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Manny Pacquiao: Correcting History And Maybe Looking To Make Some More

Manny Pacquaio was dominant in his rematch against undefeated Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley Jr. In the domination,...

Basketball, J. Tinsley

Why The “Bad Boys” ’30 For 30′ Is Required Viewing

In their path to creating history, the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons made a lot of enemies. They wouldn’t...

Ed The Sports Fan, Soccer

Gareth Bale Just Did Something Incredible In The Copa del Rey Final Today

You ever hear folks make the statement, “well, he’s earned his money tonight” when talking about someone’s...

On Princeton Vs. UCLA In 1996 And Why March Madness Truly Matters | 2 Comments

Believe me, it matters. Any fan will tell you the fulfillment of March Madness is in upsets, correct Final Four picks and buzzer-beaters. They are on to something. When you come into my home and I point to the spot where my 13-year-old self fell to the floor and sobbed out of happiness when Hampton beat Iowa State past my bedtime, it’s not so you know what makes March great. There are two things I have written about ad nauseam on this site —...

16(0) Sweet Words of March Madness: 2010 Sweet 16 – Kansas State 101, Xavier 96 | 0 Comments

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Kenny Masenda, whose appreciation of the #FearTheBeard movement is unprecedented. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) “I’m telling you, man. The best back court in the country is Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente.” —...

Books And Brews: The Rivalry Heard ‘Round The World – The Dodgers-Giants Feud from Coast to Coast | 1 Comment

Author: Joe Konte Book: The Rivalry Heard ‘Round The World What it’s about: Hatred and baseball. In that order. Brew of the week: Maredsous 6 Where it’s from: Belgium I love hating the Dodgers slightly less than I love my girlfriend, which I guess I’m obligated to say considering she loves the Dodgers (probably) a little more than she loves me. I most definitely loved hating the Dodgers more than I loved any of my previous women...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2013 NCAA First Round – FGCU 78, Georgetown 68 | 2 Comments

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Johnathan Tillman, who relives a singular moment from last year’s darlings of the tournament, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) By Johnathan Tillman / @thetillshow The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles...

Starting Lineups: Aerris Smith Provides The Inspirational Feel Good Story You Need For March Madness | 3 Comments

By KJ Kearney / @h1gher March Madness is finally here. Brackets are ready to be filled out. (Here’s TSFJ’s March Madness Bracket Challenge, sign up!) Wagers are ready to be made. Trash talk is ready to be exchanged. But what is one to do if you’re a resident of The Palmetto State? Seeing as South Carolina has no professional sports teams in South Carolina… SIDE TANGENT: The Carolina Panthers, while having my rooting interest,...

The Secret Game Turns 70: When Duke And North Carolina Central Played In An Illegal, Racially Integrated Game In 1944 | 4 Comments

Perceptions in life are as monumental as the individuals who created the opportunity for change. One perceives notions of greatness that are associated with people they admire or people who are like them. History has taught me that the more you know about where you come from, the more likely you are to appreciate the pioneers who helped pave the way. I remember seeing the documentary Black Magic on the late great John B. McLendon. The documentary...

16(0) Words Of March Madness: 1997 NCAA Final – Arizona 84, Kentucky 79 | 0 Comments

I think we can all agree that being 13 years old is the awkwardest time in a human being’s life. When I was 13 years old, I can remember wanting to associate myself with something. Something that felt cool, something that looks like me, something that was different than what others usually clung too. As a college basketball fan, it meant not aligning myself with the likes of Kansas, UNC or Kentucky. It meant that my heart would go out west...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2010 NCAA Final – Duke 61, Butler 59 | 0 Comments

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Matt Whitener, who speaks the gospel of the truest story of Hoosiers we’ve ever seen. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.)  When Butler and Duke squared off in the National Championship Game in 2010, it looked to be one of the...

The Continued Omission Of Elgin Baylor | 3 Comments

Having just started reading the Julius Erving autobiography this week, it’s been an intriguing look at the man who defined the high-flying style of play for millions of basketball hopefuls. Twice in the early portions of the book, Erving brings up the first influence on his style of play. When he tore up his knee as a youngster in Hempstead, Long Island, he could only sit and watch the game from out of his bedroom window. Yet, in that time, he...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2006 Sweet 16 – UCLA 72, Gonzaga 71 | 0 Comments

Watching the Gonzaga-UCLA Sweet 16 match-up was akin to watching Mufasa fall to his death in the Lion King. It looked bad, but you didn’t expect Adam Morrison to lay at halfcourt with tears in his eyes urging his boys: “You gotta get up, we gotta go home.” UCLA were grazing wildebeests in the first half against the Zags, allowing the pride to roam freely as the Bruins amassed a 17-point lead. Ben Howland, a point guard scavenger, was...

Starting Lineups: Leave The NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids Alone | 2 Comments

Last Saturday on ESPN’s College GameDay, Rece Davis asked Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and Jalen Rose what one tweak they would make to the NCAA Tournament. After Digger’s suggestion of going back down to 32 teams was summarily dismissed since it will never happen given the monetary implications, Bilas and Rose (and eventually Digger) all said they’d like to see automatic bids go away. The spirit behind that answer was backed up with...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2005 Regional Semi-Final – UNC 67, Villanova 66 | 5 Comments

When Ed told me I was limited to 160 words, I considered it mission impossible. Keeping it short isn’t my forte. So I figured what better way to do that than with a haiku? Nova fans will say Allan Ray did not travel The ref disagreed In all honesty, Ray did not travel. It was a phantom call. But what Villanova fans fail to admit is that had that bucket gone down, Ray would have been stepping to the line with a chance to tie. It wouldn’t have...

