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.  





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 Cowboys


By Niner Faithful

The Niners come back home to Levis Stadium this week to face longtime rival the Dallas Cowboys. You cannot tell the story of the Niners without talking about the Cowboys. There is the game that T.O. stood on the star twice in Dallas, Elvis Grbac beating them in Dallas in 95, the beat down at the Stick in 81, Steve’s victory lap in 94 and you can’t forget every Niner fans favorite the play that is known only as The Catch (shout out to Eric Wright for his tackle to save the game) just to name a few.  The all-time series is tied 17-17-1 with Dallas coming from behind to win last year 24-17 at Levis. The biggest storyline this week is the first career start of rookie QB C.J. Beathard after replacing Brian Hoyer in the second quarter last week. Kyle Shanahan has named C.J. the starter for the rest of the season so all eyes are on him to see if he can do enough to maybe have the Niners not get a QB in free agency or the draft. Here are my 4 keys to victory to start the Beathard era off right and help us get our first win against the Crygirls.

  1. Stop Ezekiel Elliott

Elliott’s 6 game suspension was pushed back this week by more court appeals and a bunch of stuff that I don’t understand. The main point is he is going to play this week. Last year he torched us for 138 yards and a TD on 23 carries. The Cowboys rely heavily on their run game to take the pressure off Dak Prescott. The Niners have done nice job vs the run this year but this will be our biggest test of the season so far. If Elliott goes off it will be very hard for the Niners to win. If we stop him it will go a long way to getting our first win.


  1. Stay on the Field

The Niners have been trash all year on converting on 3rd down (going 28/91 30.8%)there are many reasons for that and while some of them I believe are fixed by Beathard’s ability to get a first down with his legs penalties drops and negative plays have been the main reason. If we are to have a chance in this game we must keep Dallas off the field while allowing our D to keep fresh.


  1. Get off the Field

Just like on offense the Niners have been bad on defense when it comes to 3rd conversions (43/90 48%). While the offense isn’t helping by going 3 and out all the time when you are allowing teams to convert such a high percentage those extra plays add up and lead to us being tired at the end of the game. Kyle Shanahan said he was optimistic that Rueben Foster would return to limited bases this week so that should help. Even with the 5ava6e coming back we need all 11 on D to get off the Field on 3rd.


  1. Win it for Dwight

On Sunday 36 players from our 81 Super Bowl team are coming to Levis to honor # 87 as he continues his battle with ALS. At halftime Joe and Dwight are speaking to the Faithful in what I’m sure will be an emotional speech. They say to know where you are going you must first know where you have been. I know that the Niners will want to honor our past and it starts by representing what it means to put on the Red and Gold and live up to the standard that the man on the field at halftime began in 1981. I’m sure that if you ask Mr. Clark the best way the Niners can honor him is to get that W.

My prayers go out to Mr. Clark as he battles ALS you are one of the most beloved Niners ever and everything said about you on Sunday won’t speak enough of what you meant to the Red and Gold. GO NINERS!!!!!

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NFL Week 6 Picks Against the Spread

By Will Stevenson

Last Week was a rough one against the spread and straight up. How was I supposed to know the Giants receiving core would end up on the IR during the game? This week, I am back for more pain and let’s just hope it turns into pleasure. Derek Carr and Mariotta are back for their respective teams, and there are 5 games that have a spread of 9 points and higher. It sounds like some sucker bets, and usually they are, but we will not be contained.

