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BCS: The Last Supper






The stage is set for this season’s BCS bowl games. This will hopefully be the last year of snubbing and BCS controversy, as the NCAA heads to its first playoff system next year. Although there was less controversy compared to recent years, I’m sure a few teams feel just a bit slighted they didn’t punch their BCS ticket. However this year features a clearer and decisive #1 and 2 then we’ve seen in years past. The so called runner-up bowls feature some usual suspects and a couple unlikely survivors, nonetheless some marquee matchups indeed.
 
  Leading the best team in the nation to the promise land is the undisputed best player in the nation, Jameis Winston. Winston, a freshman, was named the Heisman trophy winner and the youngest to do so. He shattered the numbers of last year’s freshman Heisman winner, Johnny Manzell, on the way to the crown. Jameis and the Noles will meet Heisman runner-up Tre Mason and Auburn Tigers for the BCS title in Pasadena. Mason like Winston, has anchored his team and been their go to guy all year on his way to becoming a Heisman finalist. Auburn is a gritty, well coached bunch with a never give up attitude. It will be interesting to see how that stacks up against a Seminole team with explosive speed and power on both sides of the ball. Jameis promised he and the Noles were bringing the swag back to FSU football, let’s see if he can add a trophy to the along with the swag.

   Squaring off in the city every young man loves to play in, Miami, Clemson versus Ohio State. Both these teams were knocking on the door of a BCS title bid at one point this season, now they face off in the Orange Bowl, not a bad consolation prize. Clemson led by their veteran QB Taj Boyd, would love to send Taj to the NFL with a nice piece of hardware. Veteran is not usually a word you use to describe a college quarterback, but it definitely fits the bill and Boyd’s credentials over the last four years. In just two years Ohio State’s QB Braxton Miller, has worked himself to a pretty impressive resume as well. Had it not been for a bowl ban last year and last game bump in the road this year, Miller could very well have been playing for 2 National Championships. Urban Meyer is not one for “shoulda’, woulda’, couldas’” so I’m sure he intends to make good on his first bowl appearance as a Buckeye head coach.
 
  Right next door in New Orleans isn’t exactly where Nick Saban thought he’d be this bowl season, but here he is. Saban and the Tide take on Oklahoma in the Nokia Sugar Bowl. Weeks ago in the Iron Bowl the crimson tides BCS title hopes were crushed when Auburn’s Chris Davis returned “the field goal from hell” over a 100 yards for a touchdown and the win. For that reason Auburn plays for the title and Bama gets Oklahoma, and how lucky are we for this matchup. 2 coaching wizards and undoubtedly hall famers Nick Saban and Bob Stoops will put their Jedi coaching tricks to the test. Stoops hasn’t had the quality program we’ve been accustomed to seeing but this year he and the Sooners found a way in the Orange Bowl. Saban is just a wee-bit disappointed about where his team sits but that’s all the more reason he will prepare the Tide to destroy the Sooners to prove that Bama’s lost was a fluke and that they deserve to be in Pasadena.
 
  Playing in Arizona this year for the Fiesta Bowl are 2 teams who aren’t regulars to the BCS scene, but both Baylor and UCF fought like hell to get here. The Baylor Bears have been one of the highest scoring offenses this season, scoring 60 or more on 7 of their victories. They’ve nearly ran through almost all division foes including Texas Tech, Oklahoma, TCU, and the Longhorns. The Knights haven’t been slouches at all in their division either, winning the American Athletic Conference out right with their lone lost coming at the hands of South Carolina by a field goal in Orlando. After that lost the Knights ran the gauntlet on the rest of the schedule which included knocking off Louisville and Teddy Bridgewater from Heisman contention. This has been best season ever in the long coaching career of Coach O’leary and Central Florida as well; the icing on the cake would be this BCS victory.
 
  The first showdown in Pasadena before the title game will be Michigan State and Stanford. Stanford was another university that once was knocking on the door of a possible BCS title opportunity. They were able to upset the Ducks but slips ups to Utah and USC proved to be costly, however a Rose bowl invite is a hell of a consolation prize for the PAC-12 Champs. At the beginning of the season nobody saw the Spartans sitting in the Rose bowl picture but with just 1 loss, and defeating rivalry foes Michigan and Ohio State at seasons end, certainly warrant their appearance in the Pasadena shrine.





Functuay’s BOWL PREDICTIONS

  • Florida State over Auburn
  • Clemson over Ohio State
  • Alabama over Oklahoma
  • UCF over Baylor
  • Michigan State over Stanford
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Brooklyn Nets: Identity Crisis

 
 
 
 
 
 
After publicly criticizing Ray Allen and calling for his head on a stick after his so called betrayal, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett defected from Boston this past offseason. The duo captured one championship ring after spending six seasons together before joining an unlikely foe in the name of the Brooklyn Nets. A trade that included guard, Jason Terry and shipped out Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans and a few draft picks. Since their accommodation, there has been a lot of hype and expectations especially with the tandem joining an already impressive bunch of all-stars like Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and premier center Brook Lopez. So far the only impressive thing coming out of Brooklyn has been the trash talk fueled by both Pierce and Garnett. The two re-lit a rivalry with Miami and gained a new one once Pierce let it be known there is hatred for the Knicks and that the Nets will be the best team in New York. Across the bridge, reigning 6th man of the year J.R Smith entertained the talk by Pierce with a few choice words of his own a nice way of saying “bring it on”. Smith and guard Raymond Felton says the Knicks welcome the beef and think the competition will be good for the state of New York but with all the talk the neither team has lived up to the drama, especially a Nets team who has initiated several angles of hype this offseason.

