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Shmackem: Toxic masculinity’s negative play in sports

Jah-Tosh Baruti

January 23, 2019


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

Since the age of time men have dominated sports with emotionless ferocity, however, this type of toxic masculinity is actually toxic to sports.According to Macmillan Dictionary, toxic masculinity can be defined as the “adherence to traditional male gender roles that expect boys and men to show f...

Shmackem: LA Clippers are far from a threat in the West

Shmackem: LA Clippers are far from a threat in the West

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

December 5, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Shmackem, Sports

Don’t let the NBA standings fool you, the 2018-19 Clippers are not the best team in the Western Conference. The Clippers are like the third best basketball team in LA, behind the Lebron James-led Lakers and UCLA men’s basketball, with its 5-2 record. These Clippers couldn’t even cut hair. Luke 13:30 says, "the first shall be last," in other words new fans watch your step getting of...

Shmackem: The resilient LA Rams

Shmackem: The resilient LA Rams

Jah-Tosh Baruti, Freelancer

November 17, 2018


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

The Los Angeles Rams returned to its winning ways taking on the Seattle Seahawks, proving the team is still a force to be reckoned with. Sunday’s game versus the Seahawks turned out to be a 36-31 win for the Rams. Although the margin of victory wasn’t substantial, it showed that this Rams squ...

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, 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, 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, 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...

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