Prediction Matchup (TV) Odds Total
Sunday, Oct. 15
Texans 27
Browns 10
Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans (CBS) HOU -9.5 46.5
Patriots 23
Jets 20
New England Patriots at New York Jets (CBS) NE -9 47.5
Falcons 33
Dolphins 13
Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons (CBS) ATL -13 46.5
Lions 35
Saints 31
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints (FOX) NO -4 49.5
Packers 20
Vikings 13
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (FOX) GB -3 45.5
Bears 17
Ravens 16
Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens (FOX) BAL -6.5 39
Washington 24
49ers 13
San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins (FOX) WAS -11 46.5
Jaguars 13
Rams 10
Los Angeles Rams at Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX) JAX -2.5 42
Buccaneers 17
Cardinals 16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals (FOX) TB -1.5 45.5
Chiefs 34
Steelers 30
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS) KC -4 47
Chargers 23
Raiders 17
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders (CBS) OFF OFF
Broncos 20
Giants 16
New York Giants at Denver Broncos (NBC) DEN -11.5 39.5
Monday, Oct. 16
Titans 20
Colts 19
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (ESPN) OFF

4 Keys to victory: Niners VS Redskins

49ers Redskins Football

By Niner Faithful

This week the Niners finish their 3 game road trip against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Maryland. For the second week in a row the Niners face a former Niner this time, Vernon Davis. The Niners last played in Indy in 2009 and lost 18-14. The Niners hold a 20-10-1 advantage in the all times series and have won 4 in a row going back to 2008(That was the game we named Mike Singletary our coach. Also I was at that game).The Redskins are coming of a bye week so they are going to be well rested and have 2 weeks to get ready. Its games like theses where people think we have no shot that we seem to end up playing our best football. Here are my 4 keys to proving the doubters wrong.

  1. Score a TD early

The Niners have had issues scoring touchdowns all year. Scoring first would not only give us a lead but also allow the Niners to play relaxed and loose. The perfect scenario would be for the defense or special teams to get an early turnover and put the offense to score an easy touchdown to get some confidence. And scoring early also allows the defense to not try to play perfect.


  1. Do your job

Last week there were too many break downs on defense that caused to big plays. And it’s never just one thing or one player. We lost containment on a bunch of running plays and 3rd downs continued to be a problem. And last week you saw to Colts go after Rashard Robinson and expose him as not a top corner (yet). The defense did get 3 sacks and a pick to save/set up the win for us. But overall the defense needs to play far better this week if we are going to win.

  1. Play more consistent on Offense

The Offense has been inconsistent all year. There are times when it looks really good and you start to dream about things that could be. And then there are times that you wonder why on earth we brought in (insert player name here). No one is expecting this to look like the 80’s in Kyle Shanahan’s first year but this will be the Niners 6th game I don’t think it’s too much to ask to score 2 td’s a game.


  1. Let’s see our Defense play together for a whole game.

11 snaps that’s all that Reuben Foster played in week one before he got hurt. Eric Reid went out the next game at Seattle. With both players making their returns to practice this week the hope is for the first time since week one we will have all 11 starts out on the field. Maybe not for the whole game but enough that I should make a difference.

If we follow my 4 keys and #56 and # 35 play there shouldn’t be a reason why we don’t get our first win.  GO NINERS!!!!!

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Matchup Spread O/U Prediction
Washington at Baltimore BAL -4 46 BAL 20-17
Tennessee at Miami MIA -3.5 43.5 TEN 21-17
Houston at Minnesota MIN -6 39.5 MIN 26-14
Chicago at Indianapolis IND -4.5 47.5 CHI 27-20
N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh PIT -7 48.5 PIT 33-24
Philadelphia at Detroit PHI -1 46 PHI 28-14
New England at Cleveland NE -10 46.5 NE 40-17
Atlanta at Denver DEN -6.5 47.5 DEN 36-30
San Diego at Oakland OAK -3.5 50 OAK 28-27
Buffalo at L.A. Rams LA -3 40 LA 21-20
Cincinnati at Dallas DAL -1.5 45.5 CIN 24-20
N.Y. Giants at Green Bay GB -7 49 GB 32-24
Tampa Bay at Carolina (MNF) N/A N/A CAR 27-20

NFL Week 5 Predictions: Maybe we’ll get lucky. Probably not.

