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The Annual NBA Playoff Cookout Just Isn’t The Same Without Craig Sager

Dedicated to Craig Sager, the man who never met a color combination he didn’t like and the man who should introduce...

Basketball, Films and Docs, Furious Stylez

Because You Need To Watch This Trailer For The ‘Iverson’ Documentary

Sneak a peek at the new trailer for the Allen Iverson documentary ‘Iverson,’ debuting Sunday night at the Tribeca...

Basketball, Films and Docs, Furious Stylez

Because You Need To Watch This Trailer For The ‘Iverson’ Documentary

Sneak a peek at the new trailer for the Allen Iverson documentary ‘Iverson,’ debuting Sunday night at the Tribeca...

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: The 2013 Hamilton College Continentals | 4 Comments

Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, forever condemning the founding father’s football team to perpetual failure. Like football, the duel was supposed to resolve a conflict between gentlemen. Most duelists, to preserve their honor, missed their foes intentionally when they turned and shot. Hamilton College’s football team took after its namesake. The rest of Division III’s NESCAC, the New England Small College Athletic...

The 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes: Probation Is Over And Columbus Is Ready To Celebrate | 8 Comments

By Dr. Jeff A. Glenn / @jagadelic As a longtime Buckeye, I’ve seen the fans of our boys in Columbus get ridiculously amped up for football season. The ’75 team had Heisman Trophy winning Archie Griffin returning and the ’95 team with Eddie George, Terry Glenn and Orlando Pace stirred everyone’s hearts. The ’06 team was #1 wire to wire from preseason until Troy Smith walked off with the Heisman. (Of course, I must disclose...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Missouri Tigers | 2 Comments

Last year, I described the coming of the Missouri Tigers to the SEC as being similar to the first day of school. However, after a year into said new school, which just happens to be the most dominant entity in major label American sports, the SEC, a few things are very clear that this is not just a brand-new campus; it is a whole new damn game. The classes are the same length but much faster. You can’t afford to not study, because you will fail....

The 2013 NBA Retirement Manifesto: A Class For The Ages | 6 Comments

Since the calendar flipped over to 2013, five of the most influential basketball players of the 1990s and 2000s formally announced their retirement from the NBA. First, it was Rasheed Wallace hanging up the laces for what we assume is the last time in April. Then, in a form of poetic justice, 1994 co-Rookies of the Year Grant Hill and Jason Kidd retired just days apart in June, entering the league together and then departing together. And in the...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Texas A&M Aggies | 3 Comments

Want to know the most impossible task in sports this summer? Writing anything Texas A&M-related and not mentioning Johnny Manziel, so screw that, I won’t even attempt to act like I’m not. Johnny Football isn’t black. His mother wasn’t a Black Panther (to my knowledge). He never grew up poor or slept on a mattress with wires poking out. He never had the Vice President of the United States breathing down his back for his...

The Real 2013 College Football Preseason All-American Team | 3 Comments

“Can y’all feel that? Can you feel that thing that’s squeezing at your doggone hand? That thing that’s beatin’ in your doggone chest right now, man? Can you feel that? Can you feel what’s about to happen on this field, man?” — Brian Dawkins, Clemson ’95, 2nd-Team All-American College football has a way of drawing you in. Regardless of who you are, where you’re from and what you stand for, rooting...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: 2013 Virginia Tech Hokies | 3 Comments

Each time I see the phrase, “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” I’m reminded of a shirt that used to be a hot seller in Blacksburg, Va. The good was obviously represented by the Hokie bird. Bad sat next to West Virginia’s hideous yellow logo. All you have to do to find the ugly is visit Charlottesville. I wish I owned that delightfully petty and mean item. It said everything holy, except there was no other convenient insult to throw towards...

Podcast: Tuesday Night Raw And The Opening Week Of The 2013 College Football Season | 0 Comments

On the first-ever Tuesday edition of The UC Show, the three amigos speak about how the move to Tuesdays came to pass, and some of the things they learned from doing shows on Wednesdays. They make it a point to thank the people, because without them, there is no UC Show, let alone a move to a new night. After that, the three discuss college football being back on the horizon this Thursday, and there’s no better way to start with the Jadeveon...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Florida Gators | 4 Comments

It’s the MOST. WONDERFUL. TIIIIIIIIMMME of the year! College football season is underway, and I’m pulling out the orange and blue as I chomp clap for my Florida Gators! Last season was a great yet unexpected ride, but will the Gators recapture the magic that they had in 2012 (minus that awful Sugar Bowl game, of course)? Here are my thoughts on what to expect from the 2013 Florida Gators. Good: Muschamp and the Rising Potential There’s no doubt...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Alabama Crimson Tide | 4 Comments

Roll Tide … Does this sound familiar? It should on the premise that every year, Alabama seems to be in the picture as the team to beat or at least present as a legitimate contender for a national championship. Nick Saban has redefined the college football landscape as he has become the dominant figure of the 21st century in coaching. At the turn of the century, it appeared as if Urban Meyer would be that dude, but Saban has stepped his game all...

Ichiro And The 4 Greatest ‘What If’ Careers In MLB History | 10 Comments

Last Thursday, Ichiro Suzuki topped a career total of 4,000 professional hits. It sparked a breadth of reaction, ranging from awe to skepticism. Both probably have a place in regards to the accomplishment, as of his now 4,003 career hits, 1,278 of them came in the Japanese professional league with the Orix Wave from 1992 through 2000. Yet, there’s a bit of a problem with that as well, because for a guy who did not have his first Major League at-bat...

Because This 1991 Sports Illustrated Article Basically Told The Future Of Sports | 5 Comments

In the July 22, 1991, issue of Sports Illustrated, William Oscar Johnson looked at how the sports world would look a decade later in 2001. Using a fictional character named Ulysses S. Spectator, Johnson crafted a piece that described the world where the ozone layer is a bit more depleted and the resulting greenhouse warmth made winter pretty nice, which Al Gore would probably agree with, then and now. Spectator also boasted of a world where she’s...

VIDEO: The Mystery Of Flying Kicks Attempts To Shed Light On An Urban Legend | 0 Comments

Sneakers on telephone lines. It’s one of those things I’ve always been enamored by, but I’ve never actually had the courage to actually do myself. Why in hades would someone actually throw their sneakers up on telephone lines? (I know why I wouldn’t throw my shoes up there, because my mother would find the strongest leather belt she had in the closet and go to town on my high yellow hind parts.) This random act by folks all...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: The 2013 Penn State Nittany Lions | 5 Comments

When I was tasked with laying out the good, bad and ugly of my alma mater heading into the 2012 college football season, Penn State football was in complete disarray. No need to go into the particulars, since everyone knows about what happened. The thing is, no one knew exactly what would happen last season on any level. As it turned out, Penn State football did not die. Far from it, in fact. Somehow, I correctly predicted the Nittany Lions’...

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...