Jim Jones ft. Maino's 'So Athletic (Michael Vick)' Jam

Jim Jones ft. Maino's 'So Athletic (Michael Vick)' Jam

Rapper Jim Jones (ft. a fellow named Maino) has a new tune out titled "So Athletic (Michael Vick)."

It is not a song you'll find on regular rotation on my iPod, however a mention of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Vick got my attention.

The hot new tune contains the chorus line (loosely transcribed):

We run and wait (or "running weight?). We at the track. We flippin' work. Just like an acrobat. We so athletic. Michael Vick. Now where my dogs. Michael Vick. Game time. We do arenas. Look at my chain. [something something]

Hip-hop centric website StupidDope.com describes the jam thusly:

This is some of that tough talk, make you clench your jaw, and ball your fist type music right here. The beat is packed full of deep bass 808’s and a flute line that takes this track towards the dark side.

The two NYC MC’s wordplay goes perfect over this hard beat. “Where my dogs at? Michael Vick” the Capo spits during the hook. It’s worth a listen.

I cannot say I fully agree, however, you may have entirely different taste.

After discussing the track with resident pop culture junkie Andrew Unterberger -- he of Pop Dust fame -- I learned something about modern day hip hop.

"I like how there's no explanation needed. Just the name said, and the rest is understood," I said.

"Well, that's actually an important lesson to learn about modern rap," Andrew explained. "They never explain anything. They just say the name of the person you're referencing and either you get it or you don't. Some internet folks refer to it has 'hashtag rap.'"

I cannot count myself among those who "get it," but at least I'm making an effort, right?

LISTEN: Jim Jones ft. Maino - "So Athletic (Michael Vick" [XXLMag]

Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3

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Instant Replay: Phillies 4, Reds 3

BOX SCORE

The Phillies rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Tommy Joseph won it with a single up the middle with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. The hit scored Aaron Altherr, who had singled and moved to second on a wild pitch.

The Phils have won just six of their last 27 games. Joseph has had a walk-off, game-winning hit in the last two wins.

In addition to Joseph, who also homered, the star of the game was the Phillies' bullpen. Four Phils' relievers combined on 3 2/3 scoreless innings after starter Jerad Eickhoff exited. The Phillies' bullpen is riding a 19 2/3-innings scoreless streak.

Starting pitching report
Eickhoff allowed eight hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings. He gave up a bunt hit and a two-run homer to the first two batters of the game but took a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning. He allowed a leadoff single and a one-out RBI double in that inning as the Reds tied the game at 3-3.

Veteran Bronson Arroyo, back in action at age 40 after recovering from surgery the last two seasons, gave up three runs — all on solo homers — over five innings.

Bullpen report
Good work by Edubray Ramos to get two outs in the sixth to strand a runner in scoring position and preserve a 3-3 tie. Pat Neshek, Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris each followed with a scoreless inning. Neris struck out dangerous Joey Votto on a splitter with a man on base to end the top of the ninth. He got the win.

Austin Brice pitched two scoreless innings for the Reds. Michael Lorenzen took the loss. He gave up two hits in the ninth. Joseph's game-winning hit came on a 97 mph heater.

At the plate
Cesar Hernandez, Michael Saunders and Joseph all clouted solo homers for the Phillies. Joseph has six homers in his last 21 games.

Zack Cozart smacked a two-run homer against Eickhoff in the first inning. The Reds tied the game on a one-out double by Scooter Gennett in the sixth.

Remembering Bunning
Jim Bunning died Friday night. Larry Bowa recalled the impact that the Hall of Famer had on his career (see story).

Up next
The series concludes Sunday afternoon. Zach Eflin (0-2, 5.36) and Scott Feldman (3-4, 3.99) are the pitchers.

Soul hold off Valor in 48-47 win, remain unbeaten on the season

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Soul hold off Valor in 48-47 win, remain unbeaten on the season

The Soul on Saturday survived a late scare and moved to 7-0 on the season with a 48-47 win over the Washington Valor at Verizon Center.

With 41 seconds left, the Valor scored a touchdown and appeared poised to tie up the game. However, a fumbled snap led to a failed extra-point attempt and the Soul promptly recovered the ensuing onside kick.

"It’s hard to win a game in arena football, but we'll take them any way we can," Soul head coach Clint Dolezel told the team's official website. "We are definitely happy with 7-0 and looking forward to this bye week to get healed up and ready to finish the second half of the season." 

Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh led the way with 148 passing yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Ryan McDaniel led the team with four receptions, racking up 49 yards, while Darius Reynolds had 54 yards on three receptions. Each receiver reeled in two touchdown catches while Shaun Kauleinamoku accounted for the fifth score.

Running back Mykel Benson ran in a one-yard touchdown while Chirs Duvalt returned a kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown before halftime.

The Soul have a bye week before returning to the Wells Fargo Center on June 10 to face the Cleveland Gladiators.