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...

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 | 4 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 | 5 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,...

4 Immediate Reactions To The 2014 World Cup Draw | 8 Comments

The 2014 World Cup has come to an end and the eight groups have been finalized. Some immediate questions will arise once you get a chance to look at the placement of the 32 nations. 1. Did America get screwed? (Probably.) 2. Which group is the group of death? (Probably USA’s group) 3. Can the 2014 World Cup get here soon enough? (Nope.) With that, here are four immediate reactions and observations from Dillon Friday, our resident footballer...

Starting Lineups: Joe Frazier’s Statue Is Finally Approved, 20 Years Too Late | 3 Comments

The biggest travesty in Philadelphia sports/culture history is finally, mercifully about to come to an end. Joe Frazier, one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, the man who defeated an in-his-prime Muhammad Ali, the man who stood toe to toe with “The Greatest” for three epic fights, will get his knockdown of Ali immortalized in his hometown of Philadelphia with a long overdue sculpture, as the Philadelphia Art Commission unanimously...

Nelson Mandela Was Right: The Transcendent Power Of Sports | 5 Comments

Nelson Mandela was a man of many words, dozens of which were profound and predictive on levels that seemed unimaginable when uttered. He led a life that defined both revolution and collaboration on levels that will always be seen as the ideal, but most often these tenets never find the just the right figure to personify them. And that is what he was: a diversely precise figure to stand in, and stand up, in unimaginably desperate times. Sports would...

Inside The Nike Kobe 9 Elite: Embracing The Flyknit And Touching Nerves With Kobe Bryant | 0 Comments

By Esau Howard / @easystylez Despite recovering from an injury that has delayed the start of his season, the latest edition of Kobe Bryant’s signature shoes has finally been unveiled. The good folks at Nike premiered the Kobe 9 Elite at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon. The Kobe 9 Elite is a drastic change from the more recent incarnations of the line. Opting to go with more of a higher cut, the lead color...

Morgan Campbell On Sportonomics, Sports Business Journalism And Tank For Wiggins | 0 Comments

If you lived under a rock for the past 20 or so years, you might not be aware that the public’s interest in the business of sports has grown with every passing season. No longer satisfied with memorizing lengths and amounts of player contracts along with league salary caps, we’ve gone far beyond that over time with not only stories that creep into the business or “hard news” sections of our favorite mediums, but with dedicated platforms that...

Starting Lineups: Can We Talk About Luis Suarez? | 5 Comments

If Luis Suarez isn’t one of the world’s most interesting athletes, he’s certainly one of its most polarizing ones. Not only does the Uruguayan possess sublime skill and finishing ability on the soccer field, but he often stirs up controversy seemingly on a whim. He lacks moral fortitude, which in most cases is an unfair charge to levy on an athlete whose personal life we know little about, but believe me when I say Suarez has earned...

Shock The World Chronicles: Virginia Vs. Virginia Tech With Friends On Rivalry Saturday | 0 Comments

When you attend a big state school, you’re obligated to support the football team. It’s not an option. If you want to be a “part of,” you simply sling on a Nike T-shirt and go to class. Some piece of school-colored garb belongs on your body. There is something to dislike about the arrangement. Everyone you go to class with — even the nitwits — support the same team. They think they know what they’re talking about when discussing...

Starting Lineups: Nike Unveils Their NikeID Player Edition Program | 0 Comments

I had a debate with one of my friends who is a bonafide sneakerhead a few weeks ago. I debated that Ray Allen had arguably the best shoe deal of all-time outside of anyone named Jordan, LeBron, Iverson or Kobe. He stammered for a minute, he began to retort then stopped, then finally he just shook his head and gradually accepted this new-found fate. Ray Allen has one of the best sneaker deals of all-time not because he makes the most money from his...

The 3 Reasons Why The $153 Million Dollar Deal For Jacoby Ellsbury Makes (Yankee) Sense | 2 Comments

As they always tend to do, nobody quite makes waves like the Yankees in December, and they have decided to get this one started off in their traditional fashion. A week after making the first big splash of the free agent season by acquiring catcher Brian McCann for $85 million, the club handed out another big-money heavyweight deal to Jacoby Ellsbury tonight, and have made it clear that what happened last year will not go down quietly. But there...

Book Reviews: Penny Hardaway ‘On These Courts’ | 0 Comments

Last week on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” Tony Kornheiser said about Derrick Rose and his most recent season-ending injury, “What if he’s Penny Hardaway?” And while the connotation was negative — as in, what if we are robbed of Derrick Rose’s immense talent due to injuries in the same way we were robbed of Penny’s greatness due to botched surgeries and nagging injuries — I thought to myself,...

BCS Unpopular Opinion: Ohio State Deserves To Play In The BCS Title Game | 8 Comments

I’m writing this post with the assumption Ohio State beats Michigan State, Auburn beats Missouri and Florida State shows up to play Duke. We’re going to hear a lot of talk over the next few weeks about whether a one-loss Auburn team should jump over an undefeated Ohio State team. Since this is the last year before the end of the BCS system, if there isn’t going to be the “five teams undefeated at the end of the year” controversy, ESPN is...

Starting Lineups: How To Silence A Rowdy Crowd | 2 Comments

Last night, ESPN played up the 12th Man to insane levels. After all, the Seattle Seahawks faithful at CenturyLink Field reached said levels thanks to reclaiming the Guinness World Record for crowd noise. On top of a blowout of a presumptive Super Bowl favorite in the New Orleans Saints, ‘Hawks fans had themselves a grand ol’ time. Yet, if you are a Saints fan or even someone who absolutely loathes Pete Carroll, you just wished that they...

Adonis Stevenson And Sergey Kovalev: Knockout Kings Of The Light Heavyweight Division | 2 Comments

When either of these knockout artists step into the ring, you can’t look away from your screen. You can’t get up for a second drink. You can’t waste time on picking up the phone. You can barely afford to blink because in that instant of distraction Adonis Stevenson or Sergey Kovalev might let loose the dynamite power punch that ends a fight. Four fights in 2013, and four stoppages. Stevenson has completed and legitimatized his transformation...

Starting Lineups: Can Someone Tell The Jacksonville Jaguars To Stop Winning, Please? | 7 Comments

I had just finished enjoying my last sip of  coffee and a smirk had crept onto my 5 o’clock shadow face. It was Sunday afternoon at my Uncle’s house and I had just witnessed my Jacksonville Jaguars win their third game of the season in a 32-28 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The clock just barely had a chance to hit triple zeroes when I got text messages, tweets and some yelling from my Uncle Bill in regards to what had transpired. “Of...

TSFJ Presents: The 12 Things We’re The Most Thankful For In 2013 | 0 Comments

Thanksgiving is meant to serve as a time of reflection, remembering those moments in life that make you smile, cry, angry or motivated. It takes a sense of maturation to be able to reflect and appreciate, and as we get older, we look forward to doing so with our loved ones as we prepare for the Wild Bird Sacrifice on the last Thursday of November. Today on TSFJ, the contributors came together and listed a few things that made them smile. Some things...