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NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time?

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal...

Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball...

A Sports Scribe, Et cetera

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC...

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business | 0 Comments

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball campaign would play out in the end. Now, I am acutely aware of the pitfalls of such leaps of “faith” (if you can even call it that), but everything seemed to be pointing in two fairly safe directions for the climax of the MLB postseason between… The St. Louis Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Rays? I mean, what was there not...

Here’s The Epic LeBron James Nike Commercial We’ve All Been Waiting For | 4 Comments

We knew it was coming. First, it was the Beats By Dre commercial. Then it was the McDonald’s commercial. There was the Sprite commercial too. The returning of LeBron James’ talents to the Cleveland Cavaliers meant more than just putting on the wine and gold from four-plus years ago; it meant that the egregious pomp and circumstance that comes with The King returning to northeast Ohio would be recognized to the highest degree. That can...

Madison Bumgarner’s Epic World Series | 1 Comment

Orange and black envelop October once again. The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series title in five seasons on Wednesday night to remind everyone that pitching and defense can still go a long way in baseball. Although, in this case, pitching meant one man. It’s stunning to think about, but the Giants franchise can claim the two best postseason pitchers of all time and they came more than a century apart. In the 1905 World Series,...

The NBA Is Back And Anthony Davis Is Your Overlord | 0 Comments

TNT opened the NBA season with a double-header that shot .500 from the field. The Spurs got their rings right before Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili did things that reminded us why the Spurs never die. Then the Lakers/Rockets game happened. And outside of Julius Randle succumbing to a Lakers injury curse that has surfaced from beyond the hoops hinterlands, there wasn’t much about the game that was worth mentioning. For the hoops nerds, there was...

Because Every NBA Fan Has To Check The Every Player In The League Tumblr Account | 0 Comments

There are some things that as soon as you see it, you immediately lose your mind. When Phillip Barnett dropped by in the TSFJ e-offices with a gift, I immediately assumed trickery. The man never brings gifts; usually, he only brings his Los Angeles Lakers fandom and San Francisco Giants stress. I have time for neither. And then the man put this in front of us. The Every Player In The League Tumblr account. What ensues by clicking that link is a jump...

And Here We Are At Game 7 Of The World Series | 0 Comments

So, this is what it boils down to. There’s one sip left from baseball’s cup, and the grounds are visible even in the murkiest liquid. Game 7, they say. Do or die, they hype. The ultimate, they believe. While we’re here in the wake of Kansas City’s Goliath performance in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series, we must withdraw the Royals’ label of David. It’s too late to declare it a slingshot when you’ve destroyed the American League with...

The Preparation: Looking Through the Eyes of Giannis Antetokounmpo | 1 Comment

All too often do we see young, new athletes rise to fame and become distracted within the world they call their passion by money, attention and, occasionally, an assortment of rigmarole. So, to watch a young player still focused on his game and wanting nothing more than to excel tremendously and willing to execute all preparations necessary to achieve his aspiration makes us nod our head with satisfaction and encouragement. “The Alphabet,” “The...

NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time? | 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal between NBC and the most secretive and powerful man in boxing, Al Haymon:  “He’s promised NBC that he’s going to take his fighters off premium cable…He’s going to put Showtime and HBO out of the puzzle.” Many boxing fans heard rumors of such a deal months ago from decorated fight scribe Thomas Hauser, who wrote: “Multiple...

Penn State Vs. Ohio State: When A Replay Review Isn’t A Replay Review | 8 Comments

Take a look at the photo above. Now look at it again. And just for shits and giggles, take a glance one more time. Any human being with functioning eyesight can see that what you are looking at above is not, in fact, a catch. That is an incomplete pass, and there is absolutely no other interpretation possible. The ball hit the ground, very clearly, making it an incomplete pass. In real time, it was not so easy to tell. As a result, the officials...

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang | 1 Comment

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC and Turner Sports was that both groups will bring more regular-season and playoff games online thanks to the increasingly prevalent “TV Everywhere” offerings from cable operators and networks. Prior to the announcement, Awful Announcing’s Ken Fang put together a roundup of the available services from the media partners...

Not So Super Mario Balotelli: 6 Things That Mattered In The Premier League This Weekend | 0 Comments

We get it. Not everyone wants to wake up at 7:45 on a weekend morning to watch soccer, especially when college football and the NFL demand our attention the rest of the day. It takes a certain type of dedication to embrace football as the world knows it. Luckily for you, TSFJ’s soccer heads Dillon Friday and Carden Hedelt take it upon themselves to watch as much of the Barclays Premier League as possible. The two gents are kind enough to share...

Jose Aldo: The Phenomenon Tested But Not Beaten | 0 Comments

After five of the most competitive rounds Jose Aldo has ever fought, he remains the UFC featherweight champion. UFC 179 was Chad Mendes’ opportunity to show the world how far he’d come since being knocked out by Aldo two years ago. Even though Mendes displayed monumental strides in the evolution of his striking game, it ultimately wasn’t enough to overcome the champion. Leading up to the fight, Aldo dismissed all claims that Mendes had improved...

Why Ole Miss And LSU Will Be The Game Of The Week | 0 Comments

It’s no surprise that we’re back in the SEC with the game of the week. Last week it was good to step outside of the usual suspects and take a look at the Big 12, but it’s hard to overlook this Ole Miss-LSU contest this weekend. Ole Miss comes into this game riding a string of big wins, but the Rebels have been through the ringer with physical contest after physical contest. LSU has two losses on the season, but for some reason Les Miles...

