JSC Words of Wisdom #14: Find Your Stance…


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — What’s Good Y’all. That’s right. #JSCWOW is back on its bullshit again and with this being the start of the baseball season, I decided to hit you guys off with a little motivational message with a baseball theme. This kinda hit me out of the blue when thinking about my current situation as well as that of a lot of people who are trying to find their way and their niche in their careers and even their lives.

GeorgeBrettI’ve always said that “Sports is a Metaphor for Life” and one of the best sports for that is baseball. When you think about how to go about making things happen for yourself, you don’t always have to do it the way everyone does it. You can take your own approach as long as it works for you. No better place to get an understanding of this than to simply take a look in the batter’s box in a given inning of any given game. Every guy that comes to the plate has a different batting stance — one that makes them feel comfortable. This post is about helping you to find your stance and get your comfort level.

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JSC Radio Ep. 59: The Kids In The Hall


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  Good evening everybody. The People’s Podcast is back as 2017 is mercifully coming to a close. It’s a mixed bag this week as we celebrate Detroit, but also hit an interesting postscript.

Adrienne Lawrence - June 7, 2016

As we talked about last week, For the last 2 months, it’s been an endless parade of men being outed as being the literal worst in all forms of business, industry, education, sports, and politics. I also noted that I’ve heard a multitude of stories from women I know in this business who have been harassed, propositioned, and even assaulted by men on their jobs. Well, one of those women came forward with her story this week.

Adrienne Lawrence, who appeared Episode 20 on in Oct. 2016, came forward with her story of the harassment and alleged retaliation she faced while at ESPN on Wednesday in the Boston Globe. Adrienne, who left from a lucrative career as an attorney to become one of the “Worldwide Leader’s” rising stars, alleges that SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross tried to turn their professional relationship personal and sent multiple shirtless selfies to her via text. Her spurning these advances seemed to coincide with her rapidly being slid down the totem pole and eventually out of Bristol. In an unexpected postscript to Episode 58, I address this in the first half of the show.

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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).

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudApple PodcastsStitcher Radio, and Google Play! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

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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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Man’s Game: The Courage of Jason Collins


We are nothing as people if we aren’t ourselves.

“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

— Polonius, Hamlet

DETROIT (JSC) — Good evening people. I’d like to start this off by saying that I’m a 33-year-old journalist. I’m black. I’m from Detroit. And I’m heterosexual. I’m sure that will come as a shock to basically none of the 12-15 people who actually read my regular musings on this blog. I decided to follow the lead of my now world famous namesake, Jason Collins, and just put it out there. The “news” that dropped today hit like a sledgehammer to the heads of a lot of tried and true “real men” out there. To me, and a the vast majority of people, it was a watershed moment and long-awaited. It’s 2013. Let’s not be naive enough to think that there haven’t been gay players in the NBA or NFL or MLB or the NHL. But the funny thing about someone coming clean about their sexuality, it brings out the Dinder Mifflins and dodo birds who actually think that how they feel about who someone else loves actually carries weight. Welp, I’m here to square a few things away right now. Let’s Go.

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