Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 2 Results: Finding A Reason To Make A Change

Last week, most of the runners in TSFJ Run Challenge were sure they were going to die. The courage it took to even try the challenge is a great first step in itself. Running takes discipline and patience. It takes the will to fight through pain and overcome to reach particular levels of endurance. Most...
July 15th, 2014 | Bull City, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff | Read More

Derek Jeter’s “RE2PECT” Tribute Is Why Derek Jeter Matters

Derek Jeter matters. He matters for way more reasons than this picture, obviously, and he matters now perhaps more than ever. No matter what you hear, baseball still matters in America. If it didn’t, talks of a guy like Clayton Kershaw being offered a $300 million contract would cease to exist....
July 15th, 2014 | Baseball, J. Tinsley | Read More

2014 MLB HR Derby Open Thread: It’s Back-to-Back For Yoenis Cespedes

It’s Back-To-Back For Yoenis Cespedes Before tonight, the only player to ever win the Home Run Derby in back-to-back years was Ken Griffey Jr. Now we can add Yoenis Cespedes to the list, as the Oakland A’s slugger defended his crown in impressive fashion. Yoenis put in his work for the long...
July 14th, 2014 | Baseball, The Fam | Read More

Foxcatcher: The Greatest Sports Tragedy You’ve Never Heard Of

The Schultz brothers, Mark (left) and Dave (right). His name was Dave Schultz. In the world of wrestling, “Schultz” is synonymous with excellence. For years the club bearing his name supported some of the greatest wrestlers in America, from Kurt Angle (1996 Olympic Gold Medalist) to Brandon...
July 14th, 2014 | Fight Like Sugar, Films and Docs, Oympics | Read More

Canelo Alvarez Vs. Erislandy Lara: A Lesson In The Will To Power

If you pick a fight, you have to be willing and able to hand out a beating. Erislandy Lara went old-school several months ago by calling out Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the middle of Canelo’s post-fight press conference after his win over Alfredo Angulo. That night, Lara picked the fight of his life...
July 14th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

We’ll Always Have You: TSFJ’s Lasting Memories Of The World Cup

Yesterday’s World Cup final, Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina, was the culmination of 63 other games featuring the best soccer teams in the world. What led up to the tournament’s outcome often gets lost as time passes, the moments of brilliance and heartache before the winner hoisted...
July 14th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Everybody’s Getting Dunked On In The Knicks Vs. Mavericks Summer League Game

Hey guys, if you didn’t know, LeBron James is going to take his talents back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Everybody’s talking about it. This is life in 2014, where our lives can be totally consumed by keeping your eyes on Twitter and Facebook and figuring out the rest of your life later....
July 11th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The King Shocked The World Again: LeBron James Takes His Talents Back To Northeast Ohio

LeBron James, after serving his four-year term as the lead dog for the Miami Heat, has made the decision to take his talents back to Northeast Ohio and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s...
July 11th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

Why I’ll Root For Netherlands Soccer Until I Die

I sat in my orange jersey and watched as it rained outside, just like it did in Brazil. In the end, my beloved Netherlands soccer team fell to Argentina in penalties. I have no family from Holland. In the overtime frames, I thought about why the team means so much to me. Despite their sweet kits, my...
July 10th, 2014 | Soccer, Trible To Your Bass | Read More

The 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters Debate: The Rev Vs. The Cheap Seat Fan

Over the past two days, the starting lineups for both sides of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game have been dissected by TSFJ’s head editor and baseball aficionado, the Reverend Paul Revere, and the lead of the on-site baseball department, Matt Whitener. The debates against the people’s choices...
July 10th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats, The Rev | Read More

Pat Riley And The Most Important Powerpoint Presentation In History

As he’s become accustomed to his entire career, Pat Riley stands as one of the main characters as NBA history happens in real time. Twenty calendars from now will be the year 2034. Life’s going to look a lot different, too. The Obama era will be a distant memory, as both Barack and Michelle...
July 9th, 2014 | Basketball, J. Tinsley | Read More

Holland Vs. Argentina: Because This Game Can’t Be A Lopsided Affair (Right?)

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Holland and Argentina are playing for the other spot in the World Cup Final against Germany, who unceremoniously laid a 7-1 mollywhopping on host country Brazil, their first loss on Brazilian soil in decades. The loser gets a spot in the third-place match against Brazil. I...
July 9th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

The Cheap Seat Fan’s ‘Real’ 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters

First of all, I would like to say that I am stunned by the accuracy of which the All-Star vote relayed a very good representation of putting close to the best possible lineup for each team at the head of next week’s 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis. As The Rev said yesterday in his surveying...
July 9th, 2014 | Baseball, The Cheap Seats | Read More

On Nerlens Noel And A Dream Deferred

For reasons that I’ve never been able to explain, I’ve always had a vested interest in the story of Nerlens Noel. It’s most likely because his career as a professional basketball player has mirrored my own as a writer — not necessarily in the same level of success, but more so in...
July 9th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 1: ‘This Is Probably Going To Kill Me’

Week 1 of TSFJ’s Run Challenge has been a grind, but it’s also been a lot of fun. Many of the runners have taken to social media with the hashtag #tsfjrunchallenge and posted some very challenging runs. For many of the runners in all categories, a strong start has been a premium. If you...
July 8th, 2014 | Bull City, Et cetera | Read More

Brazil Vs. Germany: Who Needs The Win More?

The soccer gods have gifted us a dream semifinal. Brazil, five-time winners of the World Cup, take on Germany, who have won the trophy a mere three times, in just a few short hours. Both nations play under tremendous pressure. Brazil’s coronation on its home pitch has been all but a formality...
July 8th, 2014 | Columns, No Class Friday, Soccer, Sports | Read More

When The Black Fives Ruled Basketball: How An Exhibit Highlights A Hidden History

Headed to its last day at the New York Historical Society on July 20, there is a fascinating look at a relatively unexplored account on basketball and America itself. Prior to the formation of the NBA in the late 1940s, pro hoops had its ebbs and flows in establishing the sport as much as an athletic...
July 8th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Basketball | Read More

The Rev’s Real 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters

The 2014 MLB All-Stars have officially been announced, so it’s that time of year where Matt Whitener and I go over the men who actually should be starting in the midsummer classic. I have to admit, with the advent of online voting and the explosion of fantasy sports, the voting public is much...
July 8th, 2014 | Baseball, The Rev | Read More

Giving Honor To God: Tony Wroten Unleashes A Disgusting Shammgod Crossover

Excluding the the handful of ball players competing in the two NBA Summer Leagues, July is essentially the official month of vacation for hoopers. As legendary tales from summer pro-am leagues pop up around the country, there will always be some schmuck on the other end of a 50+ point game. It happens. Brandon...
July 7th, 2014 | Basketball, I'm So Hideous | Read More

UFC 175: The Story Of Legitimacy And Longevity

For champions Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman, UFC 175 was about respect. Despite a pristine 9-0 record going into her fourth UFC title defense, Rousey continued to be plagued by critics and doubters — many of whom based their criticisms largely on her fight persona and antics on The Ultimate Fighter...
July 7th, 2014 | Fight Like Sugar, MMA | Read More