On paper the move by the Nets adds depth but more importantly toughness to a talented team just missing a few pieces to contend for a title. The paper theory has clearly not panned out on the court. The new guys on the block have looked old and sluggish and have done what seems like more resting than playing. Pierce and Garnett’s struggles have hit rock bottom as of late, together they recently posted the worse outing they’ve ever had as teammates with just a total of 3 field goals made and a host of misses. Compiled with the lack of production from those two, insult to injury was added when center Brook Lopez went out for the season with a broken foot. Just a quarter of the way through the season and the Nets are really in pits of the standings. A team who was thought to be a challenge for Miami and Indiana in the playoffs is 9-18 and would currently miss the playoffs all together. Luckily this has also been a horrible season for the rest of the Atlantic division. Leading the division and 4 games under .500 is the Raptors at 11-15 and joining the Nets at the bottom of the list is that other team in New York; the Knicks who are currently tied at 9-18. Maybe in the offseason what Pierce meant to say in his trash talk was we’ll see who exactly the worst team in New York is because both are clearly D-League material at the moment.
 
Just how bad of a move was this acquisition by the Nets this offseason? Everybody praised the efforts of general manager Billy King, but it’s obvious the move was motivated with the “win now, worry later” mind set. Prior to this season there was a clear decline in both Pierce and Garnett’s numbers but more importantly the playing time and quality minute production. 37year old KG hasn’t played a full season since his stint as a young wolf in Minnesota and this season features more resting, fewer minutes and only a 6 point, 7 rebound average. Pierce has been bit more valuable averaging 12 points, 5 rebounds but like Garnett the 36year olds numbers have taking a hit in several categories. Coming over we all knew the former Celtics would average less especially being worked into an offense that revolves around Lopez, Johnson and filtrated by Williams.
 
Since finally coming to Brooklyn, the Nets collectively have had a series of identity crisis on their hands and this season is no different. 4 seasons ago I could say without a doubt Deron Williams beat out Chris Paul as the top point guard in the NBA, but since then inconsistency along with injury has plagued he and the Nets. His questionable leadership and inability to carry the Nets in the important moments has certainly contributed to the lack of success in Brooklyn. Sharing the blame as well has been the overpaid Joe Johnson. After the Hawks gave Johnson an ungodly $120 million contract , the Nets soon traded for the all-star but since acquiring him they’ve gotten anything but their money’s worth. Until the Lakers tacked on to Kobe’s contract, Johnson was the highest paid player in the NBA but only averaging less than 17 a game. A 17 point average in this league is not bad but Johnson is set to make over $20 mil for the next 3 years and $25 mil in the last year. Those amounts are usually parallel with the player’s performance and usually warrant a scoring title, MVP, or at least 25 point a game production. Johnson isn’t even leading his team in anything, let alone the NBA and just like Williams he has pulled some disappearing acts at pivotal times in the last few seasons. Maybe the Nets can do some contract restructuring that extracts money from both Williams and Johnson and adds to Brook Lopez’s contract. Before going out with the foot injury, Lopez has been the most consistent Net since they moved to Brooklyn.
   
 
 If the playoffs started today or even soon the Nets would certainly be on the outside looking in. Had the offseason acquisition worked out like everyone raved about, realistically the Nets would still only be the 3rd best team in the eastern conference possibly 4th. With their current standing making up ground is definitely possible in that lack luster division but for a legitimate chance in the playoffs changes will have to be made. First step in fixing the identity crisis will be for point guard Deron Williams to solidify himself as not only the leader but that this Nets team is his. Joe Johnson has to reinsert himself among the elite players in the NBA and get those averages up. With the loss of Brook Lopez, center Andray Blatche and forward Reggie Evans will need to work more at becoming formidable presences in the post. If I’m GM Billy King, I’d closely monitor the production of veterans Pierce and Garnett, they will need to contribute more quality minutes but both contributions start with their health.. King’s loyalty to Pierce and Garnett maybe put to the test around the trade deadline if the Nets are fighting for a playoff spot and King may very well be fighting for his job. There’s 50+ games left to find out exactly who the Nets are, but right now they’re jerseys might as well be nameless.
 
 
 
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NFL: 1st Quarter Recap

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Five games into this season we’ve learned a lot from many teams, surprised by some and we’re ready to write off a few others. An end to week 5 finds 3 teams sitting atop the standings unbeaten and on the short end of the stick, 3 teams yet to see the win column. Some divisions are split evenly all under 500, still with an opportunity to win out, while some divisions feature just one runaway team and the rest almost assuredly missing the playoffs already.

Power Rankings


After an old western shootout with Tony Romo and the Cowboys, Peyton Manning and the undefeated Broncos are 5-0 and still the #1 team in the power rankings, surprise-surprise. Manning, who’s set all kind of passer records so far this season, threw for 5 TD’S and over 400 yards in a 51-48 victory, which ended as the 2nd highest scoring game in regulation. Although anything can happen on any given Sunday, the Broncos are staring 6-0 in the face after hosting the Jags next Sunday. Their undefeated streak could soon be put to the test when they square off against division foe Kansas City who also is undefeated but playing better defense. Regardless of what the record will be heading into the playoffs, Denver is stem rolling their way in, but can they sustain it all the way to a Superbowl?

With a new defensive coordinator and their head coach back on the sidelines, the Saints are back to terrorizing the NFL. Since Sean Peyton resumed leadership, the Saints offense has looked nothing short of phenomenal. Brees is averaging 350+ yards and 2TD’S a game and baffling secondary’s every Sunday. His favorite target, Jimmy Graham is statistically the best tight end in the league, averaging least 8 catches, 120 yards, and 1 touchdown a game. The 3 headed monster in the back field, Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson, and Darren Sproles are running through defenses with Sproles leading the way. Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan has turned the worse defense in NFL history into a stifling bunch, smothering offenses each week. With such a prolific offense and a new well discipline D, the Saints are no question the team to beat in the NFC.

Although Andy Reid and the Chiefs are 3rd in the rankings, they could make a strong case for the best team in the NFL. After getting down late Sunday against Tennessee, the Chiefs turned to offseason acquisition Alex Smith and all-purpose back Jamal Charles, together, both helped the Chiefs secure a lead and they never looked back, staying undefeated. Charles might be the most valuable player for his team through five games, averaging 80 yards rushing and 50 receiving, with at least 1 touchdown in each game. Statistically the Chiefs have the best defense in the league, holding all opponents to 17 points or less this season. Chiefs have rebounded tremendously from a 2-14 season, to 5-0 and on a collision course with division mate Denver who also sits undefeated.

