The Post News Group: Super Bold Panthers Fiftieth Anniversary of Super Bowl and the Black Panther Party

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By Kevin D Sawyer

San Quentin News Journalist

This week’s 50th Anniversary of the National Football League’s Super Bowl game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party.

These two historical celebrations boast leading persons whose names are similar. Cam Newton is the leader and quarterback of the North Carolina Panthers. Huey Newton is the co-founder, along with Bobby Seale, of the Black Panther Party, which was founded in 1966 in Oakland, California.

Perhaps no one has taken notice of the symbolic meaning of these two events. Fifty years ago the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, led by Newton, was originally named and organized to “combat police violence in Negro neighborhoods.”

Meanwhile, today the same issues exist as we view the recent demonstrations and outrage over police killings and lawlessness.

As the world focuses on the 50th Super Bowl game, they will see the Carolina Panthers, led by Cam Newton, who is a prime candidate to be named as the league’s most valuable player for his offensive and bold skills, also boasts a strong defense.

How ironic. While Huey Newton is no longer with us, there is a symbolic reference to his bold legacy and the Black Panthers. It is the Carolina Panthers’ Black quarterback Cam Newton who bears some resemblance to Huey. He is also bold in his style of play.

For many, Black History has come full circle in the last 50 years, from the 1965 Watts riots to the 1992 uprising in Los Angeles after the verdict of the Rodney King police beating trial, to the Ferguson, Missouri police killing of Michael Brown.

Seemingly, from Newton to Newton, not much has changed.

Perhaps the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl will not do anything to remedy any of the wrongs of the past and present, but while sitting in a prison cell at San Quentin State Prison, the image of Cam Newton coming to the Bay Area with his Carolina Panthers will give me more of a reason to reflect on the symbolism this game represents.

Editor’s note: Post Publisher Paul Cobb has visited the San Quentin Newspaper staff and he sponsors their membership in the Society of Professional Journalists. Many of their writings have appeared in the Post News Group’s publications. Cobb spoke with the inmates about Black History, the Civil Rights movement and how he had attended elementary school with Mr. Newton and attended Black History classes with Newton and Seale at the Afro-American Association.

Kevin Sawyer, born in 1963, began focusing on writing 19 years ago while awaiting trial in jail. Some of his writings have been published.

Prior to incarceration, he worked 14 years for several telecommunications corporations. He has a B.A. Degree in Mass Communications from Cal State Hayward. He also has a diploma as a paralegal assistant from Blackstone Career Institute. He is a certified electrician through the National Center for Construction Education and Research and an accomplished guitar and piano player.

Credit: The Post News Group

Warriors are 23-0; Thompson injured

Warriors are 23-0; Thompson injured

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INDIANAPOLIS — Klay Thompson sprained his right ankle Tuesday, and although X-rays were negative and the Warriors guard downplayed the injury, it didn’t have to happen.

That was a major source of the Warriors’ frustration after a bittersweet 131-123 win against the Indiana Pacers, one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Thompson scored a season-high 39 points and hit 10 3-pointers before ending his night on a sour note.

The 23-0 Warriors led by as many as 32 points and by 28 headed into a fourth quarter when Thompson and the starters were expected to rest. But they were forced to check back in with the lead whittled down to 16, and Thompson hopped off the court and walked to the locker room with a limp on his own power upon getting injured trying to put up a defensive challenge the backups had not.

Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors celebrate against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Dec. 8, 2015, in

Draymond Green (23) and Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors celebrate against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Dec. 8, 2015, in Indianapolis. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

“Guys go down, that’s on you,” Warriors reserve point guard Shaun Livingston said. “To me, that’s on the second unit. That was my fault. I take it personal. I feel like the starters did their job. They should have rested that fourth quarter, and it’s on us to hold the fort, and we didn’t do that as well tonight.”

Livingston told Thompson after the game he needed to be better in the fourth.

“We’ve still got to play better than that,” Thompson said. “It’s one thing if you don’t make shots, but it’s one thing to let up on the defensive end. We’ll get better from it.

