseball leagues in 1919-1959 and it was a special brand of baseball. The Major Leagues finally accepted Black players in 1947 and baseball became America’s game.

Will the NCAA learn from this historic event.. I have my doubts because money now overrules morals and justice in America today

As the Staple Singers stated, “Let’s do it again.” 

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

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2017-18 POPSICLE BROTHERS REPORT- #9

By Gary Norris Gray, – BASN NEWSROOM- Staff Reporter

OAKLAND, CA.-Mr. McClean, Mr. Ingram, and Mr. Gray aka “The MIG Line” take the ice again as the NHL comes to its midway point of the season with some great surprises and new competitive teams.

The biggest surprise comes from the city that what happens there, stays there; the Golden Knights might change that theme. The Knights have uplifted the city after the horrible mass shooting at the start of the season. Americans have always rallied around sports and this is just another example. The Golden Knights could set the record for most victories by an expansion team with their outstanding 19-3-2 home record and 13-9-2 on the road.

The Golden Knights are doing this with a mix of veterans and rookies. They also have two goalies that are still upset with their former team.

THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Vegas and their Golden Knights are winning. The Knights have overcome the multiple injuries starting five different goaltenders. This month will be the first time starting goaltender  Marc-Andre Fleury and Goal Brother Malcolm Subban. They are both healthy and on the ice at the same time. Fleury wants to prove to his former team the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins that he is still an All Star Goaltender, while Malcolm also wants to show his former team Boston Bruin that they too made a terrible mistake letting him go west. Malcolm has played and won more games in Vegas then in Boston (4-years) and Subban only been three and half months with the Knights.

This expansion team is like no other because of the way the Vegas executives looked at the expansion draft last year. They can allow their young stars in the minors to play every day and grow, centers Cody Glass, and Nick Suzuki along with defenseman, Erik Brannstrom are examples of this. These first rounders in Portland (Western Hockey League) are playing well while the parent club battles for the Pacific Division Title. Most expansion clubs would have thrown these kids to the wolfs. Meaning they would have to either sink or swim playing with seasoned opponents.

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The Knights with Goal Brother Center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare from the Philadelphia Flyers has seven points and five goals. Bellemare and the Knights should make the playoffs this year but they will also be making NHL history with the most points by an expansion team. They will do this by beating the established hockey clubs  in the west, The Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Winnipeg Jets, and Nashville Predators.

The Vegas Golden Knights are the example of how to build an expansion team through careful drafting. The Knights could be a force in the west for many years to come if they continue picking talented players.

Forward William Karlsson continue the Knights surge with two goals over the Columbus Blue Jackets and a 5-2 Vegas victory Tuesday night as the Golden Knights win their 32nd game of the year.

THE WINNIPEG JETS

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The Winnipeg Jets are battling for first place with the Nashville Predators for the Central Division as they move two points ahead of the Preds with 5-4 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks. The Jets are on the West Coast-California trip this month and will be in Anaheim this weekend. Forward Blake Wheeler has hit his stride with 54 points and leads the club with 40 assist. The Jets are a scoring machine with forward Patrik Laine scoring 21 goals. Goal Brother defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is working overtime as he is logging in over 24 minutes a game this year bouncing opposing forwards off the boards and off the puck.

The Jets may have finally found a goaltender in Connor Hellebuyck with 27 victories and four shutouts. This might be the glue to put Winnipeg into the second and third rounds. The Jets also can count on the two headed monster with Goaltender Steve Mason from the Philadelphia Flyers if Hellebuyck fails. Mason has not played since January 9th due to concussion syndrome and might not get into the lineup until mid February because this is his second one of this season, the Jets will be very careful with Mason entering the Winnipeg nets.

THE SAN JOSE SHARKS

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The San Jose Sharks finally have put it together in the Pacific Division after a very slow start. Currently they are in second place behind the upstart Vegas Golden Knights.

The Sharks are still trying to win their first Stanley Cup after winning the President’s Cup twice and losing in the Finals . The Men of Teal made a major move sending center Patrick Marleau to the Toronto Maple Leafs and letting young goalie Aaron Dell stand in net backing up stalwart Martin Jones. The Sharks might have an advantage when the playoffs arrive with two solid goaltenders and the playoff experience

Goal Brother Center Joel Ward guides the second line could be playing his last year want another shot at Lord Stanley’s Cup. This team could be putting the pieces together at the right moment.