Picking up where he left off last season, Andrew Luck looks posed like a veteran pro-bowler. Luck isn’t averaging over 350 yards and 3 TD’s a game like Manning and Brees, but the way he’s managing the game and making sound decisions at critical times have the Colts sitting at 4-1. He’s making all his weapons look like studs and he recently acquired a new one. Coming over from Cleveland for basically nothing in return is Trent Richardson. Richardson will pick up where Bradshaw left off and carry the load along with Donald Brown. Indy’s Defense with the exception of 2 games has held opponents to 17 or less and is 6th overall against the pass. At this pace a lot of teams should fear this Colts team as we creep closer to playoff time.

Despite an unlucky loss to the Colts, the Seahawks are still 5th in the power rankings. Andrew Luck pulled off his 9th career 4th quarter comeback and was able to knock off the unblemished Seahawks. Even in this loss to the Colts, Russell Wilson looked sharp, finishing with 200 yards through the air, 100 on the ground and 2 touchdowns. The weapons are still firing on all cylinders, and just think how strong this team will be once Percy Harvin returns. A talented speedy offense and the best defensive backs in the leagues makes the Seahawks a balanced team to be reckoned with throughout the rest of the season.
Bottom of the barrel

For the 5th consecutive week, the Jacksonville Jaguars are the NFL’s worst team. The Jags new uniforms are about the only thing looking good in Jacksonville these days and after week 5’s injuries to Rookie Luke Joeckel, and wideout Justin Blackmon, it’s going to get worst before better. Adding insult to injury, the Jags face Peyton Manning and Denver in week 6. The Broncos are rolling like an unstoppable tank right now, destroying defenses at will. The 48 points the Broncos defense allowed to Dallas is the only flaw Jacksonville can use to find hope in winning this matchup. A little more momentum the Jaguars can use against this scoring machine, the Jags did score a season high of 20 this Sunday against St. Louis. I don’t think anyone expected a stellar season from the Jags right of the bat, not even their new head coach. In Guy Bradley’s first season he’s had some uncharacteristic scenarios but hopefully he starts to add a few W’s in the win column or his first season could be his last. 

Tom Coughlin is no stranger to the hot seat in New York. The Giants head coach has had his share of dismal spells but managed to bounce back hard each time, including a pair of Superbowl victories.. So far this season Eli Manning has had nightmares of defensive lineman and interceptions. With an inexperienced offensive line and almost zero help from the run game, Eli has to play nearly perfect to have a productive Sunday outing. Giants reacquired running back Brandon Jacobs to open things up for speedy back David Wilson but the two compiled with the o-line have not been in sync. Where they lack in offense they usually make up on the defensive end but not his year. With veteran Osi Umeniyora gone, the line is faltering and the ship has been swaying. The good news is with the rest of the NFC East under 500, the Giants still have a shot at the playoffs if they start to win immediately. Digging Coughlin out of a hole is one thing this Giants team has done for years, but is this one escapable we’ll soon find out.

If you’re franchise makes an addition like cornerback Darelle Revis to your defense to go along with a maturing offense, you definitely have a season to look forward to. Well since Revis Island came on board, the Bucs have yet to win a game. Revis for the most part has done his part holding premier wide receivers to minimal games but hey let’s face it he can’t be everywhere nor can he play offense, which is where the real struggle lies. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano had high hopes for QB Josh Freeman but that ship has sailed. With Freeman landing in Minnesota now, QB Mike Glennon has control of the offense, and it’s going to take the maturity of Glennon along with the strategic use of running back Doug Martin to turn around this season for the Buccaneers. 

If someone were to say the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to be winless after 4 games, I’m sure anyone would place bet against those odds. Winless and hurt would be a more appropriate statement. An ailing Steelers team has injuries across the offensive line as well as their defense. With several veterans out for the season, the pressure solely rest on the shoulders of safety Troy Polamalu and big Ben Roethlisberger. Bens most impressive game was a 4th quarter comeback that ended in an empty handed goaline opportunity in London against Minnesota. Nothing is working at all for Pittsburgh this season and despite the losses coming due to lack of personnel, big changes could be in store this offseason for this Steeler team. 



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Land of the Un-Beaten



 

The college gridiron season is upon us once again, and as expected we’re on our way to another controversial postseason. In this finale of the "pre-playoff BCS era", we could very well see a handful of unbeaten teams come bowl time.  Some schools have challenged themselves in the scheduling this year while others either have a walk in the park, controlling their own fate. Many teams will be on the cusp of a title shot but with a host of the elite schools with weak schedules this season, some unbeaten will be on the outside looking in.

Leading the way as the undisputed pre-season #1 is Alabama. Nick Saban's Tide has been by far the most dominant team in college football the last few years. Despite a slip up to Johnny Football, and the Aggies last year, Bama regained poise and tackled a second straight National Championship, 3rd in the last 4 years. Even with the usual suspects in the SEC atop the rankings, Bama's only true test may come at the end of the season in the SEC Championship game where they could be on a collision course with preseason #5 Georgia. The Bulldogs, led by heisman hopeful Aaron Murray, didn't lose much to the NFL draft last year. If healthy, Mark Richt’s dawg pound could potentially run the table in the SEC, including knocking off Bama, staying unblemished for a chance at the title.

Further North in the big 10, the Ohio State Buckeyes went undefeated last season with ease but unfortunately weren't bowl eligible.  Newly released from the bowl ban, they have a favorable schedule. If you're betting on anyone staying perfect this year put your money on Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. 

Immortality could be up for grabs out west as well. The high powered offense of #3 Oregon will no doubt lead the PAC-12 in scoring again this year, the question is will the Ducks muster up enough offense against #4 Stanford when they both square off November 7th in Cali. The winner of this showdown may in fact be left with a donut in the loss column, tossing themselves in the discussion of who should play for the ship.