“It happens. The other night, our second unit bailed us out in Brooklyn (extending a fourth-quarter lead). Tonight, it was the opposite. … I told him not to worry about it because they were great for us in Brooklyn the other night, and it’s a team game.”

Thompson said his ankle wasn’t badly sprained and that he “should be back in no time,” and the Warriors don’t play again until Friday at Boston. But the injury comes at a time when Harrison Barnes is out with a sprained ankle and Leandro Barbosa missed the Pacers game because of an illness.”It’s bitter because Klay sprains his ankle in a game we felt we had control of, and if we get out to a better start in the fourth, then we don’t even have to get him back on the court,” Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said.

Still, the Warriors won their 27th straight regular-season game dating to last season. That matches the 2012-13 Miami Heat’s 27-game streak for the second longest in NBA history for streaks over one or multiple seasons.

Walton said what happened in the fourth shouldn’t take away from how well the Warriors played in the first three quarters.

Stephen Curry added 29 points on a night when it was Thompson who had the hot hand. Thompson was 10 for 16 from 3-point range, coming one away from his career high set on the night he exploded for 37 points in one quarter.

In less than five minutes, the Warriors put together a dizzying 22-0 run in the first quarter. Thompson scored eight of those points before passing the torch to Curry. The reigning MVP threw up a lob to Andrew Bogut for a dunk, hit two 3-pointers, and went around a defender for an up-and-under layup as the Warriors took a 37-21 lead.

The run provided half of the Warriors’ 44 points in the first quarter that matched the most points they scored in any quarter this season. The problem was, they gave up 40 to the Pacers in the fourth.

Paul George poured in 33 points for the Pacers, who cut the Warriors’ lead to six with 24.8 seconds left.

“You don’t want to ever have to win the game twice or three times,” Curry said. “It’s a long season. You want to make things as easy as possible.”

Said Andre Iguodala: “If we want to be great, we’ve got to play at a high level 48 minutes, players one through 15.”

  • The proposed Warriors Arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay cleared another hurdle, NBC Bay Area reported. The city’s board of supervisors denied an appeal of the Environmental Impact Report for the arena, leaving opponents 30 days to take legal action.

    For more on the Warriors, see the Inside the Warriors blog at www.ibabuzz.com/warriors. Follow Diamond Leung on Twitter at twitter.com/diamond83.

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Golden State Warriors (Oakland) 16-0!

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By on Nov 25, 2015,

The Golden State Warriors have become the first team to start a season 16-0 by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 111-77 on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry had 24 points and nine assists to lead the Warriors.

The 1993-94 Houston Rockets and 1948-49 Washington Capitols previously held the NBA record with 15 consecutive wins to start a season.

The defending champion Warriors have been dominant throughout this magical start, boasting the league’s best offense and a top five defense. Golden State’s point differential stands at 15.6 after this latest triumph, which blows away the second-place San Antonio Spurs, who have a point differential of +9.2.

Eleven of the 16 wins have come by double digits, and the closest margin of victory has been four points. The Warriors did go to overtime against the Brooklyn Nets and have faced multiple big deficits, namely a 23-point first-half deficit against the Los Angeles Clippers, but Golden State has still found a way to win every game.

Curry and small ball have been at the heart of the dominance. Curry has significantly improved upon his MVP season of last year, and the Warriors’ small ball “death” lineup featuring Draymond Green at center has rescued the team on several occasions when called upon in crunch time.

Eight of Golden State’s next nine games are on the road, so perhaps a loss is on the horizon, although they’ll likely be favored in every game. The Warriors’ next outing is against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night in Phoenix.

The Warriors become first NBA team to start season 16-0

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by Brian Witt

For the week of Monday, Nov. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 22

Record: 4-0

With victories over the Pistons, Grizzlies, Timberwolves and Nets, the Warriors put together their third consecutive undefeated week and now sit as the 11th team in NBA history to begin a season with an 11-0 record. They’re also the fourth defending champion to begin a season 11-0, and of those previous three, only one team did not repeat as champions. That team was the 1957-58 Boston Celtics who, after losing in the Finals in six games, won the title the next eight years in a row. So, while it’s still far too early to even begin talking about a repeat, this torrid start has placed the Warriors in some very select company.

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