Iowa 6, Penn State 4: 10 Years Later, Reliving The Worst College Football Game Ever | 0 Comments

Two weekends ago, the Penn State Nittany Lions traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on the Michigan Wolverines in a Saturday night showdown at the Big House. After watching every snap of a disgusting 18-13 victory for the home team, I contemplated writing about how this season’s Penn State-Michigan game was the worst college football game you’ll see all year. It was two bad teams that are both poorly coached playing awful football in...

What Luis Suarez’s Return Means To Barcelona | 0 Comments

However you might rank them, at least five of the 10 best players in the world have played for Barcelona or Real Madrid this season. They are, in no particular order: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez, Neymar and Gareth Bale. When Luis Suarez returns, make it six. The Uruguayan forward made the switch to Barcelona this summer from Liverpool after the World Cup, where Suarez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and earned himself...

Are Sports Leagues Finally Getting Serious About Domestic Violence? | 0 Comments

As said often since the NFL was put on blast for its handling of the Ray Rice ordeal, plenty of us had never actually seen a man strike his significant other outside of movies and television. Though we don’t have to be detectives to conclude that something happened when a sports figure is at least charged in these incidents, it still took the two videos from the now-closed Revel Casino for these allusions to become undeniable facts in relation...

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving And Embracing Newfound Roles | 0 Comments

In a few more days, the NBA season will officially be upon us, and that means all of the story lines that have been concocted in the offseason will start to play out. That means the spotlight on the Cleveland Cavaliers will be increased tenfold. For LeBron James, this isn’t anything new, but the same cannot be said for his newest running mates. Whether they truly realize it or not, this inaugural “Big 3” season for Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving...

Win Or Lose, Remember The Kansas City Royals | 1 Comment

Baseball used to remember its losers so well. Whether it was the Whiz Kids, the Go-Go White Sox or Dem Bums, anytime a team broke the sport’s paradigm, fans and writers memorialized the effort with a catchy nickname. And for good reason. Baseball is a game given to failure, where, to paraphrase Ted Williams, succeeding three times out of 10 is considered a good job, and even the best teams lose 65 games in a season. Mighty Casey struck out,...

Never Count Out The San Francisco (Zombies) Giants | 1 Comment

The excellent thing about baseball’s postseason will always be the inaccuracies that bring poetic endings. No one would believe the amount of incredible catches, seeing-eye singles and thrifty trips around the base paths the Kansas City Royals enjoyed en route to their first Fall Classic in 29 years. It’s beautiful and lively. The home run hitters aren’t who you normally expect, and the ones you count on sometimes find a well that’s run...

Southampton Takes A Stroll: The 6 Things That Mattered This Weekend In The Premier League | 0 Comments

We get it. Not everyone wants to wake up at 7:45 on a weekend morning to watch soccer, especially when college football and the NFL demand our attention the rest of the day. It takes a certain type of dedication to embrace football as the world knows it. Luckily for you, TSFJ’s soccer heads Dillon Friday and Carden Hedelt take it upon themselves to watch as much of the Barclays Premier League as possible. The two gents are kind enough to share...

Gennady Golovkin & Nicholas Walters Continue Their Reign Of Terror | 0 Comments

Gennady Golovkin and Nicholas Walters share a lot more in common after Saturday night’s explosive fights in Carson California. Before “Mexican Style” the only common attribute between Golovkin (a Kazakhstan-native who’s won an Olympic silver medal) and Walters (a Jamaican-born fighter who trains in Panama) was their similarly impressive knockout records. Now, however, people should start looking at Walters as more than a rough and tumble...

The Versus Podcast: Warriors World Vs. Ed The Sports Fan (The Degenerate Gambling Episode) | 0 Comments

By Bonta Hill / @bontahill Rasheed Malek, Editor-in-Chief of Warriors World (and the self-proclaimed Bill Walsh of blogging) joins TVP and breaks down the current state of the Golden State Warriors, how he figured out he had gambling issues by venturing into betting on WNBA games, the throwing of shade towards Ed’s Oklahoma City Thunder, the birth of the Warriors World site and how fans engage their favorite sports personalities via...

Why Kansas State And Oklahoma Will Be The Game Of The Week | 0 Comments

I have been giving the SEC and the ACC a lot of love in these segments, but I haven’t really given the Big 12 anything until this point. Today that changes as the game of the week features #14 Kansas State and #11 Oklahoma. When you think Big 12 football, you immediately think Texas, TCU and Oklahoma. Very seldom do you acknowledge the fact that Kansas State seems to stay in the equation since the hiring of Bill Snyder. Snyder took a team that...

Remembering The Peter Warrick Experience, 15 Years Later | 2 Comments

Maybe I’m the only one, and if that’s the case, then fine. I’m not hype about Florida State and Notre Dame preparing to square off and do battle in Tallahassee on Saturday night. It doesn’t mean I won’t watch it, because the Jameis Winston witch hunt has officially gotten out of hand, and last time I checked, I still hate Notre Dame. However, when two of college football’s blue bloods did battle back in 1993, I...

The Raheem Sterling Saga | 0 Comments

Nobody, and I mean nobody, clutches their pearls like the English media. That goes double when it’s about the England men’s soccer team, but it’s never for the right reasons. This week all the rage was about 19-year-old Raheem Sterling asking Roy Hodgson to sit out from training, admitting he was tired after England’s 5-0 win over San Marino, a team that regularly features three times more shop workers than professional players. How...