The Sharks have the best combination of a good penalty kill unit and very skilled power play unit. The Sharks have shutdown many teams’ power play units and that has kept them in many games this year.

The big line of Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and Tomass Hertl with center Joe Thornton have to step up to get the Sharks to the Finals.

San Jose will have to wait at least 4-6 weeks for Thornton to return to the ice as he had orthopedic surgery on his knee.

When defenseman Brent Burns hit the ice with center Joe Thornton it looks like Robin Hood and his men have come back to San Jose with their huge beards.

The Sharks are re-tooling on the fly with young center  Chris Tierney, forwards Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier. The Sharks will be challenging the Vegas Knights and fending off the Los Angeles Kings for the last few playoff spots.

THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS

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The Predator fans are calling the gold and blue Smashville for the hit music in Tennessee. The Predator defense are also smashing opponents against the boards.

The Nashville Predators are now fighting for national press time with the Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets winning. All Star Captain Defenseman Goal Brother P.K. Subban might have to drag and pull the Predators to the playoffs this year. The Western Conference like the NBA has become tougher  so it has become difficult for Nashville to return to the Finals. Goaltender Pikka Rinne and P.K. Subban will play in this year’s All Star Game.

P.K. Subban will make history being the first Black player to be named captain of an All Star Team as he will head the Central Division.

The Predators can close the scoring door on any team in the league just ask the Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Sidney Crosby and they have one of the best power units with P.K. Subban at the point shooting laser shots at the goaltender.

One thing they have to fix, the team has taken too many penalties because they get lazy on defense leaning on Ellis, Subban, and Rinne backing them up. The Predators welcome defenseman Ryan Ellis back after six months with a knee injury. This should help Nashville in the defensive zone and give Subban needed relief before the playoffs start.

Love the productive scoring line of forwards Viktor Arvidsson, and Kevin Fiala with center Ryan Johnsen.

It’s going to be a wild finish in the Western Conference. This should be the final four in the west.

NEXT:- THE EASTERN CONFERENCE-MID SEASON-THE GOOD

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

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 2017-18 POPSICLE BROTHERS REPORT- #10

By Gary Norris Gray, -BASN NEWSROOM- Staff Reporter

 OAKLAND, CA.- The National Hockey League’s All Star Games passed with the showcase of emerging hockey stars in the Eastern Conference. The Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions are now in a penguin march behind the Tampa Bay Lightning which has more wins and more goals than any team in the east. There is only one dominant team in this conference. The other organizations are packed so closely together that one victory on any night or one loss on any other night might be a ticket in or out of the post season. Just ask the New Jersey Devils who were in 8th place at the beginning of the week and are now in second place in the Metro Division.  This is the way the Eastern Conference will be the rest of the year. Philadelphia, New Jersey, both New York metro teams and Carolina will fight for those wild card spots.

Mr. McClean, Mr. Ingram, and Mr. Gray aka “The MIG Line” moves east to check out the Eastern Conference.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

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The Bolts are the Golden State Warriors on ice scoring from everywhere, and from every position on the rink. Tampa Bay is first in the league in scoring with forward Nikita Kucherov and center Brayton Point have 20 goals each and firebrand center Steve Stamkos could be the Draymond Green for the Bolts with his 40 assists along with Kucherov’s 37 assist. These guys know where each other is on the ice and can hit each other on the move.

The Big Four- Nikita Kucherov, Steve Stemkos, Brayden Point and forward Vladislav Namestnikov may carry Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The only question in Western Florida who would be their goaltender-Andrei Vasilevskiy or Peter Budaj? Can these two stop the opponents for the Cup?

The high flying Winnipeg Jets stopped the Lightning’s 4 game winning streak 3-1 Wednesday night Jan 30th with stingy Jet defense. This could be Tampa Bay’s weakest link.

Question, Where is Goal Brother J.T.Brown ? Is he being punished for raising his Black fist during the National Anthem?

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This could be the last hurrah for the Washington Capitals as the veterans forwards T.J. Oshie, and Tom Wilson with All Star left winger Alex Ovechkin and Goal Brother Devante Smith-Pelly.  At the start of this season scoring was so easy for this team in our nation’s capitol.

Number eight-Ovechkin went on a scoring tear with 30 goals at the halfway point and on the way to another 50 goal season. Is it enough to win the Stanley Cup?

