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

There are two types of thrones in boxing: the one for titles and the one for money. Usually, to sit on one throne means...

Basketball, J. Tinsley

Why The “Bad Boys” ’30 For 30′ Is Required Viewing

In their path to creating history, the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons made a lot of enemies. They wouldn’t...

Basketball, Ed The Sports Fan, Films and Docs

BBSketch Paints The Perfect Picture Of Patrick Ewing & The Ewing Center Hi

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...

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...

Why Getting Rid Of Divisions In The NBA Is A Good Idea … And Why Getting Rid Of Conferences Isn’t | 9 Comments

As you may have heard, the NBA is considering getting rid of divisions altogether and just designating teams strictly by conference. Some argue that the NBA should even go one step further, abolishing conferences altogether and just taking the top 16 teams for the postseason. Of course, there have been all kinds of other wild theories as well, such as Bill Simmons’ entertaining idea of a round-robin tournament to determine the final four playoff...

On Kanye West, Drake And Entertainers Getting Co-Signs From Your Favorite Sneaker Brands | 3 Comments

By KJ Kearney / @h1gher A long time ago, when I was blogging about streetwear and streetwear marketing concepts, I wrote a post that basically said that up-and-coming brands should avoid celebrity co-signs like the plague. I had a myriad of reasons, but my main one was because I believed it was a dangerous proposition to leverage the popularity of your brand with something so fleeting (and out of your control) as someone else’s fame. And I want...

Starting Lineups: Closing In On Home Plate Collisions | 3 Comments

Enough is enough. Today, Major League Baseball will have its first public address about what has long been its most dangerous element: home plate collisions. After years of seeing catchers become the type of target practice that the government relegates as only safe to perform in uninhabited parts of Arizona, the baseball community is finally standing up and saying that it’s time for a rules change to forcibly shift the culture. And it is a change...

Roy Halladay: The Workhorse Who Made You Believe | 4 Comments

Yesterday, Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and officially announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. We here at TSFJ only felt it appropriate to honor one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. So here are a few words shared by Toronto Blue Jays fan Alex Wong (aka Steven Lebron), Philadelphia Phillies fan Joe Boland (aka Reverend Paul Revere) and our resident baseball expert Matt Whitener (aka Cheap...

Shock The World Chronicles: The Philadelphia Eagles’ Snow Bowl Win | 4 Comments

You want to know what it was like. You want to know how it feels to be at a football game that turns into a blizzard. You want to know what the people in the stands are thinking as Mother Nature tries to kill them with snow. Here you go. On November 11, a friend asked if I’d be interested in attending the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions. It was a no-brainer. Once a year, I see my beloved Philadelphia Eagles play in person....

Starting Lineups: An Obituary For Defense In The NFL | 4 Comments

One hundred touchdowns. 859 total points. The NFL broke an almost year-old record from Week 17 last year with a record number of touchdowns in Week 14. You can see more of this information on the NFL and their picks here. Yes, many believe that weather played a role in the dizzying amount of TDs scored thanks to the winter storm that blanketed several parts of the country this past weekend. The wind compelled some teams to run a little more and...

Guillermo Rigondeaux And James Kirkland: The Boxer And The Brawler | 0 Comments

I can’t recall a night of boxing that more starkly showed the difference between the sweet and the bitter of the fight game than Saturday’s “Boxing After Dark” on HBO. At its purest and most technical, the sweet science is the art of hitting and not getting hit. At the opposite end of the sport, where grit and heart are the only currency, the headfirst, take-one-to-give-one mentality was born. It isn’t often that the fans get to see archetypes...

Goal Of The Season Candidate: Southampton’s Danny Osvaldo Finally Proves His Worth | 0 Comments

As a Southampton fan, I’ve been on cloud nine during this Barclays Premier League season. After enduring the nervous battle against relegation a year ago, the Saints thrust themselves into the top four early in this campaign. When they took on Arsenal in November, Southampton was in third place. That Arsenal result though, a 2-0 defeat, was the first of three consecutive losses. The Saints took 1-0 lead over Chelsea last week before succumbing...

Starting Lineups: Mike Gundy, John Cooper And Continually Failing To Beat Your Rival | 7 Comments

The Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys engaged in the annual collegiate state championship on Saturday morning, also known as Bedlam. Blake Bell, the third QB off the bench for Bob Stoops (and the guy I idiotically once compared to Cam Newton), put together one of the most absurd drives in history to give OU a 33-24 victory in Stillwater. It was a game the Sooners had no business winning, and for Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy,...