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Game Of Thrones: Boxing Edition, Volume Two – On Top Rank, Golden Boy And The Road Ahead

Often, a fighter needs more than a clever matchmaker to sit on one of the thrones in boxing. Sometimes he needs a good lawyer,...

Basketball, Lists, The Fam

The 8 X-Factor Players Of The 2014 NBA Playoffs: West Edition

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the NBA Post Season officially getting underway this upcoming Saturday....

Ed The Sports Fan, Kicks & Gear

Chan-Lo Kicks Off Season 2 Of Chicks N’ Kicks By Featuring Tinashe And The Air Jordan 11 “Gamma”

Our blogger sister-in-crime Channing has done some awesome stuff over at here own corner of the internet at Chan-Lo.com....

Starting Lineups: Go Support The Backpack Baller – Kevin Durant’s First 25 Years In 250 Pages | 0 Comments

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 York Knicks and proceeded to decimate a lifeless Knickerbocker squad into submission. The 123-94 score doesn’t fairly represent the end status...

The NBA On Christmas Day Open Thread: We Got 14 Hours Of Basketball Under The Tree | 7 Comments

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 be providing an open thread for all of the latest and greatest happenings that’s taking place during the 5-game slate the NBA schedule gods have...

Starting Lineups: Are Gamers Athletes? | 4 Comments

Years ago, my best friend and New York Amsterdam News reporter Stephon Johnson and I had a debate on what’s really a sport and what isn’t one. This was about a decade ago when ESPN began showing the World Series of Poker during prime time hours while the NHL’s coverage was (coincidentally) declining. Poker was all the rage for a couple of lazy summers but, at least on ESPN, receded back to a spotlight just larger than the one afforded to PBA...

Crowning The 5 Best Boxers of 2013 | 1 Comment

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 never to happen, and that’s okay. If we don’t have anything to complain about, then we have probably just stopped caring. It has been a...

Starting Lineups: DeMarco Murray Deserves Better | 3 Comments

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 Oklahoma, what do you expect?) named DeMarco Murray, I’ve always been a huge fan. Outside of All Day, there hasn’t been a better tailback...

Apollo Creed Had The Best Entrance Ever: James Brown’s ‘Living In America’ In Rocky IV | 0 Comments

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 of a sudden I’m just cussing and fixing myself a drink, because although the movie is 38 minutes in, I already know what’s about to happen. I’m...

Starting Lineups: Maurice Clarett Is Not Who You Thought He Was | 0 Comments

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 case in this series, the documentary was expertly done and brought new perspective to a highly publicized story. It certainly cast things in a new light...

Listen To This: Rick Ross Feat. Jay Z- The Devil Is A Lie | 5 Comments

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 19, 2013 It was by far one of the more absurd things I’ve read in a long time. I sat here and almost spit my coffee out while simultaneously...

The Army Perspective: A Q&A With 2 Black Knights On Army-Navy | 3 Comments

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 careers where the enemy is no longer another player. And yet, there’s something deeper and almost unseen that fills the air when these two teams meet. This...

Starting Lineups: Your Barclays Premier League Holiday Viewing Guide | 0 Comments

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 the four games that deserve your attention. Remember, all games can be found on either  NBC Sports Network, NBC or online with NBC Sports Live Extra....

This King Shall Rise: The Arrival Of Isaiah Thomas | 3 Comments

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 wouldn’t count him out. I got excited because Sacramento included Greivis Vasquez in this deal. By moving Vasquez, the point guard reins of the...

Starting Lineups: Trading Places — The St. Louis Rams Have Finally Won | 2 Comments

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 2012 NFL Draft, there was a mixture of confused laughter from the masses and sighs of defeat from the St. Louis faithful. I mean, how in their right...

Chip Kelly, Jason Garrett And The ‘VP Of Common Sense’ | 1 Comment

Let me get this out of the way right from the start: There is not a head football coach at any level from high school on up — and most likely pee-wee football, if I’m being honest — alive who knows less about football than me or any other everyday football fan out there. Every single high school, college and NFL coach will forget more about football than I’ll ever know in my lifetime. But that doesn’t mean coaches are infallible...

Kyrie Irving’s New Nike Signature Shoe: The Nike Zoom HyperRev | 0 Comments

By KJ Kearney / @h1gher First words that came to mind when I saw the side profile: MOON BOOTS. Second thought was “these look like they’d be comfortable as hell to hoop in” and I guess that was the point. The seamless upper paired with a flexible foam lining is what brought those thoughts to mind. But a shoe that soft needs SOME sort of stability and it seems as if the Nike Zoom HyperRev has just what the doctor ordered–coming...

Starting Lineups: Weather & No Tailgating Super Bowl Is Much Ado About Nothing | 3 Comments

We’re getting closer and closer to Super Bowl XLVIII (48) in New Jersey, and we’ve heard much about two of the biggest “controversies” about a game yet to be played. For starters, the weather seems to matter quite a bit as it’ll be early February, cold, in an open-air stadium that’s even more exposed because of a unique façade and it’s the northeast. The other has to do with a fan’s most prized tradition as officials reported that...