The Caps do not want the Presidents Cup this year they want Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Washington Capitals have won the Presidents Cup twice but have never made it to the Finals. This year they have to beat the offensive machine in Florida or the re-surging Pittsburgh Penguins to reach the Finals.

Smith Pelly is having one of his better season with 14 points and 7 goals and playing in 46 of 50 games. He wants to end his career a winner.

Goaltender Braden Holtby is also having one of his better seasons and could get the Capitols to the finals. In the playoffs goaltending is everything and Holtby seems to fade at the end of the season and disappears during the playoffs.

 Washington has to stop holding, slashing, tripping, and boarding to reach the finals, too many penalties right now and the team needs to clean up their act before moving forward.

Viewers must watch wingers T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana for the secondary scoring punch.

The Capitals will host the United Arab Emirates Women’s National Hockey Team this month before the Olympics in South Korea. The NHL continues to expand into the world markets and the Washington Capitals are leading the way.

 

BOSTON BRUINS

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The Boston Bruins will live in National Hockey League history being the first team to have a Black player on the ice. The Bruins celebrate hockey legend forward Willie O’Ree. This year will be 60 years that O’Ree broke the NHL color barrier. O’Ree made his debut for Boston in a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The Gray Leopard Cove and Soul Tree Radio salute original Goal Brother Willie O’Ree.

 

At the midway point of the season the Boston Bruins are on fire as they have moved up 7 spots in 4 months with 1 2/2 months to go, but they still have to catch the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Baby Bears are a brick wall and will not let teams score. Defensman and Captain Zdeno Chara is carrying the Black and Gold into the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bruins are number one in goals against and are a brick wall and with their penalty kill and power play units are very difficult to score against. Remember defense wins championships and the Boston Bruins are well on the way this year.

The Big Bruins bang players against the boards and make them give up the puck in their offensive zones.

The Boston second line of forward Jake DeBrusk, center David Krejci, and forward Ryan Spooner bring their own part to the Bruin game and score too.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS   

 This is the home of the other Canadian Matrix Man Frederik Andersen, he may not be as cool as the original Matrix Man Ottawa Senator Craig Anderson but he gets the job done in the Leafs net.

 At the beginning of the 2017-18 season the Leafs were the odds on favorite to win the Eastern Conference with their young stars center Auston Matthews, forwards Matt Martin and Zach Hyman. The Leafs have fallen to third place in the Atlantic Division but have righted the ship and are on a four game winning streak.

The addition of forward Patrick Marleau from the San Jose Sharks has put firepower in the Leafs front line. With his many years of playoff experience Marleau could instruct the young Leafs at crunch time.

This past week the Lightning blew out both New York teams beating the Islanders 5-0 on Wednesday night and then the next night shutting out the Rangers 4-0 Thursday night.

 

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

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The two time defending champion were on the ropes at the beginning of this season and had some work to do. The Pens started slowly and ended up at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division in October, November, and early December before they started playing championship hockey.

The six foot 225 pound Goal Brother Ryan Reaves from the Saint Louis Blues organization fits right in with this rough bunch and he is assigned to defend Malkin and Crosby on Pittsburgh offensive rushes.

Matt Murray does not have to share the goal net with Marc Andre Flurey this year. Murray has the job all to himself and is beginning to show the Pittsburgh faithful why.

The Pens have moved to the top of the Metro Division through their number one power play unit. Veteran centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have pulled the Black and Gold into this year’s playoff picture with their power play goal scoring.

The Pittsburgh Penguins remind many of the old Wayne Grezky Edmonton Oiler teams, volatile deadly offense with no defense. They are currently third last in defending their goal and this could undo their 3 peat challenge in 2018 only goaltender Murray can reverse this trend.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

 

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In October everybody in the east thought the Blue Jackets would make the playoffs. They started the year 9-4 and in first place in the Atlantic Division. Columbus is the youngest team in the NHL and it is beginning to show with sloppy defensive play in the third periods. The Jackets went into a tail spin in December losing 10 of 16 falling into a Wild Card position in the east.

Goal Brother defenseman Seth Jones continues to improve on the ice as his team continues to struggle to score goals.

Blue Jack City has put forwards Cam Atkinson and Brandon Dubinsky on the same line and they are beginning to score goals again and moving back up in standings.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

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The Devils are in a very strange position with the trade deadline closing in. The team is on a roller coaster, up one week down the next. The New Jersey Devil brain trust has to make decisions whether to keep the kids or trade to make the playoffs this year. It’s been five years since New Jersey has played in April, this could be the year if they keep this team together.

