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Manny Pacquiao: Correcting History And Maybe Looking To Make Some More

Manny Pacquaio was dominant in his rematch against undefeated Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Jr. In the domination,...

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...

The Wish List: ESPN Films Presents The “Nine for IX DVD Gift Set” – In Stores October 15 | 2 Comments

As a woman who indulges in sports heavily, I’m extremely grateful for ESPN doing the Nine for IX series. It puts women in sports on a platform that no other network has taken the chance on. Far too many times, we as women are told we aren’t, “in our place” when we express our love for sports. These documentaries show that not only are we intelligent but that we can also be dominant. The stigma of women pretending to be knowledgeable...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Florida State Seminoles | 9 Comments

I’ve often said being a fan of Florida State football is akin to being in an abusive relationship. Every Saturday during the college football season, I sit on the couch with bated breath hoping for victory. You’d think after winning 31 games against 10 losses, being defending ACC/Orange Bowl champs, having the No. 1 recruiting classes, and sending numerous players to the NFL draft would calm my fears, but no. There is no such thing as “calm”...

North Dallas Forty: The Movie You Need To Watch Before The NFL Season Starts | 2 Comments

There are many sports fans who will remember Nick Nolte as Pete Bell, head coach of the Western Dolphins team that featured Butch McRae, Neon Boudreaux and Ricky Rowe in the 1994 classic film “Blue Chips.” Nolte played a fiery and passionate coach who only wanted to return to the glory of yesterday, but in a movie he played in 15 years prior, all his character wanted to do was attain some glory on the football. You see, before there was...

Because Mario Balotelli Deserves Our Attention On And Off The Pitch | 5 Comments

Posterity will remember this as the week Mario Balotelli formally introduced himself to sporting America. Some of us, including our fearless leader at TSFJ, have had an eye on the Italian striker for years. Balotelli’s personality has long been equal to his tremendous talent. He’s been dubbed “The most interesting athlete in the world.” For every goal scored there were rumors of fireworks gone awry, cars decked in camouflage, Ferrari’s...

The CLANG Noise In Double Dribble Is The Worst Sound In Video Game History | 2 Comments

For those of us who were consumed by the greatness that was the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), there was a basketball game that could make folks lose all of their home training in the span of 47 seconds. That game, was Double Dribble. If you were a Double Dribble video game aficionado then you were hip to the following: - You knew about the hot spots. (Both baseline corners running out of bounds on the three-point line, the elbow-three from...

Film Study: HBO Sports’ ‘Glickman’ | 0 Comments

There are certain voices of every generation that rekindle someone’s youthful visions of sports. Those men and women are greatly influenced by those who came before them, even if they don’t realize it. You can rattle off the names of legendary sportscasters because they’re the textbook definitions of how to call (or maybe not call) a contest: Mel Allen, Vin Scully, Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and countless more. Yet, the story of arguably...

Podcast: A Conversation About Crowning Players A Tad Too Early | 0 Comments

There are few things more consistent that the three amigos getting together for The Unsportsmanlike Conduct Show: death, taxes, Allen Iverson retiring, you know…stuff like that. In the podcast this week: :05 – Preseason football is here, and we all remember why we really can’t stand it. :15 – From Cleveland to Philadelphia, starting quarterbacks are being named for the season. Are these guys ready for the job, and will those...

Michael Vick Left An Imprint From The Start | 1 Comment

I’ve been in many stadiums and traveled to various fields. My eyes have seen great players and even better plays. Overtimes, milestones and blowouts are nothing new. At the ripe old age of 26, I know that I’ll never see anything as magical as Sept. 4, 1999 – Michael Vick’s first game as Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback. My understanding doesn’t depress me. Knowing I’ve witnessed the most goose bump-inspiring sight in sports doesn’t...

Charlie Manuel Deserved A Better Ending | 0 Comments

One week ago today, Charlie Manuel managed his 1,416th regular-season game as the skipper of the Philadelphia Phillies. It was an unremarkable game in an unremarkable season, losing 6-3 to the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves. It was also Charlie Manuel’s last game as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Just two days prior, Manuel won his 1,000th game as a Major League manager, and he was set to be honored when the Phillies returned home...

In Rememberance Of Lee Thompson Young AKA Chris Comer In Friday Night Lights | 4 Comments

I despise “Friday Night Lights” the television series, and I’ve never seen an episode. The show garners my disdain for two reasons. One, in my vainest moments Googling “Dillon Friday” becomes difficult with fictional Dillon High School serving as the setting for “Friday Night Lights.” And two, the series borrows its title from H.G. Bissinger’s American classic as well as the equally good movie of the same name. Too...

QOTD: Can Cam Newton Deliver In 2013? | 3 Comments

For many players, 7,920 yards passing, 1,447 yards rushing, 40 passing touchdowns and 22 rushing touchdowns would be a two-year stretch that would have people praising you. Cam Newton has experienced the opposite — the praise just hasn’t been coming his way. Despite the fact that his stats are mind-boggling, the fact that his team has a losing record with those numbers has people doubting if Cam can be that difference maker that the Carolina...

What To Watch: ‘The Trials Of Muhammad Ali’ | 2 Comments

In less than a week, the latest documentary about Muhammad Ali will debut on movie screens across the country. As I watched the short trailer for the film, I was surprised by how unsurprised I felt that there was another documentary about this legendary boxer. In the study of history, young students are faced early with the question of what makes certain people “great.” Are these people cut from a different cloth, made somehow inherently unique?...

