Archive for the ‘Columns’ Category

Tempering Expectations For Derrick Rose

One of the hardest things to cope with in sports is realizing that a beloved athlete may have lost his edge. It’s such a natural reaction to ignore all signs that indicate otherwise, especially when the athlete is a highly favored one. This is especially true in the case of Derrick Rose, who is certainly...
September 18th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

Remember When Darren Sproles And Kansas State Smashed Oklahoma In The 2003 Big 12 Championship?

I remember telling Kenny Masenda six years ago that the scariest man in the NFL played tailback, wore #43 and was no taller than 5’5″. His name was Darren Sproles. On Monday night, the Philadelphia Eagles pulled victory out their backsides in a come-from-behind 30-27 win over the Indianapolis...
September 18th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Hexagons And Hairlines: 5 Thoughts On The Nike LeBron 12 Unveiling

On Tuesday, Nike Basketball did its usual song and dance as it unveiled the 12th iteration of LeBron James’ signature basketball shoe in front of a selected group of media influencers. By usual song and dance, I mean that Nike rolled out its red carpet and went out of its way to show the world...
September 17th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

Tom Brady Stays In His Lane

For better or worse, being a superstar in a professional sports league … ahem, sorry, let’s try that lede again. For better or worse, being A SUPERSTAR QUARTERBACK IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE means that you are not only ELITE, but you are a LEADER AMONG MEN, a VOICE IN THE LOCKER ROOM and THE...
September 17th, 2014 | A Sports Scribe, Et cetera, Football | Read More

Book Review: ‘Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October’

I’d dare say that anyone who has even a remote interest in baseball knows the name Reggie Jackson. Certainly any baseball fan from New York, Oakland or Philadelphia is familiar with the man known as “Mr. October.” Being one of those Philadelphia baseball fans, here’s what I’ve...
September 16th, 2014 | Baseball, The Book Club, The Rev | Read More

My Uncle Bill Loves Watching Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine Run The Damn Ball

“PEEEEEE-RINE!!!!” — Uncle Bill If you’ve been reading TSFJ long enough, you know that I constantly make references to my Uncle Bill. That man is the reason I am an Oklahoma Sooners fan to this day, and he is the man I talk to when all things Sooner football-related need discussing....
September 16th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Randy Moss And ‘The U Part 2′ Highlight ESPN’s Newly Revealed Fall 30 for 30 Lineup

ESPN is rolling out its fall lineup for the upcoming 30 for 30 season, and there is something for all sports fans here. ESPN Films rarely disappoints, and looking at the documentaries it has on deck, you might as well clear out your Tuesday evenings in advance. Just browsing through the previews, it...
September 15th, 2014 | Films and Docs, Furious Stylez | Read More

The 6 Things That Mattered This Weekend In The Premier League: We See You, Leicester City

Getting promoted to the Barclays Premier League can be a scary proposition. You have to go from one standard of play to another, and in England, the difference between most Championship teams and the teams playing in the Champions League is probably the difference between the top teams in Football Bowl...
September 15th, 2014 | Soccer, The Fam | Read More

Floyd Mayweather: Winning But Not Legacy-Building

In the buildup to Saturday night’s rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, Mayweather aptly captured the unique position in which he now stands at the tail end of his career. His success and all-time great skills have brought him to a place where he no longer fights...
September 15th, 2014 | Boxing, Fight Like Sugar | Read More

VIDEO: Ethan Strauss And Eddie Maisonet Talk Sneakers And NBA Superstars On ESPN’s Truehoop TV

Ethan called me a “sneaker expert.” That alone, is enough of a reason for anyone to watch this Truehoop TV video of yours truly and ESPN NBA columnist Ethan Strauss talking about superstars and the choices they make with sneaker brands. We here at TSFJ have covered the Kevin Durant saga...
September 13th, 2014 | Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear | Read More

VIDEO: The NFL Chick Speaks Out On Ray Rice And Roger Goodell On Fox Business

On Thursday, I was given the opportunity to speak on “The Willis Report” on the Fox Business channel about the Ray Rice situation, the independent investigation the owners are now conducting and the impact this all has on women football fans. In addition, I have also given my thoughts personally...
September 12th, 2014 | Football, The NFL Chick | Read More

Floyd Mayweather Fights Again Saturday But What If No One Watches?

On Saturday night, there’s absolutely no question what I’ll be doing. With college football nearing its conclusion, the natural transition will be to watch Floyd Mayweather put his multiple world championship belts and his zero in the loss column on the line in a rematch with the feisty...
September 12th, 2014 | Boxing, Ed The Sports Fan | Read More

15 Years Ago, Michael Vick Flipped His Way Into Our Hearts As A Virginia Tech Freshman

Will all due respect to that non-suit-wearing quarterback at the NFL Draft of the New York Jets named Geno Smith, I want Michael Vick to play. This is just how it has to be for me. As long as Michael Dwayne Vick is wearing shoulder pads, I want to see the man play football. I don’t care if the...
September 12th, 2014 | Ed The Sports Fan, Football | Read More

Will The Crown Weigh Heavy On Raheem Sterling?

Raheem Sterling is 19 years old and terrifying. There are few players quicker than young Sterling and fewer in the world as deadly as the Liverpool and England teenager on the counterattack. With some development still to do — his shot needs a little work — he’s already one of the few names...
September 12th, 2014 | House Of Carden, Soccer | Read More

Roger Goodell’s Perilous Journey To Beloved Dictatorship Leaves Him On The Brink Of Exile

The National Football League launched the “Together We Make Football” campaign a season ago. “Why do we love football?” the league asked. Famous fans and legendary players answered with their personal stories. Individuals from across the country submitted videos in hopes of winning a...
September 12th, 2014 | Football, No Class Friday | Read More

What Does Spain’s FIBA World Cup Loss Mean For The United States?

One of the worst kept secrets about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup has finally been exposed. Despite serving as a competition for over a dozen national teams, this was always a tale of two countries. Without knowing what teams would have to beat each other to advance, the championship game was always...
September 11th, 2014 | Basketball, Furious Stylez | Read More

The Cincinnati Kid’s Homecoming: The Queen City Has No Problem With Adrien Broner

By Charles C. Davis, Jr. / @ccdavisjr (Ed’s Note: TSFJ sent Charles Davis to cover the Adrien Broner vs. Emmanuel Taylor fight in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Broner defended his WBA Light Welterweight championship. We asked Charles to take in the atmosphere and capture the essence of Broner, one of boxing’s...
September 11th, 2014 | Boxing, The Fam | Read More

Spatted Up: Here’s The 5 Freshest Football Uniform Looks Of The Weekend

By Richard Boadu / @6magazine If you’re 25 and up, you’ve heard the old football coach rhetoric, “Play for the team, not for yourselves.” If a player is wearing anything “flashy” like an armband, spatted cleats, etc., he’s selfish, a showoff, not about the team. Fashion sense is fleeting...
September 10th, 2014 | Football, Kicks & Gear, The Fam | Read More

Penn State, The NCAA … And Justice For All

Three years ago, a scandal of unthinkable proportions and heinous crimes was unearthed. It involved a former football coach and had ties with the legendary coach and the athletic department, which in turn made it seem as if it was a football issue. The most difficult part for many people to realize...
September 10th, 2014 | Football, The Rev | Read More

The Transformation Of Brandon Marshall

When it comes to the game of football and playing wide receiver, Brandon Marshall has always been up there as one of the best to do it each and every year. For me in particular, I’ve been a fan of his for years simply due to the way he shows up on Sunday and shows his opponents absolutely no mercy....
September 9th, 2014 | Football, Soul On Ice | Read More