Best Sports Saturday of 2016

Whats going on Tailgaters, and King of Underground Media followers, this is The Maine Event and I must say this, if you are a sports fan you were gifted a number of treats on Saturday, from boxing with Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter to the Copa America with Chile and Argentina giving you another classic and the Euros where the Round of 16 gave you a battle between the Swiss and Polish.

 Saturday, what a Saturday in the Euros, Switzerland played Poland in the Round of 16 and it did not disappoint as they played to a 1-1 draw after extra time, Poland wins on penalties 5-4. College baseball did not disappoint either as darlings of the diamond, Coastal Carolina beats TCU 7-5 and booked its place in to the College World Series finals against Arizona starting Monday. Can't wait to watch.
 
 At the same time as the baseball game, Showtime showed the live boxing fights of middleweight contender Chris Eubank, Jr. and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. I have seen both of these fighters a few times. Eubank, son of legendary two division world champion Chris Eubank, showed the same swagger and arrogance that his father showed as he made short work of his opponent, previously unbeaten fellow contender Tom Doran winning by 4th round TKO. After the fight, Eubank made his intentions known by saying hes ready for the big time and calling out Genady Golovkin, saying,"Everyone is afraid of you, I'm not afraid of you. I'm calling you out." Ask and you shall recieve?  

 As for Anthony Joshua, who's last fight out he decimated previous titleholder Charles Martin by knockout. He did much of the same for this fight against American Dominic Breazeale, showing his complete skill and superior speed winning by 7th round TKO. For Joshua, it was the 17th consecutive knockout in as many fights. A lot of pundits are predicting a December or January unification with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, should Wilder get past his assignment against Chris Arreola July 21. Stay tuned....
 
  I started watching the US-Columbia 3rd place match and I really wasnt feeling it because I was so turned up from watching the Anthony Joshua and Chris Eubank Jr fights, so I watched COPS. YES, I still watch COPS. Don't hate...
  
 It was such a privilege to be a boxing fan and if you are just a casual boxing fan, you would have enjoyed the match Saturday night between Shawn "Showtime" Porter and Keith "One Time" Thurman on CBS for Thurman's WBA Welterweight title. Billed as "Showtime vs One Time in Primetime", lived up to it and then some with nonstop action, drama and showed why boxing is called "The Sweet Science". This fight is exactly what boxing needs, two of the world's best fighters who are in the prime of their careers and in a weight class where there have been some storied rivalries and fights. This fight was the fight of wills, the fight of heart and attrition, and the fight that may have spawned this generation's multi-fight rivalries. For 57 minutes, my eyes were glued to my TV as round after round went by the drama and intrigue built. There were ebbs and flows, momentum shifts and moments of brilliance. While Keith Thurman may have won the fight, the sport of boxing and combat sports as a whole won as well, generating new fans and reinvigorating others.

 As for who's next for Thurman and Porter, I can definately see an immediate rematch and quite frankly, I would welcome it. For each fighter individually, Thurman could possibly go after some unification bouts, would love to see a Thurman fight with WBC kingpin Danny Garcia, whom Thurman called out in his post-fight interview. For Porter, even in a losing effort, I can see him in a bout with Amir Khan, a rematch with IBF champion Kell Brook, who gave him his first loss, or recently crowned WBO champion Jesse Vargas. Even though the latter two seem unlikely being that Vargas and Brook are possibly fighting each other in September. This is a deep division with a lot of potential blockbuster matchups and looming in the afterglow, the ghosts of Mayweather, Bradley and Pacquiao. 

 This weekend on the Tailgate Crew, I will have Michael Ervin, new director of Football operations for Fort Valley State University, and also the Alabama Knights travel basketball team director. We will talk Free Agency in the NBA and best college football atmospheres. Call in and talk sports with me 646.378.0298 press 1. As always lets go tailgatin'!!!

