JSC Radio Ep. 64: Blake Neck Speed


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — It’s funny what seven days can change…

So to recap, my Alma Mater’s issues are bigger than just Larry Nassar. Like I said last weekwith the “retirement” of Athletic Director Mark Hollis just hours before the release of this monstrous piece from ESPN’s venerable Outside The Lines on how MSU’s lax response to sexual violence spans decades and stretches into the basketball and football programs, things went nuclear in East Lansing. 

Last Friday night, I went on ESPN Radio’s Freddie & Fitzsimmons (I come in at the 19:00 mark) and talked about the OTL piece and the culture of silence that floats around East Lansing. Since then, both of MSU’s legendary coaches — Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio — have come under fire because they, particularly Izzo, may have allowed this crap to happen on their watch. When pressed, Dantonio defiantly and directly responded within hours.

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If Tom Izzo wants this heat off of him, he needs to answer some damn questions.

Meanwhile, Tom Izzo — normally the most straightforward coach in the country — has hidden behind written statements and stale “let’s just talk about basketball” talking points. The longer he goes in running from questions, the more credence that ESPN piece, which is being predictably (and foolishly) attacked by Spartans as some sort of “biased hit piece,” gains by the day.

Plus, the Detroit Pistons — remember them? — are desperate to be seen as relevant and traded their two best scorers for an oft-injured dude who just signed a crazy contract with the other team in L.A. — and he found out that “loyalty” is just a brand name to NBA teams.

Here’s Episode 64, y’all.

JSC Radio Ep. 64 Blog BannerComing up on Episode No. 64 of JSC Radio:

  • The fallout at MSU engulfs two of the most respected Spartans
  • Why Tom Izzo’s silence is only making this worse
  • People need to get a grip instead of attacking the OTL Piece.
  • Why the Pistons are acting like that thirsty dude in a girl’s DMs.
  • Blake Griffin chose “loyalty” over a potentially better situation and got shipped out in less than 6 months.
  • This trade lock in the Pistons’ train to nowhere.

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Shouts out to Doc Illingsworth for dropping a ton of beats on me. Support him and buy his merch at His Website and get all his music on Bandcamp.

Rufio Jones Nigerian KingStay tuned after the show for the new single from the homie Rufio Jones with his new single Nigerian King. Just in time for Black History Month! It’s as dope and ridiculous as it sounds. It’s also on iTunes. 

Also, wanna shout out the homie Ossim Jones, recommended by the Good Doctor himself. Be sure to hit up his page on Soundcloud to check out what he’s bringing.

avatars-000323029456-7tpb8w-t500x500If you’re a hungry, grinding ass hip-hop artists and you want to get your music on on JSC Radio, e-mail me directly at: jason@jayscottsmith.com. To support the show and the website, check out our Patreon Page for Exclusive JSC Stuff for Patrons Only. This interview has been on Patreon for a few days and you could’ve heard it first if you were a Patron.

I want to thank those of you who continue to support JSC Radio and continue to help this show grow day by day. Feel free to support this show by subscribing, sharing links, giving me a rating and a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and/or Stitcher and telling others as I continue to build this thing.

Until Next Time, That’s The Way It Is. Friday, February 2, 2018.

Take Care, God Bless, Always Dare to Be Different, and G.O.M.A.B. Σ

JSC Radio Ep. 54: Lone Star State of Mind


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What Up Doe, people! The People’s Podcast rolls on and this week is all about the crowning of a new champion, the Houston Astros.

Baseball is a clear theme on this show, and while Game 7 of the World Series was a relative dud compared to the first six games (and all seven of last year’s), this year’s Fall Classic showed the world once again why Baseball will always be king.

Plus, the Lions are still the Lions and Detroit is still Detroit (thanks Cardi B).

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JSC Radio Ep. 53: Doing It For TV


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  Greetings and Salutations people! 

Those of you who follow me already know the news: #JSCTV is now a Thing! 

Well, on Ep. 53 of The People’s Podcast, I talk all about what went into the creation of Jay Scott Confidential, what it means going forward and what to expect as we head into 2018.

Plus, the World Series is already Bananas!

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Off Base: Baseball’s Black Out is Real


♠ If you build it…  ♠

Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life.
— Ernie Harwell
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (JSC) — The first major sporting event I can recall attending was in 1983. It was a game between the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. You might wonder how the hell can I remember this so clearly, considering that I was just 3 years old in the Summer of ’83. Easily. My mother was leading me up the winding concourses and ramps in Tiger Stadium. As I’d figure out a few years later, we were sitting up in the upper deck along the left field line. After what seemed like an eternity of walking those ramps, it all opened up and it was the most beautiful sight my young eyes had ever seen. It was the field of Tiger Stadium. I remember it being a perfect, well-manicured green field; the infield dirt was perfect; the smell of pretzels and hot dogs was in the air; and the sounds of the game were everywhere. What should’ve been sensory overload for a little black toddler was nothing but excitement for me. I knew right then that this new game which, according to my mom, was called “baseball” would be it for me. The following year, the Tigers would win their (to date) only World Series of my lifetime and it was ON! What made baseball so easy for me to get behind back in the 1980s was the fact that there were so many big time stars in the game that looked like me. It was cool to be black and be into baseball. Now, more than 30 years later, I still love the game, but it’s a lot tougher to see that love coming back my way. Let’s Go.

