N The Zone has landed it’s next flag in the great city of Philadelphia! I, Phil Allen (@MtAiryPhil) aka The King of Mt. Airy bring you N The Zone Philly! Whether it’s the beloved Sixers, Eagles, Phillies or Flyers, I will bring the HEAT to the fans! In this edition of the show, it’s “The Evolution of the Sixers.” The time is now for the Sixers to get back to playoff glory. Check out the show below.
ALL NEW EPISODE! On this brand NEW edition of “N The Zone” (@NTheZoneShow); shenanigans ensue along with a “best of” monologue from Palmer as he discusses his time with The St. Louis American and gives a hard but effective lesson to Elsberry Elite Flyers basketball coach Britney Koch-Dowell. (CLICK LINK BELOW)
NOTE: The following contains language that some will find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised. CHE-TOA-TAH!
Wade B. Olson is back again to talk about the recent political topics regarding Senators Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken and their confrontation with Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos along with the inauguration of President Donald Trump. (CLICK LINK BELOW)
Nicole Powell of The Sportstyle talks Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks, all the rumors and why Phil Jackson doesn’t seem to be a good fit for the organization. (CLICK LINK BELOW)
Wayne Neal, our newest member of the N The Zone family w/ “N The Zone LA,” joins the show to talk the vibe in LA about the Chargers coming to town and whether it’s good to have two teams in two different conferences. He also talks the L.A. Lakers and if the organization can nab a big free agent for the future. (CLICK LINK BELOW)
Jeffrey Boyd, STL alderman and candidate for mayor of St. Louis sits down in-studio with Palmer talking about his plans if elected and also why the St. Louis American newspaper completely disrespected him on social media and why the paper is sold on one particular candidate. (CLICK LINK BELOW)
Getting you geared for the conference championships…we have our N The Zone family entertaining you to close out the show. From NFLFemale.com and N The Zone Ohio, Tiera Dobbins. Alongside her is the guys from the Deuces Wild podcast aka N The Zone New England…Adam Little and Alex Washington. It’s Steelers-Patriots in the AFC and Packers-Falcons in the NFC. Who is going to the Super Bowl? (CLICK LINK BELOW)
NOTE: The following contains language that some might find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised. CHE-TOA-TAH!
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Unfortunately there is no NEW episode this week due to some unfortunate circumstances in town. However, we do have a wonderful “BEST OF” show for you. In a matter of speaking this is a Rams-themed episode. Total coincidence when myself and Palmer put this show together. Seriously. I got two monologues from Palmer on the Rams; mostly William Hayes, Jeff Fisher, and former D’Marco Farr. Plus we have two “classic” interviews with former Rams QB Tony Banks and Joe Laurinitis, better known to wrestling fans as Road Warrior Animal, and also the father of former Rams linebacker…James Laurinitis. Banks talked about being a young QB in the NFL and how hard it was to overcoming certain issues (this was around the time of the RGIII saga) and Laurinitis talked about being the best tag team EVER along with why he and the WWE aren’t the best of friends. Very intriguing interviews for sure.
Take a listen here: The Best of N The Zone: 01-15-17
Here is Part 2 of The Ladies of N The Zone Volume 2! Continuing our dedication to some of the ladies from “Minorities In Sports.” In this Part 2, you’ll hear from Danisha Rolle, founder of Sports and Entertainment Media, along with Mia Hall, career strategist, speaker and from Mia’s Full Court Press, plus Nicole Powell, the creator and founder of The Sportstyle. Going city to city, state to state, worldwide! These ladies are always “N The Zone.” Check out the link below…and don’t forget to also check us out on I-Tunes!
He is what he is. His voice is the one you hear in the barbershop; a one long-time colleague says. He does not use foul language in his writings. He writes the way that he talks, with directness, aggression, and passion.
Palmer Alexander III, 40, does not write to please readers. He coalesces his own thoughts about sports and puts them on paper to be published. Alexander is a sports columnist for the St. Louis American newspaper, a weekly paper that’s been serving the African-American community for 87 years.
“He’s definitely not the norm,” said Chip Smith, Alexander’s cousin. “He puts his soul and twist on everything. … He’s going to tell you what he thinks [whether] it’s good or bad.”
Alexander is outspoken about topics concerning sports in the St. Louis area. He does not try to get “cute” with his content. Alexander believes in being authentic. “Deliver the message straight right between the eyes. No chaser,” he said.
