Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

LeBron James And His Most Excellent PR Staff

If there’s anything we can learn from LeBron James’ move from the Miami Heat back to Cleveland, it’s that the right public relations team is worth its weight in gold. We’re mere months away from the entire nation rejoicing at the demise of James and the Heat, not even able to...
October 31st, 2014 | Basketball, House Of Carden | Read More

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 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...
October 30th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

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

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...
October 30th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Madison Bumgarner’s Epic World Series

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,...
October 30th, 2014 | Baseball, No Class Friday | Read More

The NBA Is Back And Anthony Davis Is Your Overlord

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...
October 29th, 2014 | Basketball, I'm So Hideous | Read More

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

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...
October 29th, 2014 | Basketball, The Fam | Read More

And Here We Are At Game 7 Of The World Series

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...
October 29th, 2014 | Baseball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

The Preparation: Looking Through the Eyes of Giannis Antetokounmpo

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...
October 28th, 2014 | Basketball, The Intern | Read More

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 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...
October 28th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

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

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...
October 27th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

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 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...
October 27th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera | Read More

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

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...
October 27th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Jose Aldo: The Phenomenon Tested But Not Beaten

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...
October 27th, 2014 | Fight Like Sugar, MMA | Read More

Why Ole Miss And LSU Will Be The Game Of The Week

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...
October 24th, 2014 | Bull City, Football | Read More

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

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...
October 24th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

What Luis Suarez’s Return Means To Barcelona

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...
October 24th, 2014 | House Of Carden, Soccer | Read More

Are Sports Leagues Finally Getting Serious About Domestic Violence?

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...
October 23rd, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera | Read More

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving And Embracing Newfound Roles

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...
October 23rd, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Win Or Lose, Remember The Kansas City Royals

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...
October 23rd, 2014 | Baseball, No Class Friday | Read More

Never Count Out The San Francisco (Zombies) Giants

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...
October 22nd, 2014 | Baseball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More