Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time?

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal...

Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball...

A Sports Scribe, Et cetera

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC...

Starting Lineups: When David Lee And James White Threw Down | 3 Comments

Tomorrow night, Terrence Ross will try to defend his NBA Slam Dunk Contest championship against Paul George, John Wall, Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard and Ben McLemore. Even without LeBron James in the mix, it’s an interesting collection this year that will hopefully result in some memorable moments. And that’s what the Dunk Contest is all about — imprinting indelible moments in the minds of fans everywhere. Dr. J from the foul line....

Taking It Back: Scottie Pippen Rises At The 1994 NBA All-Star Game | 5 Comments

With the NBA All-Star Weekend upon us, one couldn’t let this year’s festivities pass by without reflecting on the games of old. While many tune in to the weekend-long festivities that the NBA has spent years creating hype for, at the end of the day it is still about the game itself. You have a collection of the Association’s best players putting on an offensive display that will have each one trying to outdo the other. Every year...

Can’t Stop The Reign: When Shaq Dominated The 1996 NBA All-Star Game | 3 Comments

The 1996 NBA All-Star Game was defined by one man. And his name wasn’t Michael Jordan. Turning 28 isn’t a milestone birthday. At least not in the way 16, 18, 21, 25, 30, 40, 50 and so on are. Yet, for me, it was. I turned 28 Feb. 1, and with the gift of seeing another year rang in a slew of realizations. Being 24 months away from 30, only so much time remains to be featured on some publication’s “30 Under 30″ list. It’s...

adidas Unveils Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s ‘The Blueprint’ Crazy 8 For The People | 1 Comment

On October 27th, 1969, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made his 4th of 22 total appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The topic of the feature article was focused on Kareem’s transition from being arguably the greatest college basketball player of all time to stepping into the pro game. Per Arash Markazi, the man formerly known as Lew Alcindor quickly realized that he was a different type of big man than what the pros were used to. “This...

Derek Jeter And His Everlasting ‘It Factor’ | 1 Comment

  Derek Jeter may be the best player ever who was never the best player in baseball at any point in his life. Think about it: From Bonds and Griffey, to Rodriguez and Pujols, to Cabrera and Trout, there’s never been a time where anybody sat down and said in any inarguable manner that “Derek Jeter is the best player in baseball.” But that is just the thing with Jeter — he never had to be because there has been no player since Joe DiMaggio...

Starting Lineups: LeBron James And The NBA’s Mount Rushmore | 4 Comments

Here’s the thing about Mount Rushmore. It’s carved into a giant rock outcropping. The architect, whom I’m too lazy to Google at the moment, settled on four presidents because he couldn’t fit any more into the Black Hills location. Had there been more space, I’m sure everyone from Andrew Jackson to Millard Fillmore would have a mug in South Dakota. Our eighth president, Martin Van Buren, had the boisterous support of...

Duke Vs. North Carolina NBA Alums Each Summed Up In A Phrase | 2 Comments

Thanks to a tweet by our editor-in-chief and a request by @brehwyatt, and with the Duke Blue Devils heading to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels tonight, it’s about time for an update on the “Duke Vs. North Carolina In The NBA: Perception Vs. Reality” story. Whereas two years ago there were 28 players in the NBA from the respective schools — 16 from Duke, 12 from UNC — that number has increased to 30 as of...

Starting Lineups: Steve Francis, The Forgotten NBA Slam Dunk Contestant | 6 Comments

Yesterday, many an NBA fan got his or her panties all in a bunch following video released of LeBron James messing around after practice and throwing down some nice dunks. The subsequent conversations — including between our very on Eduardo Maisonet and Kenny Masenda — reopened the debate on whether or not LeBron should compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Personally, I couldn’t care less whether LeBron ever enters the competition or...

