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Shmackem: Big payday for NBA prospects

Shmackem: Big payday for NBA prospects

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

October 22, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Shmackem, Sports

The NBA’s G League, which is a transition league where players go to develop, will began offering contracts worth up to 125k for top NBA prospects by the summer of 2019. This is a one small step for the NBA and one giant euro-step for NBA hopefuls. It is meant to be an alternative to NCAA basketball,...

Shmackem: Showtime Lakers are officially back

Shmackem: Showtime Lakers are officially back

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

October 14, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Shmackem, Showcase, Sports

"Showtime is back baby!" As legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn would say, “The game's in the refrigerator, the door's closed, the light's out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard and the jello's jiggling.“ If Hearn was still alive, Staples Center would hear that phrase many of...

Shmackem: Young King James is up next

Shmackem: Young King James is up next

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

October 9, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Shmackem, Showcase, Sports

LeBron James Jr., who turned 14 years old on Oct. 6 has called next in line for greatness. Nicknamed Bronny, he is the son of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, who is also known as King James. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'w0ByuPZJQRFN9bnlSUgmgA',sig:'uGuq36vPtB8gRRZuq0oDDSOfm_6YdGy...

Shmackem: High ceiling for playoff-bound Dodgers

Shmackem: High ceiling for playoff-bound Dodgers

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

October 2, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Columns, Men's Sports, Shmackem, Sports

Although the Los Angeles Dodgers did not rack up 100 wins this year equaling a 66 percent chance to make the World Series—with 92 wins on the season, the team still has a great chance of advancing deep into the postseason. The Dodgers needed an extra game to clinch the National League - West Division...

Shmackem: Dodgers have too much talent to miss the playoffs

Shmackem: Dodgers have too much talent to miss the playoffs

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

September 29, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Shmackem, Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers have endured a battle-tested season, now the team is on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2012 season— Although L.A. has a flare for the dramatics, the Dodgers will ultimately make the playoffs. It definitely won’t be a walk in the park for...

Shmackem: Wait, the Browns actually won

Shmackem: Wait, the Browns actually won

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

September 22, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Shmackem, Showcase, Sports

The Cleveland Browns won a football game for the first time in 635 days on Thursday, but fans shouldn’t get overhyped, after all the team is still the Browns. Last time the Browns won in the NFL Barack Obama was President of the U.S., let that sink in. In the highest NFL network game sin...

Shmackem: Jackie Robinson isn’t talked about enough

Shmackem: Jackie Robinson isn’t talked about enough

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

September 18, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Columns, Shmackem, Sports

When it comes to Civil Rights history, Jackie Robinson isn’t talked about enough in today’s time; most people just know him as the first black baseball player to play in the major league. However, Robinson was so much more than just the first black MLB player, he was actually a pioneer in civil rights of...

SHMACKEM: Nike boycott has racist undertones

SHMACKEM: Nike boycott has racist undertones

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

September 11, 2018


Filed under Columns, Shmackem, Sports

The public outrage that Nike has received for using former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in its ad campaign has been uncalled for, some people actually burned Nike merchandise as a form of protest, which reeks of a modern-subtle form of racism. Nike's ad was unveiled on Labor Day as a special 30th...

Shmackem: Year of the LA Rams

Shmackem: Year of the LA Rams

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelance Writer

August 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Shmackem, Sports

You heard it here first, the Los Angeles Rams will make it to the team’s first Super Bowl appearance since the 1999 season. The Rams did lose in a blowout versus the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 9 in the first preseason game of the 2018-19 season, however, it’s still just the preseason, so that loss...

Shmackem: Racism in the outfield

Shmackem: Racism in the outfield

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

August 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Shmackem, Sports

I’m sorry to tell you, but if you’re 18 or in your 20s and make public prejudice statements you should still be penalized even if you become a millionaire MLB player in the future. In fact, by being a baseball player in the big league, a player is instantly viewed as a role model. It sets ...

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