Baseball, The Cheap Seats, The Rev

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

Over the past two days, the starting lineups for both sides of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game have been dissected by TSFJ’s...

Basketball, I'm So Hideous

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

Excluding the the handful of ball players competing in the two NBA Summer Leagues, July is essentially the official month...

Bull City, Et cetera

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

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...

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...

Here’s The 6 Takeaways From the 2014 NBA Draft: Because Adam Silver’s The Real MVP | 1 Comment

Months of speculation were finally brought to an end, and honestly I wish the NBA season was starting next week. Fortunately, we’ll have summer league and plenty of time to ponder what will become of this 2014 class. Last night was an event that lived up to the hype, and in addition to the draft itself it was very honorable and heartfelt of the NBA to allow Isaiah Austin to embrace the moment he’s prepared so long for. Not a bad start...

5 Big Questions Heading Into The 2014 NBA Draft | 2 Comments

Tonight, the fate of NBA franchises everywhere will be altered in some way, shape or form, as is the case every year during the NBA Draft. This year there is no shortage of intrigue — from the injuries to the alleged draft depth to the Cleveland Cavaliers getting a mulligan on their Anthony Bennett pick first overall a year ago. Essentially, we could come up with interesting topics all damn day centered around the 2014 NBA Draft. But nobody has...

That Escalated Quickly: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Kick That Humbled America | 2 Comments

When “poking the bear goes wrong. Horribly wrong. Beer tickets were $5 a piece. So, naturally, my buddy Vaughan and I bought four. Not having the first clue what to expect from Richmond’s outdoor USA-Portugal World Cup watch party, if nothing else, drinking beer outside on a unusually cool June Sunday afternoon among the people couldn’t be a bad deal. Everyone was draped in patriotic colors. Except me. Everyone talked strategy, how many...

The World Cup Brings Wayward Souls Together | 2 Comments

The first organized team sport I played growing up was soccer. I played for three or four years and had a good time at first, but lurking in the distance was a 6’6’, 195-pound product of the University of North Carolina playing in the red, black and white of the Chicago Bulls. My dad, who introduced me to soccer and played the game his entire life, knew this and squeezed his grip on me and his childhood sport tighter. However, it was all for...

2014 NBA Draft: Here’s Why We’re Buying In On Dante Exum | 5 Comments

For the past several months, there has been this relatively unknown, intriguing NBA draft prospect garnering interest. He’s impressed NBA scouts since he dazzled at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. Those who were fortunate enough to have seen that game live walked away convinced they had witnessed something special. Then as fate would have it, this man of mystery would compete at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship and show those same witnesses that...

Watch Nike’s Live Stream Unveiling Of Kevin Durant’s Nike KD 7 | 0 Comments

Wednesday will be a day for multi-tasking. Whether you’re grabbing lunch, knee-deep in spreadsheets and powerpoints, school work or watching the World Cup by any means necessary…sneakerheads from all across the globe will come together in the name of Kevin Durant and his latest signature sneaker release, the Nike KD7. Nike Basketball will proudly unveil Kevin Durant’s new signature shoe, the KD7, in a live online broadcast event next...

Luis Suarez Is Clearly A Vampire And We Simply Weren’t Paying Enough Attention | 2 Comments

For a moment there, Luis Suarez’s brilliance was going to overlap my hate for a man that might’ve been built up over a few random events that I deemed very racist. Suarez, the Uruguayan and Liverpool striker extraordinaire, is so friggin’ good. He’s brilliant in a way that makes you believe that some people are just put on this earth to play the game. Everything seems fluid when he moves. He’s always in the right place...

The Decision, Part II: LeBron James Opts Out And Fans Lose Their Minds…Again | 9 Comments

I’ve been awake exactly 90 minutes as of writing this, and I’m already disgusted. LeBron James, in a move that was 100% not shocking at all, did exactly what he was supposed to do this Tuesday morning. Per SB Nation’s Jason Patt: Miami Heat star LeBron James has exercised his early termination option, making him a free agent this summer, SB Nation has confirmed. The news was originally broken by ESPN. James is the first of the...

Pour Out A Little Liquor: Remembering Spain’s Golden Generation | 2 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Yesterday was surreal for anyone who has watched international soccer over the last seven or eight years. Spain was ranked first in the world and were first out of the 2014 World Cup. The most dominant international soccer team winners in recent memory, and perhaps of all time, deserved a more graceful exit. The 3-0 win over an Australian team is likely the last important match for several key players from Spain’s...

Carmelo Anthony, Scottie Pippen And Conversations Had At The 2014 Quai 54 World Streetball Championship | 0 Comments

Carmelo Anthony’s got a lot on his mind right now. The news broke on Sunday that the former Syracuse legend would begin the process of breaking ties with the New York Knicks by declining his player option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It’s not a bad time for Melo honestly, as the man could re-sign for the most money ($129 million over five years) back with the New York Knicks and the Phil Jackson experiment. Or he...

On Isaiah Austin And Coming To Terms With The Unexpected | 10 Comments

(Ed’s Note: The news of former Baylor Bears forward Isaiah Austin announcing the end of his basketball career due to the diagnosis of Marfan Syndrome during his NBA Draft preparation was heartbreaking to hear. Today on TSFJ, Esau Howard and friend of the family Brandon Caldwell of Day & A Dream both spit poetic on coming to terms with the unexpected. Enjoy.) By Esau Howard / @EsauTheFirst Isaiah Austin was never a player who I spent an...

