:10 By now you are fully aware of the passing of Armon Gilliam, one of our area’s all time greatest champions. What you may not know is that not one of the local TV stations or major daily newspapers covered his funeral. The only media on hand was your New Pittsburgh Courier. Armon was a15 year NBA superstar; No. 2 NBA draft selection; UNLV College All American and Hall of Famer; tremendous financial giver to local charities and no one thought his funeral was worthy of coverage…C’MON MAN !!! You need to put this paper down right now and call those media outlets mentioned above and ask why they didn’t cover the passing of this great man. Remember, if they disrespect him they will disrespect you.


:09 My good friend Robert “Rock” Robinson has written a book entitled “From the Ghetto to the Green” and it’s fantastic. Robinson is another local champion doing great things. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that Robinson is the Black guru of golf in Pennsylvania and has played a major role in getting area youth into the sport and into college to play on scholarship. Go online, look it up, buy the book!

:08 The Miami Heat will not be in the NBA Championship finals next year. Take that to the bank!

:07 Speaking of no shows, where the hell was the Pittsburgh basketball family at Armon Gilliam’s funeral. A church that was half full should have been busting at the doors with all of you that had the privilege of playing with or against him. Shame, shame, shame on you! None of the local colleges, coaches, players, community agencies…shame, shame, shame! Just use a brother up while he’s here and when he’s gone, he’s gone, huh?

:06 God bless you Coach Karen Hall for all you did in helping Armon’s family and bringing Coach Tarkanian in.

:05 Welcome home Chanel Smith, former Ms. Pittsburgh and current fitness trainer and entrepreneur. The city of Pittsburgh always welcomes you.

:04 Let’s go USA lady’s soccer team. It’s your time again. USA 3-Japan 2…that’s my early pre go-to-print prediction. (Editor’s Note: Japan won the Women’s World Cup, stunning the United States 3-1 in a penalty shootout July 17 after coming from behind twice in a 2-2 tie.)

:03 This is the get a clue section:

•Did you really think the NFL was going to let all that money go down the drain and cancel the season? Greed is a powerful emotion to overcome! Having said that even you Central Catholic grads can figure out the NBA ain’t gonna go on strike!

•I told you Cam Newton will be a star…and Terelle Pryor will be a star too. Take that to the bank.

•Plaxico Burress will sign for big loot, and he’s in shape. He’s been in jail, man!

•Now listen and listen good. If they didn’t lock Barry Bonds up, ain’t no way in hell they were going to lock Roger Clemens up. C’mon man…get a clue.

:02 The man they made the movie about that Denzel played in, “Remember the Titans,” is coming to town to speak at the Pirates’ African American Heritage Luncheon on Friday. Call my man Chaz Kellem at the Pirates’ office to get the scoop, 412-323-5000.

:01 SHOUT OUT’s: Kinda like Brotha Ash…but not as good.

•Terrence Buys Houses—Welcome aboard, thanks for your help

•Ricketts, Young, Holloman, and Robinson thanks for the show at Eat n Park!

•Alia Carter and the girls, couldn’t have done it without ya!

-Yeeeaaahh Pittsburgh Pirates, Go boys!


:00 Get ready to get ready…the next First Friday is coming at ya on Friday, Aug. 5 at “The Club” in Monroeville. Over 150 people attended the last Old School Par-Tay. Don’t you miss it again. We’re blowing up!


This is the next to the last call for any and all boys and girls ages 8-16 for the newly renamed Champions “ARMON GILLIAM HARD WORK” Basketball Camp on Sat. and Sun. July 30 and 31 at the Penn Hills YMCA. 9 a.m. sharp to 5 p.m. each day. And it will be hard work! The camp includes superior supervision, tee-shirt, lunch, skills drills and games. To register call the Champions right away at 412-628-4856. Only 100 spots are available.

~ Game Over ~

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