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 25-11 | 2 Comments

[Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here, Nos. 75-51 here and Nos. 50-26 here.] We are finally rounding third with the top 100 baseball players of 2014, and predictably it’s getting tighter and tighter the closer we get to the end. If fantasy baseball was “real,” the clubs would be headed up by the guys left to come. There is no more potential to fill or...

Starting Lineups: All Eyes On Chelsea In The Champions League | 0 Comments

Now that Bayern Munich dismissed Arsenal with a walk-in-the-park performance on Tuesday, and Barcelona did the same to Manchester City on Wednesday, England’s Champions League hopes fall on Chelsea and Manchester United. England’s winningest clubs over the past decade find themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum, relatively speaking of course, which makes their tactics in next week’s return fixtures all the more intriguing....

Podcast: The Annual Frenzy That Is The First Day Of NFL Free Agency | 0 Comments

On this recent edition of The UC Show, Tinsley and Kenny led off by bidding farewell to DeMarcus Ware, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys after nine years with the team. Despite both being life-long fans of D-Ware, they soon acknowledged that the move was best for all parties. Surely, there are Cow fans who do not agree, but the decision had to be made and it was. Later, the fellas discussed the dog days of March in the NBA. When fans think of...

Starting Lineups: The Summer Of ‘The Yes’ And Daniel Bryan | 4 Comments

Since the middle of last summer, there has been a movement rumbling up in the World Wrestling Entertainment world, and it’s summed up singularly by the word “Yes.” Daniel Bryan has brought the people to their feet in WWE arenas across the country, and the upward pointing/chanting “Yes!” gesture has even crossed into college arenas as well. Along the way, Bryan has become the greatest underdog in the promotion’s history. On Monday,...

16(0) Sweet Words of March Madness: 2011 Final Four Semifinal – UConn 56, Kentucky 55 | 1 Comment

If I’ve learned nothing else from sports, it’s that history only acknowledges winners. Case in point, the 2011 face-off between UConn and Kentucky. Despite being the penultimate chapter of the greatest postseason run I’ve ever witnessed courtesy of Kemba Walker, it was also the final chapter of an underrated Kentucky run anchored by Brandon Knight. I remember vividly watching Knight along with DeAndre Liggins and Terrence Jones...

Thoughts On Rich Peverley’s Collapse | 2 Comments

It would have been too easy to romanticize the irony: hockey player dies of a heart condition. All hockey players have a heart condition. They have too much of it. But in the moments during and following Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley’s collapse Monday night, he ceased to be a hockey player. He became a son, a friend, a husband, a father, a fallen teammate. The result against the Columbus Blue Jackets no longer mattered. His opponents, most...

2004-05 Flashback: The Last Los Angeles Lakers Losing Season | 3 Comments

The Los Angeles Lakers will finish the 2013-14 NBA season with a losing record. For the franchise with the second-most championships in league history — 16 to the Boston Celtics’ 17 — this is a rarity. How rare? It will be just the second time in past 20 seasons (including this season) that the Lakers have finished below .500. The last time this happened was the 2004-05 season. That was the year following Los Angeles falling to the Detroit...

Starting Lineups: This Is Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s Last Fight | 5 Comments

Living in one of the few newspaper cities in existence, you always catch a glimpse of what the people of this New York are keeping tabs on. Normally, they’re nose deep in the drivel of Page 6 or trying to impress the young redhead by flipping through the Arts section of the New York Times. However, while observing the surroundings on the southbound D train yesterday morning, the words stunned me as if they were a punch he would have thrown in a...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2002 NCAA Final – Maryland 64, Indiana 52 | 1 Comment

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Jason Clinkscales, as relives the greatness of the Maryland Terrapins from 12 years ago. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) In 2002, the long-awaited stranglehold the “Big Four” schools from North Carolina was supposed shake when...

Starting Lineups: All Hail The Wichita State Shockers | 5 Comments

34-0. I can’t remember the last time I won anything 3-4 times in a row, much less 34 in a row, which makes what’s happening in the heartland of Kansas all that more amazing. The Wichita State Shockers are back, as guys like Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker, Mitchell Wiggins and Cleanthony Early have put the wood on all foes thus far this season. What’s been fascinating with Dubb State has been its mantra of “Play Angry,” as the...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 2001 1st Round – Hampton 58, Iowa State 57 | 3 Comments

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Justin Tinsley again, as this time he speaks the gospel of being an alum of Hampton University. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.)  I chose the university I would attend the spring of my freshman year in high school. I wasn’t...

The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2014: Nos. 50-26 | 3 Comments

  [Rev's Note: Matt Whitener is doing the impossible, counting down the top 100 baseball players of 2014. View Nos. 100-76 here and Nos. 75-51 here.] It is the midway point in of the top 100 baseball players for 2014 countdown, and now the climb toward the top moves into the top 50. Quite honestly, this is where it gets difficult. The balance between potential, a “good year” and standard bearers begins to get hazy, as the ever-evolving group...

16(0) Sweet Words Of March Madness: 1982 NCAA Final – North Carolina 63, Georgetown 62 | 0 Comments

(Ed’s Note: With the NCAA Tournament officially kicking off on March 18th/20th, we here at TSFJ will be giving the people 16(0) sweet words on 16 (bitter)sweet moments of March Madness past. Next up is Joe Simmons, as the North Carolina legend represents for his home state. Oh, and if we go over 160 words…well, our bad.) Game Changer. In 1982 basketball took on a different vibe for me. I had recently moved to the area and all I heard about was...