Tyler Ennis Is The Most Important Freshman In College Basketball | 3 Comments

Andrew Wiggins. Jabari Parker. Julius Randle. Aaron Gordon. And most recently Joel Embiid. These are the names you’ve heard most in regard to the freshmen roaming the college basketball landscape, and for good reason. Wiggins was the player everyone in the NBA was supposed to be tanking for. Parker was close behind and took the NCAA scene by storm. Randle and Gordon constituted the versatile big men with the NBA bodies. And Embiid has shown...

Starting Lineups: Melvin Ejim, DeAndre Kane And The 5 Dope Hoopers Of Iowa State’s Past | 1 Comment

The Iowa State Cyclones got destroyed by the West Virginia Mountaineers 102-77 on Monday night. Okay, now that we got that out of the way, can I just say that I’ve been making it a point to watch this basketball team every single chance I get? Have you seen these dudes DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim? How in God’s name did the Cyclones get these two dope swingmen to come to Ames? I mean, DeAndre Kane sounds like the name of a villain in...

Michael Sam, The Reflecting Pool Of Sports And Life | 2 Comments

The worldwide story of NFL prospect Michael Sam announcing his homosexuality to the masses has dominated the airwaves and crossed over into many diverse sectors of the current events sphere. However, while the football ramifications are interesting, they are at best a second-tier factor into what is at hand here. As an alumnus of the University of Missouri, it represents a chance to look back at how such an announcement could come to be for a young...

On Jeff Orr, Fan Comments And White Privilege | 6 Comments

Over the next week there’s going to be a litany of articles written to address Marcus Smart’s antics at the end of the Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech game on Saturday. Most will likely be some variation of the following themes: 1) Smart shouldn’t have gone into the stands. 2) Smart should’ve been, well, smarter. 3) Jeff Orr was wrong, but Smart was even more wrong because he had more to lose and should’ve just walked away. All valid points....

Starting Lineups: Did Michael Sam’s Announcement Feel A Bit Weird To Anyone Besides Me? | 3 Comments

Former First Team All-American defensive end Michael Sam of the Missouri Tigers told the world on Sunday that he is a gay man. (Something that, evidently, plenty of folks already knew.) Coming out of the closet has proven to be one of the more difficult decisions any homosexual person will ever have to face. I applaud the man for overcoming any fears he might’ve had. To that, I tip my cap to the man. Yet, when I woke up on Monday morning and...

Manny Pacquiao Vs. Tim Bradley II: A Matchmaking Primer | 2 Comments

Boxing is a business. Before any heroics can happen inside a ring, contracts have to be signed, money for the fighters found and, of course, the opponents agreed upon. Who decides that? Who decides which contender gets a title shot and which wallows in obscurity? How do you choose one C-level club fighter over another to face a blue-chip prospect? That is the art of matchmaking. And in today’s boxing news, there is probably no better study...

On Monta Ellis, D’Angelo Barksdale And Accepting Past Perceptions | 8 Comments

You can say you somebody new, you can give yourself a whole new story, but what came first is who you really are and what happened before is what really happened. — D’Angelo Barksdale There is much to be said about the greatness of “The Wire,” but if nothing else it shows that everything is all relative. Humans are meant to be complex, as D’Angelo Barksdale demonstrated on numerous occasions in the early years of the...

Starting Lineups: Watch ‘The Crash Reel’ As A Winter Olympics Primer | 0 Comments

This week, snowboarding has been a major topic of conversation surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Unfortunately, it’s been for the wrong reasons. That’s because two Olympic snowboarders have already been injured practicing on the Sochi slopestyle course, as Finland’s Marika Enne hit her head and was carried off on a stretcher one day after men’s favorite Torstein Horgmo of Norway broke his collarbone on the same...

QOTD: Why Do Some Of You Like College Sports More Than Professional Sports? | 13 Comments

I’m going to be perfectly honest with you — I don’t understand people who like college sports more than professional sports. This topic seems to come up in regard to football and especially basketball more than any other sports. It’s not often you hear someone talk up college hockey over the NHL or the ping of college baseball over the crack of the MLB bat. But when it comes to college football and college basketball, there are...

