A Sports Scribe, Baseball

History Restored: The Polo Grounds And The John T. Brush Stairway

A friend recently tipped me off to a story in the New York Daily News about the completion of a restored stairway in Highbridge...

Boxing, J. Tinsley

Public Enemy No. 1: The Curious Case Of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a creature of habit. He operates under the extremely rare combination of God-given physical weapons,...

Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs

For $199.95, You Can Own Every ESPN 30 For 30 Film Ever Made

What started off as a vision from ESPN’s Bill Simmons that sports stories still needed to be told in the form of a...

Jon Jones: Still Chasing G.O.A.T Status | 0 Comments

Jon jones only knows how to win. As of UFC 172 this past Saturday, there’s still no one in the light heavyweight division to teach him how to lose. At UFC 172, for the 20th time in his career, Bones Jones had his hand raised in victory. It was only the fifth time in his short career that the fight had gone the distance.  This time around the victim was Brazilian-born Glover Teixeira, a man dubbed by many as a real threat to Jones’ throne. At...

Starting Lineups: The Rev’s 10 Favorite Defunct/Idle Sports Blogs | 0 Comments

When I went to college at Penn State, I had visions of becoming a professional sportswriter. I was a journalism major, studied in the Center for Sports Journalism, worked on the Daily Collegian’s sports staff and graduated with a journalism degree. Then I started covering high school sports for a group of local, weekly newspapers and ultimately discovered the full-time, professional sportswriting life wasn’t exactly for me. Thus, after...

A Sports Fan’s Birthday Manifesto, 27 Years In The Making | 4 Comments

Today is my 27th birthday. I made it this far, and there’s something to that. Some don’t. Some won’t. I’m grateful. Birthdays are like season openers — everybody gets one. In conversation the other day, the idea of sports as a linear thing spouted out of my lips. The constant through my life remains. There’s little value placed on devout fans and followers. We just are. Every weekday, I roll out of bed and go to work as a sports editor...

Starting Lineups: Each Stanley Cup Playoffs Series In A Sentence | 1 Comment

  The Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing, and you’ve missed some action. We’ve got you covered and won’t keep you long. Eastern Conference Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings (2-1): With Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron in tow from goal line to goal line, no one is beating the Bruins — not even Pavel Datsyuk and the Wings. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (2-2): To paraphrase Dennis Green, both...

Because You Need To Watch This Trailer For The ‘Iverson’ Documentary | 5 Comments

Sneak a peek at the new trailer for the Allen Iverson documentary ‘Iverson,’ debuting Sunday night at the Tribeca Film Festival. In a year where many got to witness one of the more polarizing figures in NBA history have his name immortalized in the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center, it’s only fitting that we have something to reflect on. The upcoming documentary on Allen Iverson will surely be something that Philly fans, and hoop...

We’re Here: The Washington Wizards Have Something To Say To The World | 2 Comments

The Washington Wizards have something to say. Two games into their 2014 NBA playoff run, and they have already quieted naysayers in a fashion that many didn’t think was possible. Last night they took a 2-0 lead in their series against the Chicago Bulls, and now there is a very real possibility that this team can go for a deep run. How deep? I’d have to say that I’m completely comfortable putting them in the Eastern Conference Finals...

Starting Lineups: Set The DVR’s On Thursday To Relive The 1984 NFL Draft | 0 Comments

This is a sorta kinda programming note. I’m not going to tell you to change the channel from the NBA or the NHL playoffs, because you know…playoffs. However, I am going to encourage you to set your DVR’s and make sure that it is set to the NFL Network for prime recording. No, I’m not talking about the unveiling of the 2014 schedule. You know…because that’s what the internet is for. I’m talking about Caught...

The Acceptance Of LeBron’s Good Decision On Taking His Talents To South Beach | 2 Comments

I get so tired of hearing people talking about how LeBron chose to play alongside Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. It’s not like they are carrying him to anything. They are role players on a team led by King James. I’m not a LeBron stan to say the least. I am a Knicks fan. A Knicks fan who wishes he would have chosen to bring his talents to Gotham instead of taking them to South Beach. People tend to forget that people choose where they want to play...