Over in the big east the team controlling their own destiny is Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals.  Back in January, Bridgewater threw for nearly 300 yards for 2 TD’s, as he and Louisville scampered impressively past a highly favored #3 Florida Gator team in the Nokia Sugar Bowl . This season the cardinals have the breeziest schedule of any top 10 team, with a list that features not a single top 25 opponent. With many of the other top 10 teams battling each other and falling off by the way side, Louisville could find themselves unbeaten and slide right in the driver seat of at least a BCS bowl bid. Although their strength of schedule may keep them out of the coin toss to play in the grand finale, Louisville will certainly earn honorable mention if they can end unbeaten.

After all the jockeying for BCS ranking positions is over, as usual we undoubtedly will be unsure as to who truly deserves an opportunity at the National Championship. The one thing everyone seems to firmly agree on is that a College Football playoff cannot come sooner. Santa and the NCAA front offices will somewhat grant our wishes next year with the introduction of a 4 team playoff. While this season strength of schedule may be the worst nightmare of many schools, snext year coaches, athletic directors, players, and fans everywhere will watch the fate of college football’s crown decided between the hash marks.





 Written by Functuay of Iamtheinfluenc.com
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Kendrick Lamar's Wake Up Call to HIP HOP







Days after rapper Kendrick Lamar’s controversial lyrics surfaces, a wide eyed aura still lingers over the hip-hop world. Lamar along with Jay Electronica were featured on Big Sean’s track titled “Control” where the trio all spit an individual freestyle verse. Sean blazed his verse first before Kendrick unleashed an epic fury of bars this era of hip-hop has never heard. Just as Lamar starts to increase his flow, in the meat of the verse he starts to name drop a handful of well-known mc’s in the game. In the verse he says "I'm usually homeboys with the same n***** I'm rhymin' with but this is hip-hop and them n***** should know what time it is and that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller...I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n*****." In the entertainment world sadly the first interpretation is usually the most negative. The responses by fellow rappers are gaining in numbers by the day. Some of them feel it’s nothing more than a bonafide diss track aimed at the competition while others believe it’s simply a wakeup call and challenge to the hip-hop world to bring back good music.



After breaking down the “Control” lyrics by Lamar, you’ll definitely hear where the controversy stems but there are still a few other interesting bars not really getting a whole lot of notoriety. Earlier on in his verse Lamar reference’s himself along with JayZ, Nas, Eminem, and Andre 3000 as being one of the best MC’s which certainly could be cause for rebuttal. However further along in his verse he goes on to say he has love for the aforementioned rappers he’s supposedly dissing. Also not really being mentioned is contorted throughout the controversial rhyme are some cleverly delivered puns, metaphors and vicious analogies, many of which probably still have mc’s puzzled. 


 As expected, pouring in has been the responses by several rappers, some of which are unequivocally irrelevant, nonetheless where there is opportunity there are opportunist. There were actually a few that hold some weight, like that of Nas, one of those “Best MC’s” that Lamar named. After hearing the track and asked his opinions, the rap vet said “Wow! I love hip-hop right now.” Also when asked was he offended he simply said “I’m a listener”. Diddy offered his opinions as well via instagram with some humor that mocked Kendrick’s line about being the King of New York. Two of the rappers mentioned in the track, Meek Mill and Wale both were asked as well their views on the track. They both virtually said the same thing in separate interviews, “sh*t I would be offended if he didn’t mention my name in that sh*t. I don’t feel any type of way, what people should look at is who he didn’t mention. Those n***** should be offended. At the end of the day it’s all sport, a lot of us cool but we here to compete too, this hip-hop.” Big Sean, the artist who actually released the track, had intentions of adding this song to his latest album however it didn’t make the cut. In his interview about the track he let it be known that he and Lamar are actually friends and his verse was a not a diss but simply what hip-hop is all about. He also went on to mention that after Lamar sent back his verse he wasn’t offended and actually feels his verse is just as good or better than Kendrick’s, how many would agree with that I’m not sure. Other rappers targeted in the track like Drake, Pusha T, Mac Miller and Tyler have yet to respond or comment.


When this cloud of controversy and misinterpretation clears, will this track have been enough of a wakeup call for hip-hop? There are so many questions attempting to be answered after Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse but the one no one is asking is where do we take hip-hop from here? Whether or not it was intended to be a diss track or just a self-motivating rant, as lovers of hip-hop we can only hope it serves as the demonstration that helped rejuvenate real hip-hop music. Undoubtedly hip-hop has evolved and will forever evolve with creative minds and the introduction of new styles but what has not evolved is the quality of its mc’s. Mentioned in Lamar’s verse are what many are calling this new wave of artist like J.Cole, Wale, Drake and a few others but throughout the rest of hip-hop are what could be talented rappers making “popcorn music.” Simply put, just music created for entertainment purposes to make money but has no real passion, flavor, essence or thought into it at all. Artist and labels are only thriving and relying on the real artistic ability behind the scenes of the beat makers, producers, and song writers, hook singers etc. laying down all the brilliant groundwork. Rappers are not perfecting their craft like before and labels are not demanding better music. How long will we be listening to hot beats laced with lyrics lacking substance? Only time will tell if the consistency of real hip-hop will rise again until then, regardless of how you feel about control, Kendrick Lamar one; everybody else zero.






 Written by Functuay of Iamtheinfluenc.com
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Jay Verze New Single "Whylin"



Song Title: Whylin’
Artist Name: Jay Verze
Producer Name: Dre Beatz
Release Date: 7/2/13

 
 Remember the young phenom from the Baltimore we introduced you too Jay Verze. Yea, well we just linked up with him to see what he has been working on. He has a upcoming sophomore project which has yet to be titled. He has released his 1st single from the project which is titled "Whylin" and yo this track just adds to his list of great HIP HOP tracks. 

The track was produced by non other than  Dre Beatz and Fred Nice. None the less the homie is in the studio as you read finalizing the finishing touches, and should be ready for your listening pleasure later this fall. You can download the single and see more of his dope content at www.JayVerze.com



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2013 BET AWARDS Re-Cap

The airways, social media sites, and blogs are still buzzing after the 2013 BET awards show. This year’s host and occasional comedic relief was none other than Chris Tucker. BET’s biggest night of the year promised sizzling performances as usual, special honorees, touching tributes; unforgettable antics by your favorite celebs and of course some gold hardware.
Headlining one of the top awards of the night was Miguel, who apparently has rebounded from his bad leg drop moment in concert. Miguel would take home the “Best Male R&B/Pop” award. Talk about a confidence booster, the nominees in this prestigious category every year are typically names like Usher, Chris Brown, Neyo, and Bruno Mars, this definitely places Miguel some elite company.

