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5Reasons
12-14-2004, 01:13 PM
Can someone explain to me why football has been dismal in Newark since the disolution (sp?) of the Newark City League? I mean, in most states, the urban teams are the toughest. But not in Newark. Over the last decade, Shabazz may be the only team that has an above .500 record. Every if you assume that our basketball teams play above .550 and that they get the better athletes, that's no excuse for us to accept playing sub .400 football. We have to strive for excellence in all areas, including sports. But Newark sports programs are dismal, including baseball, softball and soccer. I'm not sure Newark, as a collective whole, even plays .400 in any of those sports. Geez whiz, it's bad enough the burbarians look down on us, but we can't even kick their a$$ on a playing field?

Newark needs to go in a new direction in athletics. We can start by tearing down that arcane school stadium and getting a modern facility.

Maximus
12-14-2004, 02:08 PM
As fathers, uncles, older brothers we have litterally dropped the ball by not coaching and mentoring the next generation of athletes. As a south warder I can remember when Newark high schools were feared throuhout the state in football, basketball and track. You can build 5 stadiums but if we do not help train these kids, athletics in Newark will join academics as part of Newark's past.

black4rob2
12-14-2004, 02:14 PM
These kids are too busy trying to dodge bullets to be playing sports. Name me one area where these kids can go and practice their skills without worrying about beefs, and colors...

Now if we had a dodge-a-bullet team......it would be between us and Camden....

Its a shame..

J. Sharpe James, J.D.
12-14-2004, 02:52 PM
What's your excuse?

Was it really the tough streets of Newark or your own AUTISM which kept you from excelling in sports? :D

BTW - Newark would lose dodge-a-bullet against Camden...They have too many weapons, ammo, and are very good shots :eek:

black4rob2
12-14-2004, 02:58 PM
I was too busy playing dodge-a-bullet, but unfortunately i wasn't too good at that and got hit....

I was better at football.

J. Sharpe James, J.D.
12-14-2004, 02:59 PM
I still have a 22 in me from 85.

black4rob2
12-14-2004, 03:01 PM
I also got hit with a .22, but it was ten years later than yours....

J. Sharpe James, J.D.
12-14-2004, 03:04 PM
I took mine in leg. Went through calf and lodged in middle of bone.

black4rob2
12-14-2004, 03:05 PM
upper right quad...

J. Sharpe James, J.D.
12-14-2004, 03:10 PM
That $HIT must have hurt! A little to the right and you'd have been singing falsetto in the CHOIR! :eek:

black4rob2
12-14-2004, 03:17 PM
I was smart and new that I wanted to make something of myself beyond the ghetto. So I played sports and kept my nose in the books...Don't get it twisted...I wasn't a nerd or anything like that...but just a young brother who heard the message his father was trying to drive home..(RIP).

At the time I was working at Roy Rogers in West Orange (there's a Wendy's there now, across from Ponderosa) and my mother gave me permission to go out and buy a coat that I wanted since i was doing well with school and all that good stuff.

long story short...I went out and bought me an Avirex motorcycle jacket. it was hot....Reversible All gray black leather trimming. it cost me about $300 at the time. Keep in my mind...that was probable my first name brand piece of clothing....

Coming home from work one night....i decided to stop by the Mcdonalds on 18th ave and Melrose in Irvington...(I lived on Columbia ave at the time...three blocks up).

I got in the McDonalds got my food and was leaving the spot...Dude ran up on me and said...yo that's a hot coat. I didnt think nothing of it, because I lived in the area. He started feeling the material and kept saying its a hot coat and then he asked me for it at the same time showing me the handle of his pistol.

I told him it wasn't mine, he tried to grab it and we wrestled on the ground before he grabbed it from. As I was on the ground, he pulled out the pistol and shot twice...

Here I am today....

5Reasons
12-14-2004, 03:26 PM
but I have had a gun pointed in my face TWICE; once when I was car jacked in Orange outside da club.

The violence we have to go through to survive in Newark is amazing.

BTW - will Newark ever have real recreational programs and great sports again? Or perhaps, our sport has become who can survive 'till adulthood.

Note: Just thought of a new plot line for Dodge Ball II. "If you can dodge a bullet; you can dodge a ball." Could be a funny line with the right cadence.

