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Eric Kelly Is The Best Thing That Happened To The MLB All-Star Game

If you don’t remember Eric Kelly, he’s arguably the greatest boxing trainer of all time. Why? Because he has...

A Sports Scribe, Soccer

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Comprehensive Report On Qatar And The 2022 World Cup

We just came off one of the more entertaining World Cup tournaments in a long time, where the celebrations of sporting and...

Bull City, Et cetera, Soul On Ice, Staff

TSFJ Run Challenge — Week 3: Different People, Same Mission

Over the past few weeks, we have talked about the importance of exercise and why it’s so hard for everyone to commit to...

The 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters Debate: The Rev Vs. The Cheap Seat Fan | 2 Comments

Over the past two days, the starting lineups for both sides of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game have been dissected by TSFJ’s head editor and baseball aficionado, the Reverend Paul Revere, and the lead of the on-site baseball department, Matt Whitener. The debates against the people’s choices have come to a close, and now the standoff has become of the mano y mano variety, and now its time for the critiques to turn potentially, even personal. Today...

Pat Riley And The Most Important Powerpoint Presentation In History | 1 Comment

As he’s become accustomed to his entire career, Pat Riley stands as one of the main characters as NBA history happens in real time. Twenty calendars from now will be the year 2034. Life’s going to look a lot different, too. The Obama era will be a distant memory, as both Barack and Michelle should be grandparents by that time. The iPhone will be comparable to what Zach Morris’ cell phone is viewed as now. The porn industry will...

Holland Vs. Argentina: Because This Game Can’t Be A Lopsided Affair (Right?) | 2 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Holland and Argentina are playing for the other spot in the World Cup Final against Germany, who unceremoniously laid a 7-1 mollywhopping on host country Brazil, their first loss on Brazilian soil in decades. The loser gets a spot in the third-place match against Brazil. I can guarantee that this game won’t end 7-1. OK, I can’t guarantee it. But it almost certainly won’t end 7-1. Holland and Argentina...

The Cheap Seat Fan’s ‘Real’ 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters | 0 Comments

First of all, I would like to say that I am stunned by the accuracy of which the All-Star vote relayed a very good representation of putting close to the best possible lineup for each team at the head of next week’s 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis. As The Rev said yesterday in his surveying of the ASG scene, whether it is the spread of knowledge via the internet or fantasy sports, the fans are getting better at this voting thing. It is also...

On Nerlens Noel And A Dream Deferred | 0 Comments

For reasons that I’ve never been able to explain, I’ve always had a vested interest in the story of Nerlens Noel. It’s most likely because his career as a professional basketball player has mirrored my own as a writer — not necessarily in the same level of success, but more so in the path that our journeys have taken. Having followed his recovery from an ACL injury that’s kept him sidelined since February 2013, I related...

TSFJ Run Challenge – Week 1: ‘This Is Probably Going To Kill Me’ | 4 Comments

Week 1 of TSFJ’s Run Challenge has been a grind, but it’s also been a lot of fun. Many of the runners have taken to social media with the hashtag #tsfjrunchallenge and posted some very challenging runs. For many of the runners in all categories, a strong start has been a premium. If you started a little slow, don’t worry, because any runner will remind you of the time-and-true creed: It is not how you start, but how you finish. There...

Brazil Vs. Germany: Who Needs The Win More? | 0 Comments

The soccer gods have gifted us a dream semifinal. Brazil, five-time winners of the World Cup, take on Germany, who have won the trophy a mere three times, in just a few short hours. Both nations play under tremendous pressure. Brazil’s coronation on its home pitch has been all but a formality since FIFA awarded the South American country the World Cup in 2007. Now the Brazilians face the prospect of failure while their two best players spectate...

When The Black Fives Ruled Basketball: How An Exhibit Highlights A Hidden History | 7 Comments

Headed to its last day at the New York Historical Society on July 20, there is a fascinating look at a relatively unexplored account on basketball and America itself. Prior to the formation of the NBA in the late 1940s, pro hoops had its ebbs and flows in establishing the sport as much as an athletic pursuit as an entertainment vehicle. Basketball in the first half of the 20th century had the same successes and failures of the more popular sport...

