Articles By: K. Masenda

Kenny Masenda is a fan of the game, and an admirer of the culture. You can find more of what makes him tick at his Facebook profile located here.

Above The Rim Turns 20 Years Old Today

In life, we have things that are near and dear to our heart. It can be a favorite song, shoe and, in this case, a movie. There are a lot of movies I love, but there is only one that is my undisputed favorite movie of all-time, in any genre. That movie is none other than Above the Rim. Some people will...
March 23rd, 2014 | Basketball, Films and Docs, Soul On Ice | Read More

16(0) Sweet Words of March Madness: 2010 Sweet 16 – Kansas State 101, Xavier 96

(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 Kenny Masenda, whose appreciation of the #FearTheBeard movement is unprecedented. Oh, and if we...
March 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Soul On Ice | Read More

Podcast: The Annual Frenzy That Is The First Day Of NFL Free Agency

On this recent edition of The UC Show, Tinsley and Kenny led off by bidding farewell to DeMarcus Ware, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys after nine years with the team. Despite both being life-long fans of D-Ware, they soon acknowledged that the move was best for all parties. Surely, there are...
March 12th, 2014 | Soul On Ice, The UC Show | Read More

Podcast: Welcome Home, Justin Tinsley

After a month-long trek to Dubai, Justin Tinsley has returned home to The UC Show and the fellas made sure to give him a proper greeting by giving the man his own theme music. Granted, it took him about two years to finally get some theme music and we’ll probably take it off after the show, but...
March 5th, 2014 | Soul On Ice, The UC Show | Read More

Leave Marshawn Lynch Alone

My immediate memories of being a sports fan revolve around the actions on the court and on the field. Whether it is Michael Jordan shrugging his shoulders after a three-point barrage in the 1992 NBA Finals, Michael Irvin catching a bomb from Troy Aikman or watching a baseball launch over 400 feet into...
January 30th, 2014 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #2 – Floyd Mayweather

The inclusion of the #2 athlete on the five coolest is a first-timer. In the previous three editions, his name came up each time, but it was hard to include him due to the lack of frequency he displayed in the ring. As much as he was revered, Ed and I knew he needed to turn up just a tad bit more before...
December 30th, 2013 | Boxing, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #3 – David Ortiz

“This is our fucking City.” — David Ortiz With five words, David Ortiz went from a baseball player to The Voice of the Citizens of Boston. After the horrifying events during the Marathon last April, David Ortiz stepped on the field at Fenway, uttered those five words and the city and...
December 29th, 2013 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #5 – Richard Sherman

On January 11 of this year, Justin Tinsley penned a piece about a particular dread-locked defensive back and the reasons people should join his fan club. At the time, the person checking in at number five on this list was coming off of an All-Pro season in only his second season and was making the rounds...
December 27th, 2013 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

Donovan McNabb Appreciation Night And The (Official) End Of An Era

Last night, in a location that tends to make me scratch my head countless times, the Philadelphia Eagles showed me, once again, why they are appropriately called The City of Brotherly Love. See, when it comes to family, there are times when heads bump, philosophies collide and opinions vary. Your family...
September 20th, 2013 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Shock The World Chronicles: Two Cowboys Fans Crash Arrowhead Stadium

Football season is the best time of the year to be a sports fan, and the biggest reason is because it’s the best time to shock the world. However, this version of the Shock the World Tour got off to a tricky start. The plan was to get to Kansas City at 8:30 in the morning, but I missed my flight by...
September 16th, 2013 | Bull City, Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

June 27: Mike Tyson, Michael Spinks And A H-Town Anthem Unite

For some, June 27 is simply another day on the calendar, seven days away from the next recognized holiday and the next holiday off from work. For sports fans, especially ones who are familiar with boxing, June 27 is a memorable day. For hip-hop fans, especially ones from the state of Texas, it has memorable...
June 27th, 2013 | Boxing, Et cetera, Soul On Ice | Read More

Game Seven: F.E.A.R. (Face Everything And Rise)

Note: Acronym courtesy of thechosenjoshua on YouTube. About two-and-a-half weeks ago, I wrote about Game Seven and how this particular type of game can create a legend and solidify others. Five examples were displayed, five all-time greats, five players who will likely make the Basketball Hall of Fame...
June 20th, 2013 | Basketball, Soul On Ice | Read More

Game Seven: Where Legends Are Born And Others Are Solidified

I hate Game Seven. Anyone who has ever talked sports with me knows this. The Godfather of the TSFJ, Dr. Jeffery Allen Glenn, does not agree with my take on Game Seven and neither does the Reverend Paul Revere. Let them tell it, Game Seven is the most action-packed, suspense-filled and greatest scenario...
June 3rd, 2013 | Basketball, Soul On Ice | Read More

Zach Randolph Is A Man, Part 2

You know, I grew up on basketball that was played in the paint. As a youngster, big men roamed the earth and battled down low like real men are supposed to. Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaq, to name several. Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Tim Duncan and others were power forwards...
May 16th, 2013 | Basketball, Columns, Soul On Ice, Sports | Read More

Zach Randolph Is A Man

A couple of years ago, I wrote The Zach Randolph Gospel on ETSF, a work that was long overdue. I’ve always been a fan of Z-Bo, but I’ll admit that as much as I love the man’s game, I do take it for granted. It’s not an excuse or some sort of rationale to try to get off the hook....
May 1st, 2013 | Basketball, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Liberation Of Earl Smith III

J.R. Smith, the newly crowned Sixth Man of the Year, is on the postseason scene for all to see. There are people who have thrown shade his way, people who have come for my head for my disgust with the Eastern Conference coaches for leaving him off of the All-Star roster, and people who had once labeled...
April 24th, 2013 | Basketball, Soul On Ice | Read More

Following Your Team Into A Pact Can Be Stupid And Liberating At The Same Damn Time

On February 7th, with the Dallas Mavericks at a God-awful record of 21-28, word got out that the Mavs made a pact within their basketball team. Legend has it that O.J. Mayo was the ringleader, and he suggested that the Mavs grow their beards out as a sign of solidarity and not to shave until they reached...
April 15th, 2013 | Basketball, Soul On Ice | Read More

It Is Impossible To Completely Hate Dwight Howard

It is time to come to the defense of Dwight Howard. Throughout the 2012-13 NBA season, Dwight Howard has been called everything but a child of God. He has been ridiculed for not playing through pain by legends of the game, maligned by fans of the game and challenged by the old dog of the Lakers who...
February 22nd, 2013 | Basketball, Soul On Ice | Read More

Coming Full Circle: A Lecture With John Carlos

February 21 is a day that homage is paid from the time the hand strikes midnight until the hand is sitting on 11:59 P.M. The reason that is the case is because it marks the day that Malcolm X was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in New York. The masses like to regurgitate other dates of fallen figures...
February 21st, 2013 | Oympics, Soul On Ice | Read More

Ed Reed: Super Bowl Champion

Super Bowl XLVII gave me one of the most conflicted feelings, as a fan, that I can remember. There has never been a time when there was a game being played where there were so many players on both sides that I had no such admiration for. Whether it was Randy Moss and Frank Gore on one side or Ray-Ray,...
February 4th, 2013 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More