N The Zone Takeover on Girl Chat Sports

Well not really…

But myself and Palmer Alexander joined Melissa Ferris on their podcast. We touched on a lot in just one hour of time. Plus there was a surmountable amount of laughs spread within the hour. It was a lot of fun.

We touched on Marvin Lewis, Jon Gruden’s chances with the Raiders, medical marijuana in professional sports, professional sports in Las Vegas, NFL Wild Card weekend, the all-SEC national championship, and the NBA. Plus we give a shoutout to co-host Stephanie Washington.

Check out the links here below.

Girl Chat Sports Episode 61 on Podomatic

Girl Chat Sports Episode 61 on ITunes

The A-Train

THE A-TRAIN RANT 12.0!!!

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Time for another edition of The A-Train Rant…12.0!

  1. USC hiring Steve Sarkisian was straight disrespectful to Ed Orgeron…DISRESPECTFUL!
  2. Iron Bowl 2013 had the greatest ending in a college football game. Shoutout to Auburn for that epic win.
  3. Mizzou beating Texas A&M on Saturday night showcases that college football is better than the NFL.
  4. Kellen Clemens really freaking sucks. So does the Rams receivers.
  5. The college game is way better than the pro game…that goes for football AND basketball.
  6. Royce White is a jackass…check out the story here: http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2013/12/royce-white-says-hes-willing-to-fly-now-to-get-back-into-nba/
  7. Ohio State should NOT be in the national championship…prove that you can have another perfect season…next year and then put you in. Not this year. Sorry, Buckeye Nation. Neither should Michigan State. Get mad all you want.
  8. If college football will continue to allow teams with tough schedules to get high in the BCS…then Auburn or Mizzou should be in the national championship. Remember Mizzou wasn’t supposed to be this good anyway.
  9. It’s time for these big schools to play the small schools…WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SCARED FOR? If your program can’t be a smaller program, you shouldn’t be with the big boys. PERIOD.
  10. AGAIN…Jameis Winston should be the Heisman Trophy winner.
  11. I used to dislike Richard Sherman, I have the greatest respect for him…he goes out, talks trash and backs it up. I think I want to move to Seattle.
  12. With that said, the Seattle Seahawks are probably the BEST team in the NFL. Not Denver, not KC, not New Orleans.
  13. It’s like Jeff Fisher and Brian Schottenheimer just continue to make terrible play calls for the Rams. I don’t get it.
  14. Duke and Kansas don’t look like the stronger teams that people are used to seeing. My Tar Heels don’t look it either, yet I hope they surpass the both of them.
  15. Nate Robinson says that referees hate him…ummm Nate, you give people a reason for them to hate you. The antics he does give folk the side eye. I loved him in Chicago. I wish Gar Forman re-signed him. That energy he brings to the game is great, just those antics need to be calmed.

I’m done. More to come though.

The A-Train

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The A-Train Rant 10.0!!!

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Just before Thanksgiving, I want to give one big sports rant and say what I’m thinking on this blog before you enjoy your turkey and stuffing.

Ladies and gentlemen,

THE A-TRAIN RANT 10.0!