 In the female bracket for this award, I don’t think there was any question of who would be snatching this one up, Rihanna. Bad girl Ri Ri has certainly been on top of the game as of late, a little controversial at times but nothing keeping her off the top of the charts. I’m sure Gaga and Bey are anxious to even up the competition real soon.

It’s hard to find a legit winner every year for best new artist because most artists have been on the scene for a while just not making much noise or by the time this award rolls around there just simply not new anymore. Well this year you can throw that out the window. Kendrick Lamar was not only the clear cut winner for “Best New Artist” but also took home the “Best Male Hip-Hop” artist as well. Lamar, a Cali native, has arguably been the best MC in the game this year thus far. With such a unique style heard in singles like “poetic justice” and now in one of the most classiest and talked about performances of BET history. Kendrick and the neo-soulful Erykah Badu made a surprise poetic like collaboration to his track “don’t kill my vibe”. The tandem blended together smoothly for an even better rendition of the original record.
The Pink bombshell Nicki Minaj would bring home some hardware at the BET awards as well. Nicki won for “Best Female Hip-Hop” artist.  Not too many pleased with Minaj’s style of music but the numbers don’t lie, in fact they’ve been pretty impressive and let’s face it this Barbie’s kind of in a league by herself right now. “Competition? I don’t C.N.E”
 Her YMCMB counterpart Drake wouldn’t make an appearance this year without taken home a little gold himself. Drizzy’s “started from the bottom” joint won for “Best Video of the year”. Either everybody could relate or the video was just that damn good!

Getting away from Music a bit, this year’s “Best Actor” and “Best Actress awards go to Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington. Foxx starred in the controversial blockbuster “Django” directed by Quentin Tarantino. It’s a story featuring Foxx as a slave looking for freedom and revenge. Regardless of which way you angle the thumb for this one, it was sort of a big deal. Kerry Washington’s big splashed this year wasn’t at the box office it was on cable television once a week. It’s some show called “Scandal” or something like that, and it’s only like the number 1 watched show on television right now! Right ladies? Washington plays the part of Olivia Pope on the show; it’s hard to clarify what her title is but she’s dam good at it and ratings were through the roof on Tuesday nights.

The stage was rocked once again this year at the BET awards. Everyone was on the edge of their seats to see who was going to do what and how. Mr. Heart throb, Robin Thicke was without question one of the most highly anticipated performances of the night. Thicke’s single “Blurr the lines” is the number song in the country right now, for good reason.

After a long vacation from making records, Justin Timberlake graced the audience with such a suave performance only he is accustom to delivering. In case you’ve been under a rock, Timberlake has been away on mogul like ventures but is back from the hiatus and in the top 5 on the billboard with his single “Suit and Tie.”
NC was in the building, highly represented to the fullest. Rapper, J.Cole dropped a few bars on his single “Power Trip”. Cole has a newly released album and it is creating quite a stir with excellent reviews. Since his emergence onto the scene J.Cole has indeed rose to the occasion, has not disappointed  and this summer just might be another “Cole world”!
Uncle Charlie, last name Wilson or as we like to call him the south “Cholly”, left a little funk on the stage. As one of the leaders of the old school and pioneers, Charlie Wilson was this year’s BET honoree. The legend performed a collection of his jams, old and new and showed us exactly why we still learn from the old school.
For more recap of the winners and performances visit BET.com or tune in for the encore showing on July 2nd @ 6:30 ET/5:30 CT.
Written by Functuay of Iamtheinfluenc.com
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: DJ NASTY




  
When discussing the best world renowned DJ’s, DJ Nasty is certainly a name that has to be thrown in the mix. The Grammy award winning DJ needs no introduction, and has an impeccable resume that’s 2nd to none. Nasty has worked with the hottest artist throughout the music industry. Together with brother LVM, the NastyBeatMakers have produced several records that led to gold, platinum, and double platinum albums. Over the years their productions have helped solidify success for many artists in the game. Lil Wayne, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled, Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Pit Bull are just a handful of big names who have dropped bars on a NastyBeatMakers track, and the list goes on. Recently in Orlando, Functuay of IAMTHEINFLUENC sat down with Nasty for an exclusive interview. Among the topics was the current direction of hip-hop, his views on the struggles of finding new talent, as well as the new talent within NastyBeatMakers and future projects.   

IAMTHEINFLUENC: In your hometown of Orlando, you’re a legend and forever will be known as a pioneer. What is your take on Orlando from a music standpoint compared to the other major hip-hop meccas such as New York, Cali, Philly, Miami, and New Orleans etc.?
 
DJ Nasty: “We still have a ways to go but there’s definitely talent out here. We just need to build our craft and take pride in what we do if we want be hot as the other cities. The other cities undoubtedly have dope producers and so do we. We’ve had the Runners blow up out of here, myself, and Kane beats so we definitely have made our mark as far as producers go but as far as rappers we haven’t hit that mark yet. The city needs to come together and work with each other more. There are good rappers here but when you listen to their music you can’t help but think it could be a lot hotter. When you listen to the collection of artist from cities like ATL and Philly they have hot beats, and their rappin’ over hot stuff, so we just have to learn from the other cities and take full advantage of what we have here in Orlando.”

 
IAMTHEINFLUENC: You’ve produced and worked on a number of hit records from albums that went either gold, platinum, and sometimes double platinum; when you look back at the success of those projects what is the first thing that comes to mind? When you turn on the radio or the TV and you hear a track that you’ve produced, how does that make you feel?
 

DJ Nasty: “That feeling is amazing. When I first heard any of my records on the radio it was amazing! Excited like a kid in the candy store. Just makes me proud of my work and wanting to keep striving to have more records out there.”
 
