DeMatha Basketball Rolls Into The Holidays

December 24, 2017

Winter has finally come and we have all been anticipating another DeMatha Basketball campaign for a WCAC championship and national recognition.  In case you haven’t been paying attention, let’s catch up on the season ongoings with a video compilation from Marc Stern over there at YouTube holding down the DMV called Capitol Hoops.

This is our go-to website for highlights during the basketball season -as per usual, but if you are looking for live coverage of the games be sure to check out DeMatha Stags TV on the NFHS Network.  There are also replays of the games on demand so please support DeMatha Catholic High School for Boys student journalism and enjoy!  The DeMatha -Stags basketball team is currently undefeated (7-0) heading into the star-studded Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for their annual holiday tournament.

After all of those home victories, the Stags took all of that positive momentum on the road to Saint Johns College and the results were more or less the same.

Get the full DeMatha Stags basketball schedule right here on the team website.  Read about the latest over at Inside The Locker Room.  We will be sure to have more information on the Stags at a later date but you can already tell that DeMatha has some really good basketball players.

We’ll keep you posted here on The Chronicles of Six.  Go Stags!


DeMatha Basketball 2017 Hype Video

December 6, 2017

We don’t know if you have been following but we are huge fans of DeMatha Catholic High School for Boys on this website.  Andre Jones, Class of 1987, is also a huge fan and his production company produced a video that should get you hype for the season opener in under an hour.  Check the #MadisonStreetHoops feeds on Twitter and Instagram in 2017.  We’ll get into all the rankings and player previews at a later date so watch the video.

We agree with Head Coach Mike Jones in that this is a team that the Coach Emeritus can be proud of.  DeMatha basketball makes us think of Morgan Wootten, also.  Both the old and the new coaches in Hyattsville have a knack for making student-athletes believers.  You can see for yourself that, once again, the Stags have a ton of talent with the right kind of leadership.  Watch the game for free on DM Stags TV because Neal Murphy and Sean O’Connor are broadcasting the opener.  (Linked below)  As usual, we will keep you posted here on The Chronicles of Six.

2017 Homer Football Wrap-Up

November 28, 2017

Sometimes promising seasons are cut down.  DeMatha football started out hot, but then suffered consecutive losses to league foes Gonzaga, Good Counsel, and Saint Johns College.  The Stags managed to beat Bishop McNamara and Archbishop Carroll to finish as the fourth playoff seed in the WCAC but they lost 14-17 to Saint John’s College in the first round.  We must admit that we were a little sad about the 6-5 overall record and a fourth place finish in the WCAC – until we remembered that we had another picture of Alexis Savage to post.

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Alexis Savage knows that hoops are on the horizon.

The Howard Bison football team also started hot when they registered a win at a UNLV and a close loss to Kent State, two FCS schools.  The University of Richmond put a chill on when they destroyed the Bison 68-21 in September.  Then North Carolina Central University left the normally potent offense frozen when they orchestrated a 13-7 victory in DC.  Howard (7-4) eventually finished second in the MEAC despite losing to Hampton University in what we like to call the Bourgeoisie Bowl and missed their sliver of an opportunity to play in the Celebration Bowl, instead.

All of that losing makes us sad.  Look people, studies have shown that the majority of teenage boys like modest pictures of extremely hot women so we’re really just providing a serviceable means of introduction here.  Let the Ooh La La’s of the Howard University Showtime Marching Band take you away from all of this.

We are better now.  Don’t give up on us!  We’re not going to let some silly football games get in the way of making some real progress on this blog.  We’re total homers for DeMatha Catholic High School for Boys and Howard University, here.   We’re never going to pretend to be anything else even if the analytics say that we should diversify for greater SEO appeal.  We aren’t in it for the short term game, are we?  We’re in this thing for the long haul.

For instance, don’t talk to us about how well your child reads at three-years-old.  Talk to us about how well your child reads at thirty.  That seems to be a better measurement of a job done well.  We are all about progress here on The Chronicles Of Six and both football teams are up to challenges ahead.  To lay some more smooth Black vernacular on you, DeMatha is certainly going to DeMatha.  Caylin Newton has three more years of eligibility at Howard University but he was already named the MEAC Rookie of the Year.

