The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour – Warriors Finish It

Chris & Jonathan discuss the Warriors winning the NBA Finals, the upcoming NBA Draft, One And Done rule not working, flag kneeling worse than domestic abuse, Jason Whitlock loves to stir the pot and more.

Music: Medasin – Got That

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The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour – A Little Butt Hurt

In this episode Chris & Jonathan discuss Duke winning the national championship, no home court advantage for the Clippers, Kevin Durant wants to retire in Oklahoma City, Paul George returns, Mutombo leads 2015 Hall of Fame class, LeSean McCoy says it’s Chip Kelly and the Eagles, Romo takes a pay cut after the fact, Browns moving on from Johnny Manziel, Richie Incognito humbled after being away, no punishment for Josh Hamilton, Ervin Santana suspended 80 games for PED use, Tiger Woods coming back for The Masters, Geno Auriemma craps on men’s college basketball, Byron Scott knows who he wants on the team, Andrew Harrison is a little butt hurt, Laker fans not happy with wins and more in the Sports Happy Hour.

Music: Sango – Amor Rocinha; De La Soul – Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)

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The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour – It’s Not Back

In this episode Chris & Jonathan recap All Star Weekend, get ready for the stretch run of the NBA season, discuss Charles Barkley and analytics, Adrian Peterson wants to stay with the Vikings, Greg Hardy being picked up by another team, Jameis Winston is now the top pick in the draft, Tiger Woods taking a leave of absence, Kevin Durant is tired of the media, Brandon Browner frustrated with Kanye West, Chicago Little League team stripped of its title, LeBron James’s “motivational” tweet Kevin Love, James Dolan responds to a Knicks fan’s email, RIP Jerry Tarkanian and more!

Music: Phonte – The Good Fight; The Pharcyde – Ya Mama

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The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour – Passing Inside the One Yard Line

Chris & Jonathan are joined by Kimbafuzz in the Sports Happy Hour to discuss the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, why the Seahawks passed the ball on the 1 yard line, the hate towards Marshawn Lynch not talking to the media, the Cleveland Browns keep falling on their face, looking back at the 2014 NFL season, Blake Griffin has surgery for staph infection, Hawks go undefeated in January, Cavs on the rise, Jacque Vaughn fired, Chris Paul fined for criticizing a (female) referee, previewing the 2015 All Star Weekend events, RIP Dean Smith, Serena dominates the Australian Open and more!

Music: Asher Roth – Confidence; Gangstarr – The Place Where We Dwell

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The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour – Yes To Paternity Leave

In this episode Chris & Jonathan discuss UConn winning the National Championship, being punished for previous players’ mistakes, John Calipari leaving for the Lakers, Kyrie Irving irked by media, Indiana Pacers free-falling, Larry Sanders busted for weed, Joe Dumars to resign, Dante Cunningham send “terroristic threats” to his girlfriend, DeSean Jackson signs with the Redskins, Jim Irsay doing dirt, Johnny Manziel has ghetto tendencies, Jets fans petition Michael Vick, Daniel Murphy hated for taking paternity leave, and where’s the next great golfer.

Music: Asher Roth – Cannon, The Lounge

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The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour

Jonathan is back in the Sports Happy Hour, and gets his chance to speak on the state of baseball, Johnny Manziel, and Riley Cooper using the N Word. The Brothers also discuss the NCAA decision to stop selling team swag on their website, F.O.Y.P., Tiger’s struggles in another major tournament, Jeanie Buss speaking about her Laker franchise, and our Joints of the Hour.

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Music: The Roots – Hot Shit (I’m Back!); Tall Black Guy – Speak Love; A Tribe Called Quest – Sucka Nigga; Ice Cube – No Vaseline

The Brothers Lehman Sports Happy Hour (AUDIO)

In this episode, the Brothers Lehman speak about the NBA Finals going into game 3, Phil Jackson rejecting the Knicks, Lil Wayne’s time in Oklahoma CIty, and the US Open.

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Music: Evidence – Hustle On; J Dilla ft. Black Thought – Reality Check; Meth, Ghost & Rae – Gunshowers

The Tragic Death of Boxing

What happened to the sport of boxing? It used to be that the heavyweight champion of the world was as respected as the president of the United States. Now nobody knows who the heavyweight champion is. Furthermore boxing, as much or more so than any other sport, played a great role in the culture and the advancement of black America. We produced many of the greats in the history of the sport, including most of the top heavyweight champions of all time. Now there is not only not a single African-American ranked in Ring magazine’s top ten heavyweights there’s almost not any American’s on that list period. Where have you gone, Jack Johnson? What happened to the glory that was Joe Louis? Where are the Sugar Ray Robinsons, the Sugar Ray Leonards, the Marvin Haglers, and the many gifted fighters who used to embody the power and the courage of black athleticism (not to mention Rocky Marciano, Jack Dempsey, Jerry Quarry and the many great Irish, Italian and other ethnic minority fighters who fought these fighters and were a part of the great community of boxing)? Black America used to produce fighters that regularly dominated what was from the turn of the century to even the 1980’s  the nation’s most iconic sport. Some fighters whom our people produced were so great that they transcended the world of boxing and sports generally. Jack Johnson was a figure of tremendous social and historical significance (not to mention controversy). Joe Louis, the longest reigning (and some still say the greatest, though no heavyweight beats Ali in my book) heavyweight of all time arose in the 30’s in his two fights against German great Max Schmeling as not just the physical embodiment of American and western democracy’s existential stand against Nazi fascism, but in a broader sense as a living rebuke to the evil doctrine of Anglo superiority espoused in Germany (as well as to the only comparatively more innocuous racism that persisted in the United States).  Many black boxers have filled the ranks of boxing through the decades at almost every weight class; many champions and great contenders left names and legacies of courage and character that still persist in the memories of many. Then of course, as said, there were those whose fame went beyond boxing to capture the imagination of the world and to inspire the country. Of these of course, the greatest was Muhammad Ali, and it is perhaps the greatest sadness about the decline of boxing that we may never see such a champion again.

