Coach Shipp: Man, on a Mission

By Kim Dunning 

Coach Shipp is a great man who has a single mission in life: to better our youths’ lives. Who is Coach Reginald Shipp? The answer is more complex than you might imagine.  

Coach Shipp is a father of five. Two of his daughters attend college at Shaw University and Mountain View Stat Junior College. His other two daughters are in high school and he has one son, who is four. He is married to a wonderful woman who is his best friend and support network. She understands that what he does for others takes him away from his family, and has a purpose. This is the man behind the scenes.

What is amazing about Coach Shipp is that he is a humble person who doesn’t like to talk about himself. If you ask him questions about his mentoring he will talk your ear off, as mentoring today’s youth is his main focus. Coach Shipp is a mentor to young men who do not necessarily come from the best situations in life. These young men have been dealt a bad hand in life and Coach is there to help them find a way, even with adversity, to become better men. This is a cause that is near and dear to his heart.

Coach Shipp did not come from the best of backgrounds. He grew up in two rough neighborhoods and he fought every day to survive. His mother was a drug addict and his father did not come into his life until he was older.

When he was six-years old, he met another young man by the name of Ellery Lundy. Mr. Lundy is a big reason why Coach Shipp could make his life better. He attributes his life to him. Ellery introduced Coach Shipp to football.  

Football became his saving grace and now he is paying that forward to the young men he coaches and mentors.  

Mr. Lundy now has a foundation called Broken Men’s Foundation, which helps men build resumes and community service skills, among other opportunities.  

According to Coach Shipp, if it wasn’t for Mr. Lundy, he may have ended up as just another statistic in the streets.

As a result of his background, he is a huge advocate of getting young men off the streets by getting them involved in football. This is Arena football and he is now the owner of the Capital City Reapers. Through the Reapers, he helps his players’ transition from outdoor football to indoor football.

Coach Shipp has an extensive resume. He has not only owned a team but he has played semi-pro football. He considers himself the Charles Woodson of his time. He played many positions: from wide receiver, defensive back, running back and quarterback. When asked, he said his bread and butter positions were running back and defensive back. He retired from playing at age 37 and became a community man. While he was invited to different camps, he never got any further than that. He did play in the European League.  

On his coaching resume, he became a full-time coach in 2010. He has coached the York Capitals to a 2015 undefeated season that ended with a Championship win. The Capitals are out of York, Pennsylvania. More recently, besides coaching for the Reapers, he is the Defensive Assistant and Defensive Backs coach for the Virginia Titans semi-pro team, along with his friend Terry Haynes. The Titans, owned by Lavar Matthews, another great friend of Coach Shipps’. Mr. Matthews provides men with the same opportunities as the Reapers but they are an outdoor football team.    

Earlier in his coaching career, he met a young woman by the name of Elle Locust out of Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania. As a result of working with her, he became an advocate for women in sports. Coach Shipp was impressed with Ms. Locusts’ knowledge and the way she handled the players. He has written her letters of recommendation for an internship with the NFL.

Most recently, Coach Shipp put out a call, on Facebook, for female coaches. This is a call Sports Elites’ own Tay Holloway answered.  

Coach Shipp coaches young men from the ages of 19 to 27. His oldest player has indoor football experience, but had an injury and now plays with the Reapers to sharpen his skills to move back up into the next level. None of his players receive compensation. He has also coached a developmental team.  

Out of the 30 players he had on his developmental team, eight of them went on to get paid positions and the team was able to send three of the young men to school.

Coach Shipp mentors men of all ages. He is involved with the We Care Organization, which was founded by Mr. C. J. Richardson. We care teaches life skills and teaches young men how to be humble no matter what their experience. We Care is also involved with helping out the homeless and sending kids to camp. Most recently, they had a block party to teach the children that all police officers aren’t bad and that there are bad seeds that happen to get the media attention.

When not coaching, playing or mentoring; Coach Shipp enjoys watching football, basketball, baseball and boxing. He is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan from back in the day when Danny White and Too Tall Jones played for them. He is a Lakers fan and a Washington Nationals fan. He loved boxing, but said it has become boring since Mayweather retired.

Coach Shipp is the humblest person I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with. I asked him if he had one person that he has mentored or coached that he was proud of. His response was, all of them. His goal is to mentor young men to become better men so they can be better to their wives, girlfriends and eventually their children. He is all about the pay-it-forward motto.

His goal in life is quite simple and something we should all live by. If you can improve someone’s life, then you have lived your life with a purpose.  

