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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Sports Thread/A Live Thread For 4/14/15 : The 2014-15 Champions League Quarterfinals, Day 1 (Version One)

For Atletico-Real: 

The law of advantages say that it is time for Real to take back ownership of the Madrid derby, a derby that Atletico has dominated this season as much as Real use to before the days of Diego Simeone on the Atletico touchline. But there just isn't a clear sign for that to happen other than.....the law of advantages. 

With both teams full strength, there are just going to be no excuses for who doesn't make it the semifinal. Pepe and Sergio Ramos were unavailable for the 4-0 demolition in the Calderon (so too Marcelo), completing the 6-game winless streak los Blancos are suffering under their beleaguered crosstown rivals. Couple their return with Carlo Ancelotti's side regaining some of their first half of the season form, it seems the world champions could save their season just in the nick of time. 

But matchup wise, they will have to finally be able to outcraft, outsmart and, most importantly, outmentally tough Atletico. 

Can James Rodriguez help Marcelo enough to combat JuanFran going forward and not sending in dangerous crosses to Mandzukic is the real key for me, since that will certainly answer the other questions in this game of many in this fascinating tie. 

For Juventus- Monaco 

Will Pirlo be effective enough defensively to snuff out any counterattacks whenever Monaco stifle Juventus and go on the break. Seeing who will pass well from deep, him, or Moutinho, will be a factor as to whether Monaco could pull off the upset. And that is helped by no Pogba. 

(Halftime thoughts when halftime comes...)

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Flashback Fridays #2 For 4/10/15: Ludacris - Act a Fool (2003)

In honor of Furious 7 being the biggest grossing debut ever for a movie, here is the lead song to the series' second movie after the shockingly successful first movie. It's from Sir Ludacris with a song that isn't played that much anymore. It's "Act a Fool" from Ludacris, the second Flashback Friday choice after the first one.

Again, his flow & genius is so underrated.

More to come at The Whole Delivery folks, stay tuned. 

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 4/10/15: Omarion - O (2005)

With him getting back to some relevance thanks to "Love and Hip-Hop", Omarion is back on the scene with decent momentum now. Despite how lazy the video was, "Post to Be" with Chris Brown, Jhene Aiko, and DJ Mustard's similar pattern is a "club hit."

So it's only fitting that we take it back a decade ago at this time with the first solo single of Omarion's career after the B2K drama ended. Though "IceBox" is his most popular song to date, for me, this one has been the best from him.

It's "O", the first Flashback Friday song of several for this Friday.

More to come in TWD today, stay tuned. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Sports Thread For 3/20/15: The Lost Element of Serena's Return

As Serena Williams continues her campaign for the 2015 BNP Paribas Open title, one major thing lost in her remarkable return to the Indian Wells tennis center last week is the criminal justice group she surprisingly has highlighted.

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) was certainly an organization foreign to many people's ears when the legendary tennis player announced not only her Coachella Valley return but that her fans would be donating at least $10 to the EJI in a competition to meet her at Indian Wells. But the organization's noble ethos is something that can't be ignored, as the Alabama based non-profit center is focused on the unjust, racist incarceration system and racial inequality issues that still plague America, especially black and brown Americans.

It's why it was startling news that Serena, through the Omaze campaign, selected them in January as the group properly best suited for her unexpected return.

"Serena reached out to us, and we were so thrilled that she wanted to highlight the work we are doing to confront racial inequality and over incarceration in this country," said Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of EJI. "It's very rare that an athlete of her status wants to give voice to the issues that have long haunted this nation when it comes to racial inequality, when it comes to mass imprisonment, when it comes to providing help to people who are often marginalized and vulnerable."

Despite the combination of Serena and EJI being a notable story in itself, it has received barely any mention from the tennis mainstream media or other prominent outlets during the tournament. The fan winner of the contest, Donna, has only been mentioned by Omaze, and that was only because they had to announce her as the fortuitous fan.

It's an opportunity lost by the tennis media to not only describe the wonders that Serena is choosing to do in her return, but also draw positive attention to a standout group doing vital work. Especially when the EJI and criminal justice groups in general are not blessed with a constant stream of celebrity representatives to help their courageous fight.

"We have never had this happen before, that's why it's so exciting that it would come from arguably the greatest tennis player in women's history," Stevenson said. "That someone so accomplished would take this on makes this double exciting for us. "

And for Serena Williams, it's something arguably more exciting, and definitely more important, then winning a third Indian Wells title.

More to come from The Whole Delivery. Stay tuned.

The Flashback Fridays For 3/20/15: The Game feat 50 Cent - How We Do (2005)

10 years ago, when The Game came out, was real close with 50 Cent and wasn't the pseudo-reality star that he is now.

It's the 2005 hit and semi-classic "How We Do," part of today's Flashback Friday series of videos.

More to come from The Whole Delivery today, stay tune. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The 1st Thread/Music Wakeup Call For 3/17/15: St. Patrick's Day Brings The Legendary Riverdance

Happy St. Patty's Day to you all, and more from The Whole Delivery today on its return, in a bit.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Flashback Fridays For 2/27/15: Dr. Dre - Keep Your Heads Ringin' (1995)

In a shoutout to his recent 50th birthday and this 20-year anniversary of his lead track for the "Friday" movie, it was only fitting that Dr. Dre be given a Flashback Friday thread for "Keep Their Heads Ringin."

Personally speaking, this was the first rap song I cherished, when I was at the ripple age of seven. Without me having any thought or knowledge of the West Coast-East Coast beef, the chorus alone got me going with this along with the tremendous video that showed Chris Tucker flying the plane to escape the cops while everyone continued to party aboard. It was a great directed video by the video directing legend F. Gary Gray and Sam Sneed will never be forgotten for helping produce this track with Dre and so many more hits, before his brain tumor and after.

So without further ado, one of the West Coast's best songs and one of hip-hop's most underrated legendary tracks, from two decades ago this time, it's Dr. Dre's "Keep Their Heads Ringin.'"

More to come from The Whole Delivery, stay tuned.

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