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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...

Football, Soul On Ice

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...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

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...

The Evolution Of LeBron James’ Signature Images | 3 Comments

The indelible images of athletes are focused on the extremes. Crystallized to memory are the catches that you just couldn’t believe, the freeze-frame on the undeniable score over a defender, the front page of a tabloid after a stunning collapse. If a picture truly is worth a thousand words, those images are penned not only by the photographers who shoot, but the camerapersons who film and announcers who narrate. Add the uniforms they wear...

The 300: Playoff Hockey Is A Gateway Drug | 2 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Phillip Barnett has been down with the team since the ETSF/TalkHoops days of 2008. As is life, sometimes it takes a personal challenge to muster up words consistently. The self-proclaimed “I’m So Hideous(s)” is taking a new journey in putting up 300 words a day on the many questions, concerns and thoughts that happen to cross his mind. With that in mind, here is the the next installment of The 300.)  – See more at: http://www.thesportsfanjournal.com/columns/im-so-hideous/2014-clippers-thunder-game-5-chris-paul-collapse/#sthash.9BkVcxvh.dpuf (Ed’s...

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The Truth Of P.K. Subban | 2 Comments

Four years ago, P.K. Subban made his home debut for the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. His presence was already in the building long before puck drop. The sweaters with “Subban 76” on their backs jumped off the racks just as quickly as they went up. A seamstress worked overtime to satisfy the horde of Quebecois children who had made the pilgrimage to downtown Montreal. The fathers swiped their credit cards willingly, an approval of Subban...

Dearly Departed: 5 Thoughts On The Burial Of The Brooklyn Nets | 6 Comments

We are gathered here today to reflect on the untimely demise of the Brooklyn Nets in the 2014 NBA playoffs. Despite putting up a strong effort in a must-win Game 5, the “other” New York team just couldn’t withstand the Miami Heat when it mattered. With all of the question marks surrounding the future of this franchise, there were five things in particular that crossed my mind in the waning seconds. Some of these thoughts are more...

The 300: The Clippers Collapse Never Felt Like It Was Happening | 0 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Phillip Barnett has been down with the team since the ETSF/TalkHoops days of 2008. As is life, sometimes it takes a personal challenge to muster up words consistently. The self-proclaimed “I’m So Hideous(s)” is taking a new journey in putting up 300 words a day on the many questions, concerns and thoughts that happen to cross his mind. With that in mind, here is the the next installment of The 300.)  The Clippers collapse never...

Rolling Stone Presents: Justin Tinsley On Zach Kerr’s Deferred Dreams At The NFL Draft | 1 Comment

Every person who’s ever dreamed of being a professional athlete has envisioned him- or herself being drafted. It’s one of those moments that only a select few get to experience. Each year 60 basketball players, 256 football players, 1216 baseball players and any other group of athletes who participate in a draft scenario have to endure the biggest human resources personnel meetings in the world. For a few minutes, hours or days, your...

On The NBA’s Mid-Card Stars And Helping Teams Get Over The Hump | 0 Comments

For a long time, it seemed as if the Oklahoma City Thunder was a lock to start winning titles. The same could have been said about the Chicago Bulls a few years ago when Derrick Rose was tearing up the league with explosive play. The New York Knicks made a splash but were never really considered a contender, and the Houston Rockets appeared to be headed in the right direction with the addition of James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Dwight Howard. All but...

The 300: Derek Fisher’s 0.4 Game Winner Is A Decade Old | 5 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Phillip Barnett has been down with the team since the ETSF/TalkHoops days of 2008. As is life, sometimes it takes a personal challenge to muster up words consistently. The self-proclaimed “I’m So Hideous(s)” is taking a new journey in putting up 300 words a day on the many questions, concerns and thoughts that happen to cross his mind. With that in mind, here is the the next installment of The 300.) When his shot fell through...

Knowing When To Say When: Vince Young And Professional Football | 4 Comments

A part of me hates to see Vince Young falter the way he has the past few seasons. It appears the former college great has run out of stops in the NFL since being cut by the Cleveland Browns. Young’s talent as a player has always been somewhat questionable. He is unconventional in many ways, but you can’t call the man a loser. I’ve watched a lot of football in my life. I’ve seen people come and go, and I have also seen a person hang on...

Damian Lillard, Tony Parker And Becoming Masters Of Adaptation | 0 Comments

NBA players, and athletes in general, are constantly being compared to those who came before them. That’s not a slight on the players of today, nor is it a case of putting past greats on an untouchable pedestal. Sometimes it’s just really intriguing in seeing how players measure up to their counterparts. It’s all speculative fun and even better when the youthful star on the rise can actually compete against his predecessor. If there...

Kevin Durant, The Oklahoma City Thunder And The Natural Progression Of A Champion | 3 Comments

This past weekend, I watched the ESPN 30 for 30 “Bad Boys” for a second time, and it dawned on me that the Oklahoma City Thunder are a lot like the Isiah Thomas-led Detroit Pistons of the 1980s and early ’90s. Let me explain … 1981 The Detroit Pistons select Isiah Thomas second overall out of Indiana University to be the face of the franchise — college basketball’s top star from college basketball’s top team. It’s...

The 300: Oklahoma City Struggles To Solve The Ever-Changing Spacing Puzzle | 3 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Phillip Barnett has been down with the team since the ETSF/TalkHoops days of 2008. As is life, sometimes it takes a personal challenge to muster up words consistently. The self-proclaimed “I’m So Hideous(s)” is taking a new journey in putting up 300 words a day on the many questions, concerns and thoughts that happen to cross his mind. With that in mind, here is the the next installment of The 300.)  Spacing is a puzzle. In...

