Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

Why LeBron James Nor Kobe Bryant Can Ever Be The G.O.A.T.

What does it mean to be the greatest of all time? To be the best you have to have been dominant. I don’t mean for a few years — I am talking about to your generation as a whole. When you peak as an athlete, you shut it down for your generation. The NBA is a beacon of tradition and historical feats....
February 28th, 2014 | Basketball, Bull City | Read More

Addressing OKC’s Demons: On Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks And The Thunder Youngsters

There is a fine line between being a good and being a great team in the NBA. The worst thing that a team could be in in the NBA is a middle-of-the-pack team, more so than any of the other major sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder in its short time together has experienced life on both sides of the line....
February 28th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Starting Lineups: Allen Iverson Reaches The Rafters

As of today, the Philadelphia 76ers have a grand total of seven numbers retired in franchise history. They include five Hall of Famers (Hal Greer’s 15, Wilt Chamberlain’s 13, Billy Cunningham’s 32, Julius Erving’s 6 and Charles Barkley’s 34), a guy who should be in the...
February 28th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Sam Hinkie And The Philadelphia 76ers: Searching For The Next Allen Iverson

On Saturday night, the Philadelphia 76ers will retire Allen Iverson’s No. 3 jersey, raising it to the rafters in front of most likely one of the largest crowds the Sixers have seen or will see all season long. For many fans, it will be the highlight of the year … or at least the biggest highlight...
February 27th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Hey Guys, We’re Screening The Lenny Cooke Movie In Oakland Today!

If you follow me on any of my social media channels then you may have seen me acting like a Don King impostor. The reason I’ve turned quasi-promoter for the last month is because on Thursday night in the Bay Area, TSFJ and friends will be screening our second sports documentary film “Lenny...
February 27th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Carmelo Anthony’s Race Against Time

Long known as one of the NBA’s premier scorers, Carmelo Anthony finds himself at an extremely delicate point in his career.  The lights in Madison Square Garden operate under a different temperature. Beaming from the arena’s highest crevices to every conceivable angle barreling downward,...
February 26th, 2014 | Basketball, Columns, J. Tinsley, Sports | Read More

Starting Lineups: The Jimmer Fredette Era Is Coming To An End In Sacramento

Jimmer Fredette might as well be known as Spaceman. Well, kinda. If you ever saw the movie Sunset Park, then you know that Spaceman (played by Terrence Howard) was the 12th man on the Sunset Park High School basketball team. He was a carefree and quirky guy who was a virtual mystery to anyone involved...
February 26th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Starting Lineups: You Need To Hear The Wild Recruiting Stories Of Barry Switzer Immediately

Barry Switzer might as well be a member of my family, at least to my Uncle Bill and my Grandpop. While hearing the legendary tales of the greatness that is the Oklahoma Sooners football program, no one moved my family’s collective needle like Barry Switzer did. Sure, Bud Wilkinson was the precursor,...
February 25th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Starting Lineups: With Jadeveon Clowney’s 4.47 40-Yard Dash, His Run As The Modern-Day Van Wilder Is Over

For Jadeveon Clowney, this was a means to an end. The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine has been in full force in Indianapolis over the weekend, and while hundreds of elite pro football prospects put their bodies and souls under the microscope, the former defensive end from South Carolina knew that this was...
February 24th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Daniel Cormier’s Quick Debut And Sweet Revenge

“I made him cry. I broke him every time we wrestled, and on Saturday night I’m going to break him again.” That’s what the recent barista and former All-American wrestler Pat Cummins promised the world on every microphone and TV camera put in front of him as of 10 days ago. The one-time...
February 24th, 2014 | Fight Like Sugar, MMA | Read More

Starting Lineups: 16 Years Ago, Vince Carter’s Swag Was On High At North Carolina

It’s amazing what a conversation via Twitter can spawn. The Worldwide Leader was doing it’s usual promotion of the next battle between two teams that engage in the best rivalry in the history of college basketball. Per ESPN’s flashback, they took the wayback machine to 2012, when Austin...
February 21st, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, The Rev | Read More

Fight Like Sugar Goes 12 Rounds On His T-Shirt Line, Sugar Ray Robinson And The Best Round Ever

Round 1: Everyone has a passion in life, and when you get to know people in this world it doesn’t take much time to figure out what those passions are. Simply put, Paul Navarro knows his shit. When it comes to the fight game, that being of the boxing or the mixed martial arts variety, the man...
February 21st, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar, H1gher Learning, MMA | Read More

The Ultimate MLB, 30-Team Mount Rushmore

Recently, the craze has been to fill out a “Mount Rushmore” of (fill in the blank) sports immortality. In reality, it is most often a hopeless, fruitless endeavor that has one or two easy answers and then opens up to an endless stream of debates and arguments — which is perfect. So, in my endless...
February 21st, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats, The Fam | Read More

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Assessing The Defensemen In The USA-Canada Hockey Semifinal

Admit it. Aside from T.J. Sochi and the vibrancy of the Slovenian team, both in uniform and spirit, this has been a dull Winter Olympics hockey tournament so far. The host Russians celebrated hard but bowed out early. The Slovaks, semifinalists four years ago, didn’t win a game. The aging Czechs...
February 20th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | 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: Ladies First? Jennifer Welter’s Futile Attempt To Run The Rock

I learned early on growing up that there was a way you played with boys and a way you play with girls. Simply because you can’t play as rough with girls (mostly because they’d run and tell). However, there were a few girls who just did not get the message, and they kept on coming over and playing...
February 19th, 2014 | Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Doug McDermott And The Return Of The Big Fundamental

One play stood out in Creighton’s 101-80 blowout of then No. 6-ranked Villanova. On the right-side of the lane, he caught the ball, dribbled and picked it up. A pivot to the outside moved the defender. The next pivot inside the lane created an easy layup. Somewhere, Kevin McHale likely smiled at the...
February 19th, 2014 | Basketball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Ilya Kovalchuck Is Still Here

I’m not going to lie — until Saturday’s Olympic hockey clash between Team USA and Team Russia, I completely forgot about Ilya Kovalchuk. I mean, I didn’t forget about him in the sense that he existed. After all, he played in the NHL just last season. No, I forgot about him as a...
February 18th, 2014 | Hockey, Oympics, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: When David Lee And James White Threw Down

Tomorrow night, Terrence Ross will try to defend his NBA Slam Dunk Contest championship against Paul George, John Wall, Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard and Ben McLemore. Even without LeBron James in the mix, it’s an interesting collection this year that will hopefully result in some memorable...
February 14th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Taking It Back: Scottie Pippen Rises At The 1994 NBA All-Star Game

With the NBA All-Star Weekend upon us, one couldn’t let this year’s festivities pass by without reflecting on the games of old. While many tune in to the weekend-long festivities that the NBA has spent years creating hype for, at the end of the day it is still about the game itself. You...
February 14th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More