You know How It Goes Down…  We’re going to continue to keep you posted.

Birthday Bash

November 27, 2017
“Party people incorporated say, ‘K – K – Psi!'”

This could be described as a bait and switch.  Today is the actual birthday of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity, but we’re showing you a video of a toddler birthday party instead.  (Weird side note, a former Assistant Dean of Pledges at Howard University in that organization also shares a birthday with the fraternity so shout-outs to Gangster Psi, Ph.D reppin’ the Pershing Dough Boys and the D.)  We digress…

The Word on the street is that Samuel really loves music, and music flows through his life experience from his ancestors.  We don’t know if he will play the drums, organ, guitar, or tuba but he is bound to have an instrument choose him.  In the YouTube video above you can see him dancing in the short, public version.  (There is actually a much longer video with hilarious audio that we are only sending to the family -but you get the point.)  Samuel had a really great time on his birthday and he was excited to receive the gift of music.

[Featured image is from Samuel’s Aunt Carol Squire, family archives]

More American Loss: Twitter Moment

November 23, 2017

Remember Trump Victory & American Loss?  Well, this is what happens when the President of the United States of America is a major tool.  This collection of Twitter tweets is more than just a thread, it is more like a rope.  More American Loss doesn’t even get into the environmental concerns that we were harping on about a year ago but we threw in some more moral decay for you.

Well okay then.  A good aside note here would be to use Twitter responsibly.  Twitter can be a great news source if you can filter out the fakers.  We tend to stick with known news figures and reputable news sources here on The Chronicles Of Six.  Whether it is mainstream or alternative, Twitter can provide you with valuable and timely information.


November 4, 2017

“Hell is you doin’?” – Young Dro

Ben Carson is a serious problem in our community.  Sure, he was perhaps at one time Ben Carson, M.D., an inspiration to minorities everywhere for his superior achievements in the medical field but today Ben Carson is an asshole.  The Detroit native rose to incredible heights largely from living the Black mantra twice as good for half as much.  He is a self-professed gangster that took his chances according to his most recent accounts but the crowd that he is probably betraying the most recognize him from his autobiography, Gifted Hands.

This dude is really a Detroit native.

Ben Carson, M.D. was a gifted neurosurgeon before he retired and entered politics.

Or maybe you read Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence, or perhaps Take The Risk: Learning To Identify, Choose, And Live With Acceptable Risk?  None of that matters now, and we should all be offended that he tried to pimp his fame.

Ben Carson is supposed to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development now.  Ben Carson, M.D. knows about conjoined twins and a host of neurological medical diseases that can afflict us but Ben Carson doesn’t know shit about Housing and Urban Development.  Ben Carson, M.D. has a proven record of good science and charitable work.  Ben Carson the politician has been disaster after disaster, but Now This…

Ben Carson is obviously unqualified but he is in a position to do serious damage to the majority of the population of the United States of America.  Most people live in and around cities that should qualify as urban enough to warrant some type of development or support from their government.  It is almost like someone wanted to punish the most populous cities in America because they overwhelming voted in a certain favor.  The real question is how or why did this man get this job?  Or perhaps if he is supposed to be so smart, why didn’t he avoid all association with what is increasingly appearing to be a criminal and illegitimate administration?  You know greed is a factor because Paul Manafort was the first to be identified largely through his amassing a fortune amidst, or exploiting, a political dysfunction.

Ben Carson is destructive and dangerous because he is looking more and more like the sort of person that would do anything for more spoils in this world, a pig wrestling in slop.  He can obviously outwork anybody in some of the most difficult subject matter, so what other angles could Ben Carson really be playing now?  As the chinks in the armor of the Trump presidency continue to fall, we don’t expect that Ben Carson will be among those cast down in a cell -or even placed in a polite house arrest.  There is a greater likelihood that he will still be strewn by the wayside of history, forever damaged, and so there has to be a reward for Ben Carson to balance against that we are missing.

