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Stephen A. Smith Schools The Class Of 2011

In terms of journalists as commencement speakers, Stephen A. Smith would easily make my top five.

The blunt ESPN contributor gave the commencement speech at Winston Salem State University Saturday and dropped some knowledge for the class of 2011:

“If you want to be somebody, you’ve got to annihilate the competition,” said Smith, who graduated from WSSU in 1991. “Anything less is a waste of your time and a waste for the people who believe in you.”

And once you give the world your all, “you have to do it over and over and over again,” he said.

“I’m in no mood to mince words,” he said in the commencement speech from the podium.

He told the graduates to look up in the stands and wave to their parents and family. Read more

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San Antonio Spurs top local NBA ratings, Cavs plummet

Should it be surprising that San Antonio, home of one professional sports team in the four major sports (and a pretty good one at that) should score a local TV rating that was more than double the Miami Heat’s? Probably not. Tim Duncan and the Spurs posted the best record in the Western Conference this year and finished the season with a 10.19 local rating for its games on FS Southwest, up 52 percent from last year’s mark, according to Sports Business Daily.

The Spurs’ local TV rating more than doubled that of the high-profile Miami Heat, which saw its local ratings on Sun Sports nearly double to a 4.94 average, third-best in the league. Thanks largely to the arrival of superstar LeBron James, the Heat posted a whopping 99 percent increase in its average rating from last season. The Utah Jazz posted the No. 2 average rating, at 5.60, up 1.8 percent from last year. Conversely, the team James left, the Cleveland Cavaliers, saw the biggest yearly ratings drop in at least seven years. Last year’s local ratings leader, the Cavs saw ratings on FS Ohio drop 54 percent. The team’s 3.93 average rating still was seventh highest in the league.

Jim Rome Invading Lopez Tonight On Tuesday

“The Jungle” is set to invade Lopez Tonight on Tuesday.

Nationally syndicated sports talk show host Jim Rome will sit down with George Lopez on his TBS late night talk show.

“I’ll be appearing tomorrow on Lopez Tonight, 12/11c TBS. Fired up!” Rome tweeted on Monday morning.

With a 15-year run as a nationally syndicated sports talk show host and two stints on ESPN, I’m surprised Rome hasn’t made his way through the talk show circuit prior to this (That’s if we can actually consider Lopez Tonight a legitimate talk show).

Rams-Seahawks Flexed To Sunday Night Football

There are a number of changes for Week 17 of the NFL season, highlighted by the St. Louis-Seattle game moving to Sunday Night Football.

The NFC West showdown between the two sub-.500 teams will determine the division title.

In addition, four other changes were made to the Week 17 schedule:

  • Jacksonville-Houston will move to 4:15 p.m. ET on CBS
  • Tennessee-Indianapolis will move to 4:15 p.m. ET on CBS
  • Dallas-Philadelphia will move to 4:15 p.m. ET on FOX
  • NY Giants-Washington will move to 4:15 p.m. ET on FOX