IAMTHEINFLUENC: Recently at the white house correspondents dinner, the President of the United States , Barack Obama, walked out to your track “All I do is win”, how did that make you feel in that moment?
 
DJ Nasty: “Aw man no words, no words! No words can express how I felt that night when I heard that. It doesn’t get any bigger than the president, for him to walk out to that song and for him to be a minority like me is an even bigger deal. What he did in that building no other president has done in their life and I respect Obama for that. I’m proud of him, his 2 terms, and to be a part of this history because we don’t know when we will ever see another brother up their holding it down for us, so the feeling is definitely amazing.”

IAMTHEINFLUENC: Being regarded as one of the best at what you do, you are a highly sought after DJ; is your work more so contracted out or do you just go in the lab and create a hit and seek out the best rapper that will bring out the best in your track?
 
DJ Nasty: “yeah that’s how I always pitch my music. When I create something I tailor make it for a particular artist and that’s how I pitch it. Sometimes it may work the opposite way around but normally I make it specifically for a certain artist.”

IAMTHEINFLUENC: Who are some artist you enjoy working with as well as some artist you would like to work more with?
 
DJ Nasty: “Ludacris of course is one of my favorites. Also I love to work with Khaled just because he’s very motivational to work with. He knows exactly what he wants and needs in a track. As far as who I would like to work more with I’d say Jay –Z and probably Drake as well. Drake is special; he’s one hell of an artist.”

IAMTHEINFLUENC: When you look back at all the great work and projects you have either worked on, which track is your favorite or gives you the most sense of accomplishment?
 
DJ Nasty: “One of my favorite tracks I ever did was probably Southern Fried Intro for Ludacris and that was on his Chicken and Beer album. I loved it and it had two parts to the record, it had the introduction of the beat and then eventually to where he starts rappin. The way we made it was amazing, with live instruments, guitars, drums, and it was something special. I ran into Kanye one day and he even told me how dope the record was and how he was such a big fan of that record. The record touched a lot of people and that’s good to know.”
IAMTHEINFLUENC
: What is your viewpoint right now on the industry, as far as where we are in hip-hop and what direction do you think hip-hop is headed in?
 
DJ Nasty: “I think right now there are a lot of outlets for new artist to be discovered and to get their music out there. Back in the day’s artist would go straight to a label like Def Jam and hope that they could get a meeting and somehow get signed. Now they can make an amazing record and send it to a blog site, if they like it the blog site will post it up and artist will start to build a fan base. So I definitely feel like hip-hop is in a magnificent place right now.”
 


IAMTHEINFLUENC: Back in the days the only people who pushed artist or brought out new artist were big record labels. Now you see rappers and DJ’s creating their own labels or just bringing forth new talent under them. What are some of the struggles artist face when trying to branch out and find talent to work under them and to sustain that new talent in the industry?
 
DJ Nasty: “That’s definitely a tough thing for any artist. You just have to have the right team and the right personnel to help you to be able to succeed. A lot of people have tried to bring out new artist but I also think you have to have the right artist to do so. Back in the day’s people would try to sign artist and then develop them afterwards but we’re in a new day and age where you can see a hot new rapper on the blog sites starting to blow first. Like take Rick Ross for example, the way he did it was smart. He saw a rapper like Meek Mill starting to gain momentum, and become hot so he went and got him. Then he saw Wale, and it’s the same thing, you see the right artist grinding and moving and you sign them. But at the end of the day you still have to know how to work, because I’ve seen other artist try to do the same thing and it doesn’t happen that way. Ross right now probably has the strongest team we see in the game. But it doesn’t happen the same way for every artist sometimes it takes a little time for the artist to get where he needs to be. Look at Ace Hood, it took time but he here now, sometimes it just takes a little ground work!

IAMTHEINFLUENC: The World knows you as DJ Nasty but before you rose to this level, what are some of your own struggles or experiences that helped you get to where you are now?
 
DJ Nasty: “I would say some of the same struggles a lot of other people had to endure in this business. Nothing was handed to me, everything I got I had to work hard for. I came from a different era, I’m from the old School so I’ve seen technology change and evolve but I came from an era where I had to carry my crate of records up many flights of stairs just to DJ at parties. I came from a strong struggle but now a DJ just has to pack his lap top and they’re done. Over the years for me there was a lot of doors shut but a lot of them were open as well to help me get to where I am today and I can say if I died tomorrow I’m happy with my life and my accomplishments. Not too many people can say they got a Grammy, or had the president walk out to their record, all those things are amazing to me!”

IAMTHEINFLUENC: When you look back at your younger years, who were some of the most influential artist that inspired you?
 
DJ Nasty: “Of course I’d have to say artist like Prince; super talented, plays every instrument in the book, writes, produces, somebody like that is a musical genius. Quincy Jones, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Mantronix, all these people are musical geniuses and have influenced me, I mean I could go on for days, there are just so many people who were amazing at their craft.

IAMTHEINFLUENC: When would you say you first fell in love with hip-hop?
 
DJ Nasty: “I think it was when I went to New York and I got to get a taste of hip-hop from its birthplace. Going to the Bronx, Fordham road, and the record stores back then and I was just like wow this is crazy, listening to hot97 and Chuck Chillout and Mally mall, hearing them scratch and playing Eric B. and Rakim paid and full. That’s when I really fell in love with it, but when I first heard it was the Sugar Hill era with Rappers Delite, we talking about hip-hop decades ago and it’s still here!”
 
IAMTHEINFLUENC: One of the newest and most creative ways to make music is to mix genres, what is your opinion on that and do you see yourself joining this new wave?
 

DJ Nasty: “Well I got a chance to do a R&B record on Khaled’s album, it features Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, and Neyo and it’s such a special record, so I was able to dabble with a little R&B there. I like what’s going on with this EDM movement (Electric Dance Music), the trap house stuff, I like that and I can definitely mess with that. I just appreciate music as a whole I’m not a hater of any genre, I don’t care what it is I have nothing against any kind of music. We all need music, we listen to it in any mood no matter how we’re feeling, music is therapeutic, it’s great for the soul, and music is just amazing. “

IAMTHEINFLUENC: What are some of your current NastyBeatMaker endeavors as well some future projects that we should stay tuned to?
 
