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...

Tony Romo Is The Most Empathetic Figure In Sports | 6 Comments

TSFJ’s Steven LeBron wrote a similar piece last January. I recommend reading here.  You have an opinion of Tony Romo. He leads a team you either love or despise. He’s a good quarterback who can’t seem to break the wall we’ve built for him. When he makes mistakes, we roll our eyes or laugh because we knew it was inevitable. If he plays well, we simply wait for the other cleat to drop. Romo is a conundrum. He can out-throw Peyton Manning...

NFL Week 5 Winners And Losers: Romo Romo Romo Edition | 3 Comments

“Cowboys QB Tony Romo throws 506 yards in loss to Broncos” is probably the most Romo of all Romo headlines. Just 48 yards away from tying the all-time NFL record for passing yards in a game and having kept pace with Peyton Manning and the record-setting Broncos for four quarters, Romo got the ball back late in the fourth of a tie game, and almost true to form for an overdone narrative begging to move in another direction at this point,...

Watchin’ The Ships Roll In: Navigating The Highs And Lows Of The Georgia Bulldogs | 0 Comments

By Timothy Threadcraft / @shadcraft21 Trying to summarize the events behind the national perception of the University of Georgia Bulldogs, post-2008 preseason No. 1 ranking, is daunting, quite frankly. There’s far too many recruiting battles, injuries, dismissals and flat-out bad luck to wade through. If I had to illustrate it using music, I’d have to go with Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.” “Looks like nothing’s...

After The George Parros Incident, We Need To Reconsider Fighting In The NHL | 6 Comments

The NHL returned Tuesday night on the same day that the United States government shut down, or should we say, locked out its workers. Gary Bettman must have felt some vindication. The opening games showcased the good and bad of the current league. Coming out of the lockout (lockout? What lockout?) the Chicago Blackhawks went on an unprecedented unbeaten run that ultimately culminated in a Stanley Cup. The reigning champs celebrated in style before...

Starting Lineups: Some ‘Fans’ Need To Just Stay Home | 0 Comments

Wednesday night, I attended the Philadelphia Flyers’ season-opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it turned out to be perhaps the least enjoyable live sporting event viewing experience of my entire life. Now, it wasn’t the most unenjoyable experience simply because the Flyers, after dominating the first period and taking a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, lost 3-1 to begin their 2013-14 campaign. No, the reason I had such a horrible time...

The 2013-14 NHL Season: Rangers, Islanders, Devils And Switching Trains | 2 Comments

Most people who encounter the NYC metropolitan area — whether as natives, commuters or tourists — will find themselves on some sort of public transportation. Rarely do any of us stick to one vessel to get where we need to. We transfer from local buses to local trains to get to school. We pack ourselves in front of doors of subway cars in hopes of rushing to wait on station platforms for more packed trains. Commuters who left the city long ago...

Put Your Money Up: Handicapping The 2013 MLB Playoffs Field | 2 Comments

The dance partners are set for the series round of the MLB playoffs, in a year that may be the most balanced offering of candidates for the World Series. And while there are good reasons to get behind any of these clubs, there are dynamics that each carries to the field that will tell the truth of how well the team will fare. So, without any further delay, here is the 2013 MLB Playoffs field, presented for quick consumption: Boston Red Sox (97-65,...

An Oakland Raiders Fan Feels Sorry For Cincinnati Reds Fans (And Johnny Cueto) | 5 Comments

[Note: I am an Oakland Raiders fan. The Raiders have been the losingest football team in the NFL since 2003. Despite how bad things get for the Raiders, something always sucks for another team. I'm here to provide company for your misery.] “I really thought it started with the crowd, it started with our atmosphere,” said Andrew McCutchen on the Pirates’ first playoff win since I was entering the first grade. “It was great...

