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....

Football, Trible To Your Bass

Mississippi State, Ole Miss And The Power Of ‘That One Year’

If this country still exists in 25 years, two men might sit in a Mississippi bar. Hank Williams will twang in the background...

Basketball, Furious Stylez

Setting The Stage For World War Westbrook

When the devastating news broke that Kevin Durant would be missing anywhere between six to eight weeks of action, I admit...

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....

The Philadelphia 76ers Thought It Was A Good Idea To Turn Allen Iverson Into A Rubber Duck | 5 Comments

The @alleniverson Celebriducks have arrived at #Sixers Headquarters! http://t.co/v8aAXsga6m pic.twitter.com/joIqKcay4q — Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) January 23, 2014 If you’ve never seen the movie Alpha Dog, stop reading now. I’m about to spoil the ending. Anton Yelchin’s character is kidnapped by Justin Timberlake’s crew as a form of ransom. Throughout the course of the movie, Yelchin befriends Timberlake’s crew...

ETSF Joins Warriors World To Discuss The MVP Candidacy Of Kevin Durant, Harrison Barnes And More | 0 Comments

Now it’s ’95 and they clock me and watch me Diamonds shining Looking like I robbed Liberace It’s all good from Diego to the Bay Your city is the bomb if your city making pay Throw up a finger if you feel the same way Dre putting it down for California — from 2Pac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love” (Remix) If you’re ever fortunate to work with people you genuinely like then you should always consider it...

Starting Lineups: Remembering When Tiger Woods Shocked The World At Stanford | 1 Comment

2004 was 10 years ago. Let that sink in. The Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals in the swan song of the Kobe-Shaq era. Karl Malone and Gary Payton played for that Lakers team. The New England Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three years when Tom Brady bested Jake Delhomme and the Carolina Panthers in the most surprising quarterback duel in memory. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup. Nick Saban won the National...

8 Years Ago Today Kobe Bryant Scored 81 Points And Maybe It Signaled An End Of An Era In The NBA | 3 Comments

Watchin Kobe’s historical 81 pt game. Question Kobe did u wake up and say I’m a hit 80 today, jalens guarding me. #answermyquestionkobe — SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 22, 2013 It’s funny to hear the current banter around the NBA. LeBron James is steadily monitoring the offensive outbursts of Kevin Durant, the same Kevin Durant who is currently a human flamethrower and scoring 40+ points a game with no hesitation at all. Then, we hear...

QOTD: Is Today’s NBA A Better Product? | 7 Comments

The other day I read where Kobe Bryant stated that the NBA has changed. I was an ’80s baby, and watching the NBA in the mid to late ’80s was exciting. A new breed of basketball was born with the emergence of superstars like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Isaiah Thomas. It was fun to watch but only because the NBA teams hadn’t learned how to defend such dynamic play makers who could take over a game in many different...

Starting Lineups: Kevin Durant Dances With Fate With 46-Point Game | 10 Comments

LeBron James recited Kevin Durant’s statistics from tonight verbatim off the top of his head. “I got a KD watch on my phone,” LeBron said. — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 22, 2014 Admiration. There are times when we get so caught up in the competition of sports that we tend to ignore this very real emotion. As the quote by LeBron James suggests, his relationship with Kevin Durant isn’t limited by the mutual respect...

Champ Bailey: The Forgotten Shutdown Cornerback | 0 Comments

There was a time when Champ Bailey was the best cornerback in the NFL. It’s why the Denver Broncos were willing to trade Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis to Washington to get Bailey, and it’s why he’s started nearly every game he’s ever suited up for in the NFL — Bailey has come in off the bench just three times in the his 215 career regular-season games. Yet, it’s always seemed as if Bailey has been overshadowed...