He is a sports fanatic. His whole life has been centered around it. Instead of writing, he had aspirations of becoming a basketball player growing up in North St. Louis, Mo. His passion for sports was evident at a young age. In high school, he used to read the newspaper to look up his opponents’ stats. He never imagined that he would one day work in sports media.
Alexander played basketball for Riverview Gardens High School in St. Louis, from his freshman to junior year. After getting cut from Riverview Gardens in 1992, he transferred to North Technical High School in Florissant, to play basketball in his senior year.
He remembers his basketball playing days vividly. Alexander reminisces about the times where he scored baskets for his team to propel them to victories. And he remembers throwing jaw-dropping, no-look passes to teammates to cause the crowd’s noise level to crescendo. He enjoyed the pandemonium.
After graduating from high school, Alexander enrolled in the Naval Station Great Lakes, a naval boot camp located in North Chicago, Ill. He says his time at the Naval Station Great Lakes “just wasn’t the right fit from [the] jump…I was in Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois aka [the] Great Mistake.” He then returned to St. Louis and started working out.
He then noticed that the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) office was downtown. So, he decided inquire about the CBA because he wanted to continue playing basketball.
“I was only 18. And the commissioner of the league was Mark Lamping, who is now in the front office of the Jacksonville Jaguars. [He] told me to think about what I’m doing because I signed a waiver giving up my college eligibility if I entered the CBA Draft in 1994,” Alexander said.
Of course, he didn’t get drafted. He did receive a letter from the Quad City Thunder and was invited for a tryout. Alexander needed permission from his parents to sign the waiver. He never tried out for the team because his father would not sign the consent form to allow him to participate.
His father was upset that he signed his college eligibility away. As a result, his father said he needed to get a job since he didn’t want to enroll into a college. Alexander stopped playing basketball in 1995 while playing in the Midnight League in St. Louis.
“I played against some of the greats like Demetrius Alexander, a 6’8 big man who was smooth. And I knew the game very well. I played the game on the court with my mind, and I felt that I would make a great commentator because of the way I saw the game,” Alexander said.
Alexander’s career in sports media started off on a locally produced show called “Chalk Talk” that was hosted by Randy Karraker on Charter Communications in St. Louis. He was also on a show called “Primetime Sports” with Randy Gardner on News 20 in Black Jack, Missouri. Alexander then decided to go look for a job at the St. Louis American newspaper. He wanted to write about football.
“I noticed that the St. Louis American really didn’t have anyone doing football, so I approached them. And the rest was history,” Alexander said. He has been a columnist for the St. Louis American newspaper since Aug. 2004.
As a columnist, his job is to insert his own opinions about sports, but he still has to do some research on whatever topic he is writing about. Alexander “stack thoughts” and retrieve them in his mind when preparing sports stories.
Not only is Alexander a columnist, but he is also an on-air talent for “N The Zone Show.” Alexander describes the podcast as a “mixed bag of some of everything.” He enjoys doing the podcast with executive producer Arlington Lane.
“I’m not the easiest person to work with. And he has done a great job of making the ideas in my head come to life. He’s shown the ability to make it sound the exact way I envisioned it. The show is hard-hitting. We push the limits and people like it,” Alexander explained.
Lane said that Alexander is the same off the air as he is on it. Sometimes he can be serious, and sometimes he can laugh and joke. They talk to each other twice a day, and Lane said he is his “go-to for advice.”
Lane likes Alexander’s passion for sports. “He’s aggressive. But that’s good for me. I need that aggression. It truly helps me to become the best producer that I can be,” Lane said. He also thinks of Alexander as an “older brother.”
Aside from their podcast, Lane believes Alexander is very important to the St. Louis American sports section.
ST. LOUIS, MO
Since the Los Angeles Rams moved west for greener pastures they continue to be the gift that keeps on giving, especially to the city they spent the last 20 years residing. Just recently USA Today’s columnist Luke Kerr-Dineen wrote a column in regards a new billboard in Los Angeles taking a shot at the city of St.Louis. The billboard for those who’ve haven’t seen yet uses the “Greater Than-Less Than” symbols associated with mathematics. Was it a cheap shot? Of course it was, but it’s the world were living in today.
