The LeBron James Foundation

    Gregory L. Gamble II

    Gregory L. Gamble II

Gold Medal. Check. World Champion. Check. Most Valuable Player award. Check. Countless endorsement deals. Check. Of those mentioned, which one is most important to LeBron James, superstar of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Akron, Ohio’s hometown Hero? The answer to that question is none of the above. In the words of LeBron James, his most notable achievement to date came on Monday, November 27th when the Akron Board of Education voted to approve the LeBron James Family Foundation’s proposal for a public school geared towards students at risk of falling behind. Upon its opening, the school, which will be known as “I Promise,” will house third and fourth grade students. The school will feature longer school days and classes that begin in the summer. Grades 1 through 8 are expected to be added to the school by year 2022.

What makes this significant? LeBron James is a product of the city to the very same kids he is looking to empower. James grew up in a single parent household, where everything James received was earned. He looks to instill that same principle into the third and fourth graders of his hometown. James’ logic, “If we get to them early enough, we can hopefully keep them on the right track to a bigger and brighter future for themselves and their families.”

The school comes as an addition to a an existing $41 Million pledge by LeBron to provide scholarships to students of his foundations’ I Promise program that will cover the cost of four years of a qualifying students education at The University of Akron, if they keep a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher during their high school education. I Promise, for grades 3 & 4, plans to open its doors in the fall of 2018.

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Bills Defeats Jets 21-10; Start Preparing for Carolina Panthers

photo credit: Jerome Davis 

photo credit: Jerome Davis 

-The George Radney Report

The Bills running game picked up where they left off from last season. It was like watching wet paint dry. I hope you had something better to do during this snooze fest. The Bills must start to roll Tyrod Taylor out of the pocket. Tyrod’s one yard TD pass to Charles Clay finally put the Bills on the scoreboard. The Bills dominated in most statistical categories but only up by seven. The Bills McCoy ran for 110 yards on 22 carries, while the team overall had 190 yards total which was very impressive. Bills offensive line can run block but has serious problems with pass protection.

Tyrod Taylor is most effective in a moving pocket and throws his best passes when he is moving his feet which is very unconventional. Tyrod is not a pocket passer and should be allowed to do what he does best. The Bills win over New York Jets 21-12 was one of the most boring opening day games I have ever seen in Buffalo. Thank goodness the Bills defense was up to the task and held an inferior team and QB Josh McCown to 38 rushing and 187 passing yards respectively. It looks like a very long season in store for the Jets. Bills linebacker Alonzo Alexander said: “We did very well, a good first start, our defensive held them to only 9 yards in the first half. I personally had some mental errors as well as the other guys but it’s always good to do that in a winning fashion. Our players must win the one on one matchups and study properly for next week in Carolina“Whoever plays the longest and hardest with the least mistakes will probably end up winning the game.

This win means a lot for our young guys to build confidence and continue to win in order for later in the year to make a push to be where we want to be.” Bills starting middle linebacker Preston Brown said: “We had to go out there and play our fundamentals to take care of business. Everybody on defense was communicating and playing fast and getting to the ball because we all knew our play calls. Last year we did not play as fast because of the breakdowns in terminology.

It’s going to interesting playing Carolina as they know (Sean McDermott’s) defense and challenges with their receivers, quarterback and running backs catching the ball out of the back field.” It’s going to be a good week of preparation, with them probably changing terminology for this week with several players on our team knowing their system.” Yes, I see a good chess match in Charlotte, NC for the upcoming NFL game between Buffalo Bills v Carolina Panthers. I see the Bills pulling an upset with our defense coming up with more take away than the Panthers defense. Prediction: Buffalo Bills winning 17-14 in a tightly hard fought game where both teams know each other’s tendencies very well. Follow me on twitter and Facebook : George radney@georgeradman

Bills Open 2017 Training Camp at St. John Fisher College

        George Radney

        George Radney

It’s the Buffalo Bills 18th season at St. John Fisher College and once again optimism is in the air, especially with new Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott. The Bills must address offensive line weaknesses with Eric Wood and Jordan Mills being expendable. Hopefully rookie Dion Dawkins can win the starting right tackle position and allow Jordan Mills to come off the bench in a reserve role. That would be the best role for Jordan Mills and injured Eric Wood returning to the center position would Bills Open 2017 Training Camp at St. John Fisher College be a big mistake by Bills coaches. Ryan Groy should start at center position because of his strong run blocking skills along with being able to upgrade the offensive line. Eric Wood should be cut and his position on the roster given to a quality free agent who can help the team in another position.

Bills middle linebacker position competition between Preston Brown and second year player Reggie Ragland should be very interesting. I also like the cornerback position with Micah Hyde, Ronald Darby, and rookie Tre”Darvious White making the roster but who will be the nickel backs along with being key role players on special teams? We will soon find out if second year player Kevon Seymour, along with free agents Shareece Wright, and Leonard Johnson can make a name for themselves on a wide open secondary unit. Bills secondary will perform much better this season because the defensive line is intact and will be playing a 4-3 defensive scheme which means Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Jerry Hughes, and Lorenzo Alexander will be more focused on rushing the passer instead of dropping back into coverage. This 4-3 scheme will force opposing quarterbacks to throw the ball sooner and Bills defensive line is still one of the best in the NFL. It’s very sad that they were wasted for two years by a horrible Head Coach named Rex Ryan, who did not know what he was doing with a good defensive unit that fit a scheme he was not capable of coaching or leading to wins.

The Bills wide receivers group is literally wide open for several players to step up and take a spot on the active roster. Sammy Watkins must produce this season and hopefully will be injury free in order to have a productive season. I also like Rod Streater and Andre Holmes, both played for the Oakland Raiders in recent years and can make big plays along with Philly Brown, Jeremy butler, Dezmin Lewis, and Walter Powell. These guys all have problems with consistently holding on to the football. It might come down to who drops the least amount of passes.

Due to a very unpopular move of not resigning Mike Gillislee, the Bills are in a position of looking for a quality back up to LeSean McCoy. We will keep an eye on newcomer Cedric O”Neal and second player Jonathan Williams, who must step his game up in order to make the team. There are always some diamonds in the rough and I will be looking for them throughout training camp. The Bills New Head Coach is used to an aggressive defensive unit and is better suited to employ an attacking style defense in Buffalo. Keep in mind this is McDermott’s first NFL Head coaching job and we will have to wait and see how he reacts under the pressure of a live NFL game. I will be on twitter and Facebook from training camp George Radney     @Georgeradman to follow with updates throughout the upcoming NFL season.