Updated: September 9, 2015

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Gary Norris Gray:- BASN Staff Reporter

OAKLAND, CA.-  It is very sad to see the changes in television sports network programming and the way they currently report the sporting news; our specific reference to ESPN. The administration cannot decide whether they want to be entertainment or sports news 

The Seattle Seahawks made a miraculous comeback and beat the Green Bay Packers under the leadership of quarterback Russell Wilson. The commentator Trent Dilfer correctly identified Wilson for the first time on ESPN as “The Field General.” However, Wilson had already been appointed that title over the past three years by BASN and its related journalists.


Brother Michael Louis Ingram-”Soul Tree Radio In The Raw”, three years ago could see the talent of number 3. He coined the phrase THE FIELD GENERAL because of the way Wilson could lead his team down the field like a military officer . Mr. Ingram could see how Wilson motivated his team with positive words and positive plays. Wilson made the impossible, possible. Brother Anthony McClean on “The Batchelor Pad Show” on BlogTalkRadio picked up the term FIELD GENERAL on his internet show and has used it. Brother Gary Norris Gray in his weekly BASN NFL Black Quarterback Report and his internet show “The Gray Leopard Cove”, used this term two years ago.THEGLC_250x250

We at BASN know that other sports networks have been listening and reading material from our web sites and our internet radio shows and we are delighted. We hear these words that have been spoken days, weeks, months, or years before on BASN and then repeated on other networks without acknowledgment to the source. But now it’s time to give credit where credit is due.

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Many people say it’s a form of flattery when another network uses your informational material. Others state it is a form of stealing or a backhanded compliment. Either way inform the public where you got the information from with an acknowledgment statement.

The Mouse (ESPN) has used BASN information from time to time in the past four years without giving any references. Sports fans love to hear analysis of the game when the battle has ended, but to outright steal information is unconscionable.

ESPN crossed the line last weekend. Trent Dilfer, their football reporter, talked about the Seahawk- Packer game and then called Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson, ‘The Field General’, not once, but twice. WHERE DID HE GET THAT FROM?

As a starting quarterback, Russell Wilson has 34 wins and 21 home victories in his first three seasons, the most in the Super Bowl Era 1966-2013, . He passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Miami Dolphin quarterback DAN MARINO (33) and Atlanta Falcon quarterback MATT RYAN (33) in wins and Ryan (20) in home victories. He’s not a “game manager;” he’s the best quarterback in the game and is poised to get another Super Bowl ring!!imagessea

Of General Wilson’s 12 losses, only one (30-21) to San Diego this year – has been by more than one score.  General Wilson is the embodiment of the other great Black quarterback’s Doug Williams, Chuck Ealey, Bobby Layne, Eldridge Dickey, Warren Moon and Damon Allen. He is also the shining star for young Black quarterbacks to follow, Teddy Bridgewater, Colin Kaepernick, E.J. Manuel, Cam Newton, Geno Smith and Robert Griffin III. When Field General Russell Wilson loses – it is only because the Seahawks run out of time. The Green Bay Packers can attest to that with last week’s 28-22 Seattle overtime conference victory.

All of the reporters at THE MOUSE have called Russell Wilson a field manager who was too short; that Wilson could not throw the ball over defenders; that Wilson could not run fast enough to carry an offense to victory. ESPN and the NFL will not reward African American quarterbacks nor will they say anything positive unless they are put in a corner. The General has put both the NFL and ESPN in that corner

Mr. Russell Wilson defied the odds and guided the Seattle Seahawks to one Super Bowl and will play for another one next week.

Russell Wilson has won more games the first three years of his career than any other quarterback. If he wins this Super Bowl he will be in the company of Joe Montana, Bart Star, Tom Brady, John Elway, Troy Aikman, and Terry Bradshaw who all won back to back Super Bowls.


So it’s time to keep it real. WE (BASN) coined the term “THE FIELD GENERAL” and ESPN should recognize and give the men of BASN credit or find another term to describe number 3, Russell Wilson quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. Maybe go back to calling him a game manager. Oh…Russell Wilson will be going to BACK to BACK Super Bowls. That designation might not fit anymore.    He is The FIELD GENERAL. ESPN knows it; BASN said it; Wilson has proved it.

As my late God-Mother Sue Johnson Robinson would state many times ” KILL THE GHOST” Mr. Russell Wilson is doing just that.


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Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email atgaryngray@blackathlete.com            Garynorrisgray@Wordpress.com                                                                                                                                                                             ©Copyrighted Gary Norris Gray @ Gray Leopard Prod

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