The debacle that has been his tenure in office, so far, is barely advancing his political career but it isn’t directly making him money like Secretary of Energy Rick Perry or Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt, respectively.  Ben Carson has never been elected to any political office and Rick Perry can at least claim a Governorship -although they both failed in bids to win the presidency.  Scott Pruitt is working in an agency that has presented him with a clear conflict of interest, but Ben Carson isn’t going to be able to draw a check from any of the policies that he is enacting today.

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Ben Carson is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the Secretary of HUD.

We have heard the whispers of people that like to pull strings also reward their minions after arduous assignments.  But what of that agenda?  If Ben Carson is merely being used then it undermines us that much more.  The great problem with that Black mantra of twice as good for half as much is that it is bullshit.  Ben Carson had to go to work as a lab assistant through high school, score in the 90 percentile on standardized tests, graduate medical and separate conjoined twins just to get noticed enough to be used is one of the most depressing things to comprehend.

Steve Harvey, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, and David Clarke wormed and nosed their way into the President’s favor only to find themselves as pawns.  Ben Carson needed extraordinary superlatives to arrive at pretty much the same conclusion.  We already knew that there was no honor amongst thieves but there really aren’t any Black people with access to feed at the trough, either.  It must really suck to find out that you made a deal with the devil and he didn’t even offer anything that wasn’t already out of your means.  At least the shadier sycophants tried to upgrade, but Ben Carson only proved that he has a wokeness level expressed as a negative number.

Ben Carson could be the latest example of how easily a person can be used to advance an unjust political agenda and he just looks completely unaware.  Every time you see Ben Carson now, he’s squinting like he just blew an ounce taking a loss.  He has no redeeming qualities that are serving him well in his current endeavor and his crazy genius plays like a dumbass on the small screen.  The omniscient Mr. Fix-it role is poor mimicry and should ring alarm bells for even the most casual observer of the recent politic. The coverage that Ben Carson is getting is rightfully left out of the more important news cycles but he still needs to GTFOHWTBS.

Ben Carson could have just looked stupid at home.  He didn’t have to come all the way out of his comfort zone for this, and he is tarnishing the image of hard work.  Like the marathon runner that doesn’t finish the race, you don’t need any training to get these kinds of results.  We here at The Chronicles of Six believe that we have to let some of these tired mantras and outdated notions of political leadership go.  We can’t afford to wallow in intelligence nostalgia.  We don’t need know-it-alls like Ben Carson, anymore.

One would think that a savant would be the first to figure out that the smartest move is to resign as soon as possible and then retreat into the shadows, by this time.

[ Featured image from Housing and Urban Development dot gov web page. ]

DeMatha Hall of Fame: 2017 Edition

November 2, 2017

“There are 38,000 high schools in America but only one DeMatha.”

DeMatha Catholic High School for Boys held the 16th annual induction ceremony for the DeMatha Hall of Fame on October 29.  It probably goes without saying but as far as high schools go, being recognized by your peers at DeMatha has to rank among the most difficult because of the deep tradition of excellence.  Although some DeMatha alumni have broken new ground and achieved unimaginable heights in their respective areas, it is not uncommon for them to hold their accolades from Hyattsville in the highest esteem.  The DeMatha Hall of Fame event is always a night that you don’t want to miss and it has become a source of inspiration for students, alumni, and friends over the years.  In order to get a feel for what it is all about, here are the video highlights as compiled by Andre Jones.

There was a lot buzz from social media surrounding the event and we have selected some fine examples for your review.  Basketball Coach Emeritus and DeMatha Hall of Fame and The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Morgan Wootten was on hand for the festivities with a few of his former students.  The LT Brendan Looney (SEAL) Convocation Center where the event was held houses the Kathy & Morgan Wooten Gymnasium and is already rich with DeMatha history in its own right.   It was the perfect setting to wax poetically and fondly recount the more lasting DeMatha memories with family.  Father Damian Anuszewski, O.SS.T., was the emcee and Principal Emeritus John Moylan was also in attendance, so we are certain that everyone was on their best behavior.

From Andre Jones Twitter.