By: Will Stevenson

The NFL season has been a tumultuous one for those picking games based on the spread. Personally, I have won a total of 5 games against the spread this year. 5! The NFL is unpredictable, and with players falling to injuries left and right, one can never truly bet on their gut, because their gut is filled with Doritos, salsa and beef. So this week, we are armed with information (which hasn’t translated into me making better bets… yet) and we will once again go through every game on this week’s schedule.

Key Games:

Giants (0-4) vs Chargers (0-4)
Honestly, the Giants and Chargers are two teams who have lived up to their records. Losing close games, constipated offenses at times, despite having the talent to succeed, and defenses that haven’t been able to stop teams in the 4th quarter. Why are we surprised? The Chargers have been doing the same Regular Season ebb and flow since the early 2000s, and the Giants are a team that has struggled in the running game for years. Maybe Rivers and the crew can put points on the board, but in the end, I’m really just hoping for a tie.

Rams (3-1) vs Seahawks (2-2)
The time is now for the Rams. We love to hype up newcomers, and the Rams have been waiting for this moment to overtake the Seahawks with a message. The Rams have won 3 of the last 4 meetings, but a win a Sunday could usher in a new contender for the Division crown. The Seahawks have a good defense as usual, and their offense is hit or miss as well. Whether it’s a shootout, or a field gold-fest like last year’s game, the Rams offense looks to match it’s defense with on the field production.

Packers (3-1) vs Cowboys (2-2)
The Cowboys offensive line isn’t mauling like they were last season. This week, against the Packers, they look to return to form. One problem: Aaron Rodgers. Again.

Panthers (3-1) vs Lions (3-1)
The Panthers are 3-1, their leading receiver is a rookie running back, and they are -5 in the Turnover margin. How are they 3-1 again? Who knows, but the same could be said for the Lions who are one knee away from a perfect record.


My Prediction Matchup (TV) Odds Total
Sunday, Oct. 8
Giants 27
Chargers 23
Chargers (0-4) at Giants (0-4) NYG -3 44.5
Bills 20
Bengals 10
Bills (3-1) at Bengals (1-3) CIN -3 39.5
Jets 16
Browns 13
Jets (2-2) at Browns (0-4) PK 40
Jaguars 23
Steelers 16
Jaguars (2-2) at Steelers (3-1) PIT -7 42
Titans 16
Dolphins 6
Titans (2-2) at Dolphins (1-2) TEN -3 43
Colts 23
49ers 10
49ers (0-4) at Colts (1-3) IND -1 44.5
Eagles 33
Cardinals 20
Cardinals (2-2) at Eagles (3-1) PHI -6.5 45
Lions 23
Panthers 20
Panthers (3-1) at Lions (3-1) DET -2 42.5
Rams 37
Seahawks 27
Seahawks (2-2) at Rams (3-1) LAR -2 46.5
Raiders 9
Ravens 6
Ravens (2-2) at Raiders (2-2) OAK -3 39
Packers 27
Cowboys 23
Packers (3-1) at Cowboys (2-2) DAL -2.5 52.5
Chiefs 33
Texans 16
Chiefs (4-0) at Texans (2-2) KC -1 45.5
Monday, Oct. 9
Vikings 16
Bears 9
Vikings (2-2) at Bears (1-3) MIN -2.5 40

4 Keys to victory: Niners VS Colts


By Niner Faithful

This week the Niners travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to face former Niner Frank Gore and the Colts for the second of three straight road games. The Niners last played in Indy in 2009 and lost 18-14. The Colts hold a 25-19 advantage in the all times series (although the series is split 4-4 since the Colts have moved to Indy). The biggest storyline going into the game is Frank Gore’s first game against the Niners since leaving the team as a free agent after the 2014 season. On his conference call with Bay Area reporters this week  Frank said he is no longer bitter about the team letting him go and still bleeds 49ers Frank is the world’s biggest competitor and I know he wants to get a win badly. As much as I love frank here are my 4 keys to victory to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  1. Get more sacks

The Colts have given up 11 sacks in 4 games this year and have given up 3 sacks in 3 different games. Any Quarterback is going to struggle when he’s being pressured so getting after Brissett is key. After harassing Palmer all game long last week (getting 16 hits and pressures to go along with 6 sacks). Look for the D line to try and put on the same type of performance this week.