Jermaine Houston, Host of the Tailgate Crew Show

College Football Roundup June 14, 2016

Whats up tailgaters, its the Maine Event coming back with a little college football roundup. Where do we start, ok lets start with the Baylor Bears and the Art Briles situation. This situation has a lot of people baffled and people outside of Waco asking millions... and millions of questions. My main questions are "Did you do it?" "Why?" "Are you categorically stupid?" and "For this school to have as challenging of an acceptance process, did you forget to do background checks or do character studies of your student athletes?" Is the Patrick Dennehy drama that you endured in the early parts of the century beneath you now? This is not a good look for you, Baylor.

Moving on, Nike's the opening released the invitees for the Elite 11 quarterback competition, among those competing is #1 dual-threat QB Tate Martell of Bishop Gorman (NV), Sam Ehlinger of Austin(Tx) Westlake, IMG's Kellen Mond and Grayson HS'(Loganville,GA) Chase Brice. For the third year running the Elite 11 has got a star-studded lineup of the nation's best quarterbacks. This year's QB to look for is Tate Martell. He has a major league arm and deceptively fast. Drawing comparisons to Ole Miss quarterback and last year's Elite 11 MVP, Shea Patterson and Seattle's Russell Wilson, Martell is a born leader and leads by example. Talking about the aformentioned Martell, he made his verbal be known that he will be headed to Columbus to play for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes. This is a major coup for Urban Meyer getting the number 1 dual-threat QB in the nation and #3 overall QB. Talk about turning college football on its head, it was the concensous that said that he would definetely would stay on the west coast and play for Arizona or Oregon.

Looks as though the recruiting landscape is changing again. Where the SEC was once a foregone conclusion as a likely target for some of the nation's elite players is now changing and the bluebloods of the gridiron like the Michigans, Ohio States, Texas and USCs of the world are once again flexing their muscles again. With players like Denver's Dylan McCaffrey going to Michigan, Tyler, TX WR Damion Miller headed to Texas and top running back prospect Stephen Carr committed to USC, the parity in college football recruiting is returning.

It is 76 days away from the opening kickoff of the College Football season and I am as excited for it as anyone. I will be in front of my TV for it 10pm August 26, network has not been agreed on but I will find a way to watch it as Cal plays Hawaii in Sydney, Australia. It will be the first college football game ever played in Sydney and fourth to be played on Australian soil. Such an exciting time yet its so far away. Coming soon on the Tailgate Crew, Conference Previews, predictions and high school football, and recruiting roundup with Scott Smith. Starting July 16 with the Pac-12. As always, Let's Go Tailgatin'!!!!


Jermaine Houston, Host of The Tailgate Crew Show

Live Look at ItsReally Roger | @H80NM3



The rap artist, Roger, is known for his figurative lyricism and mind-boggling metaphors. Born in South Carolina and raised in Georgia , he embodies the true nature of rap in it’s rawest form. With his down to earth approach and dedication to resurrect the genre, Roger speaks with an intense feeling about his dreams, conflicts and thoughts of the assimilation of rap. After having put in quality time in the studio, Roger has begun his career performing his OWN creative music amongst other independent artist. These opportunities has lead to great accomplishments.

On February 6th he released his first studio EP entitled, “Warning Shots”. It consisted of 5 tracks on hard copy and an additional 5 tracks that were added over the next couple of months. This EP exhibits some of his hardcore rhymes along with a poetic flow that allows his audience to not just feel, but to be apart of the rap culture. Roger has also performed at events such as Grindin Thru Da City Tour in Atlanta, Georgia and the Grind Til I Sign Event in Columbus, Georgia. His goal is to inspire the masses and express from his experience and personal knowledge the true meaning of rap.