  1. Jameis Winston should be the Heisman Trophy winner regardless of the outcome on if he’s charged with sexual assault. A.J. McCarron is good  The Heisman Trophy award is for accomplishments done ON THE FIELD, not off of it. Now, I can see a person saying something like…”Well, what about Pete Rose?” Pete Rose STILL SHOULD NOT be in the Hall Of Fame. Why? Because the dirt he did was in baseball and during baseball. I hope this doesn’t become a race issue. I hope not.
  2. As much as I dislike Kobe Bryant, he put some truth on his social media followers about his “selfishness.” I hate to say it, but he’s the most loyal athlete. One team…17 seasons (although injured this season). He was right about the billions that the front office receives more than the players/athletes receive. Everybody wants a piece of the pie. Remember that. EVERYONE! He really is trying to be better than Jordan though, something about passing him in scoring is all he wants to do. He got the rings, MVPs, what else does he need to do?
  3. Chicago Bulls DO NOT NEED to tank for Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins…I wish people would stop saying that. Even if they did, the chances of them getting one of those guys are 1 in 4. Don’t believe me, look up the 2008 NBA Draft or check out the 1993 NBA Draft, and then read the 1985 NBA Draft when this whole lottery crap got started. Damn ping-pong balls. That’s why I hate David Stern. Come on February 1st (Stern’s last day as commissioner).
  4. LeBron James, as much as I dislike him too, should not go back to Cleveland. Anderson Varejao needs to shut his trap. What for? The fans dissed him, burned his jerseys and now they so desperate to win again, they want him back. If I’m LeBron, I’d tell ’em, “Kiss my ass. I love Miami.” Hypocrites.
  5. Alex Rodriguez is a jerk and I love it. The reason for that is because the good guy image (he’s been bad before this) in front of the camera is going south. From him going crazy in judicial hearings to him speaking out Mike Francesa’s radio show…where have you been crazy A-Rod? Let the madness continue. Trust me, it will. Definitely before 2014 spring training.
  6. After seeing some Monday Night Football and seeing Robert Griffin III get decimated by the 49ers…it’s still not a clear indicator that he should be the guy for the Redskins. Usually with 2nd year QBs, they get a 3rd year to indicate that. Same goes for Russell Wilson (even though he’s winning), Andrew Luck, and I’ll even be nice and say Brandon Weeden. The hell with that, Weeden stinks. Even on a good team, his best would be a backup role. Don’t like it, take it to the judge.
  7. Speaking of 1st-round QBs, Sam Bradford as a franchise QB has me wondering for the life of me…do the Rams really want to put their chips in him or find another potential franchise player but in a different round. I know it’s his 4th season and this was supposed to be THE YEAR for him. He got hurt against Carolina and ended all the dreams. Kellen Clemens is definitely NOT the answer but over the past couple of weeks has been solid enough to get quality wins. Still pissed about that Seattle game though, it was a clear game-changing moment wasted.
  8. The Missouri Tigers could be the greatest underdog to make the national championship. Yes, I understand they have a test this week in Texas A&M and a much bigger test in Alabama (if they make it to the SEC championship). We’ll see what happens come Saturday.
  9. I can’t see why Lee Smith and Jack Morris are NOT in the Hall of Fame. They were by far the most dominant at their positions in the 1980s and early ’90s (closer and starter, respectively). What is the problem here? Next year’s class will have Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine headlining the class for sure. Lee Smith had 478 saves in his career and Morris had 254 wins in his career. But guys like Bruce Sutter and Jim Palmer are in the Hall of Fame. Sutter had 300 saves but Palmer had more wins than Morris at 268. WHAT IS THE FIGURE TO MAKE THE HALL OF FAME? I don’t get it.
  10. Jason Kidd should have never been a head coach in the NBA.
  11. What the hell is a clean tackle in the NFL? I’ll leave it at that.

After all of this, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims that were lost in the construction of the new stadium being built for the 2014 World Cup of soccer.

The A-Train

THE A-TRAIN RANT 5.0!

After letting a week go by without doing my rant…I actually have one in me.

So……

  1. Shoutout to all the referees getting their jobs back and their deals were worked out. Let’s see how long it takes before fans are ready to lynch them all over again and be like…”Bring back the replacement refs.” Don’t tell that to a Packers fan though. *Smiles*
  2. Sunday was a good day for a St. Louis sports fan…Cardinals and Rams won. Any hope for the Blues though?
  3. About those Cardinals, despite the fact they won 2 out of 3 games against the Washington Nationals, I’m still ticked off about the decision made to pitch to red-hot Kurt Suzuki in the extra-inning affair of the 2nd game (Cardinals lost). Can’t do that come playoff time.
  4. Missouri beat Central Florida…big whoop. Alabama is next for them. I’ll let you figure that result.
  5. Speaking of the Rams, the defense is awesome. Amazing how, in the game against the Seahawks…defense and special teams scored all of their points. Offense scored zero. No TDs. That’s a problem and you got to lace them back up again on Thursday night against a re-surged (at least what we know of) Arizona squad (who just beat Miami in OT).
  6. The Kansas City Chiefs suck. The game against New Orleans was a fluke. Where’s Bob Fescoe (of 610 Sports Radio in KC) and his rant now? I’ll wait.
  7. NBA season is around the corner and so is NBA 2K13 (coming Oct. 2nd)
  8. (Even though I don’t like the team) Shoutout to Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds, pitching baseball’s 7th no-hitter of the season. Damn, should we check pitchers for steroids now?
  9. Hockey season here yet? Hockey fans just suck it up and watch the NBA. Sorry.
  10. Kevin Garnett needs to retire from basketball if he’s going to act like an ex-wife. “Me and Ray Allen are not speaking to each other.” What the green and orange hell?
  11. I agree with Bomani Jones, Rasheed Wallace needs to coach. He gets his head on straight (pure longshot), I think he could do an awesome job. I don’t think he needs to play anymore. If you look at ‘Sheed, he could have been a dominate force in his career. DOMINANT. Awesome shooter, good post moves, and play crazy good defense. Maybe that was just with Detroit…but he was good though.
  12. Tiger Woods was the real reason that the US lost the Ryder Cup…nobody will really say that though. But I will. Hell, I like Tiger.
  13. Somewhere a Drew Brees hater is laughing his ass off. Saints now 0-4 after losing by 1 to the Packers.
  14. The NFC West is the best division in the NFL. Take that, NFL! Since the new alignment in 2002, I think this is the 1st time that this division has all of their teams at .500 or better.
  15. Cam Newton and the Panthers defense…YOU ARE THE “N THE ZONE” IDIOTS OF THE WEEK! Cam, if you’re going to do an ATL dance…do it after the game when you win. Panthers defense…learn the prevent defense.

