Chat with Page 2's Jemele Hill
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN Page 2 writer Jemele Hill stops by to chat about what she's been up to lately.
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Jemele Hill (3:12 PM)
OK guys, I'm here! Sorry I'm a few minutes late, but I got caught in traffic. Anyway, let's go!
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What is your favorite NFL Team?
Jemele Hill (3:16 PM)
Even though I'm from Detroit, my favorite NFL team is the 49ers. My mother went to junior college in the Bay area and Joe Montana was her favorite athlete. So somehow I became a 49ers fan.
Jemele, do you think the NABJ may have been making more of a financial decision than ethics one in taking this donation?
Jemele Hill (3:21 PM)
For those who don't know, I wrote a column about the National Association of Black Journalists accepting a 20,000 grant from Barry Bonds' charitable foundation. (Here's the link -- http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?page=hill/100806)Of course it was a financial decision. Times are hard for journalists, just like it is for a lot of people. NABJ is in survival mode and I understand the financial motivations. But we're journalists, too. And one of the first things you learn is not to take benefits from sources.
Hi Jemele! I just recently saw the story you did on Savannah State. Congrats on a great story..one of the best ive ever seen on ESPN.
Jemele Hill (3:22 PM)
Thanks, I appreciate it.
Jemele,I know you were working the World Cup this summer but I gotta know what you think about the NBA offseason. I think the Lakers are still the favorites for next year with the New Look Heat and the Old Head Celtics fighting for the East.
Jemele Hill (3:26 PM)
Most memorable NBA offseason ever. Clearly the Lakers are trying to bolster their perimeter defense, which I'm speculating is in response to the moves the Heat have made. Like the Matt Barnes move (although I would have LOVED the Raja Bell deal). I still consider the Lakers the team to beat, even with the new-look Heat. I said last year that the Celtics still had something left in the tank, and I feel that way this year, too. Before I can make an official prediction about the Heat, I need to see how they fill out the rest of that roster. As they stand now, they are not as good as the Lakers.
Hey Jemele, big fan of your columns, but lately I've been an even bigger fan of your twitter account. How do you see twitter affecting sports reporters over the next 3 years?
Jemele Hill (3:28 PM)
Thanks. And for those who aren't already. Follow me at @jemelehill. I promise you won't be disappointed.Anyway, I think Twitter is one of the greatest things that ever happened to sports journalism. Really, journalism, period. It's great in terms of branding. Even better when it comes to keeping your readers/viewers informed. It allows you to have a direct connection with people and for me, it gives me an outlet to show that I'm interested in a lot of stuff besides sports.So, I only see it expanding.
Rickey Henderson (Hall of Fame)
People who show up late are not great. Rickey, however, is the greatest of all time.
Jemele Hill (3:29 PM)
I suppose I had this coming.
How crazy is it that the Lions look better than the Pistons now?
Jemele Hill (3:32 PM)
Completely. I said on Twitter the other day that the Lions could possibly finish with a better record than the Lions. I know, sounds crazy. But...not really.The Bears, like the Lions, have a difficult, difficult schedule. I think Green Bay and Minnesota are clearly the class of that division (with or without Brett Favre). I'm not sold on Cutler. I am sold on how the Lions have shored up their defense with a surpisingly good offseason. I'm also not sold on the Bears' offensive weapons. I am sold on Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford being a pretty dynamic duo this season.To me, the Bears and Lions are playing for third and fourth in the division, so would it really be THAT surprising if the Lions were a little better?
Jemele, 2 things, who is your early Super Bowl pics and will Brett Favre play a factor this season and how so?
Jemele Hill (3:34 PM)
Favre: He'll play. He says it's not about the money, but it is. The Vikes have sweetened the deal to almost $20 million and I just can't see that guy leaving that much money on the table. In fact, he never leaves money on the table. This is Favre's latest, not-so creative way to a) miss most of training camp and b) satisfy his narcisstic need to be talked about. Super Bowl picks: Still figuring that out. But I can tell you it won't involve the Jets.
kjf16 (Queens, NY)
Love twitter debating you. Thanks for actually responding to followers and being respectful with your answers/disagreements. Thats all .
Jemele Hill (3:35 PM)
I love debating, but it's frustrating to do that on Twitter. Hey Twitter, can't you at least expand to 160 characters?
Were you late because you were holding out for more money?
Jemele Hill (3:36 PM)
Actually, this isn't that off base. I was at the bank, but I was holding out for my own money.
George (Columbia MO)
How do you think the Redskins will resolve the Albert Haynesworth issue?
Jemele Hill (3:40 PM)
I don't think they will. I think it's safe to say that if Mike Shanahan comes up missing, police will be starting with Haynesworth. As I wrote in my column (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?page=hill/100803), I'm not convinced Shanahan handled this the right way.Dan Snyder eliminated any coach's leverage over Haynesworth when he gave Haynesworth 100 mil. Shanahan regained some of that leverage after Haynesworth demanded a trade and *shockingly* no one was interested. But while I understand the point Shanahan is trying to prove, what ultimately comes of this? Nothing. Is Haynesworth practicing? No. Has he passed the conditioning test? No. Do the Redskins need him? Uh, yes. So in trying to prove a point your highest-paid/best defensive player isn't practicing, isn't learning the defense, and now you've likely lost him for the season, mentally. There had to be a better way to handle this.
Tristan (Palm Bay, FL)
on average how often are u on twitter and how much of that time is actually spent reading replies?
