Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

The Top 3 Reasons To Tune In To GGG Vs. Rubio: Carnage In Carson

Fight week is halfway through, and throngs of Gennady Golovkin (GGG) and Marco Antonio Rubio fans are counting down the...

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...

Charlie Powell: The Bo Jackson Of Boxing | 3 Comments

Charlie Powell was special. His physical abilities and athletic accomplishments are so impressive that in the pantheon of multi-sport greats, Powell deserves a spot alongside Bo Jackson and Jim Thrope. A professional baseball and football player, as well as a boxer and standout on the basketball court and the track, there was little that Powell could not do. Earlier this month, this phenomena of modern sports passed away at the age of 82. You might...

Jason Peters Protects His Quarterback … Always | 1 Comment

Above all else, an offensive lineman’s job is to protect his quarterback. Sure, there is run-blocking and line calls and pulling and negotiating blitzes, but first and foremost, it’s about keeping the quarterback clean. That is especially true for the tackle charged with protecting his quarterback’s blind side — typically a left tackle with the majority of NFL signal-callers slinging the pill with their right arms. Philadelphia...

John Oliver Eviscerates Roger Goodell’s Crappy Press Conference In Just 3 Minutes | 0 Comments

Late Friday afternoon, the National Football League put its No. 1 employee on the depth chart in front of the world for 45 minutes to try and explain all of the shenanigans and tomfoolery that’s taken place in the last month or so. That employee was commissioner Roger Goodell, and what he stood up there and said was a bunch of gobbledegook. I didn’t even watch the press conference as I was too busy watching the WWE Network for only $9.99...

Witnessing The Beginning Of The Blake Bortles Era | 1 Comment

The score was 30-0 at halftime, and everyone was fed the hell up. The Jacksonville Jaguars were getting curb-stomped by the Indianapolis Colts on an otherwise beautiful Sunday afternoon in Northern Florida. The Colts, with their crowned wonder boy in Andrew Luck slanging the pill all around the field, and the Jaguars, with Chad Henne doing everything in his power to set the quarterback position back 100 years, were putting on an exhibition on what...

The 6 Things That Mattered In The Premier League: Louis van Gaal’s Burden Of Genius | 2 Comments

We get it. Not everyone wants to wake up at 7:45 on a weekend morning to watch soccer, especially when college football and the NFL demand our attention the rest of the day. It takes a certain type of dedication to embrace football as the world knows it. Luckily for you, TSFJ’s soccer heads Dillon Friday and Carden Hedelt take it upon themselves to watch as much of the Barclays Premier League as possible. The two gents are kind enough to share...

The Musical Chairs Of The Floyd Mayweather Camp | 4 Comments

Boxing is conflict. It is chaos. No sport proves the theory of entropy more than the sweet science. The business of boxing is much the same. At any given time a fighter-manger relationship that made millions will dissolve. A promoter who works with one of the best fighters in the world will decide it’s not worth his time to market his prize asset. Every day the business of boxing changes just a bit, and sometimes, those changes build up to a momentous...

Caron Butler Talks About Growing Up In Racine, Cocaine And Playing Ball With Tony Romo | 0 Comments

My first introduction to Caron Butler was during his time as a member of the Connecticut Huskies. You see, Caron Butler was the bridge between two epic eras of UConn basketball as the years before Butler was there Richard Hamilton and Khalid El-Amin reigned supreme in Storrs, and winning the 1999 National Championship in the process. After Butler left the Huskies for the 2002 NBA Draft, Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor would raise the trophy up and won...

Here’s Why Clemson Vs. Florida State Will Be College Football’s Game of the Week | 2 Comments

Before the college football season began, everyone was up in arms about who was going to be good enough to beat Florida State on the gridiron. On paper it seemed pretty automatic that Jameis Winston would lead the Seminoles to the national championship once again, especially since the ACC is perceived as weak and not competitive. The average fan may agree with this distinction, but the first couple of games of the season have me wondering if the...

