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Peter Vecsey Goes “N The Zone”

Posted in Basketball, nba, Podcast, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2017 by A-Train

In this 2-part interview, Peter Vecsey, long-time sports columnist of the NY Post joins “N The Zone” and shows off his rap skills.

In Part 1, he talks about his career and how he got the analyst job on the “NBA on NBC.” Plus gives a colorful story on his relationship with Pat Riley while on NBC and when he coached the Lakers, Knicks and Heat.

In Part 2, with Peter Vecsey as he talks about his unfiltered thoughts about Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks. Also, a impromptu with Michael Jordan on Jackson’s and Tex Winter’s triangle offense. Along with his thoughts on the if Cavs-Warriors for a third time, is good for the NBA.

NOTE: The following segments contain language that some may find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.

N The Zone – Peter Vecsey (Part 1) 05-21-17

N The Zone – Peter Vecsey (Part 2) 05-21-17

N The Zone SEASON 2: Wade B. Olson, Nicole Powell, Wayne Neal, Jeffrey Boyd, Tiera Dobbins, Adam Little, Alex Washington

Posted in Basketball, Football, Los Angeles Rams, Major League Soccer, nba, NFL, Podcast, Special, St. Louis Sports, St. Louis Surge with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2017 by A-Train

nthezonelogoALL 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!

N The Zone SEASON 2: Open and The Monologue 01-22-17

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)

N The Zone SEASON 2: Wade B. Olson 01-22-17

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)

N The Zone SEASON 2: Nicole Powell 01-22-17

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)

N The Zone SEASON 2: Wayne Neal 01-22-17

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)

N The Zone SEASON 2: Jeffrey Boyd 01-22-17

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!

N The Zone SEASON 2: Tiera Dobbins, Adam Little, Alex Washington 01-22-17

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The View From Mt. Airy 07-29-16

Posted in Basketball, Football, Los Angeles Rams, nba, St. Louis Rams with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2016 by MtAiryPhil

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

Legends of The Dome appeared to be wildly successful. Looked like a repass for a loved one who was loved by all and left here far too soon. Kudos to the many Rams all-timers who came out, mixed, mingled and reciprocated the love and adoration of the St. Louis faithful who gathered more than likely, for the final time, to express their love and respect for the “Greatest Show On Turf.”

That being said, it’s time for the Arch Angels to redirect their collective sports energies.

Once upon a time, there was a wildly successful St. Louis sports franchise. They dominated their division, owned the Lakers, and are one of the few NBA franchises that can claim a win over the dynastic Boston Celtics in an NBA Final. The St. Louis Hawks, who landed in the Gateway City in 1955 after 4 last place finishes in Milwaukee (http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nba/stlhawks/stlhawks.html) and immediately turned around their fortunes behind a young Bob Pettit, who in the Hawks first season would win the 1st NBA MVP Trophy and lead them to the NBA Finals with a 33-39 regular season finish followed by an upset of the Lakers in the Western Division finals which was one of the most remarkable playoffs ever. The Hawks won Game 1 by a  single point. Lost Game 2 by 58 points, and won the decisive Game 3 by a single point. Total aggregate of -56 points but they moved on. The early Hawks would win consistently and would leave St.Louis for Atlanta in 1968 after winning the division with a 56-26 record under coach Richie Guerin and an imposing roster led by Paul Silas, Sweet Lou Hudson, Lenny Wilkens, Jumping Joe Caldwell and the Pride of Prairie View, Zelmo Beaty. For years I heard the story of failed attendance as the reason for their departure but upon further review that doesn’t resonate as truth. The Hawks didn’t break records, averaging just 6800 paid per game, but the ENTIRE league avg. in the Hawks final season was just 6,749 paid including the champion Celtics, whose paid attendance average was just 8,670 per game. Look it up. The New York Knickerbockers were the only team over 10k in average attendance in the ’67-68 season and I still can’t figure out the move to Atlanta, especially when you factor in that in the Hawks first season in Georgia, they would average just 4,427 per game and wouldn’t crack 6,000 per until their 6th season in the south. Why this walk down memory lane? Why this opening of a nearly 50-year old wound? Because if I’m a St. Louis sports fan, I’d be thinking its time we got our focus off the traitorous, despicable Rams and their carpetbagging owners who will soon find that not only is the grass NOT greener in the City Of Angels, but the bank account isn’t either. There is a reason why the Rams and Raiders left, and yes I know that TV pays the bills in today’s NFL, but empty seats resonate still. Goodbye.

