Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

All Hail the King: Cain Velasquez

From the nosebleeds seats of the Toyota Center in Houston, the main event of UFC 166 probably looked like a replay of the second Cain Velasquez v. Junior Dos Santos fight.  If you paid close attention, however, you probably noticed some subtle differences—the most notable being Dos Santos’ improved...
October 21st, 2013 | Fight Like Sugar, MMA | Read More

Starting Lineups: Do You Agree With Where Your Team Is Ranked In The BCS?

This past Saturday saw many of college football’s best fall by the wayside as team after team after team began losing in the top 10. With those that fell from the top, there is now a new power structure atop the newly released BCS Standings and it’s probably time that we clean off our glasses...
October 21st, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Ruslan Provodnikov: Will Over Skill

In the weeks leading up to Saturday night’s spectacular 140lbs championship fight between Ruslan Provodnikov and Mike Alvarado, the Siberian Rocky made it very clear, that will would determine the outcome of his fight against Alvarado, not skill. In HBO’s Face Off, Provodnikov sat face-to-face with...
October 21st, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Today’s Obituaries: Trindon Jerard Holliday (1986 – 2013)

Trindon Jerard Holliday, 27, passed away on October 20th, 2013. He was born on April 27th, 1986 in Zachary, Louisiana. Trindon was known as being one of the fastest people in the world, first making a name for himself as a world-class sprinter and then later as one of the best kick and punt returners...
October 20th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Because Janoris Jenkins Is Just Another Notch In Steve Smith’s Bedpost

Photo Source: The Big Lead I imagine St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins went into the game versus the Carolina Panthers with good intentions as he tried to use the internet to dig up intel on the life of Steve Smith. This is common stuff in the competitive landscape of the NFL, dig up some dirt...
October 20th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Shocking The World At Alcatraz For Red Bull’s 2013 King Of The Rock Tournament

Alcatraz Island is an intimidating experience. I’d never been there before, and since living in the Bay Area for approximately one year, I’d never really been motivated to go. It’s mostly because I’m not the touristy type (I’ve never been over the Golden Gate Bridge either,...
October 19th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

It’s Never Over: Sebastian Telfair Takes His Family Pilgrimage To China

By Esau Howard / @EasyStylez It’s cliché to say that you only get one life to live. That’ true for the most part, and as many of us are well aware, there are some decisions in life that we’ll never be able to get back.  That is why second chances are special. You may only get one life to live,...
October 18th, 2013 | Basketball, The Fam | Read More

Starting Lineups: From Peyton Manning To Andrew Luck, Colts Fans Have Nothing To Complain About

As you may have heard, Peyton Manning makes his much anticipated return to Indianapolis this weekend, as the Denver Broncos take on the Indianapolis Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium — aka the House That Peyton Built. You may have also heard Colts owner Jim Irsay complain that the Colts “only”...
October 18th, 2013 | Football, The Rev | Read More

Two Dallas Cowboys Fans And Their Shared Hatred For The Philadelphia Eagles

(Ed’s Note: This is a two-part piece featuring the words of Kenny Masenda and Justin Tinsley, Cows fans unite, or something.) This Sunday, there will be a matchup between two teams in the NFC East with the winner claiming sole possession of first place in the division. However, let’s not get...
October 18th, 2013 | J. Tinsley, Soul On Ice | Read More

Frustrations, Revelations And Reflections Of A Sports Fan

It’s been a while since I have put ink to paper to pound out my thoughts on sports of any kind. In all honesty, I was starting to give up hope on sports in general as the recycling of coaches and players in a system of ineptitude continued to evolve. Reaching my apocalyptic state on the world of sports...
October 18th, 2013 | Bull City, Et cetera | Read More

Condoleezza Rice, Shutting Down Good Ole Boys And Raising The Level Of Intelligence In College Football

“All she knows about football is what somebody told her. Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt. I love Condoleezza Rice and she’s probably a good statesman and all of that but how in the hell...
October 17th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

All Fan Bases (Relatively) Suck

Yesterday, Mark Trible had heads nodding because with needed caveats, he implored fans to embrace the hate, no matter how irrational it may seem. While sports “hate” is fine within the specter of just cheering for your team, it’s fueled even more by the matters that make absolutely...
October 17th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera | Read More

Starting Lineups: Flyers-Penguins, Eagles-Cowboys And Some Thoughts On Rivalries

It’s rivalry week for Philadelphia sports fans, which means we’ve grown our nails long, stocked our booze cabinets and prayed to the sports gods that we may be rewarded with emphatic victories. I can feel a quiet rage building inside as I wait for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia...
October 17th, 2013 | Columns, Football, Hockey, No Class Friday, Sports | Read More

Take The Time To Learn To Hate: Hatred Is Necessary For The Sports Fan

The mere mention of the team name makes your blood boil. Your muscles tense up with ferocious anger. A venomous villain is around, and you’d give anything to watch it suffer and fall. It’s normal to have these feelings over a 60-minute, four-quarter or nine-inning game. It’s simply about the guys...
October 16th, 2013 | Et cetera, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Starting Lineups: Chrysler’s Road To Greatness* By Way Of Its High Horse

Yesterday during the National League Championship Series on TBS, a commercial aired that was the typical fare of “baseball meets and corporate America.” There were families, random community baseball games and minivans, the usual scene you can see going through any park in suburban America. Then...
October 16th, 2013 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

Florida State, Clemson And The Biggest Football Game In ACC History

On Saturday, the Clemson Tigers will welcome my Florida State Seminoles to Death Valley in a battle that has huge implications for both the ACC and the BCS title picture. A game featuring two top-5 teams, two Heisman candidates, the two best quarterbacks in the ACC (with not much better in the country),...
October 16th, 2013 | Football, Real Goes Right | Read More

It’s Peanut Butter And Jelly Time: Kevin Durant Shows Off His Sweet And Salty Nike KD VI

“I’d spend hours with my Aunt Pearl as a kid just listening to her advice and eating her PB&J sandwiches. Great memories.” — Kevin Durant If you ever needed another reason to feel connected to the humble killer that is Kevin Durant, now you have it. I’d say almost every young boy...
October 15th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

Starting Lineups: Only 2 Weeks Until The NBA Comes Home

Before you dive in to today’s Starting Lineups, RIP Wally Bell, longtime baseball umpire who had just finished working the Pittsburgh Pirates/St. Louis Cardinals NLDS. Since the leaves began to turn into beautiful hues of orange and brown, yours truly has been a little more than elated as the NBA...
October 15th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

Allen Robinson Reintroduces Himself To The College Football World

If you follow college football, chances are you’ve heard of Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson before his remarkable late-game performance Saturday in the Nittany Lions’ 43-40, four-overtime upset of the previously undefeated and nationally ranked Michigan Wolverines. After all,...
October 15th, 2013 | Football, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: All Hail Aqib Talib

There are few people I like watching play football more than Aqib Talib. Here are just a couple of reasons why. 1. His name is Aqib Talib. 2. Aqib Talib is one of the most athletically talented football players in the NFL. 3. Aqib Talib thinks he’s the greatest player in football. 4. Aqib Talib...
October 14th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More