My eBay Adventures: Mase, R. Kelly And A Whole Lot Of Sports In Between | 3 Comments

This is how it starts. I go on Tumblr, check out Oakley and Allen, it leads me to For All To Envy where I start browsing the hip-hop section and see this Mase t-shirt for $100. I think about it for a second, actually more than that, enough time to actually debate whether it’s worth shelling out that much money plus shipping to Canada even though there are mortgage payments, and things, and things, and wedding costs, and things and things. And...

Your Required Weekend Reading: Because Kevin Durant Should Be The 3rd Nike MVP Puppet | 1 Comment

I read a lot of stuff on the internet, and I figured I’d stop being selfish and share it with the people. Here are the dopest articles I actually read this week, enjoy. The Smoking Section - Why Nike Basketball Should Make Kevin Durant The Third MVPuppet: The new addition is a no brainer. A Kevin Durant puppet must be brought into the mix. During the original advertising reign, Durant was still an on-the-cusp star whose signature shoe line...

Calvin Johnson, Barry Sanders And Escaping Mediocrity | 6 Comments

“Mama, as soon as I get the chance, I’m moving out of Oklahoma and I’m never coming back.” — Young Ed, circa 1992. My mom will tell me that story all the time, usually when I’m homesick or she’s missing her only child who lives 1,500-plus miles away. I knew at 9 years old that I didn’t want to live in my hometown of Lawton anymore. It’s not a diss to my hometown, because I love my hometown and...

NBC Launches The Barclays Premier League: Where Every Game Will Be Televised | 0 Comments

Football season begins Saturday. I don’t mean American football, but football football. The kind you actually play with your feet that we narrow-minded Yanks like to call soccer. In truth, the European season is already underway. Germany’s Bundesliga, home of Champions League finalists Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, began play last weekend, as did French Ligue 1 and its uber-rich clubs Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco. But for...

Million Dollar Ballers Puts On For Harden, Carmelo And Rondo With The Headband Collection | 1 Comment

Before going into my two main critiques about these Million Dollar Ballers t-shirts, let’s all take a moment to golf clap for MDB in celebrating their two-year anniversary. The American Dream has always been to start your business and see a profit with some degree of success from doing so. The team behind owner Greg Beers (awesome last name, by the way) appears to be doing so. “We started our business because we were inspired by many...

Podcast: The Angry Corner Strikes Again, Donovan McNabb Edition | 2 Comments

On the recent edition of The UC Show, The Angry Corner got off to a quick start with Kenny railing against Robert Griffin III for his, in Kenny’s terms, State of the Union conferences with the media all the damn time. Kenny thinks RG3 should shut the hell up and stop putting his foot in his mouth, along with some other things that Kenny railed about. After that came to pass, Ed (surprisingly) took Donovan McNabb to task for his comments towards...

What If Fox Sports 1 Revived ‘Beyond The Glory’? | 4 Comments

By now, sports media nerds and super fans have been staring at this Saturday, August 17, as if the date will run away if they blink. There’s great reason for it as the latest apparent competitor to ESPN, FOX Sports 1, hits our cable and satellite boxes this weekend. Much has been said about the network’s arrival – from its idea of making sports “fun” again to the lengthy roster of on-air talent to even its effect on the channel...

How To Survive 4 Types Of NFL Fans | 5 Comments

When America’s present-time kicks off in two weeks, droves of fans will come out of the woodwork. The nation’s big-ticket item will sprawl across televisions from Atlanta to Seattle. Jerseys, hats and car decals will fill every glance in each direction. Suddenly, the guy who lives two doors down will reveal who he follows when he walks out in a Chicago Bears hoodie. You’ll know a bit more about those who root and how their allegiances began. Somewhere...

Why Don’t All Sports Use The NHL’s ‘Control Room’ Replay Review System? | 3 Comments

Last week, Katie Baker wrote over at Grantland about the 15 things that should never change about the NHL. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with Baker’s list, I was more than a little surprised that she left off what I consider the one thing the NHL does better than any other professional sports league in North America: the way it handles replay reviews. For those of you who are not NHL fans, let me do a quick rundown for you. The NHL...

Deontay Wilder: Climbing The Heavyweight Ladder 1 KO At A Time | 0 Comments

Last week, heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder was pitted against Siarhei Liakhovich in the hope of finding out exactly what kind of fighter Wilder really is — and to answer the question in heavyweight boxing: How close is Wilder to a shot at a Klitschko brother? Liakhovich isn’t a top 10 contender. He’s lost five of his last seven fights. But the man has one unique statistic: He’s never been knocked down before the ninth round....

An MLB Culture Shift Is Not Just On The Players | 2 Comments

A revolution could be stirring in Major League Baseball. Unlike never before, more and more players are coming forward with strong opinions on what needs to be in place to prevent performance-enhancing drug scandals, such as BALCO and Biogenesis, from rearing their heads again. Unlike when the issue originally appeared, players are not taking to a code of silence on what needs to be done to eradicate the problem. Just this weekend, Evan Longoria...

Hard Knocks: Larry David Edition | 0 Comments

Hi everyone, this is Larry David here. I’m the new head coach of your favorite football team, and I’m here to tell you how, why and all your other pressing questions. Now this is unusual for me, because while my pal Seinfeld is in effect producing his own sitcom under the guise of a web series, I prefer to keep my public appearances to a minimum. You know, being anonymous doesn’t always pay, but you have to try anyways. By now,...

The 5 Reasons Why We All Lowkey Love Major League II | 4 Comments

Here’s the thing about baseball movies: as a whole, they are supposed to somehow inspire you, yet provide some levity and not take itself so seriously the whole way through. The hallmarks are easy to rattle off – Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, The Natural, League of Their Own and even the original Bad News Bears provided baseball fans a sense of authenticity and redemption. They tugged at our heartstrings and maybe reminded us why we’re fans...