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Brand New Heavies Feat. N'Dea Davenport Announce U.S. Summer Live Dates | @BrandNewHeavies


Brand New Heavies Feat. N'Dea Davenport Announce U.S. Summer Live Dates
New EP:  'TBNHND'  Out Summer 2016
The Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. 2 Expected in 2017


N'Dea Davenport is one of the seven wonders of the world. she doesn’t just sing lyrics, she inhabits them.” - Billboard


May 23rd - New York, NY - Brand New Heavies featuring N'Dea Davenport will be playing select American dates this summer showcasing brand new music to be released in 2016 and 2017. The band plan to release and EP of new material, entitled TBNHND (Ear Music/Edel) as well as the sequel to The Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol. I originally released in 1992. The album featured collaborations with Guru of Gang Starr, Grand Puba, Main Source, and The Pharcyde to name a few and Brand New Heavies will be recording the next volume in New York City next month, announcing collaborators soon. This batch of new music follows 2014's Sweet Freaks

The Heavies are also excited to announce the return of vocalist N'Dea Davenport who last worked with the group in 2013. The line-up is rounded out by original founding members, producer writers, Simon Bartholomew on guitar and Andrew Levy on bass, in addition to 12 year collaborator/ keyboard master, Matt Steele all combining their eclectic musicianship to bring the band's patented blend of acid jazz, soul, funk and Disco.

Brand New Heavies Live Dates (More TBA):

June 3rd    New York, NY - B.B. Kings
June 5th    Columbia, MD - Capital Jazz Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion     
June 15th  Detroit, MI - Chene Park Amphitheater
June 30th  New Orleans, LA - Essence Fest at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
July 2nd    Atlanta, GA - The Buckhead Theater
July 3rd     New Orleans, LA - Essence Fest at Mercedes-Benz Superdome          
 
Click here for a taste of The Brand New Heavies live:

Pioneers of the London Acid Jazz scene, The Brand New Heavies translated their love for the funk grooves of the 1970s into a sophisticated sound that carried the torch for classic soul in an era dominated by Hip-Hop. Formed in 1985 by drummer/keyboardist Jan Kincaid, guitarist Simon Bartholomew, and bassist/keyboardist Andrew Levy – longtime school friends from the London suburb of Ealing – The Brand New Heavies were originally an instrumental unit inspired by the James Brown and Meters records its members heard while clubbing the rare groove scene in vogue at the moment. The trio soon began recording their own music, gaining enormous exposure when their demo tracks were spun at the influential Cat in the Hat Club.

Eventually adding a brass section, the Brand New Heavies built a cult following throughout the London club circuit, surviving the shift that saw the rare groove scene fade in the wake of acid house. After an earlier recording deal with Cooltempo yielded the single “Got to Give,” the Heavies — now including vocalist Jay Ella Ruth — signed with the fledgling indie label Acid Jazz; recorded on a tiny budget, the group’s self-titled LP appeared in 1990 to strong critical acclaim, resulting in a licensing deal with the American company Delicious Vinyl. With Ruth now out of the band, Delicious Vinyl hand-picked N’dea Davenport as her successor, insisting the Heavies re-record tracks from their debut for their first U.S. effort, also an eponymous release that appeared in 1992. The rest Is history!


Website: http://www.thebrandnewheavies.net
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To Someone Special... The Main Event has a crush.

I'm in a sentimental mood. Actually, I am kinda smitten with a certain young lady. Ok, so I'm in it bad for this woman and its pretty damn sad. I was getting out of a long relationship. I was pretty much the worse for wear, there wasnt a day I didnt think about the ex. I could'nt shake it. I didnt know how to get over it, I would take trips to Blue Ridge and Rabun County just to get away. It didnt help, nothing helped.

 That was until I saw her, I had just moved to a new shift at work and I pretty much just stayed to myself, focused on work and the Tailgate Crew. I didnt know what to say I didnt know what to think. I wanted to stay professional,yet let her know I was serious about getting to know her. We go back and forth with each other everyday.  

 I could not get that smile, those eyes, her smart assy-ness and just her glow out of my mind. I try so hard not to make a fool out of myself on a daily basis but I find myself stammering over words, thinking of the correct word to say rather. I know I am stammering right now but I wanted to give a background of everything.