The Special Something About The Champions League | 1 Comment

Tuesday night in Liverpool sounded like an old dream. I wasn’t there, but I was listening to the live microphones at Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club. They picked up a stress, an urgency that hadn’t been there for years. It was the first Champions League game at Anfield in close to five years, a period of struggle for the team. But it all seemed to wash away, flushed after a second-place finish in the Premier League last year....

Tempering Expectations For Derrick Rose | 3 Comments

One of the hardest things to cope with in sports is realizing that a beloved athlete may have lost his edge. It’s such a natural reaction to ignore all signs that indicate otherwise, especially when the athlete is a highly favored one. This is especially true in the case of Derrick Rose, who is certainly proving that theory among many NBA followers. As fans, we convince ourselves that a slight regression is nothing more than a bad game or two....

Remember When Darren Sproles And Kansas State Smashed Oklahoma In The 2003 Big 12 Championship? | 0 Comments

I remember telling Kenny Masenda six years ago that the scariest man in the NFL played tailback, wore #43 and was no taller than 5’5″. His name was Darren Sproles. On Monday night, the Philadelphia Eagles pulled victory out their backsides in a come-from-behind 30-27 win over the Indianapolis Colts, largely because Sproles decided to put Chip Kelly’s squad on his back. That’s what happens when one player touches the ball...

Hexagons And Hairlines: 5 Thoughts On The Nike LeBron 12 Unveiling | 0 Comments

On Tuesday, Nike Basketball did its usual song and dance as it unveiled the 12th iteration of LeBron James’ signature basketball shoe in front of a selected group of media influencers. By usual song and dance, I mean that Nike rolled out its red carpet and went out of its way to show the world many of the inner-workings and the backstory that goes into producing the world’s strongest signature sneaker line in the present day. The Nike...

Tom Brady Stays In His Lane | 5 Comments

For better or worse, being a superstar in a professional sports league … ahem, sorry, let’s try that lede again. For better or worse, being A SUPERSTAR QUARTERBACK IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE means that you are not only ELITE, but you are a LEADER AMONG MEN, a VOICE IN THE LOCKER ROOM and THE FACE OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. It also means that at times, you’ll be asked to wade into territory that challenges your IMAGE, your MYSTIQUE,...

Book Review: ‘Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October’ | 0 Comments

I’d dare say that anyone who has even a remote interest in baseball knows the name Reggie Jackson. Certainly any baseball fan from New York, Oakland or Philadelphia is familiar with the man known as “Mr. October.” Being one of those Philadelphia baseball fans, here’s what I’ve always known about Reggie Jackson: ONE: He’s from Cheltenham/Wyncote, a northern suburb of Philadelphia, and played his high school ball...

My Uncle Bill Loves Watching Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine Run The Damn Ball | 1 Comment

“PEEEEEE-RINE!!!!” — Uncle Bill If you’ve been reading TSFJ long enough, you know that I constantly make references to my Uncle Bill. That man is the reason I am an Oklahoma Sooners fan to this day, and he is the man I talk to when all things Sooner football-related need discussing. Therefore, when I called my Uncle after the No. 4 team in the country took out Tennessee 34-10 on Saturday night to get his post-game prognosis,...

Randy Moss And ‘The U Part 2′ Highlight ESPN’s Newly Revealed Fall 30 for 30 Lineup | 4 Comments

ESPN is rolling out its fall lineup for the upcoming 30 for 30 season, and there is something for all sports fans here. ESPN Films rarely disappoints, and looking at the documentaries it has on deck, you might as well clear out your Tuesday evenings in advance. Just browsing through the previews, it looks like there is plenty to be excited about and certainly some worth watching for the insight they’ll provide on particular topics of interest....