Goalie Cory Schneider has the spot all to himself with the ghost of All Star-Hall of Fame Goalie Martin Brodeur banished from the Prudential Center. Young gun Keith Kinkaid is waiting in the wings in net and playing well behind Schneider.

Forward Taylor Hall is the super star on this team with 50 points and 18 goals. The Devils have to find more offense from somewhere to move into the second round of the playoffs. Centers Travis Zajac and Brian Boyle have to produce goals in the second half in order to make post season

I love feisty center Adam Henrique from the Anaheim Ducks who has 30 points and 15 goals. If forward Brian Gibbons gets hot look out Eastern Conference.

Goal Brother forward J.T. Brown moves from Tampa Bay to New Jersey. Brown moves away from the controversy of supporting Colin Kaepernick in the south and gets a new start with the New Jersey Devils.

Philadelphia Flyers

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Next question can Goal Brother Wayne Simmonds and the Flyers or the Carolina Hurricane make the mad dash to the playoffs the next two months. The Flyers need goalie Brian Elliott in net for them to make the playoffs goalie Michal Neuvirth is o.k. but Elliott is just better. The only good thing currently in the City of Brotherly Love, are the Philadelphia Eagles defense and the Flyers power play.

Carolina Hurricanes

The reason why the Cains are where they are today is sloppy play in the offensive zone and committing too many penalties. Goalies Cam Ward and Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks cannot not stop opponent’s power play.

Center Jordan Staal and forward Jeff Skinner cannot do it all for the black and red.

Look for the Cains to be in the trade market in the next three weeks.

This also could be a year that both the New York Rangers and New York Islanders do not make the playoffs, if that happens look for the Blueshirts to blow up the team in Madison Square Garden and the Islanders to move back to Long Island because of the lack of interest in Brooklyn.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

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YULI SHOULD KNOW

Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Newsroom

Major League Baseball will suspend Houston Astro first baseman Yuli Gurriel five games in the 2018 season for his racial gesture in the World Series game three, but there is more to this story.

Major League Baseball took a stand against racism once again on the weekend of October 28-29 by suspending the Astro first basemen who is of Latin descent. Gurriel put his hands to his face and pulled the corners of his eyes after hitting a home run. This was in reference to Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Yu Darvish, on the mound, who is of Iranian and Japanese descent.

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This was one second of a stupid act, one second of not thinking about what he was doing changed the minds of many Gurriel fans in Houston and this stupid act will make Juli miss five games next year. Baseball fans outside of Houston will not be kind to Mr. Gurriel in 2018.

Baseball, basketball, football, and hockey players are watched closely by millions and these players (minorties) have to be cognoscente of their actions on and off the field. Gurriel will find this out the hard way next season.

Sports fans are like elephants they never forget or forgive.

MLB and Robert Manfield had to deal with another racial issue in Boston this past summer when Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones heard vicious racial taunts coming from the predominant Red Soxs fans in the bleachers of Fenway Park after he made outstanding plays in the field.

Robert Manfred took actions immediately with a statement that this event does not reflect the fan base of MLB.

“There is no place in our game for the behavior or any behavior like the behavior we witnessed [Friday] night,” Manfred said. “There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable.”

He continued, “There needs to be disciplinary consequences to make clear that Major League Baseball is an institution that will not tolerate behavior of this type.”

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Yu Darvish responded in a very light and warm way

Dervish’s statement reads:

No one is perfect. That includes both you and I. What he had done today isn’t right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him. If we can take something from this, that is a giant step for mankind. Since we are living in such a wonderful world, let’s stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger. I’m counting on everyone’s big love.

 

This is all well and good but there is a team in the Central Division in the state of Ohio in the city of Cleveland that needs to be addressed.

CHIEF WAHOO

The Cleveland Indians are still wearing Chief Wahoo on the uniform shoulders and home caps. The Cleveland organization continues to drag their collective feet on the issue of retiring racial insensitive Chief Wahoo. The Merry go around continues.

With the Gurriel pending suspension and the Adam Jones summer racial incident it may be time to take that step forward and demand that the Cleveland Indian Baseball Club remove Chief Wahoo from their uniforms.

Cleveland baseball fans continue to cling to their tradition and claim that they are honoring or paying homage to Native Americans. This is the same claim that the Washington Football Club fan base puts forth. Remember slavery and Jim Crow Laws were tradition too.

