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 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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Trade for Jimmy Garoppolo sends clear message to the Empire

By Niner Faithful

Kyle Shanahan had just ended his Monday afternoon press conference when Adam Schefter broke the news – The Niners traded their 2nd round pick in 2018 to New England for backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo – With the move, the Niners did more than upgrade their roster at the most important position, they sent a clear message to not only the Niner Empire but to the rest of the NFL we are not going to accept losing! The trade apparently only took a few hours to go down (although John Lynch said that they had attempted talks with New England before the draft this year but were immediately shot down), but its impact may be felt for years to come. John Lynch is definitely not Trent Baalke. This move took guts but let’s not pretend that there is no risk to this trade. Garoppolo has only appeared in 17 games with 2 starts over four years and the pick is going to be a high 2nd, most likely top 5 of the round, and Garoppolo is a pending free agent next year, but the move had to be made. It shows that the new regime will not stand pat while we are 0-8. The last 8 games have proven that the answer at QB is not on the roster, so instead of doing the Trent Baalke thing and waiting till the draft, John Lynch was presented with an opportunity to upgrade the roster and took it. Changing the culture has been the buzz words thrown around by different people in the organization but this time I think it’s really happening. Not just this trade but the trade of Rashard Robinson to the Jets for what is rumored to be a 5th rounder. Robinson was a penalty machine this year and after getting benched and still getting two penalties on special teams it was clear the team was ready to move on and is using him as an example. If you don’t play up to the standards set by this staff you are expendable. So now here we are half way through year 1 of Shanahan and Lynch and the team is starting to take shape, however, there is much more work to be done. In the introductory press conference of Jimmy Garoppolo Shanahan came out and said the Niners believe that Jimmy is the QB of the future they didn’t say what the plan is for a new long term contract but they didn’t rule out using the franchise tag next year. There is time for all of that later the main goal is to see what we got in our new QB. The thought is that he should start in week 12 at home against the Seahawks. That would give him six games to show what he’s got. It’s not the best amount to evaluate him but enough time to see if we have something. It may be nothing and  this could blow up in our faces but one thing is clear this isn’t Trent Baalke’s Niners they are doing anything and everything to turn this around and that alone is enough to give us hope.

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