The Annual NBA Playoff Cookout Just Isn’t The Same Without Craig Sager | 2 Comments

Dedicated to Craig Sager, the man who never met a color combination he didn’t like and the man who should introduce Gregg Popovich at his Hall of Fame induction. #GetWellSager The NBA is a family. An infinitely large one, at that. We’re talking the players, coaches, media, refs, arena workers, front office execs, the fans, the whole nine. We don’t always like each other, similar to a family, and that’s perfectly fine. The...

Chan-Lo Kicks Off Season 2 Of Chicks N’ Kicks By Featuring Tinashe And The Air Jordan 11 “Gamma” | 0 Comments

Our blogger sister-in-crime Channing has done some awesome stuff over at here own corner of the internet at Chan-Lo.com. She’s consistent in a way that reminds me of how I used to blog when I was a young whippersnapper in the game, actually she’s better than me. The woman will post 2-5 pieces a day on the latest in greatest in the hip-hop, entertainment, sports and sneaker culture game and I always try to spend five minutes perusing the...

Starting Lineups: Does the PGA Even Have A Post-Tiger Plan? | 4 Comments

I have a few friends that are more than just weekend golfers, including one who could have made some major pro dollars if not for injury. As for myself, the closest I’ve ever been to the game was awkwardly hacking and wacking on a driving range in suburban Massachusetts several years ago. That is all to say that my lack of knowledge and experience in the sport compared to, say, our friend Dillon, is laughable. I could certainly name a dozen or...

Game Of Thrones: Boxing Edition, Volume Two – On Top Rank, Golden Boy And The Road Ahead | 2 Comments

Often, a fighter needs more than a clever matchmaker to sit on one of the thrones in boxing. Sometimes he needs a good lawyer, a gutsy and aggressive champion—a Daario Naharis, a Jaquen H’ghar, or a Hound—to help break free of a greedy promoter or manager. But bringing in a lawyer is expensive, which means that fighters have to be willing to dig deep into their pockets to pay for their advocates, and to survive long periods of inactivity while...

Starting Lineups: It’s Official, Patrick Beverley Is The Tazmanian Devil Reincarnated | 2 Comments

I suppose I should be talking about the masterful performance that Lamarcus Aldridge put on during Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets. A game in which Aldridge put up 46 points and 18 rebounds, a stat line (of 45+ points and 15+ rebounds) that’s only occurred 6 times in NBA history during the playoffs. Remarkable stuff, really. Or, I suppose I should be talking about the virtuoso performance...

Avian Flu: Josh McRoberts Got All Types Of Sick On Chris Andersen | 5 Comments

Happy Easter, everybody. A cool thing happened today, as I decided to try and acquire a new skill to help myself become a king of the internet. I learned how to make GIF’s. Yes, the #1 way in which human life chooses to interact with one another in the digital age is now within my arsenal of talents. I began sharpening my skills a bit during the first game of our Sunday quadruple-header as San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks did battle,...

Game Of Thrones: Boxing Edition, Volume One – Bernard Hopkins Is An Alien | 2 Comments

There are two types of thrones in boxing: the one for titles and the one for money. Usually, to sit on one throne means to sit on the other, but not always. If you don’t understand this essential dichotomy of the sport it can easily appear a messy and haphazard arrangement of match ups and business decisions—hell, even if you understand the game it can still feel like that. Take the Adonis “Superman” Stevenson situation for example. A...

The 8 X-Factor Players Of The 2014 NBA Playoffs: West Edition | 0 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the NBA Post Season officially getting underway this upcoming Saturday. The Suns weren’t able to complete their bid for a post season spot, but this year’s field promises to be one of the most competitive post seasons in the Western Conference. Today, the TSFJ team takes a look at the most important player on every Western Conference team — not the best player. Find our Eastern Conference...