J. Sharpe James, J.D.
12-14-2004, 03:27 PM
I got mugged for my Bomber Jacket while sitting at a bus stop. 5 dudes ran up scuffled, shot and took the coat. Those were the days when bombers, shetlins and 8 ball jackets were the rave.

5Reasons
12-14-2004, 03:29 PM
John,

I remember hearing a story how someone got shot for his friggin gold teeth. Now that's just nasty. And to think, that happened without Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings et al.

Note: I keep waiting for Brittish Knights to come back in style. :p

J. Sharpe James, J.D.
12-14-2004, 03:32 PM
but I have had a gun pointed in my face TWICE; once when I was car jacked in Orange outside da club.

The violence we have to go through to survive in Newark is amazing.

BTW - will Newark ever have real recreational programs and great sports again? Or perhaps, our sport has become who can survive 'till adulthood.

Note: Just thought of a new plot line for Dodge Ball II. "If you can dodge a bullet; you can dodge a ball." Could be a funny line with the right cadence.


What pisses me off is that NASCAR has never tried to seriously recruit some of our young kids b4 they become car thieves. If they can get away from cops doing high speed chases at age 10-14 then they can surely go around a stupid oval track 500 times.

Last time I checked NASCAR is 99.9% white. They could at least let some brothas in the pit to armour-all the tires and dashboard. The only black person they have is one cook per race! :mad:

black4rob2
12-14-2004, 03:33 PM
You know...I still haven't learned my lesson, because I bought another jacket a month later...

5Reasons... can I be a captain on the team....I have the experience along with John..

For the record...i have dodge other bullets successfully. I was in the middle of a shootout as i was dropping my girl off years ago on s14th and avon....

Cats just started bucking on each other....All I did was lay flat in the car and prayed....(Don't know if that's really dodging, but at least I can tell the story.)

J. Sharpe James, J.D.
12-14-2004, 03:36 PM
That doesn't count as dodging. The rule is that neither of your knees may be touching the ground. Your actions put you in the category of a "HIDING" infraction.

Had you ESCORTED your date to her apt. from the vehicle, instead of just pushing her out, then you would qualify!

black4rob2
12-14-2004, 04:04 PM
At least I kissed her goodnight....

jazzyken
12-14-2004, 04:16 PM
I had these guys who tried to take my shingle jacket. It was purple and I just got it. Heck no I was not giving it up and the two guys that tried to rob me in the vailsburg section got beat down for even attempting to get my new jacket :)


Forget NPD... I knew people :cool:

jazzyken
12-14-2004, 04:17 PM
Rob your just sooooo sweet but you did not get out of the car for real???

black4rob2
12-14-2004, 04:25 PM
Nah....I walked her to the door already, as I was walking back to my car...I could see the guys on Avon yelling towards my direction. I didn't know who they were yelling at so I thought it was me until the other guys started walking towards Avon...

That's when I knew somthing was up and started walking faster tom my car. Unfortunately I didn't have an alarm, so i had to fumble through keys before getting into the car... As I opened the door, that's when I heard the first shot and I just jumped in and stayed down...trying to get the piece of $hit car started. I was nervous and couldn't handle the keys...

I was 17 at the time and I would never leave a girl out there to stuck like that...especially one that I was dating....

I'm not going to even play the macho role...I was scared as hell. I knew what a bullet felt like. You only hit me once.....that's it.

J. Sharpe James, J.D.
12-14-2004, 08:10 PM
A purple low-rider "Gremlin"? or was it a "Pacer"? :D

black4rob2
12-15-2004, 10:33 AM
I was driving my baby...1989 Chevy Cav.

I bought that car for $2000. lot of memories in that car... :D

jazzyken
12-15-2004, 10:57 AM
Rob you were big-ballin... I had a Chrysler LeBaron. That was the hottest car on the road (in my eyes). That's Hot :rolleyes:

black4rob2
12-15-2004, 11:38 AM
Rob you were big-ballin... I had a Chrysler LeBaron. That was the hottest car on the road (in my eyes). That's Hot :rolleyes:

I forget what year it was, but she had the convertible and I can remember driving in it to action park and seaside.....way back in the day.....