I’m done. Not as big as I hoped. It’s all good though.

Thanks again to Nadine Liverpool (of SportsNAYtion) for that wonderful interview. Coming up, I’ll have author Allen Schatz with and discuss some of his baseball writings. Plus, looking forward to hopefully interviewing Jay Randolph, Jr. and Sara Bruce of the St. Louis sports radio show, “The Big Phat Sports Show.”

Stay tuned.

The A-Train

A Few Questions….with Nadine Liverpool

Ladies and gents of St. Louis (and all over the world), The A-Train would like to introduce a young lady who is a very talented sports media personality on the rise…AND SHE’S NOT EVEN FROM THE US OF A…but she hopes to one day to dominate over your American TV screens with her charm and voice, she is none other than Canada’s daughter in the sports world…Nadine Liverpool.

A-TRAIN: How you doing today, Nadine?

NADINE: I’m doing good thanks.

A-TRAIN: From what I have seen, you have an impressive resume already in just 3 years, and dammit, not going to lie, you are an attractive female.

NADINE: Aw, shucks.

A-TRAIN: Not trying to flirt with you, I hope you understand.

NADINE: Yea we gotta keep it professioNAAL.

A-TRAIN: Exactly. As long as you know. Let’s move to the questions: What made you want to get in this business?

NADINE: Well, I’ve played soccer my whole life growing up and was actually pretty good. I played on the Canadian national team in high school and then got a soccer scholarship to play at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Go Blazers!) The thought of doing beep tests for the rest of my life scared the sh*t out of me, so I decided to stop playing soccer and pursue another path. I moved back to my hometown of Toronto and my plan was to save up for a year and then move back to the States and get my masters in sports management but a lot of people were like, “You should pursue sports broadcasting.” I guess people think I’m bubbly or what not. So I ended up taking a post-graduate sports journalism program in Toronto and fell in love with it. I always used to watch Hannah Storm on NBA Inside Stuff or Robin Roberts anchoring Sportscenter when I was a young lad and think, “Wow, they have the coolest job.” But the thing was I had no idea how to pursue it and this was my chance so I went for it and haven’t looked back.

I then created my own YouTube channel called SportsNAYtion, where I talk about the sports topic of the day. I guess you can call me a sports vlogger. It started to get a lot of attraction and the channel has grown a lot. Besides that, I also host, report, do play-by-play, produce, shoot, edit, a whole of bunch of stuff. You can say I’m the jack-of-all-trades trying to become the master of one.

A-TRAIN: Yep, I can actually say that you are. But knowing who I am, I have to ask you this… Who are you blaming for what is going on with the NFL? The refs? The fans? Roger Goodell?

NADINE: Roger Goodell hands down. The NFL is a billion dollar industry and it’s ruining the integrity of the game to have these incompetent referees on the field. And over what? Some chump change? It’s not fair to the teams, the players, and especially the fans.

A-TRAIN: Sooooo…..Would you rather be watching the CFL or better yet…college football?

NADINE: The CFL? What’s that? Lol No just kidding I know what the CFL is but three-down football is not my cup of tea. I watch NCAA football every week. Alabama is going undefeated this year. Member you heard it here first.

A-TRAIN: Duly noted. I’ll remember to mark this on my calendar. So, is the NFL hurting your fantasy football team?

NADINE: I’m in three leagues right now and I’m doing good in 2. My third one is a 20-team league and if you don’t draft well, you’re pretty much screwed. And lucky me, I have Fred Jackson and Aaron Hernandez who are both injured, so I’m taking constant L’s. 

A-TRAIN: Damn. Are you saddened that there is a work stoppage in the NHL…again? Stating that you are Canadian and you love hockey, right? Or am I making assumptions?

NADINE: I like to call myself an Anti-Canadian sports fan. Meaning I’m not a big fan of hockey or baseball. Basketball-Football-Soccer. That’s all me. So quite frankly, the NHL could go on strike for 10 years and I wouldn’t really care.