The 8 X-Factor Players Of The 2014 NBA Playoffs: East Edition | 2 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year with the NBA Post Season officially getting underway this upcoming Saturday. The Bobcats will end their franchise with a trip to the post season while the Knicks failed to recover from their slow start, even in one of the worst years for the Eastern Conference. Today, the TSFJ team takes a look at the most important player on every Eastern Conference team — not the best player. 8. Atlanta Hawks:...

BBSketch Paints The Perfect Picture Of Patrick Ewing & The Ewing Center Hi | 0 Comments

It’s not a fair thing to say, but it’s the absolute truth. Patrick Ewing will always go down as one of the most underappreciated athletes of his generation. During his time at Georgetown, the man dominated everything that was college basketball in the early 80′s, but many people will remember his time in The District for losing to UNC in 1982 NCAA Final and to Villanova in the 1985 Final. During his time with the New York Knicks,...

Starting Lineups: Debunking The Injury Myth As The NBA And NHL Playoffs Start | 2 Comments

Ryan Getzlaf took a slap shot to the face in game one of the Anaheim Ducks-Dallas Stars series. Getzlaf dropped to the ice briefly and covered his face before skating off to the locker room. He will play in game two because “hockey player”. That’s a term you’ll hear a lot over the next few months. Hockey player has come to mean an athlete who will skate through injury no matter how grievous it might appear. Patrice Bergeron played...

Jordan Brand Officially Unveils The Air Jordan XX9 | 2 Comments

Life must be great for Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin these days. Their teams are considered title contenders for the 2013-14 NBA championship, both can jump higher and dunk harder than anyone on the face of the earth not named LeBron James and both have the ability to have an unlimited assortment of Jordans to wear at their disposal at anytime. More than that, they get that new-new before everyone else does, and that’s pretty dope. Starting...

The 10 Things We All Loved About The 2013-14 NBA Season | 5 Comments

Wednesday, April 16th will mark the end of the 2013-14 regular season in the NBA.  With it, we will prepare to commit the next seven weeks of our lives to what we have come to know and love as the NBA Playoffs. If you have a significant other that doesn’t give a damn about basketball like that, I would make a suggestion that you take a day or two and let them know that you appreciate them and that your absence in their lives has nothing to...

Starting Lineups: Is It More Painful For Portland Or Seattle Fans To Watch Kevin Durant? | 3 Comments

With the NBA’s arduous regular season finally coming to a close, something we’ve seen just once in the past five years is slated to occur — someone other than LeBron James taking home NBA MVP honors. LeBron has won four of the past five MVPs, with only Derrick Rose’s remarkable 2010-11 season interrupting a LeBron five-peat. And it looks as though James will be thwarted from his own personal MV3Peat once again, as the majority...

Gareth Bale Just Did Something Incredible In The Copa del Rey Final Today | 1 Comment

You ever hear folks make the statement, “well, he’s earned his money tonight” when talking about someone’s performance? That statement can now be said about Gareth Bale as the man ran the length of the pitch, sprinted around the Barcelona defender by going out of bounds and then executed a clinical finish to give Real Madrid a 2-1 lead in the Copa Del Rey final. Witness the absurdity and disrespect dished out by Bale here....

A Mid-Major Finally Wins It All: Union College’s First National Championship | 6 Comments

A 30-something Minnesota fan in a white sweater with the number 58 and “The Lego Guy” on the back was walking a few feet ahead of me outside the Wells Fargo Center. He wore a cowboy hat and what looked like partly shredded chaps. For a man drawing so much attention to himself, The Lego Guy wasn’t keen on talking. “So you’re The Lego Guy?” I called out to him. He giggled nervously, put his head down and continued to walk straight...

Starting Lineups: Would There Be More African-Americans In MLB If Michael Jordan Made The Majors? | 1 Comment

Last night on ESPN’s telecast of the Atlanta Braves versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone and Tim Kurkjian discussed the topic that comes up every mid-April. The issue of the low percentage of African-Americans in Major League Baseball has circled around the sport for too long, and rehashing the points of contention is almost fruitless at this point (though the TV angle should never be dismissed). However, something came up...