If MLB and Robert Manfred really want to stop racism in their sport prevent the Cleveland Indian Baseball Club from using Chief Wahoo next season. The time is right.

If Manfred and MLB really want to send a message to all the players and the baseball fans and in the process stop racial incidents like Adam Jones or Yuli Gurriel. Tell Cleveland to retire Chief Wahoo.

That Little Red Sambo is not welcome and neither are the acts of the Boston Red Sox fans or Yuli Gurriel.

MLB should not encourage white males to dress up in red face paint bringing signs that read scalp them. This too is not respectful. MLB has the chance to change history.

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2017-18 POPSICLE BROTHERS REPORT- #4

 

By Gary Norris Gray, Columnist, and Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor – in – Chief BASN NEWSROOM

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE

 

OAKLAND, CA (www.basnnewsroom.com) Mr. McClean, Mr. Ingram and Mr. Gray aka “The MIG Line” take the ice one more time with the rest of the Western Conference. We will take you through the 2017-18 season with our news and views from Centre Ice to center stage…

 

The following teams will muck and grind for the Western Conference title this spring of ’18. There is not a dominate team in the west but the conference is a much stronger as a whole than the East where the Pittsburgh Penguins rule and have won the Cup the last two years.

 

Before we start in the west we must address the racial/political issue of sports protest. The Tampa Bay Lightning forward T. J. Brown continues his silent protest on Sunday October 15. Brown raised his fist as the American anthem was played with head bowed. Brown had received death threats for his actions.. Brown stated he wanted to do something in support of his fellow football players.

 

The political, racial, and social nonsense continues in the United States. What the owners are saying to their African American/Black players in all sports “Just shut up and play, I’m paying you. The fans are complaining/whining that they do not want politics in their game. That horse left the barn in 1936 in Berlin, Germany at the Summer Games. Ever hear of Jessie Owens? Americans wanted politics in sports then, Right? So why is it different now?

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GOLDEN KNIGHTS

 

Many things have happened to this club and it’s not even the end of October yet. The Golden Knights were the emotional rock for the city of Las Vegas after the mass shooting incident on October 1.

 

The Golden Knights are now Vegas Strong and won the opening home game with gritty play and strong defense against the Arizona Coyotes 5-2. The Knights paid tribute to the cities first responders and then went out and rewarded their fan base with a victory. The surprise is that they keep on winning.

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Veteran goalie Marc Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots and Tomas Nosek started the party two and half minutes into the game with a score with an assist from Goal Brother Pierre Edouard Bellemare.  Deryk Engelland hometown hero scored the second goal and the party was on.

 

Fleury went down with a injury and Goal Brother Malcolm Subban stepped in and took over in net and beat his former team the Boston Bruins 3-1 and defeating the Buffalo Sabers 5-4 in overtime.

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The question can they keep this up all year long. They have already passed the records of expansion teams winning percentage the first month with a 5-0-1 record.

 

Yes, the Golden Knights are Vegas Strong

 

STARS

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The team that moved from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota to Dallas Texas in 1994 are still trying to find a permanent home. They are currently in the Central Division after being in the Pacific Division for many years. The league wanted to cut down on traveling time and many west coast teams complained that they did not like going to Texas during the playoffs season.

 

The Twin cities now belong to the Minnesota Wild.

 

The Stars now have two veteran goalies in Ben Bishop and Kari Lehtonen and the question is who will be number one in the nets or are they going to use the two headed monster. Right now Ben Bishop will make his fourth straight start with 2-1-0 record.

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Goal Brother center Gemel Smith should spark the Stars offense if he can get in the lineup. The 5’10” 190 pounder will make the Stars a threat up the middle but Smith has been a healthy scratch the past six games.

 

Center Jason Spezza will have to carry the men in green this year, too much for one player.

 

Do not expect this team to go above 500. Not enough offense to beat the classy teams of the Western conference.

 

AVALANCHE

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Still wondering how they acquired Jonathan Bernier from the Anaheim Ducks? The veteran goalie will help Semyon Varlamov get the needed rest. This should help Colorado but they need better defensemen. Not impressed with Nikita Zadorov and Tyson Barrie helping their goaltender. They need a P.K. Subban clone to make the playoffs this year.