Coach Shipp is an incredible man who has fulfilled and saved many young men from the streets. He is a man on a mission and has worked hard to continue to better not only his life, but everyone’s life he has touched.  

 

 

 

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Inside the numbers

For the Knicks last nights game was so much more then a regularimage season win. The passion in the garden was so evident that even Derrick Rose had to acknowledge it. Their was a playoff atmosphere in the air, and the Knicks didn’t disappoint. Let’s take a deeper look inside the numbers.

Their are a few numbers I want to take a look at and the first is 30. The Knicks held the Blazers under 30 points per quarter, expect for the first quarter where Portland put up 33 points. After the first quarter the Knicks clamped down on defense and held the Blazers to 25, 23, and 22 points per quarter the rest of the game. With such a tight game ( their were 20 lead changes) the Knicks needed to defend in order to win. The club also held the Blazers to 27% from three (6/22). The Blazers average 108 per game but were held to 103. So the numbers show the Knicks put up a very impressive defensive effort.

Now let’s take a look at the offense, the Knicks have to move the ball in order to score. With 26 assist ( only 13 turnovers) on 45 made shots they did just that. Jennings doing his best Mark Jackson impersonation had 11 assist off the bench. All this ball movement led the Knicks to a 46% shooting clip. From the three point line they shot a respectable 31%. The offense primary ran thru KP as he put up his second 30 point game of the season. Porzingis used an offensive array of moves to power his way to 31 points. Step back 3s check, Cuts to the basket check, Alley oops check, fade away shots check, post up moves check. KP was firing on all cylinders last night.

However when it came down to the 4th quarter Derrick too charge. It was his pose and composure that allowed the Knicks to hold the lead. Derrick took charge of the game and dictated the offense. Rose sealed the win with a step back jumper with 3:15 left on the clock. Rose had this to say about his performance

”I’m not here to bust or brag but I’m used to being in positions where I have the ball in my hand, playing in Chicago,” Rose said. ”I’ve really played like that my entire life, through grammar school, high school, college and here.” – D.Rose

The Knicks used a group effort to pull this one out with six players scoring 7 or more points. All in all the club looks to have come together after holding a team meeting a few days ago. Since that netting the Knicks have won two in a row and climbed back to 500. The Knicks are currently in the 7th seed and look to continue to climb up the standing.

The Knicks hope to create a winning culture after three consecutive years of missing the playoffs. If this club continues to build on their chemistry they can become a team no one wants to face in the playoffs.

4 Keys to victory: Niners VS Texans 

 

By Niner Faithful

This week the Niners travel to Houston, TX to face the Houston Texans in the last 10am game of the year. The Niners and the Texans have only faced each other only  3 other times with the Niners holding a 2-1 advantage. The Niners haven’t played in Houston since they lost 24-21 in Michael Crabtree’s first game back in 2009. It should be a fun game to watch and not only because it’s a winnable game. The Niners have a new buzz around them because of Jimmy G you can see it in the way we played last week. Lets hope that we can get our first consecutive road wins for the first time since 2014 ( New Orleans and New York) Without further adieu here are this weeks keys to victory.

 

  1. Stop DeAndre Hopkins

Hopkins is easily Houston’s top receiver. Hell some would argue he’s one of the best in the league. He has 77 catches for 1,084 yards and 9 touchdowns this year and is coming off a game where he caught 8 out of 14 targets for 80 yards. The Niners corners have been doing better since the trade of Rashard Robinson but this is going to be their biggest test all year.

 

  1. Stop Jadeveon Clowney

Without maybe the best defensive player in the league J.J. Watt Jadeveon Clowney has really stepped up. He has 9 sacks on the year placing him in a tie for 8th in the league. What makes Clowney so dangerous is the fact that he lines up all along the d line, so you can bet they will line him up inside where we have struggled all most of the year. He’s the type of player that can wreck your game plan, so we have to stop him or its going to be a long day.

  1. No self-inflicted wounds

Last week the Niners had 4 accepted penalties in the red zone and 2 that helped the Bears stay on the field. Houston is a more talented team than the Bears, so if we hope to win we can not shoot ourselves in the foot and hope to overcome it like last week.

  1. Score in the red zone

The only major offensive issues last week (besides penalties) was going  0/5 in the red zone. If the Niners want to become a better team and score points this must change.

There are 4 games left in this season. That is plenty of time for the players and some of the couches to prove that they are worthy of being a part of this organization going forward. Plus winning games this year is going to pay dividends down the road.

