Boxing, Fight Like Sugar

NBC And Al Haymon: The Marriage That Returns Boxing To Prime Time?

A few weeks ago, several media outlets reported statements from boxing promoter Kathy Duva that outlined a potential deal...

Baseball, The Cheap Seats

The Changing Faces Of The MLB Postseason Is Best For Business

Seven months ago, I walked the plank of putting it all on the line and choosing how I thought the 2014 Major League Baseball...

A Sports Scribe, Et cetera

What’s The Future Of Streaming Live Sports? A Q&A With Ken Fang

One of the highlights from the October 13th announcement of the NBA’s extension of broadcasting agreements with ESPN/ABC...

On Alex Smith And Shedding The Bust Label | 2 Comments

By Johnathan Tillman / @thetillshow I never thought this day would ever exist. Most of us figured when the San Francisco 49ers of Santa Clara decided to permanently sever ties with Alex Smith, it would be the end of a disappointing career and another in the long line of top overall picks whose names get remember when it’s time to make fun of failure. But that was before 2012. That was before we needed a second hand to hold the best cellphones...

He Believed in Harlem: How a Community Honored My Father | 8 Comments

It was spring break in 2001, my freshman year at Babson College. A couple of nights before heading back to Massachusetts, he sat down in the recliner that stopped reclining properly with the lights dimmed and the television on ABC’s World News Tonight with the (legendary) Peter Jennings. For him, this had been a nearly lifelong ritual. Well, lifelong for me as I remember numerous nights of him perched in front of the screen with one or two vices...

Anze Kopitar, Goran Dragic And The Rise Of Slovenia | 4 Comments

In 2014, the mythical home of dragons started slaying them in the sports world. It was the middle of the night in the United States in February, and Slovenia was preparing to play a hockey game in Sochi, Russia. Before the puck dropped, the Slovenes had already become the story of the tournament. At the close of 2013, Slovenia was 17th in the IIHF World Rankings, one spot behind Kazakhstan and two ahead of Hungary. Mere months later, the Slovenes...

Kings Of The North: Why The Toronto Raptors Have Claim To The NBA’s Best Backcourt | 2 Comments

When Bradley Beal stated that he and John Wall were the best backcourt in the NBA, it sparked a healthy debate bigger than the All-Stars boast. He has received at least one challenger to that claim in Dion Waiters, but really the conversation isn’t limited to just the Wizards and the Cavaliers. The back-and-forth banter between the respective parties has been fun to track and should make for some competitive matchups throughout the season, but...

The Wild Impact Of The MLB Wild Card Game: A Working History | 3 Comments

By force of habit or by resilience to preserve tradition, which is all-important in tying together the ends of the game, Major League Baseball is slow to embrace change. When the decision was made three years ago to expand the postseason even further and create a second Wild Card spot in each league, the original returns were the usual mix of skepticism and concern about the game getting outside of itself. But six series play-in games later, not...

Football Fashion Week Presents: The 11 Freshest Football Uniforms Of The Past Weekend | 1 Comment

By Richard Boadu / @6magazine We’re five weeks into the college football season, and the NFL season just ended its first quarter. This weekend looked like Fashion Week in various stadiums across the country. As I perused from game to game, I noticed no one individual getting his fresh on to the most maximum of levels, but several teams were rocking dope alternate uniforms. Here are football’s freshest from this past weekend’s football...

3 Reasons Why You Should Watch Francesco Totti | 0 Comments

In Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City, Francesco Totti scored and, in doing so, became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history. It was also his first ever tally on English soil. This goal was worth the wait. It’s a typical Totti goal — staying onside and timing his run just right, he latches on to the pass and shows his signature soft touch to chip it up over Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. He’s a rare...

A Stacked SEC West Football Slate Gives Lesson On ‘Always’ | 0 Comments

I once worked for a man named Kevin who became a dear friend. He owned a flower shop and taught me the “always” rules. Always make a vertical cut in hydrangea stems. Always put fresh-cut roses in warm water. Always remove pollen from a lily before it becomes the ultimate stain-maker. When you learn a new trade, the “alwayses” are where you start. Kevin knew horticulture and had a knack for the elegant arrangement of his beloved...

Mutual Animosity Never Hurt Anyone: Reigniting The Cavs-Wizards Rivalry | 2 Comments

The Cavaliers and Wizards once hated each other. And if we’re lucky, history will repeat itself. Earlier this summer, shortly after the Cleveland Cavaliers fell on the sunny side of an enormous LeBron James decision, NBA TV launched into a string of The King and the Cavs’ finest playoff games during his first term. Take away a Game 5 iconic, “balls-to-the-wall” night in Michigan in 2007 or a Game 7 45-point shootout against Boston in...

Not A Sideshow BOB: The Rise Of Bill O’Brien | 0 Comments

Nearly three years ago, I knew very little about current Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien. Truth be told, I wasn’t exactly enthralled when my alma mater, Penn State, hired O’Brien to be the man tasked with replacing Joe Paterno and popular defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, the man who took over as interim coach after Paterno was fired following the scandal fallout. After all, the only thing most people unfamiliar with O’Brien...

Here’s How We Got To DeMarco Murray Being The Best Running Back In The NFL | 11 Comments

If you would’ve asked me seven years ago if DeMarco Murray was capable of being one of the best running backs in football, I wouldn’t have hesitated in saying, “Absolutely.” Seven years ago, Murray was a redshirt freshman for the Oklahoma Sooners, and the whispers in Norman were that he could be the next in line to carry on the historical greatness of running backs to play at OU. I’d heard the whispers emanating from...

Wayne Rooney Sees Red: The 6 Things That Mattered This Weekend In The Premier League | 1 Comment

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...

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...