Duane and Mike in 1991

In addition to the 1996 Hockey and the 2001 Lacrosse Teams, there were a number of individual honors: Garland Hawkins, Duane Simpkins, Kevin Davis, Paul Rabil, Mike Jones, Josh Wilson, and the first ever inductee from the Golf program Del Ponchock.  The highlighted and linked names appear as short articles in the DeMatha Stags community on Google+ so click away.

Former Assistant Principal William Clark was also inducted into the DeMatha Hall of Fame and Mike Johnson ’80 became the latest recipient of the Lou Amico Service Award.  Craig ’85 and Tim Gough ’78 were also named recipients of the St. Simon de Rojas Service Award at the ceremony.  Please check out the DeMatha website for an in-depth explanation of the awards and honorees.

The Chronicles of Six would like to congratulate all of the honorees from the 2017 DeMatha Hall of Fame ceremony.  We are hoping that the current faith-filled gentlemen and scholars at DeMatha will be inspired to similar greatness.  Go Stags!

[ Featured Image of Duane and Mike in 2017 from the Twitter account of Andre Jones. ]

More Winning For Howard Homecoming

October 28, 2017


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The Bison are still in the fog, but they are eerily emerging and showing definite form.

The Howard University Bison kept their homecoming party going at the expense of the South Carolina State Bulldogs, 28-20.  The Bison passed a huge road test today and proved that they have the mettle to be contenders in the MEAC.  It is hard to believe that just a year ago other teams were going out of their way to schedule the Howard Bison for their homecomings, and we almost feel bad for the Bulldogs.  In order to put this win into a historical perspective for you, Howard hasn’t beaten SCCU in fifteen years.  The Bison have come out of the shadows of the previous year and now find themselves at a defining moment of their season.

The Undefeated conspicuously attended the Bison festivities last week and published an awesome GIF set, and we’re sharing it again here because of reasons.  (Google+ link above, after the jump.)  Howard University football has the Bison hopping on the yard because their hopes are still alive to play in the 2017 Celebration Bowl.  This is a really big deal like when it isn’t Mr. Wiggles and Gangster Psi in the middle of the square of the Showtime Marching Band.  Who else is allowed to break the ranks of good college band?  Only old Drum Majors get to do that type of shit.  HBCU football isn’t for everybody so just move on if you didn’t get it.  It goes without saying now that we are obliged to cover the Bison as long as they have a chance.

We mentioned it before but with players like quarterback Caylin Newton, a Bison win is always a possibility.  The dynamic true freshman is racking up tons of yardage in head coach Mike London’s potent #GoGo offense.  Thanks to Howard Athletics, we were able to follow along on Twitter and Instagram as the Bison showed that the #MissionPossible campaign, might be aiming a low.  The special operation to #Protect Caylin has allowed him to find his targets and is causing our opponents to have nightmares.  In the midst of the weekend before Halloween, it is obvious to everybody, by now, that there is a very good reason to be scared of the Bison.

Yards per Catch is a huge statistic in football, and Howard University is going to remain among the leaders in that category in NCAA FCS largely due to Caylin.  The Bison employed their favorite weapon against the Bulldogs early and often.  Already armed with a formidable running game, the Bison have been daring teams to stop them on the ground before unleashing receivers that have been playing like monsters this year.  It was the long scoring plays that ultimately created an insurmountable distance that South Carolina State couldn’t recover from today.  The Bison are probably going to need a similar performance next week when they travel to Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University on November 4.  The FAMU Rattlers are coming off a win versus Morgan State and are looking to poison the Bison optimism because everybody is hip to their game.



Jay Walker of ESPN Gimme 5

If the Bison (5-3) can continue their winning ways against the remaining scheduled opponents they could be in contention for an unlikely feat and a nationally televised bowl game.  The MEAC is suddenly top-heavy this year with the Bison in the picture and they could complete a near reversal of the 2016 season when they went 2-9 on the season.  The Bison would also have to beat Norfolk State at Greene Stadium and finally Hampton University away, in Virginia, in order to remain in relative control of their own destiny in the conference.


