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:10—Hey…Did y’all hear that noise? No seriously, listen…No man, I’m being for real, just listen. That noise you hear is the sound of 450 people having a damm good time over at the Hosanna House last Saturday night at Ralph Watson’s 4th Annual Classic Event. A fantastic voyage to be sure. Good people, good food, good information and good for the soul!! Well done Ralph Watson and crew, well done.  My people…can we…and I do mean “we” please learn our Black, Negro, African American National Anthem…or whatever we call it! See, I don’t know what to call it.

:09—Speaking of Classic Events, and I was. (Boy you Wilkinsburg grads just don’t get it, do ya?) How ‘bout this illustrious group of honorees…Hon. Brenda Frazier, Sir Roger Humph­ries, Father Eric McIntosh, Renee Frazier, Pitt honoring the legendary K. Leroy Irvis, Chris Moore AKA The Voice of Reason, Chuck Powell, Dr. Herman Reid, Hon. Bill Robinson, the legend J.T. Thomas, the late Dr. Morris Turner Sr., Hon. Warren Watson, Frances Ford-Wilson, Rev. Johnnie Monroe and yours truly…MMMAAANNN that’s serious!!!

:08—OK Zik, back to sports. (But remember I’ve gotten help, save these papers.) Pitt plays Wake Forest on Sunday and by the time you read this, they will have beaten them and Miami, and saved their spot in the big dance.

:07—To whoever called the office in response to last week’s challenge and didn’t leave his name, here’s this! I didn’t say Bobby Byrd was the best ever in the city, I said he was the best ever in the Summer League…that’s a different kind of ball. And if you read on the regular, you would know how I rank the best guards of all time. 1. Ricky “Black Magic” Coleman 2. Larry “Bird” Richardson 3. Robert “Jeep” Kelly 4. Petey Gibson 5. Nathan “Sonny” Lewis 6. David “Puffy” Kennedy 7. Darren “Skywalker” Walls 8. George Harvey 9. Henry Chapman 10. Warner Macklin. And as long as you live, don’t ever, and I mean ever, let me hear you or anybody you know say you’ll take Chris Mullen over Connie Hawkins…Are-You-Outside-Your-Mind!!! Now step up “your” games, shut up or call back. It don’t matter to me. Peace!

:06—We welcome royalty to “The Locker Room” this week. Regular readers and true believers, the Rev. and Mrs. Johnnie Monroe, you’re in The Locker Room, now close the door!

:05—Floyd “Money” Mayweather will carry “The Pac Man” the distance to make the $200 million fight look good, but he won’t get touched or dropped and wins by unanimous decision.

:04—Now let’s go back to that “Fantastic Voyage” I spoke about earlier. (A-huh, got ya payin’ attention now, don’t I?) Go pull out your “Lakeside” vinyl and take your butt “up off the wall” and remember how you partied to those boys. The Pirate gear, the high boots, they made our “Love On the One!”

:03—New date, lock it in, this you don’t want to miss, the Pittsburgh Steelers Legends Reunion II coming at you Saturday, April 18 at the fabulous Blue Line Grill, Downtown on 5th Avenue, behind the Consol Arena. VIP reception at 5 p.m., the cost is $50; Event from 6-9 p.m., general admission is $25. The event stars Mel Blount, J.T. Thomas, Robin Cole, Andy Russell, Louis Lipps, Randy Grossman, Craig Bingham and Dwayne Woodruff. There will be food, drinks, music, autographs, photography and a Super Bowl Good Times Challenge. Call Achieving Greatness Inc. for information at 412-628-4856. (Remember only 250 seats available.)

:02—A Duquesne University football player was found dead in his car last Sunday morning; an apparent suicide from a gunshot. Sad…Just Sad!

:01—Deion “Big Meat” Nesbitt was not only a great basketball star at Allder­dice High School…he was my cousin. And he was a good man. And he will be missed. More on this next week.



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