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4 Keys to victory: Niners VS Bears

By Niner Faithful

The Niners travel this week to Chicago to play the Bears. This is the third year in a row that the Niners have headed to Chicago to play the Bears in week 13. Overall the Niners have a 33-31-1 series advantage, but the teams have split the last two games. The Niners losing in the snow last year 26-6. The biggest storyline going into the game is the first start in Red and Gold for Jimmy Garoppolo, who grew up 30.4 miles away from Soldier Field in Arlington Heights, Illinois. On paper this looks like a game the Niners can and should win (although we all know how that’s gone this year). With that being said here are this weeks keys to victory.

 

  1. The weather

I know people say football is a no excuses business, but when there is a snow storm it’s kind of hard for that not to affect your play. The weather should be a lot milder this year compared to last year, but you never know. If the weather changes it shouldn’t effect Jimmy G after playing in New England the last 3 years, but it might affect the other skill positions on the team. Running the ball is always important, but will be even more so if the weather changes.

 

  1. Protect Jimmy G

The Niners have had problems protecting the quarterback all year-long. Last week it finally caused an injury when C.J. Beathard had to leave the game for the final 3 plays. With Trent Brown being a game time decision and his back up going on IR this week some of the pressure is on Jimmy G to make quick decisions. Because if something happens to Jimmy G there are more long-term consequences for the future of the franchise.

 

  1. Stop the run

The Bears offense has left much to be desired all year-long. They rank 29th in points scored, 29th in total offense and 21st in passing offense. Rushing offense is the only category they are ranked in the top ten (8th). With the Niners ranking 30th in the league in rush defense you can bet the Bears are going to try to run it down our throat so stopping the run game will go a long way into helping us win the game.

 

  1. Score early and often

The Bears rank middle of the league in all defensive category’s so scoring often might be a challenge. But with the Bears offense ranked 8th in the league in rushing. Jumping out to a big lead maybe the best way to make sure the Bears don’t try to run the ball down our throats and wear out our defense.     

 

Although Jimmy G is limited in his knowledge our playbook, we should be able to see some offense and reasons to believe his the future at QB.

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Saints Fans!!! Stop Thinking Brees lost it!!! Alvin Karama and Mark Ingram Helped him!!!

By Tim Crouch

Has Brees lost it? No!!! Is he the same Brees? Yes!!! Is his arm still there? Let’s look at what he has done this year compared to last.

2017 through 11 games

Regular Season
71.3 comp %
3,029 yards
16 TD
5 INT
104.1 rating

2016 Through 11 games

Regular Season
71.7 comp %
3,587 yards
26 TD
8 INT
109.2 rating

2017 through 11 games: Attempts 373

2016 through 11 games: Attempts 456

That’s 83 less attempts in 2017. I’m not saying his arm is the same, but when we needed him, he was there.  Was he part of the reason we lost vs Rams? Yes, but not the total reason. We have to look at the line and wide receivers. His stats look similar but with fewer attempts than last year during this time. He has a running game thanks to Alvin Karama and Mark Ingram. The duo has been excellent for Drew Brees. He has to be thanking Sean Payton for them.

4 Keys to victory: Niners VS Seahawks Round 2

By Niner Faithful

After having their bye week last week the Niners are playing the Seattle Seahawks for the last time this year. The Niners last played in Seattle Week 2 of this year losing 12-9 on a heat braking 4th quarter TD pass by Russell Wilson. This will be the 39th meeting between the two teams with Seattle holding a 23-15 advantage in the series (and has won every game at Levis Stadium). Here are 4 keys that will go a long way in reversing that trend and will be the first time we won back to back games since 2014

 

  1. Take down Russell Wilson

The Niners sacked Wilson 3 times in week 2. The Niners pass rush is going to get Tank Carradine (who last played vs Seattle and had a sack) and Solomon Thomas back but we all know pressure isn’t enough when you’re playing Wilson. He has the ability to extend plays with legs till a receiver gets open or if no one is open to take off and run (see any Niners Seahawks games since 2012). Seattle’s O line is considered to be the weakest position group on the team so we should be able to get to Wilson. It’s just going to be a matter of bring him down and not letting him extend plays.

 

  1. Keep CJ Beathard clean

Two weeks ago against The Niners allowed no sacks and Beathard was hit just twice the result was 288 yards passing and 3 TDs by Beathard (one rushing). Seattle’s secondary is devastated by injuries they are without out Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor. If the Niners want to take advantage of this they must protect C.J.