Even ESPN commentator and Howard University alumnus Jay “Sky” Walker has the Bison in his Power Rankings this week, under the rightfully bestowed moniker “the only HU.”  (You go on ahead and run and tell Harvard University that we said it.)  The bad news in all of this is the fact that Hampton is in the top five also, and none of the remaining games are likely to go gently for the Bison.  If you want to read about the outside chance for Howard University to play in the premier HBCU Bowl game at the end of the season, I suggest you check out HBCU Gameday right now.  We say again, the Celebration Bowl and a MEAC title are still within the grasp of the Bison.  We’re going to keep you posted.

[ Featured Image Sierra Club Twitter account. ]

Howard Bison Homecoming Win

October 25, 2017
Wayne Frederick Twitter 2017 Homecoming

An aerial shot of the tailgating crowd from the Twitter account of Howard University President Wayne Frederick proves that homecoming is a premier event in Washington D.C.

On October 21 the Howard University Bison had their annual homecoming extravaganza but for the first time in four years, they managed to also celebrate on the football field.  The Morgan State University Bears fell to the Bison 39-14, in front of a sellout star-studded crowd, and the thrilling game was never really in doubt.


The unheralded heroes of the contest were the seniors that had to read articles on shade tree, janky websites like this one for not winning every homecoming game, every single time.  This is Black college (HBCU) football, after all.  Everybody loves it because Black College football is just down like that.  The brand of MEAC football is on the rise though, and lately, the Bison have been playing like it.  Howard leads the FCS Division 1 in several key categories in offense but it was the defense that eventually lived up to their potential by stopping the Morgan Bears.

Senior linebacker Devin Rollins was the leading tackler and he recapped his game experience with HBCU Gameday but the entire defense for the Bison was motivated.  Nobody wants to lose on homecoming, and certainly not for four years in a row.  The Howard Bison red zone defense came up with big turnovers time and again, making it look like it was routine.  #6 Bryan Cook, a freshman cornerback, had two interceptions by himself.  The Bears have had their own share of problems on offense, so the Bison are still going to be answering questions about if they can stop teams with more potency, but homecoming wins are more than just wins.

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A coach congratulates Howard quarterback Caylin Newton for going over 2000 yards for the season. [ Photo from the Twitter account of Coach Marion Brennan. ]

Caylin Newton is a standout true freshman quarterback.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame already has their eye on the Howard quarterback that stands out from the crowd. [ Photo from the Black College Football Hall of Fame Twitter account. ]

The added value comes from more than just beating your Baltimore neighbors in Greene Stadium, wedged in between the shadows of the famed and revered Cook and Drew HallsThe real prestige comes from the gratitude and adoration of the shining Black masses.  Indeed the entire city of Washington D.C. was at capacity for what has been a national event -no matter how the football team plays.  But this is one of those years when Howard University is actually holding the goods on the football field.  Caylin Newton broke a  20-yard rushing score with under two minutes to go in the first quarter to let all of the Bison sympathizers in the throngs know in short order.

The stalwart running back Anthony Philyaw (#7) went down with a shoulder injury in the course of play and didn’t have his best game.  Morgan State managed to tie the game in the second quarter, briefly, but the Bison never really looked back.   Caylin Newton would account for all four of the Bison offensive touchdowns on the afternoon and he just straight up confused the Bears.  (Freshman strong safety Aaron Walker had a scoop and score late in the fourth quarter.)  When Newton wasn’t juking his way on the ground he was throwing deep.  The phenomenal freshman quarterback had two scores on the ground and an equal amount through the air.

Howard University is officially in the Caylin Newtown era, now, and he has proved to be able to confound opposing teams.  The Bison faithful all love it because records are made to be broken -and Caylin already has one under his belt.  To say that he is a special player is already an understatement and we aren’t factoring in any of his family members into that announcement.  With the right protection and a good defensive effort, the Howard football team will always have better than a fighting chance with Caylin Newton under center.

Howard University Homecoming: Migration Edition

The Bison are adding to the herd.


