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.

Keith Olbermann On The NFL’s ‘Insufficient Punishment’ Of Ray Rice

Shortly after the news of the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, the outrage was overwhelming and pointed. Last night, Keith Olbermann — who has become the go-to on controversies for many sports media geeks since returning to ESPN last year — made the point...
July 25th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Football | Read More

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and national heritage engulfed the world. It was astonishing to watch defending champions and contenders fall apart, a smorgasbord of dialects screaming with pride, and stars perform...
July 22nd, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Soccer | Read More

When The Black Fives Ruled Basketball: How An Exhibit Highlights A Hidden History

Headed to its last day at the New York Historical Society on July 20, there is a fascinating look at a relatively unexplored account on basketball and America itself. Prior to the formation of the NBA in the late 1940s, pro hoops had its ebbs and flows in establishing the sport as much as an athletic...
July 8th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

The Hypocrisy Of The Post-Finals San Antonio Spurs Fandom

It’s been a few days, and plenty are still consuming all the commentary about where both the new champion San Antonio Spurs and the somewhat reeling Miami Heat stand after a five-game NBA Finals. It continues for many reasons that range from our need to predict an unknown future to likely a greater...
June 20th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

The Exchange Podcast: World Cuppin’ With Ken Fang of Awful Announcing

You’re World Cuppin’ today, aren’t you? Plenty here are purveyors of the futbol/football/soccer, but there’s a good chance there are just as many of you that aren’t as familiar with the sport as you’d like to be – present company included. The Exchange returned to the net waves this...
June 12th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, No Class Friday, Soccer | Read More

Kings vs. Rangers: How To Enjoy The 2014 Stanley Cup Final

It hasn’t even been a full day since the 2014 Stanley Cup Final participants were set, yet before day’s end, you’re going to hear too much about market sizes, ratings — especially from people who don’t know squat about them, which are A LOT — Los Angeles culture vs. New York culture,...
June 2nd, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Hockey | Read More

The Evolution Of LeBron James’ Signature Images

The indelible images of athletes are focused on the extremes. Crystallized to memory are the catches that you just couldn’t believe, the freeze-frame on the undeniable score over a defender, the front page of a tabloid after a stunning collapse. If a picture truly is worth a thousand words,...
May 16th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

For The Ladies: The NFL Chick Talks Up Her Football 101 Video Project

The NFL season is still months away, but for one of our very own, it’s never too far from her thoughts. Since 2008, Syreeta Hubbard, aka Reeta, aka The NFL Chick, has provided her thoughts on the game, the league and, of course, her hometown Baltimore Ravens with her own clever spin. She’s...
May 1st, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Football, The NFL Chick | Read More

Why Was This Weekend Finally The Tipping Point For Donald Sterling?

Over the weekend as the abhorrent audio from Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made the rounds online, longtime friend and editor-in-chief of Comics Alliance Joe Hughes asked what many well aware of Sterling’s history had been wondering. Why has the media at large cared to finally shame him...
April 28th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

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