 

Center Tyson Jost is the future for the Colorado Avalanche but he has to have help from right wing-Colin Wilson and left wing-Carl Soderberg

 

COYOTES

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Older fans are still questioning the placement of this team in the Southwest in 1996-97. This team over-used the home team “white out” in critical games driving the opposition crazy with the white ice, white jersey, and crowd wearing white clothes made it tough to play in Phoenix. It finally induced the league to finally change the rules. Home teams now wear their colorful uniforms at home and the white uniform on the road.

 

After the first few weeks of this season they look worst than they did last year Goalie Antti Raanta is currently on the disabled list forcing the young Adin Hill to start in net.

 

The Derek Stepan, Max Domi, and Clayton Keller line is going backwards with -15 rating and only 12 points.. That will not get it done for Coyotes.

 

Center Brad Richardson also has to show up on the ice

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Goal Brother forward Anthony Duclair signed a 1 year free agent contract after a good year in the desert last year with 20 goals and 20 assist. Still upset the New York Rangers let him go two years ago, the Blueshirts are now paying for it being in last place in the Metropolitan Division.

 

CANUCKS 

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The Vancouver Canucks could be looking at the Pacific Division basement as their defense continues to crumble.

 

They have two unknown goaltenders Jacob Markstrom and Anders Nilsson that will be thrown into the fire in 2017-18.

 

The Sedin Brothers (Henrik and Daniel) are one year older, a bit slower, and another year wiser but opponent’s forwards are flying by them to score.

 

Left wing Derek Dorsett passed his 500 career game and right wing Thomas Vanek passed his 700 point another Sutter, Brandon became the sixth member of the family to reach 600 games. In other words this team is old and may need to start rebuilding for the next decade.

 

Do not expect this team to reach 500 too many problems.

 

Right wing Markus Granlund and left winger Loui Eriksson are the bright new stars for Vancouver.

 

END OF FIRST SERIES

 

Count on The MIG Line (McClean, Ingram, Gray) to score throughout the 2017 – 18 season for The BASN Assassins!  

 

NEXT: THE REST OF THE LEAGUE-WESTERN DIVISION

 

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2017-18 POPSICLE BROTHERS REPORT- #3

THE EASTERN CONFERENCE

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By Gary Norris Gray, Columnist and Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor – in – ChiefBASN Newsroom

 

OAKLAND, CA. (http://www.basnnewsroom.com): Mr. McClean, Mr. Ingram, and Mr. Gray, “The MIG Line” takes the ice again with the rest of the eastern conference. We will take you through the 2017-18 season with our hockey insights.

 

The following teams in the Eastern Conference will struggle to make the playoffs in the spring of 2018. Just like the weak Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The current power teams in the NHL are in the west. The Pittsburgh Penguins like the Cleveland Cavaliers rule the eastern conference and will most likely should repeat this year.

 

DEVILS

The New Jersey Devils were at the bottom of the division at the end of the 2016-17 season. They have nowhere else to go but up. They started this season on the right foot winning their first three games against Buffalo, Colorado, and Toronto reversing the New Jersey tradition of starting slow.

 

The new motto for 2017 is Red Dawn Raising… we shall see.

 

Goaltender Cory Schneider will not be looking over his shoulder worrying about the ghost of goalies past, Hall of Fame New Jersey Goaltender Martin Brodeur, number 30 retired in the 2015 season wearing a St. Louis Blues uniform.

 

The Devils have also put aside the left wing lock defense system and have moved forward with a straight defense.

 

Left wing Brian Gibbons maybe finally finding his way around the Newark ice rink, scoring his first goal of the year against Maple Leafs.

 

New Jersey may be hurting currently at right wing with Drew Stafford and Kyle Palmieri out of the line up with a low body injury at the beginning of the season.

The administration committed to not signing veteran rental players to fill the void this year. So the Devils are going to have to do it on their own with their own players.

Get that shuttle bus to Binghamton (AHL) warmed up.

Looking for right wing Jimmy Hayes, center Adam Henrique, and Taylor Hall to step up their game in 2017.  Centers Pavel Zacha and Nico Hischier have not scored yet but if Jersey is going to move they have to put the bisket in the basket.

The Devils goal this year should be making a wild card spot.

 

 

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are in a do or die year. This coach is on the hot seat if they don’t reach the quarter finals. We could be seeing a head coaching change early if Jackets get off to a slow start. Last year they made the playoffs and are expected to be better this year. Goal Brother defenseman Seth Jones started the season with two goals and he has resigned with the Jackets for six years. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will have to carry the load in net this year with young Joonas Korpisalo as a backup.