DJ Nasty: “I’m personally putting out a single in the next couple of months. I’m also going to feature some of my artist off my single. I’m still going to go heavy with the production; we’re working on Khaled’s album as well. We have a dope record on his album that might possibly be the 2nd single and its crazy so definitely look for that! And of course I plan continue to push Shad Star as well as some of the other artist that I’m working with like Caskey, and Kid the traveler; just go hard with them and get there music out there.”

Aside from hit records, you can catch DJ Nasty on Orlando's premier hip-hop radio station Power 95.3, and mixing it up in some of the city's hottest night clubs as well as exclusive star studded events!
Special thanks to M.Lanzó. Moses and LVM of NastyBeatMakers productions and the whole NBM fam.
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Philadelphia Building Collapses Killing 1




 In a bizarre and puzzling outcome in Philadelphia today, an uninhabited building collapsed on to a neighboring thrift store. The decrepit structure was set to be demolished on Wednesday morning when it unexpectedly folded within trapping 13 people inside. The lucky 13 was able to be rescued by emergency first responders, but a 35 year old woman was not so lucky and died amongst the rubble and debris. Police, search and rescue teams are unsure just how many people were in the nearby thrift store. Officials have confirmed that the search will continue throughout the night.  Although many witnesses thought the first rumblings from the building was a possible terrorist attack, police have ended the speculation and concluded that the collapsed building has been labeled an industrial accident. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the on the scene and will complete a full investigation.

Written by Functuay of Iamtheinfluenc.com
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Tyga - For The Road (Explicit) ft. Chris Brown

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T.I. Ft Cee Lo Green "Hello"

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Rich Gang "Tap Out"


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John Legend "Who do We Think We are"

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Ray J "I Hit it First"

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Kriss Kross "Jump"


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Chris Kelly of Kriss Kross has passed Away

 

We have lost another great in the Hip Hop Community. Fox 5 News has reported that Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly has died in Atlanta today. He was found unconscious in his home around 4:30 p.m. eastern time. He was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center where he was then pronounced dead an hour later. He was 34 years old.

Kelly entered the Hip Hop scene in 1992 as half of the group Kriss Kross with their hit single "Jump". They then earned a spot on the late Michael Jackson's Dangerous World Tour. Super Producer Jermaine Dupri produced their whole album Totally Krossed Out which sold more than 4 million albums.

Donna Kelly Pratte, Kelly's  has made a statement through So So Def

"It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him."

We have definitely lost a great in the Hip Hop community and  he will surely be missed , as always remember Keep it Hip Hop! 
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VERA FLASH: HUSTLE


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O.D.B.M.G : C.B.A. Vol. 1


DOWNLOAD HERE!!!!  http://www.datpiff.com/ODBMG-CBA-Vol-1-mixtape.478051.html

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Tyga "Molly" ft Wiz Khalifa


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Fabolous ft Chris Brown "Ready"


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O.D.B.M.G Presents "Dirty Money"



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Obama's Compliment: Sexist or Misconstrued


 
You might remember a few days ago the uprising of negativity swirling around president Obama and his reference to California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris. The president was at a private fundraiser with the Democratic National Committee when he mentioned Harris. The president offered his thoughts of her, complimented and praised Harris with the upmost respect and ended his sentiments by saying she also “happened to be the best looking attorney general there is”. Naturally the only part of his statement that was duly noted was that in which was made about her physical beauty. Less than 24 hours after the statement, a buzz quickly made its way around the nation and outraged many people. On the other end of the spectrum, many considered his compliments to be well within the lines, harmless, and did Ms. Harris justice (No pun intended). However on the opposition, were angry “women of equality groups”, and a few anti-Obama brigades. Their gripes spoke of how sexist Obama’s statements were and that he implied Harris isn’t as qualified in her abilities to do her job efficiently due to her physical beauty. Also the comments could potentially make her less likely to receive votes in a future battle for the U.S attorney general race. To put the spectacle to bed, Obama personally called Kamala Harris and offered his sincere apologies. Harris later stated that she graciously accepted and forgave the president.
After this whole debacle we should begin to wonder after a statement full of respectable praise that ended in a compliment about Harris’s looks, when is the proper time to compliment a woman of power or should we at all? Or does a remark in reference to a woman’s beauty in any work realm automatically undermine how well she can perform her duties? What would have been the reaction had Obama been asked directly about Harris’s looks and then dismissed the question or refused to answer? Would he then be bashed too and would that response or lack thereof yield a negative depiction of Harris as well? Is it a lose-lose or was Obama out of line?

Written by Functuay of Iamtheinfluenc.com

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Halle Berry is Pregnant

 
 
Yes it is TRUUUU !!! Halle Berry is pregnant with her second child, her rep has confirmed with People. "I can confirm that Halle and Olivier are expecting a child," the rep tells the magazine.

Halle Berry which is 46 is engaged to Olivier Martinez, 47. Berry also has a daughter Nahla, which is 5 years old from a previous relationship with model Gabriel Aubry.

Congrats to the couple on their blessing. 
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DJ CLUE ARRESTED: Driving with suspended license and Drug Possession

 

DJ Clue was recently arrested in New York City this morning.

He was initially pulled over for a routine traffic violation, when cops realized he was driving with a suspended license. This in turn prompted a search by the cops which turned up 3 illegal pills.

According to NBC 4 in New York Clue was then taken into custody and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operator.
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Talib Kweli calls out Rick Ross over "U.O.E.N.O." Lyrics

 
So yea once again a rapper wasn't being "responsible" with their lyrics .... Whatever that means?

Recently Rick Ross was in bit of a controversy over his lyrics in a song "U.O.E.N.O.". Some critics basically saying that he was supporting "date rape" , maybe even glorifying it. Which in fact are the dumbest allegations that's been put out there. The question is WHY would anyone especially a high profile entertainer such as the ROSS pit himself in that type of situation ? The answer is they wouldn't !

