PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — What’s Up y’all! So, ummm, if you’ve noticed, a few things have changed around here at the good ol’ Mothership. The #JSCBlog has become JayScottSmith.com, for starters. It’s been years in the making getting this blog to become an actual site and over the course of the next few weeks, you’re going to see all of the changes. JSC Radio has become much more of a THING since I last posted here back in September. The People’s Podcast still doesn’t have a set genre, which is by design. I’ve taken to calling it a lifestyle podcast. It’s a podcast that uses sports as a backdrop for everyday life. In the Last few months, the show has expanded from Soundcloud, iTunes and Stitcher Radio to adding Google Play to the network! Also, as you’ve seen on the JSC Radio page, we’re now up to 38 full episodes, with the most recent dropping last night. Going forward, expect there to be an update every week when a new show drops — usually, but not always — every Thursday. The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!
Head over to the JSC Radio page to catch up on Episodes 18-37 including where I interviewed a rising star at ESPN, talked to a dynamic young woman who is changing the way we look at Feminism, managed to apologize — then un-apologized — to the Detroit Lions, talked about Ric Flair’s greatest hour, and we passed a milestone one-year anniversary that also talked about WrestleMania and so much more. There’s also the detail of This Week’s show, where I get serious about mental health, Steve Stephens, and Aaron Hernandez.
Continue reading Updates: JSC’s New Look, JSC Radio Season 2, Episode 38, and Moving Forward!
♠ 3 Things That Are On My Mind ♠
The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
— Albert Einstein
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (JSC) — It’s that time once again. It’s time for me to get some things off of my chest. I do this every so often and there are three things that I have to give a couple of thoughts on. The theme for this brain dump is all things bad. Whether it’s the bad karma that Tom Brady is carrying around right now, the horribly bad breaks that one of my favorite professional wrestler keeps running into, or the all around bad karma that one of the world’s worst people continues to have following him around after he got away with murder. As always, these are my opinions and mine alone. Any objections that you may have, you can take up with the Law Offices of Sit & Spin. No need to drag out this intro. Let’s Go.
Continue reading Random Thoughts: Zimmerman Gets Shot, Brady Gets Popped, & Daniel Bryan is Out
♦ It’s About That Time of Year, again (unfortunately) ♦
“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”
— Isaac Asimov
DETROIT (JSC) — Almost two years ago (7/21/2009 to be exact), I wrote a blog on here called “Killa Season“. No, it wasn’t a blog about my hatred of everything Dipset. It dealt with what was, at the time, the re-coronation of Detroit as the murder capital of the United States. This was two years ago, not exactly an eternity, but in Detroit, it can be. This predated the horrific incident last year where 17-year-old Southeastern High senior Jerean Blake was murdered by a man twice his age for “looking at him funny”, then about 36 hours later, when the police came looking for the shooter, they raided the home that was harboring him and accidentally killed 7-year-old Ayana Jones in the process of capturing him. In typical Detroit fashion, the people were more outraged at the accidental police killing than they were about the senseless street crime that killed an innocent teen. Detroit’s a city with a checkered history in terms of crime and violence, and some of the most senseless acts of foolishness occur when the seemingly endless winter breaks and the heat comes rolling in. Detroit does have a “Killa Season”. It’s called Summer. Let’s Go.
Continue reading Summer Madness: Detroit’s Dangerous Dog Days of Summer…
♠ Justice isn’t just blind; It’s Confused. ♠
“Justice has nothing to do with what goes on in a courtroom; Justice is what comes out of a courtroom”
— Clarence Darrow
DETROIT (JSC) — I can tell you exactly where I was on the morning of October 3, 1995. I was sitting in an economics class at Renaissance High School. The entire room was packed and the TV was locked on Channel 4 (WDIV, the Detroit NBC affiliate) as we had gotten word that the jury, after just four hours of deliberation, had returned with a verdict in the murder trial of NFL Hall of Fame running back O.J. Simpson. The entire room (composed almost entirely of black students and faculty) let out a very loud cheer as it was announced that Simpson, accused of murdering his ex-wife and her boyfriend a year earlier, was not guilty on all charges. The incredulous disbelief on the faces of white people around the country was priceless. I admit it. It was funny. But those incredulous looks had nothing on the O_o!!?? look I had on my face at 2:19 p.m. Eastern Time today when I heard the words “Not Guilty” uttered three times in regards to Casey Anthony. And unlike that cool October morning 16 years ago, there was no color line in the stunned shock. Let’s Go. Continue reading Case Study: What We Learned From Casey Anthony…
♣ They Say The Truth Hurts…♣
“Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.”
— Edward R. Murrow
DETROIT — Just another month in the Motor City. Just after midnight on August 1, a 24-year-old woman was shot and killed in an armed robbery attempt in Detroit. The perpetrator, DeMarco Harris is a 6’2″, 155lb black male. He is also 12-years-old. On August 15, 86-year-old Clarence Jones was murdered in a robbery attempt while watching the home of a hospitalized friend. Jones was beaten to death for his wallet and a minivan. The perp was a 19-year-old. On August 21, two teens wearing red bandanas and wielding shotguns, one 17 and the other 16, rob two members of a film crew (in broad daylight) who was in Detroit to shoot a movie called “Little Murder” (no bullsh*t!). While the robbery victims were not harmed, one of the teens was shot by police as he fled because he had the equally bright idea to point his gun at a cop. The two were arrested and charged with multiple felonies. Earlier this week, another 17-year-old attempted to rob a 32-year-old man as he tried to walk back into his apartment. Only problem: The 32 year old man had a CCW and a Gun. The perp turned victim and now is facing attempted armed robbery charges after the doctor pulls that bullet out of his ass! This all goes on as the city collectively keeps it head buried in the sand…or up certain orifices in their posterior.
Continue reading Reality Check: The Truth Can Set Detroit Free…
♦ Can Detroit be Number 1 In Something Positive For Once? ♦
“Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell.”
— Marvin Gaye
DETROIT — As far back as I can remember, this city has been associated with some of the most negative aspects of American society. Detroit seems to routinely top the list on such wonderful categories as Poverty, Crime, Blight, High School Dropout Rates, Pollution, Obesity, and most recently Unemployment. However, over the last 30 years, if there was one title that this city has held more than “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair has been world champion, it’s the title of “Murder Capital” of the United States. Even though there have been points when other cities have held at least a share of the title (Chicago, St. Louis, Miami, Washington, D.C., Houston, Gary, Indiana, and Flint), more often than not, the leader in the clubhouse of kills is Detroit.
Continue reading Killa Season: Detroit’s Murder City Blues
Editor’s Note: This was originally meant to be published last Thursday, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I’m just getting to publish this now. That being said…Let’s Go.
♦ Hell Hath No Fury…♦
“No Adultery is Bloodless”
DETROIT — As I wrote last week in my blog about Death, The Grim Reaper has been taking no prisoners. One of its most noteworthy victims, not named Michael Jackson, was former NFL quarterback Steve McNair. McNair was found dead in his condo in Nashville on July 4th. He’d been shot four times, twice in the chest and once in each temple …yikes! Also in the condo was the body of his 20-year-old mistress Sahel Kazemi, lying dead on the floor with a single gunshot to the head. It was later determined that it was Kazemi who killed McNair before turning the gun on herself. The death of McNair sent shockwaves through the country because his death was the 6th death of a high-profile individual in a month and knocked a large pause into the cheating hearts of a lot of men (and women) out here.
Continue reading Aired Out: The Sad End of Steve McNair…