Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

Gennady Golovkin & Nicholas Walters Continue Their Reign Of Terror

Gennady Golovkin and Nicholas Walters share a lot more in common after Saturday night’s explosive fights in Carson California....

Baseball, Trible To Your Bass

Never Count Out The San Francisco (Zombies) Giants

The excellent thing about baseball’s postseason will always be the inaccuracies that bring poetic endings. No one would...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving And Embracing Newfound Roles

In a few more days, the NBA season will officially be upon us, and that means all of the story lines that have been concocted...

2014 NBA Draft: Here’s Why We’re Buying In On Dante Exum | 5 Comments

For the past several months, there has been this relatively unknown, intriguing NBA draft prospect garnering interest. He’s impressed NBA scouts since he dazzled at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. Those who were fortunate enough to have seen that game live walked away convinced they had witnessed something special. Then as fate would have it, this man of mystery would compete at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship and show those same witnesses that...

Watch Nike’s Live Stream Unveiling Of Kevin Durant’s Nike KD 7 | 0 Comments

Wednesday will be a day for multi-tasking. Whether you’re grabbing lunch, knee-deep in spreadsheets and powerpoints, school work or watching the World Cup by any means necessary…sneakerheads from all across the globe will come together in the name of Kevin Durant and his latest signature sneaker release, the Nike KD7. Nike Basketball will proudly unveil Kevin Durant’s new signature shoe, the KD7, in a live online broadcast event next...

Luis Suarez Is Clearly A Vampire And We Simply Weren’t Paying Enough Attention | 2 Comments

For a moment there, Luis Suarez’s brilliance was going to overlap my hate for a man that might’ve been built up over a few random events that I deemed very racist. Suarez, the Uruguayan and Liverpool striker extraordinaire, is so friggin’ good. He’s brilliant in a way that makes you believe that some people are just put on this earth to play the game. Everything seems fluid when he moves. He’s always in the right place...

The Decision, Part II: LeBron James Opts Out And Fans Lose Their Minds…Again | 9 Comments

I’ve been awake exactly 90 minutes as of writing this, and I’m already disgusted. LeBron James, in a move that was 100% not shocking at all, did exactly what he was supposed to do this Tuesday morning. Per SB Nation’s Jason Patt: Miami Heat star LeBron James has exercised his early termination option, making him a free agent this summer, SB Nation has confirmed. The news was originally broken by ESPN. James is the first of the...

Pour Out A Little Liquor: Remembering Spain’s Golden Generation | 2 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Yesterday was surreal for anyone who has watched international soccer over the last seven or eight years. Spain was ranked first in the world and were first out of the 2014 World Cup. The most dominant international soccer team winners in recent memory, and perhaps of all time, deserved a more graceful exit. The 3-0 win over an Australian team is likely the last important match for several key players from Spain’s...

Carmelo Anthony, Scottie Pippen And Conversations Had At The 2014 Quai 54 World Streetball Championship | 0 Comments

Carmelo Anthony’s got a lot on his mind right now. The news broke on Sunday that the former Syracuse legend would begin the process of breaking ties with the New York Knicks by declining his player option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It’s not a bad time for Melo honestly, as the man could re-sign for the most money ($129 million over five years) back with the New York Knicks and the Phil Jackson experiment. Or he...

On Isaiah Austin And Coming To Terms With The Unexpected | 10 Comments

(Ed’s Note: The news of former Baylor Bears forward Isaiah Austin announcing the end of his basketball career due to the diagnosis of Marfan Syndrome during his NBA Draft preparation was heartbreaking to hear. Today on TSFJ, Esau Howard and friend of the family Brandon Caldwell of Day & A Dream both spit poetic on coming to terms with the unexpected. Enjoy.) By Esau Howard / @EsauTheFirst Isaiah Austin was never a player who I spent an...

