Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

Gennady Golovkin & Nicholas Walters Continue Their Reign Of Terror

Gennady Golovkin and Nicholas Walters share a lot more in common after Saturday night’s explosive fights in Carson California....

Baseball, Trible To Your Bass

Never Count Out The San Francisco (Zombies) Giants

The excellent thing about baseball’s postseason will always be the inaccuracies that bring poetic endings. No one would...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving And Embracing Newfound Roles

In a few more days, the NBA season will officially be upon us, and that means all of the story lines that have been concocted...

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...

On Tony Wroten, Being A Player-Coach And A Case For The Rising Star | 1 Comment

With the NBA All-Star festivities beginning in roughly two weeks, anticipation has been building for all of the events that lead into the spectacle. The main event will always be the game itself, but purists find joy in watching other players highlighted in the various events throughout the weekend. Many look toward the Rising Stars Challenge featuring the best of the rookie- and sophomore-season players in the NBA. It’s a chance to see what...

The Sports Fan’s 3-Point Guide To The NBA All-Star Snub Argument | 13 Comments

By Jonathan Tillman / @thetillshow My main damie, Matt Whitener, gave me his blessing to write this piece. He says the people need it, and Johnathan Tillman is for the people. The NBA All-Star Reserves were named yesterday. Like with any list, there are varying opinions on who was, and more importantly, who should have been recognized. Basketball fans will see and hear the word “snub” repeated ad nauseam. Should you choose to engage in...

Leave Marshawn Lynch Alone | 9 Comments

My immediate memories of being a sports fan revolve around the actions on the court and on the field. Whether it is Michael Jordan shrugging his shoulders after a three-point barrage in the 1992 NBA Finals, Michael Irvin catching a bomb from Troy Aikman or watching a baseball launch over 400 feet into the stands off the bat of a Texas Ranger at The Ballpark in Arlington, the common theme is that actions of some of my favorite players are louder than...

Starting Lineups: David Tyree Made Me Believe In Football | 2 Comments

It was Super Bowl Sunday, 2008, and I was watching soccer. I’ve never been a rebel, but I suppose that’s the closest I’ve come. I knew that later in the evening I would be watching the 18-0 New England Patriots take on the something-and-6 New York Giants, and frankly, I wasn’t as excited as I should be. My friend Chuck would be hosting his annual Super Bowl party, which would consist of two soccer players, including myself,...

10 Clothing Items Women Steal From Men | 13 Comments

Having a significant other is pretty dope. Besides always having someone to make a meal, talk to, share your joys and pains with, having a woman who holds it down 100% is the way God intended for man to live on this Earth. Unfortunately, men occasionally have to pay the toll for that kind of loyalty. That toll is sometimes a man’s personal belongings. Once a woman knows she’s got it in good with her man, everything he owns becomes free game. Here...

Remembering The Day When I Saw Janet Jackson’s Nipple During The Super Bowl | 5 Comments

Talk to me boy … No disrespect I don’t mean no harm Talk to me boy … I can’t wait to have you in my arms Talk to me boy … They’re marching up the steps, to a platform in the middle of the stage. Hurry up ’cause you’re taking too long Talk to me boy … Better have you naked by the end of this song. 21 years of age had come five months early. It was like I had one level of puberty to reach before...

Starting Lineups: The Sochi Winter Olympics Are A Week Away And I Couldn’t Care Less | 1 Comment

My mother is going to call me in about a week, excited as she always is, as the 2014 Winter Olympics will officially commence with an opening ceremony filled with pomp and circumstance to celebrate the sporting tradition of winter sports. “Eddie! Turn on (insert whatever channel the Olympics are on in 2014) the Opening Ceremonies are on!” It really doesn’t matter what I’m doing at that particular time, I’m going to change...

The Revolution Was Televised: We Remember When The XFL Failed 12 Years Ago | 1 Comment

Just over a decade ago as a senior at Babson College, I took an elective called Strategic Management Perspectives of Professional Sports. In a school mostly known for future finance gurus and entrepreneurs, this course was certainly the most popular offering the college had. The fall 2003 edition of the class was a fascinating one because A) seemingly every other conversation in class focused on the New England Patriots thanks to two Super Bowl championships...

An Alarming Lack Of Diversity Among Sportswriting’s Mad Men | 10 Comments

By Jesse Taylor / @JesseTaylor74 Glancing at your newspaper’s sports page or going online for stories is like walking through the offices of Sterling Cooper in 1960. Except it’s 2014, and Don Draper runs Grantland. Until leaders in the sportswriting industry decide to value diversity, readers will continue to be stuck with uninformed, insensitive content. The lack of diversity in sports coverage was recently brought to the forefront once again...

QOTD: Why Should Carmelo Anthony Stay In New York? | 2 Comments

The majority of this NBA season I have been sitting from afar, watching, listening and taking in criticism of my New York Knickerbockers from the adamantium bleachers. Watching my team play has been frustrating. It doesn’t look like the Knicks have a ton of skill most nights, and their successes have been few and far in between. The dismal play by my team makes me wonder why I even bother, but my love for the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony is real. Being...

Roman Reigns, Batista And The Mad Genius That Is Vince McMahon And The WWE | 5 Comments

I’m not a die-hard wrestling connoisseur like I used to be, but now that the NFL season has commenced and my Monday nights are more free, I’m more willing to take my talents to USA Network for the theatrical reality television that is WW(F)E. Moreover, with a Sunday slate of programming that consisted of Billy Mays informercials, mediocre college basketball, the Grammy’s (delayed on the West Coast) and Oregon vs. Oregon State …...

Representing The Capital: Lamont Peterson Retains The IBF Jr. Welterweight Title In D.C. | 2 Comments

In the blustery cold, a sold-out crowd of 5,700 piled in the D.C. Armory in the nation’s capital to see hometown native Lamont Peterson box Dierry Jean. The uglies and the pretties waltzed around the dark and dingy event center. The clean-shaven and the bearded looked for their seats. The women in dresses walked alongside the women in t-shirts. The men in suits and mink coats mingled with the men in sweatshirts and ball caps. All of them came for...

Tim Biakabatuka Turns 40 Today, So Let’s Reminisce Back When He Ran For 313 Yards On Ohio State | 4 Comments

I used to live in Cincinnati, Ohio for over six years of my life. In that time, you quickly begin to understand that there are two types of people in Ohio. People from Ohio, and Ohio State Buckeyes. People from Ohio are generally pretty friendly, congenial and wholesome people to deal with. However, these other folks, the ones who are fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes? Good God, they are a different breed. Now, that’s not to say they can’t...

Starting Lineups: Remembering Sean Taylor, Darrent Williams And Their Senseless Murders | 2 Comments

For a good number of people of my generation, there is one thing we think of first and foremost when the NFL’s annual Pro Bowl farce comes around, as it will this Sunday, and that is Sean Taylor destroying poor, unsuspecting Buffalo Bills punter Brian Moorman. Of course, whenever you invoke the name of Sean Taylor, you cannot help but think of the man’s senseless murder and profound impact it’s had on football fans ever since....