Muhammad Ali was, in my opinion, the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, period, bar none, over Louis, Johnson, Marciano, Tyson and anyone else you could name. In his prime he had faster hands and feet than anyone ever had over two-hundred pounds. But it was his courage that was truly legendary. Nobody who saw his fights with Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and George Foreman could deny that Ali’s spirit was indomitable (and keep in mind that in each of those fights Ali was actually already past his prime; only Cassius Clay could out move Muhammad Ali). Nevertheless, boxing was merely a spring board for Ali’s greatness as a personality and as a figure of great social and political significance during a critical period in America’s history. Ali made the idea of a “world” champion mean something. He was the first champion to fight in countries on every continent, from England to Venezuela to Zaire to the Philippines. And while it’s true that athletes like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods have approached near enough to the zenith of world fame to be roughly comparable to Ali in that way, remember that Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods came along in  the information age, the age of globalization. Their brands were based on their singular appeal as charismatic athletes and the unique commercial circumstance that allowed for shoes, clothes, video games and merchandise of all kinds to be branded with their names and images. But Ali’s fame was not carried in this way. Ali was known for his fighting, and so too was he loved and hated for his wit, his clever poems and his indisputable gift for self-promotion. But Muhammad Ali was loved and, even among those who disliked him, respected, for the courage he showed outside of the ring. In refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam war, (even though as a celebrity athlete he would not have seen combat) Ali brought the anger of the political establishment down on his head, and was stripped of his heavyweight title and exiled from boxing during what would have been the prime years of his career. Yet he represented the feelings of many people generally, crystallizing the objection of many blacks in particular when he gave reasoning, saying at one point: “No VietCong ever called me nigger.”

It was this stance that Ali took which set the stage for the real significance of the first Ali-Frazier fight, significance that went far beyond boxing. Hence the interest in the fight went beyond peoples interest in boxing or even sports generally, and spilled into the lives of people from all walks of life from around the world. Indeed, it is estimated that the first Ali-Frazier fight was the most watched and listened to event in all of human history. Even the Protestants and Catholics in Ireland stopped battling each other in the streets for a day, just to be able to watch the fight. The world stood still that day, and though he lost to the great and recently passed Joe Frazier, his epic career from that day forward solidified his standing at the top of the list of the great figures on the planet. I for one believe that only as a boxer could Ali have attained to this stature, this level of admiration as an athlete. There is an honor, an individualism, and a universal acknowledgement of the mortality of man that makes boxing compelling and allows it forge heroes in away that perhaps no other sport can.

Unfortunately that is gone today. For a variety of reasons boxing has ceased to be great. There are still some decent fighters, but big money lack of organization, corruption, the dominance of  pay-per-view and some other factors has diminished boxing to the level of a side-show. Floyd Mayweather is a very good fighter, but his stature beyond the sport doesn’t attain to anywhere near the level of a Sugar Ray Leonard, much less Muhammad Ali. Furthermore, the classlessness that Mayweather (and Roy Jones before him) often exhibits in talking about his opponents (not even mentioning his alleged personal behavior) puts him far out of the tradition of Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard and the many great fighters who came out of the black community who would never stoop to such vulgarities. There is one real star left in boxing today and that is Manny Pacquiao. If and when he ever fights (and probably loses to) Mayweather there will be no more great stars in boxing, no more fights left to command the attention of the world, and no more hope to see the likes of the great figures in boxing that came out of the black community in the past (I can’t count Floyd as a great figure. Sorry.). And in any event, it takes more than one man. Ali would not have been Ali without Frazier, Foreman and Norton, just as Leonard wouldn’t have been who he was without Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran. Unless something changes, it looks like we’ll be stuck with the comparative dullness of UFC and mixed martial arts as the main pugilistic outlets for the world of American and black American sports for a long time to come. For me at least, that is a sad reality.

Black Is: This Week in Photos

Photos and headlines from the week of Jan 24th, 2011.

President Barack Obama delivers his State of ...

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill

Egyptian anti-government activists chant slogans ...

Egyptian anti-government activists  gather  in downtown Cairo, Egypt.

Toyota to recall 1.7 million vehicles worldwide

Toyota announced another massive global recall of 1.7 million vehicles

Montel Williams

Montel Williams speaks out in favor of approved use of medical marijuana in Maryland

Willow Smith To Star In Remake Of  “Annie”

  Tiger Woods Looks

Tiger Woods makes his 2011 PGA debut at Torrey Pines in LaJolla, CA

Hursel and Ebony Williams pose for a portrait at the “Stand Up Indiiana – Stop Obamacare” rally in Indianapolis

Nadya “Octomom” Suleman’s octuplets celebrated their 2nd birthday.

CNN announced  that Mark Whitaker be their new executive vice president and managing editor.