The 6 Things That Mattered This Weekend In The Premier League: We See You, Leicester City | 0 Comments

Getting promoted to the Barclays Premier League can be a scary proposition. You have to go from one standard of play to another, and in England, the difference between most Championship teams and the teams playing in the Champions League is probably the difference between the top teams in Football Bowl Subdivision and the majority of teams in the Football Championship Subdivision. Don’t tell that to Leicester City. The Foxes don’t care. They’re...

Floyd Mayweather: Winning But Not Legacy-Building | 2 Comments

In the buildup to Saturday night’s rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, Mayweather aptly captured the unique position in which he now stands at the tail end of his career. His success and all-time great skills have brought him to a place where he no longer fights against a lone mortal man in the ring on fight night. He fights against his past and against ghosts of boxing history. Measured against such lofty benchmarks,...

VIDEO: Ethan Strauss And Eddie Maisonet Talk Sneakers And NBA Superstars On ESPN’s Truehoop TV | 1 Comment

Ethan called me a “sneaker expert.” That alone, is enough of a reason for anyone to watch this Truehoop TV video of yours truly and ESPN NBA columnist Ethan Strauss talking about superstars and the choices they make with sneaker brands. We here at TSFJ have covered the Kevin Durant saga as he chose The Swoosh over Under Armour a few weeks ago, and I’m going to take some credit for our site in stating that TSFJ pushed this conversation...

VIDEO: The NFL Chick Speaks Out On Ray Rice And Roger Goodell On Fox Business | 0 Comments

On Thursday, I was given the opportunity to speak on “The Willis Report” on the Fox Business channel about the Ray Rice situation, the independent investigation the owners are now conducting and the impact this all has on women football fans. In addition, I have also given my thoughts personally on the whole Ray Rice incident in terms of how I currently look at him and where should he go from here: Many believe that Rice should be banned...

Floyd Mayweather Fights Again Saturday But What If No One Watches? | 0 Comments

On Saturday night, there’s absolutely no question what I’ll be doing. With college football nearing its conclusion, the natural transition will be to watch Floyd Mayweather put his multiple world championship belts and his zero in the loss column on the line in a rematch with the feisty Marcos Maidana. If the first fight is any indication of what the rematch will be like, fireworks and drama will be on display for the low price of $65-$75...

15 Years Ago, Michael Vick Flipped His Way Into Our Hearts As A Virginia Tech Freshman | 2 Comments

Will all due respect to that non-suit-wearing quarterback at the NFL Draft of the New York Jets named Geno Smith, I want Michael Vick to play. This is just how it has to be for me. As long as Michael Dwayne Vick is wearing shoulder pads, I want to see the man play football. I don’t care if the team has changed. I don’t care if the number has different. I don’t care if the speed has declined (still one of the top 10 guys in the league...

Will The Crown Weigh Heavy On Raheem Sterling? | 0 Comments

Raheem Sterling is 19 years old and terrifying. There are few players quicker than young Sterling and fewer in the world as deadly as the Liverpool and England teenager on the counterattack. With some development still to do — his shot needs a little work — he’s already one of the few names you can assume will be starting for England whenever the national team plays. And there are some who say that he’s already England’s most...

Roger Goodell’s Perilous Journey To Beloved Dictatorship Leaves Him On The Brink Of Exile | 5 Comments

The National Football League launched the “Together We Make Football” campaign a season ago. “Why do we love football?” the league asked. Famous fans and legendary players answered with their personal stories. Individuals from across the country submitted videos in hopes of winning a trip to the Super Bowl with their own tales of adoration. I thought the whole thing was done in poor taste. The contest emerged at a time when revelations...

What Does Spain’s FIBA World Cup Loss Mean For The United States? | 1 Comment

One of the worst kept secrets about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup has finally been exposed. Despite serving as a competition for over a dozen national teams, this was always a tale of two countries. Without knowing what teams would have to beat each other to advance, the championship game was always supposed to be a showdown between the United States and Spain. After the events that unfolded in the quarterfinals, Spain was upset out of the heavily...