 

  1. Run the Football

3 of Carlos Hyde’s 4 100 yard rushing games are against Seattle. In week 2 he had 124 yards on only 15 carries and Matt Breida added 35 yards on only 4 carries. The Niners must keep the game close so we can wear down Seattle and keep their offense off the field. After gaining 186 yards on the ground against the Giants you can bet this week’s game plan is going to feature a lot of # 28 and # 22

  1. No turnovers

The Niners have turned the ball over at least two times in each of the past 4 games. Two of them have been defensive scores (that’s not including the 2 that Goodwin has stopped). Sunday’s game is likely to be close. In close games a lot of the time the deciding factor can be a late turnover. And I would hate for us to play our hearts out and lose on something stupid like that.

 

I will be going to the game on Sunday and I’m ready for the Niners to avenge the Thanksgiving game in 2014. That was my first game at Levis and the first time I went to a game and we lost. I hate Seattle almost as much as any other team. So here’s to the Niners snapping our losing streak to them at 8

GO NINERS!!!!!

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Building a Champion: Are we going in the right direction

By Niner Faithful

We are 10 games into the 2017 season that means 6 more games remain. We have the same record that we had at this point last year although the vibe this year is a lot different. At this point last year we had just been defeated at home 30-17 by the Patriots and were in a tailspin and would lose another 4 games before winning another game. It was the day that Eddie was recognized at halftime for being inducted in to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. As our 5 Lombardi’s were being paraded around a half empty stadium you realized how far we had fallen. And to think that wasn’t the low point of the season (that came 3 weeks later when we blew a 14 point lead to the Jets). With planes flying over Levis and the Niners losing game after game it was clear that changes had to be made not just to the roster but the front office and coaching staff as well. Enter John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan. Building the Niners back into the standard-bearer in all sports isn’t going to be an overnight job we all know that. But that’s not to say that there shouldn’t be improvement in year one. Which makes one ask are we seeing reasons to believe that the building blocks are being put into place right now, not just the team but the coaching staff and front office?

John Lynch is in his first year as the Niners GM but has not been afraid to bring in people with more experience than him or give other people credit for their roles in getting things done (just look at how he went out of his way to give Paraag Marathe the credit for the draft day trade with the Bears). That’s a big difference from Baalke’s paranoia and unhealthy need to control and get credit for everything. One thing has been clear with the Niners new GM is he is not scared of embracing our storied past. He has said on many occasions he wants to bring back any alumni and has backed it up bring Jerry and Steve to practice this year (even letting Jerry run some routes). He has also shown he is a man of action who’s not scared to make changes. Not just with the roster turnover in the offseason but also with the moves he has made in season. We still have to see if he has the ability to pick players its way too early to see if he can. But you can start to see players signed this year show that they can play some football. Your starting to see some players drafted this year start to grow. That’s why I feel safe in saying he’s a defiantly an upgrade from Trent Baalke.

There is no doubt that when the Niners hired Kyle Shanahan they were hiring the best offensive minded coach in the game. He comes for a football family and has grown up around the game his whole life. The Falcons offense was ranked number 1 in almost every offensive category last year and set NFL records on their way to the Super Bowl (although we all know how that turned out). There were some questions on whether or not Kyle could handle being both head coach and offensive coordinator. For the record I am of the belief that Shanahan was hired because of he’s ability to call plays and set up a game plan. I feel that if he took himself out of that role he would be taking away one of his best skill sets. All you have to do is watch a Niners game and see that Shanahan hasn’t lost the ability to scheme an offense. Players are open a lot. If you take that and Shanahan’s track record into account there is no reason to think his isn’t an upgrade over the last two coaches of the Red and Gold.

The priority this offseason was to fix our historically bad run defense and for the most part it’s been job well done. You can say that Lynch and Shanahan miscalculated one thing how bad this offense was going to be. I think they over estimated Shanahan’s ability to scheme up the offense and that got us into the mess we have gone through this years. But one thing you can say about the men in charge of bring us back they will not wait to fix issues. I have full confidence that this coming up offseason we will address the needs on the offence and then the fun will really began. By no means are we there yet we still have some work to be done but for the first time in a long time we can finally say the Niners are heading in the right direction.
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4 Keys to victory: Niners VS Giants

By Niner Faithful

This week the Niners face off against long time playoff rival the New York Giants at Levis Stadium. Since 1982 the Niners and Giants have faced off more times in the playoffs than any other team in that time span. The Giants lead the regular season series 20-19 but in the playoffs the series is tied 4-4. Over the years some of the most memorable games in Niners history have been against the Giants. Who could forget The Comeback in 02, Ricky Watters running for an NFL playoff record 5 touchdowns in 93, the heartbreak in 2011 or Roger Craig’s fumble in 91 to end our shot at a 3 peat. Although both teams are in the middle of disappointing seasons Niners Giants games are for the most part always entertaining. With that being said here is this weeks 4 key to victory.

