The thing about free throws is you better make ’em … so here are a couple of points:

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  • From the looks of it, I’ll be writing a regular Black Fives article for Bounce Magazine starting with their July 2008 issue. They have issues in March, June, July, September, November. It’ll be a real honor working with Bobbito Garcia and the exceptional crew over there. I’ve always loved Bounce’s high quality approach and their message. May I please suggest that you subscribe right now so you won’t miss your July issue?!
  • This week marks the start of the 36th Annual Black Invitational Basketball Tournament, which I wrote about last week. Check it out if you can … you’ll be glad you did!
  • Last week (May 9) was the 65th anniversary of the death of Wilmeth Sidat-Singh. Sidat-Singh was a star basketball and football player at Syracuse University (which retired his #19 jersey in a Carrier Dome ceremony in 2005) before starring for the Rochester Seagrams, New York Rens and Washington Bears. He was also a Tuskegee Airman. While flying a routine training mission over Lake Michigan in 1943 — just 2 months after helping the Bears win the World Pro Basketball Tournament in Chicago — Sidat-Singh died after parachuting from his plunging plane, whose engine had failed.
  • Remember my post about the GAF Ratio of big time college basketball programs? Well, in an upcoming post, I’m going to see if I can update that GAF (Give A F**k) Ratio with the results of last week’s N.C.A.A. report on academic progress among top college athletic programs, which resulted in sanctions for 218 Division I schools.
  • The Black Fives Blog got a nice mention in the highly rated, very thoughtful, very popular Sports On My Mind blog … and it’s an honor to be named in the same sentence as The Starting Five, The Black Quarterback, and The Edge Of Sports.
  • And another kind mention on the Women’s Hoops Blog from last month about the black women’s basketball history series that ran here during December, which was Black Women’s Basketball History Month
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