I Officially Love The U.S. Men’s National Team | 5 Comments

I didn’t know I cared that much. I really didn’t. When Cristiano Ronaldo connected on an absurd crossing pass from roughly 50 yards out to a streaking Varela, who subsequently headed the ball past Tim Howard to give Portugal a 2-2 tie against America, my mind just went blank. I had nothing. I felt nothing. I knew nothing. Here I was, dressed in as much red, white and blue as I could possibly throw together in my admittedly limited American...

Robert Guerrero And Yoshihiro Kamegai Deliver A Fight Of The Year Candidate | 3 Comments

Sometimes the best fights have the least fanfare. Being slated between a history-making middleweight bout and the return of Canelo Alvarez meant that there wasn’t much space to really promote Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Yoshihiro Kamegai. But on Saturday night, these warriors delivered one of the most action-packed fights this year, compelling fans and media alike to pay close attention. Guerrero, once at the epicenter of the boxing world...

I Believe That We Will Win: A Functional But Terrible Soccer Chant | 9 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Both palms burned from slapping the table. Clint Dempsey’s goal, merely 30 seconds into the United States’ first World Cup game against Ghana took me by complete surprise. The whole bar erupted. Some jackass jumped up on a table and started singing something but I was too busy doling out high-fives to people I didn’t know. Some thick-necked dude tried to high-five my palm to Brazil and back and it burned...

The Hypocrisy Of The Post-Finals San Antonio Spurs Fandom | 2 Comments

It’s been a few days, and plenty are still consuming all the commentary about where both the new champion San Antonio Spurs and the somewhat reeling Miami Heat stand after a five-game NBA Finals. It continues for many reasons that range from our need to predict an unknown future to likely a greater need to attempt to fill the void until either free agency or the next season begins. The most notable string of commentary has been this celebration...

Did Clayton Kershaw Pitch The Greatest Game Ever? | 2 Comments

Early on in the year, it’s seemed like something has been missing in Major League Baseball for some reason. That’s because there was: the ever-present specter of Clayton Kershaw, looming every fifth day to more likely than not showcase pitching brilliance of the most florescent manner. Kershaw may have bended the laws of the basic understanding in regard to baseball this week with his work on the mound. How can you be better than perfect?...

Remembering Tony Gwynn And The Game I Used To Love | 2 Comments

By Jamar Hudson / @jamarhudson One of the most telling signs of aging is when a prominent figure of your childhood passes away. That feeling is accentuated even more when that person makes his or her transition at what is considered a “young” age. For me, over the past couple of years, the deaths of notable sports and pop-culture figures such as Maya Angelou, Roger Ebert, Chris Kelly, Hector Camacho, Junior Seau and Al Davs — all of...

The Charlotte Hornets Got New Jerseys But Where Are The Pinstripes? | 2 Comments

There’s nothing on this earth quite like the feeling of getting new uniforms. I remember in high school, as a junior first baseman on the Eisnehower Eagles baseball team, our coach decided that he wanted to imitate the Colorado Rockies’ combination of the black vest and the shirt with the primary color underneath. I, for one, was with it all the way. Of course, this was high school, and we didn’t have any money like that. So, if...

An Appreciation For Tony Gwynn As A Craftsman | 2 Comments

I’ll remember Tony Gwynn as a man in my ballpark until my brain gives out. It’s a shame I didn’t realize it until after his heart did. Gwynn’s dominance at the plate is well-documented. He hit, hit again and hit some more. Proof showed itself on the television screens. Highlights of his contact played on loop. Each pitcher seemed helpless. I don’t play baseball, and no one outside of a small circle knows who I am. Skill on the...

World Cup: USA, Mexico And A Sense Of Belonging | 2 Comments

Let’s go back to Monday night. John Brooks headed home a corner kick in the dying moments of a (group of) death match with Ghana and sent Americans spiraling in delight. It was a big win, an important win. Truthfully, any victory in the World Cup qualifies as such. But the widespread celebration shows just how new to this soccer thing we are as a country. Don’t get me wrong. It gives me great joy that citizens who spent their lives deriding...