Beat the NBA drum. Remind them of the storied tradition of the St. Louis Hawks. Show Adam Silver the St. Louis Blues history of drawing huge crowds in a market where everyone assumed the NHL had lost their collective minds expanding into, despite having never won a Stanley Cup. The Blues now have nearly half of a century of selling out the St. Louis Arena (CheckerDome), Kiel, oops I mean, Scottrade Center.

The infrastructure is there. Beautiful NBA ready arena. Lustful fanbase that has been simmering for years in the shadow of the Chicago Bull dynasty, and now looking over their shoulders and seeing the sold out crowds partying in OKC. It’s time St. Louis. Gather your elbows and begin to beat your NBA drum. The league will expand in the next the next four years under the billions and access to every market guaranteed by their historically wealthy 24 billion dollar, 9-year deal. The league wants always to expand by two, maintaining an even number of teams that makes scheduling and conferences sure numerically. Seattle gets the first franchise. Write it down. Until Kevin Johnson rode to the rescue of the city of Sacramento, the Kings were headed to the Emerald City 2 seasons ago. The city had broken ground on a new arena and the league was prepared to welcome back am amazing an supportive fanbase that had nothing to do with the Sonics departure to Oklahoma City in the first place. The city of Seattle still owns the rights to the colors, name, all trophies and records of the original franchise under the settlement allowing the ownership under Clay Bennett to jump ship in 2008. They are a lock to be the first city in any future NBA expansion.

That leaves St. Louis. The natural geographic location for the second team. What other choices are there. Adam Silver and the NBA don’t need Vegas in the way that the NHL does. NBA history has been littered with hints and instances of manipulation. I don’t think they want their product across the street from a sports book as a playoff Game 7 takes a left due to a referee’s whistle.

I’ve gotta believe the NFL thirsty  citizens would grab 10,000 NBA season tickets on day 1, even with the knowledge that the expansion product in year one would most likely be an assembly line of end of the benchers (think Nik Stauskas) and problem contracts and everybody’s NBA knuckleheads (think Nick Young). Sounds like fun to me.

St. Louis, from over here in the land of Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and the emergent Philadelphia 76ers, we’d welcome you back. Turn the page. Raise a collective middle finger to the pirates who stole your NFL team. Bury ’em. You had a great sendoff with the legends game.
Finally, you’ve got an owner in waiting. The two brothers Ozzie and Daniel Silva, who have made $800 million since signing away their rights to the St. Louis Spirits in the ABA contraction and merger which netted them $2 million and an NBA TV share in perpetuity (the best business deal ever made anywhere) that still reaps major benefits. Bring ’em to the table.
Times yours St. Louis. Can’t you hear the Scottrade Center in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals? Surely you can feel opening day. This one’s a natural. How about this? The St. Louis Sounds. Stop the NFL nightmares and begin the NBA dreams. Goodnight.

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The A-Train Rant 17.0!!!

Posted in Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , on May 19, 2014 by A-Train

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The A-Train Rant will not have the following…Michael Sam.

His name has been saturated for a while now and everyone is talking about him whether they like him or not. But I won’t here. Just about everything has been said.

I rant about the Golden State Warriors and the hiring of Steve Kerr.

Kerr was the focal point during the course of the NBA Playoffs about expressing interest in coaching an NBA team. The team that wanted him initially was the New York Knicks. He chose to go to Oakland.

Of course the media will say it’s more about business…I call bull and say it was about race. Now of course, you won’t believe that. That’s not a part of your mindset, right? Just a crazed blogger like myself.

Now, Kerr (in his last year with TNT as broadcaster) signed a 5-year, $25 million contract with the Warriors. Mind you, Kerr has no coaching experience whatsoever. The same could be said for Mark Jackson when he began. Jackson was fired after 3 seasons with Golden State and posted a 121-109 record taking them to 2 playoff appearances in the last 2 seasons.

However, Jackson only received a 3-year, $6 million contract to coach the Warriors. If you do the math, that’s a $19 million difference.