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Price Check: Beat Writers, F-Bombs, and Media Responsibility


♠ “What do I think of his performance!?”  ♠

“Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”
— Mark Twain
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (JSC) — I’ve had the privilege of covering every level of sports in this country, from high school softball to the NBA and Major League Baseball. When you cover sports, you develop and interesting relationship with the coaches, players, and administrators. You can also be privy to a lot of off-record and private conversations. As a journalist, stuff like that stays in house. I’ve been apart of some hilarious off-record conversations with coaches. Every so often, they end up on record with some fun results. In 2009, while I was covering Wayne State University’s men’s basketball team and after a particularly spirited victory, head coach David Greer (as he was known to do) completely shot straight with me deep in the bowels of the Grand Valley State basketball complex saying about his then-lead guard Byran Wright that “We were running a number of plays for him and the rest of those boys need to get in where they fit in” It was right there where I stopped the recorder and said “Hold up. Did you say ‘get in where you fit in’? I just wanna be sure.” His response: “You heard me. Get in, where you fit in, chief.” You get some awesome moments with coaches, you get some hilarious moments with coaches and managers, and you get some straight up meltdowns. What happened in Milwaukee yesterday with Cincinnati Reds’ manager Bryan Price was the latter. In all of its profane glory, it also provides a quick lesson on what a beat writer’s job really is. Let us proceed.

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Knowing Your Place: A Commentary on Jordan Davis and My “Black” Life


The last time I came at you guys was on June 15, 2013. Long damn time ago, I know. I have since taken on a job in Lansing as a full-time Journalist and I have wrongfully neglected this blog site. I just haven’t had the time, nor energy, to keep up with it and for that I greatly apologize. There have been a lot of things worth my attention that I haven’t had the ability to really shoot on like I have in the past, but periodically something will come up that will have my ass tied up in knots and I can no longer hold it in, and that’s why I’m here today. Without further ado, let’s get this started.

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♠ Reality is often more sobering than Fiction ♠

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.”

— Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General.

LANSING, Mich. (JSC) — I come to you all today not as a professional journalist, a broadcaster, or any type of representative of any company, conglomerate, or organization. I simply come to you today as a 34-year-old Black Man who is tired of seeing his thoughts, his life, his feelings, and his mere existence being treated as if it is trivial. I don’t say this without some type of logic or reasoning, and there is no shortage of evidence and examples to back up what I’m saying. In the amount of time since I last joined you, two very troubling cases of White-on-Black crime have come to their conclusion (largely). The first being the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin. The other, which saw 4/5 of the verdict handed down yesterday, was the case of 17-year-old Jordan Davis being shot dead by Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old software designer, on Nov. 23, 2012 in Jacksonville after Dunn rudely told Davis and his three friends to turn down the “thug music” pumping out of their SUV. An argument ensued and Dunn claimed that Davis — or somebody in the truck — pulled a 12-gauge shotgun on him and he felt his life was in danger and pumped 10 shots into the SUV, striking and killing Davis. Dunn, who was so afraid for his life moments earlier, calmly drove back to a hotel, ate some pizza, and walked his dog. Did not call the police. Did not inform authorities. And, might I add, did not actually see a gun. As the above quote from the Attorney General says, we’re still a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race, and Florida is the state that has a law that allows cowards to do what they do best. Let’s Go.

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#TBT on #JSC (May 16, 2013): FANtastic Voyage


Back In The Days When They Used to Really Ball… 

DETROIT (JSC) — Greetings people. It’s another Thursday and after a crazy week, I’m back at you guys with another edition of #TBTonJSC. After last week where I blogged about my love for 80s TV Theme Songs — I still can’t get The Greatest American Hero out of my head — I’m staying in the 80s with this week’s check in. In the midst of shuttling through the various 80s themed gems I found myself cycling through old NBA Games and Intros from the 70s and 80s. For the youngsters out there, for most of the 1970s all the way through the 80s and ending in 1990, the NBA was on CBS. All of the great moments of the greatest decade in NBA history were on the Eyeball Network. It wasn’t flashy. It wasn’t grandiose. It was just great basketball. With the NBA Playoffs at full peak, I think it’s appropriate to show love to the home of the NBA during my Childhood. You know, back when it was FANtastic. Let’s Go. Continue reading #TBT on #JSC (May 16, 2013): FANtastic Voyage