  1. Have better coverage

Although the Niners secondary did a nice job on Larry Fitzgerald for most of the game the secondary still had its issues in coverage last week. On the touchdown that ended the game there was pre-snap confusion that ended up costing us the game. While the Colts don’t have a receiver close to the level of Fitzgerald T.Y. Hilton is a young talented receiver that came make plays if the secondary isn’t on top of its game.


  1. Offense needs to be on the same page

The Niners didn’t score a touchdown for the 3rd time in 4 games last week. And in the 4th quarter when the game was there to win, the Niners went 3 and out on all 5 4thquarter possessions gaining a total of negative 6 yards in the process. To top all of that off you could tell that Brian Hoyer and his receivers were not on the same page and when they were, the receiver would drop the ball or the play would be called back because of a penalty. If the Niners want to win this game they cannot have a repeat performance like that.

  1. Make the plays to win

For the first time in Niners history, they have lost 3 games in a row by a total of 8 points and each by no more than 3. That’s how close we are to being 3-1 instead of 0-4. Football is a game of inches and more times than not winning comes down to one or two plays in key situations. It is time to see this football team take a step make a play and win the game.

I want to apologize for technical difficulties on the show Monday it was extremely embarrassing it has been fixed for this week’s show thanks for your understanding and GO NINERS!!!!!

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4 Keys to Victory: Niners vs Cardinals


By Niner Faithful

This week the Niners travel to Glendale, Arizona to face the Cardinals for the first of three straight road games. The Niners lost last year in Arizona 23-20 on a last-second field goal. Although the Niners have not won in Arizona since 2013 we do lead the all-time series 29-22. The Niners haven’t played since Thursday Night and should be well rested, while Arizona is coming off a short week after losing to the Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Those few extra days off could be the difference in the game and help the Niners win our first game of the year. Here are this weeks 4 Keys to victory.

  1. Keep Larry Fitzgerald in check

Larry Fitzgerald has torched the Niners during his career in Arizona. In 13 seasons he has never missed a game against the Niners and has a total of 154 catches 2,091 yards and 16 touchdowns in 26 games. After catching 13 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown on Monday night it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down in year 14 so holding him in check will go a long way in winning Sunday’s game.


  1. Do not turn over the Football

Brain Hoyer put the Niners in the hole right away last week by throwing a pick the very first play of the game. Raheem Mostert also had a fumble that killed a drive in LA territory. Both turnovers led to points (a TD and a FG). Arizona is not as high scoring as they used to be but Carson Palmer is still a good QB and the more chances you give him he’ll eventually burn you and as we saw last year sometimes that’s all it takes.


  1. Get off the field on 3rd down

The Niners Defense was dreadful on 3rd down allowing the Rams to convert 8 of 12 3rd downs. The Niners Offense isn’t helping much by not converting on 3rd down themselves, but the D can make things easier on themselves by getting off the field on 3rd down and giving the Niners Offense as many chances as they can to put points on the board while also allowing them to be fresh.

  1. Can someone get a sack, please

The Niners got zero sacks last week and very little pressure. That’s two times in the first three weeks that we have been shut out in the sack department (the other time was week 1 vs the Panthers). That is unacceptable for a team that has invested so many high rounds picks in the D line. With Tank Carradine going on IR this week the opportunity and pressure will be on the younger players to step up (paging Aaron Lynch, Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas).

Arizona’s window is closing while they are still a good team they are nowhere near the team they used to be. Because of that, there is no reason for me to believe that the Niners can’t go make plays and go get a W. GO NINERS!!!!!

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