New Jack City will have to find a scoring line to stay in the playoffs left wing Pierre Luc Dubois-center Brandon Dudinsky and right wing Cam Atkinson could be that line.

There is work to do in Columbus, Ohio.

 

                                                          HURRICANES

The Carolina Hurricanes are once again in the rebuilding mood. Goaltender Cam Ward finally now has a viable backup with veteran Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks. Carolina must find defensemen to protect them.

The Hurricanes scoring power is up middle with their centers Jordan Staal, Victor Rask, and Derek Ryan.

Not looking for much out of this team this year.

 

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The Big Red Machine has struggled the past four years but it seems like they are currently moving in the right direction.

 The Detroit Red Wings organization could be finally putting together a new team. This team missed the playoffs again last year but the team effort is beginning to show benefits, with scrappy rookie right winger Martin Frk and defenseman Nick Jensen.

Veterans  center Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Travor Daley will be leaned on hard because of their experience.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard might be at the end of the road. Howard has seen the good, bad, and ugly in Detroit. He needs a solid backup and Petr Mrazek is not the one.

ODUYA

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If you are a Sens fan it could be frustrating because they have so much potential and continue to stumble in the first round of playoffs. Defenseman Goal Brother David Johnny Oduya wants to end his career a Stanley Cup run. Can he do it north of the boarder? At least Oduya is wearing the right colors red, black, and white .

Mr. Anderson, the Matrix Man has aged,  Goalie Craig Anderson finally will get help with veteran Mike Condon from Pittsburgh Penguins in net. Anderson missed games the past two years due to family matters and injuries, the Sens hope he can complete this season. Condon scored 5 shutouts last season and should help Ottawa and Anderson.

 

Love rookie center Colin White from Boston, Massachusetts and another Boston College Eagle graduate star scoring 35 goals and 41 assist at B.C.

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The Florida Panthers may have changed their logo but it’s the same old team. The past five years this team has not made improvements or the playoffs. It seems like they are in a block of ice and can’t get out. Maybe it’s the warm weather and the scenery at the beach distracted this team.

The 1993-94 entry had to wait until the 1996 playoffs season to make Miami notice. The Panthers won their first playoffs, upsetting the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. In the Finals the Colorado Avalanche stopped the Panther train in four games ending the surprising ride.

The league also had to pass new rules in regards to fans throwing objects on the ice. In the home opener of the 95-96 season a rat flew across the locker room floor Scott Mellanby one time the rat against the wall, killing it. That night Mellanby scored two goals and goalie John Vanbiesbrouck yelled “rat trick” it grew from there. Panther fans started throwing rubber rats on the ice after a player scored a goal.

It got out of hand the next year when Florida fans bombed opposing goalies with hundreds of rubber rats. The league would assist a penalty if fans continued.

Veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo may have found a home in South Beach after stints in Long Island, New York and Vancouver, B.C. This is his fourth year in South Beach and it might be his best. He has become the elder statesmen and it might be time for the Panthers to seek a new man in net.

This team is in trouble when they are depending on right wing- Radim Vrbata and Jared McCann, center Vincent Trocheck and left wing Jamie McGinn.

The Panthers still need a sniper to jump start their offense.

 

                                                               BRUINS

The Hub fan base could be crying all year. The Boston Bruins might be on the outside looking in April.

The bigger stronger Ottawa Senators put them out of the playoffs last year 4 games to 2 in the first round. The Sens pounded the boards the whole series and the Bruins had no answer.

Boston goaltender- Tuukksa Rask will not have decent backup this year and this might cost them at the end of the season. Last year the Bruins offense went through scoring woes in the middle of the year and it cost them against the Senators they have not fixed that problem.

Boston depends on big defensemen Zdeno Chara, right wing Ryan White, center Riley Nash and left wing Brad Marchand.

The Black and Gold might not make the playoffs this year if they don’t find a scorer and a player to replace defenseman Zdeno Chara. Could that be young centers David Krejci and Riley Nash the new leaders of the baby bears. Cannot forget Center Patrice Bergeron who gets under opponents skin with his gritty place on the ice.

END OF PART III

Count on The MIG Line (McClean, Ingram, Gray) to score throughout the 2017 – 18 season for The BASN Assassins!  

NEXT THE REST OF THE LEAGUE-WESTERN DIVISION

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