The Rev’s Real 2014 MLB All-Star Game Starters | 2 Comments

The 2014 MLB All-Stars have officially been announced, so it’s that time of year where Matt Whitener and I go over the men who actually should be starting in the midsummer classic. I have to admit, with the advent of online voting and the explosion of fantasy sports, the voting public is much more well-informed and, frankly, much better at voting in the deserving players. But that doesn’t mean the process is perfect. So without further...

Giving Honor To God: Tony Wroten Unleashes A Disgusting Shammgod Crossover | 0 Comments

Excluding the the handful of ball players competing in the two NBA Summer Leagues, July is essentially the official month of vacation for hoopers. As legendary tales from summer pro-am leagues pop up around the country, there will always be some schmuck on the other end of a 50+ point game. It happens. Brandon Jennings lit up the Los Angeles Drew League for 57 in the first weekend NBA players were allowed to suit up. SOMEONE gave up that 57 — and...

UFC 175: The Story Of Legitimacy And Longevity | 0 Comments

For champions Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman, UFC 175 was about respect. Despite a pristine 9-0 record going into her fourth UFC title defense, Rousey continued to be plagued by critics and doubters — many of whom based their criticisms largely on her fight persona and antics on The Ultimate Fighter 18. For Weidman, although he’d twice felled the greatest mixed martial artist to ever live, his victories came under such bizarre circumstances that...

Dave Chappelle Absolutely Nails The Donald Sterling Case In 5 Minutes Of Standup | 2 Comments

Dave Chappelle hasn’t hosted his world famous sketch comedy show “Chappelle’s Show” in almost eight years, and yet there are always times in my life where a situation will arise and one of his skits will perfectly sum up what I’m experiencing. Same goes for his standup specials that he rarely gives us these days. Still, sometimes the only person who could nail a situation is Chappelle. So when I found that the internet...

Shock The World Chronicles: Stephen Curry’s Magical Night At The San Francisco Pro-Am | 0 Comments

Image by @LetsGoWarriors I remember sitting in my usual 2 p.m. Wednesday meeting at the gig, listening to the mindless drivel that was being spewed across the table while casually scanning my laptop. I was browsing Facebook when I saw the following words from the homie Bonta. Steph Curry will be playing tonight at the SF Pro-Am. It will be packed silly tonight at Kezar. There wasn’t anything else that needed to be read or said. My plans were...

How 4 Games Forever Changed Jermaine Jones’ Legacy At The World Cup | 3 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Anytime anyone mentioned Jermaine Jones in reference to the U.S. Men’s National Team in the run-up to this World Cup, words like “liability” and “reckless” were sure to follow. People say that because he was both of those things. He has always been a threat to get a yellow card because of things like this, crunching tackles that just seemed to happen without much warning. Watch Jones in...

Tim Howard Deserved Better And America’s Hope-Filled Roller Coaster Ride Is Over | 0 Comments

“F*ck.” It was the only word I could utter when Belgium sent Romelo Lukaku onto the pitch in extra time. I knew what was about to happen, even if I really didn’t. And when it did happen, I couldn’t do anything but wallow in my misery. When Lukaku setup the goal for Kevin De Bruyne to score in the 93rd minute, the same minute that Asamoah Gyan scored on the United States just four years ago in the Round of 16, I thought the...

In Search Of Soccer In New York City | 2 Comments

Every bar on Bleecker Street from Wicked Willy’s to The GMT Tavern hung miniature flags of World Cup participants off their awnings. ESPN flashed on the flat screen TVs. The chalk board advertisements implored customers to stop by with promises of drink specials and noise. “Watch the World Cup with sound here!” one establishment boasted. It was August-hot on a June Wednesday, proving that Brazil had invaded New York as much in weather as...