A-TRAIN: Hmmm interesting. Let’s move away from that for a sec, so if you were not covering sports like you are now…what would you be doing?

NADINE: I would probably be working for a women empowerment non-profit organization. I’m really big on females having their own voice and paving their own path and I would want to help conduct events to teach ladies how to find their inner Beyonce. (Who run the world? Girls!)

A-TRAIN: You are about to make me bring out my inner James Brown. Because (singing) THIS IS A MAN’S WORLD! I’m sorry I forgot I was doing an interview. (Clears throat) So, ummm your best sports interview?

NADINE: It would have to be with Deion Sanders. He was a guest on a radio show I used to host and he was just so much fun, had so much energy. I idolized him when I was a kid, so the opportunity to interview him about making the Hall of Fame was pretty surreal.

A-TRAIN: What or who would be your ultimate interview?

NADINE: KOBE BRYANT. He’s my future ex-husband, you didn’t know? LOL

A-TRAIN: Ummm no I didn’t.

NADINE: My friends always tell me I’m a Kobe groupie like it’s a bad thing.

A-TRAIN: It is a bad thing, LOL. Just kidding.

NADINE: But yea Kobe Bryant, hands down.

A-TRAIN: From your resume, you have worked with The Bottom Line Sports Show, what was your best experience from that?

NADINE: I got to interview some pretty high-profiled athletes like Maurice Jones-Drew, Dwight Howard, Deion Sanders like I mentioned before plus more. The best experience was just to be able to be me and be the female voice on the show. It was a great opportunity to represent and show that ladies know their sports too.

A-TRAIN: I see that you are a huge soccer fan. By the way, I have seen some pics of you in uniform (Looks around) Promise you, I’m not stalking you.

NADINE: Hmm mmm. I swear it was you that liked 25 of my pics the other day Lol

A-TRAIN: (spits out drink and laughs) Ummm, any World Cups in your future?

NADINE: Every World Cup I say I’m going and I never make it. It would be my dream to be able to go and report on it. Who wants to start a donation pot so I can go to Brazil 2014?

A-TRAIN: I can’t. I would love to go though. NBA season is just around the corner…any early predictions?

NADINE: Lakers all day every day, even on Sunday. LA-MIA final with the Lakers winning in 6. The black mamba wins Finals MVP and let the ‘Is Kobe better than MJ’ debates begin!

A-TRAIN: Lord, that better not happen. Favorite sports teams? You know I have to ask.

NADINE: like all the teams that everyone hates. Lakers, Patriots, Duke, Alabama Crimson Tide, Liverpool FC. Their god-awful but I also root for my local teams like the Raptors, Toronto FC, Leafs, Jays, etc. And can’t forget my Blazers!

A-TRAIN: You not making this easy for me especially all the teams that people hate. SMH Just kidding. Favorite athletes?

NADINE: Kobe Bryant, Steven Gerrard, Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, and Charmaine Hooper.

A-TRAIN: Alright…before you go, let’s step outside the box. You ready?

NADINE: Born ready.

A-TRAIN: Top 5 songs you listening to right now.

NADINE: My Top 5 is pretty much anything Meek Mill and I’ll throw in Rich Forever by Rick Ross.

A-TRAIN: That’s not 5 but I’ll take it…the 5 TV shows you watching.

NADINE: Well, all the fall premieres are starting up and I’m excited for that. My list would go 1. Scandal 2. Dexter 3. The Newsroom (First season just ended) 4. Family Guy 5. Seinfeld (Can’t go wrong with a classic)

A-TRAIN: Now that’s a top 5. (laughs) Alright, Nadine…I know you are a busy lady and you have a lot going. Where can we find you?

NADINE: Youtube.com/SportsNAYtion. Subscribe! And you can follow me on twitter @SportsNAYtion and LIKE my Facebook fan page (facebook.com/sportsnaytion) For any bookings or inquiries; peeps can email me at Nadine.liverpool@gmail.com. My blog sportsnaytion.com is being done right now and should be up in a couple of weeks so stay tuned!

A-TRAIN: Any shoutouts to give?

NADINE: Shoutouts to you for having this dope interview with me.

A-TRAIN: Awwwww. You trying to make a man blush. Don’t do that. (clears throat) Well, thanks for your time, Nadine. Definitely will give you the support. Once I get my show back, you’re on as a guest. Cool?

NADINE: Oh for sure.

A-TRAIN: That’s Nadine Liverpool from SportsNayTion and Sportsnet. The A-Train signing off.