Now what made Kerr received $19 more million than Jackson. Because he knows the game more than Jackson??? I don’t think so, I think it’s equal.

So why did the Warriors hire another broadcaster and fire their coach? Well my friends, the organization had no faith in Jackson. Although they won 51 games (+4 on the win column from last season), they still had no interest in keeping him. Golden State owner Joe Lacob wanted Kerr because he was a more approachable person than Jackson. His personality was better than Jackson’s as well.

But what does that have to do with winning games for your organization?

It seems to me that Jackson was ousted because he was black who wanted things done his way to what HE thought was to better that organization, and the front office were not going to let him do it. Egos clashed in Oakland and Jackson was cut off because of it. It’s good to see that most of the Warriors players still side with Jackson. That may cause friction with new coach Kerr. It’s just appalling to see that All-Star Stephen Curry is in full support of Kerr. It’s bad when an all-star has lost support of the previous coach. Also bad when assistants are trying to get that coach out at any means necessary.

Of course, it will be looked at from a “business” standpoint. But when you are real with yourself and look at the reasons why Kerr was selected…race will STILL be the issue here whether you like it or not.

In the meantime, Jackson is back at ESPN calling NBA games, so at least I’ll get to hear him lend his analyst talent. I hope he does get another coaching gig after his 2nd tenure at ESPN.

A-Train

THE ASSOCIATION REPORT: Second Edition

Posted in Basketball with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2014 by A-Train

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In the second edition of “The Association,” the primary focus is on the professional level…the NBA.

Here we are in the month of February and the Oklahoma City Thunder is playing like they want to be in the NBA championship once again, even without their floor leader Russell Westbrook. Reggie Jackson is definitely picking up the slack at the 1 position, Serge Ibaka playing magnificent ball at the 4 position and DEFINITELY should have been an All-Star this year (we’ll talk about that later) while Jeremy Lamb, 3-point veteran Derek Fisher and defensive specialist Thabo Sefalosha providing great contributions from the bench. This team has been on a roll have blown out opponents in the month of January…including their 17-point win against the Miami Heat. The person behind those epic wins is their MVP for not only the team, but the league as well…Kevin Durant.

Durant is without a doubt playing the best basketball of his career. It was ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that said about Durant that he can play “any of the 4 positions.” He can. He really can. He’s a great ball-handler, he can handle the wing positions and he can post up on just about anyone. He definitely a player that is hard to guard…just ask LeBron James. In their matchup on January 29th, LeBron may have won the point battle, 34-33, but it was Durant who had the last laughs. On three different occasions, Durant buried 3-point shots in the face of James. Both guys are definitely valuable to their respective teams, but you almost can’t go against either of them. LeBron is actually having a down year…at least if you are talking about his scoring average (which is at 26 points a game), but the other numbers have remained consistent. But the guy everyone is talking about in circles…is Durant. He clearly has made it known to fans and haters that he’s tired of being second best. So far, he’s the best player. I can hear the LeBron fans immortalizing the great Ric Flair’s line, “To be the best, you got to BEAT the best.” Still, Durant is the best player.

One team you should definitely watch for is the Golden State Warriors. This team is young, energetic, highly-entertaining and VERY exciting. I haven’t seen them look this good since the days of Run TMC (TIM Hardaway, MITCH Richmond, and CHRIS Mullin). If you are looking for a “one season to the playoff” team, this is not the team for you. Mark Jackson’s boys will be in the playoffs for a while. Stephon Curry playing all-star ball as usual. He needs to make sure to let his game do the talking and not his mouth. Klay Thompson is a dead-eye shooter and can give opposing guards fits. Andrew Bogut and David Lee are very solid in the post…but health will be the issue for these two. The addition of Andre Iguodala was genius by Golden State. He doesn’t have to be THE guy for this team, all he has to do is play his role where he’s needed. I can’t forget about young guys Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and the recent acquisition Jordan Crawford (from Boston), they bring punch off the bench. The Warriors are as young as the recent Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. It may look a little far-fetched that they would be in the NBA Finals this season but they have the right pieces to make themselves a championship contender.