The ‘Just A Bit Early’ 2014 MLB All-Stars – Volume 2 | 2 Comments

The 81st game and technical halfway point of the Major League Baseball season has been met for each of its clubs, while the ceremonial midway mark is two weeks from today as the All-Star Game looms in Minneapolis. And with that, it is time to take the top-of-the-month look at what the 2014 MLB All-Stars should REALLY look like. This time it is just before the rosters are made official, as the full lineups for both leagues will be announced this Sunday...

6 Things You Need To Know Before USA Vs. Belgium | 0 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt In the weeks and months leading up to the World Cup, there was one goal for the USMNT: survive one of the two (three? Italy and England got unceremoniously dumped by Costa Rica and Uruguay) groups of death in this World Cup. We’ve escaped from that four-man brawl of a group by a slim margin. (Thank you, Cristiano. I hate you, in all your perfection, but thank you.) Now what? Now comes Belgium, a country with a population...

The USMNT Needs The Real Michael Bradley To Step Up | 0 Comments

I can’t imagine what it must be like to be U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley right now. The soccer star, who recently returned to the MLS following a wildly successful stint in Europe, was widely considered if not the most recognizable soccer player hailing from the United States, perhaps the best. Well, the best outside of goalkeeper Tim Howard anyway. Yet ever since the U.S. team’s first game against Ghana in...

The Magic Is Back In Omaha: Terence Crawford KO’s Yuriokis Gamboa | 1 Comment

There’s another fight of the year candidate, and this one confirmed there will soon be waves in the already stacked 140-pound division. Terence Crawford, a native son of Omaha, brought back championship boxing to his hometown for the first time in over 40 years. Against Yuriorkis Gamboa, a Cuban-national and 2004 Olympic Gold medalist, Crawford delivered a career-defining performance that will not be soon forgotten by boxing fans — and probably...

4 Takeaways From The World Cup Weekend: How Do You Define “Penalty”? | 3 Comments

Take a breath. You need it. This World Cup has shown no regard for people’s health. It has sent atheists to confessional booths and Catholics to the altar of the heretical soccer gods. If the group stages and first four round of 16 matches are any indication, we’ll all need heart transplants by tournament’s end. Here are four takeaways from the weekend in Brazil. Brazil 1 (3), Chile 1 (2) : Brazil survives … for now Brazil...

The TSFJ Run Challenge Is Here | 18 Comments

Picture courtesy of Zack Sylvan. Sometime in May, Crazy Joe Simmons and I were talking about different types of workouts when he told me about a running group he was in with some people all across the country. It was made possible by the Nike+ Running App they all had on various electronic devices they used regularly. I have a love-hate relationship with cardio, which basically means that I get all my cardio in when I’m on the basketball court...

Here’s The 5 Reasons Why You Should Watch WWE’s Money In The Bank | 0 Comments

By The Hot Tag / @kellendaniel x @brehwyatt Hello all! Welcome to the Hot Tag! Where we’re going to try to invite you into the world of World Wrestling Entertainment, little-by-little. Or a lot by a lot. Whatever your dose, we got you covered. This week myself, Kellen Daniel, along with my partner Kyle Hoffman invite you to check out this Sunday’s Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View Special Event on the WWE Network. Money In The Bank is special, because...

We Should All Send Our Kids To Nick Young’s Basketball Camp | 8 Comments

It’s officially the summertime all across the country and with the solstice in full effect, that really means only one thing for parents. The kids are home from school and they must be entertained for the next two-plus months. You see, my mother had nothing to worry about, as she’d get me dressed in the morning just like I was going to school, but then she’d hit a detour on 67th and Cache Rd. and take me right over to my grandma’s...

They’re Plenty American Enough | 3 Comments

If there is one thing that infuriates me more than that silly ass chant, it’s the questioning of how “American” this US Men’s National Team is makes my blood boil. Let me just put all of my cards on the table. I’m a son of an Army serviceman. My father is Puerto Rican. My mother is African-American. Every man on both sides of the family tree have served in the military…except me. I am the first man in my family...