Caylin Newton shredded the Morgan Bears defense in big chunks through the air by connecting on strikes of 58 yards and 75 yards for his passing touchdowns.  The Morgan Bears shouldn’t feel bad because Newton has done it to everybody this season, as he has already surpassed 2,000 Total Yards in his inaugural season.  The true freshman is also among the NCAA FCS leaders (#13 through October 21) in total offense, and he is the only one of that rookie classification within the top 30.  Howard University Football now leads the FCS in Passing Yards per Completion a feat that would have seemed impossible at this same date last year.

If you are late to this party, you need to stop hating and recognize that Caylin Newton has been more than a boon for the Bison and peep our proclamation.  We have purposefully overstated it in the past but we need to #ProtectCaylin at all costs because he is the future of Black College football.  The ESPN announcers broadcasting the play-by-play of the game only lamented the disappearance of the simmering crowd in the middle of the fourth quarter  (when Caylin Newton sat down) but we don’t always expect all them to really get it.  A win like this is a luxury the current students aren’t used to and they undoubtedly went to better position themselves for the festivities bubbling a block down Georgia Avenue.  Caylin Newton has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving by inspiring the recruiting efforts of Howard University and through his leadership on the field.

Head coach Mike London, and his son Michael W. London Jr., are rightfully optimistic.  The Bison (4-3) have bought into their #MissionPossible mantra and they’re heading down to South Carolina State on October 27 with a winning record.  The future is bright and that is worthy of some serious dap.  The Chronicles of Six hopes that everyone had a Happy Howard Homecoming and that you will continue to check our CP-time, bootleggin’ asses for updates and coverage.  Go Bison!

[Featured Image from the Twitter account of President Wayne Frederick, linked above.]


Saint Johns Beat DeMatha In Football

October 21, 2017

2017 will certainly be a year that goes down in Saint Johns College history if only for ending a very long streak of losing in football to DeMatha.  The Cadets finally managed to have a good day and bested the Stags on the gridiron 38-22 in front of their homecoming crowd on Military Road.

It isn’t hard to put this win into perspective for Saint Johns because no one on their current football roster was born the last time that they beat the Stags in 1994.  We announced some time ago that Cadets changed the football landscape and that the rivalry with the Stags was back.   With this win, Saint Johns will undoubtedly justify the drastic changes that they have undertaken but it probably still rings a little hallow.

DeMatha falls to 4-4 on the year, and 0-3 in the WCAC.  For the first time in a while, DeMatha is fighting to be the fourth-best team in a very competitive league.  Looking at the strength of schedules, DeMatha doesn’t have any significant wins at this point in the season and Saint Johns merely joined the ranks of Good Counsel and Gonzaga who also beat the Stags this year.  The loss to Saint Johns College was their third in a row in a season in which DeMatha has struggled against upper echelon football teams.

The defending WCAC champions are now fighting just to make the playoffs.  DeMatha needs two straight wins at Bishop McNamara (October 28) and Archbishop Carroll (November 4) in order to control their own destiny.  Nothing will come easy for the Stag squad this season because, by now, everybody smells blood.

There have been some bright spots for the DeMatha Stags football team.  Senior Judson Tallandier was named to the American Under-19 football squad.  Senior Kicker Jake Dolinger is showing why four-year Stags are still the most sought after student-athletes in NCAA recruiting after recording a notable score on the SAT.

Yet DeMatha finds themselves in an unfamiliar position because they are unable to dominate key aspects of football games against teams -like they have in years past.  Sacks and rushing touchdowns are both down in 2017.

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Stags are in unfamiliar territory.

The Big Four all have offensive and defensive lines that hover around the average weight of 300 lbs per player -and that makes for very tough sledding.


Once more the Stags are still trying to find their footing in a sport that isn’t very forgiving.  DeMatha has even tried changing quarterbacks to no avail: both Tyler Lenhart and Eric Najarian have notched two losses as the starter.  The ability to overcome injuries and distractions is also a huge part of football and the DeMatha Stags still aren’t totally out of contention yet.

If DeMatha can claim the fourth seed outright, there is still a chance to defend their title and win a fifth straight WCAC championship.  Can they come back unscathed from the verge of annihilation in 2017?  Stranger things have happened to the Stags so we will have to keep you posted.

[Featured Image: City of Ashton website]