While the New York Knicks have been the NBA’s biggest primetime drama (yeah they moved out the Lakers), the important piece of the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony has suddenly become an ultimate prize for other suitors. As the rumors continue to fly out about where ‘Melo could be going…whether it’s Los Angeles, Chicago or even staying in NYC…the question is: Is he worth it? It will depend on what squad decides to put him on their roster. If it’s the Lakers…you’re asking for trouble. As much as Laker fans want him there, he’s not the answer to their equation. Maybe a Kevin Love added to the mix could make it a championship contender but I just don’t see it. Yes, the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics pulled off doing Big 3’s to help them win championships, but those teams were very different compared to what other NBA squads are trying to combine and make their own.  If he goes to the Clippers, it’s going to have to be in exchange for star Blake Griffin. Griffin could work well in NYC, he does like to run and the Knicks are a running team. The longshot is Chicago…yeah they don’t have Derrick Rose but they could use a scorer, the bad part is they won’t have a good defender unless head coach Tom Thibodeau can help him a great deal. Who wants an effective scorer but poor defender for their playoff-bound/championship contending team? I would choose Chicago. That’s not because I’m a Bulls fan either.

(I’m going to try to be nice with this one) The beginning of the month saw a 30-year tenure for David Stern come to an end. Stern took the NBA to an international phenomenon, taking the game all over the world, and even returning with some of the Non-American’s best players. Stern made the NBA very marketable…turning people like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James into household names. He even was the brainchild with the WNBA and did his best to bring substance to his league. Adam Silver takes over the commissioner’s position and hopefully will bring a lot more positivity to the league.

A-Train

THE A-TRAIN RANT 16.0!

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, NFL, Sports, Tennis, Wrestling with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by A-Train

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Time for another edition of The A-Train Rant…16-point-OH!

I have a lot to say on this day. Here we go.

  1. Roger Goodell continues to kill the NFL. I feel indifferent if professional football should go away as a whole.
  2. Tom Brady is a sore loser.
  3. Bill Belichick needs his eyes checked.
  4. Ohio State really sucks along with my Tar Heels. I knew UNC would be bad this year after watching them BEAT Kentucky.
  5. Joel Embiid of Kansas shouldn’t look at being #1 overall in the draft. He has great game so far, a lot more to work on and doesn’t need to focus on the NBA. He doesn’t need to be a Ralph Sampson or Hasheem Thabeet.
  6. I think I may have found a new favorite team…it’s the Golden State Warriors. Yes, they lost last night. But at the same time, this is a young team with a great head coach in Mark Jackson and should make playoff/championship runs for years. I love this team.
  7. The St. Louis Rams should get Clowney or a signal caller to wake up Sam Bradford in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Not an offensive lineman. Work with the linemen they already have. Stop thinking that the next big draft pick is going to be the answer.
  8. Joakim Noah scares me as an NBA player. Last night’s Lakers/Bulls game indicated when he gets the ball under 2 minutes, he forgets how to play basketball. I like his energy but it seems like it spirals out of control when the game is on the line.
  9. Speaking of that Lakers/Bulls game…the Lakers got cheated in that game. Taj Gibson’s last second lay-up shouldn’t have happened the way it did. The clock didn’t start when Gibson got the ball.
  10. Clayton Kershaw deserves every bit of that $215 million the L.A. Dodgers gave him.
  11. Fighting in hockey is probably the reason why I watch it. Sad.
  12. What the hell happened to Serena Williams? She might be done with tennis.
  13. So far EA Sports is on point about the St. Louis Blues. They simulated their season and it came out that they would win the Cup. It would be the franchise’s first. I would love to witness that for real (on TV of course or downtown).
  14. Super Bowl 48’s matchup on paper looks like it’s one for the ages. The NFL is getting what they want by playing the game in it’s “normal” element.
  15. Carmelo Anthony needs to leave the Knicks. All he’s doing is bringing them down instead of building them up.
  16. Paul George’s 360 dunk was very impressive. To anybody that thinks it wasn’t…get a video camera, go find a court and do the dunk. If you can, the dunk wasn’t impressive. Point blank.
  17. Speaking of that dunk, George won’t be in the dunk contest. This is a great indicator that All-Star Weekend needs to die. Who can forget the ever-popular 2Ball competition? SMH
  18. I hope the WWE gets this new WWE Network correct.
  19. I can’t wait to see what the Ultimare Warrior says at his Hall of Fame speech.
  20. I will participate in Warren Buffett’s BILLION DOLLAR (yes that’s correct) bracket challenge. CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports’ bracket challenge’s better up their game. $1,000,000 means nothing anymore.
  21. FINALLY. This whole Richard Sherman thing indicates how silly, stupid and crazy us fans really are. I think we are worse than the athletes themselves. What Sherman did wasn’t right. But don’t dare call him a thug. A thug is a criminal. If that’s the case, Sherman robbed the 49ers of going to the Super Bowl. That’s the best description of what a thug is. People are getting mad that Sherman’s antics have been compared to Muhammad Ali’s antics. It has great comparison sports-related. Talk trash. Back it up. Ali did that. So far, Sherman has done the same. 20 interceptions in just 3 seasons indicates that. With that said…
  22. Justin Verlander needs to (in the words of Chris Jericho) SHUT…THE HELL…UP.

