Articles By: J. Clinkscales

Jason is the co-host of The Exchange on BlogTalkRadio with Sumit Dasgupta (@skd_thExchange) and the New York Beacon's beat writer for the New York Giants. Also a vastly undersized PF.

Starting Lineups: Does the PGA Even Have A Post-Tiger Plan?

I have a few friends that are more than just weekend golfers, including one who could have made some major pro dollars if not for injury. As for myself, the closest I’ve ever been to the game was awkwardly hacking and wacking on a driving range in suburban Massachusetts several years ago. That is...
April 22nd, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Golf | Read More

Starting Lineups: Would There Be More African-Americans In MLB If Michael Jordan Made The Majors?

Last night on ESPN’s telecast of the Atlanta Braves versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Tim Kurkjian discussed the topic that comes up every mid-April. The issue of the low percentage of African-Americans in Major League Baseball has circled around the sport for too long,...
April 15th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

Could A Moment In Modern Sports Ever Match Henry Aaron’s 715th HR?

It was a 1-0 count and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers had a 3-1 lead over the Atlanta Braves with a runner on first. It was a long day for the Braves right fielder walking to home plate. Heck, it had been a long few seasons for the batter as his steady progression towards a hallowed record took an...
April 8th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

Starting Lineups: Would You Have Cheered Or Jeered Ryan Braun?

Ryan Braun went to the plate for the first time in a regular-season game since July 2013 yesterday. Because of his belated contrition and the slimy, winding path it took for him to get there, the Milwaukee Brewers right fielder had one of the most unique Opening Days in recent memory. Not only is Braun’s...
April 1st, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball | Read More

Starting Lineups: Could Advertisers Agree with Mark Cuban’s NFL “Implosion” Comments?

Though the comments were made on Sunday night, it sure seemed as if the NFL’s loudest defenders wanted Mark Cuban’s head on a pike yesterday morning. If you haven’t heard, the entrepreneur, Shark Tank star and owner of the Dallas Mavericks said that America’s most popular entertainment company...
March 25th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera, Football | Read More

The Continued Omission Of Elgin Baylor

Having just started reading the Julius Erving autobiography this week, it’s been an intriguing look at the man who defined the high-flying style of play for millions of basketball hopefuls. Twice in the early portions of the book, Erving brings up the first influence on his style of play. When he...
March 14th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

Starting Lineups: This Is Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s Last Fight

Living in one of the few newspaper cities in existence, you always catch a glimpse of what the people of this New York are keeping tabs on. Normally, they’re nose deep in the drivel of Page 6 or trying to impress the young redhead by flipping through the Arts section of the New York Times. However,...
March 11th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Boxing | Read More

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2002 NCAA Final – Maryland 64, Indiana 52

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Jason Clinkscales, as relives the greatness of the Maryland Terrapins from 12 years ago. Oh, and...
March 11th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

The Meaning Of Being Team Captain In Modern Sports

Earlier this week, an embittered Ian Kinsler took aim at his former boss with the Texas Rangers, general manager Jon Daniels. Among all of the vitriol he spewed toward Daniels, Kinsler did express his dismay on filling the leadership void created when Michael Young was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies...
March 6th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera | Read More

Starting Lineups: Here’s Our All-Time Greatest Dunkers Who Could Do Nothing Else Squad

After finishing a gutting read from Pacific Standard yesterday, the boss tweeted this: That dunk Keon Clark did on Shawn Bradley still remains legendary as far as I’m concerned. — Eddie Maisonet, III (@edthesportsfan) March 3, 2014 And in that moment, a quick challenge was issued (originally without...
March 4th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

Who’s Really Watching Sports? Q&A With Paulsen Of Sports Media Watch

Television ratings are discussed nearly as much as player statistics these days in sports media. They are also some of the most misunderstood statistics in the world. Debates rage about their accuracy, yet select ratings seem to move the meter more than others. Plus, when it comes to market sizes, hype...
February 20th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Hockey, Tennis | Read More

Starting Lineups: A Weirdly Complicated Friendship Between Jonathan Martin And Richie Incognito?

So, it’s safe to say that Jonathan Martin’s NFL career is over, if he was ever interested in reviving it. The Big Lead released a PDF of more than 1,000 text messages exchanged between the former Miami Dolphins offensive guard and his now-exiled former teammate, Richie Incognito. With the investigation...
February 4th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Football | Read More

The Revolution Was Televised: We Remember When The XFL Failed 12 Years Ago

Just over a decade ago as a senior at Babson College, I took an elective called Strategic Management Perspectives of Professional Sports. In a school mostly known for future finance gurus and entrepreneurs, this course was certainly the most popular offering the college had. The fall 2003 edition of...
January 28th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Football, Wrestling | Read More

Starting Lineups: How You Can Avoid The Super Bowl Hype

There are quite a bit of you who will chomp on every morsel between now and Super Bowl 48 in New Jersey. The Rant of Richard Sherman, for better or worse (worse), has added a different kind on anticipation, and there will be reporters trying to bait the Seattle Seahawks cornerback into a Fred “The...
January 21st, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera, Sports | Read More

So You Hate The NBA All-Star Game Shirseys

Late this morning, Paul Lukas of UniWatch tweeted a photo of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game shirseys. That’s right, shirseys. As you’re well-aware, NBA teams have slowly introduced this apparel trend in the last two seasons. Last year, Golden State was the first team to enter this arena with...
January 16th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

Starting Lineups: Did You Know The Australian Open Started?

Yes, yes, it’s all about the NFL these days according to casual sports fans, and the NBA and NHL can fill the gaps between games for the more ardent followers of professional athletics. However, did you know that the Australian Open started? I know, right? Of course, tennis’ most passionate fans...
January 14th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Columns, Sports, Tennis | Read More

Starting Lineups: Are Gamers Athletes?

Years ago, my best friend and New York Amsterdam News reporter Stephon Johnson and I had a debate on what’s really a sport and what isn’t one. This was about a decade ago when ESPN began showing the World Series of Poker during prime time hours while the NHL’s coverage was (coincidentally) declining....
December 24th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Video Games | Read More

The Army Perspective: A Q&A With 2 Black Knights On Army-Navy

via Military Times After the cacophony of bowl selections and coaching changes at the end of the regular season, there’s one college football game that takes center stage in the most unique of settings. It’s showcased as the definitive display of honor, duty and valor for young men who embark on...
December 19th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Football | Read More

Starting Lineups: Weather & No Tailgating Super Bowl Is Much Ado About Nothing

We’re getting closer and closer to Super Bowl XLVIII (48) in New Jersey, and we’ve heard much about two of the biggest “controversies” about a game yet to be played. For starters, the weather seems to matter quite a bit as it’ll be early February, cold, in an open-air stadium that’s even...
December 17th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Football | Read More

Starting Lineups: An Obituary For Defense In The NFL

One hundred touchdowns. 859 total points. The NFL broke an almost year-old record from Week 17 last year with a record number of touchdowns in Week 14. You can see more of this information on the NFL and their picks here. Yes, many believe that weather played a role in the dizzying amount of TDs scored...
December 10th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Football | Read More