Starting Lineups: Arsenal Rises | 1 Comment

Arsenal has faced its fair share of criticism over the past eight years. A trophy drought of that length for a club that ended 2004 with an unbeaten Premiership record, the legendary “Invincibles” team, is simply unfathomable. After a 2013 that saw the Gunners not only exit the Champions League early, but also struggle to qualify for the 2014 tournament, derision from Arsenal supporters reached an all-time high this summer. Buy a striker they...

Pick A Team For The 2013 MLB Playoffs | 7 Comments

With baseball, everything feels so long ago. As a kid, I listened on my clock radio to the playoff games — sometimes falling asleep before the seventh-inning stretch. The call of Sandy Alomar Jr.’s home run off Mariano Rivera still plays in an archive within my head. As critical as I am of baseball, it’s hard to let go of the golden Octobers. Here, we see who the heroes are and where the goats truly stand. Ragged arms are flailing towards the...

Starting Lineups: Major League Miami Marlins No Hit Fans | 0 Comments

To round out the regular baseball season on Sunday, the most unlikely of all no-hitters took place in Miami, Florida when Henderson Alvarez threw nine full innings of hitless baseball, yet still his work was not quite done. Because Alvarez is a member of the Miami Marlins, and nothing quite comes easy when that is a condition of your existence. Yet, as he stood on deck ready to take some swings to help his own cause and finally bring an end to the...

QOTD: If You Were USC’s Athletic Director, Who Would You Hire As The Next Head Coach? | 2 Comments

It’s a simple question that has a potentially very complex answer. As USC’s athletic director Pat Haden tried to re-create the opposite of Spike Lee’s memorable film, “Get On The Bus” early Sunday morning with Lane Kiffin, the former golden boy head coach was told to Get Off The Bus and never return to Trojanland. Losers of 7 of their last 11 games going back to last season, the fanbase of LA’s “professional” football team were fed...

Do Or Die: The Wild Card That Woke Up Baseball | 0 Comments

Change is not exact something that is embraced when it comes to Major League Baseball. Baseball has long been in a monogamous relationship with tradition, which has sometimes done more harm than good. In all honesty, it was a game that pioneered integration, but only when forced and still did not completely adapt it until 12 years after the fact. A game that still divides its league along the lines of the use of the designated hitter, and has two...

The 2013-14 NHL Season: Being Roberto Luongo | 0 Comments

Believe it or not, the puck drops on 2013-14 NHL regular season tonight, with a triple header (Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens, Capitals vs. Blackhawks, Jets vs. Oilers). This season, there will be no shortened schedule, few stretches of condensed games for individual teams, and overall, better quality hockey as players and coaches get back the time they weren’t afforded thanks to the lockout. While the story lines are aplenty in this upcoming campaign...

Starting Lineups: America, Welcome to PNC Park | 6 Comments

Five summers ago with three great friends of mine, we embarked on one of the best road trips four mid-twenties city guys could ever go on. It was part of the ongoing, almost clichéd and always tremendous quest to visit every Major League Baseball park in North America (Toronto, we love you!). With four fourth-row seats between first base and the right field foul pole and rather large appetites, we took in a 14-inning interleague game between eventual...

Here Is The Baby Blue Sleeved Los Angeles Clippers Uniform You’ve Always Wanted | 1 Comment

There’s something intoxicating about the colors, shades and hues of baby blue and its relationship to sports uniforms. From the greatness that has come from the University of North Carolina’s basketball program and their Carolina Blue, to the spins, jukes and sprints of Barry Sanders in the Detroit Lions Hawaiian Blue, to the George Brett pine-tar rage that we’ve grown to love in the Kansas City Royals baby blue, it’s a beautiful...

Superman Stevenson Soars And Chavez Jr. Plummets | 0 Comments

On the same night that Adonis Stevenson showed the world he’s more than just a knockout artist, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. proved that his claim to the Chavez legend his father started is only name-deep and certainly doesn’t extend into the ring. HBO kicked off what will certainly be a boxing fall season for the ages with Saturday night’s split-site doubleheader in Montreal and Carson, California. The Montreal fans were treated to an exciting bout...