 Its like this, I am smitten with you, I don't put myself out like this because I'm afraid of getting myself hurt or I screw it up. This time screw it, I'm gonna put it out there for thousands of people to read.

I LIKE YOU, I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED YOU AND I NEED YOU TO KNOW THIS. I AM  A SIMPLE GUY WITH SIMPLE NEEDS AND SIMPLE WANTS, I DONT NEED FOR YOU TO WEAR EXPENSIVE JEWELRY OR WEAR THE LATEST FASHIONS, I LIKE YOU FOR YOU, THE HEART THAT YOU HAVE AND THE PERSON THAT YOU ARE. I MAY NOT BE "SWAGGED OUT" OR "SPIT GAME" LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. WHAT I AM IS FOR REAL. FOR REAL IN MY FEELINGS FOR YOU.

I WON'T HURT YOU, I WON'T TAKE YOU FOR GRANTED. I MAY NOT HAVE MUCH BUT WHAT I DO HAVE IS A HEART AND A MIND I AM WILLING TO GIVE YOU ALL OF ME IF YOU ARE WILLING TO TAKE IT. SHOW ME YOUR HEART AND GOD-WILLING, I WILL SHOW YOU FOREVER.

THERE YOU HAVE IT, I'VE LET YOU AND THE WORLD KNOW WHERE MY HEART LIES AND WHAT MY HEART FEELS, CAN YOU DO THE SAME?

The Maine Event's Ode to April

 Whats up tailgaters! Its been weeks since I have given you a blog but I am back and with a vengence...

The month of April has rained a lot of joy to a lot of people, Juventus winning Scudetto #34, Villanova men and UConn women bringing home National basketball championships, Warriors winning 73 and Kobe dropping 60 to say goodbye. The calls of play ball! and the smell of freshly cut grass, new drawn out lines. The crack of baseball bats and shoulder pads, yep, Baseball and Football are here again.

The month of April has bloomed touching moments, from 90 year olds scoring six at spring football games, marriage proposals on the pitcher's mound and did I mention Spring Football? From Georgia's 93KDay to OH... I-O!!! Stadium packing 100K. Stars being born and stars saying so long.

April has brought sadness, Merle and the Pearl, Phife Dawg, WWE's Chyna and Prince, left us way too soon. From the sounds of Purple Rain, to Bonita Applebaum and Okie from Muskogee. To the sleek smooth shot of the Pearl and the hard hitting bumps in the ring from Chyna, April has given us as well as taken from us to absolute happiness to improbable somber.

Thanks to April, for keeping me on my toes. For making me smile and making me cry. You made me put music and sports in perspective by taking nothing for granted. What we think are treasures in this world are made into everlasting gifts in the eyes of God.

Farewell to April and hello to May, lets see what treasures you will bring.

This weekend on the Tailgate Crew, I will review the GGG boxing card and UFC 197. Talk football and the NBA playoffs, some soccer and all things sports. Join in for all the fun. Lets go Tailgatin'!!!

Jermaine Houston, Host of The Tailgate Crew

iLOVEMEMPHIS RELEASES DEBUT EP - @iHeartMemphis


iLOVEMEMPHIS RELEASES DEBUT EP
THE TURN UP KID

LISTEN TO NEW SONG "PROBLEMS"

Visionary hip-hop artist iLoveMemphis highly anticipated EP, The Turn Up Kid, featuring his breakthrough platinum single "Hit The Quan" and trending fan favorite "Lean and Dabb." The 6-song EP produced by his hometown producer Buck Nasty also includes party anthem "Milly Rock" as well as previously unreleased "Problems," "WCW" and "Instagram Girl." The Turn Up Kid EP is available via RECORDS/Rush Hour/Palm Tree Entertainment and is an iTunes and Apple Music .
 
