Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

Starting Lineups: LeBron James And The NBA’s Mount Rushmore

Here’s the thing about Mount Rushmore. It’s carved into a giant rock outcropping. The architect, whom I’m too lazy to Google at the moment, settled on four presidents because he couldn’t fit any more into the Black Hills location. Had there been more space, I’m sure everyone...
February 13th, 2014 | Basketball, No Class Friday | Read More

Duke Vs. North Carolina NBA Alums Each Summed Up In A Phrase

Thanks to a tweet by our editor-in-chief and a request by @brehwyatt, and with the Duke Blue Devils heading to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels tonight, it’s about time for an update on the “Duke Vs. North Carolina In The NBA: Perception Vs. Reality” story. Whereas...
February 12th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Steve Francis, The Forgotten NBA Slam Dunk Contestant

Yesterday, many an NBA fan got his or her panties all in a bunch following video released of LeBron James messing around after practice and throwing down some nice dunks. The subsequent conversations — including between our very on Eduardo Maisonet and Kenny Masenda — reopened the debate on whether...
February 12th, 2014 | Basketball, Columns, Sports, The Rev | Read More

Tyler Ennis Is The Most Important Freshman In College Basketball

Andrew Wiggins. Jabari Parker. Julius Randle. Aaron Gordon. And most recently Joel Embiid. These are the names you’ve heard most in regard to the freshmen roaming the college basketball landscape, and for good reason. Wiggins was the player everyone in the NBA was supposed to be tanking for. Parker...
February 11th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Melvin Ejim, DeAndre Kane And The 5 Dope Hoopers Of Iowa State’s Past

The Iowa State Cyclones got destroyed by the West Virginia Mountaineers 102-77 on Monday night. Okay, now that we got that out of the way, can I just say that I’ve been making it a point to watch this basketball team every single chance I get? Have you seen these dudes DeAndre Kane and Melvin...
February 11th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Michael Sam, The Reflecting Pool Of Sports And Life

The worldwide story of NFL prospect Michael Sam announcing his homosexuality to the masses has dominated the airwaves and crossed over into many diverse sectors of the current events sphere. However, while the football ramifications are interesting, they are at best a second-tier factor into what is...
February 11th, 2014 | Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More

On Jeff Orr, Fan Comments And White Privilege

Over the next week there’s going to be a litany of articles written to address Marcus Smart’s antics at the end of the Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech game on Saturday. Most will likely be some variation of the following themes: 1) Smart shouldn’t have gone into the stands. 2) Smart should’ve...
February 10th, 2014 | Basketball, Real Goes Right | Read More

Starting Lineups: Did Michael Sam’s Announcement Feel A Bit Weird To Anyone Besides Me?

Former First Team All-American defensive end Michael Sam of the Missouri Tigers told the world on Sunday that he is a gay man. (Something that, evidently, plenty of folks already knew.) Coming out of the closet has proven to be one of the more difficult decisions any homosexual person will ever have...
February 10th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Manny Pacquiao Vs. Tim Bradley II: A Matchmaking Primer

Boxing is a business. Before any heroics can happen inside a ring, contracts have to be signed, money for the fighters found and, of course, the opponents agreed upon. Who decides that? Who decides which contender gets a title shot and which wallows in obscurity? How do you choose one C-level club fighter...
February 10th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

On Monta Ellis, D’Angelo Barksdale And Accepting Past Perceptions

You can say you somebody new, you can give yourself a whole new story, but what came first is who you really are and what happened before is what really happened. — D’Angelo Barksdale There is much to be said about the greatness of “The Wire,” but if nothing else it shows that...
February 7th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Starting Lineups: Watch ‘The Crash Reel’ As A Winter Olympics Primer

This week, snowboarding has been a major topic of conversation surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Unfortunately, it’s been for the wrong reasons. That’s because two Olympic snowboarders have already been injured practicing on the Sochi slopestyle course, as Finland’s Marika...
February 7th, 2014 | Films and Docs, Oympics, The Rev | Read More

QOTD: Why Do Some Of You Like College Sports More Than Professional Sports?

I’m going to be perfectly honest with you — I don’t understand people who like college sports more than professional sports. This topic seems to come up in regard to football and especially basketball more than any other sports. It’s not often you hear someone talk up college hockey...
February 6th, 2014 | Et cetera, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin Provide A Preview Of Sochi

The Sochi Olympics Men’s Hockey Tournament might as well have taken place Wednesday night. In goal for the Buffalo Sabres stood Ryan Miller, hero of the 2010 games who led the United States to a somewhat surprising silver medal. He may reprise that role when the tournament starts next week. The...
February 6th, 2014 | Hockey, No Class Friday, Oympics | Read More

A Carolina Fan Says Good Riddance To The Maryland Terrapins

I grew up in a big white house on a farm, about 45 miles west of Washington, D.C. We didn’t get satellite until I hit high school. To watch weeknight college basketball, our antenna — moved by one of these — would have to pick up UPN or another random station out of the city. UPN mostly broadcasted...
February 5th, 2014 | Basketball, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Starting Lineups: Blake Bortles Has Already Won The 2014 NFL Draft

Now that Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning have (mostly) left the stage as the most over-talked about quarterbacks of the times, the scene shifts where it always does this part of the year … To overhyping the barely college football-graduated NFL quarterbacks to be! This year’s actors in the play...
February 5th, 2014 | Et cetera, Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Hubie Brown Is A National Treasure

Hubert Jude Brown was born on Sept. 25, 1933, making him 80 years old. Most people, if they are lucky enough to reach that advanced age, are retired, set out to pasture to live a more relaxed life at that point in their lives. For a man whose coaching career spanned through four decades — including...
February 4th, 2014 | Basketball, The Rev | 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 10 Things I Learned After Seattle Mashed Out Denver In Super Bowl XLVIII

I was not excited about watching the Super Bowl with a whole bunch of people. I’ve always preferred to sit in the house like a hermit, get my Wingstop order ahead of schedule (10-piece garlic parmesan regular wings, side of ranch, small order of fries, side of cheese sauce) and have a few libations...
February 3rd, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

The 10 Best Hitters In Major League Baseball

Last week, a challenge was levied to by our editor-in-chief to me: Can you rank the 10 best hitters in baseball? Initially, I was a bit reluctant, because far too often, ranking the best hitters in the game can get equated to ranking the best players, which is not what this is (I’ll do that in a month...
February 3rd, 2014 | Baseball, Lists, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Starting Lineups: Michael Robinson Knows How To Lead

Amid all the tiring controversy over Marshawn Lynch and his relationship with the media was a display of exemplary leadership. In support of his teammate and fellow backfield mate, Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson stepped up and took the microphone on behalf of the one they call Beast Mode. No...
January 31st, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More