But, the part in USA Today’s columnist Luke Kerr-Dineen article that really stood out was the following sentence. “There comes a certain point where bitter St.Louis fans will have to accept that, regardless of how the deal went down, the team now belongs in Los Angeles.” Now he’s right the Rams definitely belong in Los Angeles. The part where I completely disagree with is his misinterpretation on bitterness. What he and many other that do not reside in the region realize is that the bitterness and hate towards the Rams have zero to do with the players.
The bitterness is towards Rams owner Stan Kroenke who made sure he defecated over the entire region to the point that no other NFL team would even consider moving to St.Louis. He did it in such a manner that even Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis who sports a haircut like famed Three Stooges front man Mo Howard thumbed his nose at the possibility of moving the Oakland Raiders to St.Louis. And to pour salt on a gaping wound Kroenke is trying to get tax credits in city of Maryland Heights, and seriously trying selling Rams Park in Earth City for the low price of a $1. Again nobody faults a person for wanting to make money, but the way he went about it was colder than a mother-in-law kiss. Winning was never a priority, at least not on the field and loyal fans in St.Louis showed up for a team that had only four winning seasons in 20 years in St.Louis. The Rams missed the playoffs 80% of the time while here.
And Kroenke isn’t the only person that is at the root of this feeling of bitterness. Rams COO Kevin Demoff gives several meanings to words like “serpent,” “weasel,” or “fatherless child” as he admitted to be glad the Rams lost four games straight so they could focus on moving instead of getting to the playoffs. Then you toss in the shenanigans by the Rams PR Department that got more than upset at me, because I said in an article last year that Demoff was giving the fans mixed signals. And it turned out to be true the entire time. I still shake my head and think about that day I was at Herbert Hoovers Boys Club and it’s 90 plus degrees and the Community Relations Department is laying sod while Demoff and Kroenke continue their lust for money, with the city of Los Angeles acting as an performance enhancing pharmaceutical product.
I think it’s a little unreasonable to think that fans who did care and that did spend their hard earned money on a product that was basically tanking, not to feel more than just bitter about this. And even for those casual fans or your everyday citizen didn’t like how Kroenke defecated on a market that he does a lot of real estate business in. When the Big Red left for Arizona in 1988 they didn’t keep leaving bird droppings on St.Louis. They moved west and carried on.
It’s business and it’s always been business. Kroenke made it personal no question about that. And that’s something USA Today’s columnist Luke Kerr-Dineen don’t understand. St.Louis is flawed just like many other cities across the country, and some people are just sticking up for their hometown. It’s not bitterness. It’s love for your city and your region.
The A-Train here. I am very excited because we have added another contributor to the N The Zone family. We are continuing to grow and ready to take on the “City to City, State to State, Worldwide” theme as it’s said on our podcast.
So folks, I present to you Phil Allen! Allen, aka @MtAiryPhil is a long suffering Philadelphia sports junkie, journalist and broadcaster who spent nearly a decade as the Eagles postgame show host, and ESPN RADIO Philly weekend studio host. He is also a special contributor at 900AM WURD and was featured in E-A-G-L-E-S The Movie!
But enough about that, I’ll let him do the talking for sure. Take it, Phil.
Excited? Yup! Intimidated? Little bit. I mean, it’s the A-Train, Arlington Lane and a brother aptly named the “Legend Killer” Palmer Alexander, whom I watched hold the St. Louis Rams front office, the City Council, and pretty much all of Missouri’s feet to the fire as the process that culminated in the Rams exodus to LA played itself out. Finally, it’s in N The Zone Radio/Podcast and as a listener, I can hear the coals roasting (along with some guests) on the fire. Let’s keep it 100, I can’t wait. I’m honored to contribute to N The Zone.
So what do I bring? I don’t know. The pain of a lifetime waiting for a Super Bowl Champion? 42 years without a Stanley Cup Title? Season tickets to an NBA team currently 9-62 that is 33 years removed from it’s last parade?
Here’s what I know for sure. We will create broadcasts that are memorable, informative, and I believe, have the air of a world heavyweight title match in the moments when the ring is empty, and the combatants stand poised in the entryway, awaiting music, pyrotechnics, and the dulcet tones of Michael Buffer.
The Sound of Philadelphia meets the Blues of St. Louis…the East Coast rat race merged with the Midwestern drawl and the history shared by Eagles-Cardinals long time rivalry, the recent detonation of Phillies baseball dreams by the DeScalsos’, Ecksteins’, Schumakers’ plus a heaping dose of Chris Carpenter.
I could go on. I won’t.