BUY THE TURN UP KID EP ON iTUNES
 
LISTEN TO "PROBLEMS" ON SOUNDCLOUD
 
"I can't tell you what a blessing this past year has been," says iLoveMemphis. "This project is something special I'd like to give my Fans who have supported me. I wanted to show a different side of me so I also added some singing records... anyone who knows me, knows we always have a good time and dance it out. If my success can inspire someone out there to go and try to do something new and different, then it's all worth it."

WATCH "HIT THE QUAN" ON YOUTUBE

WATCH "LEAN AND DABB" ON YOUTUBE
 
Fans can also rock out with iLoveMemphis where he will be co-headlining the Let's Dance Tour alongside Silento ("Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)") and DLow ("Bet You Can't Do It Like Me"). The tour hopes to encourage today's youth to stop the violence and start dancing. Full list of upcoming dates below.
 
Be sure to tune into MTV's upcoming 8th season of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" for a special performance of "Hit The Quan" and "Lean and Dabb."
 
LET'S DANCE TOUR DATES
3/18   Detroit                 Fox Theatre
3/19   Chicago                 Aragon Ballroom
4/1    Oklahoma City           The Criterian
4/2    Dallas, TX              Southside Ballroom
4/3    Houston, TX             Revention Music Center
4/8    Las Vegas, NV           Pearl Theatre
4/9    Los Angeles, CA         Hollywood Paladium
4/10   San Francisco, CA       The Masonic
4/15   Indianapolis, IN        Pam Am Plaza
4/22   Wilkes Barre, PA        Ali Baba Lounge
4/23   Syracuse, NY            Henninger High School
4/29   Washington, DC          Constitution Hall
4/30   New York, NY            King's Theatre
5/1    Philadelphia, PA        Fillmore
 
THE TURN UP KID EP TRACKLIST:
1. Problems
2. Milly Rock Party
3. WCW
4. Instagram Girl feat. Tovie 
5. Lean and Dabb
6. Hit The Quan

ABOUT ILOVEMEMPHIS:
iLoveMemphis struck platinum success with his viral phenomenon "Hit The Quan" which he performed on Ellen, The Real Daytime and the BET Network. The "Hit The Quan" video has over 19 million Youtube views propelling the platinum certified single and dance craze to over 300 Million combined YouTube views, landing at #14 on iTunes and #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song Chart.
 
Most impressive is the viral craze for the song and its fun signature dance. When Kendrick Lamar and Terry Crews' "Hit The Quan" it quickly became the highlight of his new video "These Walls." Meanwhile, The Rock hit the gym with "Hit The Quan" and caused a social media frenzy that was then picked up by Good Morning America, USA Today, ESPN's SportsCenter and Entertainment Weekly to name a few.  Ellen Degeneres  invited iLoveMemphis to show her audience how to "Hit The Quan" too. The ladies of The Real Daytime also joined in on the movement and learned the dance craze from the innovator himself. Amazingly, "Hit The Quan" has swept the nation with superstar Chris Brown, athletes Mike Tolbert and Antonio Brown, UFC Fighters and even the Memphis Action News anchors all joining in on the fun.

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DJ Paul "Loud Loud" ft. Lil Wyte from #MasterOfEvil - @DJPaulKOM @Lil_Wyte_

DJ Paul KOM rolls out the new video for "Loud Loud" featuring Lil Wyte. This song appears on Paul's #MasterOfEvil album, which is available on all digital and select retail outlets.

Watch "Lay Down Today" on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9aUvM0IqGo

CLICK HERE for "Loud Loud" on YouTube or click on the image below


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Coca Vango x Lil Uzi "Outta Nowhere" via DGB - @CocaVango


Our friends at Dirty Glove Bastard found this previously unreleased gem from Lil Uzi and Coca Vango, as the song title says, "Outta Nowhere" - and now we are sharing it with you! Enjoy!

Coca Vango's Jugg Rich 2 project is currently available now on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/JuggRich2

Stream / embed "Outta Nowhere" via SoundCloud:
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