GOOD DAY EVERYONE.

A-Train

The A-Train Rant 15.0!!!

Posted in Baseball, Basketball, Football, NFL, Special, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2013 by A-Train

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Time for another edition of the A-Train Rant…now at 15.0!!

PRE-RANT: First off, Happy Birthday to game show host Bob Barker. Today he turned 90 years of age…90! The reason I rant about him is because if you watched today’s episode of “The Price Is Right” they were celebrating his 90th birthday. One of the trips in the show was a trip to St. Louis. Yes, that’s right…St. Louis. I found it funny. I wondered if the producers did their research on St. Louis. They did. They kept it in downtown mostly. The prize included a stay at the Four Seasons Hotel and 2 tickets to a Cardinals game next season. Why? All because Bob had a dream years ago (before being host of the world’s greatest game show) of pitching for the Redbirds. Well it didn’t happen. Whitey Herzog made sure of that. Glad that he’s a huge Redbirds fan though.

Now…to the real rants.

  1. Injuries have truly impacted sports for years…especially when your favorite player goes down and costs nearly a whole season to recover. I can’t remember where an impact injury on the team would later in the season win the whole thing. But then again, the biggest debate has been the safety of sports…is it needed or is it not? Sorry, I can’t answer that. I’m 50-50. With that…the next few rants will pertain to players that have impacted a particular team in some way. NOTE: Scratch that, the St. Louis Rams did it in 1999 when Trent Green went down. Who knows if he was a superstar though?
  2. Kobe and Jim Brown both need to chill. Their “war of words” were both not needed. Kobe needs to focus on how he can get Mike D’Antoni out of L.A.
  3. RGIII being benched is a risky move on Shanahan. I like the move though. I know the game is about money and sacking a franchise player is not the way to go. But he is not getting the job done (given that it’s just his 2nd year) then he has to sit down. Kirk Cousins is a good QB, it was shown in the game where RGIII was down…which proves that he should NOT been the NFL Rookie Of The Year…AT ALL.
  4. Stephen Curry is a beast.
  5. The Knicks beating up my Bulls was great for them…what else do they have going good for them these days? They need a point guard in the meantime.
  6. LeBron is hilarious saying that the Pacers are not a rival…yeah they haven’t beaten you in a 7-game series yet but they continue to bring the best out of you…just remember if the Pacers play the Heat…watch who does the crying during that series and get away with stuff too.
  7. I guess Josh McCown gets no love from Marc Trestman…despite their 2-2 record since Jay Cutler has been out, McCown has averaged 300+ yards per start with 10 TDs and yet you feel that Cutler is the man right now. #CrybabyStatusAlert
  8. This Nick Saban drama is giving me a headache. I hate it when big-time coaches have to be so damn secretive about their next move. Then get all kind of representatives from nowhere to say whether he is staying or going. For all we know, his ass could be lying too. Just have got to love media nowadays.
  9. The baseball winter meetings are getting real. Fights breaking out in parking lots. Stupid funny.
  10. Matt Elam will learn who Megatron really is. You don’t make comments about a superstar if you can’t back it up. Elam’s stat: 2 passes deflected, 0 interceptions…GOOD LUCK SIR! I actually agreed with Skip Bayless on this one.

That’s all I have for today. More to come. Actual blog coming up.

The A-Train

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