Archive for the ‘Oympics’ Category

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

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: 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

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

Starting Lineups: The Sochi Winter Olympics Are A Week Away And I Couldn’t Care Less

My mother is going to call me in about a week, excited as she always is, as the 2014 Winter Olympics will officially commence with an opening ceremony filled with pomp and circumstance to celebrate the sporting tradition of winter sports. “Eddie! Turn on (insert whatever channel the Olympics are...
January 28th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Oympics | Read More

MMA’s Wrestling Elite

There are strict hierarchies in wrestling. Young boys get their start in the Bantam class and work their way up to a varsity high school team. Then they go on to the starting lineup of a college squad, working to earn All-American status and maybe even a hallowed NCAA championship (or two). Along the...
October 28th, 2013 | Fight Like Sugar, MMA, Oympics, Wrestling | Read More

Jordan Burroughs: The Greatest (Active) Athlete You’ve Never Heard Of

I hope I’m wrong. I hope that you know all about Jordan Burroughs — his insanely impressive recent victory in Budapest, his win streak and, of course, his gold medal. But more than likely, the modern face of USA wrestling isn’t too familiar to you and that’s a problem. In the past...
October 9th, 2013 | Fight Like Sugar, Oympics, Wrestling | 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

The 5 Coolest Of 2012: #1 – Usain Bolt

It’s rare that an athlete can captivate the attention of the sports public in the span of one week. Well, to be technical about it, I’ve never known of an athlete that was able to capture the imagination of sports fans over the course of six days. In six days, the coolest of 2012 won his three main...
December 31st, 2012 | Oympics, Soul On Ice | Read More

The 5 Coolest Of 2012: #4 – Abby Wambach

True story: Prior to this past summer, my only memory of Wembley Stadium was SummerSlam 1992 when the main event was The British Bulldog against Bret Hart for the WWF Intercontinental Championship in front of 80,355 people or something crazy like that. Lennox Lewis came down the aisle for the main event...
December 26th, 2012 | Oympics, Soccer, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Illusion Of Clean: Why Ben Johnson’s Positive Test Still Resonates

By Dillon Friday / @noclassfriday Twenty-four years ago, Ben Johnson lost his Gold medal in the most damning way possible. He tested positive for steroids. (Probably going to have to go to California Drug Rehab) To call Johnson a sacrificial lamb would be hyperbolic. To call him a scapegoat would be...
October 10th, 2012 | Films and Docs, Oympics, The Fam | Read More

Ladies Doing Work: The Olympics Edition

Admittedly, these Olympics, for reasons I have yet to completely nail down, have kept my attention more than any Olympic season ever. They’ve got me staying up well past my 8:00 bedtime, thus making my morning struggle even more of a struggle than it already is. On top of that, the usual events (basketball,...
August 10th, 2012 | Oympics, Soul On Ice, Sports | Read More

Podcast: Usain Bolt Is The Man

On this recent edition of The UC Show, Tinsley and Kenny tell the world about the greatness that is Usain Bolt and how the man basically held people’s Sunday hostage with his impending performance in the 200. Also, we make fun of Ed for missing the show for a fantasy football draft, as well as...
August 9th, 2012 | Oympics, The Fam, The UC Show | Read More

Starting Lineups: NBC Held Us Hostage, But Usain Bolt’s Still The King Of 100 Meters

I can’t remember being so pissed off at a network in my entire life. I cleared my schedule, work up early, cooked myself breakfast and did everything else I needed to do so that I could watch my favorite events of the Olympics. The track and field events. I won’t go into the pageantry of...
August 6th, 2012 | Ed The Sports Fan, Oympics | Read More

Would The NBC Olympics Be Better On ABC/ESPN Or FOX?

Of course you have your criticisms of NBC’s Olympic coverage. Who doesn’t? In some rather unfortunate ways, the rage toward the Peacock’s broadcasting decisions is getting more attention than the Games themselves. Maybe it’s because social media tends to be as much a newswire as it is a barometer...
August 2nd, 2012 | A Sports Scribe, Oympics, Sports | Read More

The Olympics Seem Different This Time Around

Something’s different about these Olympics. It’s hard to put a finger on exactly why it’s different, but it’s different nonetheless. Perhaps the American sports fan is drowned in overexposure. It’s possible that the baseball fan is glued to the TV to find out if the team...
July 31st, 2012 | Columns, Oympics, Sports, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

Starting Lineups: The Entire Team USA Squad Hugged Up On The First Lady

Yes, Team USA took care of business against France on Sunday in an impressive 98-71 victory in London. It was the opening game of the Men’s Basketball tournament of the 2012 Olympics and all of the things we expected happened. LeBron James showed out. Kevin Durant went off. Even Anthony Davis...
July 30th, 2012 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Oympics | Read More

This American Wants To See Usain Bolt Dominate…Again

Four years in the making all comes down to the next two weeks. Four years ago this time, I was living in Chicago, looking for a full-time job, watched damn near every waking moment of the Olympics in Beijing and almost went for broke dining off strictly Harold’s Chicken. Coincidentally, the one...
July 27th, 2012 | Columns, J. Tinsley, Oympics | Read More

The 1992 Olympics: Beyond The Dream Team

Believe it or not, it was 20 years ago today that the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, brought basketball to the national stage like never before. It was July 25, 1992, when the Dream Team took a stroll through Olympic Stadium before running roughshod on the world. While the Dream Team came...
July 25th, 2012 | Columns, Oympics, The Rev | Read More

Starting Lineups: Tommie Smith Wins 200m Gold In The 1968 Olympics

Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated. A raised fist never said so much quite like Tommie Smith’s. Could be because you’ve triumphed at the highest peak of your profession or because you are tired of how things are around you presently. Smith’s most iconic photo is the one most of you...
July 19th, 2012 | Ed The Sports Fan, Oympics | Read More