Talib Kweli seems to think otherwise though. Recently while having a discussion with Marc Lamont Hill  of the HuffPost Live, he in fact called out the MMG Boss stating "I don't care if Rick Ross is 40 years old, he's a misguided 40-year-old person,"  WOW! Really tho Talib.

Here are the lyrics: "Put Molly in her champagne/She ain't even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/She ain't even know it."

Yes I do in act agree that the lyrics clearly spell out rape, but we all know that's just what it is lyrics and doesn't mean they condone nor participate in those type of situations. Honestly how many rappers say they have murdered or will murder ......ill wait... exactly numerous of them and they probably have never even killed a ant. Although  Rozay says he was miss understood,  Kweli still says "Everything everyone's saying about that line is correct. Rick Ross condoned rape in that song, and he shouldn't, and he should apologize. His apology that he offered was unacceptable. A part of his apology that he offered dodged the issue and leads us to believe that either he's naive, or he's just stupid."

Although he's not against it, Kweli doesn't believe that scolding Ross will bring about change in the area of lyrical responsibility. The Brooklyn MC provided an alternate tactic in handling the issue. "We have to embrace them with love."

 Yea I hear ya Kweli, Ross should have been much more responsible with his lyrics, and so do all rappers. Lets give him the benefit of doubt and accept his apology in hopes that he doesn't make the same mistake again.



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MONDAY MORNING COFFEE



 

North Korea threats continue


                Another week goes by and North Korea is at it again with missile threats. Their fearless leader Kim Jong Un has made it very clear that they have the resources to launch an attack on U.S soil. This week’s threats were a bit different; Kim Jong would insult the American military by comparing our mainland to a boiled pumpkin. He would go on to state the U.S is unable to endure an attack from any enemy foes especially North Korea. An official for the U.S defense would put Americans somewhat at ease and remain firm in the theory that these threats are no more than propaganda and a rhetoric bluff. Another official from the Security Council would also chime in on the threats and remind us that North Korea has a long history of threats in the past and these current ones are nothing but the same wolf tickets. Although U.S officials continue to disregard these threats by North Korea, Americans can only ponder is our government being naïve in dispelling these threats? At some point if these threats continue do we still not act and if we don’t what are our other enemies thinking? Did this same nonchalant-ness contribute to 9/11 attacks? Only time will tell!

 

The heat turns up on gay marriage, rights


               
Not too long ago president Obama changed his position on gay marriage. Since then the intensity on the issue has increased around the country from state to state. Many anti-gay groups and leaders have bowed out and conceded a lost in the fight against gay rights. It seems almost inevitable that many states will eventually fall in line and recognize not only the unity between same sex couples but give them their rights as well. Gays and Lesbians collectively know and understand that their battle is not an easy one but they won’t go quietly in the night. Each day the gay/lesbian reform makes more pushes, pushes extending far beyond just the sanctity of marriage. Denied social security benefits as well as paying more taxes for fewer benefits are just a couple of the compelling arguments at stake between gays and their opposition. To say that these equal rights will have a major impact on the U.S financially is a supreme understatement. This in itself will make the opposition hold firm in their stand against gay marriage and rights. This battle could go on for quite some time.

 

New developments in baby shooting in GA



                On March 21st the unthinkable crime was committed in Brunswick, Georgia. 17 year old De'Marquise Elkins and 15 year old Dominique Lang shot and killed a 13th month year old baby. Both teens were captured and are awaiting trial but since then there have been a few new developments in the case. The sister of one of the individuals has since been charged with evidence tampering. To add to an already bizarre story, a 59 year old city commissioner has been charged in connection with the crime as well. James Henry Brooks did not in any way assist in the murder of the child however a verbal exchanged he had with Elkins after the murder has subsequently landed him before a judge alongside the alleged murderers. Brooks and his lawyer are contesting the charges stating that Brooks conversation with the teen was simply to remind him of his right to remain silent. After finding about his so called reminder police believe he influenced the teen and he is now being charged with influencing a witness and obstruction of justice. With a conviction the commissioner could face a maximum of 20 years in prison for his words. Brooks posted the 5k bond and is not to contact any persons involved in the case. As for the teenagers, we can hope that justice will be served and they face maximum penalty for their gruesome crime against a defenseless baby and his mother.

 

The 2013 Final Four is set in Atlanta


                A field of 64 has been reduced to just four after a great weekend of NCAA basketball. First team to make it in was hall of famer Jim Boheim and his Syracuse Orangemen. The Orangemen trounced Marquette in the 2nd most lopsided victory of the entire tournament this year. This will be Boheim’s 5th trip to the final four with his lone victory coming in 2003, with a team led by some youngster by the name of Carmelo Anthony. Facing off against Syracuse will be the other #4 seed, Michigan. The wolverines would beat the Florida Gators with ease on their way to their first visit to the final four since 1993. This is a huge turnaround for a prestigious program that was clearly in rebuilding mode just a few seasons prior. On the other side of the bracket heading to Hot-lanta is this year’s Cinderella story, Witchita State. Ironically their nickname is the shockers. Shocker is exactly what they pulled off when they beat a Ohio State team who was riding a wave of momentum after a couple of last second tourney victories. The last team to make it in was the Louisville Cardinals. Rick Pitino’s Cardinals were the odds on favorites to be in the finale but after a tragic injury in the first half against Duke, there was doubts they could still put it out. Sophomore Kevin ware suffered one of the most sickening injuries witnessed after he broke his right leg attempting to contest a 3point jumper. All the air was sucked out of Texas stadium when he went down. A bench full of teammates all instantly grimaced and wept once they seen they leg had snapped. After about 9 minutes of standstill movement, the Cardinal players and coaching staff would all commit to winning the 2nd half of basketball for their fallen teammate. A 42-42 tie was quickly separated into a 12 point lead by the Cardinals. Coach K and the young Blue Devils had no answer to the Louisville attack. Guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva were relentless while attacking the basket. Together their onslaught of drives to basket would propel Louisville to a route over Duke and a well-earned final four appearance. The final four kicks off April 6th in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome.
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