The Score: Bermane Stiverne Becomes The First Haitian-Born Heavyweight Champion | 3 Comments

Boxing history was going to be made on ESPN this past Saturday night, one way or the other. Either Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola would become the first Mexican-American to hold the heavyweight crown, or Bermane Stiverne would be the first Haitian-born fighter to do so. In the end, the green WBC strap that has been held by Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson and other legends was wrapped around Stiverne. The 35-year-old champion, now living...

4 Months Of NFL Draft Coverage Officially Made Me Sick | 5 Comments

The NFL found a way to do something I did not think was possible. For as long as I have been a football fan, the NFL has been immune to the law of diminishing returns. There was no such thing as too much NFL. Even with Thursday Night Football and the criticism that comes with games on that particular night, I never think of it as too much football. It’s simply that I would rather not have football on Thursday, nothing more. This was different,...

The 300: The Raiders And Building A Culture Instead Of A Team | 2 Comments

(Ed’s Note: Phillip Barnett has been down with the team since the ETSF/TalkHoops days of 2008. As is life, sometimes it takes a personal challenge to muster up words consistently. The self-proclaimed “I’m So Hideous(s)” is taking a new journey in putting up 300 words a day on the many questions, concerns and thoughts that happen to cross his mind. With that in mind, here is the first installment of The 300.)  Khalil Mack. Just another solid...

7 Insane Takeaways From Round 1 Of The 2014 NFL Draft | 1 Comment

The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft has officially come and gone, and even after getting a few hours sleep last night I still feel exhausted. The text messages are constant, the Gchat pings are steady and everyone around me wants to talk about what their teams did in the draft. And it’s only the first round. The Fam decided to put together a few candid takeaways on Thursday’s festivities in Radio City Music Hall, as some experienced...

The 300: What Do We Really Want From These NBA Playoffs? | 1 Comment

(Ed’s Note: Phillip Barnett has been down with the team since the ETSF/TalkHoops days of 2008. As is life, sometimes it takes a personal challenge to muster up words consistently. The self-proclaimed “I’m So Hideous(s)” is taking a new journey in putting up 300 words a day on the many questions, concerns and thoughts that happen to cross his mind. With that in mind, here is the first installment of The 300.)  “What it...

Here’s What Will Go Through The Head Of A Diehard Sports Fan During The 2014 NFL Draft | 0 Comments

The NFL owns the United States of America because of people like me. I love the game, the Philadelphia Eagles, the offseason and especially the draft. It begins tonight with the first of several days of the 2014 NFL Draft, the culmination of months of preparation — not only for teams and players, but fans. During the season, the diehard evaluates the team. Crap, our safeties are garbage. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix looks legit. We need him. Man, we could...

Yelling On A Quiet Bus And 5 Quick Thoughts On Marcin Gortat’s Dunk On Ian Mahinmi | 7 Comments

I work for one of the biggest tech companies in the world during the day, and one of the perks of working for said company is that you get to ride on these decked-out charter buses to and from work at the expense of said tech conglomerate. These shuttle buses are equipped with leather seats and free wifi so the employees can “work” to and from the digital plantation. So what was I doing on a late Tuesday afternoon on my way home from...

Homecoming: On Chris Paul And Blake Griffin’s Return To Oklahoma | 4 Comments

I remember just graduating from Langston University in May of 2005, walking across that stage with a sense of pride and achievement. With my family by my side and a future seemingly bright and for the taking, I knew that anything was possible. However, more importantly, I knew that I could solve one problem that plagued many a college student while matriculating through the hallowed halls. I would no longer be broke anymore. (Or at least so I thought...

Christmas In May: Plenty Of Gifts Will Fall Teams’ Way In The 2014 NFL Draft | 0 Comments

As a fan there are a few memorable days that stick out to you. There’s the time you witnessed your team winning a championship for the first time. You will never forget that when it happens. Then there is the time you won against a team that no one expected you to beat. Nothing is sweeter than being able to run around boasting about how on that day you were better than everyone gave you credit for being. Both of those things are great, but to me...

Was Roy Hibbert Really That Good To Begin With? | 6 Comments

The biggest story thus far of the 2014 NBA Playoffs on the court arguably has been the disappearance of Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. Last night, Hibbert recorded his third postseason game with 0 points and posted his second playoff game without grabbing a single rebound in Indiana’s 102-96 loss to the Washington Wizards. It was the continuation of an absolutely atrocious postseason thus far for the center out of Georgetown, and last night’s...

Expect More Pressure, Drama And Paranoia In The NBA Conference Semifinals | 3 Comments

And then there were eight. Let’s run through a brief list of notable moments we’ve all experienced as a family after just one round of the 2014 NBA playoffs: 1. Four-point plays became the norm. Not only did one seem to happen every night, but they always happened at critical points in the game. 2. Roy Hibbert went two entire games without scoring a single point. A SINGLE POINT. He’s 7’2″ and was an All-Star this season! Roy’s approval...

Floyd Mayweather Wins While Marcos Maidana Continues To Impress | 6 Comments

Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in the fight of his life on Saturday night. For 12 rounds, Marcos Maidana accomplished what no man before him has been able to: He bullied the pound-for-pound champion. Perhaps for the first time ever, Mayweather was not the ring general he’s been with all his previous opponents. With aggressive, come-forward fighters, Mayweather has found a way, usually within four rounds, to redirect his opponents’ pressure and...

We Reminisce: An Appreciation Of How Good Cam Newton Really Was At Auburn | 5 Comments

As a football fan, sometimes we take things for granted. College sports leave impressions on us that get forgotten as soon as the next season begins simply because we’re always looking for the next big thing. Greatness in college athletics gets overlooked at times because we are searching for reasons not to believe that a player is as good as everyone says since the competition isn’t always elite competition. From week to week, competition varies,...