Starting Lineups: Sidney Crosby And Evgeni Malkin Provide A Preview Of Sochi | 3 Comments

The Sochi Olympics Men’s Hockey Tournament might as well have taken place Wednesday night. In goal for the Buffalo Sabres stood Ryan Miller, hero of the 2010 games who led the United States to a somewhat surprising silver medal. He may reprise that role when the tournament starts next week. The Pittsburgh Penguins, on the other side, have the two best players from the two best teams entering the Black Sea resort city. Evgeni Malkin has surpassed...

A Carolina Fan Says Good Riddance To The Maryland Terrapins | 3 Comments

I grew up in a big white house on a farm, about 45 miles west of Washington, D.C. We didn’t get satellite until I hit high school. To watch weeknight college basketball, our antenna — moved by one of these — would have to pick up UPN or another random station out of the city. UPN mostly broadcasted ACC games. My area staked its fanhood in the teams from Tobacco Road. We were too rural for Georgetown, and Virginia Tech never made national broadcasts....

Starting Lineups: Blake Bortles Has Already Won The 2014 NFL Draft | 0 Comments

Now that Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning have (mostly) left the stage as the most over-talked about quarterbacks of the times, the scene shifts where it always does this part of the year … To overhyping the barely college football-graduated NFL quarterbacks to be! This year’s actors in the play include one that actually has to be let down to earth for the NFL proceedings awaiting him in Johnny “Money” Manziel. He’s been living the NFL...

Hubie Brown Is A National Treasure | 1 Comment

Hubert Jude Brown was born on Sept. 25, 1933, making him 80 years old. Most people, if they are lucky enough to reach that advanced age, are retired, set out to pasture to live a more relaxed life at that point in their lives. For a man whose coaching career spanned through four decades — including being named NBA Coach of the Year in 1978 and 2004 (what?!?) — and spent pretty the entire time between and since as a fantastic NBA announcer that...

Starting Lineups: A Weirdly Complicated Friendship Between Jonathan Martin And Richie Incognito? | 3 Comments

So, it’s safe to say that Jonathan Martin’s NFL career is over, if he was ever interested in reviving it. The Big Lead released a PDF of more than 1,000 text messages exchanged between the former Miami Dolphins offensive guard and his now-exiled former teammate, Richie Incognito. With the investigation set to close this week, the conversations between the two did something that a widely criticized television interview couldn’t do — make Incognito...

The 10 Things I Learned After Seattle Mashed Out Denver In Super Bowl XLVIII | 7 Comments

I was not excited about watching the Super Bowl with a whole bunch of people. I’ve always preferred to sit in the house like a hermit, get my Wingstop order ahead of schedule (10-piece garlic parmesan regular wings, side of ranch, small order of fries, side of cheese sauce) and have a few libations on deck. For the next three-and-a-half hours, my life can be devoted to football as this game, the Super Bowl, can be honored as the final game...

The 10 Best Hitters In Major League Baseball | 7 Comments

Last week, a challenge was levied to by our editor-in-chief to me: Can you rank the 10 best hitters in baseball? Initially, I was a bit reluctant, because far too often, ranking the best hitters in the game can get equated to ranking the best players, which is not what this is (I’ll do that in a month or so). No, great hitter is just that, simply the best with the bat. As much as it is about stats, awards and highlights that make big names, it’s...

Starting Lineups: Michael Robinson Knows How To Lead | 6 Comments

Amid all the tiring controversy over Marshawn Lynch and his relationship with the media was a display of exemplary leadership. In support of his teammate and fellow backfield mate, Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson stepped up and took the microphone on behalf of the one they call Beast Mode. No matter your thoughts on Super Bowl Media Day, it was awesome to watch Robinson get his teammate’s back. For those of you unfamiliar with the...