  1. Run the Football

The Niners are 24th in the league in rushing yards and 29th in rush attempts. Last week they only ran the ball 21 times despite having a young QB in C.J. Beathard and a patchwork offensive line that was without Joe Staley. The Giants are tied for 28th in the league in rush defense giving up 125.9 yards a game. This maybe the Niners best shot so far this year at getting the running game going. I expect to see a lot of Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida.

 

  1. Protect C.J.

Just last week alone Beathard was hit 16 times and sacked 5 times. That just cannot continue if the Niners want to keep him healthy and give Jimmy Garoppolo the time he needs to learn the playbook. No one will ever question Beathard toughness but there is only some much punishment the human body can take before it breaks down.

 

  1. Stay healthy

The Niners have 21 players on season ending IR after placing safety Jaquiski Tartt, Tight End Cole Hikutini and O linemen Gary Gilliam on IR this week. The Niners are also going to be without Tight End Gorge Kittle, Tackle Joe Staley and Trent Taylor this week. Just from a pure numbers stand point the Niners can’t afford to lose any more players. The good news is the bye week is coming up so some of the players that are hurt but not on IR should come back after the bye.

  1. Cut out negative plays

To many times this year we have seen the Niners seem to have some momentum only to have it killed by a stupid penalty, a dropped pass a running play that loses yards or a turnover. The Niners don’t have the talent to overcome self-inflicted  wounds like this. If the Niners want to win this or any other game this year we must stop this trend on both offense and defense.

The Giants are 1-7 and have packed it in for the year. They have to fly across country after destroyed last week by the Rams. I feel that this maybe our best chance all year to get our first win. GO NINERS!!!!!

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4 Key To Victory: Niners VS Cardinals

By Niner Faithful
This week the Niners kick o

ff the second half of the season at home vs The Arizona Cardinals for second time this year. The Niners suffered a heart breaking loss early this year in Arizona falling 18-15 on a walk off TD by Larry Fitzgerald in overtime. Although the Niners have lost 5 straight to Arizona since 2015, we do lead the all-time series 29-23. A lot has changed for both teams since their week 4 meeting. The Niners made a blockbuster trade this week for Jimmy Garoppolo and although he will not start he is going to be active on Sunday so is only one hit away from taking snaps. Drew Stanton is staring for the Cardinals after Carson Palmer broke his arm 2 weeks ago. This should be a good game Drew Stanton came to Levis last year and beat us in the “we want Kap game”. The Niners have their own injury problems with Jimmy Ward going on IR and are going to be without Joe Staley. With all that said I believe this should be a good game here are this weeks 4 Keys to victory.
1. Keep Larry Fitzgerald in check
Larry Fitzgerald was held in check in the week 4 meeting until overtime. And as the great ones always seem to do he came through when it matters most. The Niners number 1 priority this week is to keep #11 out of the end zone no matter when it is.

2. Get off the field on 3rd down
The Niners Defense has been dreadful on 3rd down all season long. They rank dead last in the league in getting off the field on third down. Some off the issues should be taken care of by trading Rashard Robinson for a 5th round pick. We have played second most snaps on defense in the league most of that is because we can’t get off the field. It’s simple if we get off the field on 3rd we will be fresher to make the plays at the end of the game.

3. More Pressure
The Niners harassed Carson Palmer all game long earlier this season. And did a good job last week getting 3 sacks. Although Drew Stanton is more mobile than Carson Palmer and we will be without Salome Thomas this week we must find a way to continue to get after the QB.

4. Protect C.J.
The Niners got hit hard with the injury but last week but the hardest hit was the o line. After starting the game without starting right tackle Trent Brown we lost Joe Staley in the second quarter. We were one snap away from having to put a tight end as our tackle. Jimmy Garoppolo is not ready to play so protecting C.J. Beathard is important for not only winning the game but also to avoid having to put Jimmy G out there with a subject O line and before he’s ready.

This game is far from a sure thing but after being so close in our first meeting I find it hard to believe there is no way we can get our first W of the year at home. GO NINERS!!!!!
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