I Officially Love The U.S. Men’s National Team | 5 Comments

I didn’t know I cared that much. I really didn’t. When Cristiano Ronaldo connected on an absurd crossing pass from roughly 50 yards out to a streaking Varela, who subsequently headed the ball past Tim Howard to give Portugal a 2-2 tie against America, my mind just went blank. I had nothing. I felt nothing. I knew nothing. Here I was, dressed in as much red, white and blue as I could possibly throw together in my admittedly limited American...

Robert Guerrero And Yoshihiro Kamegai Deliver A Fight Of The Year Candidate | 3 Comments

Sometimes the best fights have the least fanfare. Being slated between a history-making middleweight bout and the return of Canelo Alvarez meant that there wasn’t much space to really promote Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Yoshihiro Kamegai. But on Saturday night, these warriors delivered one of the most action-packed fights this year, compelling fans and media alike to pay close attention. Guerrero, once at the epicenter of the boxing world...

I Believe That We Will Win: A Functional But Terrible Soccer Chant | 9 Comments

By Carden Hedelt / @cheedelt Both palms burned from slapping the table. Clint Dempsey’s goal, merely 30 seconds into the United States’ first World Cup game against Ghana took me by complete surprise. The whole bar erupted. Some jackass jumped up on a table and started singing something but I was too busy doling out high-fives to people I didn’t know. Some thick-necked dude tried to high-five my palm to Brazil and back and it burned...

The Hypocrisy Of The Post-Finals San Antonio Spurs Fandom | 2 Comments

It’s been a few days, and plenty are still consuming all the commentary about where both the new champion San Antonio Spurs and the somewhat reeling Miami Heat stand after a five-game NBA Finals. It continues for many reasons that range from our need to predict an unknown future to likely a greater need to attempt to fill the void until either free agency or the next season begins. The most notable string of commentary has been this celebration...

Did Clayton Kershaw Pitch The Greatest Game Ever? | 2 Comments

Early on in the year, it’s seemed like something has been missing in Major League Baseball for some reason. That’s because there was: the ever-present specter of Clayton Kershaw, looming every fifth day to more likely than not showcase pitching brilliance of the most florescent manner. Kershaw may have bended the laws of the basic understanding in regard to baseball this week with his work on the mound. How can you be better than perfect?...

Remembering Tony Gwynn And The Game I Used To Love | 2 Comments

By Jamar Hudson / @jamarhudson One of the most telling signs of aging is when a prominent figure of your childhood passes away. That feeling is accentuated even more when that person makes his or her transition at what is considered a “young” age. For me, over the past couple of years, the deaths of notable sports and pop-culture figures such as Maya Angelou, Roger Ebert, Chris Kelly, Hector Camacho, Junior Seau and Al Davs — all of...

The Charlotte Hornets Got New Jerseys But Where Are The Pinstripes? | 1 Comment

There’s nothing on this earth quite like the feeling of getting new uniforms. I remember in high school, as a junior first baseman on the Eisnehower Eagles baseball team, our coach decided that he wanted to imitate the Colorado Rockies’ combination of the black vest and the shirt with the primary color underneath. I, for one, was with it all the way. Of course, this was high school, and we didn’t have any money like that. So, if...

An Appreciation For Tony Gwynn As A Craftsman | 2 Comments

I’ll remember Tony Gwynn as a man in my ballpark until my brain gives out. It’s a shame I didn’t realize it until after his heart did. Gwynn’s dominance at the plate is well-documented. He hit, hit again and hit some more. Proof showed itself on the television screens. Highlights of his contact played on loop. Each pitcher seemed helpless. I don’t play baseball, and no one outside of a small circle knows who I am. Skill on the...

World Cup: USA, Mexico And A Sense Of Belonging | 2 Comments

Let’s go back to Monday night. John Brooks headed home a corner kick in the dying moments of a (group of) death match with Ghana and sent Americans spiraling in delight. It was a big win, an important win. Truthfully, any victory in the World Cup qualifies as such. But the widespread celebration shows just how new to this soccer thing we are as a country. Don’t get me wrong. It gives me great joy that citizens who spent their lives deriding...

Dearly Departed: 5 Thoughts On The Fall Of The Miami Heat | 2 Comments

Considering that the NBA Finals have now come and gone, this Dearly Departed entry hits home in a couple ways. One, the San Antonio Spurs were the last team standing. Two, the NBA season has officially come to an end. To me, the latter is more devastating than the fact that the Miami Heat were dethroned as the two-time World Champions. Still, like the past entries in this series, there are thoughts that need be articulated, and it’s time to...

Appreciating The Excellence Of Jimmy Rollins | 3 Comments

Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, celebrates milestones and statistics — almost defines itself by them — whether it is an all-time mark for the game or for an individual team. That obsession with numbers has helped certain players define certain franchises — Babe Ruth/Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees, Ernie Banks and the Chicago Cubs, Ted Williams and the Boston Red Sox, Tony Gwynn and the San Diego Padres (RIP), etc. For the...