Dearly Departed: 5 Thoughts On The Fall Of The Miami Heat | 2 Comments

Considering that the NBA Finals have now come and gone, this Dearly Departed entry hits home in a couple ways. One, the San Antonio Spurs were the last team standing. Two, the NBA season has officially come to an end. To me, the latter is more devastating than the fact that the Miami Heat were dethroned as the two-time World Champions. Still, like the past entries in this series, there are thoughts that need be articulated, and it’s time to...

Appreciating The Excellence Of Jimmy Rollins | 3 Comments

Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, celebrates milestones and statistics — almost defines itself by them — whether it is an all-time mark for the game or for an individual team. That obsession with numbers has helped certain players define certain franchises — Babe Ruth/Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees, Ernie Banks and the Chicago Cubs, Ted Williams and the Boston Red Sox, Tony Gwynn and the San Diego Padres (RIP), etc. For the...

The True Legacy Of Tony Gwynn | 7 Comments

Coming up in the early to mid-1990s, there was a simple answer as to who was the best hitter in baseball: Tony Gwynn. Maybe there were better players in Seattle and Pittsburgh, and perhaps there were folks who won more in Atlanta and New York, but when it came to the pure, sophisticated science of wielding a baseball bat and being able to make the ball bend to his will with more control than the pitcher who released it himself, there has been none...

Chris Algieri Shocks The Boxing World In Split Decision Win Over Ruslan Provodnikov | 1 Comment

Saturday night’s fight between Ruslan “Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov and Chris Algieri was perfectly captured by the closing remark of HBO’s Jim Lampley: “Boxing is the theater of the unexpected.” Until Provodnikov’s first title bout was scheduled and Algieri named as his opponent, few outside of Long Island had ever heard of this one-time kickboxing champion turned undefeated boxer. Algieri was well aware of that. He was coming to take...

What I Learned From Game 5 Of The NBA Finals: The San Antonio Spurs Are World Champions | 11 Comments

I’m glad it’s over. It didn’t take long to figure out, and frankly, it was getting unbearable to watch. The San Antonio Spurs are the best team in the world, and it’s not even close. The Miami Heat have the best player in the world, and it’s not even close. The 2014 NBA Finals will be sadly remembered for a bunch of things that don’t really matter. Cramps. Bubble guts. Ghosts. False narratives seen through cloudy...

Hands Of Stone Turns 63: Roberto Duran’s Legacy Still Lives On | 2 Comments

“I’m not God – but I’m something similar.” – Roberto Duran In boxing, perhaps no fighter in the history of the sport has more epitomized the word “machismo” than Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran. Born in the small Latin American country of Panama, he fought with a ferocity that was matched only by his sometimes-appalling disdain for his opponents, even after total victory. In 1975, he won the lightweight title from Ray Lampkin...

This Was The Red Wedding In Real Life: Netherlands 5, Spain 1 | 2 Comments

Many of you have been watching Game Of Thrones, and if you have, you’re probably familiar with The Red Wedding. If you don’t know what The Red Wedding is, then I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version. The Red Wedding is a massacre in which a family that rules in the North and their army are eviscerated and slaughtered. The orchestrated killing is put together by an evil man named Lord Walder Frey as revenge for Robb Stark...

What I Learned From Game 4 Of The NBA Finals: The Spurs Are Just Too Damn Good | 5 Comments

Heading in to Game 4 of the 2014 NBA Finals, I fully expected the Miami Heat to come out with fire and energy to do everything possible in order to even the series up. That’s what champions do, especially two-time defending champions. And especially, especially two-time defending champions with the best player on the planet on their side. With the way the San Antonio Spurs carved up the Heat in Game 3, I anticipated much more defensive energy...

Kawhi Leonard Has No Regard For Human Life, Or At The Very Least The Miami Heat | 3 Comments

The Miami Heat were already getting their asses whupped. The San Antonio Spurs were passing the ball like the Harlem Globetrotters and shooting the ball like they knew all the hot spots on Double Dribble. I’ll admit it, at some point this started to get partly sad and partly hilarious as Erik Spoelstra’s boys had no answer, and what’s worse is that it looked like they had no desire to try and find said answer. Then Kawhi Leonard...