Jemele Hill (3:40 PM)
A lot and a lot. I love communicating with people. I can't get to every reply, but I'm pretty sure I rank pretty high in replying to people and re-tweeting them.
@vthrilla (New Jersey)
How do you feel about Isiah being hired by the Knicks again?
Jemele Hill (3:47 PM)
Special what's up to one of my Twitter followers, who I also follow. It's funny that this happened because I was just having a conversation with a NBA insider about Isiah and whether it was fair to blame him for what happened to the Knicks.He deserves some blame, but does he deserve it all? No, not by a long shot. If Knicks fans are peeved at Isiah, then they need to be outraged at Scott Layden, who laid the foundation for the Knicks becoming totally irrelevant. James Dolan should be as unwelcome in NYC as LeBron is in Cleveland.Now I'm against the Knicks re-hiring Isiah because when you're a losing organization, as they have been for several years, you have to make a complete break from the past. When the Lions went 0-16, they should done everything but burn the facilities down. Fair or not, Isiah is a connection to all the things that have troubled the Knicks franchise. Why remind fans of that?
Your thoughts on LeBron's move to Miami? Classy?
Jemele Hill (3:51 PM)
He had every right to leave Cleveland. He was a free agent. He had given the team seven years, two MVPs, and a Finals appearance.But am I disappointed he went to Miami? Hells yeah. As a sports fan, one of the things that I love is seeing great athletes and players make the climb to greatness. It's never easy, but the process is compelling. LeBron is great enough to lead a team as its centerpiece, not as a complimentary player. I would have liked to see him win one in Cleveland or Chicago. I'm sure the Heat will be fun to watch, and now that they're being castigated as villains, it's that much more compelling. But I would have liked to see LeBron make the climb.Oh, and the way he left Cleveland was completely classless.
E Money Bags (The Bank)
Have you tried to run the sprints Haynesworth can't run? I will place my bet on your behalf to make it happen.
Jemele Hill (3:53 PM)
I hope you're betting against me. Someone could put 2 million in cash at the finish line of a 2-mile race and I guarantee I'd collapse halfway through. I hate running.On the other hand, if you put Johnny Walker blue there...well, I might make it. :)
Jarvis (Starkville, MS)
Why does Rick Pitino still have his job?
Jemele Hill (3:53 PM)
I have no idea. He shouldn't. That trial was utterly embarrassing and if you are any coach recruiting against him, just bring that transcript.
Michael Manzanero (Ca)
Jamele what are your thoughts on d.revi's hold out is a good idea or not
Jemele Hill (3:55 PM)
Good idea. I think the Jets will give in. They may not make him the highest-paid corner ever, but I bet he gets a nice raise.I'm usually fine with NFL players holding out. Considering the risk of injury and no guaranteed contracts, you can't blame them for getting what they can when they have the most leverage.
Corey-Chicago [via mobile]
What are thoughts on some of the division races?
Jemele Hill (4:01 PM)
AFC East -- I like Miami. The Jets have all the hype, but I wonder if they can really back it up. You can never discount the Patriots, but they are going to need to reinvent themselves a bit and learn to stop people.AFC South -- Texans are my sleeper team, but I can't see the Colts conceding that division.AFC North -- Can't decide if the Ravens or Bengals will win this division. I know I'll be stunned if the Steelers make the playoffs.AFC West -- Raiders should finish with a winning record. I can't believe I just said that. But San Diego's schedule is so cake, they are going to win 11 or 12 games.NFC East -- My head says Dallas. My heart wants the Redskins. I'm a big McNabb fan and I'd love to see him do well and stick it to the Eagles.NFC North -- Vikes or Packers. Remember what I said about the Lions.NFC South -- Atlanta is going to really challenge the Saints.NFC West -- I'm going with the 49ers. Yes, it's a homer pick. But it's still objective. Kinda.
Jemele Hill (4:01 PM)
I'll stay a couple extra minutes to make up for my tardiness!
A.J. (New York)
Do you believe Eldrick "Tiger" Woods is just not focused on the golf tournaments he's playing in this year because of everything that has happened to him within the past year?
Jemele Hill (4:04 PM)
No question. I saw the soundbite where he said he wasn't practicing as much as before because he has his kids. Even for a billionaire, a divorce isn't easy. And I'm sure he's not loving the fact that as soon as his kids can use Google and they put his name in there, they are going to find out some very unseemly things about Daddy.
Out of the Jersey Shore cast members, pick one to: (a) date, (2) punch, and (d) play with his/her hair for an hour
Jemele Hill (4:06 PM)
a) The Situation (I like guys who can make me laugh, even if they're an absurd caricature) 2) Snooki (for obvious reasons) d) Pauly D! (I'd love to know what kind of gel he uses)
Johnnie Walker Blue (Liquor Store) [via mobile]
Are you asking me on a date? You know you do have to come pick me up. I can't drive...my license isn't suspended though.
Jemele Hill (4:07 PM)
Don't worry, I'll handle you with care.
Is playa collaboration good for the NBA?
Jemele Hill (4:09 PM)
Yes. I don't mind guys trying to play together. Besides, this was an unusual situation because so many top players were available in one summer, and it's a free-agent class that so happened to be headlined by arguably the most talented player of the next generation. I don't really see it was a major trend, though.
Pitino still has his job because it will never stop being funny when an announcer says "and Louisville has 15 seconds left on the shot clock"
Jemele Hill (4:10 PM)
Jemele Hill (4:11 PM)
And on that note, that concludes my chat. Thanks everyone for participating. Follow me on Twitter @jemelehill if for some reason you aren't sick of me already.