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...

LeBron James Calls Himself Bill Belichick And Kyrie Irving Is Tom Brady | 1 Comment

The boys are finally all together. NBA Media Day was held on Friday, and it served as the first chance we would have to see all of the newest faces in different places as the 2014-15 NBA season is just over one month away. While every team is focusing on what their organization can do to make a title run this season, everyone’s eyes were on that team in northeast Ohio that had their King back on the throne. LeBron James was wearing the wine...

The Merseyside Derby: Because Liverpool Makes Me Sit In A Bathtub With All My Clothes On | 0 Comments

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death; I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” -Bill Shankly, Liverpool manager, 1959-1974 This is how I spent my Tuesday afternoon. (Thanks, Liverpool) I sat in my empty bathtub on Tuesday, fully clothed, swiping my thumb across my phone as fast as I could to refresh Twitter. Playing through my headphones was “Lost...

Clarifying The Confusion: 4 Reasons Why The Derek Jeter Farewell Tour Matters | 1 Comment

There has been an odd habit that has become popular as the baseball summer draws to a close and subsequently is taking the career of Derek Jeter along with it. In the winter of his days as a New York Yankee, there has been a tug of war between the push to show appreciation to his career and to also humble the context in which it is given. To that effort, I have but one question: Why? In his career, there has been no marker as a player he has not...

Why Missouri Vs. South Carolina Is College Football’s Game of the Week | 0 Comments

Expectations were very high for the South Carolina Gamecocks coming into the season. Many experts had picked them to be the outright winner of the SEC East division and contenders for a national championship. It sounded good in August, but after the drudging that took place at the hands of the Aggies of Texas A&M in the opening week, all that noise about contending for a national championship has all but been silenced. The Missouri Tigers started...

Paul Konerko Deserves Some Of Your Attention | 5 Comments

For reasons that are beyond obnoxious at this point, the good, bad and absurd commentary on Derek Jeter’s farewell tour — and the man himself — continues to rage. It’s obnoxious for all sorts of reasons, but the largest that looms is that there’s far more talk about a player and team that will be watching the postseason from home rather than the men that will actually play in October in just a few days. Yet, if we’re going to take a longer...

What Eric Bledsoe’s 5-Year Contract Extension With The Phoenix Suns Means | 0 Comments

It’s not often that NBA players hold out when negotiating their rookie contract extensions. The allure of a guaranteed payday that’s substantially more than what they’ve previously earned is usually enough. In the case of Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, he was more than willing to prolong his contract negotiations for anything less than what he deemed acceptable. Sure enough, by staying the course, he defied all previous...

The Desperate State Of Manchester United | 0 Comments

Wayne Rooney’s outburst after Esteban Cambiasso’s equalizer on Sunday might be my favorite Manchester United moment of the past decade. The Red Devils led Leicester City by scores of 2-0 and 3-1. When the Foxes made it 3-3 with the help of some shoddy United defending, Rooney was fed up. He tore into his team so vigorously that his surgically repaired thinning hair suddenly looked thin again. Captains are expected to lead, but rarely...

Looking Like New Money: Here’s The 10 Freshest Football Uniform Looks Of The Past Weekend | 1 Comment

By Richard Boadu / @6magazine Last week was the first week that the college teams really started to add some flair to their uniforms and thankfully, it continued this week. The NFL did their thing this week also. For some odd reason, everyone was rocking white on Sunday like they were hitting one of Diddy’s all-white parties after the game. Here are freshest, flyest and most spatted up teams and players from last weekend’s football action. Le’Veon...

Friday Night Lights Help Ease The Pain Of Ferguson | 0 Comments

I’ve learned one thing above all in a few years of high school sports coverage – football reigns supreme. All other sports dim in comparison. It’s the feather in the cap of each local news outlet. When autumn enters, the stage lights up with teenagers who dream of state titles. In Ferguson, Missouri, plenty other things pulled a community apart. Maybe not apart but, in some way, the fragmentation of out-of-towners, protestors and media distracted...

Here Are 5 Potential World Series Matchups That Are Intriguing As Hell | 3 Comments

If Robin Williams’ character in Good Will Hunting taught us anything, it is that once upon a time, the World Series was second only to true love. Every once in a while, there is the prospect of a World Series that is so epic that it creates that undeniable chemistry with the fall that only its classic can. And with the complete picture for the MLB postseason nearly painted now, it is becoming clear that there is no shortage of potential vintage-caliber...

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,...