The NBA Store Online Sale Purchasing Guide | 2 Comments

When I went to New York a few months ago, I went to the NBA Store and considered buying an Andrew Bynum Philadelphia 76ers jersey because how often do you get a chance to own a jersey of a player on a team that he never played a single game for? Unfortunately, this was before Bynum signed with the Cavaliers so the jersey was still regular price. Last week, my friend Albert reminded me that this jersey was now on sale at the online store, and then,...

Starting Lineups: The Re-Introduction Of Reggie Bush And Finding The Right Fit | 1 Comment

I buy my jeans from American Eagle. I know that might sound weird, coming from someone like myself, but it’s true. I buy my jeans from a store whose age demographic is somewhere in the range of folks who love music from One Direction and Miley Cyrus. (I have no idea who those people are.) It’s not that I haven’t tried to find other quality denims to rock, but while Levi’s are just a tad unkind to the husky brother and I refuse...

For The Love Of Kids And Cadillacs: An Interview With Giants Legend Jessie Armstead | 0 Comments

These days when the New York Giants are mentioned in the news, it’s completely focused on the team’s poor start to the 2013 season. Certainly predicted to get an early jump on the NFC East, the 0-3 start has provided more sports talk jokes and speculation than actual analysis. Yet, for the doom and gloom that comes with #SeptemberFootball, the team still found a moment to step back and reflect on something good. The franchise recently honored...

Staring Lineups: The Return Of ‘NBA Inside Stuff’ And Remembering Summer Sanders | 1 Comment

For NBA basketball fans of my generation, “NBA Inside Stuff” was the go-to source for NBA entertainment. Hosted by former NFLer Ahmad Rashad and notably U.S. Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders, the show brought a light, entertaining view into the sport and its athletes. “NBA Inside Stuff” made the NBA fun. Well, it turns out that “NBA Inside Stuff” is returning in November, though sadly there will be no Rashad or Sanders...

Previewing The Nike LeBron 11 ID: Power Harnessed, Creativity Unleashed, So Many Colorways | 0 Comments

From the Glow-in-the-dark material to the paint speckle and chroma color-shifting options, this new shoe that LeBron James will be wearing for the 2013-14 NBA season looks to be quite the eye-catcher. The Nike LeBron 11 ID will hit the online retail shelves on October 7th, NIKEiD took insights from LeBron and brought to life LEBRON 11 customization options that include: Overlay options of 17 solid colors with an added paint speckle option. 7 NIKEiD...

EA Sports Loses the Battle to NCAA Lawsuit, Former College Athletes Win Settlement, What’s Next? | 1 Comment

Today, EA Sports announced in a press release the making of NCAA football games after its latest iteration has come to a halt. “Given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA.” The NCAA has been involved in a number of ongoing lawsuits brought forth by former student athletes for profiting off of their likenesses without proper compensation. It...

Starting Lineups: Did Bill Russell Provide Evidence That Supports The Jordan Retirement Conspiracy? | 2 Comments

Twenty years ago next week, Michael Jordan retired from professional basketball for the first time. Somehow that anniversary has been lost in the hoopla of MJ’s 50th birthday, King James’ growing constituency in the LeBron vs. Michael debate, Jordan’s baffling incompetence as a franchise executive, and perpetual reruns of “Space Jam” on HBO Family. We should discuss that first retirement, because conspiracy theorists still suggest...

Keith Olbermann’s Show Strikes A Blow For Smart Fans | 3 Comments

There’s no shame in admitting caution upon the announcement that Keith Olbermann would return to ESPN. As good as he was during his first stint on the network, his political ventures soured the taste. Olbermann needed to find middle ground between his start and his latest. Thus far, he’s done a damn good job. His show is thought-provoking and filled with expansive vocabulary. He runs highlights and features interviews with strong, well-informed...