Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Dear God, What In The World Was Cody Zeller Thinking?

God bless Cardboard Gerald for all of his hard work and dedication. His given name is Ben Swanson, and he truly is one of the finer young journalists in the basketball blogosphere, but I only really know this man for his blogging exploits in covering the Charlotte Hornets Bobcats under the name Cardboard...
January 1st, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #1 – LeBron James

LeBron James is a real man. When we were kids, struggling to find our identities in this weird world that was “middle school,” our moms probably had a conversation with us about fitting in and being ourselves. “Don’t change who you are to fit in with other people, be yourself,...
December 31st, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #2 – Floyd Mayweather

The inclusion of the #2 athlete on the five coolest is a first-timer. In the previous three editions, his name came up each time, but it was hard to include him due to the lack of frequency he displayed in the ring. As much as he was revered, Ed and I knew he needed to turn up just a tad bit more before...
December 30th, 2013 | Boxing, Soul On Ice | Read More

UFC 168: The Shock Of Defeat And The Gall Of Victory

It’s difficult to remember almost anything that occurred at UFC 168 before the shin-shattering moment where MMA fans around the world witnessed the end of Anderson Silva’s career. UFC 168 offered several memorable moments leading up to the main event, but they’re hard to recall and certainly...
December 30th, 2013 | Fight Like Sugar, MMA | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #3 – David Ortiz

“This is our fucking City.” — David Ortiz With five words, David Ortiz went from a baseball player to The Voice of the Citizens of Boston. After the horrifying events during the Marathon last April, David Ortiz stepped on the field at Fenway, uttered those five words and the city and...
December 29th, 2013 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #4 – Jameis Winston

This all starts with a conversation I had one night with one of the biggest Florida State Seminoles fans I know, TSFJ’s own Garfield Hylton. The crux of the conversation was the amount of faith Florida State fans were immediately putting in Jameis Winston, which at this point the young man had...
December 28th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

The Five Coolest of 2013: #5 – Richard Sherman

On January 11 of this year, Justin Tinsley penned a piece about a particular dread-locked defensive back and the reasons people should join his fan club. At the time, the person checking in at number five on this list was coming off of an All-Pro season in only his second season and was making the rounds...
December 27th, 2013 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More

Starting Lineups: Rodgers Returns, Romo Relinquishes Regular Role

The two biggest games on the final 2013 NFL regular-season weekend center around injured starting quarterbacks. The biggest news to break yesterday was the return of Aaron Rodgers under center for the Green Bay Packers, as they take on the Chicago Bears to decide the winner of the NFC North. How Rodgers...
December 27th, 2013 | Football, The Rev | Read More

A Cowboys Fan And An Eagles Fan Say 5 ‘Nice Things’ About The Opposition Heading Into Sunday Night

Last year, as the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles were stumbling over themselves in committing football follies left and right, Cowboys fan Justin Tinsley and Eagles fan Reverend Paul Revere squared off in an email chain of the ages on our teams’ incompetence. This year, things are vastly...
December 27th, 2013 | Football, The Fam | Read More

Starting Lineups: Go Support The Backpack Baller – Kevin Durant’s First 25 Years In 250 Pages

You know you’ve done something with your life when you’re playing basketball in Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day, and you’re the marquee attraction for all to come and see. This was the life of Kevin Durant yesterday, a man who led his comrades into battle with the fledgling New...
December 26th, 2013 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, The Book Club | Read More

The NBA On Christmas Day Open Thread: We Got 14 Hours Of Basketball Under The Tree

Merry Christmas everybody. May your mornings be filled with presents, your afternoons be filled with delicious food and your evenings filled with fellowship with friends and family. Oh yeah, may your day also be filled with an entire day of basketball greatness. In the spirit of Christmas, TSFJ will...
December 25th, 2013 | Basketball, The Fam | Read More

Crowning The 5 Best Boxers of 2013

This has been a fantastic year for boxing fans. Al Berstein, Showtime’s Hall of Fame announcer, said 2013 was the best year for boxing in 25 years! I’ve got to agree. It’s not because we got all the fights we wanted — that obviously didn’t happen. In fact, that’s likely...
December 23rd, 2013 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

Starting Lineups: DeMarco Murray Deserves Better

Let’s just get this out of the way right now. I’m a DeMarco Murray homer. Ever since my manager Brent told me to go on YouTube to check out this kid who might be attending in Oklahoma, who in his words, “runs fast as greased balls and cuts like a weed-wacker” (I’m from...
December 23rd, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Apollo Creed Had The Best Entrance Ever: James Brown’s ‘Living In America’ In Rocky IV

I don’t know who the cable programmers are, but they definitely know what they’re doing. Here I am, trying to get some work done on a typical Tuesday night, and as I’m going through some paperwork and scanning channels on my television, what movie comes across my eyes? Rocky III. All...
December 20th, 2013 | Boxing, Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs | Read More

Starting Lineups: Maurice Clarett Is Not Who You Thought He Was

Following the crowning of Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston as the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, ESPN ran another brilliant film in its “30 for 30″ series, “Youngstown Boys,” describing the rise and fall of both Maurice Clarett and Jim Tressel. As always is the...
December 20th, 2013 | Films and Docs, Football, The Rev | Read More

Listen To This: Rick Ross Feat. Jay Z- The Devil Is A Lie

Social media is great. I was in the middle of working in my usual spreadsheets and sipping on coffee on a typical Thursday morning when I saw this tweet scroll down my timeline on Tweetdeck: If you do an NBA draft all-time,,, there’s no way LeBron is in the top 30 — Juicy Jr. (@Hananymous) December...
December 19th, 2013 | Ed The Sports Fan, Et cetera | Read More

The Army Perspective: A Q&A With 2 Black Knights On Army-Navy

via Military Times After the cacophony of bowl selections and coaching changes at the end of the regular season, there’s one college football game that takes center stage in the most unique of settings. It’s showcased as the definitive display of honor, duty and valor for young men who embark on...
December 19th, 2013 | A Sports Scribe, Football | Read More

Starting Lineups: Your Barclays Premier League Holiday Viewing Guide

We are entering that time of year again. As the holiday season reaches its heights, so too does the Barclays Premier League. Each team will play four times between now and January 1. When the snow settles on New Years Day, the Premiership table will have a new look to go with the new year. Here are...
December 19th, 2013 | Columns, No Class Friday, Soccer, Sports | Read More

This King Shall Rise: The Arrival Of Isaiah Thomas

By Esau Howard / @easystylez When it was reported that the Toronto Raptors would be trading Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a deal that involved a handful of players, I admit I got excited. Not because I had any interest that Rudy Gay would suddenly “get it” with this new team, though I certainly...
December 18th, 2013 | Basketball, The Fam | Read More

Starting Lineups: Trading Places — The St. Louis Rams Have Finally Won

It is a rare thing to ask, but did the St. Louis Rams finally win? No, not the victory over the Saints on Sunday (although it was rather impressive), but did they win the war with rolling the dice and not taking Robert Griffin III? When the Rams decided to deal their rights to the second pick in the...
December 18th, 2013 | Football, The Cheap Seats | Read More