Signifying, joning, jiving, talking smack, playing the dozens and trash talking are all types of verbal war games in which a majority of us African-American males growing up in urban environs were engaged…regularly.
Strategically, the key is to point out and exploit any real or perceived weakness, deficiency or shortcoming of the other person. Tactically, the key is to make it as sharp, cutting and as funny as possible. This verbal jousting used to be limited to community venues like: street corners, playgrounds, barbershops, gyms, etc. But now, broadcast, social and print media have given this ghetto bravado digital platforms for instant distribution to huge global audiences.
Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who was fined more than $11,000 last week for allegedly spewing the N-word after exchanging words with Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston during the fourth quarter of a game, denies the allegations, according to Fox Sports.
The inappropriate language fine that was levied against Kaepernick was categorized as unsportsmanlike, and the 24-year-old, whose Mother is White and Father is African-American, is reportedly upset about the penalty and will allegedly appeal it.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked into jail and released on $15,000 bail early Saturday morning after he was indicted on a felony charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, ESPN reports.
Peterson reportedly beat his 4-year-old son this summer with a small tree branch as a form of punishment, allegedly causing multiple injuries to the child, according to CBS Houston.
During interviews with police, Peterson referred to the incident as a “whooping,” which occurred in Spring, Texas, in May, the news station reports. He said his son had pushed another of Peterson’s children off a motorbike video game. As punishment, Peterson grabbed a tree branch, which he called a “switch,” removed the leaves and struck the child repeatedly, the news station writes.
After an impressive season-opening win on the road in Kansas City last week, the Tennessee Titans (1-1) came out flat against the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) on Sunday and the result was a spoiled home debut – the first for head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
In the first half, the Titans rush defense was very ineffective, allowing Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to look unstoppable. Murray racked up 115 yards in the first half to help power the Cowboys to a 16-0 halftime lead. By game’s end he had amassed 167 total yards on 29 carries with one touchdown. "He ran hard and he ran downhill,” Dallas head coach Jason Garret said of Murray.
As rivalries go, the annual clash between Jackson State University (JSU) and Tennessee State University (TSU) is, well, a “Classic” – literally.
The two teams of Tigers have battled 48 times, including 24 times in the Southern Heritage Classic. They will face off for their 25th “Classic” matchup on Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
When the game kicks off at 6 p.m., JSU will be in full pursuit of ending a two-game losing streak in the yearly encounter. Each team comes into the game with multiple strong points.
Ray Rice broke his silence Tuesday for the first time following his indefinite suspension by the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL, telling an ESPN reporter that his main objective at the moment was to be strong for his wife, Janay, and his family.
“I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong. ... We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us, and we’ll continue to support each other,” Rice said.