Jordan Brand And Carmelo Anthony Celebrate 10 Years Of Releases With The Jordan Melo M10 | 4 Comments

By Esau Howard / @easystylez Despite the struggles that Carmelo Anthony has been going through all season with the New York Knicks, his relationship with Jordan Brand is well intact. With the release of his 10th shoe with the sneaker franchise nearly upon us, Jordan Brand is pulling out the stops to commemorate the anniversary. As an elite scorer in the NBA, Anthony joins a small handful of athletes who have celebrated 10th anniversaries with the...

Starting Lineups: Why Jamaal Charles Is The Devil, Or, Why Jamaal Charles Is The Greatest Man Ever | 3 Comments

Sometimes, even the National Football League can’t keep my eyes open. I’d had a long Saturday and I woke up relatively early on Sunday because business needed to be handled. So, when 10:00 struck on the clock, it meant that football was to be watched. I was probably going on 5 hours of sleep as I watched the early games, and I knew that the following things were going to happen: - My Jacksonville Jaguars would find a way to lose vs. Buffalo....

Marcos Maidana Solves ‘The Problem’ Broner | 3 Comments

In his wildest dreams, Stephen Espinoza could have never come up with the explosive ending he got for Showtime’s 2013 boxing schedule. Throughout the year he’s managed to not only compete effectively with the fights on HBO, but he’s actually managed to beat them on several fronts. Despite his fantastic year, no one could have expected the entertainment value delivered by Adrien Broner vs. Marcos Maidana. It was one of the craziest fights in...

Because You Need This Mitchell & Ness Chicago Bulls ‘Champions’ Collection In Your Life | 0 Comments

I am not a Chicago Bulls fan. I feel like I should get that out the way first. Not because it really matters, but when you tell people that you didn’t like the Chicago Bulls or that your favorite player wasn’t Michael Jordan growing up (Seattle Supersonics and Reggie Miller, respectively) people tend to look at you sideways. However, I cannot deny that the Chicago Bulls were undeniably cool. From the players to the coach, to the uniform...

The 10 Best Pitched Seasons Of The Last 20 Years | 8 Comments

Earlier this week, a few of the talents here at TSFJ came together to honor the career of Roy Halladay, and in the process of doing so, the question came up of if he truly was the best pitcher of his era. He had a few classic years, but where did his best work fall into the mix? And what’s more, what exactly are the best pitched seasons of the last couple decades? While an era can be defined variously, one definite way to break it down is by...

Starting Lineups: The Resurrection Of The Crosby-Ovechkin Rivalry | 3 Comments

The year was 2005, and at the time, the National Hockey League was not exactly in the greatest of states. You see, the NHL was trying to wash off the stench of missing an entire season, as the owners locked out the players for what would have been the 2004-05 campaign, a season that never was. Coming off that deflating lockout, the NHL desperately needed a jolt to win back fans and regain traction in the U.S. market. Enter Sidney Crosby and Alexander...

Book Reviews: ‘Undisputed Truth’ — Mike Tyson’s Autobiography | 0 Comments

No athlete has been more dominant in his sport while at the same time being so self-destructive and contradictory to the ethos of that sport than Iron Mike Tyson. His storied career is inexorably intertwined with his bad-boy image and, now, his road to recovery and redemption. From the moment Mike Tyson laced up his first pair of boxing gloves, it was clear he was something special. At only 13, the legendary trainer Cus D’Amato looked at Tyson...

Starting Lineups: YouTube Was Made For The Sports Fan | 0 Comments

What did sports fans do before YouTube? Work? That’s only a joke, but there is some seriousness to it. I’ve spent countless hours searching athlete highlight reels — for the record Pavel Datsyuk, Eric Cantona, his holiness Dennis Bergkamp, Matthew Le Tissier and Peter Forsberg have gotten the most play — and reliving my favorite plays. YouTube is great for old sports shows as well. You can find nearly every “Beyond the Glory”...

Nike Unwraps Their Christmas Kicks With Gifts For Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant And LeBron James | 1 Comment

By Esau Howard / @easystylez It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for sneaker heads. The Christmas season usually means new releases for an abundance of sneakers, and specialized editions for established favorites. As always Nike takes the lead on this approach, by unveiling the 2013 Christmas editions of their “Big 3” lines. The LEBRON 11, Kobe 8 System, and KD VI have all been revamped to fit the seasonal theme. LEBRON 11 The...

On Mack Brown, Being Nudged Out And The Future Of Texas Football | 1 Comment

By Brandon Caldwell / @dayandadream In the end, the numbers 30 and 20 were the ones to doom Mack Brown. Not that glaring win-loss record against Bob Stoops and Oklahoma. Not that 1-2 start followed by a roaring six-game win streak and finishing the year out 1-2 against top talent in Oklahoma State and former conference doormat turned eventual champion in Baylor. Not by lack of recruiting “star talent” like Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III or...